More People Love Camping Than Ever – Record Membership for the Camping and Caravanning Club

The membership numbers of the Camping and Caravanning Club have long been viewed as a bellwether for the success of the camping industry each year and judging by the membership figures that have been released by the club, 2016 is going to prove to be a bumper year. More people love camping than ever, if the record membership numbers are anything to go by. Nearly six hundred thousand individuals, or 281,674 households, are now members of the club, which is the oldest one of its kind found anywhere in the world. Not all campers will join the club, of course, so the record numbers only represent a fraction of those who are actually getting out there to enjoy the great outdoors. The UK's obsession with camping, it seems, just continues to grow.

The current popularity of camping no doubt has something to do with the fact that a camping trip is no longer perceived as an exercise in 'roughing it'. Modern camping has come a long way since the cold, wet days of heavy, complicated canvas tents and clunky caravans. Now, caravans and motorhomes come equipped with luxurious materials and sometimes practically all mod cons and tents are easier to erect, simpler and more effective than ever. Technological advances and innovation have meant a fast-moving industry that is far better able to meet the demands and desires of modern couples and families. Pop up and inflatable tents make it easier than ever to enjoy a stress and hassle free camping trip and modern towing is also easier than ever before.

The previous peak for membership of the club was in 2011, as the global recession meant that more families were returning to 'staycation' camping options as a cheaper alternative to travel abroad. Diverse factors such as bad weather and high petrol prices meant that the club saw a slight dip in membership between 2012 and 2014 but now those figures are back on form and higher than ever. The Camping and Caravanning Publication, which was made available online in 2014 is now the second highest circulating online publication in the UK after 'The Economist', according to ABC.

The Camping and Caravanning Club is 115-years-old (four years older than its publication) and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 108 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 16 Camping in the Forest touring sites. Whether you are a member or not, this club provides camping opportunities across the UK and helps more people than ever to enjoy affordable holidays in a range of beautiful places.