Touring caravan sites aim to offer the best value to customers throughout the year, with prices varying based on location and facilities available. If you are preparing for your trip, there are various aspects to consider, such as choosing the best site, planning what to bring and searching for the best value for money.
The types of pitches available on touring caravan sites
If you are searching for a touring caravan or motorhome site, you may be confused about the various types of pitches available. However, most sites tend to use similar terminology to describe the most popular pitch types, such as:
1) Grass pitches - These are the most basic pitch type available on touring caravan sites, there is no hardstanding and no electric hook-up. Usually, the grass pitches are booked by those camping with a tent. The pitch size will normally accommodate a motorhome with awning, a caravan with an awning or a large tent. There are some parks which offer large pitches for an extra fee, which suit caravans or motorhomes up to 9m long.
2) Serviced grass pitches - For those looking for home comforts, these serviced pitches offer an electric hook-up point, although the pitch does not have hardstanding. Again, these pitches tend to be ideal for campers with tents looking to stay for longer than 1 or 2 nights.
3) Hardstanding serviced pitch - For those staying in a caravan or motorhome, these pitches are ideal. The pitch offers both hardstanding ground and an electric hook-up, although these pitches tend to charge more in motorhome and touring caravan sites fees.
4) Super serviced pitch - These pitches charge the highest caravan and motorhome pitch fees, as they offer hardstanding, an electric hook-up, waste drainage and freshwater. However, they are not very common as many sites do not offer all of these facilities.
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How are touring caravan site fees calculated?
For most people, the cost of the site is one of the most important factors, so it is important to compare prices to find a site which offers the facilities you need for the best prices. Sites will calculate the cost of your stay based on the nightly fee, with some also charging for each person in your party. There are also sites which charge various supplements, such as bringing a second car, pitching an awning or gazebo, bringing a dog, and erecting a small tent.
The price quoted usually includes electricity for pitches with an electric hook-up, which is delivered through a 230V supply. However, some parks offer an electric hook-up via a metered connection, so you may want to closely monitor your usage.
The majority of sites will charge seasonal rates, based on their low-season, mid-season and high-season prices. The months of October, November, December, January, February and March tend to be classed as low season, as demand is low during these months. However, holiday periods during these months such as Christmas and school holidays will be charged at mid or high-season rates.
Once the weather begins to improve, more people are looking to take breaks, so prices do increase in line with demand. The months of April, May, June, July and September are usually mid-season; however, school holidays will push demand up to high-season prices. Most parks will charge high-season prices for the full month of August and part of July. You may also find that sites have a minimum stay requirement in place over weekends, bank holidays and busy times, with some sites requiring tourers to stay at least 2 or 3 nights.
The site will be able to calculate a full breakdown of the fees for your stay once you provide the dates of your potential visit and booking details. Many sites will accept cash and card payments, with websites often available for those looking to pay online before their stay.
We strongly recommend booking your pitch in advance, especially if you are booking a break during a high season. If you are planning a spontaneous trip, during low or even mid-season, many parks will be able to accept you with little notice, however, we always advise booking beforehand. You may also find that not every site will stay open all year, with many closing during the winter.
How touring caravan site fees differ between countries
Touring caravan site fees do vary considering between counties and even countries. For example, a touring caravan holiday in Scotland or Northern Ireland could cost in the region of £15 per night for a basic grass pitch. In comparison, a break on the south of England coast could cost in the region of £45 per night in high season. However, these prices are obviously dependent on individual sites and the facilities available.
If you are looking to travel further afield, a great way to reduce the cost of the site pitch fees is to purchase a Camping Key Europe (CKE). This is a benefits card which is recognised in many camping sites and holiday parks throughout Europe. The card provides holders and their family with discounts on stays and additional park-specific benefits. Most importantly, it includes accident and liability insurance which is required by many sites in Europe. Here in the UK, the card is available from The Caravan and Motorhome Club.
Why pitch with us?
Our caravan and glamping site is based on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, Shropshire. We pride ourselves on offering our customers modern facilities, easy access to the Shropshire Hills and an array of on-site activities. Whether you are here to relax with friends and family or explore the stunning local area, our caravan and motorhome pitch fees are known for being competitive.
Our standard touring caravan site fees start from just £30 per night in the winter months, with glamping lodges from £150 per night during the winter season. Prices do increase during the busy summer season; however, we always try to offer great facilities and excellent value for money. To find out more about our touring pitches please view our touring pitch overview