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    • Runningfast
    • By Runningfast 4th Jul 16, 3:29 PM
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    Camping - When did it become so expensive?
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    Camping - When did it become so expensive? 4th Jul 16 at 3:29 PM
    Stayed at a campsite in the Lake District recently

    1 car 2 adults, 2 tents works out at 15 per night per person. The campsite itself was good, amazing views but no hot water for the showers in the morning.

    So 75pp for 5 nights but not including travel there or around the lakes or cost of food and activities etc.

    Now I have just booked 5 nights in Amsterdam for next month for 95 including flights, transfer and B&B hotel. How? How can it nearly be cheaper to fly and stay somewhere including breakfast than stay in a muddy field in your own tent while sharing a handful of showers and toilets with about 200 others!! I remember the days when camping was 4-7pppn not 15.

    People say we should stay at home as it is cheaper?. In value for money terms the UK sucks.
    Last edited by Runningfast; 04-07-2016 at 3:41 PM.
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 10th Aug 16, 12:32 PM
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    I must admit that we do like our comforts so use a trailer camper thing. It has insulation, carpet on the floor and a gas heater.
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    • jeff_chandler
    • By jeff_chandler 3rd Aug 18, 8:42 PM
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    Again it all depends on what you want.
    We love camping and recently returned from Devon. The Dawlish Warren site charged us 26 per night inc electric hook up, but the prices were rising as School Holidays were starting.

    I phoned a couple of sites in the lakes for August but they were booked up, I asked out of curiosity what the price per night was EHU and was told 43 per night whattttt?
    I phoned a few more in Dorset but most were booked up with a few vacancies at other sites but again almost forty quid per night. Camping does seem expensive but as stated it's all about what floats yer boat.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 11th Aug 18, 7:46 PM
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    I find the Lakes very expensive generally, even more than other so-called expensive places like Cornwall.
    There are beautiful places in Snowdonia, for example, that are far cheaper and expenses are cheaper too. The Lake district car parks are a rip off. Also 40p to "spend a penny" in Windermere!
    Originally posted by WeAreGhosts
    Totally agree. We first went to the Lake District 21 years ago and everything was reasonable. Last visit was 2016. I found a fabulous rental towards the Pennines, much cheaper than the Lakes. Couldn't believe how expensive it had become. We looked for a curry house in Keswick, gobsmacked at the prices, we found one in Penrith, much cheaper.

    We were living in Devon at the time, so know what prices can be in a touristy area, but Devon was much cheaper than the Lakes
    • custardy
    • By custardy 11th Aug 18, 7:53 PM
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    Stayed at a campsite in the Lake District recently

    1 car 2 adults, 2 tents works out at 15 per night per person. The campsite itself was good, amazing views but no hot water for the showers in the morning.

    So 75pp for 5 nights but not including travel there or around the lakes or cost of food and activities etc.

    Now I have just booked 5 nights in Amsterdam for next month for 95 including flights, transfer and B&B hotel. How? How can it nearly be cheaper to fly and stay somewhere including breakfast than stay in a muddy field in your own tent while sharing a handful of showers and toilets with about 200 others!! I remember the days when camping was 4-7pppn not 15.

    People say we should stay at home as it is cheaper?. In value for money terms the UK sucks.
    Originally posted by Runningfast
    I assume the plane isnt landing outside your house?
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Aug 18, 8:29 PM
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    My friend has a big tent - living room plus two separate sleeping pods - you can easily stand up inside even if you're over 6' tall.

    She recently tried to book on a site and they charge let's say 30/night - but instead of taking the HUGE/big tent her and her friend wanted to simply pitch their two tiny/individual tents on the same pitch side by side ... and the campsite wanted TWO fees of 30 per night "because it's two tents", even though those two tents are smaller than the one HUGE one and even though they'd still be using the same pitch.

    That's simply ... bizarre when you think about it.

    Singles really get ripped off.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 11th Aug 18, 9:16 PM
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    This lovely sunny weather has encouraged a lot of folk to think let's camp in the UK rather than go overseas.

    Campsites are finite, what's advertised and available is not immediately expandable, and a sudden spike in demand inevitably puts short term prices up. On top of the wiggle you expect to see with school holidays etc.

    Plus it's not all bring your own tackle but the whole concept of "glamping" where you can have the use of a tent, or a yurt, or other accomodation has taken off... Along with the price.

    All being well, a nice wet summer will reset the market back to the old school diehard (& or severely frugal & well equipped) campers, at the previous affordable rates, and this two tents on one pitch lark will get stomped on, but I'm not holding my breath.
    • flea72
    • By flea72 11th Aug 18, 11:33 PM
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    Prices went up considerably when sites went from charging per pitch, to charging per person and then charging extra for any add ons. It used to be the fee covered everything you could fit on the pitch, so no extra for pup tents if you had a caravan, two cars, etc., age of children wasnt a factor, and size of tent made no difference?

