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Why Touring Caravan Campsites are Popular and What to Look for When Booking One

Touring Caravan Campsites

During the spring months, lots of people start looking ahead to the summer and planning their next holiday. Whilst holidays are usually associated with going abroad to exotic countries, it’s becoming increasingly common for people to plan holidays here in the UK. When you own a touring caravan, you can travel all over the country to explore new areas. There’s no denying that staying in a caravan is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to see and experience new things, and you can enjoy several getaways throughout the year.

More and more people are investing in caravans and booking pitches on campsites, and there are lots of benefits to holidaying in the Great British countryside. If you have been contemplating purchasing a touring caravan and you’re wondering why campsites have become the go-to holiday destination, below we have looked into what makes them so popular these days.


What are Touring Caravan Campsites?

Campsites are dedicated outdoor spaces that are used as a place to stay in a caravan, motorhome, campervan or tent. Commonly campsites are divided up into several individual pitches where people can park their leisure vehicles and set up camp. Holidaymakers choose to stay on campsites for different lengths of time and some touring campsites even have seasonal pitches where people can stay from March through to the following January. 

Some campsites have more to offer visitors than others and, generally speaking, the better the facilities at a campsite, the longer people will want to stay. Popular facilities include; electric hook-ups, swimming pools, toilet and shower blocks, dishwashing areas, free WiFi, laundry facilities and children’s play parks, providing visitors with everything they need on-site.


The Benefits of Booking a Pitch on a Campsite

There are many benefits to booking a pitch on a touring caravan campsite, whether this is for a couple of nights at the weekend or a couple of weeks during the summer months. Typically, campsites are much more affordable than other accommodation options and you can usually book a pitch for around £40/£50 per night. Once you have invested in a touring caravan, your weekend getaways and summer holidays will be very affordable.

Campsites tend to be well-located too and their countryside destination makes them perfect when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. While there will be lots of peaceful walks nearby, you will also only be a short drive from local towns and villages, providing somewhere new to explore during your holiday. 

In addition to having a range of on-site facilities that you can use when staying on a campsite, the caravan pitches tend to be spacious. You will have room for not only your touring caravan but also your car and an awning if you’d like to put one up. Once you have set up camp, you will have your own private space that you can enjoy. Even if you decide to spend the majority of your time on the campsite relaxing rather than venturing out into the local area, you will have plenty of space to do so.


What to Look for When Booking a Campsite

If you’re new to caravan ownership and you haven’t booked a pitch on a campsite yet, you may be wondering what to look for when doing so. There are touring parks all over the country these days and choosing the best to stay at isn’t always easy. So, to help you make your first caravan holiday fun, there are certain things that you should look for, such as; 

  • Spacious pitches – Ideally, you want to ensure the touring pitches are spacious enough for your caravan and awning. You should have enough space to enjoy yourself properly during your stay and make the most of the great outdoors. To prevent any hassle, it’s beneficial to have a dedicated parking space for your car too, so you don’t need to worry about where to park once you have unhitched your caravan.


  • Electric hook-up – Having electric hook-up is something lots of people look for when booking a touring caravan park. Although caravans have 12v that can be used to power essential items during your stay, having electricity will prevent any concerns about your battery running out whilst you’re on holiday. When staying somewhere for more than just a weekend, many consider electric hook-up to be essential.


  • Toilet and shower block – Again, even though you will have a bathroom in your touring caravan, lots of people still prefer to use toilet and shower blocks. When you have these facilities on-site, you will use less water in your caravan, preventing you from needing to refill your water container regularly. Additional extras in this facilities block, such as hair dryers, can be handy as well.


  • Laundry facilities – When you’re booking a longer holiday, having laundry facilities on a touring caravan campsite is convenient. Being able to wash your clothes can reduce the amount you need to pack for your holiday and you won’t have to take all your dirty washing home with you either. If you’re likely to go on day trips to the seaside, for example, washing your swimming costumes and beach towels is always useful.


  • Children’s entertainment – If you have children or you’re camping with family and friends who have children, having some entertainment on the campsite is always a good idea. You don’t necessarily need anything extravagant, a simple play area or swimming pool will help to keep children entertained when you want to relax on-site. Some campsites even offer clubhouses with different activities for children of all ages.


