The opportunities for camping and caravanning range from walking and
backpacking with a small one or two person tent, to travelling around with
a large and luxurious towing or motor caravan which is a true "home
Apart from providing a relatively cheap form of
holiday, these activities have the attraction of allowing one to stay at a
variety of locations in the countryside and elsewhere, with easy access to
local facilities and pursuits.
Camping and caravanning at all levels
is also generally a very social activity with a chance (if you want) to
meet new people at each campsite.
Camping and Caravanning Club www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
UK Camping Sites www.campingsites.org.uk/
Backpackers' Club www.catan.demon.co.uk/backpack/
Camping and Caravanning
Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly
The Caravan Club Magazine
Consult books or magazines
on different types of camping.
Find a local camping group
or club (see organisations above).
See if your local group has introductory evenings and other
Check in your local library/paper
for more information.
Skills and people
Camping is something that
anyone can do, whatever their age.
You can camp entirely on your own, but you generally need to have
permission to put your tent or caravan on someone's property.
people stay at more formal campsites (see below).
Equipment or clothing
In the British climate, you generally need to have at least a tent to
provide overnight protection.
The quality (and costs) of tents
or caravans can range very widely, from the basic to the very
Cooking and washing facilities may be needed,
though some of them will usually be available at formal sites.
A place or facilities
There are permanent campsites widely throughout the UK and many other
countries in towns as well as the countryside.
are also available, in connection with special events like pop concerts,
or organised by groups for their members. More details of the latter
are available from the organisations listed
The nature of the washing, cooking, shopping etc facilities
available at sites varies greatly. Some sites specialise in
particular types of campers or caravans (eg tents or caravans only).