Prescribe camping and caravanning for better mental and physical health

camping and caravanning pod
77% of campers are satisfied with their quality of life compared to 59% of non-campers 


With recent data showing that the state of the nation’s mental and physical health is an ongoing concern, a major consumer event next month is set to showcase ways in which the outdoors can improve the wellbeing of people of all ages. 

For last year’s Mental Health Awareness Day, statistics were released showing that one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year and that the most common mental health condition is anxiety. It also demonstrated that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14 and that three quarters of all mental health problems are established by the age of 24. 

Much more for camping enthusiasts to see this year at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 

Two people camping

Responding to growing consumer interest and demand, the organisers of the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show report a 37% growth in space allocated for tent and camping display areas at the NEC show for 2019, making space for new brands to the show for the first time such as Terra Nova, Field Candy, Robens, Bowcamp and Isabella (tents).  Incorporating the new ‘Camping Zone’ for 2019, Hall 5 will accommodate 1000sqm of dedicated ‘feature area’ space for the display of new tent innovations. 

In addition, growth has taken place this year for display areas for campervans and caravan awnings and in Hall 4 where the larger leisure and park homes are located there will be a ’Glamping’ feature area with a climbing wall as a central attraction.

Spaniels Max and Paddy and new puppy Harry will attend the 2019 Caravan, Camping & Motorhome show

Max & Paddy at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome show

The organisers of the Camping, Caravan and Motorhome Show are pleased to announce the attendance of hill bagging spaniels Max and Paddy with the new addition to the family, Harry the puppy with their owner Kerry Irving. Max and Paddy have become internet and social media sensations since 2006 when Kerry started sharing their adventures.

The story begins with an awful car accident that saw owner Kerry Irving, of Keswick, Cumbria, being left with chronic back and neck pain. This resulted in the active outdoor-loving Kerry housebound and taking up to 27 tablets a day and quickly led to deep depression all until he met Max. Kerry started taking Max on regular walks around The Lake District which eventually dramatically improved Kerry's physical and mental health.

Meet the Manufacturer – Kampa

Kampa tent

Meet the Manufacturer - the new face or changing face of the caravan and camping industry - link to meeting manufacturers at the Show. Meet the Kampa team at the Caravan & Motorhome Show, held at EventCity Manchester, to check out their caravan and motorhome awnings and for expert advice and assistance on stand 3-212 this January.


From small beginnings to one of Europe's most recognised brands.


First Time Campers & Glampers Top Tips from

First Time Campers & Glampers Top Tips from

With the promise of ‘very warm’ summer weather for parts of the UK* and holiday budgets being stretched, some Brits may be considering taking their first-ever camping or glamping break. Outdoor accommodation specialist helps make choosing and booking the right site hassle-free with a new guide to first-time camping.

As well as providing access to more than 3,000 camping sites in 45 countries, publishes handy tips for campers including a handy guide explaining the differences between sites such as tents, touring and static caravans, through to how to set up a tent.

Visitors flock to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018

Over 90,000 visitors flock to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 finished on 25 February after welcoming 90,107 through the doors of Birmingham’s NEC over the six-day exhibition. On Saturday alone 23,137 ticket holders visited the show, with visitors including families enjoying a day out during half-term holidays. 

Key exhibitors confirmed a strong February event. “It was a tremendous event for Swift and the show continues to grow in importance,” said Nick Page, Swift Group Commercial Director. “Overall sales were very strong across the entire portfolio with standout performances on motorhomes and holiday homes. We were delighted that the launch of Swift Sprite Super at the show attracted considerable interest, generating a real buzz and a very encouraging level of retail sales.”

Tips for planning your first family camping trip

first family camping trip

If you love to be outdoors, there's no better family holiday than camping. There's a real sense of freedom and adventure, it’s a brilliant family bonding activity, and it’s often much cheaper than a vacation overseas. A holiday spent getting closer to nature is a great way to instil a love of the great outdoors in your kids, too.

The key to success with a camping trip is good preparation and planning. So, if you want to have a great holiday, it’s essential that you think carefully about your destination, your equipment, and your journey. Read on to learn four of the most important things you'll need to consider before you set off on your adventure.

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‘Secret staircase’ redefines country glamping

‘Secret staircase’ redefines country glamping

An innovative new campsite which has opened in the East Midlands has redefined luxury glamping by combining community, architecture and interior design.

In the Stix was opened this Summer in Greetham, Rutland, by Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie and is the first campsite in the country to offer camping domes with a solid mezzanine second floor, creating a family-friendly camping experience that encourages visitors to engage with each other and local businesses during their stay.

It has taken them four years to plan and design the site in Darren’s home county of Rutland because the couple wanted the domes to be state-of-the-art.

Darren said: “We did a lot of research and looked for inspiration from other designs but Alex was determined to get a bathroom in there.

Pitchup advises owners on setting up a campsite or caravan park

campsite or caravan park washroom

Want to set up a caravan park or campsite or improve one you already own? Outdoor accommodation specialist and founder of, Dan Yates, has some advice for all potential owners…

“For anyone with land to spare, setting up and running a caravan park or campsite can be a lucrative option. Statistics from VisitEngland show that caravanning and camping accounted for 28million bednights and £950million of spending by Brits in the first half of last year. With domestic demand up 11% and visits from abroad rising by 20% compared to 2016, this year could be the time to get a share of the action.