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World of Park & Leisure Homes Show 2019 - review  

World of Park & Leisure Homes Show 2019 - review  

Our contributor Andrew Jenkinson visited the World of Park & Leisure Homes Show in Stoneleigh to check out the latest models, and was suitably impressed by some exciting developments in manufacturing…

It seems to come round quicker each year but this show is as popular as ever with never a dull moment. The weather wasn’t as good as last year but that didn’t stop both trade and the public at weekend. With free entry and all the major manufacturers attending, this is a show that gives you an inkling of what’s happening for 2020. 

Scotland expansion provide Willerby customers with staycation inspiration

Willerby Avonmore lounge diner

Park owners in Scotland can now view nine of the latest holiday homes, lodges and park homes by Willerby Ltd at its new Scottish showground at Williamson’s Garden Centre, Livingston. The manufacturer has relocated to a new site after three successful years in Carluke, Lanarkshire.

Offering dealers, parks and the public the chance to view Willerby’s extensive range, the new and improved showground will include seven of the latest holiday homes, a luxury lodge and one of the impressive Park Home by Willerby models. The custom built site will also be home to a new office for the Willerby and Park Homes by Willerby teams, with a dedicated space for customer information on parks and holidays in Scotland. 

Willerby reveal three new models: The Rowan, Castleton and Forest Grove

Willerby Castleton bathroom

Willerby were keen to show off three brand new models at the recent Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show – and CEO Peter Munk hailed the show a success.

Peter said:  "This has been a very exciting show for us as we have launched three new homes, including the Rowan from our bespoke range; this is a fantastic addition to our offering and visitors at the show were able to take a look first-hand at the unique and spacious design on offer. 

“Thousands of people visited the show across the six days, and we were thrilled to welcome visitors to our stand to explore the model first-hand. We're looking forward to helping make holidays more relaxing for families across the UK."  

The Holiday Home Expo 2019 - Beaulieu

Beaulieu - HERMCA logo

• Trade - 26th September

• Public​ - 27th to 29th September

This HERCMA event, rebranded for 2019, takes place on the Beaulieu estate in the New Forest, Hampshire.

This is the main caravan holiday home show for the south of England and features many of the “static” models already seen at The Lawns – over 150 – but no touring caravans (or motor caravans) are displayed.

Visitors can see holiday homes from all the big manufacturers, and also on show will be some of the favourite products and services used by the trade. See representatives from clubs and trade bodies, as well as holiday parks and delaers who will be on hand to answer all your questoins.

Holiday home manufacturer’s models are ‘better than houses’

Rob Lawrence (L) and Phil Parks (R) of Willerby

Editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Willerby product managers Rob Lawrence and Phil Parks about the success of the company, and its new-for-2019 models…

Based in Hull and employing more than 1,000 people, Willerby recently announced year-on-year sales growth of 12.7%. Here, the product managers explain what goes on behind-the-scenes at the firm’s innovation division, and why the brand is (after 70 years) the UK’s largest manufacturer of holiday homes and lodges.

Willerby announces second trade show at Crealy Adventure Park

Willerby Waverley kitchen diner

Market-leader Willerby, and leading distributor Southern Counties Leisure have announced they will host the second ever joint holiday home show on the 2nd - 7th October.

After the success of its launch last year, the show will take place once again at Crealy Adventure Park in Exeter, where Willerby will unveil its  2019 collection of holiday homes, lodges and park homes. The homes on show will include brand new models such as the Linwood & Waverley holiday homes, and is the first opportunity for members of the public in the South of England to see the new models.

Upton Lakes & Lodges In Devon Comes To Market

Upton Lakes & Lodges

Savills, on behalf of private owners, has brought Upton Lakes and Lodges in Cullompton, Devon to the market at a guide price of £995,000.

Set across 14.9 acres (6.02 hectares), the site comprises a total of 14 lodges;  five park owned that are let on a weekly basis and included in the sale, alongside nine that are privately owned and pay an annual pitch fee. There is currently planning permission for up to 20 lodges on the park, offering the potential to develop a further six units.

A year in the making – the Victory Leisure Homes manufacturing process

Victory Leisure Homes Gary Corlyon

Here, Nick Glaves explores the story behind  Victory Leisure Homes' new models and the cyclical process which incorporates trade shows, customer feedback, design and build...

With new or updated models launched every year by major manufacturers, the holiday home and lodge industry is anything but static.

Indeed, almost as soon as next year’s models have been launched, work gets underway on the following year’s, meaning the merry-go-round of product design, development and launch never ends. 

It is a cycle Peter Nevitt knows only too well. Peter is the managing director of Victory Leisure Homes and has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, much of that time successfully heading up Cosalt Holiday Homes.

Water hygiene expert offer advice on hot tubs

Hot tubs Darlly product

Hot tubs and water hygiene: by Dorian Davies from Darlly Europe

The publication of the HSE's "The control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems", more commonly known as "HSG282", in January 2017 caused a stir in the holiday caravan, lodge, and cottage sector as it set out specific and detailed guidelines for hot tubs installed in holiday let situations. HSG282 also placed risk responsibility on the shoulders of holiday let owners and operators to ensure their installations are HSG282 compliant.

Is now the time to buy or sell a caravan park?

savills caravan park richard prestwich

Thinking of buying or selling a caravan park? Richard Prestwich from Savills property services’ leisure and trade team gives his view on the holiday and home park market for 2018…

Last year was a particularly strong year for the holiday and home park market, which encompasses touring parks, holiday static parks and residential parks, driven predominantly by domestic investment as the popularity of staycations continued to increase. According to research from Ortus Secured Finance, turnover at the 100 largest holiday parks was up 9% from £2.46billion in 2012 to £2.7billion last year.