Notts DA, Camping and Caravanning Club Nottinghamshire District Association
Nottinghamshire DA caravan and Camping meets surrounding Nottinghamshire

Notts DA Rules

Our simple rules will ensure you have a Wonderful Weekend

The club do not have many rules but those that we do have are in place to ensure that we can all enjoy ourselves in the countryside and on site with the minimum of restriction and the maximum of safety.

Notts DA weekend sites are available from 3pm on Friday, unless otherwise stated on this website and/or in the Out and About. All visitors must report to the site steward immediately on arrival at the site.

Please remember the 20 foot rule. This is the minimum separating distance between units. There is normally space enough at our weekend meets for campers to spread themselves a little more generously but common sense should always be applied and please abide by the stewards instructions if shortage of space is, or is expected to be an issue

No units may be left unattended overnight.

Generators: The following has been agreed throughout our Club. "Campers may only use generators with the stewards permission. If a complaint is received or the steward considers it to be causing a nuisance then he may ask the camper to stop using it." Notts D.A. Committee would ask that generators are only run between the hours of 9am - 9pm and for no more than 3 consecutive hours. The generator should be placed next to the door of your own unit.

When you wash out or fill your toilet top, you should never do it directly from a drinking water tap. The toilet should always be taken to the signed "elsan" disposal point and drained off there. Please take a container of water with you to rinse out your toilet. Sometimes there may be a tap near to the elsan point but again this should not be used directly unless clearly marked for use specifically at the elsan point. You may fill your clean water container just the once at the nearest tap and use that to rinse. If you have touched your toilet with the container that you are using and the nearest tap is for drinking water, then please do not use your container again at that tap until you have cleaned it.

Waste water should normally be emptied in the hedge bottom, please do not allow it to drain on to the grass.

Children and adults should only play games if they are well away from the tents and caravans. This applies especially to ball games, throwing of Frisbees and flying of kites. Even then you should use your common sense to ensure that you have no potential to become a problem to your fellow campers.

All vehicles -including cycles - should keep their speed down to 5mph or lower. No vehicles to be driven on the site between 11pm and 7am and no learner drivers allowed to drive onsite.

If you have pets please ensure that they do not cause annoyance in any way to other campers.
Farm buildings and farm implements are normally out of bounds.

We reccommend you have a fire bucket full of water outside your unit, especially on campsites where no fire-fighting equipment is supplied.There’s further good advice on the DirectGov website

For information...

Coffee mornings are held occasionally to update with latest information on forthcoming events..

All paid up CCY members are welcome to pitch their tent in the Youth area. However, if they are cooking the 20 foot rule also applies to them. Please remember - the children you bring with you are your responsibility at all times, so please ensure you know where they are and what they are doing. A tuck shop is usually available for all to use. Proceeds are used for the children's activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a DA?

The Camping and Caravanning Club is organised into Regions and each Region into District Associations (DAs). Each DA elects its own committee, raises its own funds and arranges camping and caravanning meets (rallies), events and associated social activities.

Do I have to be a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club to camp with a DA?

Yes, anyone attending a DA Meet must be a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club and you will be asked to show a valid membership card when you attend a meet. All/Any adult members will need to show proof of membership if staying in a unit overnight at all DA rallies. For a THS only, a temporary membership can be obtained for a small fee to cover your non members for the duration of your stay. Please consult the stewards. You can find more information on becoming a member on the camping and caravanning club website or call Head Quarters on: 02476 475442.

Why should I camp with Notts DA?

It is much cheaper than using private and commercial sites. You may make new friends as we have events and social gatherings at our meets to which you are always welcome. Freedom - we often camp in places where only DA’s can such as Newtead Abbey. We often arrange our meets (rallies) to coincide with local events and attractions such as the annual carnival at Barlow. Please see our Camping Diary for a full list of meets.

My membership card says I am a member of another DA can I camp with Notts?

Yes, you can camp with any DA. Your membership card tells you which DA you are a member of and this gives you voting rights at their meetings. In the first instance, your DA membership is determined by your home postcode but you can opt-in to another DA if you wish by contacting the secretary and applying to Club HQ, for more information on this please contact Notts DA Secretary at secretary@nottsda.co.uk who will be able to help you with this.

How much does it cost to camp with Notts DA?

Site fees are levied on a “per unit night” – (PUN) basis. There are no extra or hidden charges for an awning or children’s “pup” tents, pets or children. Our current PUN fees range from £7 to £10 for a normal weekend meet. All prices are subject to Vat. All prices can be found on our Camping Diary page under the price code.

How big a pitch will I get?

The walls of your unit (including awning) will be at least 6 metres away from any other unit. This is the minimum but normally there is space for a greater distance and we encourage this. There is normally much more free space around you than you would get on a commercial site or even a Club site.

Do you have any rules?

Yes but these are simply in the interest of the safety and comfort of fellow campers. For example: 5mph speed limit on site, no noise that would disturb your neighbours after 11pm, pets to be kept under control. You will also need to take your own rubbish home. Please see our full list of camping rules on this page.

Are tents allowed?

Yes, tents, trailer tents, campervans and all types of units are welcome as long as they are designed for overnight accommodation.

Are toilets available?