  • Reasonable check-in/check-out times – All touring parks will have check-in and check-out times, and these can differ from one park to another. To get the most out of your holiday and prevent you from having to set up or pack away in the dark, the check-in and check-out times should be reasonable. Looking for a touring park that allows you to both check-in and check-out around midday is always recommended.


  • Clear pricing – Even though the majority of touring caravan parks will have their general charges per night on their website, these prices aren’t always inclusive. You need to check for any additional charges, such as for extra guests, visitors, cars and pets. Always look to see whether there are minimum night stays as well, this is something you will need to know when booking.


  • Tourist information – Exploring new areas is one of the best things about caravanning and when you’re staying in parts of the country you’ve never been to before, having tourist information on-site will be useful. Being able to get information about must-see places in the local area can help you plan your holiday and knowing about the best local attractions can help you make sure you don’t miss out on anything.


Why Choose a Sellers Leisure Touring Caravan Site?

At Sellers Leisure, we pride ourselves on owning some of the best campsites in the UK. Whether you need somewhere suitable for families or you’re trying to find somewhere peaceful for couples, we have several amazing holiday parks to consider. All of our touring sites are perfect for caravans, motorhomes and tents, and some even have holiday lodges for sale as well. Here’s why you should stay at a Sellers Leisure park; 

  • Beautiful Locations 

We have touring caravan sites in some of England’s most beautiful counties; Essex, Kent, Suffolk and East Sussex. Whether you’re looking for a campsite close to beaches like Clacton On Sea and Mersea Island or a campsite near country trails like the Cuckoo Trail, one of our holiday parks will be the perfect place to stay. 

All of our sites are surrounded by natural beauty, yet still close to local towns and villages that you can explore during your stay. Thriftwood Country Park is set in an emerald glade amidst centuries-old woodland and Horam Manor Country Park is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you will be spoilt for choice. All of our parks are open 365 days a year too, so you can experience their tranquillity in all types of weather conditions.


  • Privately-Owned 

All of our prestigious country parks are privately-owned and unlike other campsites, we offer exceptional holidays. At Sellers Leisure, we have three decades of experience and are incredibly proud of our reputation. We are known in the holiday industry for our detailed attention to lifestyle, providing unforgettable stays. 

Every member of our team will go above and beyond to ensure your visit is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We aim to consistently provide exemplary customer service and are dedicated to building lasting relationships with our guests. Every person who stays at one of our touring caravan sites is important to us.


  • Multi-Award-Winning 

Over the years, we have been recognised for our outstanding records of quality and service, and our leisure parks are multi-award-winning. When staying with us, excellence isn’t merely a promise, it is a guarantee and you won’t be disappointed with your stay. 

Not only is first-class hospitality imperative at all of our touring caravan sites, but we also take great pride in the appearance of our grounds. The grass throughout our parks is meticulously maintained and all of the facilities are cleaned regularly. When you visit any of our holiday parks, you will understand why we are award-winning.


  • Range of On-Site Activities

No matter which of our campsites you stay at, the facilities will be second to none. You will have everything you need on-site and can use these facilities as you wish, free of charge. From amenity blocks with showering and washing facilities to dishwashing and laundry areas, we make camping as enjoyable as possible. 

It’s worth noting that many of our touring caravan sites have large play areas for children too. Thriftwood Country Park even has a heated outdoor swimming pool and a licensed bar on-site. We also have both grass and hard-standing pitches to choose from for your stay, and you have the option of electric hook-up, so your holiday will be one to remember.


Booking the Best Campsites for Your Holidays 

All in all, it is fair to say that a touring caravan is a worthwhile investment and you can guarantee you will have an amazing time when holidaying on a campsite. When booking a campsite for your first getaway, looking out for all of the above will help you ensure you’re booking somewhere that will improve your first camping experience. If you’d like to find out more about our touring caravan sites in Essex, Kent, Suffolk or East Sussex, don’t hesitate to contact the Sellers Leisure team today. We will gladly answer any questions you may have and help you to choose the perfect location for your next holiday. No matter which of our holiday parks you decide to book, we know that you’ll love your stay so much you’ll want to return year after year.