Victory outperforms expectations at Cottingham show

Victory Leisure Homes - Peter Nevitt at the Cottingham Parks Lodge and Caravan Show

by Nick Glaves

Leading East Yorkshire caravan manufacturer Victory Leisure Homes outperformed expectations at this year’s Cottingham Parks Lodge and Caravan Show, after concerns Brexit might dampen the market.

Managing director Peter Nevitt, who has more than 40 years of experience in the industry, said he thought show attendance and overall spend would be down, due to continued turmoil in the UK’s political landscape.

But Mr Nevitt’s fears were allayed from the very start of the show, when the company immediately began making sales.

Park owners and operators were particularly impressed with Victory’s latest lodge model, the Cézanne, which launched at the show and racked up a solid number of orders. 

Kids swap clicks for coconuts at park's digital detox day

Kids swap clicks for coconuts at park's digital detox day

A Lancashire holiday park is claiming victory in its bid to persuade youngsters to abandon their mobile devices for a day – and to tackle a series of traditional summer games instead.

Moss Wood caravan park near Lancaster threw down its challenge on the last Saturday in August during one of the school holiday's busiest weekends.

It invited all families staying on the park to go cold turkey on their phones and tablets, and to spend a click-free day swapping Facebook for old fashioned fun.

The digital detox experiment, said the park's Henry Wild, was an outstanding success and drew a huge crowd to the specially constructed games arena in the grounds.

Verdant Leisure announces £75,000 refurbishment for Heather View Leisure Park

Verdant Leisure announces £75,000 refurbishment for Heather View Leisure Park

Verdant Leisure’s Heather View Leisure Park has announced £75,000 refurbishment plans for a new-look bar and restaurant. The renovation will begin and the project is due to be completed by 19th October 2018, with the facilities remaining open for much of the work. 

The refurbishment of the Crazy Bear restaurant will see the décor updated throughout with the installation of new lighting, additional luxurious seating and new flooring and carpets fitted. The accessibility ramp will be moved for better convenience for disabled guests and an internal baluster will be installed for the safety of younger customers.

New facility block for Charmouth Club Site

New facility block for Charmouth Club Site

Charmouth Camping and Caravanning Club Site has unveiled a brand new facility block that is delighting campers holidaying on the site, which is perfectly located for exploring Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast. 

Work on the project at the pretty 150-pitch campsite was completed at the end of May; nearly eight months after the first spade entered the soil on 22 September last year.  

Builders involved in the project, together with storage and seasonal customers, campers and local tourism representatives all attended the grand unveiling at the end of July. The Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP, who represents the West Dorset constituency, also attended and formally opened the facility.  

Chance to try a touring caravan in Shropshire before you buy

Salop Leisure

People considering buying a touring caravan are being given the chance to try before they buy in Shropshire as part of an offer from the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

The club has chosen five caravan and motorhome dealerships across the UK to deliver the offer, one of which is award-winning, Shrewsbury-based dealership Salop Leisure.

The offer is designed to help potential buyers make up their mind before completing a purchase of a touring caravan.

If they then decide to buy a caravan within 12 weeks from one of the club’s five partners, they will have the hire cost deducted from the price.

Influential Interior Design Blogger Creates First Limited Edition Devon Holiday Park Home

Darwin Escapes Limited Edition living area

A leading interior blogger has created a limited-edition dream holiday home at a 5-star Devon holiday park, Darwin Escapes’ Hawkchurch Resort

Charlotte Amor Valentine - creator of the hugely popular ‘The Home that Made Me’ blog - designed the luxury lodge exclusively for Darwin Escapes’  in Devon.

Named The Baylyn Lodge, it was snapped up within days of being unveiled for £199,995.

Parks praised as wildlife see their hedge fund flourish

aravan with newly planted hedges thanks to the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme

More than 300 holiday parks which took part in an ambitious hedgerow conservation project have been praised for creating and managing a wealth of new wildlife habitats thanks to the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.

The scheme was launched in 2017 by botanist David Bellamy and his son Rufus, and involved parks of all sizes belonging to the British Holiday and Home Parks Association.

With the year-long project now complete, an audit has revealed that just over 360 miles of hedges are now flourishing on parks taking part in the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.

The figure is based on feedback provided from parks by the scheme's wildlife assessors, and represents a length of greenery stretching from London to Edinburgh.

Kids dip in to wildlife adventure at park's discovery day

Moss Wood caravan park

Children went wild at a Lancaster holiday park, Moss Wood caravan park, this August when they tackled a series of challenges to help heighten their awareness of the natural world.

It all took place during a wildlife discovery day at Moss Wood in Cockerham which was attended by a line-up of Lancashire-based charities and organisations.

Aimed at both youngsters and grown-ups, activities included supervised pond dipping sessions, and the chance for children to built their own bee and bug hotels.

Charity cheer as Lakeland park welcomes iconic squirrel

Silverdale Holiday Park

Wildlife-friendly Silverdale Holiday Park in Cumbria has provided a local hospice with a £2,250 windfall – by offering a new home to a giant red squirrel.

Named Mawson, the ten-foot tall timber-carved squirrel was for many years a familiar feature at the entrance to a plush Windermere hotel, the Langdale Chase.

In spring 2017, however, the hotel's owner Thomas Noblett sold the business – and its new owners served Mawson with his marching orders.

Thomas offered to take custody of the landmark sculpture, and had the idea of using Mawson to help raise much-needed funds for St Mary's Hospice in Ulverston.

So he entered Mawson into an online auction which sparked fierce bidding from across the UK.

Tingdene Homes LTD announce new stock finance relationship with Hitachi Capital UK

Tingdene Homes Ltd, manufacturer of park homes and holiday lodges, are pleased to announce that they have launched new stock finance facilities with Hitachi Capital Business Finance.

The new finance deal, which will start with immediate effect, will provide Park Operators & Dealers with between 90 and 180 days ‘interest free’ stock finance, with a max 360 day funding period for all new supplied Homes. 

Simon Baker, Head of Sales at Tingdene Homes Ltd commented: