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A sneak peek at the latest caravan news

Helping to give our readers the latest developments on all things caravans and caravanning, here is a sneak peak at the latest news.

As we gear up for a new season, it might help to stay abreast of developments – especially those close to home or in other parts of the country to which you are headed.

£1.5m makeover for Dovercourt Caravan Park

After its acquisition by the major chain, Holiday Parks, and a £1.5 million refurbishment, you’ll likely want to visit the new Dovercourt Caravan Park when it open for the touring season on the 12th of April.

Hardstanding pitches all come with electric hook-up and the many site amenities include, modernised shower blocks, an outdoor swimming pool (open between the 3rd of May and the 30th of September), a remodelled clubhouse (which hosts entertainment acts on certain nights of the week), an all-weather sports arena, shop, children’s adventure play area, and mini-golf course.

Woman fined after fly tipping old caravan

If your old caravan has seen better days and is now on its last legs, don’t break the law – as one Gateshead woman did – by leaving it to rot on the street, recounts Gateshead Council in a press release dated the 21st of January 2019.

To make matters much worse, the culprit in this case crammed the abandoned caravan with mountains of discarded junk and rubbish instead of taking it all to the tip.

Needless to say, the courts took a dim view of the attempt to get rid of the unwanted items and fined the woman a total of nearly £1,500 for fly-tipping.

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the first British commercial caravan designed to be towed by a car

History buffs amongst you might have known it already, but this year marks the 100th anniversary of the very first commercially manufactured British caravan designed to be towed by a car – reported the Mirror newspaper on the 17th of January.

The 9ft long and 5ft 7in wide touring caravan was the brainchild of Eccles Motor Transport in Birmingham. It came fitted out with two berths, a primus stove for cooking, and a wardrobe. Although very basic by today’s standards, the small towing caravan was surprisingly heavy – a timber shell lined with still heavier woods such as mahogany.

In 1919 this basic tourer cost £100 – that’s around £5,000 in today’s money.

New campsite at Rother Valley opening date announced

If you are headed to the north of England this season, you might want to try out a new camping and caravan site in the picturesque Rother Valley Country Park near Sheffield.

Rotherham Business News on the 5th of February announced the grand opening in April of a new £3.7 million site within the Country Park, with a capacity for 129 touring caravan and motorhome pitches and 34 tents.

Named the Waleswood Caravan & Camping Park, the site also boasts purpose-designed shower and toilet facilities, a shop, reception, café and bar for visitors, together with a well-equipped children’s play area.