||With Autumn half-term fast approaching, camping sites can look forward to a boom in business much like during the summer staycation phenomenon that took place this year. During a period when Britain is still facing cuts and the after effects of recession, 2013 as the year of the campsite looks like it could well continue with a flurry of early reservations reported earlier this year.
Camping in the Forest sites in particular have been showing increased popularity and bookings, as the likes of Holmsley, Setthorns, Bracelands, Christchurch, Cashel and Glenmore among others take on all the hues and incredible scenery of autumn, which should prove attractive during the week-long break.
Bob Hill, sites director at The Camping and Caravanning Club, said: "There is so much to experience when staying on a Camping in the Forest Site - particularly during the autumn months as it's such a picturesque time of the year."
If parents needed any more encouragement Britain's major charities and health groups have urged families to once more reconnect with nature.
Andy Simpson, chairman of the Wild Network, said: “The tragic truth is that kids have lost touch with nature and the outdoors in just one generation.
“Time spent outdoors is down, roaming ranges have fallen drastically, activity levels are declining and the ability to identify common species has been lost.
“New research published last week illustrates the scale of the challenge with only one in five children aged eight to 12 years old having a connection with nature.
“With many more parents becoming concerned about the dominance of screen time in their children’s lives and growing scientific evidence that a decline in active time is bad news for the health and happiness of our children, we all need to become marketing directors for nature.
“An extra 30 minutes of wild time every day for all under 12-year-olds in the UK would be the equivalent of just three months of their childhood spent outdoors.