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Camping and caravanning are the ultimate in money saving holidaying, and they have been enjoyed by four in ten UK adults in the past three years, a study shows.
A total of over 17 million camping and caravanning trips are estimated to have been taken by UK adults in 2016, over 15 million of which were in Britain, according to a survey by Mintel.
This includes a spectrum of accommodation options from yurts, safari tents and shepherd’s huts to tiny two-berth mini and large luxury caravans, sophisticated motorhomes and holiday lodges.
The total trips taken figure is expected to rise to 17.9 million in 2017 and to over 21 million in 2020, and Mintel forecasts Britain’s camping and caravanning market will be worth over £3.2 billion by 2020.
Of those camping in a tent in the last three years, ‘getting away from it all’ is one of the key attractions (42 per cent) as well as ‘connecting with nature’ (41 per cent).
Just 14 per cent overall of those camping would welcome the opportunity to be disconnected from technology with no WiFi or internet, although surprisingly 32 per cent of music festival campers claim they would welcome the lack of connection!
Among those interested in such leisure holidays, 16 per cent plan to buy a tent from 2016 onwards, 9 per cent a towed caravan, 12 per cent a motorhome or campervan, and 10 per cent a static caravan or mobile home.
Motorhomes are seen as adventurous and fun, comfortable and family-friendly, with secure, spacious, high quality accommodation. A multi-destination European trip attracts 55 per cent, while 34 per cent would aim for a North America tour and 37 per cent would use a motorhome to see a sports event.
Market drivers for camping, caravanning and motorhomes trips in recent years include a reduction in petrol prices and a desire for families to reconnect with their environment.
A report published by The Wildlife Trust finds that children have become increasingly separated from nature, highlighting that fewer than 10 per cent of children play in natural areas, with 78 per cent of parents concerned their children don’t spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife.
The government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment report 2012 (produced every five years) predicts that future climate change is likely to improve the appeal of the UK as a holiday destination for both UK and overseas visitors with increased summer temperatures and a longer summer season.
The NCC (National Caravan Council), the event arm of which runs the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, estimates in the UK at present there are approximately 550,000 touring caravans, more than 205,000 motorhomes and 330,000 static caravan holiday homes in use, totalling over one million leisure vehicles.
The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, now in its sixth year, will be held at Birmingham’s NEC from 21 to 26 February 2017 and is organised by NCC Events.