Pop-up campsites to open at racecourses and showgrounds for UK staycations

POP-UP campsites will open at stately homes, farms, ­racecourses and showgrounds to meet the soaring demand for staycations.

More than 500 locations that do not usually permit stays will become overnight destinations as hotel, B&B and cottage costs rocket.

The law to get Britain to Carry On Camping like Barbara Windsor in the classic comedy movie has been relaxed to allow pop-up sites to open for 56 days without planning permission – twice as many as in recent years.

Dan Yates, managing director of the UK’s biggest camping booking platform Pitchup, said: “For many landowners 28 days is not viable.

“Once you’ve got the toilet facilities and factored in some rainy weekends, a month is not enough time.

“Having two months, which means being able to operate for the whole of the school holidays, is a game-changer.

“Five hundred is currently ­looking like a conservative ­estimate and more will likely come on board if foreign travel is restricted.’’

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His platform handled bookings for one million campers last summer, with the figure expected to grow this year.

Hotels, cottages and B&Bs have reported a surge in business since Boris Johnson unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown in February.

Simon Altham of Awaze, which owns Cottages.com, Hoseasons and Landal Greenparks, said 85% of ­properties in Cornwall and 70% in Devon were fully booked for summer.

The pop-ups could not have come at a better time for holidaymakers with the demand for staycations driving up the cost of standard accommodation by an average of 35%.

And a study by consumer group Which? revealed prices have rocketed in 10 of the UK’s most visited beach hotspots.

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