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Bank Holiday Camping?

So it’s the last Bank Holiday of the year in the UK and it’s a mixed weather report for those who are planning on camping. At the moment the weather on Friday and Saturday isn’t great, however Sunday and Monday could be a little brighter.

So those planning on the quick getaway may want to delay a little as the weather won’t be great on the Friday and stay a little longer on the Monday evening.

Remember any bank holiday in the UK will see campsite increase prices a little and get booked up. Book before hand if possible even it’s just ringing ahead and have one or two alternative locations just incase.

What ever happens have a good one and enjoy the last bank holiday of the year!

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Wigwam Holidays

We’re a big fan of staying in unusual places in the outdoors and the other day we came across Wigwam holidays. Similar to the camping pod’s we’ve staying in, Wigwam Holidays have slightly larger cabins which sleep more people.

Some cabins have electricity hook up which means TV’s, fridges and plug sockets to charge any electrical gear. Benches turn into double beds for a great nights sleep! There’s locations all around the UK with plenty in Scotland and the Lakes.

If you fancy break then why not have a look over at http://www.wigwamholidays.com/

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The Lakes TV Show ITV

Tonight saw the second episode of ITV’s the lakes. Sponsored by Regatta the progress looks at the life, people and events of the Lake District. Presented by Rory McGrath tonights episode followed Appleby annual Horse Fair, owners of an American-themed B&B in Ambleside and the Ullswater sailing regatta.

The Lakes can be seen every Monday at 8:00 or online on the ITV player. Head over to the mini site for more details http://www.itv.com/lifestyle/thelakes/.

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BBC ThrillSeekers aims to get you Outdoors

The BBC have launched a new site that aims to get more people outdoor and on an adventure.

The ThrillSeekers mini site links to related BBC programs on the iplayer and related BBC websites.

There’s a guide to different type of activities and an events list. The events are plotted on a map which allows you to search with your postcode to find events near to you or your holiday destination.

Head over to the BBC ThrillSeekers site to find an event near to you.

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Glamping: enjoying the outdoors in style

While “old fashioned” camping trips still remain popular, a new camping trend known as “glamping” is emerging all over the world.

For those who associate camping with leaking tents, bugs and insects, unpredictable adverse weather, and wild animals, among others, glamping, aka glamorous camping, can be the ideal solution.

So what’s the difference between the average camping holiday and a glamping trip? Well, in terms of the type of outdoor excursions and activities – not much really. Most glampers still take part in walking and hiking, and the usual outdoor activities. If you’re lucky enough, comfortable transportation may be provided from the campsite to the excursion destination.

The main difference between the two trips is the type of accommodation they opt to stay in and the amenities available at the campsite. Instead of staying in a standard tent, glampers spend their nights in a luxurious and fancy tent which is hooked up to electrical power. This means that you are able to use items such as hair straighteners and hair dryers while camping – a luxury for any girl out there!

A full-sized mattress or even a regular spring mattress may be provided which means that they will not have an uncomfortable night sleep – we all know what its like when you realise that you have pitched up on rocky ground and, when laid down, the largest rock happens to dig straight into the middle of your back! Unfortunate!

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New Visitor Centre For the Lake District

Sunset at Windermere
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Plans have been revealed for a £24 million visitor centre in the Lake District. The plan involves a redevelopment of the Brockhole Visitor Centre into a brand new centre for all tourist activity in the Lake District.

It’s hoped that the development will be funded by mony from the LDNPA with grants from Heritage Lottery and the North West Regional Development Agency.

Specific details include an area for outdoor events for 5,000 people, a Go Ape high-wire forest adventure, adventure playground, watersports centre and a second jetty on lake Windermere.

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PitchUp.com – Helping you find a Pitch

PitchUp.com is a brand new site helping you find a pitch in the UK and Ireland. Only set up in July this year the site has 5,000 locations which can be searched via post code, town or site name.

If you know the general area you want to stay in there’s a really good map which then pin points each campsite. You can zoom in and click the pin point for more details. Even more important there are reviews for the camp sites to get an independent view of the camp site. As expected not all locations have a review but should build up over time.

PitchUp.com

There’s a blog, offers on weekend breaks, suggestions of places to go near to each campsite, local events list and it helps that the site is nice and easy to navigate around.

So PitchUp.com is a great new site and if your looking for a pitch take a look over at PitchUp.com

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Man United ace opts for a “staycation” in a caravan

Rio Ferdinand, English footballer. Plays in th...
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It looks as though the trend for “staycation” holidays is not just restricted to those on a budget. The Man United ace and England defender Rio Ferdinand was snapped taking a caravaning holiday at Presthaven Sands in Prestatyn, north Wales, with his fiancee and two sons.

While most footballers are known to holiday in countries such as Dubai and in resorts accredited with no lower than 5 stars, the celebrity opted to stay in a luxurious top of the range £400 caravan for a weekend at the end of August.

You can imagine the surprise of budget-restrained fellow holidaymakers to find the star holidaying at the same place!

According to Haven Holidays, the idol was happy to sign autographs and mingle with other fellow campers and caravanners. What a nice bloke eh?!