Campsites open: Are camping sites and holiday parks open now?

Holidays outside of the UK remain highly unlikely to take place in the near future as the world continues the battle against COVID-19. The travel industry has suffered huge losses as a result, with several airline firms announcing job losses and ongoing financial uncertainty. Amid the ongoing but slowing pandemic, campsites and holiday parks are a fun and affordable way to squeeze a holiday in this summer without leaving the country.

Are camping sites and holiday parks open now?

At the moment, campsites in the UK remain closed – but they will likely be reopened in time for families to enjoy a break this summer.

In his speech to the nation on May 10, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out a proposed road map for leaving the lockdown, suggesting that some sectors within the hospitality industry could open no earlier than July 4.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told Sky News: “Having come from Suffolk down to London, I know there are a lot of campsites that are very keen for people to come.

“Some of this is being carefully considered, recognising that we have reduced outdoor transmission risk, that things like camping may well become suitable.”


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However, despite lockdown restrictions being eased and allowing people to head outside for unlimited exercise, Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston took to social media to reinforce the rules.

Mr Huddleston took to Twitter and wrote: “You and your household can head outdoors for your physical and mental wellbeing in England.

“But be respectful to local people and communities. you must adopt social distancing at all times.

“Then return to your primary home – no overnight stays, including second homes and holidays.”


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Campsites are expected to reopen on July 4, and it is highly likely that holiday parks such as Haven, Butlins and Center Parcs will follow suit.

The opening dates for some of Britain’s largest holiday parks groups are:

  • Haven is closed “until at least July 5”
  • Parkdean is closed up to and including July 5
  • The Caravan and Motorhome Club (CAMC) will reopen most of its England sites on July 4, and Scotland parks on July 15
  • The Camping and Caravanning Club (The C&CC) hopes to reopen sites in England on July 4

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  • Centre Parcs’ UK villages are closed until July 5, except Longford Forest which is closed until July 19
  • Forest Holidays is accepting bookings for arrival on July 6 onwards
  • Butlins is closed until July 16
  • Pontins holiday parks are accepting bookings form July 6 onwards
  • Lyons have cancelled all holidays up to June 19 and are offering 2021 holidays at 2020 prices
  • John Fowler holidays has closed all parks until July 5, and are offering refunds or rescheduled dates

Some people predict tat campsites may open earlier than holiday parks due to the transmission rate of coronavirus being significantly lower outside than indoors.

There has not been an official reopening date for camping sites, however, and it is likely that they will be included in the same restrictions seen by holiday parks.

The Caravan and Motorhome Club said: “The recent statement by the UK Government on the gradual easing of the current lockdown restrictions is welcome news.

“However, the Government advice does not currently give the dates that campsites and touring sites are available to reopen and is conditional on further progress being made.

“At this time we are planning on the assumption that we will be able to introduce a phased reopening of our sites network during July.”

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