Following hot on the heels of the Bank Holiday weekend and all the exciting camping possibilities that brings, is National Camping and Caravanning Week (27 May to 2 June, handily during half term).
Now in its 13th year, the Camping and Caravanning Club initiative means a good excuse (as if we need one) to get out there and feel the grass – or hardstanding – under our feet. Chairs out, beer open and, altogether, “Ahhhhhhh…”
The week aims to celebrate the nation’s love for camping, caravanning and the great outdoors. And it won’t surprise dedicated campers to know that a recent survey* showed that camping and caravanning in the UK came top of favourite family holidays across the decades.
Hitting the campsite has been the nation’s favourite holiday since the 1940s and the poll of 2,000 adults showed that camping hit an all-time high in the 1960s, slipped back slightly in the 80s but has seen a steady incline since and today is said to be worth £6bn to the UK economy.
If you’re a Nineties baby, you’re more likely to have been on a camping or caravanning holiday abroad. And 47% of children holidaying in the Nineties and Noughties took part in walking or hiking activities when on holiday with their families as opposed to those who holidayed before the 1970s, who were more likely to play board games.
Many pundits say that the rise in popularity of camping and caravanning is due to the recession, but we all know the reality is it’s just darned good fun!
So where are you heading off to for a camping adventure?
*Survey for carehiremarket.com