    Even basic sites cost min 30pn for a family of 4 during summer hols now
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Aug 18, 11:53 PM
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    Many also charge the same for a grassy pitch without any electric, for you to pitch your tiny 30 2nd hand tent for one person that you got from ebay ... as the chap in the next row of motorhome pitches who's just spent 50k on his new motorhome with all the gizmos and stuff.... and brought his wife and kids and dogs ....

    30 tent, or 50k all singing/dancing fancy motorhome = same price.

    I should've bought myself a field when they were cheap
    All I'd have needed is a row of buckets and I could've called it an eco-experience and charged a premium
    • holidaysforme
    • By holidaysforme 12th Aug 18, 11:07 AM
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    Have tent camped in the past, but now it's campervan all the way.

    A Proper roof over my head and a comfy bed. If I'm going to be paying the increasingly soaring rates for camping, then I want to have a solid roof over my head.

    Only do weekends away in the UK. It's Europe all the way for us. Better facilities prices, and a general all round better experience.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 12th Aug 18, 11:59 AM
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    She recently tried to book on a site and they charge let's say 30/night - but instead of taking the HUGE/big tent her and her friend wanted to simply pitch their two tiny/individual tents on the same pitch side by side ... and the campsite wanted TWO fees of 30 per night "because it's two tents", even though those two tents are smaller than the one HUGE one and even though they'd still be using the same pitch.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    The campsite we use has three prices for different sizes of tents - that seems very fair.
    • sooty&sweep
    • By sooty&sweep 12th Aug 18, 8:29 PM
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    Hi

    If you visit www.ukcampsite.co.uk

    You can search for campsites across this country & Europe. There are also reviews from people who have stayed there.

    There are also forums where you can ask questions.

    Cheers

    Jen
    • Alias_Omega
    • By Alias_Omega 15th Aug 18, 4:55 PM
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    Previously we would edge the children into camping by attending a Haven Campsite.

    Breakfast - Cereal
    Lunch - Chippy
    Dinner - Meal out

    We would have access to the evening venue, and the activities...

    Negatives -

    "Dad i can see the sun" at 4am...
    "Mum, i cant sleep, them people next door are talking"

    Happy memories....

    • jagger86
    • By jagger86 16th Oct 18, 10:15 PM
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    We visited a campsite last year which was 16 a night for all 4 of us. It had a windmill with a bakery inside, the kids could bake bread for 2 each! It had a petting farm and a little barn conversion games room. Fantastic little place! It was about 10 miles from Wells-next-the-sea so we got a seaside visit in too.

    It was called Bircham Windmill. Highly recommend coolcamping.com for looking for campsites
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    • flea72
    • By flea72 17th Oct 18, 3:58 PM
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    We visited a campsite last year which was 16 a night for all 4 of us. It had a windmill with a bakery inside, the kids could bake bread for 2 each! It had a petting farm and a little barn conversion games room. Fantastic little place! It was about 10 miles from Wells-next-the-sea so we got a seaside visit in too.

    It was called Bircham Windmill. Highly recommend coolcamping.com for looking for campsites
    Originally posted by jagger86
    Pitch fee 18.50 (2 adults) + 2 kids 6 + EHU 2.50. So since last year, it would now cost you 27pn.

    thats an increase of over 10 in a year. Which just reaffirms the point of this thread
    • jagger86
    • By jagger86 17th Oct 18, 8:01 PM
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    Pitch fee 18.50 (2 adults) + 2 kids 6 + EHU 2.50. So since last year, it would now cost you 27pn.

    thats an increase of over 10 in a year. Which just reaffirms the point of this thread
    Originally posted by flea72
    Wow that is a big increase since last year, especially if you plan to go for a few nights!
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    • hugheskevi
    • By hugheskevi 17th Oct 18, 11:01 PM
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    As a couple with no kids we did a lot of camping around the UK several years ago. We have camped a bit here and there more recently, but only for a few nights at most.

    The key advantage of camping for us was the ability to make own food, as the cost of eating out soon adds up to significant amounts. The disadvantage is the amount of stuff needed to put into the car and the somewhat random element of camping resulting in whether it is pleasant or not - primarily depending on other campers, how considerate they are and the weather.

    With the rise of AirBNB (and similar) to find places with cooking facilities, as well as more competitive hotel rates, it is difficult to justify the cost of camping compared to what we get.

    On our next trip away, a hotel room will cost us 24.50 covering both of us with free parking. Our last few trips have been in AirBNB places costing maybe 30-40 per night including breakfast for both of us, the price depending on how popular the location was. Meanwhile, it has become rare to find anywhere below 20 per night for camping now.

    If we camp at all, I am really looking for something unique in a site - great views, beaches, or whatever. Otherwise there isn't any value in camping compared to the alternatives.
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