The Caravan and Motorhome Club Launches new Pop-Up Campsite at Blenheim Palace

 

(8th September 2020) Due to popular demand the Caravan and Motorhome Club has introduced a new pop-up campsite in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, with prices starting at just £23.10* per night for two adults. 

 

The campsite has been created as a result of the Club’s nearby and very popular Bladon Chains campsite running at capacity for much of the summer.

 

The new pop-up campsite is open for 50 days from Friday 11th September to Sunday 1st November inclusive.  All visitors will receive 30% off Blenheim Palace admission tickets for the Palace, Park and Gardens and 20% off at the Blenheim Palace Gift Shop.

 

Harvey Alexander, director of marketing and membership services at the Caravan and Motorhome Club said: “All of our UK sites have been incredibly popular this summer and Bladon Chains, (always a busy site) has been in particular demand.  We are constantly looking to offer our members new experiences and we are delighted to work with Blenheim Palace to offer something truly unique, the chance to stay in such close proximity to the Palace in its beautiful grounds”.

 

The campsite is located just outside the wall of the Palace garden, a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site.   As well as being treated to stunning garden views, visitors can tour Blenheim Palace, home to the Dukes of Marlborough since the eighteenth century and birthplace of Winston Churchill.   The nearby Bladon Church is also in walking distance with Churchill’s modest but memorable grave.

  

Whilst in the area a visit to Oxford is also a must and one of the easiest and most pleasant ways to see this historic university town is by open topped bus. For those interested in art and archaeology, the Ashmolean Museum houses intriguing exhibitions spanning five floors.  If more shopping is the order of the day, nearby Bicester Village with its designer outlets is also a great day out.  In complete contrast, the site is also within easy reach of the lovely Cotswolds with its picture postcard villages of Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach.

 

On the site all pitches measure 11 metres x 10 metres and include space for either one caravan, motorhome, tent or trailer tent and one car only, with a maximum occupancy of 8 people. Pitches are allocated on arrival on a first come first served basis. As a pop-up campsite there are temporary shower and toilet facilities, fresh water and all pitches have an electrical hook up.  For those wanting to make the most of the end of summer, bbqs are allowed.  *Each pitch for two adults costs £23.10 per night; additional adult guests cost £7.40 each night and children from 5-17 £2.20 each night, plus a booking fee of £1.  Under 5’s go free and dogs are welcome.

 

To book a pitch visit https://caravanclub.anytimebooking.eu/place_booking/#forward

September 8th, 2020 / Tom Romer

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, Anglesey

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

Glamping with Experience Freedom

Did you know, Caravan and Motorhome Club members enjoy an exclusive saving of 10% on glamping pod and yurt bookings. Better still, friends and family members can benefit from this offer too when they stay on site at the same time*.

Members can book today by heading to our sister website, Experience Freedom, where they will find additional details on dates, prices, availability, as well as product information, locational information and FAQs.

December 10th, 2019 / Tom Romer

Caravan and Motorhome Club announces the winners of its Certificated Location of the Year 2019 Awards

 

The Caravan and Motorhome Club is delighted to announce the winner of its Certificated Location of the Year Award 2019 is Brunette Cottage, situated in the beautiful Welsh Borders countryside. Cherry Cottage in Dorset took second place and Marylands in Pembrokeshire came third. Best Newcomer was awarded to Barn Owl Meadow in Suffolk.

Certificated Locations (CLs) are privately-owned, maximum five-pitch sites found across the UK, open exclusively to Caravan and Motorhome Club members. Many CLs are found in idyllic and remote locations such as farms, country estates and beside inns and they can provide a valuable, additional income stream for local communities. The sites entered for the CL of the Year Awards are nominated by Club members, recognising the very best sites and rewarding hard-working owners who pull out all the stops for guests. The awards are presented at the House of Commons in recognition of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act (1960) which enables the Caravan and Motorhome Club to grant certificates to landowners to operate CLs.

Grenville Chamberlain OBE, Chairman of the Caravan and Motorhome Club said: “Our network of CLs provide our members with unique stays up and down the UK, and whilst each one is special, they unfortunately cannot all win! The awards celebrate owners who truly go above and beyond to give visitors the very best experience. The nominations were extremely close – I’d like to congratulate all of the winners and thank all our CL owners for their tremendous work.”

November 25th, 2019 / Tom Romer

Members save £15 at Countryfile Live 2020!

 

 

We’re thrilled to be able to offer members tickets to BBC Countryfile Live, saving £15 against the on-the-door price. Members can buy tickets at this price until 29 July 2020.

To purchase tickets, please visit:  https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/club-shop/Countryfile-Live/

 

November 18th, 2019 / Tom Romer

Popularity of autumn and winter touring continues to rise!

Proving that caravanning, campervanning and motorhoming are great holiday options no matter what time of year, Caravan and Motorhome Club members are continuing to embrace autumn and winter touring.

Bookings for autumn and winter 2018 to 2019 were up seven percent compared to the 2017 to 2018 season, and feedback from the Club’s recent social media polls show that its members think there is much to love about touring during the cooler and quieter months.

Some 26 percent of Club members questioned said they enjoyed the autumn colours and 22 percent loved long walks on crisp bright days, with 35 percent enjoying the quieter sites and attractions out of season.  Nearly 20 percent travelled out of season to appreciate the sheer beauty of the seasonal landscape.

