Campers camp out in their thousands during National Camping and Caravanning Week
Almost 100,000 campers pitched, hitched and drove their way to a camping adventure this May Bank Holiday as part of National Camping and Caravanning Week 2008.
According to the audit, undertaken by The Camping and Caravanning Club, the total number of people camping out under the stars amounted to 95,388. “This is only the tip of the iceberg”, said Robert Louden, Director General of The Club. “Our members were out in their thousands, enjoying camping on award-winning Club, Certificated and independent sites as well as locally organised events and in back gardens. The Club believes that, had we captured absolutely everyone who was camping on that night, around 250,000 people were potentially camping.
‘The impact of these figure are that around £3million* were spent in rural economies on the audit night alone. This is great news for businesses, suppliers and the UK countryside.”
With forward bookings at 10%, The Club believes that camping is becoming more popular and certainly more accessible. People are searching out places to camp which suit them and their lifestyle choices coupled with superb equipment which caters for how they want to camp.
On top of this, campers are able to wake up and experience the truly ‘wild’ side of camping. A web survey of wildlife sightings during NCCW confirmed that campers saw owls, osprey and a whole host of other animals and creepy crawlies from the comfort of their accommodation.
“Camping is the only way to get the most out of the enormous variety of special places and experiences which are totally unique to our shores,” continued Robert.
*Research into local spend from The Camping and Caravanning Club
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Notes to the Editor:
- National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) was launched in 2001 by The Camping and Caravanning Club. The aim of this week is to raise the profile of camping amongst the general public. Its timing is deliberate to coincide with the Spring Bank Holiday, traditionally one of the busiest camping weeks of the year.
- The Camping and Caravanning Club is 107 years old and is the world’s largest and oldest club for all forms of camping. It has over 100 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission – Forest Holidays – now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and three Cabin Sites.
- National awards for 2007/8 include:
- The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree International Travel Service
- Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree International Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign
- Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site – Winner, Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
- Loo of the Year 2007, Folkstone Site – Winner, Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in England
- Loo of the Year 2007, Kessingland Site – Winner, Family Friendly Facilities in England
- Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner, Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland
- Scottish Thistle Awards, Glencoe Site highly commended 2006
- Tourism West Midlands 2007, Kingsbury Water Park awarded Silver
- Tourism West Midlands 2007, Leek Site was Highly Commended
- Barron’s UK’s favourite camp site 2007, Keswick