The sun hats are on and the strawberries are out. Yes, Wimbledon is here! But while the inevitable clouds threaten the tournament and the roof is quietly closed on Centre Court, why not fill some idle hours by dreaming about your own summer sports match. To make it easier we’ve had a think back over some camping and glamping favourites to give you a list of the coolest campsites with tennis courts. Browse some of our picks below or click here for all tennis-friendly campsites.
Town Farm Bedfordshire
In the meadows of a working farm on the northern edge of the Chilterns, Town Farm is a stunning spot. At one end, the camping fields stop and buckle into the rising slope of Ivinghoe Beacon and at the other they drop away to reveal far-reaching views across Bedfordshire. Near the entrance driveway, the farmhouse tennis court is free for any campers to use, just remember to bring along your own racket and balls if you want to play.
Clippesby Hall Norfolk
Clippesby Hall in the Norfolk Broads achieves the near impossible – managing to make a large campsite feel friendly, non-commercial, peaceful, and altogether rather lovely. It boasts tennis courts, mini-golf and reasonably priced bike hire, but somehow retains the charm of a remote and rural spot. When you’ve called game, set and match, the endless Broads waterways still offer other activities to keep you occupied.
Adhurst Yurts Hampshire
Adhurst Yurts isn’t the kind of place you’d expect to find a tennis court. Four pre-pitched yurts are hidden deep amongst a 100-acre forest with birch trees casting shade across their tops. Inside the plush, glamping hideouts are exceptionally furnished and outside a campers kitchen has everything you need. Set within a far larger country estate, however, there’s still country pursuits to be had. If you tire of tennis outside the grand country house try your hand at fishing in the river.
Port Ban Argyll
Perched on the western coast of Scotland, Port Bàn may ominously title itself a ‘holiday park’ but it’s far from commercial humdrum. Campers can pitch down by the waterfront, with views across to the Isles of Islay and Jura while a collection of great facilities include not only the tennis courts, but also a bowling green and a quiet, shingle beach suitable for launching boats.
Middle Ninfa Farm Monmouthshire
It seems unfair to call Middle Ninfa Farm a campsite, really it’s something far more special. From its three tiny and secluded wild pitches on the edge of the Brecon Beacons you can imagine yourself as an eagle soaring above the Usk Valley. A little closer to hand, though still far below, is the owners’ cottage with its tennis-court-cum-croquet-lawn, next to which is a space for another tent or two. Now if grass courts don’t fit the Wimbledon bill, we don’t know what does!
Kelling Heath Norfolk
Set within an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Norfolk coast, Kelling Heath is a fantastic site for kids and boasts a real summer buzz. By day it’s the buzz of sport and music on the open ‘village green’ and by night it’s the buzz of wildlife, as crickets penetrate the warm evening air. Despite being large, the dark sky policy (aka no lights) makes it an excellent place for star gazing and ensures a tranquility to the site that never fails to surprise.
Hideaway Huts Cornwall
Comprised of just two separate shepherd’s huts at either end of the farm, Hideaway Huts really is a secluded little gem. Guests have everything they need inside the classically designed glamping abodes, along with a swimming pool and tennis courts outside the owners own farmhouse. In off-season you may have the entire site to yourself or, with each hut sleeping two, perhaps its time to befriend your fellow glampers with a cheeky game of doubles!
Jubilee Park Lincolnshire
Unusually for a campsite, this one is run by a local council and actually sits within the grounds of the town’s park. So while you may not get that away-from-it-all rural feeling, you do get the bonus of an outdoor pool and tennis courts on your tent-step. The campsite has been here for decades – one caravanner has been returning for more than 30 years now – so the landscaping is established and mature, while tall hedges offer privacy from the minor adjacent road.
Wallett’s Court Kent
When Federer comes over from Switzerland and Nadal comes over from Spain we’d like to think they swing across from the ferry to this perfect Dover spot. The most glamorous stopover you could find, the glamping tipis and huts at Wallett’s Court have everything you need for a luxury break and, since they’re in the grounds of a grade II listed hotel, that includes access to a fitness studio, tennis courts and heated indoor pool, perfect for that easy pre-match warm up.
Llwyngwair Manor Holiday Park Pembrokeshire
Less than a mile from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and at the foot of the Preseli Mountains, Llwyngwair Manor is well placed to access both coast and country. Set in 55 acres of grass and woodland, the estate includes a hotel and caravan park, along with 80 pitches for tents and motor homes. If you're striving for solitude then this isn't for you but what the park lacks in intimacy, it makes up for with its top-notch facilities and access to the coast and hills.
Gorsey Meadow Camping & Glamping Norfolk
With five pre-pitched, furnished bell tents along with space for tents and campervans, Gorsey Meadow is a well placed Norfolk site in the grounds of grand Hookering House. Norwich is a 20-minute drive away, the coast is a similar distance or bustle about the site itself, exploring the gardens and chatting to the Berney family, proud owners of the place who have only just embarked on this new camping venture!
Cedar Valley Hampshire
Tucked away on the north-western edge of the South Downs National Park, Cedar Valley offers camping and glamping with fantastic panoramic views. The tennis court is available to hire by the hour and there's also pony trekking and clay pigeon shooting to try. With an abundance of activities and places of interest in the surrounding area (not least the neighbouring New Forest), the call from Cedar Valley is too strong to ignore.
By James Warner Smith