YHA (England and Wales) has announced that it is investing £1 million in camping, glamping and cabin facilities at 63 of its youth hostels.
Known for its 160-strong network of youth hostels across England and Wales, the investment in camping and cabin facilities is designed to make YHA even more accessible to people, and capitalise further on the increase in ‘staycations’ in the UK.
According to Visit England, foreign trips and holidays are 16% lower than they were before the recession, and there has been a 15% increase in families taking glamping holidays over the last year.
Last year, the camping pods in the grounds of YHA South Downs were endorsed by Her Majesty the Queen, who toured them as part of a visit to the £5 million Youth Hostel. At the time of going to press, OE haven’t confirmed if she stayed in one or not.
The investment is part of an ongoing refurbishment programme. Since 2010 YHA (England and Wales) has refurbished 34 Youth Hostels at a cost of £21 million.
There is also good news for bikers. The charity is also currently improving cycling facilities across 25 of their locations, with a
£269 500 investment. The funding is being used to install internal and external bike locking facilities, bike pump stations and repair tools. This is the first phase of YHA’s investment in cycling facilities, with the second phase to be announced later this year.
Alongside the refurbishment programme, YHA has invested £10 million in six brand-new Youth Hostels at the Eden Project, Brighton, Castleton in Derbyshire, Cardiff, South Downs and Berwick.