Whilst mowing the lawn one day in 2019, Donald Macdonald came up with a slogan inspired by the Campaign for Real Ales and his own desire to be able to explore the UK in his motorhome the way he could in France using Aires. A dream was born… or rather the Campaign for Real Aires was created.
Starting as a small Facebook group only intended for Scotland where he lives, it quickly gathered a couple of hundred members and then did nothing. That is, until during Lockdown, Roy Goring decided to share it across a selection of other Motorhoming groups in July 2020. It went viral… if that’s the correct expression to use during Lockdown! Quickly membership soared until three months later they have over 13,000 members across the UK and counting.
So, what galvanised CAMpRA? Was it a plan? No, it was the idea of NOT having a plan. To be able to hit the road, follow the sunshine, stop on a whim and stay the night at an unexpected destination are the things that motivate members.
The Campaign for Real Aires works to support and encourage Motorhomers to lift that most powerful of weapons in the fight for Aires – the pen. Writing to newspapers, MPs, MSPs, Council Leaders and Officers – and identifying partners who can benefit from having visitors being able to park in their Motorhomes and stay overnight.
Only when we have a network of Aire-style facilities across the UK will people be able to staycation safe in the knowledge they have somewhere safe and hospitable to park-up. Once this is achieved, we can raise a glass in celebration – maybe not a real ale… but certainly to a Real Aire.
We are a volunteer organisation led by a Leadership Group, some members of which are shown below. If you would like to contact us please use our contact form. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
In May 2021 we decided to formalise our organisation and created CAMpRA UK Ltd, a Private company limited by guarantee without share capital registered in England and Wales under registration 13405866. Our registered office is 14 Kelly Road, Waterlooville, England, PO7 5UL.