We (Boyzone) took a couple of tents and sleeping bags and set up camp in a remote forest in Ireland. It was really nice to get away and relax - there were no pubs and lots of privacy. Camping continues to be a big part of my family life. My mum has a static caravan, where she spends most weekends, and my children frequently stay with her.Keith DuŒ y,Actor and SingerReady for a Richer Life?There are lots of ways to do it - and it's not just about tents and caravans. There are holiday homes, lodges, pods, dens and camping barns. In fact, if you still have the old-fashioned idea that camping is 'just soggy tents and dodgy loos', you're in for a pleasant surprise. Modern campsites o
er everything from electric hook-ups and power showers to award-winning toilets! And camping equipment has moved on massively, with everything from wind-up radios and solar lights to gas-powered barbecues and self-infl ating airbeds.And with so many campsites and diŒ erent ways in which to camp to choose from, both in the UK and abroad, there's something to suit everyone - and every budget. In fact 7 in 10 people in our research study agreed that camping is accessible to everyone, regardless of income. It's the truly inclusive way to get away.If you have kids, there are sites with family-friendly facilities, like cool playgrounds and the chance to pet farm animals. There are sites close to theme parks, beside beaches and even deep within forests. For couples, there are quiet hideaways o
the beaten track, sites in hill walking country, or close to cities with their shops, restaurants and pubs.Ready to give it a go? We're here to help. We're not called The Friendly Club for nothing. Feel free to give us a call and ask us anything. We've been around for over 100 years so there probably isn't a question we haven't heard. But you could always try us!References:1. Garst, B.A., Williams, D.R., Roggenbuck, J.W. (2010). Exploring Early Twenty-First Century Developed Forest Camping Experiences and Meanings. Leisure Sciences 32(1), 90-97. 2. Natural England - Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment. Annual Report 2009-103. Freeman, C. (2010) The Role of camping and what it means to families as part of the New Zealand psyche. University of Otago, New Zealand For less than £40 a year, you and your family can become members.Ways to join:1. Online at campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk2. By phone - please call us on 0845 130 7632 or 024 7647 54423. In person at any of our UK Club SitesNow you've seen all the evidence that camping really can make you richer in mind, body and soul, why not give it a go?14Get rich quick at realrichness.co.uk
Terms and conditions apply.1575As part of National Camping and Caravanning Week 2011 (from 30th May to 5th June), we're hosting a national event called The Big Pitch. There are 1,500 free pitches up for grabs. To claim yours, all you have to do is to go online and tell us where you'd like to camp and what you'll do when you're camping. It could be anything from taking the kids fi shing to cooking a barbecue with the whole family. Visit nccw.co.uk now to register for the chance to receive a free pitch and upload your ideas there.REGISTER FOR THE BIG PITCH GIVEAWAYat nccw.co.uk before 6th May.