It used to be a bit fashionable to snigger at people who go camping and caravanning, but in actual fact around 18 million Brits do so every year – 78% more than holiday in Spain. The rise of the staycation and the news of celebs like Posh and Becks and Jamie Oliver all taking to their camper vans has brought this style of holiday more and more into the mainstream in recent years.
Those of us who have been camping and caravanning since before the celebs got in on the act know it's the perfect holiday if you’re on a tight budget – invest in a tent and a sleeping bag and off you go. If you're a bit more flush, up the luxury stakes, from taking a £250,000 Silverstream motorhome around the country to staying in a converted double-decker bus at Glastonbury. And for those in the middle, there are oodles of options too, from buying your own touring caravan or motorhome to booking a week or two at a static caravan park.
Here’s a quick guide to the different types of camping holidays available:
Once you’ve decided what sort of holiday you want, you can choose from dozens of activities on and off your holiday park. Stay in one of the country’s thousands of parks offering spectacular scenery, remote location, nature and wildlife havens, or near fishing, birdwatching reserves, beaches...there's something for everyone, every lifestyle and every budget.
On Pitchup.com you can filter your search to include all these terms, as well as look for parks near an upcoming festival, destination or offer. All our listed park include Good Pub Guide pubs nearby, a full list of facilities on site, links to nearby cycle routes and places of interest in the area.
You can also filter your campsite or caravan park by dozens of search terms, including caravan parks with indoor swimming pools, parks which allow dogs, or are family friendly, or adults only, or near a National Park, or budget/backpacker, or gay-friendly, or open all year, or peaceful, or in a forest...whatever you want from your holiday. You can also check availability and look for campsites according to price, tourist board rating and user review.
But don’t just take our word for it – here are some of our top-selling campsites and caravan parks: