Club News: The CCC celebrates record high membership in the UK
Publication date: 12 April 2016
The Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) is celebrating record high membership with nearly 600,000 individuals, or 281,674 households, now being members of the world’s oldest Club of its kind.
Founded with just six members as the Association of British Cycle Campers in 1901, the Club’s first permanent campsite opened at Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in 1913. Today it has 108 Club Sites, an overseas Travel Service and industry-leading membership services.
The Club hit its previous membership peak in August 2011, shortly after the global recession when more Brits switched to camping and caravanning as an affordable and sociable ‘staycation’ holiday option.
Poor weather and high fuel prices impacted on membership between 2012 and 2014, but the Club was able to reassess its membership offering and made changes to ensure it could meet the needs of the modern member. This included launching an online membership offering: today, 25% of Club members opt for online membership and use the Club’s dedicated campsite app, SiteSeeker, to find the perfect campsite for their next camping adventure.
The Club’s official magazine Camping & Caravanning is also available online, and is currently the second highest circulating digital title in the UK after the Economist.