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Camping in Glasgow in Numbers!!

01 September 2014 : Written by Vicky Martin

This summer saw the invasion of Glasgow by thousands of campers all decending for the Commonwealth Games.  We took over 4 Glasgow rugby clubs to create our temporary camping villages for both volunteers & fans. 

The whole team at Campinginja would like to say a HUGE thank you to all our campers and we really hope you enjoyed your time in Glasgow!  

Many people came to stay with us for affordability, some chose to stay purely for the experience of camping. Whatever the reason we have had amazing feedback and thought we'd have a bit of fun summing up Camping in Glasgow in Numers for you!!!

So, here it is...


That's a whole lot of numbers!!! 

If you have any pics you might like to share with us we'd love to see them on our face book page!!  Check out this video review from Camping in Glasgow.

We now have our sites on Rio 2016...  you can pre register your interest here to be the first in the know!   And for 2015 will be our Campingnija Camp-out's where you can plan your reunions! 

Hope to see you at our events in 2015!!!

The Campingninja Team...

Project Recamp

30 August 2014 : Written by Vicky Martin
Project Recamp

During the summer of 2014 Campingninja launched PROJECT RECAMP -  our project to help get young people camping and enjoying the outdoors as much as we do! 

We recycled and donated a great number of tents from our pre pitched TISO village at our Glasgow 2014 Camp sites, as well as kit donated by campers. Local Scout, Guides and Youth Groups all came along to help pitch and dismantle tents during the Games, gaining useful experience for their outdoor adventures. The youth groups involved all benefited from the donations, with a total of 17 groups receiving tents and a vast amount of sleeping bags, mattresses, pillows, and other camping equipment! 

We also took Project Recamp to Jimmys Farm at Ipswich where the Ipswich 6th Scout Group set up base with us and worked tirelessly all weekend helping campers ferry their belongings to and from their cars and generally assisting with pitching and carrying tents!  

Leader of 6th Ipswich Scouts , Lorraine Philips says..."We cant wait to do next year bigger and better, great to be part of a fantastic team...we worked hard , played hard... thanks very much for the parcel of tents that arrived!" 

We will look forward to continuing Project Recamp in 2015 with even more youth groups benefitting from donated camping gear. 

Jimmy's Farm Sausage & Beer Festival 2014

02 August 2014 : Written by Vicky Martin

The Campingninja Team were really pleased to partner up with Jimmy's farm this year, providing a great camp site at their annual Sausage & Beer Festival. 

The Sausage & Beer festival takes place over an entire weekend, with a whole host of entertainment for childen & adults alike, the live Music Stage, headlined by Matt Cardale this year, and of course an amazing choice of locally made Sausages and Beers! Camping on site at the farm was a great option to be able to enjoy the whole festival, 'Beer included', and not worry about who was driving home!  

A fantastic weekend was had by all, the weather was amazing, blue skies and sunshine all the way!!


Campers were woken up each day to the tempting aroma of coffee and sizzling full english breakfast baguettes, freshly made on our on site BBQ.   Our Little Ninja's were kept occupied in the Ninja Play Zone whilst parents relaxed at our camp site bar with Wood Fired Pizzas and a nightly BBQ. Our musical minded campers brought along their guitars and had a good sing along at the free stage Friday and Saturday night. 

In 2015 we are hosting a huge campsite at Edinburgh Festivals and would love to see you there!!! Interested to be there... Register here 

Tour de France

01 August 2014 : Written by Vicky Martin

The Campingninja Team landed in the Village of Ripon , making Ripon RFC their home from home camp site for the 1st & 2nd stage of Le Tour de France.  

We had a great camp site location, being in the heart of Ripon, just a short walk from the offical Tour Hub in Market Square, and to great viewing points for the race itself. 

