MaxHeadroom replied on 15/06/2017 20:32

Posted on 15/06/2017 20:32

Hi all,

        We recently enjoyed another stay at the lovely Coniston Park Coppice club site. The weather, on the whole, was lovely and the grounds and facilities up to there usual high standard. Unfortunately, as happens in the lakes, it rained some of the time. One such occasion was early evening after cooking on the cadac outside so, as we had a nice secluded corner location with our friends (and their caravan), we thought we'd make the best of it and put up a small gazebo so we could still enjoy the great outdoors while it rained.

         The next day whilst the warden was on his rounds he asked us to remove the gazebo as they weren't allowed under the rules. He was polite and courteous about it and we duly obliged albeit somewhat confused as all we wanted to do was to enjoy outdoor living - which caravanning is all about!

       I agree that wild parties and noise should not be encouraged/allowed but a gazebo (after all it's just an umbrella with four legs) I would have thought should be permitted in order to keep dry and enjoy the great outdoors.

Was this an over zealous decision by the warden or is it really a big no no?



AnotherDavid replied on 19/06/2017 16:33

Posted on 16/06/2017 18:08 by TomSue

Oh dear, what a shame you couldn't enjoy it. We've been on sites where people had gazebos. And you are probably members who keep all the rules. We thought the new image of the new club this year was for members to enjoy the outdoors and to feel the spirit of adventure. We are presently on a beautiful site in France and are certainly feeling the sense of adventure and freedom here. A lovely welcome when we arrived and no list of rules and threats of having to move if we were to pitch cms away from the peg. In fact a huge pitch and you can park on it anywhere you like. It took us ages to decide where to pitch, we're so accustomed to parking on the peg! The toilet blocks never close and they are very clean.Although we think rules are necessary, the club seems to be stifling the sense of adventure & freedom. What a shame! No list of rules here and yet it is tidy, not one piece of litter, very peaceful, everyone enjoying themselves while being mindful of others.

Posted on 19/06/2017 16:33

Get your tin hat ready

scoutman replied on 19/06/2017 17:35

Posted on 19/06/2017 17:35

Not seen gazebos erected on club sites but several years ago when on a well known commercial site at Breen during a very windy afternoon looked out to see a gazebo 'walk' like a praying mantis over the top of several caravans, whilst being chased by frantic owners.

EasyT replied on 20/06/2017 21:49

Posted on 20/06/2017 21:49

Some gazebos that I have seen are not safe for adjacent units in windy conditions. I suppose that is why a blanket rule

hooker128 replied on 21/06/2017 07:51

Posted on 20/06/2017 21:49 by EasyT

Some gazebos that I have seen are not safe for adjacent units in windy conditions. I suppose that is why a blanket rule

Posted on 21/06/2017 07:51

Agree, some are not anchored down correctly and the build quality of some of the units is questionable, leave them in back garden where they belong.

Helen Aaron replied on 21/06/2017 12:09

Posted on 21/06/2017 12:09

Hi everyone,

So to add some clarity on the situation, there is no blanket guideline against gazebos. They can be used on pitches however the fire spacing ruling states that there must be 3m between an item on a pitch and any on an adjacent pitch (and 6m betweeen actual outfit walls).

From what you have described Maxheadroom, the gazebo was placed between your pitches (you and your friend) which wouldn't comply with that ruling. It might have been that the gazebo was entirely within your pitch boundary but too close to an adjacent awning/ canopy. It all depends on the situation but essentially you can use the gazebo as long as it fits within the boundary of your own pitch with a 3m space around it.

Our "rules" are more guidelines as all sites, pitches, outfits and awnings (and wardens!) are different. You have the perfect attitude towards this Maxheadroom in that you understand the bigger picture but just wanted clarity on your situation. I hope I've provided this - and yes! all awnings, tents & shelters do need to be pegged down properly for obvious reasons.

Thanks all,


justjn replied on 17/08/2017 14:55

Posted on 17/08/2017 14:55

If a gazebo takes off in the wind .and causes damage to another vehicle or caravan ...who pays for the damage .  

hooker128 replied on 17/08/2017 16:40

Posted on 17/08/2017 16:40

Gazebo's are not part of caravaning, a tent without the sides, unstable, unattractive and unusable in any wind. Warden gets ten points.👍

Suppy replied on 17/08/2017 21:16

Posted on 17/08/2017 21:16

We had a gazebo when we first started caravanning, as it was what we had and we couldn't afford an awning... having said that it was one of the easy up ones and we put it up when needed and put away when not ...

please remember that for some it's all they have, especially if they are trying out caravanning for the first time, and whatever van they have got didn't come with an awning left by a previous owner

i checked when booking that first holiday that a gazebo was permitted, and we upgraded to a small porch awning the next year. The welcome and assistance from those first wardens ensured we weren't put off, and two vans later we now have a full awning and a far more family nights away than I could have ever imagined.