Covid-19 has been hogging the news of late – and understandably, too. But other news continues to give us hope and reassurance that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel.
On the happier news front, therefore, you might be interested in the following snippets of caravan holiday news.
Using your caravan during lockdown
Even with caravan sites across the country currently closed during lockdown there are still valuable potential uses for your ‘van. And keeping it in use might help to make sure that it’s in tip-top condition when you can once again venture further afield.
Here are just a few of the imaginative uses dreamt up by caravan owners and reported by the BBC on the 13th of April:
- if a member of the family needs to self-isolate, the caravan can serve as a self-contained temporary home;
- if you are working from home, the caravan can provide a much quieter, out of the way, home office;
- if children are being home-schooled at the moment, why not use your caravan as an alternative, fun place for lessons – as their own “school” or just for occasional use;
- with date-night ideas somewhat thin on the ground, some caravan owners have set up table for a romantic dinner – inside the ‘van or under the awning on balmy spring nights.
Camping and Caravanning Club’s Best Certificated Sites revealed
The next time you’re looking for somewhere to tow your touring caravan you might ask yourself what makes a great campsite.
Now you know that the Best of the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Certified Sites can be found at Colman’s of Aysgarth, overlooking Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales.
Colman’s of Aysgarth walked away with this year’s Overall Best award from the Club, together with the award for the Friendliest Welcome and the Best Certified Site for Families.
Best of the New Certified Sites was won by Whitehall Farm, near Pontypool in South Wales; Best Hideaway went to The Osiers, near Chichester, in West Sussex; and the site offering Best Facilities was won by Castle Camping, at Biddulph in Staffordshire.
The Camping and Caravanning Club has around 1,300 Certified Sites across the country which are reserved for members’ use only.
TV licensing reminder to caravan owners
As is usual at this time of the year, the TV licensing authorities have issued a reminder about the potential need for a TV licence for your caravan.
Jason Hill, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said it is important people understand the differences in licensing requirements between touring and static caravans, adding:
“The law is very clear. Anyone who watches or records live programmes on any device, on any channel, or live online, must be covered by a TV Licence. You don’t need a separate TV Licence for static caravans, mobile homes or moveable chalets, provided you provided you don’t watch TV in both homes at the same time”.
To check the requirements online, please visit: www.tvlicensing.co.uk/info
Plans for new caravan and camping site near Hornsea
Local planning authorities are in favour of granting permission for the development of a new touring caravan and camping site at Hornsea on the coast in the East Riding of Yorkshire some 44 miles due east of York.
On the 20th of April, the Yorkshire Post referred to the application from the owners of the farmland at Southfield, between Cowden and Mappleton. It indicated that the local council would welcome a development that benefitted businesses in the area, without causing an undue impact on the surrounding area.
Local residents, on the other hand, appeared less than favourable. Several have already submitted written objections about traffic entering and leaving the site from a busy coastal route, the risk of flooding, lighting, noise and nuisance.