Caravanning has been part of British culture for decades, and although campsites these days are equipped with all the mod cons you can think of, one thing that remains the same is the unpredictable British weather. So what is caravanning in the UK really like, where should you go and what do you need to take to have an enjoyable time?
The caravan culture is still very strong in Britain, and many families who are feeling the pinch of the recession are sticking to a week on the coast in good old Blighty instead of heading abroad. With caravan stores, dealers and rental agencies on all large high streets, it can be recognized that caravanning is still as popular as decades ago. So, when you are considering a caravanning holiday in the UK, should you stick with England, or should you travel to Scotland, Wales or even Northern Ireland.
Popular caravan destinations for England include the south coast as well as the Lake District and even the every popular destination of Blackpool or Scarborough. What has changed thankfully over time are the facilities available to you on a caravanning holiday, your rental van now coming with not only a fresh water supply but electric and internet access too, allowing you to simply pack your clothing and essentials for your journey. Many campsites around England are set in parks with activities for children, heated pools and all day entertainment, making them an economic yet affordable option for the entire family.
Although the popularity of Blackpool has dwindled since its' hey day in the 1960's to the 1980's, Scotland on the other hand attracts a different and more hardened type of visitor to its land. Caravanning in Scotland is for the enthusiast that appreciates the rugged and stunning landscapes that it offers and the tranquillity and pace of life. Many people rent a caravan in Scotland and use it as a base for a climbing, hiking or even water sports holiday, Scotland offering a vast array of outdoor pursuits and activities for all ages.
The Welsh coast is another region popular for caravanning, especially with those who live in the West Midlands and at the furthest point possible from the coast. Caravanning in Wales can often be compared to that of Blackpool in that it attracts working class families; however within Wales there also lie many hidden beauty spots and breathtaking scenery. A caravan holiday on the Welsh coast can indeed be a great experience for families in the long summer holidays, and when in luck, the weather can sometimes be sunny too.
Lastly, you might like to take a break in your caravan in Northern Ireland. Less known than the likes of Bognor Regis or Skegness, Northern Ireland once again offer a beautiful wilderness that you will not find in the more inhabited areas of England. Many campsites in Northern Ireland will offer activities and sightseeing tours and once again plenty to occupy the whole family. Caravanning in the UK cannot be compared to a week on the Costa Brava or a Mediterranean cruise; it is unique, fun and most importantly it is part of Britain, its culture and its heritage.