Why aren’t there more campfire campsites?

I spend a lot of time (no, really A LOT) combing through the internet for campsites that allow campfires. Occasionally, I come across one I haven’t seen before but mostly I am seeing the same places coming up.  It never ceases to amaze me.  I know I’m a tad on the obsessive side on the subject but surely most people enjoy a campfire?

Camping is all about slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life. The campfire is the perfect embodiment of this.  Taking the time to light the fire, to teach the kids about fire, to roast some marshmallows, maybe cook and to enjoy the warmth and as the evening draws in.  How can anyone camp without it?

The fire provides a focus to camp, it provides warmth and light.  And the flickering, crumbling interior of the fire provides entertainment that never ceases to fascinate.

So why, WHY don’t more campsites allow fires?  There are so many ways to do it.

Dig proper fire pits surrounded by stones as they do at Thistledown Farm.

Love getting a small cooking fire going in the morning.

Provide an off ground fire pit at each pitch as they do at Beeches Farm.

Great views.

Hire out fire braziers for the evening as they do at Alpine Grove.

Alpine Grove

Seriously, campsites can make a few quid out of this – and why shouldn’t they?  Campers love it; a campsite with campfires is a lovely sight in the evening, as the smoke drifts, kids learn how to roast marshmallows, and the flicker of firelight lights the happy faces of the campers.

Ok, I may be slightly over romanticising it.  If it’s windy and the smoke is constantly whipping round making eyes stream, or the marshmallows keep falling in the fire or if you just can’t get the fire going it may not be all smiles but it will be a learning experience, and personally I feel a bit odd just sitting in a field at night without a fire!

C’mon all you campsites – get with it!!!

6 thoughts on “Why aren’t there more campfire campsites?

  1. Natalie says:

    Here here! I totally agree. My boyfriend and I love to camp in our camper, but its so hard to find places that allow campfires, its frustrating. The fire is the best bit about camping for me 🙂 We have a brilliant fire pit, which is safe and off the ground, and really should be allowed to be used anywhere. Bring back the campfires!!!!

    I love reading Yellowfields, keep up the good work.

    Kind regards, Natalie

    • Hazel says:

      Natalie, Yes, I agree, if people bring a fire pit themselves what possible harm could there be? Thanks for kind comment, so lovely to get good feedback!

  2. Philippa Dyson says:

    Thanks Hazel for all your brilliant info, I love reading it and am already dreaming about the first camping trip of the year and throughout the spring and summer. Keep em coming. X

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