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Hello and welcome to the summer edition of PRO News & Views.

Firstly, congratulations are in order. I'm sure you'll all join me in congratulating our Director General, Robert Louden - he's been awarded an MBE for services to the Outdoor Recreation Industry. Not only is this fantastic news for Robert and the Club, but for the industry as a whole.

And speaking of good news, the Club has once again successfully celebrated National Camping and Caravanning Week. This year, to mark the occasion we ran a Club Perks Media Event at our Hertford Club Site and received substantial media and industry support.

Our Club Site network also got into the spirit and organised their own Club Perks events which we know went down well with our campers. We're yet to hear about any DA Club Perks events but we hope we may receive more information soon…

As you will know, it's been a difficult couple of years for the industry, with the weather and downturn in the economy affecting booking patterns. As a result, we need to continue to develop and invest in our membership offering.

We recently opened our Loch Ness Shores Club Site located in the Scottish Highlands (see below for more information) and we are also confident of announcing a new Club Site at Margam Country Park in South Wales for the start of next season. Combined with our network development programme, we know we can continue to offer our members high standards of campsite at an affordable cost.

We hope you continue to enjoy all the benefits of being a Club member and please keep helping to spread the word via your respective Region, Section or DA!

Steve Birch 

Robert Louden

Director General is Awarded an MBE

The Club's Director General, Robert Louden, has been awarded an MBE for services to the Outdoor Recreation Industry.

The announcement, the second of two published every year, came on Her Majesty's Official Birthday. 

Listen to Robert's reaction to the news

National Camping and Caravanning Week

After the coldest spring in 50 years - the Club gave its members something to smile about during National Camping and Caravanning Week (May 27 - June 2, 2013).

The Club launched a successful Club Perks media event at its Hertford Club Site with the assistance of Club President, David Bellamy.

We also encouraged further engagement across the site network, asking the Holiday Site Teams to organise their own activities.

Take a look at how we got on by watching our NCCW video

David Bellamy

The Club Magazine Wants Your News!

Camping & Caravanning magazine is inviting DAs, Regions and Special Interest Sections to send in their latest news and photos for possible inclusion in the publication.

Please send all submissions to 

Please ensure all images are less than 1MB in size and in JPG format. Additionally, the full names of those appearing in the images must be supplied. Take a look at the new Green Paper 5.11 for more details.

Tell Us 'What's On'

Help us to spread the word about our new events area on the website! Our new tool will help campers to find things to do near to where they are pitched- up.

Additionally, if you know of an event in your area, you can also submit these details to share with campers.

All events published can be viewed by anyone, it's not just limited to members. 

Loch Ness Shores

Club Opens Loch Ness Shores Club Site

There's never been a better chance to spot the Loch Ness Monster!

The Club has strengthened its campsite portfolio with the opening of its new Loch Ness Shores Club Site, which is located directly on the south bank of this world-famous loch in the Scottish Highlands.

Open to both members and non-members, this is an all-year-round Club Site with 99 pitches and also offers a luxury camping option of five wooden wigwams!

Find out more information about our new Club Site.

Walton-on-Thames Celebrates its Centenary

The Club continues to make history as its Walton-on-Thames Club Site recently celebrated its 100th birthday!

Over the past 100 years, the Club has welcomed thousands of holidaymakers to the site, eager to enjoy one of the nation's most popular pastimes in a location close to the country's capital.

Read more on the celebration.


Free Sustrans Activity Packs

The Club has teamed up with Sustrans and produced a free activity pack brimming full of information about the campsites to stay at, that are close to great cycle routes.

There's also plenty of additional cycling tips and it even includes a fantastic 'Eat Local' recipe from ambassador, Ali Ray.

Camping in the Forest Media Event

After two event cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances; the Camping in the Forest Media Event finally went ahead on July 12-13 at its Hollands Wood campsite in the New Forest. 

We had fantastic weather and lots of pleased journalists - take a look our pictures from the event.


National Feast of Lanterns 2013

The National Feast of Lanterns is almost upon us and the Southern Region has been working hard at the prestigious Somerley Estate to ensure a successful event.

The NFOL will run from Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 19.

Pitches are still available and you can book online.

New Franchisees Take Over Bellingham

The Club has welcomed new owners and franchisees of Bellingham Club Site, Johanna Avis and David Berrisford, to its team.

The couple will take over from Barry and Carole Howard who previously ran the site for six seasons.  

If you'd like to visit Bellingham, take a look at their page listing.

Bellingham Franchisees

Skoda Octavia Wins Tow Car of the Year

Britain's best tow cars were recently revealed in the Tow Car of the Year Awards 2013 in partnership with Practical Caravan and What Car? magazines and the Club.

After rigorous testing, the panel of experts prove that smaller, lighter and more economical cars also make great tow cars, with the 2013 overall winner named as a family hatchback - the new Skoda Octavia.

Watch the Tow Car of the Year video.

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