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The Caravan Club
The Caravan Club is an organisation
representing caravanners in the United Kingdom and the Republic
of Ireland. It was founded in 1907 and now represents nearly
1 million members.
Caravan Club History
The club was founded in 1907 as the The Caravan
Club of Great Britain and Ireland. Its aim was to "...
bring together those interested in van life as a pastime...to
improve and supply suitable vans and other appliances...to
develop the pastime by collecting, publishing and supplying
to members, books and periodicals and lists of camp sites
etc... to arrange camping grounds. The club was not known
as The Caravan Club until 1959 and celebrated its centenary
on 14th June 2007.
Caravan Club Structure
The Caravan Club is run and owned by its members. The Club
is led by the Executive Committee, which airs policy issues
with the Club Council. The council in turn is supported
by the 10 Regional Councils. Their aim of the Regional Councils
is to coordinate communications throughout the Club membership.
Regional Councils provide a forum to discuss Club issues
and to solve local and regional problems. Club members may
also vote at the Annual General Meeting. The club is a member
of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile
(FIA), an organisation that represents the interests of
motoring organisations and motor car users. The club has
over 900 staff and an annual turnover of £86 million.
Caravan Club Sites
The Club operates around 200 main Caravan Club sites and
2,500 smaller certificated "five-van" sites, known
as CLs (Certified Locations).
Certificated Locations (CLs)
A Certificated Location (or 'CL') is an informal privately-owned
caravan site for up to 5 caravans in the United Kingdom.
Visitors with caravans pay a small fee to the CL owner in
order to park overnight. This is usually cheaper than larger
commercial caravan sites. There are about 2500 CLs in the
UK and are for exclusive use by Caravan Club members. Each
year the Caravan Club issues a Certificate to those sites
that continue to meet their standards, hence 'Certificated
Locations'. Caravan Club members vote annually for the best
Certificated Location in the 'CL of the Year' competition.
Most CLs are in the countryside, they are individually
owned and can be on a farm or smallholding, on spare land
next to a pub, golf course or hotel or on land attached
to the owner's house. CLs need no site licence or formal
planning permission, but are covered by two Acts of Parliament:
* Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
* Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) (1963) Chapter 17.
The laws state that visitors with caravans must be members
of the Caravan Club, who are required to act responsibly
and to observe the Country Code and no more than 5 caravans
may be accommodated on the site at any one time. Caravan
may not stay for more than 28 days per visit and must be
occupied overnight. CLs are for recreational purposes and
only touring caravans, motor caravans or trailer tents are
permitted - tents are not permitted, other than attached
caravan awnings, toilet tents or small pup tents; and permanently-sited
(static) caravans are not permitted on the same landholding.
There are also a number of guidelines stated. For example
CLs should be fairly level and have at least ½ acre
of land; and have safe access for caravans including 12ft
wide gateway and safe approach road. If the landowner has
a caravan site licence from their Local Authority, the Caravan
Club is unlikely to issue a Certificate, unless the CL is
entirely separate from the landowner's other business activities.
To become a CL, owners should provide an emptying point
for chemical closets; a safe drinking water supply; A bin
for dry rubbish; and public liability insurance cover. Some
owners provide optional extras such as electrical hook ups,
showers and toilets. Although exempt from planning permission,
CL owners are liable to pay business rates and income tax
on their profits.
The Caravan Club National Rally
Each year, the club holds a "National Rally"
over the Spring Bank holiday at the end of May. The rally
usually taking place in the grounds of a stately home and
can attracts up to 10,000 caravanners at a time. The first
National Rally was held at Leamington Spa in 1936 and attracting
100 caravans. In 2007, for the Club's Centenary year, the
80th National Rally was held in the grounds of Blenheim
Palace, Oxfordshire from Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th May.
The Club offers caravan insurance and other insurance services.
It provides overseas ferry and pitch bookings, recovery/breakdown
service, branded as Red Pennant, and a range of technical
advice. It is also active in lobbying on behalf of its members.
Caravan Club Alliances
The Caravan Club has developed alliances with a number
Holidays offers Club members an exclusive deal at 21
of their Touring Parks.
Cycle Network offers 12,000 miles of signed cycle routes
throughout the UK. More than half of all Club Sites are
situated near cycle routes.
Resorts provides members with deals for touring holidays
in the Isle of Wight.
- the club is the Species Champion of the Song Thrush, and
sponsors the RSPB’s protection of the bird.
the Caravan Club web site
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