Be part of history this summer
Jan 20 2014 Gepost door Samantha Marsh
Be part of history this summer and hop across the Channel for the D-Day commemorations or the Tour de France – from less than £7 per night!
Pitchup.com has campsites and holiday parks on the Tour route or near the D-Day landing beaches, at huge savings compared to hotel prices
But hurry – sites are selling out fast, so early booking is essential
Secure your accommodation now with a low deposit
France is definitely the place to be for summer 2014, with a huge amount of British interest in two major events – the 70th D-Day Landings anniversary and the Tour de France.
Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com features over 80 bookable sites in France with a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, from simple tent pitches to trendy pods and glamorous holiday homes.
• Tour de France (July 5-26)
With two British winners in the past two years, cycling has never been so popular this side of the Channel. Add in the fact that North Yorkshire has been chosen as the place for the 2014 ‘Grand Départ’, and interest among Brits in the Tour de France is expected to be bigger than ever.
To make it easier to book accommodation near the Tour route, Pitchup.com has launched an interactive Tour de France route planner, giving details of all 20 stages of the Tour, and a comprehensive list of bookable campsites, holiday parks and lodge sites for every stage of the race.
The route planner (http://www.pitchup.com/tour_de_france/) covers all 20 stages of the Tour, beginning with Stage No 1, the Grand Départ in North Yorkshire on Saturday July 5, right through to Stage No 20, the finish at Périgueux on Saturday July 26.
Click the campsite name to go to its listing page, add in the dates you want to stay, pick your accommodation and book – all done!
Stage No 6: Arras, Thursday July 10
Pitch, pod or holiday home with pool and jacuzzi – from £7 per person per night.
As the Tour reaches France book an electric grass pitch, camping pod or holiday home at Camping la Kilienne, on the edge of a 45-hectare forest and with a pizzeria, bar, heated pool, solarium and jacuzzi. Throughout the summer the site puts on entertainment and themed nights and there’s a kids’ club in July and August. The holiday homes, which have two bedrooms and sleep six, have a minimum seven-night-stay policy.
Price: Four nights’ camping on an electric grass pitch starts from £55.48, for two people. That’s less than £7 per person per night! Four nights in a camping pod costs £9.50 per person per night. Or, for larger groups, the two-bedroom holiday homes cost £440 for seven nights, which works out at £10.50 per person per night (based on six sharing).
Stage No 20: Périgueux, Saturday July 26
Holiday lodge with swimming pool and breakfast delivery – from £19 per person per night.
Camping L'Hermitage des 4 Saisons is set in four acres of countryside, surrounded by the forest and farmlands of Périgord Vert in the Dordogne, 13 miles from the Tour de France’s finish town, Périgueux. Accommodation is in two-bedroom holiday lodges, which sleep up to six. There’s a swimming pool, jacuzzi, pétanque court, table tennis, archery and pony rides on site. During high season the owners organise Perigoudin meals, barbecues and local produce tasting sessions. As an added bonus, breakfast is delivered to your door.
Price: Two weeks in a two-bedroom lodge for four people costs £1,069 (£19 per person per night).
• D-Day Landings anniversary (June 6)
June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, with an official programme of commemorations running from June 5-August 21.
Family friendly, close to the American Cemetery and Omaha beach – from £14.50 per person per night.
Camping Port’Land is situated in the heart of the D-Day landing zone in Normandy, just a few minutes away from the American Cemetery and Omaha beach. Arromanches is 9km away; the other D-Day beaches, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword, are within easy reach by road; and Pegasus Memorial in Caen is an hour’s drive away. The site has two- and three-bedroom holiday homes (sleeping up to six and eight people respectively) and electric pitches for tents, motorhomes and tourers. Facilities include an outdoor heated aquatic centre with slides, an indoor heated swimming pool, four fishing lakes, a bar, restaurant, pizzeria and shop. The Little Frogs kids' club is open during July and August.
Price: Seven nights for two people staying on the electric grass pitch costs £203, which works out a £14.50 per person per night, from June 14 (it’s already fully booked for June 6). The pitch can be secured with a £30 deposit. Seven nights in the two-bedroom holiday home costs £405, which works out at less than £10 per person per night at full capacity.
30 minutes from D-Day Landing beaches – from £10.80 per person per night.
Camping l'Anse du Brick is a family campsite overlooking a picturesque bay resting in an old pink granite quarry, on the northern tip of the Normandy peninsula, 30 minutes from the D-Day Landing beaches and within easy reach of related museums and memorials. The campsite is 8km east of Cherbourg Port and has direct access to a small sandy beach and a woodland walk. It’s got an indoor and outdoor pool, a multisport area, children's playground with bouncy castle, and a games room with table pool. An organised kids’ club runs in July and August.
Price: £152 for seven nights for two people on an electric grass pitch, from June 1-8, which works out at £10.80 per person per night. The pitch can be secured with a deposit of £22.
Close to the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mère-Eglise – from £6.50 per person per night.
Airotel Camping L'Etang des Haizes, near la Haye du Puits in Normandy, has pitches for tents and motorhomes, as well as large modern holiday homes and new safari tents with two rooms, a living room and kitchen area, table, chairs and barbecue.
Situated between Cherbourg and le Mont St Michel, it’s 30km from the D-Day Landing beaches and within easy reach of the town of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, home to the Airborne Museum.
It’s got an aquatic park, Jacuzzi and a wading pool; kids’ playground; lake for fishing and pedalo rides, and a summer kids’ club.
Price: Seven nights on a non-electric pitch costs £90.60 for two people (£6.50 per person per night) from June 1-8. The pitch can be secured with a deposit of £14. The safari tents cost £290 for seven nights for two people (£20.70 per person per night), and can be secured with a £43 deposit.
For more information visit http://www.pitchup.com
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Notes to editors
Founded in 2009 by former lastminute.com man, Dan Yates, multi-award winning Pitchup.com is a free guide to all types of outdoor accommodation in the UK, Ireland and France. The site provides users with a simple platform in which they can search and book an outdoor holiday with total ease. The customer experience from landing on the home page through to booking a holiday can be completed in as little as four pages. The site also goes beyond traditional searches by allowing users to search for accommodation based on more than 80 criteria, such as adults only and campfires allowed, and view nearby events, Good Pub Guide pubs and VisitBritain attractions. Users can also search on the offers page to find the best deals available. Pitchup.com features over 5,000 UK wide camping and caravanning sites/parks with France recently added into the equation. It enables users to search for all types of parks and sites from the major brands right through to one off campsites and unique outdoor accommodation options, which may not have previously had a web presence.