The Caravan Club – To Join or Not to Join
If you’re new to caravanning you may be wondering whether or not to join the Camping and Caravanning Club – it’s the world’s largest and oldest Club for all types of camping and boasts more than half a million members! The CCC was founded by Thomas Hiram Holding a London based journeyman tailor who crossed America as a young boy with his parents in 1853 as part of a wagon train and caught the camping bug on the way.
As a keen cyclist, Holding was a key player in the formation of the Bicycle Touring Club in 1878. He went on to design lightweight camping kit and embarked on a cycling tour to Ireland with four friends. His book about their experiences attracted interest in forming the Association of Cycle Campers whose inaugural camp at Wantage in 1901. The Association grew up to become the Camping and Caravanning Club and plays a major role in the camping world to this day.
Annual membership costs just £41 and covers the whole family, up to four kids. Members enjoy discounts at over a hundred award winning campsites in the UK with saving of up to £7 per pitch per night in places. There’s a monthly Membership Magazine with Club news, product and site reviews and articles and advice. Member services on the website include caravan, motorhome, camping and car insurance, together with breakdown and recovery services. There are 1,500 Members Only smaller campsites where you really can get away from it all and enjoy the peace.
The Caravan Club’s international travel service, Carefree is a one-stop shop for international camping arrangements. Members even get free technical advice on a range of issues from solar power to matching your car to your caravan. You name it, there’s an expert ready to help.
Of course, the Caravan and Camping Club’s website is a huge free resource in itself for campers and caravanners with valuable advice, information and resources that anybody can use. The membership means that you get all this and extra – that’s an offer that’s nearly too good to refuse.