Reasons to enjoy the outdoors this Autumn
There are so many reasons to enjoy the outdoors this Autumn, from the golden glow of your surroundings to the starry nights and frosty mornings. Here’s just some of our favourite reasons:
The days get shorter a lot more quickly during the Autumn and the sun starts to hover a lot more lower in the sky. It’s during this season that evenings become a lot more crisp which helps to create some spectacular sunsets. A roadtrip in a campervan is made all the more exciting when travelling to the sight of a glowing sunset.
Autumn is a hive of wildlife activity, from squirrels running freely to birds migrating in impressive numbers. If you’re a keen lover of wildlife activity then you really can’t beat camping during the Autumn. If you really want to get in amongst the wildlife then it might be worth preparing your wellie boots, your binoculars and setting a route that’s off the beaten track.
… But fewer insect bites!
Eurgh, we all hate that moment when we know we’ve been bitten by an insect. Fortunately, as the weather gets colder, you can expect to see less of the annoying flying insects.
Obviously, as a result of the COVID pandemic, we’re living in times where it’s best to avoid crowds of people you haven’t met before. So camping during the Autumn is an ideal time to avoid those bustling summer crowds and instead enjoy the tranquillity of a quieter campsite. It’s during the Autumn months that you’ll be more likely to hear the birds chirping, the leaves rustling or maybe just beautiful sound of silence.
Enjoy the midday warmth in beautiful surroundings
During Autumn, you can still enjoy those warmer days but without the unbearably hot and uncomfortable nights that you sometimes get during Summer. While the Autumn nights can become chilly, it does give you the perfect excuse to get the campfire going and to search the cupboards for those marshmallows you’ve been saving.
Opportunity to use pretty lighting on your set up
The darker evenings means more opportunity to get settled in for the evening with a lovely lighting set up. For many, this is also an opportunity to get out the Christmas fairy lights and check that they’re all still working before they go on the Christmas tree later in the year… exciting times!
OLPRO 2021 Calendar CompetitionTo celebrate the re-opening of campsites following lockdown, we're launching a calendar competition where you could win £100 OLPRO vouchers and feature in our OLPRO calendar for 2021.
To take part, you simply have to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your best photo that features OLPRO products, before the 4th August deadline.
The photo could be taken during your next camping holiday, or it could be a photo you've taken in your garden during lockdown, or it could have even been taken before lockdown. The photo can also be of any OLPRO products, whether it's a tent, awning, melamine... whatever you like!
Judges will select 24 of their favourite photos which will be posted on OLPRO's social media accounts during August. The 12 photos that receive the most 'likes' will automatically be selected for inclusion in the OLPRO calendar and the photo that receives the most 'likes' will win a £100 OLPRO voucher.
You can only submit one photo per person. For your best chance of winning, please make sure you submit a high resolution image. All submitted photos could feature in the OLPRO2021 calendar and future marketing.
How to Camp Safely Amid COVID Pandemic
With the government easing the lockdown rules and allowing campsites to re-open from the 4th July, many of us will be rejoicing at the idea of pitching our tent again. However, as with most aspects of everyday life now, things are certainly going to be different. Campsites in the UK will have to follow strict guidelines set by the government in order to ensure social distancing and infection prevention, ensuring that we all stay safe, but as campers, what can we do to keep ourselves safe? Whether you’re pitching your tent or setting off in your caravan, today we’re looking at how you can safely enjoy a camping trip this summer, along with a few of the measures that campsites will have in place for us.
How You Can Stay Safe on Your Camping Trip
Visit Campsites Closer to Home
While many of us will be desperate for a change of scenery, it can be a good idea to visit campsites that are closer to where you live. Popular campsites will inevitably attract people from all over the country, and this has the potential to increase the risk of the virus spreading. Plus, if you’re able to stay close to home, it’s a great way to support your local businesses, which will have no doubt experienced a few very difficult months.
Bring Your Face Mask
We all know it’s now compulsory to wear face coverings on public transport, but what does that mean for us campers? While you won’t be needing to wear a face covering in outdoor spaces, some campsites may require you to wear them in communal areas, such as washblocks. Check with your campsite before you head off on what their rules are, but to be honest, making sure that everyone in your party has a face mask is definitely worth doing.
Pack the Anti-Bac
We’re now more cautious than ever when it comes to hygiene, so how can you keep that up when you’re camping? Undoubtedly, washblocks and toilets will be fully equipped with antibacterial soap, and many campsites will have hand sanitising stations too, but for extra peace of mind, it’s always worth bringing your own supply.
Consider a Utility Tent
Even though communal facilities are likely to have extra cleaning procedures in place, it’s only natural that some of us might still be reluctant to use them. This is where it can be worth investing in a utility tent if you haven’t already, as this can be a useful and more private alternative to using communal washrooms and toilets.
Stick to Small Groups/Your Household
From the 4th July, two households will be able to meet in any setting. While this technically means you’ll be able to go camping with your friends or another family, it’s important to bear in mind the rules around this change. The first thing is if you’re camping with another family, remember that they will have to all be from the same household. You should only be sharing a tent with people in your household too, so this is worth bearing in mind if you camp with another family and say, the children share a tent together. In addition, while people from different households will be allowed to meet outdoors, this is still only allowed for up to six people, so bear this in mind! It’s also worth mentioning that some campsites may also have limits on how many people they allow in group bookings too, so be sure to check this.
What Are Campsites Doing to Keep Us Safe?
Like all supermarkets, shops and other places, campsites have a set of government guidelines to follow when they reopen on the 4th of July to ensure everyone’s safety. But what can we expect exactly?
