Throughout history camping has been a way for us to connect with ourselves, the natural world around us, and each other. Camping holidays today allow for access to modern comforts like electricity and toilets – but this wasn’t always the case.
Whilst times have changed, the history of camping shows that some things will always remain the same. Let’s take a walk through it…
Before we delve into the history of camping, let’s first take a look at what camping is. There are a few different types of this outdoors recreational activity.
Tent camping – a favourite amongst those new to camping, occasional campers and families.
Caravan or motorhome camping – offers the ability to explore the great outdoors with all of your every-day comforts. Popular with regular campers, some of our campsites offer seasonal storage, allowing campers to leave their unit on-site and camp when desired.
Glamping - easy camping. Minimal set up time and maximum comfort make this a great option for those short on time or new to camping. We have several glamping options available including pods and glamping tents.
Our love affair with camping all started in 1901 where Thomas Hiram Holding was one of the founders of The Camping and Caravanning Club, known then as the Association of Cycle Campers.
Throughout the history of camping we’ve seen the shelters used by campers transform significantly from cow hide tents to high tech materials. ‘Glamping’ is now in full force – with electricity allowing campers to stay connected and make use of electrical goods.
Camping in the Forest lets you relax in secluded woodland spaces across the UK and become your very own pioneer. To find out more about our campsites and the benefits of getting out into the great outdoors, along with further information around the history of camping, view our infographic.
The reason camping became so widespread was because it was seen as a form of recreation and escape, and this has remained the same. With technology causing the constant stream of communication to ever-increase, the need to disconnect is becoming more prevalent. And so camping is more popular than ever.
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