The theme for National Camping and Caravanning Week 2015 was ‘Get Kids Camping’.
From Monday 25th May to Sunday 31st May, we travelled up and down the country to key urban areas with a pop-up campsite roadshow. During this week we also revealed the results of our study with Plymouth University on the positive benefits of camping in tents, caravans and motorhomes on children’s practical abilities, confidence and energy levels.
Can camping support children’s learning? Does camping feed their imagination and help make kids smarter?
We answered these questions, and many more, in our report released during NCCW 2015: Research Results.
This latest study follows on from findings in our Real Richness research, the results of which we announced in 2012. Back then we discovered that 8 in 10 campers feel camping brings you closer together as a family, and 96% of kids said they felt happy when playing with their friends outdoors.
Our latest research results build on this, and show, amongst other findings, that 98% of parents said camping makes their kids appreciate and connect with nature; 95% said their kids were happier when camping; and 93% felt that it provided useful skills for later life.
The pop-up campsite roadshow was designed to take the joys of camping, and outdoor activities to children and young families across the UK who might not otherwise consider camping a holiday option.
The roadshow started at Chester Zoo, and then travelled on to Fargate in Sheffield, Centenary Square in Birmingham and finished at West Quay shopping centre in Southampton.
The pop-up campsite was packed with free activities for all the family to enjoy, all aimed at demonstrating how beneficial camping is for kids. We proved to families what we already know: camping and caravanning is a fantastic holiday for children!
The activities included the opportunity to look round a modern caravan, motorhome and tent to help families decide which mode of camping was right for them. We also showed them how to pitch a tent in seconds, with the Vango AirBeam Challenge.
Children were able to make believe in the Ready Camp playhouse. Ready Camp tents are pre-erected tents, fully equipped with everything you'll need on your camping holiday. Kids also enjoyed the ‘Kids Get Active’ zone, where they were able to take part in small physical challenges. Camping holidays encourage children to be more active!
Eat Local cooking demos were held throughout the week, as we’ve found that kids often get involved with the cooking whilst camping. There were also a couple of Easy Camp tipi tents for children to draw on and enter our Shaun the Sheep tent drawing competition!
In addition to all the above, there was face painting, crazy golf, a fun quiz, plus the opportunity to claim a free camping starter bag and to win a week's Ready Camp holiday and an iPad.
The Roadshow team also popped into a selection of Club Sites and Camping in the Forest Sites where there was also a range of activities and exclusive competition for campers.