Embers: family campsites with campfires

Embers: family campsites with campfires

When Murray McPherson took his children camping for the first time in the UK he wasn’t impressed.

‘It was awful’, says the South African, who’s been living in the UK for fifteen years. Murray wanted his children to experience camping like he had as a child back home. He wanted lovely spacious locations where his children could play and explore safely and campfires are allowed. So he set up a campsite near Beaulieu in the New Forest in 2013 and then another at Bentley in Sussex in 2014. Embers campsites are aimed squarely at families with children.

We’ve been invited to stay at Embers Bentley during the summer holidays and I spoke to Murray by phone recently about the site.


Murray tells me that he likes his campsites in great areas where people want to be rather than in unused fields in unsuitable locations. Embers Beaulieu is on a farm near the village of Beaulieu in the New Forest. It’s within walking distance of the National Motor Museum and a short drive to the sandy beaches of Bournemouth.

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