The Director General of the Caravan and Motorhome Club, Nick Lomas, has today announced that The National 2021 is cancelled.
The logistics of organising such a huge event are significant and the risk of forced cancellation – possibly at short notice – because of Covid-19 are simply too great.
Sad but understandable.
Bearing in mind that I witnessed last month the Southampton Boat Show being cancelled at 4pm the day before it was opening I am pretty sensitive to the cancellation risk. Equally I and many members will sorely miss this annual gathering.
There’s a haze on the horizon, the sunshine is beating down and the waves are crashing in today.
As we near the end of our winter break we’d promised ourselves a bit of down time. A bit of beach time.
With two sunbeds and a parasol priced at 12€ for the day, we choose our little bit of sand carefully. It’s almost like arriving at a car park and finding you’re the first there. Which spot to choose. The beach sprawls for what seems like miles. The Boss can’t decide on which grains of sand are going to be graced with his presence. So, I choose.
The waves are rough today, paddle boarders and surf boards are out riding the waves. I muse for a moment, if we go for a paddle, I want to be safe. Carefully combed sand near the life guard station seems like a safe bet.
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Enjoying life while we can
Here we are snuggled up inside a sleeping bag made for two in a rental campervan of similar size to that of an under stairs cupboard in a standard detached house back in Blighty. Above us is not much more in the way of headroom than an extended arm’s length, before we can reach a very clever wooden pull-out bed base which provides a useful 3rd sleeping space for our adult son, who has joined us for a weekend getaway in The Wairarapa wine region in the South of New Zealand’s North Island.
Feeling blessed with the fact that our adult children still don’t mind tagging along with their middle aged parents and even more so when it involves sharing such a small but well organised space together, really then got us thinking as to why do we actually need much more room than this…
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With green rolling hills and the longest coast line in England, the South West is a region made up of panoramic views and stunning scenery just waiting to be explored. The Caravan and Motorhome Club has 45 sites spanning the seven counties of the South West and has handpicked its top five sites, ideal for a UK staycation:
Start Bay, Devon
For those looking for a quiet countryside escape, Devon is home to one of the Club’s hidden gems. The private and intimate setting of Start Bay Club Site offers a peaceful stay in a quintessential English meadow. For holidaymakers wishing to explore more the local surroundings, the picturesque town of Salcombe, known for its sailing and freshly caught crab as the local delicacy, is only just over a 30 minute drive away. The Site itself is located on the edge of Start Bay beach which is a popular place with anglers for a spot of sea fishing.
Price: From £18.40 per night (based on two adults sharing a standard pitch with electric hook up).
Treamble Valley, Cornwall
Deemed one of the prettiest sites on the Club’s network, the site is located within 36 acres of woodland. With views across the Atlantic Ocean on offer from the hardstanding pitches, it is easy to see why this is such a popular spot for a UK staycation. Nearby there are extensive walking trails directly from the site, Truro is only a 25-minute drive away and Newquay is only five miles away. Truro, the UK’s most southerly city, is full of history and is home to the Royal Cornwall Museum and the world-renown Truro Cathedral; Newquay offers more of a modern vibe playing host to surfing championships each year and is considered one of the nation’s favourite seaside holiday spots.
Price: From £18.40 per night.
Located in the heart of Somerset, the quaint English village of Cheddar is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors. The surrounding countryside of the Mendips is a walker’s paradise with many walking trails and hiking routes just waiting to be uncovered. The Club’s Cheddar Site is located right on the edge of Cheddar village and is only a short distance from world famous Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, the producer of authentic Cheddar Cheese matured in the local caves. The Site is also only a 25 minute walk from the spectacular natural landmark of Cheddar Gorge with its awe-inspiring cliffs and stunning subterranean show caves. The area is also well-known for rock climbing and caving too, perfect for adrenaline junkies!
Price: From £23.90 per night.
Set in 35 acres of woodland, Crossways Club Site provides the ultimate south of England retreat. The Site is only a short drive from Dorchester which is home to the Teddy Bear Museum and the Tutankhamun Exhibition, making it a great day out. The coastal town of Weymouth is also only a twenty minute drive away and is the perfect place for a sunset dinner made up of local seafood delicacies. Crossways Site is easily accessible if not driving too and is only a five minute walk away from Moreton, the nearest train station.
Price: From £19 per night.
The most westerly major town in Cornwall, Penzance is well known for pirates (of the singing variety), palm trees and excellent beaches. The nearby Marazion Club Site, close to the town of the same name, puts visitors within easy reach of the beautiful Cornwall Coastal Path and everything you could want from a UK summer holiday. A fish and chip van even visits this site from time to time. Marazion boasts a stunning beach ideal for families, some of the best windsurfing in Britain, great sailing with easy launching facilities, the warmest mean climate in the country arguably the most famous view in Cornwall across to St Michael’s Mount.
Price: From £15.10 per night.
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