Contactless Check In
Pretty much everything is going contactless as a result of the pandemic, and that also goes for campsites too. Of course, this will depend on the check-in process of each individual site, but many will now have procedures in place designed to minimise physical contact.
We should all be familiar with social distancing by now, and things we’re now used to seeing in public places such as floor markers and signs will be common across campsites, encouraging us to keep to a safe distance, especially when it comes to communal areas such as toilets and wash blocks. We can also expect campsites to be increasing the distance between pitches too.
Additional Hygiene Measures
In addition to extra cleaning procedures on communal areas, many campsites will have installed additional hand sanitising stations and handwashing facilities throughout. It’s also likely that you’ll be seeing quite a few signs encouraging you to sanitise your hands too, some of which will be in areas where we’re not always used to seeing them, such as reception areas, so make sure you pay attention to them and do as you’re told!
As we will have experienced in shops, campsites will also be reducing their numbers to make sure that social distancing can be followed properly. As we mentioned earlier, some may even have restrictions on group bookings too, so be sure to check this out. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, what can be better than a relaxing break in the outdoors with just your partner?
Queuing Systems & Time Slots for Showers and Toilets
Of course camping means that we make use of communal showers and toilets, but how will this work when it comes to social distancing? The official advice from the government is that campsites should assign separate showers to each household group, but this may not always be possible. In these cases, they advise deep cleaning procedures and a system to ensure that facilities aren’t overcrowded - this can be in the form of staggered entry or even time slots for shower facilities, and one-way systems in toilets.
Where Can We Go?
There’s plenty of choice out there when it comes to where you can pitch your tent this summer, so we’ve listed some of our picks below, along with the measures they’ve got in place. For further details on the measures each campsite has in place, check out their websites.
Whitlingham Broad Campsite - East Anglia
Located in a gorgeous 80 acre country park, Whitlingham Broad Campsite is ideal for anyone wanting to explore the famous Norfolk Broads. Measures they’ll be having in place include:
Reduced capacity to allow for social distancing and more space between pitches
More frequent cleaning and sanitisation, including deep cleaning of glamping facilities and communal areas
Hand sanitiser points with no contact dispensers outside certain areas
Reduced numbers on entering facilities
Tremorvu Campsite - South West
A gorgeous family run campsite, Tremorvu Campsite is located between the beautiful Cornish beaches of Praa Sands and Porthleven, making it the ideal place for surfers!
Contactless check in
Extra spacing for pitches
Distance markers for communal facilities
Deep cleaning for glamping facilities and communal areas
North Lees, Hathersage - East Midlands
Set in a romantic woodland setting, North Lees is the ideal campsite for couples and is wonderfully spacious.
The site itself is ‘pitch free,’ so visitors are able to choose their camping location, but are asked that they pitch at least 2 metres away from others when setting up.
Reduced numbers to a maximum of 60 people
Limited amount of guests in washroom and toilet facilities
Increased daily deep cleans of toilets and showers
Bodiam Camping - South East
Surrounded by plenty of trees and wildlife, Bodiam Campsite is perfect for getting away from it all, and is just a leisurely walk away from Bodiam Castle.
Opening additional fields to allow for more spacious pitches
Limit of one person at a time in toilets and showers (except for parents and children)
Regular deep cleaning of toilet blocks
Hand sanitiser provided outside of toilet blocks and must be used upon entrance and exit
The Old School Campsite - West Midlands
Ideal for those who love to keep busy, The Old School Campsite is a small camping and glamping site that is packed with a range of fantastic on-site activities with everything from adventure sports to crafting workshops.
Staggered time slots for showers
Daily deep cleans on communal areas
Glamping facilities deep cleaned in between guests
Distance markers on shower and toilet facilities
Here at OLPRO, we’re over the moon that we can officially start camping again from the 4th July, and we’re sure that you are too! We hope our guide has given you plenty of tips on how you can camp safely, but if you take away only one piece of advice, it’s this - make sure you follow the rules! Campsites will have worked incredibly hard putting their measures in place, and at the end of the day, they’re there to keep us all safe. Stick to the new rules along with the usual government advice we’re now so used to following, and together we can start to enjoy a summer of camping adventures.
Written by Amy Jackson - Content Writer at Discount Promo Codes - 26th June 2020
Use AR to visualise products in your gardenOLPRO has implemented a new augmented reality service that enables you to see how tents, campervan and caravan awnings would fit in your own garden.
The feature, provided by size.link allows users to see OLPRO’s products through their phone in real size. This is particularly useful for people who are looking to use their products in the garden while socially distancing, but are unsure as to whether the product would fit in the space available.
When visiting the ‘Dimensions & Details’ section of the OLPRO products, users will be able to complete a simple 3 stage process that will allow them to visualise their product through augmented reality. Users simply need to click the button ‘see the size now’, open the weblink or QR code that appears and then select ‘view in your space’.
Daniel Walton, Founder of OLPRO, said: “The idea of camping out in the garden has been hugely popular throughout this lockdown period and has been a clear sign that 2020 will be the year of the staycation.”
“As countries from across Europe begin to ease their lockdown restrictions, we’re beginning to see a huge increase in demand for our products. However, we are still encouraging our customers to be extra careful in planning their travels away and remain safe at all times.”
“Our new augmented reality service will be perfect for those who are taking part in the Stay Home National Camping and Caravanning Week, and for those who will prefer to keep a social distance and camp in the garden.”
To see a video on how to use this new feature, visit the OLPRO YouTube account here.