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Staycations are booming! … and other news

Want to know what is going on in the world of leisure? Then here are some of the latest news stories we’ve found …

Staycations booming

By all accounts, if you own a caravan, you are likely to be better placed than most for making the most of the current boom in staycations.

With fine weather – including temperatures hotter than in Corfu or Mallorca – you don’t even need the excuse of Brexit uncertainties to opt for a holiday or weekend break in your home country rather than the fad of travelling abroad.

An article in the Edinburgh Evening News on the 8th of April cited several surveys which suggest that as much as 56% of the population are choosing the UK over foreign destinations – and many of those breaks, of course, are likely to be taken with your touring caravan or while staying in your (or someone else’s) static holiday home.

Plans to add two new lakes and holiday lodges at Sleaford fishing retreat

As if to underline the extent to which facilities are forever improving at Britain’s leisure parks, news has just come in about plans to erect 33 holiday lodges, pitch 46 caravans and create two new lakes at a popular fishing ground in the village of Spanby, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.

In a report by Lincolnshire Live on the 12th of April, it was also revealed that the present retreat for avid fishermen already has seven fishing ponds, 57 lodges, 40 static holiday homes and 8 log cabins.

Coastal erosion means dozens of caravans need moving

It’s not all plain sailing for every caravan park, however, as a story in the Daily Mail on the 15th of March goes to show.

Dozens of static caravans pitched at the Longbeach Leisure Park, on the Hornsea coastline of east Yorkshire face urgent removal as a 160ft crack along the cliff’s edge threatens to tumble them into the waters of the North Sea.

The newspaper carried graphic photographs – taken by drone – of several of the holiday homes perched perilously close to the crumbling cliff edge, where coastal erosion is believed to be taking it steadily inland at the rate of seven to eight feet a year.

Site owners are arranging the removal further inland of the dozens of £45,000 to £100,000 holiday homes most at risk.

And the dog comes too!

When it comes to holidays of course you want to be able to take your dog along too – and more and more Britons seem to be doing just that, according to a story in Woman and Home magazine on the 3rd of April.

The article reveals a 70% increase this year in travellers looking for dog-friendly locations – but, if you’re fortunate enough to have a touring caravan, of course, your choice is likely to be especially open-ended.

Nevertheless, if you are stuck for places to visit – so that you and your pet can enjoy a holiday together – Woman and Home suggests a number of scenic destinations to explore.