Camping and Caravanning Club Sites back open for business

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Monday 30 March 2009

The majority of The Camping and Caravanning Club’s 109 UK Club Sites will have reopened ahead of an eagerly-anticipated summer season by the end of this week.

Sixty-four open on Thursday (April 2) including the new environmentally-friendly Ashbourne Site, run by franchisees Gabriel Hutchings and Denise Ingrem.

Four of the Club’s other new Sites – Corfe Castle, Dartmoor Barley Meadow, Polstead and Tavistock – are already experiencing high volumes of visitors whilst Skye will open for business on Wednesday, April 8. 

With advanced Site bookings currently up by 27 per cent, and with more people than ever claiming to want to stay in Britain for their holidays this year, Sites Director Bob Hill is expecting a record-breaking season.

He said: “In the current economic climate, camping and caravanning are enjoyable family and cost-efficient options and we are already reaping the benefits.

“Our Sites offer that freedom and flexibility that other holiday alternatives cannot and our Holiday Site Managers and Franchisees will be on hand across the country to make that family camping experience as enjoyable as possible.

“We cater for all forms of camping and our ultimate aim is to make sure that members as well as non-members enjoy the outdoors and share the adventure.

“We are really looking forward to the season ahead,” he added.

The Club boasts 109 UK Club Sites, 21 Forest Holiday Sites, 1,342 Certificated Sites and 2,464 Listed Sites together with 345 Temporary Holiday Sites.

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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. 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