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The Rich Tapestry of the Camping and Caravanning Club: A Journey from Beginnings to Today

The Camping and Caravanning Club, a beacon for outdoor enthusiasts, has woven a rich tapestry of community and adventure since its inception. This narrative unfolds the club’s storied past, highlighting its evolution and the quintessential experiences it offers through its top five sites to visit in 2024.


A Timeless Venture: The Origins of the Camping and Caravanning Club

The Genesis of a Movement It all began in 1901, inspired by the simple joy of camping under the stars. Thomas Hiram Holding, often regarded as the father of modern camping, established the Association of Cycle Campers. This small collective of cycling enthusiasts who embraced the freedom of camping birthed a movement that would grow to become today’s Camping and Caravanning Club.

Expansion and Evolution Through the decades, the club expanded its scope beyond the bicycle to include caravans and motorhomes, adapting to the changing preferences of its members. By the mid-20th century, it had transformed into a comprehensive repository of camping knowledge and advocacy, championing the rights of campers and influencing legislation.


The Club Today: Upholding Traditions and Innovations

Membership and Mission

Today, the club boasts over half a million members, each sharing a passion for camping and caravanning. It remains committed to its mission of promoting and enhancing the joys of camping, providing its members with resources, exclusive access to sites, and a community of like-minded individuals.

Sustainability and Outreach

In response to the growing environmental awareness, the club has taken strides in promoting sustainable practices among its sites and members. Initiatives such as wildlife conservation projects and the reduction of carbon footprints are a testament to the club’s commitment to the environment.

A scenic view of a couple enjoying hiking at one of the Camping and Caravanning Club's top sites in 2024.

Top 5 Must-Visit Camping and Caravanning Club Sites in 2024

1. The Enchanting Retreat: Lake District

Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, this site offers breathtaking views and direct access to serene lakes and rugged hikes. It’s perfect for both relaxation and adventure, making it a top choice for nature lovers in 2024. Check out the site here.

2. Coastal Haven: Cornwall

For those who dream of the sea, the Cornwall site provides a stunning cliff-top location with panoramic ocean views. The access to sandy beaches and coastal walking paths makes it an idyllic spot for sun-seekers and hikers alike. Check out the site here.

3. Historical Exploration: York

Situated near the historic city of York, this site not only offers modern amenities but also serves as a gateway to exploring medieval architecture and vibrant cultural heritage. It’s ideal for families looking to blend outdoor living with educational experiences. Check out the site here.

4. Scottish Wilderness: Highlands

This site in the Scottish Highlands is a paradise for those seeking solitude and unspoiled landscapes. With opportunities for hill walking, fishing, and spotting wildlife, it embodies the rugged spirit of northern Britain. Check out the site here.

5. Family Fun: Cotswolds

The Cotswolds site balances natural beauty with family-friendly facilities. Located in an area known for its picturesque villages and rolling countryside, it offers a peaceful retreat with plenty of activities for all ages. Check out the site here.


FAQs About the Camping and Caravanning Club

What benefits do members of the Camping and Caravanning Club receive? Members of the club enjoy discounted rates at over 100 club sites, access to exclusive member-only sites, and a range of special deals on camping gear and travel. All EV Camper Company hires can access all UK Cubs Sites for the member’s rate. Find out more about our partnership here.

What are the club’s efforts in promoting sustainable camping? The club actively encourages sustainable practices through their initiatives. They have pioneered reducing waste, conserving water, and maintaining biodiversity at its sites. This ensures that the beauty of the great outdoors is preserved for future generations. They also embrace EVs with friendly charging policies, such as allowing you to charge our electric campervan on an electric pitch for no extra fees. Find our more about our campervan here.

Is the Camping and Caravanning Club suitable for first-time campers? Absolutely! The club provides extensive information and support for newcomers. This includes beginner guides to camping and caravanning, making it a welcoming environment for all. Hear directly from the club’s beginners guide here.

Can you book a club site without being a member? While membership provides additional benefits and access to certain exclusive sites. Many of the club’s locations are available to non-members, allowing everyone to experience the joy of camping and caravanning. Don’t worry, thoough you can get the members rate with our campervan, thanks to our wonderful partnership with the club!


Embracing the Great Outdoors with the Club

The Camping and Caravanning Club remains a cornerstone for camping enthusiasts, blending tradition with innovation. As it adapts to the challenges of the modern world, it continues to offer unparalleled access to some of the UK’s most stunning landscapes, affirming its role as a champion of the great outdoors. Whether you are a seasoned camper or a curious newcomer, the club promises a gateway to adventures and lasting memories.

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Accommodation Features
  • Fridge (50L)
  • 5.3 Meters long
  • Portable induction hob
  • Integrated water tanks
  • Water heating
  • Automatic cabin climate control (heat & cool)
  • Composting toilet
  • Automatic camping control panel
  • Ambient mood lighting
  • Leisure battery management with solar
  • Unlimited onboard Wi-Fi
  • 2 double beds with sleeping bags & pillows
  • Kitchen kit
  • Cleaning kit
  • Toiletry kit
Vehicle Features
  • Automatic gearbox
  • Active safety braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • 7″ Touchscreen & 3D navigation
  • Automatic smart beam headlights & wipers
  • Hill start assist
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Automatic folding & heated door mirrors
  • Rear parking sensors & 180 vision
  • Apple Carplay & Android Auto (cable required)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Spare wheel, jack and safety kit
  • 11kW Triphase onboard charger
  • Mode 3 Type 2 charging cable
  • Campsite electric hook-up cable
  • Charging network RFID cards
  • 24/7 Assistance & RAC breakdown

More Features

The Lomond
Accommodation Features
  • Top Loading Fridge
  • 5.3 Meters long
  • Portable induction hob
  • Integrated water tank
  • Automatic cabin climate control (heat & cool)
  • Waterless toilet
  • Mood Pad
  • Ambient mood lighting
  • Leisure battery management with solar
  • Unlimited onboard Wi-Fi
  • Lower folding bed
  • Poptop bed
  • Kitchen kit
  • Cleaning kit
  • Toilet kit
  • Amenities Pack for all Adventurers
Vehicle Features
  • Automatic gearbox
  • Active safety braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • 7″ Touchscreen & 3D navigation
  • Automatic smart beam headlights & wipers
  • Hill start assist
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Automatic folding & heated door mirrors
  • Rear parking sensors & 180 vision
  • Apple Carplay & Android Auto (cable required)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Spare wheel, jack and safety kit
  • 11kW Triphase onboard charger
  • Mode 3 Type 2 charging cable
  • Campsite electric hook-up cable
  • Charging network RFID cards
  • 24/7 Assistance & breakdown cover