As campsites and caravan parks were allowed to reopen in the UK earlier this month, some residents will have already spent weekends at some of the best Nottinghamshire locations for a ‘staycation’.
The government announced that sites for caravans and pitching tents were allowed to reopen on July 4, as long as measures were put in place to make them as ‘Covid-secure’ as possible.
Nottinghamshire Live has spoken to wardens at some of the best rated campsites in north Nottinghamshire – according to ratings on camping website ‘pitchup.com’ – to see how they have prepared for the safe return of campers to their sites.
Rachel East, a warden at Olive Tree Caravan and Camping Park in Retford said: “We only let one person in the office at a time and only two people at a time in our toilets. They are regularly cleaned and there are signs everywhere reminding people of the rules.
“We are asking people to set up their camps slightly further apart than they normally would and we have sanitiser stations outside the toilet and office.
“We can’t make people wear masks on the campsite, but all our staff do and every hour we clean the door handles.
“We were busy at the weekend and people stuck to the rules which was really good to see.”
On pitchup.com, Olive Tree has been given a score of 9.3 out of 10.
Sandra Beamish, a warden at Robin Hood Retreat Camping and Caravan Park in Newark – which has a score of 9.5 on the site – added: “We’ve asked people to keep to the two metres and have set up hand sanitisers all around.
“The staff here are wearing visors or face masks too.
“We’ve cut down the number of tents we can have here so they are more spaced out too with around 10-15 metres in between each.
“We are also ensuring our toilets are deep cleaned twice a day. People can bring their own portable toilet facilities too, which quite a few have done.
“We had quite a busy weekend that went superbly.”
Little Oak Camping in Retford has also released a statement on its website about the changes it has brought in.
The campsite features Romany style caravans that are used as ‘glamping’ pods and has a rating of 9 out of 10 on pitchup.com
It read: “We have non touch soap dispensers in the toilets. We will be cleaning and sanitising the toilet block and all other shared facilities like water points, waste points or wash-up points according to government guidelines.
“On request we can deep clean the shower specifically for a household for an additional cost of £10, charged as we will have to clean and sanitise it twice.
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“We are taking payments online and using contactless card payments on site where possible.
“The Romany caravan is deep cleaned and sanitised before arrival and the linen washed at high temperatures.”
Orchard Park touring caravan and camping park, in Tuxford, is rated 9.2 on pitchup.com and is only around six miles from Sundown Adventureland which has also reopened.
Tall Trees Touring Park in Forest Town, Mansfield – rated 9.1 – is a semi-rural site that is a 10 minutes drive from Mansfield. A ‘well-stocked carp fishing lake is next to the site.
The Old Vicarage in Elkesley, Retford is a riverside site in grounds of a 17th-century house situated close to Sherwood Forest.
It is rated as 8.8 on pitchup.com and its grounds run down to the Poulter river along trees donated by the Duke of Newcastle in the 1830s.
Pitchup.com have said that nationally, 35,000 bookings for breaks in England were made from the government announcement on June 23 to July 7, equating to 120,000 holidaymakers heading off on a staycation.
The statistics represent a booking every three seconds and a 64 percent growth in touring pitch bookings for caravans and motorhomes this year, with a 52 percent increase for tents over the same time period when compared to last year.