Number three on the National Trust’s list of 50 thing to do before you’re eleven and three quarters is camping out in the wild! And for those craving some old fashioned canvas and campfires, this may be one for you.

Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire has introduced Wild Camping to satisfy a demand from guests keen to relive the good old outdoor holidays of times gone by with a back-to-basics, affordable way of escaping from the trappings of modern-day life, and unplugging from digital life.



With Wild Camping, guests can kick back with just a tent, a camp fire and the great outdoors. The main rule is that tents must be four very large strides between them – no exceptions.

And the added bonus is that the Wild Camping is on Lysander Island, which is in the middle of one of the five lakes at Tattershall. The island is linked to the mainland by a causeway, and if the kids fancy escaping on to the “mainland”, they will find plenty of summer camping adventures to enjoy including, climbing a tree, building a den, catching a fish with a net, going on a really long bike ride, and of course, practising the art of skimming a stone across a lake.

Managing director Carl Castledine says, “Camping today is almost unrecognisable from the camping some of us enjoyed as children and, while the improvements are great and offer families a really affordable but still comfortable holiday option for a week or two, many yearn for a good old-fashioned camping experience which is about getting back to nature, and surviving in the wild. The island we have at Tattershall is the perfect spot to indulge in a bit of Wild Camping.”

Seven nights summer camping from 25 May costs £136 on a pitch that sleeps six. For bookings or information see