100 years of the caravan during National Camping and Caravanning Week

From coffee mornings to colouring competitions – how Club campers celebrated 

100 years of the caravan during National Camping and Caravanning Week

  • Camping and Caravanning Club sites across the UK celebrated the 100th birthday of the caravan during National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019 (NCCW)
  • Activities ranged from building a replica of a caravan from 1919, to charity coffee mornings, colouring competitions, and designing caravan-themed bunting
  • The first commercially built caravan was produced in the UK in 1919; caravanning has become a great British holiday tradition, and major contributor to UK economy
  • Members also submitted photos on social media with the hashtag #lovemycaravan for a chance to win a caravan awning package worth over £1,100
  • NCCW is an annual celebration to encourage more people to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of camping and caravanning, and enjoying time outdoors
  • NCCW took place from 27th May - 2nd June 2019

Inspired by Julia Bradbury’s night on the first floating campsite on the Thames in central London last month, and a party she hosted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of caravan manufacturing in the UK, Camping and Caravanning Club sites across the UK undertook their own celebrations during National Camping and Caravanning Week (27th May to 2nd June).

The most creative activity was by the staff at the ‘Alton, the Star’ Camping and Caravanning Club site in Staffordshire who made a replica Eccles caravan from 1919 – the year commercial production of caravans started in the UK. They also hosted a party with caravan-themed bunting decorated by families staying on the site during half-term.

In Crowborough, East Sussex, the managers at the Club site organised a children’s colouring competition. Each child completed an outline drawing of a caravan holiday scene, and the best six from different age categories won a WHSmith voucher.

And in the Midlands, the Club’s Clent Hills site near Birmingham organised a ‘100 years of caravanning’ coffee morning and raised money for the local air ambulance charity.

At the same time, The Camping and Caravanning Club also encouraged campers to share photos of their caravan holidays on social media using the hashtag #lovemycaravan and to enter a competition to win an awning package worth over £1,100.

These, and many other activities at other Club sites across the UK, show how caravans have become such an important part of so many people’s lives, and the UK’s economy, and why The Camping and Caravanning Club celebrates National Camping and Caravanning Week each year.

“National Camping and Caravanning Week is all about inspiring the nation to get outdoors whether that’s through caravanning, motorhoming or traditional tent camping. And we’re all more aware than ever that getting into the great outdoors is good for our mental health and well as being great fun,” said Julia Bradbury, TV presenter and President of The Camping and Caravanning Club.

Paul Jones, the Marketing and Communications Director at The Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “It is brilliant that so many of our Club sites joined the celebration of 100 years of the caravan during this year’s National Camping and Caravanning Week. We’re really grateful that our President, Julia Bradbury, launched National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019 in such a fun way and brought the 100th anniversary of the caravan to the attention of the whole country.”

A video of Julia Bradbury hosting a party on the floating campsite to celebrate the 100th birthday of the caravan is available here: https://youtu.be/0Mc-FyQUUZI

Visit www.nccw.co.uk  for more information on National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019.

Posted: 21 Jun 2019