We've been members of the Camping and Caravanning Club for over 20 years and we're getting a little concerned at the rise in self catering accommodation being offered on what previously were solely camp sites for touring motorhomes, caravans and tent campers.

The latest offering is ready erected Safari tents to sleep up to 4 people, complete with electric lighting, fridge, sink, two ring gas hob and everything you need for a self catering holiday. This is an addition to the current glamping options on some club sites which include mobile homes, log cabins and camping pods.

Very soon there will be no touring pitches left for proper camping, in our opinion there are plenty of holiday parks that cater for people who want that sort of holiday, why are the Camping and Caravanning Club moving away from the traditional roots? One can only assume the answer is profit, there is more money to be made from a Safari Tent which costs up to £66 per night in high season than a camping pitch which costs £15-£20 per night.

In our opinion the time is fast approaching when it will be impossible to get a traditional basic grass pitch without electricity at any campsite. We recently went to a campsite that not only had mobile homes and pods but there were caravans on seasonal pitches which weren't occupied just sitting there waiting for their owners to decide when they wanted to use them, there were very few touring pitches available.

This isn't what the club was formed for, what's next? Bars, swimming pools, slot machines? This is no longer a club for campers, its big business.

What are your thoughts on Glamping on Club sites, are you for or against? This is being discussed on our forum, join the discussion by clicking here: Glamping for or against?

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