Creature comforts, Belvoir Castle, Cotswold farm caravans, double award for Bailey of Bristol

The beginning of any new caravanning season always comes with an air of expectant excitement. To catch up with just some of the headlines airing at the start of what’s likely to be a busy time for caravanners, just read on.

Here are some of the latest UK caravan news and holiday trends.

Caravanning creature comforts

In a story on the 21st of February, the Caravan Times lifted the lid on some of the home comforts travellers are likely to take on holiday with them:

  • when pitching up for the night, one of the first things most caravanners will do is put the kettle on and make a soothing and refreshing cup of tea – so, stock up with plenty of teabags and, of course, the tea-making kit;
  • to relax in comfort, more than a third of travellers (34%) take their favourite fireside slippers with them;
  • 22% revealed that they like to curl up with their head on their own pillow from home;
  • the survey cited by the Caravan Times said that 16% of such travellers refuse to go anywhere without their chosen brand of ketchup, while 15% insisted on taking a loaf of sliced bread with them;
  • a further 12% travel with their favourite cereal aboard and 11% the squash they like to drink.

The great news for caravanners, of course, is that you have all these items already in your tourer or static home – with no need to worry about whether you will be able to get your creature comforts through airport security or customs!

Plans submitted for 140-pitch caravan site at Belvoir Castle

The leading Caravan and Motorhome Club is looking to widen its net of sites still further with the creation of 140 touring pitches on a new site close to Belvoir Castle, near Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Describing the planning application before Kesteven Council, on the 28th of February the BBC noted that the Club already lists 160 named caravanning and camping sites. The current application for the development of a 10-hectare site near Belvoir Castle included touring pitches, glamping pods, camping grounds for tents, a reception building, washrooms and toilets, and a children’s play area.

The proposed development involves the closure of the car park that currently serves the Dirty Duck pub to create access roads to the caravan site and parking for up to 186 vehicles.

Cotswold couple aim to transform farm into a caravan paradise

The owners of Lowerfield Farm, which is currently run as a successful bed and breakfast in Willersey, plan to extend the business by creating pitches on adjoining land for up to 20 caravans and motorhomes, according to Gloucestershire Live recently.

Screened from the nearby road and neighbouring homes by fences and hedges, the caravan site would offer pitches laid out on environmentally friendly matting, with electric hook-ups and sewage disposal points.

The owners’ planning application makes clear that no long-stay or static caravans are intended for pitches on the site that will stay open from March until October only. Plus, sheep will be allowed to graze there during the closed season.

Bailey of Bristol claims award double in The Caravan and Motorhome Club Motorhome Design Awards

Iconic British manufacturer Bailey of Bristol has scooped a trophy case of awards at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Motorhome and Campervan Design Awards recently adjudicated at the NEC’s annual Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show in February.

The top awards came as winners of the category for van conversions that have a pop-top or rising roof of 6 metres and under – won by Bailey’s Endeavour B64 campervan and first place for the all-new Alora 69-4S in the class for three or four-berth coachbuilt motorhomes of 7 metres and under.

Furthermore, Bailey’s Adamo 75-4DL took second place in the category for three or four-berth coachbuilt motorhomes over 7 metres in length and third place for the Endeavour B62 in the class for van conversions with a fixed roof of 6 metres & under.