Camping: New campsites open in stately homes and farms as summer holidays set to begin

Landownders across the country are taking advantage of the demand in staycation summer holidays this year and opening up their land to create pop-up tourist campsites. From stately homes to alpaca farms, Britons can hire a pitch and enjoy what the country has to offer.

The country is slowly coming out of its third national lockdown, with many hoping that it’ll be the last.

The current rules mean it is illegal to travel abroad with this rule to be lifted on May 17.

The Prime Minister said yesterday: “We set out our roadmap and we’re sticking to it. We want to stress we see nothing in the present data which shows we need to deviate from that.”

However, he did explain that he couldn’t rule out the ban on travel.

Boris Johnson said: “We are hopeful we can get going from May 17 but I do not wish to give hostages to fortune or to underestimate the difficulties we are seeing in some of the countries people are wanting to go to.”

This means staycations could be on the cards for many people’s summer holidays.

The relaxation in law means certain pop-up sites can open for 56 days this year without planning permission, compared to 28 previously.

Dan Yates, managing director of camping booking platform Pitchup, said the extension has boosted the sector throughout the pandemic.

He said: “The camping market is the one market able to respond to this unprecedented growth demand we are expecting this year.

“The types of locations are really fascinating and not the sort we’ve seen before – race courses and country showgrounds for example.

“Many shire counties have had to cancel county shows and this has been a great way to recoup some of those losses.

“There are lots of farms. There might also be experiences they can offer such as farm tours or tractor rides.”

Mr Yates added that there could be up to 500 pop-up campsites with more likely to appear if international travel is banned.

Pop-up sites including Penwaun Goat Farm in Pembrokeshire which costs just £15 per night, based on two adults.

Here you can help milk the goats as well as there being eco-friendly facilities with a compost toilet.

Other staycation sites include Marshland Alpacas in Lincolnshire which is an adults-only campsite.

It offers grass pitches from just £17 a night.

Whitby Showgrounds is also on the cards with a non-electric pitch costing £65 per night which includes entry to Whitby War Weekend in late August.

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For those hoping to get away this year, there are important things you should take with you.

According to Go Outdoors, there are must-haves you need for any camping trip.

The website explained: “First of all, a tent! They come in lots of sizes, and a good rule of thumb is to aim for a tent that sleeps one or two people more than you need.

“Tent pegs – you will get some with your tent, don’t forget to take them.

“Sleeping bags for everyone who is camping. It gets pretty chilly at night, even in summer.”

Other essentials included camping chairs, torches as well as cooking pans and cutlery.