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| On 14, Sep 2013

Camping in Britain has become a much more enjoyable and sophisticated experience in recent years as campsites across the UK have upgraded facilities to bring camping into the 21st Century.  If you’re looking for a campsite that’s suitable for a family holiday with loads of fun stuff for the kids to do, then look no further than Callow Top Holiday Park in Derbyshire.

This is a 4 star campsite with facilities that would put Butlins to shame.  Dominated by the Callow Inn, a traditional pub and restaurant that serves real ales brewed at the on-site micro-brewery, this is camping for the connoisseur.  The restaurant is an olde-worlde style eatery serving Sunday lunches, pub food and evening meals.  There’s a large beer garden where campers can sip a pint in the glorious sunshine and, on colder evenings, patrons can warm themselves at the traditional open fireplaces.

If you’re after something a bit more up to date, then Arnold’s Café Bar is the place to be.  Featuring Sky TV, campers can gather to watch the match, while there are pool tables to keep the teens amused when they’re not using the WiFi hotspot to update their Facebook status!  Serving a great variety of food, including steaks, burgers, fish and chips and salads (for the more health conscious), the Café also serves a fresh cooked breakfast for a great start to the day.  The Café Bar is open for entertainment during the peak season, with discos, live music, quizzes and bingo.

Callow Top has a heated outdoor swimming pool and paddling pools (for the little ones) for a real touch of class.  Campers can enjoy a healthy swim followed by a little tanning on the surrounding sun terrace (UK weather permitting).  The site also boasts a playing field with football goal posts and cricket nets) and volleyball court.  If the weather’s not good enough for outdoor sports (and, let’s face it, the UK weather often conspires against us when we camp), then there’s an amusement arcade to keep the kids occupied.  A safe children’s play area adds an extra dimension – somewhere for the kids to let loose while Mum and Dad kick back and relax a bit.

Camping facilities include a small supermarket, Calor and Camping Gaz exchange point, an Elsan disposal point and recycling facilities.  This campsite even has an ATM machine – how urbane is that?  There are 3 toilet blocks with showers and a dedicated disabled washroom facility that’s accessed by RADAR key (more info here).  All shower facilities are equipped with shaver points, coin op hairdryers and plug sockets.  There is a laundry room with washing, drying and ironing equipment (if you’re planning a night out you can pile on the glamour) and a dedicated sink for hand washing your smalls.  Facilities available at the site vary depending on the season, so it’s best to check the website or telephone (01335 344020) for up to date information before you book.

Dogs are welcome on site, so no need for the family pet to feel left out – however, your pet will need to be on a leash at all times and will not be allowed in the Callow Inn, Arnold’s Café Bar or near the swimming pool.

There’s a variety of pitches available at Callow Top, from hard standing pitches with EHU to grass tent pitches (and combos if you book early and arrange in advance).  This really is a great campsite to visit, with so much to do onsite that you’ll be spoilt for choice.  To make the camping trip extra special, why not plan a day out at some of the nearby tourist attractions which include Alton Towers Waterpark, Lunar Lift Off family entertainment centre, WaterWorld indoor aqua park and Sticky Fingers craft activity centre?

Callow Top is a great all round family campsite with something to do for everyone.  Check out their website for a more detailed look at what this modern campsite has to offer.

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