West Country receives most votes for dog-friendly campsites in Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Paws of Approval scheme
Over 23,000 dog-owning Caravan and Motorhome Club members have taken part in the Club’s Paws of Approval scheme so far, with 92% rating Club campsites as ‘excellent’, ‘very good’, or ‘good’ for dog friendliness and facilities when surveyed over a six-month period.
Two of the three highest-rated campsites with a score of 4.7 out of 5 are in the West County and these sites are the Treamble Valley Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite in Truro, Cornwall and Ilfracombe Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite in Devon. The other highest rating site is Thetford Forest Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite in Norfolk. All these sites were praised for the number of good dog walks from the site, a good dog exercise area and welcoming staff, as well as facilities such as dog bins.
Three other campsites that are snapping at the heels of the top scorers are geographically well spread, each with a rating of 4.6 out of 5. These are Rookesbury Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite in Hampshire, praised for its agility equipment and accessibility to the adjacent forest. Stamford Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite in Northamptonshire was praised for its dog shower and proximity to the woods while Yellowcraig Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite in East Lothian is popular due to the nearby forest, beach and dog wash area.
Harvey Alexander, the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s director of marketing, said: “Dogs stay for free on all our campsites and with forty percent of our members owning dogs, it is important that we provide the right facilities. We know that being able to travel with the family pet is a major motivator for many of our members and thousands have responded to our survey; it is great to see that so many of our campsites rate very highly with accessible dog walks, facilities and exercise areas.”
The Caravan and Motorhome Club launched the Paws of Approval scheme early in 2019, asking members to rate campsites on dog friendliness and facilities. With some forty percent of Club members owning dogs, the Club was keen to get their opinion on the facilities available at its campsites. The Club was also keen to recognise those campsites that go the extra mile and ideal and make it easier for members to identify the most suitable campsites for a holiday with their dog.
For more information on the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Paws of Approval Scheme, please visit www.camc.com/paws
January 27th, 2020 / Tom Romer
Caravan and Motorhome Club launches its 2020 professional driving courses
For new caravanners and motorhomers, or those who feel they need a refresher in driving their leisure vehicles, the Caravan and Motorhome Club has launched its 2020 practical training courses across 13 locations in the UK. The Club has over 40 years’ experience running training courses that have been designed specifically to give tourers additional peace of mind before they head off on their adventure.
Running from February to October, each training course provides professional safety instructions and techniques. Sessions include:
- Manoeuvring advice
- Hitching and towing safely
- Straightforward safety checks
- Understanding the laws that affect caravanning and motorhoming
- Practice in manoeuvring an outfit forwards and backwards
- Understanding loading and how it affects towing
The training courses are split into: Practical Caravanning; Caravan Manoeuvring; and Motorhome Manoeuvring. The caravan and motorhome manoeuvring courses both take under seven hours, whilst the Practical Caravan Manoeuvring course for people who are completely new to caravanning is completed within 10 hours split over two days.
The Practical Caravanning Course was devised in co-operation with the Road Transport Industry Training Board. Each training centre is staffed by professional instructors and the courses are designed to be as enjoyable as they are informative.
Harvey Alexander, director of marketing at the Caravan and Motorhome Club said; “We are delighted to be able to offer these important courses to tourers. The courses provide excellent value for money and mean that people have the confidence to relax and enjoy their touring adventure with real peace of mind.”
The courses are priced as follows:
- Practical Caravanning Course – £185.00
- Caravan Manoeuvring Course – £155.00
- Motorhome Manoeuvring Course – £185.00
Participants also benefit from the opportunity to save five percent on Club caravan cover, motorhome insurance and car insurance for a new policy or at the next renewal – evidence of course completion is required. They also receive the Club’s Essential Guide to Touring for free, which is jam-packed with plenty of useful information and normally costs £16.00.
For more information about the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s training courses, please visit www.camc.com/trainingcourses
January 22nd, 2020 / Tom Romer
Caravan and Motorhome Club announces site redevelopments for 2020
The Caravan and Motorhome Club is delighted to announce exciting redevelopments across four campsites on its UK network this year. The redevelopments include a number of new facilities at some of the Club’s most popular campsites, as well as a new selection of glamping units at one campsite, making it easier for Club members to bring friends and family to the great outdoors.
Cayton, North Yorkshire
Cayton Village Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite is currently in development to produce an incredible multi-million pound transformation. The updates will see a brand new, high-quality campsite kitted out with two new large facility blocks, play areas and equipment, and new pitches, including some with electric vehicle charging points. The campsite will also be home to a number of new glamping units – perfect for Club members with extended families who want to stay in this wonderful seaside location but don’t have their own leisure vehicle.
The site will be re-opening in August 2020 and will stay open until January each year.
Penrhos Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite in Anglesey is in the second phase of its half million pound redevelopment. New serviced pitches were introduced to the campsite in the winter of 2018, and the Club is building on these developments to add more new facilities for the 2020 touring season.
The campsite’s redevelopments will include a new accessible facility block including an accessible bathroom, as well as dish-washing area, laundry room and family washroom. The site reception is being redesigned and a new information room is being built that will help provide guests with plenty of facts about Anglesey and the surrounding area. A new motorhome waste point will be put in a convenient location, and finally, there will also be a small number of additional pitches added to the site, so that even more guests can enjoy the area.
Work is due to be completed by July 2020.
Brighton, East Sussex
The popular Brighton Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite is currently undergoing a project to de-compact the hardstanding pitches it has available, so that visitors to the site are able to peg in awnings. There will also be an additional 23 serviced pitches introduced to the site, so that even more visitors can enjoy all that Brighton has to offer.
Brighton remains open whilst re-developments take place. The works will be completed by the end of March 2020.
Battle, East Sussex
Battle Normanhurst Court Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite is undergoing work to improve and preserve the historic retaining walls at this former grand estate. In addition, essential work to improve some of the roads is taking place, a new style motorvan waste point is being introduced and some playground equipment is being replaced. Some new serviced pitches are also being installed while some grass pitches being converted to hardstanding.
The works will be completed in time for the main season starting again in March 2020.
Many other sites across the network will also be undergoing smaller scale improvements over the winter period to ensure that the sites are in great condition ready for the 2020 touring season.
For more information on the Caravan and Motorhome Club, please visit www.camc.com
January 22nd, 2020 / Tom Romer