Campsites of the Year 2012

Kip under canvas for a recession-proof holiday

Whether you're a seasoned camper, or a novice looking for a budget break this summer, consider a trip to one of this year's award-winning campsites.

Kids love the adventure and freedom of a camping holiday. And there's plenty of appeal for adults, too... getting back to nature, spending all day outdoors and sitting beneath the stars after dark.

You'll find lots of gadgets in the AA Shop to help ensure a stress-free camping break. AA members save 10% on many items. We even sell tents.

Top tips for new campers

Festival or field, seaside or hillside, remember to:

  • Use a checklist to make sure you pack all the essentials (matches, mallet etc)
  • Entertain the neighbours - practice setting up and packing away your tent before you go
  • Check your pitch to ensure a smooth and comfortable area under your tent
  • Protect your tent with ground sheets, and mark your guy lines with colourful electrical tape 

The AA awards national and regional accolades, so there’s bound to be a campsite for you. All have shown exceptional quality and attention to detail, making their parks stand out above the rest. Some have beautiful settings on the coast, others afford stunning views of the countryside, or offer outstanding facilities. Check out this year’s winning locations.

Pennant power


AA-inspected caravan and camping parks are rated from one up to five Pennants according to their style and the range of facilities they offer. So when you search for a campsite, it's easy to find the Pennant rating that offers the best value for you. But while AA one- and two-Pennant campsites offer a simple or good standard of facilities, a high percentage score shows that you still can expect a quality service. Add all this to a small cosy site in a great location, and you've got a winner.

Camping in Europe

Fancy going farther afield? Why not camp across the Channel? Members enjoy discounts on ferry travel and European attractions, restaurants and more.

Consider whether you need a Camping Card International, and make sure you check out our advice on driving abroad before you leave.


Save up to 22%

Fancy some rocking and racing? Join us at Silverstone for the event of the year – a thrilling day of track races, aerial displays, entertainment and attractions. There'll also be live performances by Mike and the Mechanics and Adam Ant.

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Silverstone Classic