The history of Forest Holidays really begins when the car became more popular and widely available in Britain. More people were exploring further afield and appreciating the beauty of Britain’s forests.
As people travelled further from home, they wanted to stay at their destination overnight and travel home or onwards in the morning, and so people began to camp in Britain’s forests.
Forest Holidays Caravan and Camping sites were developed by the Forestry Commission in the 1960’s to cope with the demand for places to stay in the forest. It also ensured regulation was in place to prevent damage to the forests.
Forest Holidays Cabin breaks were established when under-used forest staff accommodation was rented out to holiday makers. This proved so popular that in the 1980’s a team was commissioned to design holiday Cabins and find and develop new sites in Britain.
The popularity of both Cabin and Caravan and Camping sites continued to grow, and in the 1990’s the control of all sites was centralised within the Forestry Commission in Edinburgh and named ‘Forest Holidays’
Over time the Forestry Commission recognised that their holiday business had even greater potential and would benefit from external investment and holiday industry expertise. A tender and selection process took place in 2004 - 2005 under the Governments Public Private Partnership Initiative to find an experienced partner to help run Forest Holidays and invest in existing and new sites.
In 2006, The Camping and Caravanning Club were appointed as the Forestry Commission’s long term partner, contributing extensive holiday business management expertise and the capital to redevelop both Caravan and Camping and Cabin sites.
The Forestry Commission granted 75 year leases on all current sites and passed Forest Holidays brand and business onto The Camping and Caravanning Club. An exclusive opportunity was also presented to source and develop new sites across the 1 million hectares of the Forestry Commission estate.
In May 2006, a joint Public Private Partnership between the Forestry Commission and The Camping and Caravanning Club was formed. Forest Holidays as it is known today was created.
As a Partnership between the Forestry Commission and The Camping and Caravanning Club, Forest Holidays has a wonderful opportunity to provide unique and memorable holidays for all our customers, maintaining our beautiful sites for future generations to enjoy.