The resounding sentiment was that whilst members want to get out walking and visiting local attractions, many also love the warm and cosy feeling of being in their campervan, caravan or motorhome over the autumn and winter months, whatever the weather might throw at them.

Top tips include:

  • Booking sites nearer to towns and cities so there’s plenty to do and see if the weather isn’t at its best
  • Avoiding muddy walks by visiting coastal sites, taking walks along the beach and going beachcombing
  • Take your winter jumper to snuggle in after a long walk in the beautiful countryside
  • Go ‘old school’ with a selection of board games if the weather outside is ‘frightful’!
  • Fire up your outfit a few days before you go to check all the heating and hot water works, check your tyres, gas and insulation
  • Don’t forget that Club campsites have great drying facilities if clothes get wet from winter walks – so take lots of change!

Harvey Alexander, director of marketing for the Caravan and Motorhome Club, said: “Our members are an active and adventurous bunch so it’s no surprise that so many of them enjoy touring during autumn and winter, and we are striving to keep more and more of our sites open out of season to keep up with the demand.

“It’s great to hear how our members all get away their way – whether that be curling up with a good book and a nice cuppa in a cosy motorhome or braving the chill and camping in a national park so they can spend the days walking and cycling. I’ve especially enjoyed hearing the tips that our members have for getting away in the cooler months, not just the practicalities of being prepared, but the lovely feeling they have of being safe and warm inside their leisure vehicles and benefitting from the great facilities we have on our sites.”

Caravanners, campervanners and motorhomers who are looking to get away during autumn and winter are spoilt for choice as more than 55 Club and affiliated sites plus numerous Certificated Locations staying open all year round. From the Scottish Highlands to the Cornish coast, the sites are located across the UK and the majority of them offer heated washrooms, hot showers and electric hook ups, making it easy to stay warm and cosy no matter the weather. Many offer kids’ stays for £1 per night and mid-week discount so families and couples alike can enjoy a break for less.

For those looking for a stylish glamping getaway, Experience Freedom from the Caravan and Motorhome Club offers many options for members and non-members alike across the UK. From camping pods to yurts, glamping pods, Airstream stays and motorhome hire with Swift Go, there are options suitable for every taste and budget all year round.

Caravan and Motorhome Club membership is just £52 per year and it not only provides members with access to 2700 quality sites in the UK and overseas, but expert advice, overseas travel services, great ferry offers, cover and insurance and exclusive member offers and discounts on everything from new cars to outdoor clothing  – plus 10 percent discount on glamping products. The Club also offers escorted and independent tours of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Southern Africa for both member and non-members.

For more information on the Caravan and Motorhome Club, please visit www.camc.com

 

November 11th, 2019 / Tom Romer

Caravan and Motorhome Club Call Centre Wins UKCCF Gold Award

 

The Caravan and Motorhome Club is delighted to announce its gold award win at the prestigious UKCCF National Awards. The Club’s contact centre won the ‘Medium Contact Centre of the Year’ category at the event held at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in the Stadium MK, (home of the MK Dons) on Friday 25 October.

The Club won the strongly contested category for contact centres with 50-200 seats, beating competition from other finalists including Ikano Bank, Policy Expert and Yopa.

Peter Martin, Head of Operations, Membership Services at the Caravan and Motorhome Club was present to collect the award; he said: “We are delighted to receive this award, which is a wonderful recognition of the hard work of all those involved. Not only from those answering the phones on a daily basis and providing the excellent customer service expected by our members and potential members, but also all of the back office support teams, our team leaders and centre managers. I would also like to thank the rest of the Club, as without their support this would not have been possible.”

Caravan and Motorhome Club call centre employees are required to promote and sell a range of the Club’s services and products, handle member and non-member enquiries and resolve any complaints to the required standards. All staff trained thoroughly to provide excellent customer service at all times.

The UKCCF Awards recognise individual, team and company best practice amongst the UK’s 6000+ contact centres – rewarding innovation, team-working, employee engagement, the delivery of superb Customer Experience and more.

For more information on the Caravan and Motorhome Club, please visit www.camc.com

 

 

 

November 11th, 2019 / Tom Romer

100 Years of towing

Thanks to our friends over at Caravan Times for their recent story celebrating 100 Years Of Towing, you can read the full article here: http://www.caravantimes.co.uk/news/motorhomes/camc-100-years-of-towing-celebration-$21388782.htm

It really is crazy to think that we have been towing for 100 years! As the 100th anniversary of the first commercial caravan to be towed by car, the Caravan and Motorhome Club is witnessing an eight percent rise in bookings for 2019 with many people venturing out in their caravans this Bank Holiday to mark the start of the summer season.

With site bookings at an all-time high, Harvey Alexander, director of marketing at the Caravan and Motorhome Club said: “The continued political uncertainty, together with last year’s fantastic summer and the warm weather we have seen so far this year, means we have seen a real surge in demand for our UK site network as people choose to explore what is on their doorstep this summer.”

With additional incentives such as kids under five stay free on all UK Club sites and dogs also being able to stay for free, holidaying closer to home becomes even more economical.”

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June 3rd, 2019 / Tom Romer