Camping activities – 77 fun things to do when camping

by Jan
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Are you planning a camping trip, but not sure how you’ll fill your days?  Are you trying to think of camping activities for adults? Or fun things to do whilst camping with the family?  Then, this is the perfect guide for you.

If you’re reading this, you probably know that camping is a great way to escape from everyday life.  However, for the best trip,  you really need to make some plans for when you get there.

Don’t worry if it’s your first time, this guide to the best camping activities will give you plenty of ideas on what to do whilst camping, both in the daytime and at night.  We even have some good things to do in the tent while camping in the rain.

Read on for our best suggestions for camping activities and ideas how to have fun whilst camping.

After you've finished reading here don't forget to check out:

Camping Packing List: a great guide on what to take

Best travel games for families

Enjoy the great outdoors

two boys walking along forest track amongst trees

Camping provides the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and spend time in the great outdoors.  If nothing else, it will make you appreciate your home comforts afterwards.  Here are some of our ideas for camping activities that will help you make the most of your surroundings and connect with nature:-

  • Go hiking
  • Explore the local countryside
  • Geocaching
  • Climb trees
  • Build a den
  • Bushcraft
  • Nature photography
  • Sketching nature
  • Birdwatching
  • Search for mini beasts
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Blackberry picking
  • Kite-flying

For more ideas on getting your kids to enjoy hiking, read

Simple tips for hiking with kids

A beginner’s guide to Geocaching

Get sporty

Most campsites will have lots of open space for sport and ball games.  Often, we find that if we start a game, other campers will soon come along to join in.  Here are just a few ideas of sports you can do at the campsite.

  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Bikes (can hire)
Bike Ride St Govan's Head

Play games

picture colourful boules set

Of course, a camping trip is also a good time to have a break from technology and leave the screens behind.  Getting together with friends or family to play some outdoor games is a great bonding experience, so think of some games you could take.

Our favourite family games for the campsite include:

  • Boules
  • Molkky (a Finnish throwing game like skittles)
  • Swingball
  • Nerf guns

Alternatively, kids will love these adventure games that don’t need any equipment at all.

  • Tag
  • Mini olympics
  • Hide and seek
  • Duck, duck, goose
  • Sardines
  • Capture the Flag/Back to base
  • Make a dance routine

Splashing about on the water

If you have chosen your campsite by a river, lake or sea, there will be endless opportunities for activities on the water.  Your site may even have a swimming pool, or if you’ve really gone upmarket, a hot tub!  Some of the best activities on the water are:-

  • A boat trip
  • Paddle boarding
  • Kayaking or canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Paddling
  • Surfing
  • Water guns
  • Garden waterslide
  • Hot tub
Paddle Boarding, Norfolk Broads, UK

Make the most of campsite facilities

Campsite leisure facilities vary from absolutely nothing except a tap in a field, to a full leisure park with evening entertainment thrown in.  Obviously, this will be a key factor when choosing your campsite and will influence what you do each day.  Today, some campsites have more on-site camping facilities than you’d ever imagine possible.  These include:

  • A swimming pool
  • Ping pong table
  • Climbing wall
  • Playground
  • Sandpit
  • Games room
  • BMX track

Fun on the farm

Nowadays, one of the best camping experiences is a stay on a working farm.  As well as bonding with nature, you will be able to get up close to the animals.  On some farms, the farmer may even let children feed the animals.  One of our most memorable camping moments was seeing one of the Chimptrip boys chasing some cows with the farmer.

Other activities on a farm campsite include:

  • Animal petting
  • Feeding the cows
  • Horse-riding
Boy Petting a goat

Day trips out

view of Durdle Door, blue sea, sand

Camping is a great way to discover a new area on the cheap.  Of course, you could stay on the campsite all day and there will be plenty to entertain you.  However, most campers like a change of scenery and a chance to explore locally.  This could be a hike in the local countryside or going further afield for a day trip.

Some of our favourite day trips when camping are:-

  • A day at the beach
  • Crabbing
  • Fossil hunting
  • A visit to a castle
  • A day out at a local attraction

Rainy day activities

Unfortunately, if you choose to camp in the UK, you can’t always expect good weather.  Therefore, it’s always useful to have some ideas for fun things to do at the campsite if it rains.

The simplest idea for rainy day camping activities is some games that can be played in the tent.  Choose small, light games that won’t take up much space.

picture of card game Uno

If you’re camping with kids, these activities are also great for down time at the end of a busy day.

  • Card games – Uno/Happy Families/Monopoly Boost
  • Travel games – Yahtzee/Dobble/Scrabble
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Colouring/art
  • Relaxation
  • Noughts & Crosses (Tic tac toe)
  • Hangman

Evening entertainment

Camping can be a very social activity and many of the best camping activities for adults and children happen in the evening.  In fact, for many adults chilling by the campfire with a beer is the main reason for going!

Other things to do in the evening whilst camping are:-

  • Building the campfire
  • Campfire cooking
  • Marshmallows on sticks
  • Schmores
  • Glow sticks in the dark
  • Colour changing dust
  • Wink murder (round campfire)
  • Campfire songs
  • Two truths and a lie
  • Flashlight tag
  • Ghost stories
  • Stargazing
Friends sitting around a Campfire

Thank you for reading

Thank you for reading our ideas for campsite activities.  Have you tried them all?  Do you have any to add?  Please feel free to comment below.

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Travel for a while 20th June 2020 - 6:07 am

Great post! so many activities to try while camping. I’ve done some o of these, of course, but I’ll have ti throw in some games next time.
Anda

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