It was a bit of a wet start  for many campers arriving in the pouring rain after hours of traffic, although warmly welcomed & helped by the Campingninja team to get tents up quickly and into the bar for a delicios meal and a pint of local Theakstons!!


mayor of Ripon

We were honoured to have the Mayor of Ripon and Ripons very own Hornblower, George Pickles, visit us on the Friday evening to join in the celebrations.  For those that dont know Ripon's is home to the most unbeleivebale longest tradition in the world, where the Ripon Hornblower sets the Watch evey night since  the year 1128, with not one night missed...simply amazing!!!


Our campers enjoyed great fun in the Club house Bar each night, with bingo and disco nights to entertain!  Campers started the mornings with a lovely Yorkshire Brew at our very own le' Cafe. 

We were all pleased the sun came out for the weekend of racing and exploring the local Yourshire Dales!!


To be in the know of  where the Campingninja team will be in 2015.. pre register your interest here  for news straight to your inbox...

The Campingninja Team 

Kick off the camping season and bag last minute discounts for Camping in Glasgow and Jimmy's Farm!

31 March 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury
Kick off the camping season and bag last minute discounts for Camping in Glasgow and Jimmy's Farm!

As we enter the camping season with summer just around the corner it really is time to start planning those camping trips, especially if you are going to secure those last minute discounts!

Today is your last chance to purchase Camping in Glasgow passes at the discounted rate...As of tomorrow prices increase to the standard price, so get your skates on and book fast to secure up to 15% off on your camping for the games this summer. We are now one of the biggest accommodation providers in Scotland this summer, our sites are in great locations with fantastic facilities so don’t miss out on this fantastic atmosphere which will really will make your games experience!

As of the 1st April until the 1st June prices will remain at £21 per night for adults, £10.50 for children and £20 per night for volunteers when they purchase a volunteer pass. Spots are selling fast and in the next week or so we plan to launch our third site to accommodate volunteers and spectators. If we do have limited space available after the 1st of June last minute camping spots will be available at a higher price but we would suggest booking asap to ensure you get a pitch, especially if you are volunteering and require a camping pass for the full duration of the games! Remember even if you do not know your shifts yet or where you will be based you can swap locations and will be covered for the full duration of the games with the volunteer pass.

During July we will also be setting up camp at the annual Jimmy’s Farm Sausage and Beer Festival and Earlybird passes have also almost sold out...Infact despite making a lot more passes available at this price than originally planned they have sold like #hotcakes! But as of tomorrow standard camping fees will apply, so if you want to secure a discounted spot you need to purchase one before the end of the day! We are now also offering campervan passes, but space is limited so don’t miss your chance to get hold of one of these too...A weekend of beer, sausages, music and camping, we couldn’t think of anything better!

The Glasgow 2014 Marathon route is running right past our campsite gate!

18 March 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury

The Marathon route for Glasgow 2014 has been confirmed! “The Glasgow 2014 Marathon will start and finish in Glasgow Green covering a route that will take in iconic Glasgow landmarks and give spectators a superb chance of seeing the race.”

We are delighted to see that the route will actually be running directly passed our Glasgow South West Campsite – the exact location of which we will be revealing later this month! But the great news is our campers will have ringside seats to elite runners from around the world who will be taking part in the 26.2 mile race...And it’s absolutely free!

There will of course be road closures that have an impact on access into the campsite but this is already being managed and revised access routes and times into the campsite will be communicated to campers well in advance so there is no need to worry – it’s on our radars!

The Marathon will form part of the highly anticipated Super Saturday weekend where we will see numerous finals and potential medal opportunities at Hampden Park and at the Ibrox Stadium where the Rugby 7s tournament culminates. As a result of all this excitement, our South West Campsite has very nearly SOLD OUT between the 25th july – 28th July and we are now down to our last few pitches! HOWEVER we will be opening a third campsite, also in South West Glasgow at another fantastic sports club in close proximity to all the major venues and easily accessible to some of Scotlands great sight seeing. Details are still yet to be confirmed on the exact location though so if it’s South West Glasgow you definitely need and you want to catch the Marathon for free then book your pitch ASAP.

