The grass roots of Canvas Holidays

The swinging sixties – a decade of mini skirts, flower power and Beatlemania – and the dawn of Canvas Holidays.

In the 1960’s Britain became a truly affluent society – vacuum cleaners and washing machines were in most homes, and cars and fridges became the norm. And for the first time – foreign family holidays became common place.

One of these new ‘explorers’ of foreign shores was Jim Cuthbert and his family. Like many in the 1960’s, the most affordable way for the Cuthbert family to explore Europe was by camping. It was on one of these holidays that Jim Cuthbert found sound inspiration. Whilst waiting on the cross Channel ferry in Ostend he observed many other families crammed into cars filled to the brim with camping equipment and other holiday essentials – and thought how helpful it would be if all this could be provided at the campsite.

With this inspiration and a great love for the essence of the camping holiday, Jim Cuthbert set out to make camping abroad easier. And so Canvas Holidays was born in the spring of 1965 and transformed the world of continental camping as we know it. A total of 25 of the best quality tents that money could buy were erected in Northern France, equipped with camping essentials plus cookers and gas. Holidays were sold at 10-17 guineas a week for six people and in the first brochure holidaymakers were promised that on arrival everything would be “ready for the first cup of tea”.

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New Year’s Eve celebrations around Europe

New Year’s Eve is always a time for celebration and reflection. The excitement of what the new year may bring, mixed in with the feelings of the year gone by. It’s a great time to have some fun, celebrate with loved ones and look forward to whatever the future may hold.

Here in Scotland, New Year’s Eve, or Hogmanay as it’s known, is a really big deal. It seems like the world descends on Edinburgh to take in the fantastic atmosphere of the world-famous festivities and street party. The fun starts on New Year’s Eve with a torchlight procession through the middle of the city, before rounding the evening off with an amazing fireworks display. At Hogmanay, the city centre comes alive as thousands of people descend on the streets to enjoy live music, mulled wine and the world famous fireworks as the clock strikes 12.

Across Europe, lots of cities have their own traditions that makes New Year’s Eve so special.

New Year Edinburgh

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Drink your way round Europe

Drink your way round Europe

With the festive season well and truly in swing, to get you in the party mood we’ve put together this guide to Europe’s national drinks.

It’s not just for Christmas though! During the summer, European cities take on a festive atmosphere and the social aspect of drinking can be a great way to get to know the local culture. Why not toast your way through Europe next summer?

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5 Reasons to return to a campsite

We love hearing stories from your holidays and were curious to know what makes some customers return to the same campsites time and time again.

A lot of people have a holiday destination that holds a special place in their heart. Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint exactly why you love a place so much but sometimes it’s harder to put it into words – it can be a feeling, a smell, a person or simply fantastic memories. We put it out to our lovely customers on Facebook to find out what it is that makes them return to certain sites each year. Here’s what they said…

 

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My first trip to Berny

After circling Paris Charles de Gaulle airport approximately six times while trying to locate the exit from the car rental place, we cheered as we finally got onto the motorway and en route to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont.

As the sun started to set, we drove through miles of French countryside and excitedly chatted about what we were expecting when we arrived at the campsite. To be honest I was maybe a teeny bit apprehensive due to not having taken a holiday like this before. I needn’t have worried though. We were met by a friendly courier and as we unloaded our bags into the cosy lodge, I felt real excitement creep over me about the next couple of days.

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10 tips for making the most of bad weather on holiday

We’re a nation of weather obsessives, and no more so than just before we go on holiday, particularly if you’re going away at a time of year when sun is a little less guaranteed.

However the sunshine needn’t make or break your camping holiday. A spot of rain shouldn’t stop you from getting out and about and exploring or enjoying quality time with your loved ones, and as for the sun tan, you can always fake that!

Here are some of our suggestions for making the most of your holiday if the weather isn’t quite on your side.

  • Have a picnic indoors

Baguettes

If you had your heart set on lots of al fresco eating during your holiday but grey skies have made the prospect risky, create a picnic indoors. The kids will love it. Stock up on lots of goodies from the local supermarket, chuck a blanket over the table, and voila, you’re all set. Copious amounts of bread and cheese tastes just as good indoors, and you won’t have any nasty flies to contend with.

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