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ABOUT US

WE ARE GLOUCESTER DISTRICT ASSOCIATION

Gloucestershire District Association of The Camping and Caravanning Club was formed in 1963, some 53 years ago (2016), We’re more commonly called Glosda or The Glosters

Its continued success and vitality is a testament to its current membership and committee and to past members and committees who dedicated themselves to ensuring that the DA continued to flourish.

Each year the DA organises more than 30 camps throughout the year and 4 Temporary Holiday Sites. These meets are enjoyed by members who live local to Gloucestershire and by visitors who come from all over the country.

YOUR COMMITTEE
Gloucester DA Committee 2015

There are no requirements for camping with Glosda other than being a member of The Camping and Caravanning Club. Tent ,caravan and motorhome owners of all ages and from all backgrounds enjoy camping with us.  Some of the current members started as babies with their parents and now bring their own children and grandchildren camping with them. The oldest regular camper is over 80 and the youngest regular is only 4.

GLOS DA HISTORY

USEFUL LINKS

Camping & Caravanning Club Links

The Camping and Caravanning Club Main Site
The Camping and Caravanning Club Campsite Finder
The Camping and Caravanning Club District Associations

Local DA’s please see main c&cc site for full listing of DA websites

Cambrian & Wyvern Region – www.cambrianandwyvern.co.uk
East Worcestershire DA – www.eastworcsda.co.uk
Worcestershire & Herefordshire DA – www.whda.org.uk
Birmingham DA – www.birminghamda.org.uk
Coventry DA – www.coventryda.co.uk
West Midlands DA – www.westmidsda.org
Avon (Bristol) DA – www.avonda.co.uk

Other Useful Links

The Gloucestershire Portal – http://www.visit-gloucestershire.co.uk
Cotswold Edge Leisure Vehicles ltd – http://www.cotswoldedge.co.uk

FAQ’s

Any fully paid up member of The Camping and Caravanning Club can camp with any district association

  • Standard Meets are £7.00 per unit per night this includes a maximum of two adults and two children, further children under 12 go free, young adults 12 – 17 are £1 per night.
  • There are some special price meets each season.
  • There are NO extra costs unless stated, no fee for dogs, no fee for awnings or children’s pup tents when pitched with the main unit

Call for further details.

Not usually most sites have more than enough room, if you need to book this will be indicated in the meeting or THS notes

Caravans, Tents both large and small and Motohomes all enjoy camping with ‘Glos DA’

Unless otherwise stated sites open at 5pm Friday afternoon, some meets may open earlier.

The time we have to vacate will vary depending upon the location but unlike commercial sites no-one will be chasing you off early on Sunday morning.

If you are traveling far then we advise contacting the DA or Site Steward prior to leaving home to check on the opening time

Absolutely not if your a novice you’ll find plenty of experienced help willing to show you the ropes

For the more experienced camper this is an excellent way to really prove your worth without an Electric Hook Up (EHU) and the facilities many have come to rely upon

Depending on the type of meet there might be activities for children or social activities in the evening. You are free to join in or not as you wish. Some join in with all the activities whilst others choose to camp quietly by themselves,

The choice is entirely yours

Any fully paid up member of The Camping and Caravanning Club can camp with any district association

  • Unit – A single caravan, motorhome, trailer tent or tent is classed as a unit, childrens pup tents pitched with a parents unit are not units in themselves
  • American Supper – Each unit camping provides some of the food at a joint occasion usually a buffet, so bring along a plate of sausages, sandwiches or similar to share
  • THS – Temporary Holiday Site, a campsite setup for a longer time than a normal weekend meet, often for up to a month.
  • PPUN or PPUPN – Price per unit per night
  • PPPN – Price per person per night

HOW TO’s

One thing that puts people off of camping with a local DA is that on most of our sites you will not have an electric hook up (EHU).

For many years EHU’s were rare, today its the norm and many campers have come to rely upon them. For some of us, one of the delights of camping with a DA is getting away from all those noisy gadgets, for others in the DA the challenge of still having those home comforts whilst not using an EHU is all part of the challenge and fun.

Modern Caravans and Motorhomes come with a battery built in, These are called leisure batteries and are designed for long use between charges.

They will normally have a rating in Amp Hours. Typically a leisure battery will have a rating between 75 amp hours and 110 amp hours.

What do these figure mean in real terms?

If you have a 110 amp hour battery under perfect conditions you could run a single appliance that’s rated at 110 amps for 1 hour, now that does not seem much but lets do some maths:-

A typical caravan or motorhome light bulb is about 8 watts using the rule that AMPS = WATTS / VOLTS then 8 watts / 12 volts = 0.666 amps so if a light bulb is less than 1 amp we could run a single bulb for over 100 hours, of course that’s not a realistic calculation for the following reasons.

1. We don’t just use a single bulb, we also have water pumps, electric fans on our heaters and electric gadgets, all these things will place varying demands on the leisure battery

2. The battery in our vans is never perfectly charged or working under perfect conditions.

Given that you will most likely be running the fridge on gas and lights will be used a minimal amount in summer then you should be able to see that on a typical summer weekend outing you are very unlikely to run out of power.

Fitting a second battery is a simple way to increase the time you can spend off of EHU or allow you to run more appliances for longer.

In very simple terms 2x batteries will mean 2x the time off of an EHU.

But remember this also means it will take twice as long to recharge the batteries when flat, so a short drive home might not be enough to fully recharge both batteries.

Modern LED lights are very efficient using a fraction of the power of a normal light bulb. Typically an array of LED lights equivalent to a standard 8 watt caravan bulb will use about 1/10 of the power.

When the nights draw in towards the end of the year we all use the lights more and this is one way to ensure that we can do so without running out of power.

LEDS are now also being employed in torches and hand lanterns meaning that those in tents can also camp without the worry of running out of lighting.

Keeping things cool can be a worry particularly in summer and in particular if you have small children.

Modern motorhomes and caravans come with very good 3 way fridges fitted. The 3 ways are 240 volts 12 volts and Gas.

For us the operation on a gas supply means that we can keep things cool without the need to use our batteries power or plug into the mains.

This means so long as we have a gas supply then the fridge will work.

For those in tents its now possible to purchase very good 12v / Gas powered cool boxes. Its even possible to run a small cool box directly from a solar panel in good weather.