What are the campsites like?
Hints & Tips
Campsites do vary dependant on location and type. There are sites owned by the caravan club, commercial sites and certificated location (CL) sites available. You can also join regional Caravan clubs and pitch at the various locations across the UK.
Caravan Club Sites: These are well renowned for being very secure sites at excellent locations across the UK. They often have miniature shops available for bread, milk etc and they have facilities on site, allowing you to shower and go to the toilet in a clean block, rather than your own caravan. Some sites also have a games room and washing facilities. Nearly all sites allow electric hook up, meaning that you don't drain your battery or rely on gas.
Commercial Sites: In essence these are very like the caravan club sites, although they all differ and some have more benefits than others. Theses sites are essentially holiday home sites which allow a small amount of touring caravans to camp on an ad-hoc basis. The facilities on these sites are often much more extensive offering much more in terms of leisure facilities.
CL Sites: These are small, privately owned sites. They are licensed by the caravan club and are permitted to hold a maximum of 5 caravans per night. The sites are cheap at roughly 4-5 per night regardless of the number of people within the caravan. There are over 2500 sites to choose from and they offer excellent value for money over a broad range of places ranging from coastal to cities.
Rallies: In order to attend a caravan rally, you must be a member of the caravan club. There are many different regions each providing a club, which is ran by a chairman, such as The Yorkshire Dales club. Members of the clubs meet at what is known as a "rally" at different locations across the region. Each weekend, a different rally will be scheduled in and the meet will be ran by a member of the club. Often club members take it in turn to take this responsibility. These meets will be over the course of the year and you will often be camping on a farmers field, or a cricket pitch etc. This is a great opportunity for you to meet new friends, walk and socialise on an evening. Often paying around £10 per weekend, per caravan.