Activities and Camping

Great days out with South West Lakes

Explore the great outdoors and have a day filled with fun and adventure! Catch fish, build dens, get on your bike or explore the lakes of the south west by boat or foot.

There are so many things to do at the lakes – discover the joy of simply wandering through woodlands, spotting birds and bugs and playing amongst nature. You can also take to the water and experience an exhilarating adventure as a family.

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Our lakes provide the perfect setting for a great day out in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. Venture along our trails, encountering nature face to face. Refuel at our onsite cafés with delicious snacks, cakes and hot drinks. Enjoy a wide range of fun things to do – try an activity on or off the water for the very first time, shoot an arrow or swing through the trees, discover paddleboarding or explore our lakes by canoe. Extend your stay and enjoy a night under canvas, create a family holiday packed with new experiences creating lifelong memories.

Holidays like no other 

Keep the whole family entertained with a range of activities on and off the water. Our expertly trained instructors offer superb sessions for you to experience a day out like no other. From canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing to archery and high ropes – there’s plenty of outdoor activities to experience the ultimate day out or holiday with the family in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. 

There’s been a growth in popularity of Brits choosing to holiday in Britain and short trips are becoming increasingly popular as reported by the Telegraph.

Many of us are now choosing one to three day holiday breaks in England and why wouldn’t we! There’s hundreds of miles of coastal path, acres of beautiful woodland and countryside to explore. What better way to spend quality time together then exploring the outdoors as a family, ditch your iPad, game console or even your phone for the day and create a real life adventure together.

Scrolling through websites, reading copious amounts of reviews and narrowing down your selections can be half the battle when choosing a place to go and camp with the whole family. A family camping holiday should be full of new experiences – moments shared together to create lifelong memories. Recreate a proper camping holiday just like you did when you were younger. Discover all of the great things to do with your kids, like climbing trees, walking through woodlands or huddling around the barbecue to cook chocolate covered bananas.

Did you know, the South West has more campsites than anywhere else in the country?

With the rise in staycations, popularity for camping holidays has risen. Not only does a camping holiday provide excellent value for money, it’s also a great way to connect and spend quality time together as a family. Whether you want to commit to a rough-and-ready camping holiday or glamp in a pod, South West Lakes offers the perfect setting to explore and do more outdoors!


Free things things to do:

Enjoy all of the fun and free things to do on a holiday with South West Lakes, download our free activity packs and spark your kid’s imagination for the outdoors. From building dens, climbing trees, flying kites, toasting marshmallows to identifying trees and spotting wildlife – there’s plenty of outdoor activities to keep pack your day with new experiences.


What to do on a camping holiday in the South West?

Discover all of the great things to do on your camping holiday in the South West. Visit Britain’s National Parks, Exmoor and/or Dartmoor. The South West’s National Parks are not just stunning landscapes steeped in history and heritage – they offer so much more! The dramatic granite tors, iconic ponies and deer, woodlands, rivers and lakes have shaped these unique landscapes – lending itself to new adventures! A camping holiday should be filled with new experiences, you don’t need to be a hardy adventurer to enjoy the National Parks.

Take a day trip out and explore Bodmin Moor an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bodmin Moor is recognised as being one of 12 areas in Cornwall designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Steeped in Cornish history and myth, discover the legend of King Arthur and the Sword Excalibur, visit sites where Poldark was filmed and take a pit stop at Cornwall’s most famous smugglers inn – ‘Jamaica Inn’.

There’s so many more things to see and do – uncover our fascinating history and visit the South Wests’ remarkable national houses, gardens and castles, learn about our industrial heritage and discover iconic landmarks.