The Camping and Caravanning Club’s first Torchlight Festival of Camping was hosted at Walesby Forest in Nottinghamshire over 19-22 August.

Over 4,500 people saw acts including Squeeze and The Wurzels take to the stage, while Club President Julia Bradbury performed her own DJ set, accompanied by The Invisible Circus.

Attendees could also embark on a light trail that stretched through parts of Walesby Forest, a spot where visitors were able to take a look at the history of the National Feast of Lanterns, a once annual event that dated back to 1921. There was also a chance to explore caravanning from the past, with historic caravans on display, as well as vintage tents and camping gear that dates back to the start of the 20th century.

Nicola Simpson, the Club’s Director of Marketing and Insight, said: “We were delighted to welcome campers to our very first Torchlight Festival of Camping.”

“Torchlight saw us launch a new festival and at the same time pass the traditions of a fantastic Club event that served us well for a century on to a new generation of campers and festival-goers.”

“It was wonderful to see so many caravans, motorhomes and tents illuminated with lights across Walesby Forest while families and friends met up and had a great time enjoying outdoor activities and top music acts. The festival was ageless with Club members ranging from babies right up to campers in their 90s, which helped create a fantastic atmosphere. We’ve been overwhelmed by so much positive feedback.”

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Image: The Camping and Caravanning Club

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