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It seem the C& C C has the balance right on their most popular site (Keswick) to stop 1 day booking during busy period to allow others booking who wish to book their holidays for longer period, weekend minimum booking 3 days, school holiday minimum booking 5 days. 

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in my experience you can call a CCC club site on the morning of your proposed arrival and they will allocate a pitch for one night, if there is availability.

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The only problem with the 3 night ruling is that it makes it impossible for working people to book a weekend of 2 nights.

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The Keswick site is always busy the 3 nights  weekend only applied during BH and school holiday any other time it is ok.

14 minutes ago, MalH said:

in my experience you can call a CCC club site on the morning of your proposed arrival and they will allocate a pitch for one night, if there is availability.

You are correct unless you want to go on a very popular site, once a year I go to Braithwaite fold in June I have to book 6 months in Advance to ensure I got a pitch this is another popular site where 1 day booking is not allowed.

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Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that CCC only allow two night bookings on all sites unless you call them on the day and if they have room will let you stay

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1 hour ago, Les Medes said:

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that CCC only allow two night bookings on all sites unless you call them on the day and if they have room will let you stay

Yes they do, but very popular site the put restriction during BH & school holiday to maximise pitch occupation.

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What's peoples opinion of the C&CC?

 

I've tried CMC, didnt like any of it tbh.

 

Would it be worth joining the C&CC? I do like the fact Julia Bradbury is connected to it, plus seen Aysgarth camping .co.uk

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On 22/07/2019 at 08:34, Forester72 said:

The only problem with the 3 night ruling is that it makes it impossible for working people to book a weekend of 2 nights.

 

Allowing them to book a 2 night weekend prevents someone else booking a 7 night holiday - there's a balance to be made between weekenders and longer stayers which will never satisfy everyone.

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9 minutes ago, Wellys and Mac said:

What's peoples opinion of the C&CC?

 

I've tried CMC, didnt like any of it tbh.

 

Would it be worth joining the C&CC? I do like the fact Julia Bradbury is connected to it, plus seen Aysgarth camping .co.uk

A member of both, we find these days that we prefer the C&CC to CMC.  Having decided to go wherever, we tend to look for nicely situated non club sites first, then C&CC and lastly CMC.
 

Essentially though, in terms of sites and facilities, the clubs are much of a muchness in the sites we have been too.  I am not entirely sure why a preference has crept in as we have never had a 'bad experience’ at any of either club’s sites.
 

Oh, a nice touch from the C&CC is the ability to opt out of the silly magazine with it’s lower priced ‘paper-free’ membership*.  I believe the CMC allow the opt out of the magazine too but without any membership fee discount despite claiming it was a benefit  ‘worth £xx.xx per annum to it’s members’.

 

*Paper-free membership also excludes the handbook but in reality, the internet is our first go-to when looking for and choosing a site whether we are sitting at home or sitting in the caravan deciding where to go next.

 

 

 

 

 

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31 minutes ago, Wellys and Mac said:

What's peoples opinion of the C&CC?

 

I've tried CMC, didnt like any of it tbh.

 

Would it be worth joining the C&CC? I do like the fact Julia Bradbury is connected to it, plus seen Aysgarth camping .co.uk

Probably best ignore my view thwn W&M as we probably have different tastes. We are a members of both clubs like Reggie P. What we choose depends on where we wish to stop on our tour. All things being equal our choice is CMC, C&CC and non-club in that order with an occasional CL thrown in.  There are 3 prime dislikes for C&CC compared to CMC for us. Don't like 1pm arrival, don't like an escort to the pitch, the showers are not very useful to me as I can't adjust the temperature and I use our own facilities therefore. I suppose that, in addition I don't like the fact that, s with a  number of non club sites, the waste disposal is often near the entrance. With some non club sites we miss having privacy cubicles. We are all different

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On 22/07/2019 at 08:15, oldboy said:

It seem the C C & C has the balance right on their most popular site (Keswick) to stop 1 day booking during busy period  ...


Surely there can’t be that many people who want to book for just one night only at Keswick ... in fact I’d be surprised if there’s any.

 

John

(PS, could Mods or Admin please amend the thread title?)

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25 minutes ago, Johnaldo said:


Surely there can’t be that many people who want to book for just one night only at Keswick ... in fact I’d be surprised if there’s any.

 

John

(PS, could Mods or Admin please amend the thread title?)

Yes there is, motor home and camper van. that is what I was told when I tried it.

And from the big sites book

"minimum night"

High season: all serviced pitch 5 nights

                             all grass pitch ( no EHU) 3 nights

Mid and low season: All serviced pitch 3 nights

                            All grass pitch 2 nights

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  My preference is C&CC as the wrinkly discount makes a significant difference to the cost, plus free Wi-fi and they tend to be, (in my experience) more laid back about things. I am a member of both and use both plus private sites, but do look for C&CC sites first when I am looking at an area.  As with the booking thing you will never satisfy everyone and we all have our preferences which is why variety exists, unless of course we have a revolution and the only camps will be for political/cultural realignment.

