Sales of beach shelters, roof boxes and camping chairs surge by up to 450% ahead of the great British getaway tomorrow on ‘Super Saturday’
- Halfords reports big sales rises for air pumps, camping chairs and bike racks
- But the retailer also says many Britons are not prepared for road trips tomorrow
- Hotels, holiday apartments, caravan parks and campsites reopen tomorrow
- Britons stuck at home in recent months are also taking advantage of deals
Sales of beach shelters, roof boxes and camping chairs surged this week ahead of the great British getaway as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased tomorrow.
Air pumps for beach inflatables and paddling pools, camping chairs and bike racks have also been flying off the shelves in the past few days, according to Halfords.
But the retailer also said many Britons are not prepared for road trips, with one in five not having checked their battery in recent months, running the risk of a flat start.
It comes ahead of hotels, B&Bs, holiday apartments, caravan parks and campsites reopening in England from tomorrow, although youth hostel dorms must stay close.
Britons stuck at home in recent months are also taking advantage of deals on UK staycations, while property owners will also be allowed to visit second homes.
Striped beach huts at St Moritz Hotel & Spa near Rock in Cornwall are pictured last week
Halfords reported a 447 per cent weekly rise in the sales of beach shelters and a 346 per cent increase for air inflators for paddling pools and beach inflatables.
Electric coolbox sales were up 106 per cent, camping chairs up 56 per cent, roof boxes up 110 per cent, camping chairs up 56 per cent and bike racks up 50 per cent.
Laura Taylor from Halfords said: ‘As we head into peak holiday season and as the government eases lockdown restrictions we’ve seem demand surge for everything from rooftop boxes to camping chairs as customers ensure they can take everything they need with them for their touring and camping staycations this summer.
‘We have also seen extraordinary sales of bike racks, suggesting that UK consumers plan to continue their newfound fondness of cycling whilst on holiday.’
But a poll by the retailer also found that fewer than 10 per cent of people think it is important to check car safety before setting off on a road trip.
The Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club site in Northumberland is pictured last week
Some 20 per cent have not checked their battery in recent months, and the same proportion do not know if all the lights on their car are currently working.
The research also found 27 per cent have not checked their tyre tread in the last three months and 42 per cent do not know how to check their tyre pressure.
In addition, 40 per cent do not know the minimum legal tyre tread depth, which is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre according to the law.
Meanwhile guests heading to hotels this weekend can expect pre-arrival health questionnaires, full payment on booking and, in many cases, digital check-ins.
Tony Bennett, owner of The Devereux pub in Temple, London, prepares to reopen tomorrow
Face masks are not obligatory but some venues will ask you to wear them in communal spaces, and many lobbies will have digital temperature scanners.
There will be limited availability, with some venues quarantining bedrooms for up to 72 hours between guests, and no mini bar or reusable toiletries.
Guests will get sealed packs with disposable essentials on arrival. Some hotels are installing electrostatically-charged mist and ultraviolet sprays to sterilise interiors.
The breakfast buffet is no more, with table service only and staggered arrival times, while room service is encouraged and gyms and pools remain closed.