A general election – and all the political shenanigans that go with it – is not the only thing making the news as Christmas approaches.
If you are a member of the caravanning community – or hope to join it – any news on the subject is likely to be equally interesting and important.
With that in mind, here are some of the latest snippets.
Warning after spate of caravan battery thefts in Telford
One of the first lessons any caravan owner is advised to learn is the importance of security. Your caravan insurance, of course, helps to indemnify you against any losses, but you still need to play your part in preventing unnecessary thefts.
So, a timely warning was issued by the local community police force on the 21st of November in the Shropshire Star about a spate of battery thefts from caravans in the area.
Even when your caravan is parked in the driveway at home, remember to keep it locked, put the keys in a safe place, and seriously consider installing an intruder alarm.
The Caravan & Motorhome show 2020 returns to EventCity next month
If you live in the north of England, probably the major event of the year is next month’s Caravan & Motorhome Show 2020 at Manchester’s EventCity.
Open from the 16th to the 19th of January, it is the biggest such outdoor exhibition in the North, featuring not only caravans and motorhomes, but awnings and tents, lodges and a dazzling array of every accessory and gadget imaginable.
Stuck for ideas for the next outing or holiday in your caravan? Then you’ll also be able to pick up a long list of suggested destinations and places to visit.
This annual jamboree for anyone with even a passing interest in outdoor leisure activities is expected to attract 35,000 or more new and returning visitors.
Brexit worries increasing sales of caravans says the ‘King of Caravans’
Try as we might to keep politics out of the caravanning news headlines, the dreaded topic of Brexit has managed to sneak its way in – but, for once, it’s good news!
According to a story in the Derby Telegraph on the 16th of November, Brexit can be thanked for a surge in the sale of static holiday homes and lodges. Political uncertainty seems to be encouraging more and more people to holiday in the UK rather than take their chances with fluctuating exchange rates, worries about healthcare overseas, insurance, the reintroduction of passport controls, chaos at airports, and driving abroad.
One Derbyshire-based company specialising in the sale of luxury leisure homes and lodges reports selling more than £3million-worth of goods at the recent Motorhome and Caravan Show held in Birmingham’s NEC alone.
New owner at Elmhurst Caravan Park on the Isle of Sheppey
Brexit’s “staycation” effect is also one of the reasons behind new owners planning to invest some £1.5million in upgrading one of the Isle of Sheppey’s prime holiday venues, Elmhurst Caravan Park, at Eastchurch.
Speaking to Kent Online on the 6th of November, the new owner Henry Cooper – himself a native of the island – described plans to bring the established caravan park into the 21st century while retaining its family-friendly atmosphere for safe and affordable holidays.
A feature of the park is a large manor house, in which Mr Cooper plans to install a fine-dining restaurant, swimming pool and spa. It is surrounded by 18 acres of grounds which are currently licensed to hold up to 301 static leisure homes.
An established favourite at the holiday park are regular bingo nights but the new owners plan to expand the entertainments on offer.