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.

Welcome to Blackdene Shepherds Huts of Durham

The outside of the Blackdene Shepherds Huts

Welcome to Blackdene Shepherds Huts of Durham. We build 4 main designs: The Pennine, The Pennine View 2, The Pennine View 4 & The Wren.

We can also build any hut to meet your exact requirements, so if you'd like something bespoke - just let us know - we aim to please!

Blackdene Shepherds Huts​ are a small family business specializing in quality and luxurious mobile spaces. We are not a large company focused on high turnovers and huge profits. We aim to produce a small amount of quality huts per year. And if we can't make them well, then we won't make them at all.

Award-winning leisure park puts customers and community first

Photograph of Sparkes family outside they award-winning leisure park

Award-winning leisure park puts customers and community first as it celebrates 35th anniversary 

A premier Yorkshire leisure park is celebrating its 35th anniversary by pioneering the way forward in engaging with its customers and local community.

Multi award-winning Patrington Haven Leisure Park was founded by Graham Sparkes in 1984 on a disused RAF base near the East Yorkshire coast, after he sold his caravan-building business.

It is now run by Graham’s son, Guy Sparkes, his wife Karen and their extended family, who have grown the team from 35 employees five years ago to more than 70 today.

Wales parks toast two decades with new wildlife scheme

Wales caravan park wildlife scheme

A Pembrokeshire family which swapped farming for a flourishing future in the leisure industry is this spring celebrating 20 years of success.

Celtic Holiday Parks, which owns three multi-award winning parks in the county, has become one of Wales's leading tourism providers.

But according to Huw Pendleton, who owns the business with his parents Vic and Ann, Celtic's anniversary year will be marked not just by a series of fun events.

He is also drawing up a series of environmental initiatives to reinforce the reputation of his parks as some of the greenest places to take a holiday in Wales.

It was in 1999 that the Pendletons sold the family's farm in Rhuallt, North Wales, and bought Croft Country Park in Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

Fife parks swings into action after girls' playground plea

Two girls on a swing in a Fife playground

Bosses at Craigtoun Meadows Holiday Park in St Andrews, Fife, have stepped in to make the playful wishes of two young girls come true.

Ten-year-olds Drew and Chloe met a few years ago at the park where their respective parents both own holiday caravans – and became the best of friends.

But as time went on, they began to feel that they were outgrowing the park's play areas which were tilted more at the needs of younger guests.

So last year, Drew and Chloe penned a letter to the family owners of Craigtoun Meadows with a plea for some extra play equipment designed for their age-group.

Specifically, they said, they were crossing their fingers for a trampoline and a basket-swing.

Canterbury couple's joy after news of holiday home win

Caravan holiday home

There were celebrations this month for a Canterbury couple and their three children after they were named as the winners of a brand new luxury holiday home.

Sam and Olly Bottomley beat hundreds of other entries in a national draw to win the keys to a fully equipped leisure home at Winchelsea Sands Holiday Park in East Sussex.

The draw was organised by park owners Park Holidays UK, and the family was able to choose from three of the group's 30 top-rated parks as the location for their prize.

They opted for Winchelsea Sands, partly because of the happy memories Sam treasured of carefree times spent on the park when she was a little girl.

Caravan Guard Team Saddling Up For Charity Bike Ride

Caravan Guard Team Ready For Charity Bike Ride

As Yorkshire gears up for the Tour de Yorkshire, Halifax-based insurance specialists, Caravan Guard, are proud to once again support the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride.

They have team of 11 saddling up for the charity bike ride and have pledged to raise more than £5,000 for lots of great Yorkshire charities. They’re also helping organisers with sponsorship money to help fund the event. 

And it’s extra special for their chairman Peter Wilby, who’s gearing up for his 25th ride!

The spectacular 70-mile cycle ride takes place on Saturday, June 15th, from Wetherby racecourse, across the Yorkshire Wolds, to the North Yorkshire coastal town of Filey.

A Decade Of Sponsorship For Halifax Paralympian

Halifax Paralympian Hannah Cockroft visiting youngsters at Caravan Guard

Halifax-based insurance specialists, Caravan Guard, have sponsored the town’s Paralympian Hannah Cockroft for a decade.

The five time Paralympic champion and 10 time world champion was presented with this year’s cheque for £1,000 during her visit to see Caravan Guard staff and some of their children.

Hannah was quizzed by the youngsters about her racing chair, her training regime and how fast she could go after letting them hold her collection of Olympic and World Champion gold medals and signing autograph books.

She also shared stories of her recent experience on the celebrity Stand Up To Cancer Great British Bake Off show and how she was preparing for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Red alert as holiday park puts medical lifeline on call  

Holiday park defibrillator

An iconic red phone box is now home to life-saving medical equipment at a remote rural holiday park in Lancashire, thanks to an initiative by its family owners.

Moss Wood Holiday Park in Cockerham near Lancaster has fully restored a classic K6 phone kiosk which is now installed at the park entrance and houses a  state-of-the-art defibrillator.

In the event of an emergency in the local community or on the park, the unit could greatly increase the chances of survival for someone suffering cardiac arrest.

With the park's hideaway location deep in the countryside, says Moss Wood's Henry Wild, the defibrillator can save vital minutes in providing treatment to a victim.