It’s Whitsun Week and that means three things to me. It’s half term for the schools and so it’s a great time to go away for a break. It’s National Camping and Caravanning Week
(NCCW) and so the best way to go away is with a tent, caravan or motorhome. And my birthday always falls within the week itself – and that has traditionally meant being away from home because I too get away with the family.
For many people part of the appeal of camping is that big ‘reveal’ moment. First thing in the morning you unzip the front of the tent or open the caravan or motorhome door, to see what vista lies before you. I’m no different. It can be all the more enjoyable when you pitch up in the dark the night before and then see what view greets you the next morning.
One of my passions in life is encouraging people to enjoy the great outdoors. To get them into the countryside where they can enjoy all the benefits it brings, both physically and mentally.
For me, the best way to do that is twofold. Firstly, camping in all its forms brings you closer to nature and is the ideal way to enjoy outdoor pastimes and sports. And secondly, start them young. Get children into camping and the countryside at a tender age and that way they will hopefully carry our great...
The Club has relaunched its biennial campsite guide SiteSeeker 2017-2018: The Big Sites Book for Members of The Camping and Caravanning Club. Extensive consultation with members and senior Voluntary Officers has been undertaken to introduce improvements to the book, which has seen a move away from the previous structure of using OS sheets to find a campsite within the book.
Here are our top tips on how to make the most of the book, which features more than 2,600 campsites around the UK and parts...