Pent up demand for holidays in the UK could see a major boom in caravan and motorhome getaways this summer as Brits see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of an easing of lockdown restrictions.
Andrew Robson, of The Camping and Caravanning Club, told the Oxford Mail there’s been a more than 50 per cent increase in bookings in comparison to the same time in 2019 already this year.
In particular, motorhome and caravan getaways are proving popular in the Cotswolds and other idyllic areas of the country.
“We anticipate that once we reopen, we are going to have a good year, and advance bookings continue to remain strong, mirroring the trend elsewhere across the UK – and there is still plenty of availability,” he commented.
Mr Robson added that spending time outdoors at places such as campsites can provide a “really important break” that many people will be hankering for after such an extended lockdown and being forced to stay at home.
“Camping is all about spending time in the fresh air – it puts us on the doorstep of our wonderful countryside and allows us to get closer to nature.”
Shared facilities like toilet blocks and entertainment venues remain closed at present at many sites, but all restrictions are set to be lifted later this month (17th May) should the government continue to follow its planned route for getting us all out of lockdown.
Once that happens, it’s expected a large number of holidaymakers will take up the option of a UK staycation, with campsites up and down the country expecting a bumper summer.