Celebrating National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019

Last week I was invited to London for a very intriguing evening to celebrate the launch of National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019. I had no idea what to expect as the invite just said join us on a floating campsite on The Thames, hosted by Julia Bradbury.


National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019 also celebrated the Eccles Caravans 100th birthday

I went along with Xene and met up with Sabina from Mummy Matters at Kings Cross. Luckily she had the directions to get us to the campsite, my geography of London is horrific. She knew exactly where we were going and the weather was glorious. Making for a very enjoyable evening. What could be more enjoyable that spending an evening in the sunshine with my eldest daughter drinking cans of coke from camping mugs!

National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019 was launched with a floating campsite

Celebrating 100th Anniversary of The Caravan

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the first production caravan built to be towed by a car instead of a horse. The first caravan was an Eccles, which could be purchased for £90 when it launched in 1919.

National Camping and Caravanning Week caravan cake celebrating its 100th birthday

Camping and Caravanning President Has a Staycation

After we had all left on Tuesday evening club President Julia Bradbury was staying on the floating campsite. Moored near Tower Bridge for one night only. Julia is no stranger to camping in unusual places. She launched the 2016 campaign by spending the night on top of the O2 Arena in a tent!

Celebrating National Camping and Caravanning Week with myself, Julia Bradbury and Eamonn Holmes

The Floating Campsite

When we first arrived at the mooring it was difficult to imagine an actual campsite floating on The Thames. But as you got closer you could see the Eccles Caravan (complete with all luxuries). A barbecue – a camping necessity, tables and chairs and a tent, by Field Candy featuring the World’s Smallest Pub design. It was certainly a lovely way to launch National Camping and Caravanning Week 2019.

You Could WIN an Eccles 560 Caravan

If you would like to spend your holidays in your very own Eccles 560, a fabulous caravan with a large double bed with ensuite shower room, fully-equipped kitchen and state-of-the-art app for your phone which controls the interior lights, heating and hot water, plus a Vango awning worth in total £26,500. Then head on over to  campingandcaravanning club website .

Caravanners are also invited to share photos of why they love caravanning on social media using #lovemycaravan for a chance to win an Outwell awning. Head to www.nccw.co.uk for further details.

Some Interesting Caravan Statistics

  • There are more than 870,000 caravans registered in the UK today
  • UK Holiday Parks and campsites generate £9.3bn in visitor expenditure and together they contribute £5.3bn to the UK economy each year.
  • Caravans cost anywhere from £1,500 for a pre-owned unit; a new starter caravan can typically set you back £14,000
  • The Camping and Caravanning Club’s archive records suggest that caravanners were first welcomed on it’s Club Sites as early as 1914

Considering Camping this year like us, check out Campfire Safety Tips and  Campfire Safety Tips.

Caravan floating on the River Thames

Comments (9)

  • Sarah Stockley

    May 30, 2019 at 10:16 am

    We have just got back from camping at a festival. We love camping and go at least 4 times a year in our bell tent. I would love a caravan or camper van one day!

  • sonia cave

    May 30, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    How cool is this!! floating along and that cake! We love wild camping here in Sweden and being so close to nature. it is very relaxing and definitely living life in the slower lane

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    May 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I wish we could go camping but we don’t drive so it makes it really hard! We are staying in a caravan at Haven soon though.

  • clairelomax2018

    May 30, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I’d love to buy a camper van when I retire and travel around.

    I love the freedom of it.

    Looks like you had a great time x

  • Kelly

    May 30, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I never knew there was such an event! I have to take my daughter camping I had so much fun growing up.

  • Tracey Kifford

    May 30, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    We are bucking the trend – we’re selling our caravan this year! It’s mainly because the kids are too long for the bunks now – but we will miss it

  • Jenni

    May 31, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I have never in my life been camping or caravaning. I have two boys though, who have started to beg to go camping, so I may need to jump head first in to it at some point.

  • Wendy

    June 1, 2019 at 8:49 am

    I love caravanning! My parents have always had one for as long as I can remember, I so many lovely memories of camping holidays. I have never been to a floating campsite though!xx

  • forkwardthinkingfoodinista

    June 1, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Wow did not know that there was a national camping and caravaning week. Not been camping in ages xx

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