Summer sun and straightened economic climate triggers boom in Happy Campers

The summer sun and straightened economic climate have triggered a resurgence in the number of families packing up the car - and heading to a British campsite.

 Campsite bookings for the Bank Holiday weekend are 17 per cent ahead of last year and as the industry recovers from a wash out caused by the downpours of 2012.

Happy campers are heading far and wide and taking in the delights of Keswick in Cumbria, Culzean Castle in Ayrshire and Slapton Sands, near Dartmouth in Devon.

Family bookings at campsites in July were up 40 per cent on last year, with the demand split across those taking tent pitches or space for their caravan.

The Camping and Caravan Club is confident family reservations for August as a whole could be 60 per cent up on the same month a year ago.

Barclaycard this week revealed spending on its cards at camping grounds was up 20 per cent last month as more Britons decide to shun a foreign holiday for a night under the stars - and the canvas - at one of the many campsites and caravan parks dotted around the British countryside.

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