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We get ' wrinkly discount' but I don't choose on price. I'll be dead before I am broke

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10 minutes ago, Easy T said:

We get ' wrinkly discount' but I don't choose on price. I'll be dead before I am broke

Same here that is why I joined the SKI club :lol:

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Rather than use EITHER club I prefer to go to France!!

 

Much cheaper sites, especially if you use ACSI, and the site owners are far more relaxed about life in general, and the wine is cheaper, and there is all that cheese and nice bread and virtually empty roads. Get the picture??

 

Andy

 

We tend to go for 6+ weeks at a time so cost IS a serious factor in our calculations

 

 

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Once again we all have different criteria and having just read Mr Plodds post his mention of cheap wine and cheese has talked me into France, however i have never taken the outfit abroad, is France as easy as people say?

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8 minutes ago, bobthevanman said:

Once again we all have different criteria and having just read Mr Plodds post his mention of cheap wine and cheese has talked me into France, however i have never taken the outfit abroad, is France as easy as people say?

It is in my experience. The driving is certainly easier. Not as experienced as many but the times we have been we have always thoroughly enjoyed it.

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14 minutes ago, bobthevanman said:

is France as easy as people say?

 

Yes it is! 

 

Try it once, you will be hooked and never want to caravan in the U.K. again.

 

Andy

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I agree with Mr Plod. France is excellent.

But if you decide to holiday in the UK, my recommended choice would be to decide where you want to go then look for a good commercial site as a first choice, then a Camping and Caravan club site second, and then a CMC site third.  There are always good CS's and CL's depending on which club you join.   We were members of both big clubs for many years but found that we seldom used cmc sites, preferring the informality of the other options. 

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29 minutes ago, SuperRed said:

It is in my experience. The driving is certainly easier. Not as experienced as many but the times we have been we have always thoroughly enjoyed it.

Having driven abroad I agree with regards to driving

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4 hours ago, Wellys and Mac said:

What's peoples opinion of the C&CC?

 

I've tried CMC, didnt like any of it tbh.

 

Would it be worth joining the C&CC? I do like the fact Julia Bradbury is connected to it, plus seen Aysgarth camping .co.uk

We joined earlier this year and will be terminating membership at end of year.  We are still members of the CMC.

56 minutes ago, Mr Plodd said:

Rather than use EITHER club I prefer to go to France!!

Much cheaper sites, especially if you use ACSI, and the site owners are far more relaxed about life in general, and the wine is cheaper, and there is all that cheese and nice bread and virtually empty roads. Get the picture??

Andy

 

We tend to go for 6+ weeks at a time so cost IS a serious factor in our calculations

If taking into account cost of ferry to get to France, is it overall really cheaper?  We go because we like France, but think that cost wise it is the same as if holidaying in the UK except it is nicer with no congested roads and plenty of FREE parking right on the beach!  :D

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C&CC sites are the first choice for me, despite them always telling you where you pitch, unlike the CMC, who just tell you to find your own pitch.

C&CC sites don't insist you have EHU, which is not a requirement for me during the summer months, so you can save £4/night.

In terms of upkeep, nothing to choose between them in my opinion.

I also like to see people camping under canvas.

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1 hour ago, Mr Plodd said:

Rather than use EITHER club I prefer to go to France!!

 

Much cheaper sites, especially if you use ACSI, and the site owners are far more relaxed about life in general, and the wine is cheaper, and there is all that cheese and nice bread and virtually empty roads. Get the picture??

 

Andy

 

We tend to go for 6+ weeks at a time so cost IS a serious factor in our calculations

 

 

Not every one live  next door to France, so what is ideal for you is not ideal for everyone. my last outing to France for 3 weeks taking into account channel crossing, site fees, fuel, toll where required cost me nearly £900. that will give me a good 4 ~ 5 weeks  in the UK on a club site. 

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Is France cheaper?? Well it depends how long you go for, less than five weeks then yes it IS marginal.  

 

First off we always travel outside of peak season/school holidays so that keeps the cost down a fair bit.

 

So for a five week (35 day) trip the costs work out as follows.......

 

The ferry costs me roughly £300 Poole - Cherbourg (return) with BF Club Voyage (anyone want to be my friend? PM me) 

 

The MAXIMUM campsite fee with ACSI which we use almost exclusively (along with cheaper municipal sites) is €20 per night, many ACSI sites are cheaper (some as low as €14) so let’s go for an average of €17 per night.

 

Five weeks is 35 nights so multiply 35 x €17 gives campsite fees of €595 so let’s call that £550  Adding the ferry at £300 gives me five weeks away for £880.

 

I avoid Peage because I have plenty of time so don’t need to “blat’ it to my chosen location.

 

The CMC sites are in the region of £30 per night on average, and yes I do know CL’s are less but we prefer sites with “facilities” so multiply that £30 by 35 nights equates to £1050

If the CMC sites are £25 per night it’s £875 for five weeks. 

 

So as the costs are so similar  our preference is to go to France for all the reasons previously listed. 

 

 Dover Calais Ferries are much cheaper, but Dover is  200 (horrible) miles/4-5 hours each way for me!

 

Andy

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