Celebrating 50 Years of Caravan Industry & Park Operator Magazine!

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We're celebrating a golden anniversary this year, 50 years after the first Caravan Industry & Park Operator magazine was published!

Caravan Industry & Park Operator is the independent caravan trade magazine for products and services, including park utilities, insurance, transport, park and site news, consultancy, events, security, legal advice and safety. In print since 1968, it's the oldest and most trusted industry magazine and has stood the test of time.

Bridge Leisure invests over £3 million in UK parks

Bridge Leisure invests over £3 million in UK parks

Bridge Leisure Parks has announced a £3.2 million investment programme across its nine UK holiday parks, including the introduction of new luxury caravans and pet friendly accommodation.

The biggest portion of that spend is focussed on Sand le Mere Holiday Village on the North Yorkshire Coast, where over £900,000 has been earmarked for the park’s development. The investment is being used to develop new pitches and purchase new self-catering caravans of various grades and improve the infrastructure.

Trevella Park in Cornwall will benefit from over £330,000 of investment which is being spent on new superior lake view caravans, new safari tents and a substantial refurbishment of the touring shower and toilet block. 

Blair Castle Caravan Park unveils new larger pitches

Blair Castle Caravan Park

Blair Castle Caravan Park, one of Scotland’s top four premier parks has expanded with the addition of five new larger pitches. The park has launched these spaces in time for the start of the season and in response to the growing trend of larger touring vehicles.

These larger pitches will complement the existing offering at the park, which includes 200 spaces and 18 static caravan holiday homes, each are fully serviced with a hard-standing surface. The introduction of the new pitches offers an extra meter totalling 9m, compared to the traditional 8m for the regular spaces.

Why are British camping holidays still so popular?

Why are British camping holidays still so popular?

David Scotland from OutdoorWorldDirect explores why British camping holidays are still all the rage, despite our unpredictable weather conditions and abroad holidays being so accessible.

The camping industry covers a wide spectrum of outdoor activities these days and continues to grow despite cheap holidays abroad being a viable option for many families across the UK. Whilst uncertainties surrounding Brexit prevail, it is not unreasonable to see camping growing even further in the short-term near future.

Win tickets to the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show!

Family at the show

Taking place from the 19th to 24th February at the NEC in Birmingham, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show offers a first-look at the latest innovations in camping and caravanning, as well as plenty of fun for all the family!

We’re giving one lucky reader a free pair of tickets to show! To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the below question.

Set across five halls, the show features the largest display of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and lodges, tents, awnings and accessories – plus the latest trends in destinations - all under one roof, and lets you benefit from exclusive offers on thousands of products that you won’t find anywhere else.

Dorset park's holiday heroes earn 300 thanks for loyalty 

West Dorset Caravan Park

Three centuries of loyal service were celebrated at West Dorset Leisure Holidays recently when eleven employees were presented with special achievement awards.

The long-serving team members work across the group's five highly acclaimed Dorset parks, and received their accolades from directors Martin Cox and his wife Vanessa.
Together, the staff have contributed over 300 years of service in areas ranging from catering and hospitality to leisure services, customer support and wildlife conservation.

They were each presented with Exceptional Service Award certificates from the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, the park industry's professional body.

Bee-friendly Cornish park creates a buzz in green awards

Bee-friendly Cornish park creates a buzz in green awards

Staff at a Cornwall holiday park are flying high after honey bees, butterflies and birds helped wing them to a top environmental accolade from Professor David Bellamy.

The world-famous botanist has presented Stonerush Lakes near Looe with his prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

It also received three extra commendations for protecting honey bees, managing its hedgerow habitats, and planting wild flowers.

The 28-acre park near the fishing villages of Polperro and Fowey was selected for the honours following an in-depth audit by David Bellamy's wildlife assessors.

Top loo award leaves Lancashire park flushed with pride  

Top loo award for Donkey Creek

Donkey Creek Farm Caravan Park on Lancashire's Fylde coast is officially one of the best place to "go" in Britain, according to judges of the annual Loo of the Year awards.

For the park's washrooms have been named as top platinum winners in the latest  Loo of the Year awards, bringing a chain of honour to the family-run business.
The prestigious accolade was made to Donkey Creek after the shower and toilet facilities provided for guests were "mystery shopped" by inspectors.

Celebrating the news of the award are Paul Lancaster and his wife Jane who opened the park last summer in a quiet rural location near the market town of Freckleton.

Prescribe camping and caravanning for better mental and physical health

camping and caravanning pod
77% of campers are satisfied with their quality of life compared to 59% of non-campers 


With recent data showing that the state of the nation’s mental and physical health is an ongoing concern, a major consumer event next month is set to showcase ways in which the outdoors can improve the wellbeing of people of all ages. 

For last year’s Mental Health Awareness Day, statistics were released showing that one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year and that the most common mental health condition is anxiety. It also demonstrated that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14 and that three quarters of all mental health problems are established by the age of 24. 

SAS Stars Ollie & Jason Take on New Bear Grylls Adventure Challenges at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2019

SAS Stars Ollie & Jason Take on New Bear Grylls Adventure Challenges at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2019

Two lucky visitors will have the chance to go head-to-head with stars on the show’s new Bear Grylls Adventure challenges 

Organisers of the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2019 are pleased to announce that former SAS operatives and TV stars Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton and Jason Fox will be at the event on Wednesday 20th February sharing their stories on the LIVE stage and testing their strength and stamina by taking on some epic challenges at the show’s brand new Bear Grylls Adventure feature area!