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Message posted by Craig R Turner on 06/5/2007 at 9:50pm
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Hi Folks

This may sound a stupid question - but is there such a thing as singles meetings where single people can meet like minded single caravanners?



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Message posted by Bob™57 on 06/5/2007 at 9:59pm
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Yes...see here

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That link just took me back to the beginning of this thread... I think what Craig's asking is, are there meets arranged specifically for singles, rather than sigle parents, am I right Craig? I'd also be interested in such meets!

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That link just took me back to the beginning of this thread

Should take you to all the links for singles/solo/single parent meets, although there doesn't seem to be any just for 'singles' without kids, and even some of the single parent meets seem to be open to all, which makes it a bit confusing

I'm looking for a 'solo over 50's meet'


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Bob, as far as I am concerned with there being not many singles/single parents in the scottish area that was why I made Immervoulin open to all, if i had stuck to the single only I would have had 2 units there

if you can get the numbers in your area go for it and host one



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if you can get the numbers in your area go for it and host one

If there are enough interested solo over 50's in my area I would - lol.

I have seen lots of comments from interested people who camp solo, or are single, or are one parent families. Perhaps they are spread all over the country and thin on the ground in any particular area. 

 


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If all who fall into the category read this maybe we could get a separate thread going, so we'd know how many there are...

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In my experience of watching and commenting in the 'Solo' meets boards, Hornetman, Solo/Single parent meets seem to be intended for first time campers or those who are a little shy or nervous of attending the general meets on their own for the first time...especially lone women with children who are quite understandably a little hesitant. The idea being that once they make a few friends within UKCS and find out how the meets are organised and attended, they will be reassured enough to attend the general meets. In fact quite often when people show an interest in solo meets they are encouraged to try a general meet.

I am sure those people who are nervous of attending meets for the first time may well find a solo/single parent meet encouraging and of great help to them, and eventually join in with the general family meets. Many will say they attend both the general and the solo meets and thoroughly enjoy themselves, and good luck to them.

Those of us who enjoy camping/travelling alone and don't particularly want to muck in with families and hordes of kids but would still enjoy meeting up with other lone campers/travellers on occasions to swap stories and experiences over a pint or two seem to be looked upon as a bit of a strange breed - lol.

I doubt whether there are enough of us 'odd bods' within any given area to organise a meet.



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Good reasoning, and I'm sure you're right about us loners being regarded as "odd Bods" but my idea in finding other loners, in particular those of the opposite gender with or without the hordes, is that eventually my 6-berth Tardis might possibly end up with less than 5 unoccupied berths!! Well, a man can dream!

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Ah...well...that is maybe another issue. I am married and camp alone simply because my wife has her own interests, none of which are compatible with mine - lol. I know there are people in a similar situation to me, both men and women who camp alone for various reasons, but who are not particularly looking to fill spare berths

If it's a singles looking for singles type of meet you require then I am sure there must be some interest somewhere, but I'm not sure if the present solo/one parent meets are for that reason...then again I could be wrong

...I was wondering why I seemed to be 'encouraged' to go on general meets...wrong department


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Bob - your understanding seems to be just about spot on!  There was quite a bit of debate around the whole subject a couple of years ago before we had any solo and one parent meets and the reason we shyed away from calling them "singles" was to attempt to avoid the school of thought that they were intended for meeting a romantic mate or partner.  We found that many lone parent and solo campers wanted an arena that did not make them feel they were being "watched" or "viewed" or were somehow "odd". The Solo and One Parent Campers meets were then arranged to encourage camping on their own without feeling any kind of pressure from any direction. Having said all that there have been one or two romantic attachments made as a result of these meets - so all things are possible! 

Nothing at all wrong with "singles" or "solos" meets over 50 or otherwise (often wish I could get to something like that without my youngster!) Only thing is as Alan said it may be difficult to get a few like-minded people together in a particular area due to geographics. But, why not give it a go - you don't need to have hordes attending - a mini-meet can be very successful with just 2 or 3 units and, there does seem to be a bit of interest.  You could easily start a seperate thread for "Solo Camping" explain what your thoughts are and see how many may be interested. Once you know that then try to pin down a suitable geographical area and site to hold your first meet!  I'm sure you wouldn't find it difficult to orrganise.  There are  quite a few solo campers within UKCS membership but Im not sure if there have been any requests for interest in purely Solo Meets before.

Hoping to see you at Oxford!



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Well, I can't see the point in opening yet another thread. To be honest I have been a little put off 'meets'. The general meets appear to be mainly for families. I believe there were over 30 kids at the last one near me. Gawd!... you'd have to look where you're putting your feet.   If I still had kids I am sure I would thoroughly enjoy going to them but not my cup of tea these days. A solo/single parent meet would seem to be a lot more peaceful but then the Oxfordshire meet was open to all from the beginning so not much difference really.

Anyway...if there are any adult solo campers of any gender or species who would like to meet the people they talk to online I am quite willing to have a go at organising something in my area. 

The areas I am able to get to on a weekend trip are Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, and West Sussex.

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bit out of the way for me really, unless it was a long weekend like bank hol, which are always a nightmare to book. but not out of the question - i went to deven from bolton mayhday bank hol, left friday night drove back sunday morn!

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A couple of hours or so drive is long enough for me...then my bum goes numb

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I think this my offer is cancelled through lack of interest then

Message posted by bordercaz on 11/6/2007 at 1:01pm
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A bit far south for me for a weekend Bob - and anyway I've still got a 14 year old attached to my hip who you may trip over.

But maybe if we keep the thread running then some solo campers without attachments, in the southern regions, who might be interested, will read it.



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