It’s that time of year when many of us would be thinking about our next camping adventure. It’s estimated that around 1.2 million people go camping each year in the UK. The reasons given for the love of camping are vast and wide – from the therapeutic qualities of fresh air and being close to nature, to time away from the internet and screen time. A poll made by the Camping and Caravanning Club (2017) discovered that 77% of campers said that its affordability makes camping a great way to spend quality time with people that matter most.
Julia was made the first female President of the Camping and Caravanning Club and was their natural choice due to her passion for the great outdoors. As president, one of her missions is to encourage people to experience camping for the first time and to engage families in the fun of camping.
Whilst the country is on lockdown, we are all trying to get close to nature to all sorts of creative ways… and camping in the garden is proving very popular. Julia has plenty of hints and to tips for pitching a tent and the garden is a great place to practice your camping skills.
Since becoming a wheelchair user, Debbie was fearful of going camping. So many ‘what if’ questions had put her off from pursuing a hobby that she used to enjoy but, being inspired by Julia, she gave camping another go during a TOG road trip to Corfe Castle, Dorset.
Since her stay on a Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Debs has gained confidence to take up her hobby once again and has the bug for more adventures under the stars and is looking forward to being able to go camping when restrictions are lifted. But, for now, she is loving cooking outdoors in her garden with her new camping gear from Easy Camp. Over the next few weeks, Debs has been set a challenge to come up with some lovely recipes for outdoor cooking. We look forward to seeing what she comes up with.