Campsite bookings soar as Brits hunt down bargain breaks

Bargain-hunting Brits are increasingly looking to camping holidays as the tough financial times continue.

Last week saw unseasonably warm weather, and even with the drastic change in weather this week, many holidaymakers are willing to gamble on the chance they may strike lucky with the weather on a camping trip.

As the Easter holidays loom Britain’s Camping and Caravanning Club have seen a huge increase in bookings as Brits see camping as cheaper alternative to a holiday abroad.

The Club has seen five per cent rise in Easter bookings this year, and a 28 per cent jump since 2010.

The believes its not just a case of budget – but a increased interest in the UK this year, with the upcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Olympic Games.

‘With so much going on in 2012, this is the perfect time to make the most of the UK and take a holiday,’ says Robert Louden, Camping and Caravanning Club Director General.

‘Our booking numbers are extremely positive at this stage.

‘We’re dedicated to encouraging campers to experience domestic holidays.

‘There is no better way to enjoy our beautiful countryside at inexpensive costs.’

The 111-year-old club is made up of 130 campsites across Britian, this includes 20 on Forestry Commission land.

It has also been revealed, by the Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS), that Brits spent 12 per cent more on camping and caravanning in 2011 then 2010.

Festival goers give up tents for luxury

STYLISH pop-up hotels and designer sheds are replacing slumming it in tents at festivals, as not showing for days and sleeping in a tent become a thing of the past for a lucky few.

While tens of thousands of campers roughed it under canvas at the V Festival over the weekend, a select few were today waking up in these glamourous ‘podules’.

However, with a price tag of £2,600, they will be out of many festival-goers budgets.

However they do boast air conditioning, power shower, plumbed in toilet suite, fridge and double bed complete with linen and towels.

The designer sheds do come a little cheaper at £1,100 and come with a VIP communal shower block and toilets.

Around 90,000 revellers were enjoyed  the weekend festival on Staffordshire’s Weston Park, with acts including Rihanna and Eminem.

Cousins Carrere Copper,18, and Brogan Silcock, 17, were among those enjoying the pop up hotel, paid for by their parents as a treat. Carrere, a waitress, said: “I’m not into camping at all, it just doesn’t interest me. You get filthy.”

Richard Webster, a 54-year-old army surplus retailer, was spending the weekend with friend Anne Thomas in a designer shed. He said: “Nowadays the mind is willing but the body is weak. This is the perfect solution – camping for lazy people.”

Medics at the festival said they had treated 242 people on just the first day, for a variety of ailments, with 10 people being taken to hospital.