Conwy caravan park investment, Dorset v. Cornwall, safe towing, and the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s wi-fi project

The recent lockdowns in the wake of the pandemic only served to reinforce what has become a growing tide of popularity for caravan holidays in the UK – it has been riding that wave since at least 2016, according to a story by FTN News on the 25th of March 2021.

It is hardly surprising, therefore, that investment opportunities have already been spotted in caravan park developments, while both static and touring caravans also steal their share of the latest caravan news headlines.

Investment planned for Conwy caravan park bought in £3.6m deal

Some investors admit to a passion for all aspects of caravanning but are only now making their first investment in the purchase of a caravan park.

Brothers Damien and Nathan Hodgson have entered the fray with a huge splash through the purchase of their first caravan park – Bron Y Wendon Caravan Park in Llanddulas, Conwy, North Wales – for the substantial sum of £3.6million.

The site is a mixed-use caravan park with pitches for 139 touring caravans, 20 static holiday caravans, and 9 cottages – although the brothers also have plans to enhance the offering through the addition of glamping pods and hot tubs.

Bookings are already strong – in this “year of the staycation” – with the park at Bron Y Wendon offering spectacular views across this area of North Wales and with its attractions along the coast and inland.

Dorset is a better place than Cornwall to buy a static holiday caravan says hire company

If you had to pick one area of Britain most likely to come top of any listing for holiday caravan rentals, then Cornwall would probably get most people’s vote.

Contrary to expectations, however, a local caravan hire company has revealed that the county of Dorset – and not Cornwall – takes first place in terms of popularity, the number of static caravans currently for sale, and the number of first-time visitors likely to be attracted to the place. These are the results published in an article by Cornwall Live at the end of May.

The article explains that although Cornwall probably has more people searching the availability of staycation self-catering holidays – including those in caravans – the majority of them end up placing their booking in the less-searched county of Dorset.

Furthermore, because Cornwall already has some 455 hire caravans from which holidaymakers can choose, Dorset currently only has 323 – making the latter a more attractive county in which to buy a holiday caravan to let out or to use for your own holidays.

Is your caravan SAFE?

May saw the launch of a joint initiative by the National Caravan Council (NCC), the Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS), and the Driver and Vehicle Standard’s Agency’s (DVSA) to encourage what is billed as the SAFE towing of caravans, reported Practical Caravan on the 21st of May.

The acronym SAFE stands for:

S – servicing: has your caravan been serviced recently?

A – air: have you checked the pressure of your caravan’s tyres and filled them with the correct amount of air?

F – fitted: check that you have fitted the safety chain or breakaway cable correctly and inspected the electrical connections and cables?

E – examine: make sure to examine the taillights on your trailer, check the load and its weight limit, examine the wing mirrors, and test the jockey wheel before you set off on your journey.

Update on Caravan and Motorhome Club wi-fi project

The Caravan and Motorhome Club has been steadily pressing on with its upgrading of broadband wi-fi facilities at its sites – although the successive lockdowns because of coronavirus have interrupted progress a little, according to the Club’s update on the 14th of May.

Milestones achieved to date:

  • upgraded systems on the first 12 sites go live during June;
  • surveys at all but five sites have now been completed – 102 out of 107;
  • installation work has started at a further 18 sites – and 30 more starts followed during May; and
  • 40 more landowners have been formally approached for permissions related to the broadband upgrading project.

The Club promises further news releases as the project progresses.