Camping and caravan holidays were given a new boost last night as Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared how the UK will emerge from lockdown. “Self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households” can reopen “no earlier than April 12,” according to the latest Government travel advice. This means certain camping cand caravan trips might be able to return at this date followed by campsites with shared wash blocks opening from May 17.
The news of the return of UK holidays has proved highly exciting for many Britons.
Many have rushed to get camping and caravan getaways in the diary.
According to outdoor accommodation booking platform Pitchup.com, bookings yesterday were up five times up from 4pm (compared to bookings made in the hours before the announcement).
Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com, said on Monday: “We ran the figures… which showed that more than a third of bookings over the last week related to arrivals across Easter and early summer, with 10 percent of bookings in April, 14 percent in May and 14 percent for June.
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“Those that plumped for late May and June are doubtless delighted with [the] encouraging announcement that campsites with shared wash blocks may be able to reopen from May 17 – which means that late May bank holiday and half-term breaks could still be safe…