POP-UP campsites will open at stately homes, farms, racecourses and showgrounds to meet the soaring demand for staycations.
More than 500 locations that do not usually permit stays will become overnight destinations as hotel, B&B and cottage costs rocket.
The law to get Britain to Carry On Camping like Barbara Windsor in the classic comedy movie has been relaxed to allow pop-up sites to open for 56 days without planning permission – twice as many as in recent years.
Dan Yates, managing director of the UK’s biggest camping booking platform Pitchup, said: “For many landowners 28 days is not viable.
“Once you’ve got the toilet facilities and factored in some rainy weekends, a month is not enough time.
“Having two months, which means being able to operate for the whole of the school holidays, is a game-changer.
“Five hundred is currently looking like a conservative estimate and more will likely come on board if foreign travel is restricted.’’
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His platform handled bookings for one million campers last summer, with the figure expected to grow this year.
Hotels, cottages and B&Bs have reported a surge in business since Boris Johnson unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown in February.
Simon Altham of Awaze, which owns Cottages.com, Hoseasons and Landal Greenparks, said 85% of properties in Cornwall and 70% in Devon were fully booked for summer.
The pop-ups could not have come at a better time for holidaymakers with the demand for staycations driving up the cost of standard accommodation by an average of 35%.
And a study by consumer group Which? revealed prices have rocketed in 10 of the UK’s most visited beach hotspots.
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