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 East Essex 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 club’s can. We often arrange our meets (rallies) to coincide with local events and attractions.. Please see our meets page for a full list of meets.

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

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 of the DA you wish to join, for more information on this please contact our Secretary at secretary@eeda.co.uk who will be able to help you with this.

How much does it cost to camp with East Essex DA?

Site fees are generally 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 £10 to £15 for a normal weekend meet. Occasionally meet costs are set at a fixed price for the whole period. These are stated were applicable.  All prices can be found on our meets page against the relevant meet.

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.

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. Any sites which do have these facilities are identified on the relevant sites page

Are there electric hook-ups?

Very occasionally and very limited availability. Details of EHU will be posted on the meets 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.

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 may 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 sites page for more information.

When can I arrive/leave?

We ask that no one arrives before the advertised start time (generally 5pm although this may be earlier), please check the meets 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 the day before) to liaise with the landowner. You put out all the signs to direct campers to the site and water, elsan etc. You greet people, take a note of their membership numbers, car reg etc. and take their camping fees. You direct them to where 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@eeda.co.uk. You can see which meets still require stewards by looking for 'Stewards required' against the meet on our meets 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 East Essex 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 host a Family Fun Meet which is usually held in June where we provide a weekend full of children's entertainment from sports day style races, kids crafts, water fight and a family game of rounders to name just a few, other special meets include Easter, 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 a Christmas meal and a special extended meet to celebrate the New Year.

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.

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. 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 "EEDA" 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. info@eeda.co.uk