In September the famous Hull trade show at well-known venue the Lawns went out with a bang after 44 years. Our contributor Andrew Jenkinson, who has been attending the show for the last 35 years, reviews the highlights and looks forward to new pastures…
2019 sadly marked the last show at the Lawns as a Venue, as the event (rebranded to the Caravan & Holiday Home Expo) is moving to a new bigger venue at Harrogate’s Yorkshire Show Ground. 2020’s event will also include motorhomes from over 12 manufacturers. But back to this year’s show – the weather was kind and trade was good, with plenty of folk coming in for the trade show and the public weekend was busy too.
Some great new homes, lodges and park homes were on show from all the major manufacturers. The Quantum from Tingdene, which we saw at the Stoneleigh show, really drew the crowds with its impressive roof garden complete with hot tub. Meanwhile, Aspire attended the Lawns for the first time with three fantastic lodges – one, the Nordica, had an impressive interior with roof terrace which was a well designed feature with stairs to it from the hallway. Aspire sold all their three units at the show, while Prestige also displayed three new models. Meanwhile there was an exciting launch of new holiday homes Sunseeker – an old name –being shown at the Cottingham Golf Club Show.
Omar had their new 50x20 Woodbury, designed for the letting market, that sold on the first day of the show opening. Omar also had their brand Wessex there including two new lodges complete with a sun lounge and even a dog shower! Pathfinder showed two specials – one a variation of their Retreat for parks, the other an off-grid design named the Cabin with a solar panel plus back-up batteries. Designed to sleep two, the Cabin had an upstairs bedroom in its 27x10 shell.
Willerby had plenty to see with several new ranges including two new Vogues which looked very cool and attracted many visitors at the show, while the Villa Alto has an upstairs ensuite bedroom. The Swift Group had several new models including an S Pod 6 with its own veranda.
ABI had been busy two with several new lodges plus a new range of entry level holiday homes named the Coworth offering excellent value. ABI also had a new upstairs roof deck on display (must be the new thing for 2020 these roof terraces!). Carnaby homes also had two new lodges the Chantry and Silverdale which had sold well. Atlas showed a mainly untouched range but a new twin lodge that was due to be brought to the show was not ready.
The show proved great for public visitors to with many makes such as Regal with their new Hartland single lodge on show, so plenty to see – and next year looks set to get better. Pemberton were looking forward to the new show and to end Lawns had a new holiday home on display named the Langton.
The Cottingham Golf Club show wasn’t to be forgotten either, with several makes on display with a big show from Victory Homes who had seen a very busy day with strong orders being taken. They had several new/revised models and a new anniversary range for hire fleet buyers. Arronbrook, a smaller holiday home manufacturer, had one 40x14 Eclipse sold to a Norwegian customer.
Polish manufacturer Lark Homes recently had three of their lodges approved by the NCC – a big deal for the company which makes some very interesting layouts. Lissett had Linda Barker, the TV interior designer, help on their latest luxury lodge the Alaska – which oozed quality features. The Golf Club also had Delta Homes, Europa and Carabuild homes all reporting strong sales.
I first went to Lawns in 1984 – the year after it was opened to public for weekends. ABI had their own show at the factory still which I went to, and then later at the Beverley Racecourse till they went into receivership in 1998, and then up to Cottingham Golf Club – there were always other small shows on, so it meant driving around! I’ve been every year from then.
We don’t know the future of the Cottingham Golf Club show with the Lawns moving – but we will keep readers informed with the latest news. All in all, the Hull Trade show shut its doors with a crowning glory after 44 years and me attending it for 35 years on a continued basis – yes I will miss it but look forward to a brand new venue. See you there in 2020!
Cottingham Golf Club (above): Polish manufacturer Lark Homes now have NCC approval and hope to do more sales in the UK; Interior of the Jersey Lodge by Lark; Old name Sunseeker is new name of holiday home brand linked to Prestige; One of the luxury bathrooms in the Alaska – mind blowing design!; Lissett Alaska was a stunner at the Golf Club show
Lawns (below): Last show here sadly – but it went off with a bang; Pathfinders special eco loge named the Cabin ran off solar power; Kitchen is all electric – bedroom is just above!; Willerbys Villa Carabes built for the French market; The Villa Carabes kitchen is like a horseshoe design, bedrooms are placed on either end.
The future of the Cottingham Parks Lodge and Caravan Show lies with exhibitors
The organisers of the show at Cottingham Parks golf club, which takes place alongside Lawns, reached out to exhibitors to see whether a show could go ahead in 2020.
A statement from the golf club read: “Following the news of the future move of the Lawns show, there have been a number of enquiries regarding our show here.
“We have told all exhibitors here that we are very happy for them to continue our show at Cottingham Parks, and any new exhibitor enquires will be told the same, so if we get enough exhibitors to feel we can attract trade and public customers then we hope to continue with the show here and hopefully make it bigger and better!
“We will be inviting all exhibitors to a meeting ASAP to try and see if they would like to stay, as I think it is great tradition for the area as we lead the way in terms of local manufacturers, and it’s great for local businesses, hotels etc who gain from the exhibitors and trade customers.
“We cannot make any concrete plans yet until exhibitors indicate if they are happy to still attend, but we welcome any enquiries for a 2020 Cottingham Parks Lodge and Caravan Show.”
If you are interested in exhibiting at the Cottingham golf club in 2020, email firstname.lastname@example.org
All photos: Andrew Jenkinson