According to the Camping and Caravanning Club, advance bookings for pitches in the UK are up by 16% compared with 2009, and many camping and caravanning sites are urging would-be-campers to ensure that they book their pitches early.
The rise has been fuelled by the weak pound, especially against the euro, which has resulted in more people opting for a “staycation”. The camping and caravanning industry has also benefited to some extent from the recession as a camping or caravanning trip is more often than not a cheaper option compared with a holiday abroad.
The camping and caravanning industry is also benefiting from the forecast of a hot summer this year, with scorching temperatures expected in June, July and August.
At the same time, retailers have reported strong sales of camping equipment. Halfords says that sales of tents and other outdoor equipment had doubled since last year. Meanwhile, festivals such as Glastonbury are driving sales of smaller tents.