Top Campsites Around the Isle of Wight
There are a lot of great places to stay on the Isle of Wight including a variety of excellent Isle of Wight camping and caravan sites. While the popular areas of Ryde, Shanklin and Sandown have many of those, in this article we look at where else on the island you can go camping and enjoy what the island has to offer.
Isle of Wight Camping to the West
This is a lovely campsite in a rural setting near Freshwater if you are looking for something that feels more like you are camping and a part of nature. It has a BBQ area, showers, toilets and an area for walking your dog.
Stoats Farm – close to Freshwater
This campsite is near popular places to visit like Alum Bay, The Needles and Freshwater Bay. It is a family run campground and offers showers, toilets, an area you can wash up in, a BBQ area, a place to charge your phone and a lending library. As this is run by Isle of Wight Adventure Activities you can get discounts off their organised activities like archery and kayaking.
Compton Farm – close to Freshwater Bay
Another site close to Freshwater Bay and also near the surfing and cliffs at Compton Bay. It is in an attractive location and has a small laundry area, showers and toilets and typical farm fun like playing on tractors and feeding ducks and collecting eggs.
Another rural holiday park and family-run set inland and near Newbridge. This site has a lot of facilities despite being rural. There is an indoor swimming pool, a shop, take away food, a cafe, pool table, dog walking area, playing field, kids’ play area, table tennis as well as showers and toilets. There is a chance for discounted ferry travel too should you opt to stay here.
Camp Wight – close to Yarmouth
Another spot for great Isle of Wight camping is at Camp Wight. It boasts of its back to basics approach to camping. It is rural and set about 2 miles from Yarmouth. There is no electricity, you camp under the trees and brave nature. That means composting toilets, showers heated with only solar power and no other modern luxuries. There is a charging facility though. There is a pub close enough to walk to and back for some drinks and pub grub. If you do not have your tent you can hire one that is put up for you.
Grange farm – close to Brighstone
If you are looking for a quiet and coastal campsite then Grange Farm could be worth checking out. A quiet beach to walk along, stars to gaze at enjoy the beauty. There is a place to wash clothes, showers and a chance to get a hot drink.
Brighstone Holiday Centre – close to Brighstone
If you ever saw the old show Hi-de-Hi with the old school holiday camp, then this is kind of like that. There are quirky huts, an indoor pool, and it includes a play area, launderette and even an ironing option should you want to head to a restaurant with properly ironed clothing. There are showers, toilets, a kitchen area and a small shop. Set on a clifftop it has stunning views.
Chine Farm Camping Site – close to Brighstone
Chine Farm Camping can be found on the southwest coast set on a clifftop with lovely sea views. It can take 100 tents and has showers, toilets, a laundry service, games field and play area.
Isle of Wight camping in Cowes and Newport
Thorness Bay – close to Cowes
Affordable, family-friendly, Thorness Bay camping site is close to Cowes, has a beach that is popular for fishing. It also has a nature reserve area behind it. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sports court, restaurant, launderette, shop, and adventure playground. For a small extra charge per night this site allows dogs.
Waverly Park – East Cowes
Waverley Park is a popular campsite for Isle of Wight camping in East Cowes. It is not far from the ferry so easy and quick to get to. It has a lot of facilities which is why families love it. Things for children to do, a bar with entertainment, an outdoor pool, play area, showers and toilets. There is also a large public playground nearby if you want to get off site but not stray too far.
Windmill Campersite – Carisbrooke
Two miles or so from Newport is Windmill campersite in the area of Bowcombe Valley. It is right about where West Wight becomes more rural and is a fun and quirky place to camp. Its BBQ is called Bertha, the shower is solar-powered and is also musical and they offer glamping options to people wanting something more than a tent. You can even stay in a helicopter called Galahad, or rent more normal camper vans. Great place to head towards the castle from, which has a lot to see and do especially in the Summer.
Isle of Wight Camping in the South
The south of the island has fewer campsites it is more remote and has a different feel to the rest of the island, though it is still beautiful to see and explore. One option is;
Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park – Wroxall
Just inland from the southern coast of the island, it has some nice facilities. Launderette, showers, outdoor pool that is heats, bar, shop, cafe and close to a stately home, Appuldurcombe House.