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DA Terminology

You may come across some terminology and wonder what it all means. Here is our guide to some of the most common things you might see on our website:


THS – This stands for Temporary Holiday Site. These are organised by SYDA and other DA’s,  but are generally available for longer periods of time, usually a week or more. You can camp at any point during the time a THS is open.


DA – District Association. You will be assigned a DA upon registering with the club. You are usually placed with a DA that is near to where you live. Once you are a club member, you can camp with any DA.  If you so wish, you can transfer to another DA (please speak to a campsite steward or contact a committee member directly).


Region – The UK is split into geographical Regions covering the local DA’s. We are part of the Yorkshire Region.


Rallies – These are usually weekend meets organised by individual DA’s around the country. These are also referred to as ‘meets’.


Elsan – This is where you will enjoy the lovely task of emptying your chemical toilet. There will be an Elsan point at every meet.


Grey water – Grey water is the waste water that comes from your unit. This will need to be collected in a suitable container and disposed of correctly in accordance with the land owners directions. This can sometimes be in the hedgerows of the field you are camping on. Grey water should not be left to drain straight onto the grass.


Steward – The steward is the person who is in charge of the rally or THS. This is who you will see as you enter the camping area and to whom you will pay your fees. You must report to the Steward before camping. They will inform you of any events or social get togethers that may be happening. The stewards unit will be clearly marked. This is who you see if you have any questions or problems whilst on site.  Visitors MUST report to the stewards upon entering the site.

Site Rules

We are the friendly club and want you to enjoy your stay with us and for the comfort and safety of yourselves and your fellow campers we do have some site rules that you need to adhere to.

  • ‘Saving Spots‘ Rallies and THS are ‘open field’ which means you can park your unit anywhere in the allocated site.  Spaces are not reserved and we do not normally permit this either in advance or on arrival. The Steward will advise you as to a location to best suit your needs.

  • ‘Booked‘ Sites – These must be booked in advance as places may be limited. A space for your unit will be allocated and you will be directed to it by the Steward.

  • All rubbish must be taken home with you at the close of the meet unless stated otherwise.

  • Waste water must be collected in a suitable receptacle and must not be allowed to drain directly onto the ground.

  • Please remember to bring your own toilet. No part of any toilet should be taken to a drinking water tap.

  • Open fires are not permitted

  • All units must place a bucket of water outside their unit in case of fire.

  • Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and excrement disposed of immediately and responsibly. Dogs must not be taken into the marquee (guide dogs excepted).

  • Respect must be shown to the landowners property and all ‘out of bounds’ areas observed.

  • South Yorkshire DA permit the use of generators  between the hours of 10.00am – and 6.00pm.  However they should only be used for a maximum period of two hours.  They should be used with care and not left running unattended. (Other DA’s may have different regulations re generators).

  • There is a maximum speed limit on site of 5mph. Please keep to this limit and keep traffic movement to a minimum.

  • No driving on site between 11.00pm and 7.00am

  • No smoking and no dogs in the marquee or any other buildings being used.

FAQ (Frequently asked questions)

Can I just pitch my caravan anywhere on site?
No. You will be advised as to the best place to pitch your unit by the steward.

Do I have to book in advance?
Most of our rallies and THS’ do not require booking, however, please check either our website or the ‘Out n About’ section in the club magazine to be certain. We do take bookings for larger meets and rallies where space may be limited.

Is there entertainment?
We try to get a balance between meets with organised events and nice relaxing weekends, so entertainment is provided at some of our meets but not all. 

Are there toilet/ shower facilities on site?
Rarely. Most of our rallies and THS’ are held in farmers’ fields so you will need your own self contained toilet and washing facilities.

Is there electric hook up available at rallies & THS’?
Rarely. You will normally need your own power. A fully charged battery should easily last you the weekend. Don’t forget that for longer meets, if you think your battery will run low, you can top it up with the aid of a generator, although please observe the rules on generator running times.

The steward in charge has the right to request persons causing disturbances or problems to leave the site with immediate effect.  Abusive and foul language will not be tolerated.

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