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Our UK Staycations Plans for 2021, with the Caravan and Motorhome Club

11th February 2021

Staycations are more popular than ever this year during these uncertain times.

I’ve decided the holidays we have this year will be UK-based, and I’ve started to look at our options.

I’ve taken my son on many UK holidays, choosing mainly caravan sites and the occasionally camping trip.

child sitting in a tent eating dinner
My Son Enjoying Dinner in his Garden Tent

My son was just six months old when he had his first caravan holiday, and there’s been loads ever since.

He had his first camping experience three years later, and you can imagine the fun he had!

Whilst being stuck at home this year he’s been camping in the garden, but he’s itching to explore new places.

Here’s the ideas I’ve come up with so far:

Camping & Caravan Plans

Campsites are one of the safer ways to holiday currently, because you’re self-sufficient and have your own outdoor space.

The Caravan and the Motorhome Club have changed some of their club site procedures to ensure members, guest and staff stay safe.

They have a yearly membership of £54 which includes perks like zero deposits with free cancellations and amendments.

This is perfect for the current ever-changing rules around travel that the UK is experiencing.

tent in a field
One of the Tents We’ve Used

Membership entitles you to a free first night, 50% pitch fees discount and access to 2700 UK and European campsites. Members also get some great member offers.

Camping holidays can be anything from one night to many weeks. Many campsites are flexible, so if you’re enjoying it you can have the option to increase your stay.

For location inspiration, I’ve tried the Club’s Holiday Quiz where they list holidays suited to you based on your answers.

During the colder months we want to use caravans, and The Club have some great sites for family holidays. These sites offer playgrounds, entertainment and kids are either free (under 5s) or discounted.

landscape view of a river in Cumbria
Cumbria Views

They include dog friendly campsites like Coniston Park Coppice in Cumbria that look amazing.

It’s based within 63 acres of National Trust woodland, and has dog and bike washing points to use after exploring this.

There’s easy access to attractions like Coniston Water, as well as a mini adventure playground on site. Activities include cycling, rock climbing, pony treks and water sports. Our three active boys would love this!

This campsite is also near a pub which has it’s own micro-brewery and they serve their own home brew beer.

I also have my eye on Cirencester Park Club Site in the Cotswolds. It’s close to Cirencester, which has a lot of Roman history that my 8-year-old would find fascinating.

Being so close to the Cotswolds would mean long dog walks exploring limestone villages, little towns and gorgeous, untouched countryside.

Cotswold houses overlooking a lake
Cotswold Villages are on my Must-See List

Activities

The Club’s sites offer great activities including entertainment and playgrounds.

They have exclusive member offers for UK attractions, including Go Ape, National Trust, theme parks and much more.

Some of these offers would also be great to use for day trips, as they aren’t exclusive to holidays.

The Club have a Big Little Tent Festival which you can enjoy whilst the restrictions are still in place. They have provided entertainment you can enjoy whilst camping at home in your garden!

Glamping

My chronic pain’s become worse recently, so camping’s become difficult for me.

So I’ve been exploring other options like glamping and caravans as alternatives.

There’s some great glamping sites that offer pods, yurts and cabins and I’d love to try all of these!

Yurt in the open space
Yurts Provide an Authentic Camping Option

Glamping cabins can inhabit six people and include beds, heating and a bathroom, so it’s definitely much more glamourous than standard camping.

Yurts give the authentic camping experience of a night out under the stars, whilst keeping the luxury of a bed.

Campervan Goals

My goal is to get a campervan, so we could travel anywhere and home’s already set up when we arrive!

The thought of travelling across the country is appealing, particularly whilst going abroad isn’t a great idea at the moment.

I love watching programmes where families travel their country in campervans, and want to do the same thing.

There’s some huge, very posh campervans that I envy celebs using, but I know that’s not something I could afford!

I’ve started to look at small campers, but saving up will take a while, so we may hire them in the meantime.

There’s 15% off by hiring through The Club’s member offers, which includes a free collision damage waiver which is handy.

Wi-Fi, bike racks and crockery are included too, and there’s dog-friendly vehicle options which means I can take the pooch!

Inspire Me…

What holidays are you planning to take this year?

Inspire me by telling me in the comments below.

This is a sponsored post with The Caravan and Motorhome Club. All opinions are honest and my own.

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