Visitor attraction The Eden Project situated in Cornwall is to be in new partnership announced by YHA (England and Wales) which will be providing camping facilities throughout July and August 2014.
The arrangement is a pre-cursor to YHA’s planned 58-bedroom Youth Hostel that will be constructed by Snoozebox on Strawberry Car Park at Eden later this year if planning permission is granted.
This will be the first time the Eden Project has had permanent camping facilities on site. It is anticipated that as the official accommodation provider YHA will operate the facilities for 60 days during the summer season each year in order to provide onsite accommodation for up to 80 visitors to Eden.
Located within easy walking distance of the famous Eden Biomes, the camp site will be located on Little Carne Farm which was purchased by Eden last year. The site will have catering and washing facilities.
Prices will start from £13 per adult per night and £8.00 per under-18s. Entry to Eden can also be purchased with camping via YHA and includes unlimited access for the duration of the stay.
YHA camping packages are also being offered for the popular Eden Sessions concerts featuring Elbow and Pixies that are taking place during July.
YHA and the Eden Project anticipate high demand from families and young people for the camping pitches, particularly around the Eden Sessions dates.
The Youth Hostel is expected to open in the coming months, replacing the nearby YHA Golant which is popular with school groups and families visiting Eden.
David Harland, Joint Executive Director of the Eden Project, said: “Working closely with the YHA will enable us to develop the first-ever public campsite at Eden. We are looking forward to having this in place in time for the summer season in advance of our hoped-for Youth Hostel which is now awaiting planning permission.”
Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales), commented: “We are very excited by the prospect of our partnership with the Eden Project and delighting to be working with them. YHA. As we are both educational charities, there is great synergy between YHA and Eden Project and we are committed to providing them with a first class experience. Having both camping and Youth Hostel facilities at Eden will enable us to reach many more young people and their families each year.”
The creation of camping facilities at The Eden Project is part of YHA’s larger alternative accommodation offering during 2014. The charity is investing £1/4 million in maximising the use of outdoor space at seven of its Youth Hostels by providing camping pitches and camping pods. A number of Youth Hostels have camping pods; including South Downs, Hawkshead and Grinton Lodge, and they have proved hugely popular with YHA members.
Snoozebox, which provides portable hotel accommodation and services, will be creating the Youth Hostel at the environmental attraction.
Caroline White added: “The Eden Project is such an iconic place and for YHA to be able to provide first-class accommodation there is really exciting. We can’t wait to start inviting guests to stay with us.”
The investment in YHA Eden is part of YHA’s capital investment plan in England and Wales. Since 2011 YHA has invested more than £20 million in its network helping put further distance between the outdated public perception of Youth Hostels and the modern reality, which is proving particularly popular with young families looking for great value, child-friendly breaks.