Club Records Winter Camping Boom

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Monday 22 October 2012

Labelled as the wettest summer in 100 years, it’s been a difficult few months for domestic tourism but, with Christmas just 63 days away, The Camping and Caravanning Club is experiencing an influx of festive campers!

To date, the Club has already seen a 25 per cent increase in bookings for the festive period compared to the same time in 2011 as campers look to enjoy an inexpensive winter holiday during a time of high expenditure.

Twenty-four Club and eight Camping in the Forest Sites are open to campers over Christmas and New Year, with many sites offering a number of activities for all to enjoy from just £9.35 per night (per adult on a standard pitch).

And it comes as no surprise that camping and caravanning continues to be such a popular pastime with British holidaymakers.

Last year, the Club collated its Real Richness research* in partnership with Liverpool John Moore’s University which conclusively proved that camping can make you happier – in fact, 93 per cent of people agreed.

And the Club’s celebrated that truer kind of wealth by hosting its ‘Real Richness – The Awards’ Winners’ presentation at The Motorhome & Caravan Show at the NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday, October 16. The presentation was hosted by television presenter, Julia Bradbury.

The Club ran its online ‘Real Richness – The Awards’ competition this year to encourage people to share their camping experiences that make them emotionally richer.

James Hodgson, from North Yorkshire, is the winner of the ‘Sense of Community’ category and he said: “Whilst growing up, my father encouraged me to go cycle camping – our first big adventure was a 200-mile trip to the seaside!

“Since then I have cycled all over the world and now I have my own family, I am ready to start the whole cycle experience again! For me camping is the best holiday you could ever wish for.”

Robert Louden, the Club’s Director General, added: “After a disappointing summer, it’s encouraging to see such positive figures and we look forward to building upon them in the coming months.

“We received so many inspiring entries for our Real Richness – The Awards competition which all really demonstrate how camping is accessible to everyone.”

The Awards were sponsored by leading outdoor organisations Vango, Outwell, Elddis and Hi-Tec.

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 110-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, now runs and manages a further 20 Camping in the Forest Touring Sites.
  2. was launched on Monday, April 18, 2011.
  3. incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
  4. Research studies and an online survey.