Camping: Our Fave 5 to Get You Started

When it comes to camping on the Isle of Wight, there are campsites galore, offering something for everyone - whether it’s families, friends or couples. We've picked our fave 5 to get you started on the road to canvas heaven...

1. Southland Camping Park, Newchurch

It’s off the beaten track, so you get complete peace and quiet. It’s also won just about every award in the book - including AA Best Campsite in Southern England, David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award, and the English Tourism Council's 5 star 'Excellent' rating. It's easy to see why. The whole site is immaculate - even out of season - and the facilities are superb. There are 120 pitches in total, all very generous in size with natural screenings with hedges and trees to give a sense of privacy. Touring caravans and motor homes are welcome and every pitch has an electric hook-up. The beaches of Sandown and Shanklin are three miles down the road.

2. Grange Farm, Brighstone Bay

For a small, rustic and family run affair, Grange Farm in West Wight has it all. Spectacularly situated in an envious coastal position off the Military Road, with far reaching views out to sea, it’s a truly glorious spot. Romantic camping couples through to families in caravans or retired couples in motor homes, everyone can enjoy the stunning views and sandy beach below. The coastline is unspoilt and families with very young children can stay on a campsite slightly further away from the cliff edge. The onsite shop stocks everything while the play area for young kids is great. If you like animals there’s plenty to see here from llamas and alpacas to goats, chickens, pigs and even water buffalo!

3. Ninham Holidays, Shanklin

Originally a flourishing farm, Ninham is nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by mature woodland, situated just a few minutes drive from the glorious sandy beaches of Sandown and Shanklin. The landscaped paddocks offer very generously sized, level pitches and access is easy for vehicles of all types - including large campervans and American RVs. Both served and non-serviced pitches are available. The usual on site facilities are available including a heated swimming pool, a toddler’s pool, mountain bike hire and fishing. Check availability

4. Compton Farm, Compton Bay

Situated in a stunning location at the foot of the downs, Compton Farm dates back to 1086 and boasts stunning natural views from all around. Farmed by the Philips family since the 1920s, many of the returning campers have been coming since they were children. Compton Bay is a 10-minute walk below with its unspoilt sandy beach and great surf, while there are acres of down-land to explore from your tent and old-fashioned farmyard fun for the kids with old tractors to scramble on, while hens and ducks waddle around. It’s all very quiet and well off the main road. Binoculars, wetsuits and a boogie board are a must.

5. Whitefield Forest Touring Park, Ryde

One of the best Island campsites is hidden within Whitefield Forest, close to the sandy beaches of Ryde and Sandown. Created, owned and managed by just one family, Whitefield Forest Touring Park is unlike any other campsite on the Island. The owners purchased the land, then literally cleared swathes of forest, built new roads and landscaped the pitches to include much seclusion and privacy.  The impressive toilet and shower block are timber clad and blend in beautifully to the surrounding woodland. All the facilities are excellent. There's a laundry room complete with tumble dryer and iron plus hair dryers too. An adventure play area for kids is also very popular. Check availability

Sarah Sims

27 April 2016

By Sarah Sims in Articles