The history of Bankside Patterson

Bankside Patterson

Bankside Patterson had some great news recently, being named in the 1,000 companies to Inspire Britain 2018 report. Here, managing director Neil Taylor talks to Caravan Industry & Park Operator about the company's climb to the top…


• Could you tell us about the history of Bankside Patterson as a company? When did you begin trading, etc?

Bankside Patterson was formed in 1965 as a steel fabrications specialist. In 1974 it became part of the ABI group of companies and started producing caravan chassis.

In 1994 Bankside split from ABI and started supplying Holiday homes to other manufacturers in the industry.


•  Which caravan manufacturers use Bankside Patterson?

Mayor’s Award recognises resort’s role promoting Shrewsbury


A new £6 million Shropshire caravanning and glamping resort, Love2Stay, has recently celebrated its first birthday and has added Shrewsbury Mayor’s Award for Tourism to its growing collection.

The Mayor’s Awards scheme recognises individuals, organisations, groups and businesses for their achievements which benefit the town.

Love2Stay resort at Emstrey, which is next door to and owned by caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure, won the gold award for tourism and the overall award in recognition of its achievements towards promoting Shrewsbury as a visitor destination.

The award was presented by Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jane Mackenzie, at a ceremony held at the town’s Guildhall.

Dales park's great green day brings charity windfall

Riverside Caravan Park

Crafts, cakes and eco-friendly cups have helped raise over £1,000 for charity at a North Yorkshire holiday park's green-themed fete this summer.

Riverside Caravan Park in the village of High Bentham was the setting for the annual event which drew hundreds of local residents and holiday guests.

This year's theme was "living in a sustainable world" which was mirrored by many of the stalls and activities set up in the grounds of the family-owned park.

Hand-made jewellery, cards and gifts were among the handicrafts on offer, all produced in the region, along with locally-sourced food and snacks from cakes to bacon butties.

Pure nectar: Cumbria park cracks open its bee-friendly brew 

Pure nectar: Cumbria park cracks open its bee-friendly brew 

Real-ale lovers are raising their glasses to both hops and honey bees this summer at Skelwith Fold caravan park in Ambleside, Cumbria.

That's because the family-run business has launched its own craft brewery beer, with every bottle benefitting the UK's largest honey bee charity.

The park's Wild Ales will help the British Beekeepers Association make younger people more aware of the importance of halting the decline of Britain's bee population.

The beer is available both at Skelwith Fold, voted Lakeland's top holiday park in last year's Cumbria Tourism Awards, and at its sister-park Moss Wood near Lancaster.

The Flying Scotsman, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Flying Scotsman

Located on a farm on the Dark Skies reserve at the heart of the Brecon Beacons, this rustic sheperds hut like cabin provides cosy accommodation for a family of four. The interiors are themed around a railway carriage and thoughtfully crafted with Welsh oak and red cedar. Surrounded by woodland, open fields and even a river, The Flying Scotsman provides the perfect base for a rural retreat and digital detox.  

Lissett Homes to showcase next-generation Linden Cottage

Lissett Homes

Lissett Homes, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of bespoke luxury park and leisure homes, will unveil its impressive next-generation Linden Cottage model next month, to mark 21 years since its launch.

The stunning new Linden Cottage will be showcased at the World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, which will be held at the NAEC in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, from 8th to 10th June. Lissett Homes will be on stand M11 at the event with a 50' x 20' showhome.

With its quintessentially English country feel, the elegant Linden Cottage, which is designed for the residential market, has been given a fresh design for 2018. The new model boasts a stylish open-plan layout, reflecting the growing consumer trend for flexible living space.

Swim star Liam opens Devon park's new water fun feature

Ladram Bay

Exeter-born Olympics swimmer Liam Tancock took time out from the fast lane recently to help an East Devon holiday park, Ladram Bay, make a big splash with its guests.

Gold-medallist Liam was at Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Budleigh Salterton where he declared open the new Splash Zone, aimed especially at energetic youngsters.

The 160-square metres of wonderfully wet activities and challenges is already proving a hit with grown-ups as well.

Set alongside the park's main swimming pool, the zone includes interactive water features, spray guns, and even a sea serpent that sprays water.

Heaven in Devon: Brixham park reveals new luxury lodges

Riviera Bay

One of Devon's most dramatically located holiday parks, Riviera Bay in Brixham, will shortly be raising the curtains on a new development of luxury lodges.

Perched on a cliff-top with breathtaking views across St Mary's Bay, the newly-built lodges will give families the chance to own a holiday home like no other in the West Country.

Park Holidays UK describes the development as the most prestigious it has ever completed, and is holding a public preview weekend on 16/17 June.

The celebration event will see the official opening of the development with guests enjoying guided tours of the lodges, and free day-long use of all the park's facilities.

These include an swimming pool complex, entertainment centre, and bar and restaurants.

Park's stunning sea views win the vote of Wales MP

Morfa Bychan

Mid Wales MP Ben Lake has described as "breathtaking" the sea views from a new development of pitches for motorhome guests at Morfa Bychan Holiday Park near Aberystwyth.

The Ceredigion MP was a special guest at the Llanfarian park during May's Wales Tourism Week when he cut the ribbon to officially open the newly created pitches.

Morfa Bychan, with its own pebble beach, provides spectacular panoramas across Cardigan Bay and a range of guest facilities including a heated outdoor pool.

MP opens next chapter in Wales park's success story

Caeran Caravan Park

North Wales MP David Jones has declared open a new country club at a family's holiday park near Rhyl, and praised its contribution to Wales's tourism economy.

Mr Jones, who is MP for Clwyd West, was at Caeran Caravan Park near Abergele to see how the award-winning business plays its part in attracting thousands of visitors each year to the region.

He made his visit during the recent annual Wales Tourism Week which is designed to put the spotlight on Wales's £5 billion tourism sector.

The MP met with business owners Arthur and Pamela Jones who acquired the park seven years ago, and who have since invested much time and energy into create a first-class holiday setting.