Camping And Caravanning Club Site Opens In Ravenglass

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Friday 10 June 2005

Franchisees Sara and Martyn Merckel, with the support of the 400,000-member strong Camping and Caravanning Club, have opened a camp site on the outskirts of the village of Ravenglass in Cumbria. The Site, nestling in five acres of mature woodland, is already proving to be a hit with campers.

Professor David Bellamy OBE, President of The Camping and Caravanning Club and Councillor Norman Clarkson, Mayor of Copeland, officially opened Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club Site, which is one of the first camp sites to open under the Club’s new Franchise scheme.

Offering one of Britain’s best known camp site brands, The Club has provided Franchisees Sara and Martyn with all the expertise they need. It has also helped them find this site, and taught them all they need to know about setting up and running a successful Camping and Caravanning Club Site with the same ethos as the Club’s own network of award-winning sites.

The Ravenglass Site itself is walking distance from the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and a five-minute drive from Muncaster castle. It is not new, having been in existence for many years, but there have been many changes since Sara and Martyn purchased the site under the Franchise scheme.

They have refurbished and redecorated, and made many changes to bring the site up to Camping and Caravanning Club’s award-winning standards – they have even added a new sophisticated satellite TV system which is proving very popular with visitors.

Franchisee Sara Merckel told us: “It hasn’t been easy setting up and getting to grips with running the site, especially with our two boys, Myles who’s five and Lewis who’s three, but we opened to the public on 1st March and have been virtually full for every weekend since then. In fact, our occupancy figures have gone from 60 per cent in April to 80 per cent in May and we are booked solid through June.

“We have many people to thank for helping to get our site set up, but the biggest thank you really has to go to The Camping and Caravanning Club because we would not be here if they had not had the sort of vision to get us up and running.”

You can book a pitch at Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club Site on, or on the National Call Centre 0870 243 3331. Alternatively, the site number is 01229 717250.

For further information about Franchising with The Camping and Caravanning Club, please log onto or contact Kathryn Paul on 08701 287240.

10 June 2005