Normally there are no toilet or shower facilities available and therefore you must provide your own. Sometimes we camp on land owned by a commercial or Certificated Sites, which have these facilities, but this is on the understanding we do not use them.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, as long as they are kept under control on a lead no more than 2 metres long, exercised off site and the owner cleans up any mess.

Can we just turn up at a meet?

Yes, however occasionally, mainly due to space restrictions on some of our more popular meets, we ask campers to pre-book, this will always be stated on the website if it is a pre-book meet. However if you are new to DA camping and are unsure we suggest you contact us beforehand. We also suggest that you make this known to the steward on arrival so that he can give you that extra bit of help if required.

How long does a meet last?

Weekend meets usually start on Friday and finish on Sunday. However thanks to some of our members who have more time available we have recently organised more meets lasting up to 5 days starting for example on Thursday. Bank holiday weekends are usually 4-5 day meets. We also organise special meets called Temporary Holiday Sites (THS), which typically last for 10 days or more. In principle these are no different to weekend meets but we have to seek special permission from Club HQ before they can go ahead. Please visit our Holiday Meets page for more information.

When can I arrive/leave?

We ask that no one arrives before 3pm, this may be earlier in dome cases, please check the camping diary page for the latest information. By this time the steward or another responsible member will be on site who will be able to offer advice on pitching and explain any rules/information particular to the site. There is usually no restriction on the leaving time.

What is a Steward?

The steward(s) is a member/ couple or family who has volunteered to look after the meet. They take on the responsibility for collecting site fees and liaising with the site owner. They sometimes will arrange small events on site and can usually offer advice on the local area. He/She also has the authority to advise campers to adhere to our basic rules.

The benefits of stewarding are that you get your site fees paid for, so you get a free weekend or holiday if you steward a THS

In a nutshell being a steward means you are responsible for the site. you normally go to site early (sometimes on the thursday) to liaise with the landowner. you put out all the signs to direct campers to the site and water, elson etc. You greet people, take a note of their membership numbers, car reg etc. and take their camping fees. You direct them to were they will camp, sometimes you take them to their pitch - but not always. At the end of the weekend you collate the money collected and pay the landowner. You should stay on the site in case of any emergencies and you should be the last to leave at the end of the meet when everyone is safely off.

If you would like more information or if you wish to steward one of our meets please get in touch with our sites officer sites@nottsda.co.uk you can see which meets still require stewards by looking for the 'Stewards: TBC' on our camping diary page. If we cannot get stewards for our meets unfortunately we may have to cancel.

Do you cater for all age groups?

Yes. We have members of all ages and backgrounds and interests: families with young children, families with older children who can join our junior and senior youth section, couples, singles, and retirees.

What activities do you organise?

Camping with Notts DA is very informal. During the summer season we have regular coffee morning gatherings which enable members to chat to a wide cross-section of members and for latest news to be exchanged. We occasionally have organised afternoon and evening gatherings with some children's games and a quiz for the adults. We are proud of our annual Goose Fair Meet held in October where we host a wide range of activities and shows for people of all ages, including trade stalls, beer tent, live acts, children's games and much more, please see our Goose Fair page for up to date information. Also we host a Children's Meet which is usually held in July where we provide a weekend full of children's entertainment from sports day style races, kids crafts, teddy bears pic nic and a family game of rounders to name just a few, other special meets include Easter, Parents Weekend usually held On May Day bank holiday weekend, Halloween and Bonfire are also very popular. During the early and late season we often hire a local village hall or on-site room for social evenings with activities to suit all ages During the winter season we organise nights out, walks, visits to local points of interest, and a special 4-day meet to celebrate the New Year, click here for more information on our winter meets.

Do I have to join in the activities?

No, not at all, but this is a great way to meet new people and develop friendships, however please do not feel under any pressure to join in with any activities if you just want a quiet weekend, we want you to feel comfortable and enjoy your stay with us whatever you choose to do with your day.

Are there electric hook-ups?

Very occasionally and very limited availability. Details of EHU will be posted on the camping diary page where applicable.

How long will my Leisure Battery Last

For most meets a good 12v leisure battery will last over a weekend and is adequate. A solar panel can be used to top-up your battery or sometimes taking a spare battery is worth considering for the TV. It all depends on how much you use the water pump and TV but a fully charged battery can last a week with little TV use.

Can I use my own generator?

We discourage the use of generators because of the noise nuisance they can cause to other campers. However we appreciate there are sometimes valid reasons for their use and do our utmost to be understanding and reasonable. The steward must be consulted before you use or are likely to use a generator. He may ask that you pitch in an area, if available, where you are unlikely to cause annoyance and/or agree with you certain times for their use which would minimise disturbance to others.

How do I know how to get to a meet?

Read the published directions and compare them to good road map or Sat-nav map. Use Sat-navs with care – postcodes do not often pinpoint the site in a country area. Use the map reference given in conjunction with an ordnance survey map to familiarise your self with the local area. Be wary of using apparent short cuts, the published directions are suitable for caravans/motorhomes, other routes may not be – especially in the countryside. It is often worth using the latest map technology available on the Internet. When permissible we display Yellow “Notts DA” direction signs local to the site.

My question is not covered here who can I ask?

No doubt there is something we have missed! Our contact details are published in the Out and About section of the Club magazine and on this website. Please do not hesitate to ask, we will do our best to answer. enquiries@nottsda.co.uk

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