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Reasons to enjoy the outdoors this Autumn

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:

Spectacular sunsets

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.

Bustling wildlife...

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.

Smaller crowds

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!

 

 

 

 

Safest English campsites for post-lockdown

Safest English campsites for post-lockdown

Gearing up for the road-trip season, Scottish car leasing comparison site, LeaseFetcher, have published a list of the top 10 ‘safest’ locations in England and their​ best-rated campsites and campervan parks​.

With data from the UK Government (COVID-19 infections), the ONS (population data) and Google Locations (Campgrounds), LeaseFetcher has built a nifty table where keen road trippers can sort destinations and campgrounds by things such as opening date; Google rating; COVID-19 infection rates; if toilet facilities are open, and distance to nearest shop or petrol station.

The table can be found on the LeaseFetcher website here. ​

Top 10 ‘safest’ English destinations are as follows:
1. Rutland
2. Cornwall
3. Dorset
4. Devon
5. North East Lincolnshire
6. Wiltshire
7. Bath & North Somerset
8. Somerset
9. East Sussex
10. Knowsley

Will Craig, Founder of LeaseFetcher, said: “Nothing beats a good road trip, and especially not now when we’re trying to slowly phase back normal life whilst trying to keep Coronavirus at bay. When you travel in your own vehicle, adhere to regional guidelines and sleep under the stars you’re about as safe as if you were to stay on your couch at home”​.

“There are only so many home improvements one can do and only so many loaves of banana bread one can bake, so it’s great news that the country is once again opening up for tourism!”​

At a time when the tourism industry is just beginning to open up again, and with the strict health and safety guidelines, drivers should expect this year’s road trip to be a little different. Pitches will need to be booked in advance and campgrounds will likely have rules and regulations on how many campers can use facilities, check-in at once and whether you’re allowed to stay as a group of friends or only with your household.

The "safe" locations on the list are deemed so since they have a low number of cases - and they certainly want to keep it that way! Opening up the tourism industry again comes with risks, so it’s important that all holidaymakers
take measures to keep themselves and others safe.

How to Camp Safely Amid COVID Pandemic

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. 

Social Distancing

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!

Reduced Numbers

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

Creating A Perfect Garden Camping Experience

Creating A Perfect Garden Camping Experience

If you usually spend your bank holidays heading off to camp in the great outdoors, the idea of spending the Easter weekend confined indoors may not be so appealing. Thankfully, we’re here to come to your rescue. This week, we’re supporting the ‘Great Garden Inside/Outside Camp’ in order to help lift your spirits. The event is taking place on the 10th, 11th and 12th of April, and is there to give us a little something to look forward to during these uncertain and difficult times. We spoke recently about the benefits that come with camping in your own back garden, but how can you make it an enjoyable experience for everyone? Read on for our top tips on how to create the perfect garden camping experience!

1: Make it Cosy
Once you’ve got your tent pitched, the first thing to do is make it comfortable and of course, extra cosy. Layer up the ground with your tent carpet or groundsheet and perhaps even a few blankets or cushions just to make things extra comfortable - particularly if you’ve got some fussy sleepers taking part! If you don’t have a complete set of sleeping bags for the whole family, no worries - just grab your duvets and pillows to make things a little more homey! 

2: Add Some Personal Touches
Particularly if you’ve got younger children who have never camped out before, this can be a great way to get them excited about things. Put up some fairy lights to make it look cosy, along with some colourful cushions or perhaps even get the kids involved in creating some bunting or decorations for outside your tent. If they’re still a little dubious about the whole thing, encourage them to bring their own pillow or perhaps even their favourite cuddly toy so that literally the whole family can take part.

3: Cook Inside if it’s Easier
While you may want to break out the camping grill  to cook up some burgers for dinner, remember that the beauty of camping in your back garden is that your kitchen is mere feet away! Particularly if you have curious little ones running around and you’re concerned about safety, it can be easier to do the bulk of your cooking indoors and then bring out the finished feast for everyone to enjoy in the tent. 

4: Have a No Gadgets Rule
Once you’ve eaten and it starts to get a little dark, it may be tempting to curl up in your tent watching something on your tablet or smartphone - but that defeats the point of camping! Tear yourself away from that box set for one night and actually use the opportunity to talk to your loved ones and enjoy some quality time together. While you may not want to part with your smartphone fully for the evening, switch off your notifications and keep it out of reach to help avoid any temptation. 

5: Layer Up
If you’re used to the whole camping experience, this is one you’ll be well aware of already. However, if you’re a camping newbie or someone else in your group is, this is definitely one to bear in mind. Make sure everyone has sensible clothing to wear and that you have plenty of jumpers to hand in case the temperature takes a dip at any point. 

6: Keep Things Well Lit
Of course probably the biggest benefit of camping in your own back garden is that you have immediate access to clean facilities! Make sure that you have a well lit path from your tent to the back door in case anyone needs to use the toilet during the night, or you could perhaps even leave a light on in your house just to help you get your bearings - no matter how well you know your garden, waking up in the middle of the night can still be quite disorientating. You’ll thank us later! 

So all that’s left now is to pitch up that tent! We all know this isn’t going to be the Easter weekend we had planned for, but a garden camping experience is definitely going to be one way to lift those spirits and to create that much needed holiday feeling. At OLPRO, we’re proud to be supporting the Great Garden Inside/Outside Camp this Easter weekend - it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy some family time away from the telly!

Written by Amy Jackson - Content Writer at Promo Codes For - 6th April 2020