Fancy a night under canvas with the kids, or living out your own version of The Gruffalo with a forest stay? Then look no further than our pick of camping, glamping and other outdoor options near York.
Camping and glamping at The Hideaway at Baxby Manor
A small, relaxed, family campsite that welcomes tents and has ecopods and bell tents to book. Choose an ecopod (beds and mattresses included) and enjoy toasting marshmallows over the flames of your own fire pit. It has 40 pitches in a 6 acre field, nestled in a 110 acre farm surrounded by trees and a stream.
Facilities include: Warm showers heated by a wood-fired boiler housed in the luxury shower block, small shop stocking essentials, designated parking areas, baby changing, fire pits on all pitches, mobile bakery on Saturdays, large multi-use games and recreation area with exercise park, children’s play equipment and tennis court a 5 minute walk away.
The Hideaway@Baxby Manor, Baxby Manor, Low St/Amplecarr, Husthwaite, York YO61 4PW
Cabins at Forest Holidays in Keldy
Live your own real-life family Gruffalo story by booking your own log-pile house (well, cabin) in the forest. Lots have logburners, fantastic views and even hot tubs. Great for country walks and escaping the distractions of modern life (although there is TV, but you’ll probably be grateful for that).
Facilities include: What you get will depend on the cabin you choose, but all cabins are modern, clean and set in a beautiful location. Cots and highchairs can be pre-booked. Lots of outdoor activities are on offer, or you could just hire bikes and enjoy a ride around the forest.
Forest Holidays Keldy Cabins, Cropton, Nr Pickering YO18 8HW
Wigwams, bell tents and more at Humblebee Farm
Family-run working farm, Humblebee Farm has cottages, wigwams, cabins, bell tents, nomadic yurts, electric tourer and non-electric tent pitches to choose from. It’s ideally located for trips to Scarborough, Filey, Bridlington, Whitby and the North York Moors national park.
Facilities include: The facilities you’ll enjoy will depend on whether you’re under canvas or solid walls. Everyone has use of the children’s play area, onside shop, laundry facilities, communal microwave/fridge/freezer, baby change and shower blocks.
Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough
Tree lodges and yurts at Swinton Bivouac
A lovely glamping option in the Yorkshire Dales. Choose between six original, hand-crafted timber frame tree lodges in the woodland and eight canvas yurts burrowed into the hillside. Enjoy beautiful countryside views from your very own yurt, complete with woodburner, proper beds and bedlinen and even a sink. Outside your front door is your own outdoor(ish) loo and shower, or there are luxury power showers a short walk away. Well located for days in the Yorkshire Dales, visiting Brimham Rocks or Fountains Abbey.
Facilities include: Lovely bistro with family room, complete with a few games and toys, and a small outdoor play area. Designated parking area away from the accommodation.
Bivouac at Druid’s Temple, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4JZ
Glamping near York at Jollydays
This lovely glamping site, set in over 15 acres of woodland of 200 acre woodland, offers a warm welcome to families. Kids will love running wild, den-building and star-gazing. Book a supper and/or breakfast basket in advance to be delivered to your tent so you don’t have to bother shopping. Kids will love keeping an eye out for foxes, hares, deer, badgers and otters too.
Facilities include: There’s a selection of tents to choose from, but whichever you go for you’ll find proper beds, fires, hot showers, BBQs and kitchen facilities. There’s also a wooden wendy house and a couple of rope swings.
Jollydays, Thoralby Hall, Scrayingham YO41 1JD, England