When can campsites reopen in the UK? Latest updates for camping and caravan holidays

Camping holidays are set to be back on the cards for Brits with lockdown restrictions due to start being eased across the UK.

Initial steps in England and Wales will see the reopening of self-contained accommodation first, for those who want to go on holiday with members of their own household.

In Wales this will kick off from March 27, while in England this is due to restart from April 12. Scotland could look to ease restrictions on domestic travel from April 26.

So what does the easing of lockdown mean for camping and caravan holidays?

We take a look at the rules across the UK. Guidance can vary – so if you have a trip booked which involves you travelling to one of the other countries (for example, from England to Scotland) it’s worth double checking with your campsite regarding their reopening policy.

Check out our guide below…

Rules in England

Family are leaving the campsite they are staying in to go for a hike with the dog.
A family on a camping holiday

In England self-contained accommodation can reopen from April 12 at the earliest. This means that some campsites and caravan parks will be able to reopen.

However, this will only be for accommodation where there are no shared facilities – a rule which has left some campsites fuming because they won’t be able to reopen in April due to having toilet and shower blocks, even though pubs can reopen their toilets in April.

Anyone who plans a trip from April in England will only be allowed to go on holiday with other members of their household, though you can meet outdoors in a maximum group of six with people from one other household.

From May 17 at the earliest, you’ll be able to travel with members of another household when the rule of six applies indoors.

Rules in Wales

Wales’ stay local order lifts from March 27 and will allow for holidaymakers to travel and stay overnight in self-contained accommodation.

However because of ongoing restrictions in England and Scotland, it’s worth noting that most places have said they will only welcome Welsh residents for their initial reopening.

For example, Haven is reopening its Welsh holiday parks from April 2 but won’t look to welcome back those travelling from England and Scotland until later in the month.

Rules in Scotland

Scotland’s restrictions will see a ‘stay local’ order in place until April 26, when it’s hoped that these rules will be lifted, and tourist accommodation can be reopened – although it’s worth noting self-catering stays will still be restricted in line with rules on indoor gathering.

Travel within all of mainland Scotland is expected to be permitted from this date.

Are you hoping to go on a camping holiday this summer? Let us know in the comments below.


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