Membership organisations

Founded in 1901, the Camping and Caravanning Club is the largest and oldest club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs a further 20 camping and touring caravanning sites. Its site network consists of:

  • Club Site/Forest Holidays Site: over 100 sites owned by the club plus other sites franchised and/or run by owners according to club site rules  
  • Certificated Site (CS): over 1,500 independently-owned member-only sites, with a maximum of five pitches, or as many tents as space allows
  • Listed Site: independently-owned sites with marketing relationship with the Club

The Caravan and Motorhome Club (formerly Caravan Club) is the largest touring organisation of its kind in Europe. With over half the UK caravanning population as members, it serves 1m caravan, motorhome and trailer tent owners. Its site network consists of:

  • Club Site: over 200 sites, owned by the Club
  • Certificated Location (CL): 2,500 independently-owned member-only sites, with a maximum of five pitches
  • Affiliated Site: independently-owned sites with marketing relationship with the Club

The Association of Scout and Guide Centres (ASGC) promotes a safe and healthy working environment for staff, volunteers and visitors and encourages the provision of activities and facilities that develop young people and support the youth programme of The Scout Association and Girlguiding UK.

Member sites must observe the association's standards for protection, safety, opportunities for the disabled and leadership development for young people.


The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) is a membership organisation originally formed in 1930, and runs a network of 200 youth hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns in England and Wales. Several hostels provide camping facilities.

A charity, the organisation's aim is: "To help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, and appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities, particularly by providing youth hostels or other accommodation for them in their travels, and thus to promote their health recreation and education." 


Suntreckers Naturist Caravanning and Camping Club is the only national club for people who like mixing touring with naturism.

They hold weekend and holiday get-togethers around the UK all year round, and holiday get-togethers in the summer in mainland Europe.

More membership organisations which enjoy exemptions from caravan site legislation can be found on the website of Natural England.

Read more about how to set up a campsite or caravan park.