David Bellamy – a champion of green holiday parks

David Bellamy book – from publisher Century

As the sad news of David Bellamy’s death reaches us, we at Caravan Industry & Park Operator take a look at how the environmentalist and botanist laid the foundations for a greener attitude to holidaying in the UK.

David Bellamy OBE was a regular face on TV since the late 60s, when he was interviewed after the Torrey Canyon disaster struck – an oil tanker ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and David, then an ecology lecturer at Durham University, was on hand to discuss the impact of the spillage with John Craven. 

Club sites invite members to celebrate festivities

Christmas tree - Club sites invite members to celebrate festivities

The Camping and Caravanning Club will welcome campers through to the end of the year. Ten Club Sites in the UK will remain open until early January, while 16 more are open all year-round.

Many of these Club Sites are also holding special events to help campers make the most of the festive period.

Darren Whittington, Director of Operations, said: “More Club Members are choosing to camp later in the year and we are extending our site opening periods to accommodate this.

“The Club is committed to ensuring all our sites are well-equipped for winter touring so that they can continue to stay open throughout the entire year.”

Park Holidays UK to host hundreds of free holidays for Thomas Cook staff

Thomas Cook staff on holiday at Park Holidays

Park Holidays UK has invited more than 600 Thomas Cook staff and their families to enjoy a weekend by the seaside so that they can say “a proper goodbye”. 

The holiday park group will pick up the tab for their accommodation in fully-equipped holiday homes for up to three nights, and will lay on free entertainment. 

Scene of the huge reunion party will be Broadland Sands Holiday Park near Lowestoft which the group is opening up especially for the event on 8-11 November. 

Park Holidays UK marketing director Geoff Barnes said it would be a chance for staff to swap memories and let their hair down after Thomas Cook suddenly went into liquidation in September: 

The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2019 Kicks Off!

Visitors at The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2019

With the show open all week book your ticket now to see thousands of brand new products and join celebrity guests! 

Welcoming thousands of visitors through its doors on its first day, the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2019 kicked off today at Birmingham's NEC with endurance athlete Mark Beaumont demonstrating to visitors and press how to tow a caravan with his bicycle! (Broadcast-ready video HERE.) Mark recently attempted the Guinness World Record for the fastest speed to tow a caravan by a bicycle.*. 

Rhuddlan is good to go!

Couple by a caravan in Rhuddlan

It’s not very often when a new site becomes available for a holiday park, with planning permission ready to go, in such a desirable area.

North Wales is fast becoming the staycation destination of choice for the North West’s growing population. With easier and easier access 2 minutes away to the major road to the coast, the A55, this site is a great opportunity for someone to really make their mark from the ground up.

The 4.5 acre (1.8 hectare) site is under 45 minutes from Chester and Snowdonia surrounded by beautiful farmland and a short walk to Rhuddlan Castle and the nature reserve.

It has planning permission for 28 touring caravan pitches and 6 chalets with associated drainage and amenities, including buildings.

Bridge Leisure Parks - Don’t let the rain stop play when holidaying in the UK

Family on caravan site holidaying at Bridge Leisure Parks

Bridge Leisure Parks are giving camping and touring customers the chance to protect their holidays from being ruined by wet weather by offering an innovative ‘Rainy Day Plan’.

For just £20 extra, customers will have the flexibility to change their holiday dates if the weather forecast is looking very wet and rainy during their upcoming stay. If within 48 hours of their holiday the forecast is for heavy rain, they can change their holiday start dates within a 2-week window if they have taken out the ‘Rainy Day Plan.’

Caravan show moves from Hull to Harrogate

API stand at the caravan show - Caravan show moves from Hull to Harrogate

The Lawns show becomes the Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Expo after decades at Hull showground

The oldest event in the caravan exhibitions calendar is to move to a new location in September next year. 

After 44 years in the grounds of the University of Hull at The Lawns in Cottingham, the trade and public exhibitions featuring the majority of the industry’s manufacturers will in future be held at the Yorkshire Event Centre, home of the enormous Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate. 

Next year’s public show – the Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Expo 2020 – will be held over three days, rather than the traditional two, from Friday to Sunday 11th to 13th September, followed by the trade show on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 14th-16th September. 

Millennials could turn the tide for seaside resorts

seaside resort caravan park

The National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) has worked with market research consultancy BVA BDRC to identify the specific intentions and motivations of British holidaymakers to the coast to help address key challenges facing seaside resorts; the findings are published in a comprehensive Holiday Trends 2019 report.

It finds that Millennials, the important 22 to 37-year old age group, are the least likely age cohort to visit the coast, seeing it as ‘old-fashioned' but whilst being reluctant to take a seaside break, this age group is the most likely to holiday in the UK, highlighting an urgent need for coastal resorts to target this sector to reverse their perceptions.

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