Jumbo pitch boost for The Camping and Caravanning Club

As the demand for camping continues to accelerate ahead of the summer season, The Camping and Caravanning Club has taken major steps to accommodate larger tents on Club Standard Pitches.

Current booking terms and conditions advise campers to contact their chosen Club Site directly if their unit is over 5m (16ft) wide and/or 9m (29ft) in length.

But, from next month, Standard Pitch bookings for larger tents on 67 of the Club’s 109 Sites will be able to be made directly with the National Contact Centre (0845 130 7633) during low and mid-seasons.

Meanwhile, 19 Sites across the network will also be able to accommodate larger tents on Club Standard Pitches in high season with bookings again being processed through the Contact Centre.

Web booking facilities for larger tents on Standard Pitches are yet to be finalised.

Sites Director Bob Hill said: “Member satisfaction has and will continue to be our primary concern and this latest development only highlights our commitment to providing greater access to pitches for tent campers.

“The industry has witnessed a marked increase in the production of larger, family-sized tents and we have acted accordingly.

“We want both members and non-members alike to enjoy their experience on site and make the most of their break away whilst really enjoying the freedom and flexibility of camping under the stars.

“By 2010 we are optimistic that all of our Club Sites will boast jumbo pitches for larger tents.”

Campers with larger tents wishing to book a Club Service Pitch (with electric hook-up) will still have to book with the specific Site directly.

View the list of Sites which have the capacity for larger tents.

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 108-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 109 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 six Cabin Sites.
  2. National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) was launched in 2001 by The Camping and Caravanning Club and will take place between May 23 and 29 this year. 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.
  3. A Club Standard Pitch is a grass pitch with no electric hook-up. There is no extra fee payable for this type of pitch.
  4. A Club Service Pitch can take one of three forms: grass pitch with an electric hook-up, a hard-standing without electric hook-up or a hardstanding with electric hook-up.
    There is an extra cost attached for these facilities.
  5. National awards include:
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  • MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2008, Delamont Country Park Club Site – Winner Holiday Parks category in Northern Ireland
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2008 Gold Award – Charmouth, Glencoe and Trewan Hall Club Sites
  • The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree Travel Service
  • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign 
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
  • 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
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