Keep an eye on the website and Facebook Page for updates, particularly on the launch of our third site. And don’t delay your booking, pitches are selling out fast and prices increase at the end of March – the games are fast approaching!!!!

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Campingninja is partnering with Jimmy's Farm for the Sausage and Beer Festival!

28 February 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury
Campingninja is partnering with Jimmy's Farm for the Sausage and Beer Festival! Jimmy's Farm Camping

We have some fantastic news for camping and foody fans (we find the two often go hand in hand!)...Campingninja will be setting up another amazing campsite for a fantastic event at the Jimmy’s Farm annual Sausage and Beer Festival, the home of the rare breed pork farm, family attraction and hit reality BBC2 show!

At Campingninja HQ we were delighted to take up the challenge of introducing camping to the festival, a completely new and exciting event! The Sausage and Beer Festival takes place on the 26th and 27th July and has all the key ingredients to make a fantastic camping weekend including; an amazing location with loads of space, great food, great beer, great music, lots of activities for the kids and most importantly a great atmosphere! The event also has a huge following and it’s the first weekend of the school holidays so the perfect excuse to go camping and eat lots of sausages!

Every year the Sausage and Beer Festival attracts thousands of foody fans who can expect to sample around 30 different types of sausages and 100 different types of beer! There is also a cooking demo stage, hosted by Jimmy himself, a music stage (the Truckstage) where Matt Cardle will be headlining this year, an acoustic party in the Veg Garden and a kids zone with everything from puppet shows to street dancing workshops. The Jimmy’s Farm Restaurant will also be open that weekend so visitors can sample a bit more spectacular food (if they book early enough), it is well and truly a weekend for the entire family and it makes sense to extend the festival atmosphere and introduce camping.

Tickets to the event go on sale tomorrow, with limited special Earlybird Rates available. For more information on what’s on and to buy your tickets go to

Camping in Glasgow praised by Visit Scotland as accommodation for the games is selling out fast!

30 January 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury
Camping in Glasgow praised by Visit Scotland as accommodation for the games is selling out fast!

We have some great news to report, the Chairman of Visit Scotland recently expressed his delight and support for Camping in Glasgow and praised the initiative for making the games affordable for thousands of visitors heading to the city! Below is a copy of the recent press release and comments from Mike Cantlay...


VisitScotland has welcomed the news that Campingninja, a leading provider of temporary campsites at World Class sporting events, is to bring its successful blend of affordable accommodation and great sporting atmosphere to Glasgow.

As Scotland prepares to welcome the world, VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay has personally expressed his delight at Campingninja’s own decision to offer camping sites of up to 1,000 pitches.  These include pre-pitched options for camping novices, those without their own equipment and those wishing to use public transport.

Both sites are based at community sports clubs and will raise substantial funds for grassroots sports.  One site is a short walk from Dumbreck rail station, six minutes from Glasgow Central, while the other is near Uddingston rail station, only 11 minutes from the Emirates Arena, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Celtic Park.

As hotel accommodation becomes more of a challenge to find as the Commonwealth Games moves closer, VisitScotland sees the affordability of the Campingninja offer as a great way for everyone to experience Glasgow this summer.

VisitScotland Chairman Mike Cantlay said: “This year is about every visitor having the experience of a lifetime when we welcome the world for the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and the year-round programme of Homecoming Scotland events.

“Value for money is a major priority for visitors, and important for everyone in our industry if we want our visitors to return.

“I’m delighted that Campingninja will be making that experience affordable to everyone in and around Glasgow this summer, and also bringing the festival atmosphere that contributed so much to the success of the Olympics in London.”

Campingninja say they are delighted with initial sales at their two public sites and may make a third available based on demand.

Geoff Vaughan, Managing Director at Campingninja said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to Camping in Glasgow!  There is so much excitement around the events in Scotland this year that we are now considering opening a third site to meet demand.  We really can’t wait to welcome all the campers to our sites, we have lots planned to make it an incredible stay for everyone.”

