From coffee mornings to colouring competitions – how Club campers celebrated 100 years of the caravan during National Camping and Caravanning Week

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Thursday 20 June 2019

• Camping and Caravanning Club sites across the UK celebrated the 100th birthday of the caravan during National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019 (NCCW)
• Activities ranged from building a replica of a caravan from 1919, to charity coffee mornings, colouring competitions, and designing caravan-themed bunting
• The first commercially built caravan was produced in the UK in 1919; caravanning has become a great British holiday tradition, and major contributor to UK economy
• Members also submitted photos on social media with the hashtag #lovemycaravan for a chance to win a caravan awning package worth over £1,100
• NCCW is an annual celebration to encourage more people to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of camping and caravanning, and enjoying time outdoors
• NCCW took place from 27 May - 2 June 2019

Inspired by Julia Bradbury’s night on the first floating campsite on the Thames in central London last month, and a party she hosted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of caravan manufacturing in the UK, Camping and Caravanning Club sites across the UK undertook their own celebrations during National Camping and Caravanning Week (27 May to 2 June).

The most creative activity was by the staff at the ‘Alton, the Star’ Camping and Caravanning Club site in Staffordshire who made a replica Eccles caravan from 1919 – the year commercial production of caravans started in the UK. They also hosted a party with caravan-themed bunting decorated by families staying on the site during half-term.

In Crowborough, East Sussex, the managers at the Club site organised a children’s colouring competition. Each child completed an outline drawing of a caravan holiday scene, and the best six from different age categories won a WHSmith voucher.

And in the Midlands, the Club’s Clent Hills site near Birmingham organised a ‘100 years of caravanning’ coffee morning and raised money for the local air ambulance charity.
At the same time, The Camping and Caravanning Club also encouraged campers to share photos of their caravan holidays on social media using the hashtag #lovemycaravan and to enter a competition to win an awning package worth over £1,100.

These, and many other activities at other Club sites across the UK, show how caravans have become such an important part of so many people’s lives, and the UK’s economy, and why The Camping and Caravanning Club celebrates National Camping and Caravanning Week each year.

“National Camping and Caravanning Week is all about inspiring the nation to get outdoors whether that’s through caravanning, motorhoming or traditional tent camping. And we’re all more aware than ever that getting into the great outdoors is good for our mental health and well as being great fun,” said Julia Bradbury, TV presenter and President of The Camping and Caravanning Club.

Paul Jones, the Marketing and Communications Director at The Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “It is brilliant that so many of our Club sites joined the celebration of 100 years of the caravan during this year’s National Camping and Caravanning Week. We’re really grateful that our President, Julia Bradbury, launched National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019 in such a fun way and brought the 100th anniversary of the caravan to the attention of the whole country.”

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Notes for Editors

For more information contact our Communications Team.

• Julia Bradbury (President of The Camping and Caravanning Club) spent the night in a caravan on the first floating campsite, moored by Tower Bridge in central London to celebrate 100 years of the caravan, and to launch this year’s National Camping and Caravanning Week. A video of Julia Bradbury hosting a party on the floating campsite to celebrate the 100th birthday of the caravan is available here: https://youtu.be/0Mc-FyQUUZI

• The Camping and Caravanning Club is the world’s oldest and largest club for all forms of camping. It represents about 730,000 campers, caravanners and motorhomers, and operates a network of more than 100 high-quality Club Sites, 15 Camping in the Forest Sites and 1,400 smaller Certificated Sites throughout the UK. Whether holidaymakers are looking to switch off or seek adventure, the Club helps guide them through our huge variety of sites. From coastal retreats to National Parks, you’ll find the perfect place to unwind. The Club’s Travel Service sends thousands of people a year to its more than 180 partner campsites across Europe. In addition, it runs popular rally and escorted tour programmes, covering destinations across Europe and further afield, to places like USA, Canada and New Zealand with its Worldwide Motorhoming Holidays Brand. Camping & Caravanning, the Club’s official magazine, was first published in 1907 and has a print and digital circulation of over 296,178 copies per month (ABC). Visit www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk for further details.

• Visit www.nccw.co.uk for more information on National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019.