It Looks Like The Busiest Season Ever For Campsites In The UK– But There Should Be Space For Everyone

Apr 21, 2021

Spring has sprung, and it's a bit springier than usual. The birds are singing with extra chirp, cherry blossom trees are bright with bloom, and buds are bursting open with a flourish. The annual opening of the natural world is enhanced this year by our own national reopening, as bars, restaurants and shops come back to life. As the bank holiday weekends race towards us with the promise of newfound fun and freedom, one sector of the hospitality industry has an extra-bullish bounce: camping is set for a breakout year.

Campsite owners across the country are busy cleaning, repairing and sprucing their campsites to be ready for what looks set to be the biggest UK camping season on record. There's an expectant buzz in the air, as bookings are bounding in like never before. On the Cool Camping website alone, bookings are up by over 500 per cent this year compared with 2019, so the buzz is very real, with a new wave of holidaymakers set to embrace UK camping for the first time this season. Admittedly, uncertainty around foreign travel has added to the staycation surge, and the interest in camping in particular.

The fact that a UK camping holiday can cost less than pre-travel Covid tests for all the family must surely be a factor in people's minds as they cost out the options. And then there's the traffic light system. Being stuck in expensive hotel quarantine when the traffic lights suddenly change is not the dream end to any holiday. Removing that possibility makes everything less stressful.

So a domestic camping trip is the answer for many of us this year. It certainly seems that the nation can't wait to find freedom among the woodlands and fields - not surprising given the confines within which life has operated for so long. The pleasure of being outdoors is now appreciated fully, when previously it might have been taken for granted. The inevitable result is that camping is on the cusp of a boom. People want "out", and they're busy booking up their personal slice of fresh-air-filled happiness.

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