Earlybird passes for camping on the route in Yorkshire sell out in record time! #sellinglikehotcakes

16 January 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury
Earlybird passes for camping on the route in Yorkshire sell out in record time! #sellinglikehotcakes Campingninja on the Tour route!

We are delighted to announce that Earlybird camping passes for Camping right on the route of the Tour De France Grand Depart as it makes its way through the Yorkshire Dales have sold out in record time! In less than a day Earlybird passes for our campsite in Ripon, North Yorkshire were snapped up... A pass entitles you to camp from Thursday 3rd July - Monday 7th July within earshot of the two day race and just a few minutes walk from the historic City Centre that will be playing host to a whole range of special festivities to celebrate the spectacular event!

Of course there are still camping passes on sale, however based on the early uptake we don't expect them to stay around for long, so if you are keen to catch a glimpse of your cycling heroes in the famous warm up leg of the Tour then we suggest booking your space ASAP. Aside from being a fantastic one off event this is also a great opportunity to explore the spectacular scenery of the dales, which really is breath taking. And the City of Ripon has so much to off too, from the hornblower who plays the last post in the Market Square each day to the famous Fountains Abbey to the tasty selection of local pubs and restaurants where you can sample some real Yorkshire grub, it's well worth a visit!

The campsite itself is based at a community rugby club, Ripon RUFC but run by us with all the faciltiies you would expect from a Campingnina site, and the locals cannot wait to give you a big Yorkshire welcome in the friendly clubhouse bar - where incidentally you can catch all the days action if the race is a blur! We really cannot wait for a summer of fun and look forward to welcoming you there too...

Brace yourself for a fantastic year of sport...and camping in 2014

08 January 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury

It’s finally here...probably one of the biggest years in UK sport that we will ever see! Not only does 2014 mark the return of the Commonwealth Games to the UK, for the 20th event which has received record sales off the back of London 2012, but Scotland will also play host to the highly anticipated Ryder Cup and ion top of that it is the year that the Tour De France Grand Depart takes place in the Yorkshire Dales!

This summer millions of you will either be heading to the games, lining the streets to watch the tour or will be glued to the television to watch your sporting heroes. The first big event to hit the UK will be The Tour De France Grand Depart on the 5th and 6th July, a gruelling two day warm up race covering 400km across the Yorkshire dales to kick off the Tour. Broken into two stages on day one (stage one) the race starts in Leeds and winds through dales villages and cities including the historic Ripon (the famous setting of Downton Abbey) and culminates in the picturesque North Yorkshire Town of Harrogate. And on day two (stage two) the race leaves goes 200km from York to Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

As ever the Campingninja team will be amongst the action and have set up a campsite at Ripon RFC from the 3rd July - 7th July so that you can camp right along the route - camping passes go on sale on FRIDAY 10TH JAN! The historic rural City renowned for it’s Abbey ruins, iconic hornblower and market square will be hosting a wide range of festivities to welcome visitors from all over the world - not only does stage 1 of the tour race slp bang through the City it is also within 10 miles of stage 2 and is a fantastic location to do some cycling of your own from the campsite gate!

Then two weeks after the Tour, from the 23rd July - 3rd August, after an epic torch relay the Commonwealth Games arrive in Glasgow and we get to relive some of the magic from 2012 when some of the UK’s biggest sports ambassadors are set to compete in the 20th Games.

We currently have two campsites in Glasgow on sale during July for ticket holders, volunteers  and visitors to the City who may wish to soak up the atmosphere in South East and South West Glasgow, both at Community sports clubs and already our sites are almost 75% full over the Super Saturday weekend (26th-27th July)! So we are expecting a sell out and on are on the hunt for more space to satisfy the huge demand! (If  you are a sports club or a privately owned grass space in Glasgow and would like to get involved in the games please do get in touch with - Katie Astbury,

Finally the summer draws to a close in September with the biggest golf event of the calendar, Ryder Cup at Glen Eagles - unfortunately as yet we don’t have a campsite in place...but you never know watch this space!