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In pictures: Why people camp

(From left) Kelsey Casey, Kyle Casey, Stephen Rhodes and Dan Waight

Stephen Rhodes takes his family camping because he can "let the kids run wild" in a safe environment.

The Brown family

The Brown family, from Basildon, like camping near the beach and say it is "more relaxed" than other kinds of breaks.

14-month-old Chelsea Brown

And if babies like Chelsea make noise on the campsite, it does not matter too much, her mother Angela Brown says.

Ryan, Lucy and Connor Vaughan

Ryan Vaughan, five, (left), sister Lucy, almost one, and brother Connor, three, are sleeping in a tent for the first ever time this summer.

Back from left, Harvey O'Connor, George Tarling and Spencer Nicholls. Front Sophie Sullivan and Freddie Tarling

These children, all from Hornchurch, Essex, say they are happy to help with chores like washing up on the campsite.

From left, Trudy Ross, Bev Nicholls and Carmen Sullivan

And their mothers Trudy Ross, Bev Nicholls and Carmen Sullivan, say they enjoy the "freedom" they and their children get from camping.


Campsites like Waldegraves Holiday Park, which are next to the beach, often prove popular with families.

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