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Camping in the UK often expensive and filthy

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The summer is here (we think) and a lucky few are heading off to lie on foreign beaches for a couple of weeks, whilst the rest of us who aren't so affluent will have to settle for a few days in a campsite somewhere in the UK.  It's not actually as bad as it sounds and, if the weather is on your side a camping holiday in the UK can actually be good fun and quite relaxing.  This isn't a serious gripe about a particular campsite or group of campers.  I'm merely highlighting some of the little annoyances that go with the territory and perhaps poking a bit of fun at some of my fellow campers.  By the way, not all campsites are the same and many of them are in fact quite good, but you might recognise some of what follows...

First of all let's talk about the campsite itself.  Now I vaguely remember camping being relatively cheap, but that doesn't seem to be the case any more.  It used to be a poor man's holiday, something families could do to have a little break without breaking the bank.  So what happened?

Camping and campsites in the UK the prices on some sites seem to have doubled...

You naturally expect a pitch to cost a bit more during peak season, but the prices on some sites seem to have doubled since I last visited.  Who's going to pay 25 to 30 to pitch a tent in a muddy field for a night?  I suspect some unscrupulous site owners are cashing in on the whole recession thing and are fully aware that people just can't afford a foreign holiday this year.  I know that the price of everything has gone up and would expect price increases but not to unrealistic levels.

If you've swallowed the price of the pitch the next thing you have to contend with is the convenience shop should the site have one.  It's a perfect example of captive market, although we are of course grateful that we can buy a tin opener, a box of matches or a pint of milk should the need arise.  The over inflated prices hurt though and we're still smarting from the the cost of staying the night - so don't expect a smile with that thank you!

Talking of expensive.  I stayed in a campsite recently (Westbay in Dorset) that had a few fairground rides for the kids.  We thought that it was a great bonus that this was on our doorstep.  However, I don't think that it was exactly value for money.  How about this?  Two adults and two children, a minute and a half of spinning round and round, that will be 10 thank you very much!  No wonder the rides were all practically empty all evening.

Shower blocks, toilets and sometimes a washing up area can be found on most campsites, but why are they nearly always disgusting?  Do people leave their toilets at home in this state?  Obviously you can't expect the site owners to clean them every hour so it's up to the campers to leave the facilities as they found them.  This just doesn't happen though.  There's always toothpaste over the sinks, toilets don't get flushed and there's a pool of muddy water outside the shower which seems to attract clothes and towels like a magnet.  Oh, and someone always nicks the last of the loo roll so it's a good job I brought my own!

Finally, our fellow campers.  They're usually an okay bunch because we're all there to have a holiday and enjoy ourselves, but there's always someone who doesn't give a toss about anyone except themselves.  They play their music too loud, they hog the shower, let their kids and dogs run amok and you can guarantee they'll be first up in the morning to make sure everyone else gets woken up too.  Why can't these gits just stay at home?  We had the misfortune of having a large group of Polish people park up next to us on our last trip.  They were loud until very late, woke everyone up with their shouting at the crack of dawn and then locked the shower room so that no one could get in.

None of this has put me off going camping.  As I said, stuff like this happens and you have to take the bad with the good.  One thing I do find amusing though, is the way people set up their little homes from home.  They set up their boundaries with wind breaks, they've got a flag pole with their national flag (or a blow up fish!) so that it's almost like their own little castle.  Some people even go as far as to take their TVs and other home comforts.  I really can't understand this.  Camping is supposed to be about getting away from it all.  I actually saw one camper who'd taken their whirligig washing line!  Wonder if they had a washing machine with them as well?

By: Happy Camper


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10th Jul 14 17:51

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Tinkerman

Tinkerman

Went to a campsite this year, what a disaster, it was £550 to rent a static caravan, spacious and well equipped it had to be because the weather was lousy, I walked around the tent field and saw the misery of the "happy campers" You can never Guarantee the weather in this country so why go camping, poor conditions lack of sleep because of some moron in the next tent, bad weather and food poisoning, the site owner turns a blind eye to those who make it hell for others because its cash in the bank to them and its likely the selfish gits will come back and tell their friends because they have all been banned from everywhere else. I am not anti social but its better to err on the side of caution and goo somewhere I can guarantee decent weather and a relaxing atmosphere. Its not in this country thats for sure.
Tinkerman
15th Aug 10 18:08

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Gainsborough lad.

Gainsborough lad.

These newspaper holidays have got to be the best value, caravans, or chalet's, usually less than a hundred quid, all over the country, our family have had load's, when arriving in the van or chalet, it is great to see the kids so excited, playing ball outside, ect,

The only downsides I have seen is the complete lack of parking at Pontins in busy periods (don't park on the grass) little wonder they have shut a few sites in the last few years, don't think I would like a tent in this day and age though.
Gainsborough lad.
28th Nov 09 21:28

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Me

Me

I hate camping! Get in a Travelodge or similar! Just as cheap and cleaner (or are you one of those with children who will whinge about "I've got children so it's too expensive"?!)
Me
18th Aug 09 21:36

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Tony Martin

Tony Martin

Oi bloody ayte campers pitchin tents on moi laaand then lettin there dogs loose to worry moi sheep oi be gooin get moi shotgun again soon and blaast the dirty gippos!
Tony Martin
2nd Aug 09 20:28

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rm

rm

Also extreme camping as I like to call it, is one of the best experiences any man can have. To be confined to a small space with your overweight friend is eye opening to say the least. I have had many encounters over the years, starting from when I was in the Baden-Powell Set. Nothing better!
rm
29th Jul 09 17:32

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rm

rm

I am an experienced camper, and camp when I can. I do spend a lot on camping equipment, and it often comes in handy to have such a wide range of things available. So it's not all about the money for me (and I do earn a lot), it's about getting out into the countryside.

I also like sharing with other campers, and I do expect a certain camp etiquette from them, so I agree with the poster that sometimes other campers do ruin the experience for me, such as by talking late into the night.
rm
29th Jul 09 10:00

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Amused Camper

Amused Camper

We spent a very interesting hour sitting in the sunshine outside our tent, while the "new campers" set up their home from home. A huge frame tent, two rails full of neatly pressed clothes, television, laptop, patio heater, barbeque, rotary drier, three cool boxes, mini fridge, two bikes, two surf boards, patio table and chairs, parasol. We went out while they were still unloading their "van". When we returned about 8-00pm they were going out for the night, she in a cocktail dress, he in a dinner suit. He zipped up the tent, attached a wire of some sort to the zip, then onto the van alarm, and went away in a taxi. All that bother for nothing, don't think they realised if anyone wanted into their tent, they only needed a stanley knife.
Amused Camper
29th Jul 09 00:33

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disgusting

disgusting

you can still find some fantastic cheap sites for £12 pnight for a family of 4, just look! you are right the sites are cashing in though, disgusting!
disgusting
28th Jul 09 19:33

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Tallulah

Tallulah

I hate camping with a passion. Muddy fields, no entertainment, no contact with the outside world (you can guarentee the campsite has no mobile signal, and nowhere to charge your phone anyway), loud idiots, people who can't control their kids, and undercooked beans that take half an hour to become lukewarm. Give me a travelodge holiday anyday. Just as cheap, and a lot nicer.
Tallulah
28th Jul 09 19:14

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Mallory

Mallory

This is why I only camp when I go to Santa Pod raceway - you pay £60 and that gets you 5 night's camping, plus access to the racetrack (if you're into dragracing!), fairground and everything else. Yes the amenities are basic but they're kept scrupulously clean - unlike the facilities at regular sites!
Mallory
28th Jul 09 16:07

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