Celebrating 50 Years of Caravan Industry & Park Operator Magazine!

Caravan Industry & Park Operator - a vintage caravan

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.

Creating a home from home with Lumo Lighting

Woman working at Lumo Lighting

It’s that time of year when caravan and motorhome users hit the roads in search of an idyllic retreat for the summer. Spending many hours on the road and once parked up, it’s important that the settings inside the vehicle are just as perfect as those surrounding it, which is why lighting is a key consideration.

Lumo Lighting is dedicated to developing lighting solutions that create a home from home, regardless of location and believes that lighting is essential for user comfort. With over four decade’s experience in developing solutions that meet the interior lighting requirements of caravan and motorhome users, whilst keeping the end-user at the heart of their new product developments.

The Changing Face Of UK Holiday Parks

Holiday parks
A MARKETING PERSPECTIVE by Kally Carder

I’ve worked in the industry for a number of years, as a PR and social media consultant for Nobull Comms, working with a number of holiday park operators. The last five years has seen a raft of changes, with mergers and a major increase in turnover of companies working within the sector. Here I’ll look at how this will affect marketing campaigns now and in the future.....

In 2016, the total turnover of the UK’s 100 biggest caravan and holiday park companies was up 9 per cent from £2.46bn five years previously, according to research by Ortus Secured Finance. With the recent merger of Park Resorts and Parkdean the landscape has changed further still.

Glampsan is the one-stop shop for all your water tank needs

Glampsan water tank

Glampsan, a division of Plastic Solutions (Aldridge) Limited is a leading supplier of a comprehensive range of products, from plastic waste and water tanks for above and below ground applications; sewage lifting stations; pumps, water boosting tanks and supporting products used in multiple industries: in particular, camping and caravanning, glamping, agriculture and leisure.

Founded in 2010 and manufacturing in the UK, Glampsan and Plastic Solutions have refined their expertise from the initial manufacture and sale of a simple 500-gallon tank to capture waste from toilets, to now developing niche products and solutions for capturing, controlling and pumping waste and water for glampers, caravanners and campers, both on and off- grid.

Carnforth family's pride as park is crowned best in North West

Old hall Caravan park in the North West

Staff and the family owners of Old Hall Caravan Park near Carnforth in Lancashire are celebrating after winning a top tourism accolade from the AA.

The park has been officially named as the 2019 Campsite of the Year for the North West, beating scores of other businesses in the region to the title.

Awards given by the AA – based on guest reviews and a "secret shopper" visit by inspectors - are regarded as the Oscars of the holiday parks industry.

After putting its facilities, services and hospitality under the microscope, the AA's experts said that Old Hall was successfully meeting the gold standard in every respect.

Award-winning holiday park goes topsy-turvy for Comic Relief 

Staff dressed up for Comic Relief

Multi award-winning holiday park Cofton Holidays has raised vital funds for a global charity by encouraging its staff to try something new. 

As part of the Cofton Comic Relief Job Swap, staff at the South Devon holiday park gained experience in different areas of the family business, all in aid of Comic Relief. Thanks to the support of Cofton’s guests, the team raised £200 for Comic Relief, a well-known charity that strives to create a just world free from poverty.   

Kicking off the day, Grounds Manager Scott swapped his ride-along mower for a cash register, taking the place of Gerry as Cofton’s Shop Manager. Scott tried his hand at serving customers and taking deliveries whilst Gerry got to work clearing the many leaves across the 80-acre site.  

Willerby reveal three new models: The Rowan, Castleton and Forest Grove

Willerby Castleton bathroom

Willerby were keen to show off three brand new models at the recent Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show – and CEO Peter Munk hailed the show a success.

Peter said:  "This has been a very exciting show for us as we have launched three new homes, including the Rowan from our bespoke range; this is a fantastic addition to our offering and visitors at the show were able to take a look first-hand at the unique and spacious design on offer. 

“Thousands of people visited the show across the six days, and we were thrilled to welcome visitors to our stand to explore the model first-hand. We're looking forward to helping make holidays more relaxing for families across the UK."  

Eskdale Campsite in The Lake District Welcomes National Trust As New Owners

Eskdale Campsite in The Lake District

Savills, on behalf of the Merckel family, has sold Eskdale Campsite in Boot, Cumbria to the National Trust. The site sold from a guide price of £1.65 million.

The 8.5 acre (3.4 hectare) site located on the western side of the Lake District National Park has permission for 100 camping and motorhome pitches and 10 camping pods alongside the self-catering Camping Barn and a four bedroom farm cottage. A shop, laundry area and two children play areas are also provided.

Crieff Hydro's ultimate working couple to share their secrets to success at ScotHot

Crieff Hydro's Stephen & Fiona

Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels Chief Executive Officer Stephen Leckie and his wife Fiona, who is in charge of interior design at the flagship hotel Crieff Hydro, are heading to this year's ScotHot to share their tips and experiences on being a couple working together in the hospitality industry.

The Leckies will participate in a gameshow-style panel at the trade event on March 13 at the SEC in Glasgow, which showcases the food, drink, hospitality and tourism industry in Scotland. 

Stephen and Fiona met at Crieff Hydro in 1981 when Stephen, fifth-generation owner of the resort, taught Fiona how to water-ski. They married in 1990 and had their reception at Crieff Hydro.