The OLPRO Rambling Blog
10 reasons to go camping
10 reasons why you should go camping for your next holiday
1. Camping can be the ultimate romantic getaway!
Imagine waking up every morning and rolling out of bed to the greatest view of a sunset or sunrise. If you know the perfect spot for viewing a sunset or a sunrise, then there really is no easier way to capture th at perfect tranquil moment. Why not use that extra time you would have spent on travelling from a hotel for setting up the ultimate camera shot… or maybe just extra snoozing in bed.
3. Camping is also perfect for gazing at stars
Everybody loves stargazing right?! Well imagine being able to do that every night, from the comfort of your own tent. Some tents now allow you to stargaze under the canvas of your own tent with purpose-built stargazing panels. Most campsites are a good distance from the hustle and bustle of nearby cities and towns, meaning there is no light pollution and only clear sky views for the perfect starry night.
Do you remember when holidays revolved around spending quality time with each other, and not around how strong the wifi connection is? When camping is done properly, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to spend real quality time together and even remind others of the value of this time together. Enjoy each other’s company and tell those winning stories that always makes your family and loved ones laugh, and tell those awful jokes you know that unfortunately don’t.
Many campsites are designed to give you the best possible opportunity to witness nature at its finest. Some of the best camping adventures are the ones that allow you to see the sights that you just wouldn’t get in a built up environment. Whether you’re camping near rivers, or pitching in hilly areas, there are some incredible views to be had in the company of friendly wildlife.
7. It’s great for your wellbeing
Nowadays, we hear all the time about the importance of looking after yourself. At a time when people are constantly ‘switched on’ with phones in their pockets and internet connectivity faster and more accessible than ever, the best way to look after your own wellbeing can be an exciting camping escape. Of course, camping will give you the opportunity to get some fresh air into your lungs and a chance to unwind from some of the stresses of modern life.
8. Relax and recharge
Similarly , the fresh air and exercise will help you to relax, sleep well and recharge your batteries. It’s easy to create a camping adventure that is set to the pace that you want it to be - no rushing around and no stressful traffic jams to contend with! The oxygen will be good for your body and you’ll almost certainly end a camping adventure feeling refreshed.
9. It’s a better option for the environment
Constantly flying abroad is damaging for the environment. Flying takes a lot of energy and releases a large amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, this only worsens the greenhouse gas effect which is causing temperatures to rise. So you can rest easy in the knowledge that camping is a low-carbon alternative that the environment will thank you for.
10. Camping is affordable
And last but not least, camping is also good for your bank account! Buying a high quality tent once can provide you with a lifetime of accommodation for future holidays and your biggest expense will most likely be the travel cost to get to your camping destination. So imagine all of the nice things you can spend your extra money on, maybe an extra holiday or two... ok, maybe 5!
Launch of new 2 year warranty on products
OLPRO celebrate high profile awards recognition with launch of new 2 year warranty on products
OLPRO, the UK-based camping and campervan equipment company, has recently been named as a finalist for 'Digital E-Commerce Business of the Year' at the FSB's Small Business Awards. This follows on OLPRO's success of being named the West Midlands' 'e-commerce Business of the Year' and the national runner up for the awards at the British Chambers of Commerce Business Awards 2019.
As a thank you to its customers, OLPRO have launched a new 2 year warranty for any tents and awnings purchased on the OLPRO website, from 11th February 2020 onwards.
Daniel Walton, Founder of OLPRO, said: “We're absolutely delighted to see OLPRO recognised for so many high profile awards and I think it's a great reflection of the attention that goes into making our high quality products. We want our customers to know that we appreciate all of their support and positive reviews and our new 2 year warranty is just a small part of our way of saying thank you.”
New Products for 2020
Awesome Autumn is upon us
Autumn is well and truly here, and half term is fast approaching. Although the weather isn’t as conducive to adventures as the summer months, the Autumn colours are well worth making the effort to get out for. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!
Beaches are wilder and more dramatic (as well as quieter!) and campsites are quieter and more affordable as the off-peak tarrifs kick in. We’ve rounded up a few ideas of Autumn adventures for you to make the most of your free time this season.
1: Follow a Leaf Peeping Trail
1: Follow a Leaf Peeping Trail
The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley have launched the UK’s first Leaf Peeping Trail this Autumn. With 50 miles of stunning scenery and colour, there’s plenty to do along the way, from canoeing the River Wye to clambering up Symonds Yat to admire the view. There are some great campsites in the vicinity if you want to make a weekend (or a week) of it, such asWhitemead Forest Park for a larger site with more facilities, or the stunning simplicity ofBeeches Farm campsite for sweeping sunset views across the valley.
2: Go Stargazing
2: Go Stargazing
With the earlier evenings, even the youngest member of the family can enjoy some stargazing. It’s Space Week at the moment, what a great opportunity to get out there and spot some constellations with the family. The UK is full of ‘dark sky’ spots – places with little or no artificial lighting – where you can head out and enjoy the wonders of the galaxy. It’s also Hunter’s Moon on October 13th, the full moon for the month – the ideal time to get out and enjoy a celestial celebration.
Combine your stargazing with a campfire (as long as they are allowed where you are, of course) and some marshmallow toasting, and you’ve got the perfect autumn activity to remember for years to come.
3: Go Apple Picking (and pressing!)
It’s the season of plenty – plenty of apples! Many National Trust properties have pick your own events in their apple orchards, such as Brockhampton in Herefordshire. You can also find information on apple pressing days all over the country, where you can take along your bounty and join in acommunity apple pressing event, saving the juice to drink as it is – or make your own cider of course!
Clean, warm sandy beaches are great – but for me, you can’t beat a wild, high full moon Autumn tide complete with whirling seagulls, crashing waves, and the fascinating detritus that gets left behind. Driftwood, seed pods from lands far far away, mermaid’s purses, the treasure found upon a remote beach is far more interesting in Autumn than summer. See which of these treasures you can find on your adventures. Take a pair of gloves and a bin bag with you and do your own mini beach-clean as you go.
Some of our favourite beaches:
Rhossili Bay in Wales
Warbeth Bay in Orkney
Brancaster in Norfolk
Marloe Sands in Wales
Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire
5: Visit an Arboretum
With over 60,000 species of tree across the globe, and 32 native British species, we owe it to the world of arboriculture to get out and appreciate these incredible, beautiful, oxygen-producers. An Arboretum or a woodland is an ideal way to visit and appreciate a wide variety of trees from our native species to thousands of introduced varieties as well. Autumn is when an arboretum really comes into its own as the colours change and leaves, seeds and nuts all fall, giving a blanket of beautiful seasonal goodness. Support the development of Arboretums and woodland with your entry fee, car parking fee, National Trust membership, or donations to the Woodland Trust, and make sure the trees will be there for many generations to come. Check out some of theUK’s most beautiful arboretums here.