“Freedom Camping Club is not a corporate business making million every year. Its a club run by people for people. Our sole aim is to facilitate the meeting of likeminded people, bringing together people who own caravan sites and camping facilities with people who want to enjoy caravanning and camping as a recreational activity. We are a family orientated caravan and camping club. Our purpose is to identify and make available safe and suitable locations for the purposes of enjoyment and engagement with the natural environment this country has to offer. We believe strongly that recreational camping and caravanning has a significant role to play in developing strong social family bonds and creating memories of family interaction which in today’s technology driven world is sometimes forgotten.”
“A refreshing new, fully inclusive approach to the camping club, bringing fresh ideas and new campsites to all the UK’s camping and caravanning population”
Most people have probably heard of the Camping and Caravanning Club, the UK’s oldest camping club with over 600,000 members, but did you realise that there are many other such clubs, some modernising the concept more than others, or approaching it from various different angles?
I wanted to introduce you to one of these clubs today, as it has drawn our attention more than once lately: the “Freedom Camping Club“.
Andrew and the team at Freedom have fairly recently entered the arena with a refreshing approach, as “The People’s Caravan and Camping Club.” Unlike the more well known Camping and Caravanning Club (who charge £39.99 per year for membership), Freedom have a 100% Free Membership Policy. This approach is a lot more inclusive in our opinion. They also offer all members one free night’s camping per year (which all member sites have to honour). In return, they help new and existing sites operate under less stringent rules (e.g. you can only advertise to members) and help promote their campsites through their own channels, social media, website and mailing list. Their sites can be anything from a very humble 5 x caravan or campervan site in Cornwall, Devon or Dorset, through to unlimited tented camping, rally sites or higher end glamping sites, all around the UK.
They also have a great campsite search tool on their website, where you can filter over 9,000 UK campsites to find exactly what you are looking for. From time to time, they run events and competitions too, which you can also keep up to date on from their website, or by joining their mailing list.
On their website, they list some of their benefits as being:
Some more detailed info from their site about who they are and what they stand for:
Who we are
Freedom Camping Club are a family orientated club. Our purpose is to identify and make available safe and suitable locations for the purposes of enjoyment and engagement with the natural environment this country has to offer. We believe strongly that recreational camping and caravanning has a significant role to play in developing strong social family bonds and creating memories of family interaction which in today’s technology driven world is sometimes forgotten.
We are an exempted caravan and camping organisation, authorised by the government to administrate campsite certificates, enabling sites to be used as caravan and camping parks without need for planning permission or a licence from their local authority.
We are authorised to administrate exemption certificates under paragraph 4, 5 and 6 of the First schedule, Caravan sites control of Development Act, 1960 and section 269 Public health act 1936.
We are one of the few exempted organisation in England who have this authorisation, others include The Camping and Caravanning Club, The Caravan Club, The Central Council for British naturism and The Second chance children’s Charity.
We are a fully formed club with a committee, club constitution and code of conduct.
What we do
We issue exemption certificates to small non-commercial sites so they can operate as a campsite. There is no need for planning permission or a licence from your council. We assess your site, to ensure it is safe and suitable for use and then issue a certificate.
There is no limit to how many caravans, tents, motor homes you can apply to accept, however we do have criteria which will limit occupation by factors such as access, locality, impact on neighbours and the facilities you have available.
Any one can join the club as a member. Its free to join and we give 1 free night camping to members every year.
Members can take advantage of the low cost and a diverse array of camp sites around the country. Getting access to places that would not normally be available or would cost considerably more.
We have regular competitions, giving away camping equipment, camping vouchers and sometimes cash prizes.
Our purpose it to facilitate the meeting of two specific groups of people. People who own land and want to make it available for use and people who want to visit places of interest for recreation and relaxation purposes.
We licence, administer, advise and promote campsites.
We offer search facilities to members to find camp sites and incentives to visit, revisit and enjoy.
We have an open club policy, we are non exclusive, accepting of all regardless of colour, race, gender, economic background.
So, next time you book your campervan hire in Cornwall from us, make sure to consider checking out joining the Freedom Camping Club to get your free night’s camping voucher and discover the latest and greatest campsites around Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the rest of the UK.
As ever, we appreciate any and all comments, questions or suggestions you may have – please use the form below!
Do you have a campsite or interesting place or service you’d like us to visit or review (or both!)? Just drop us a line and we’ll get straight back to you…
Until next time – happy camping!