Caravan holidays beyond the summer months

All-year caravanning is becoming increasingly popular

Summer is traditionally the time for caravan holidays in the UK, but the sheer demand for taking breaks in Britain in 2009 has led to one organisation making a significant change.

The Caravan Club has responded to member’s wishes to make the most of their caravan or motorhome in all seasons of the year. This coming autumn and winter more sites will be open for longer, with a total of 80 sites open in the New Year and over 50 of those remaining open all year round.

The all-new ‘Autumn and Winter Touring’ brochure by the popular UK club is designed to tempt members out to enjoy the great outdoors at ‘unusual’ times of the year. The booklet will also contain details of attractions at some of the UK’s finest cities and heritage sites.

Sites which are new to the Caravan Club’s winter network include:

Riverside Touring Park, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales – ideal for exploring Snowdonia National Park

Harbury Fields Touring Park, near Leamington Spa in the heart of Shakespeare Country

Silverbank, Banchory, Aberdeenshire is in the Grampian Highlands. A perfect base for wildlife watching, pony trekking, fishing and golf (open until 4 January)

Littlehampton is handy for seaside and South Downs walks as well as historic Arundel.

As it happens the Caravan Club has a significant number of sites across the UK – over 6,000 hardstandings per night are available. The announcement of the winter programme has led to 1,600 more Certified Locations staying open this winter, which will provide an additional 8,100 pitches per night.

The good news is that for those unfamiliar with the rigours of winter caravanning, the Club’s guide provides the answer to any questions. Head of Sites Marketing Catherine Ford explained ‘It has some great ideas for getting out and about, as well as practical tips for problem-free winter caravanning’.

The guide is free to Caravan Club members and will be distributed to all members with the September issue of the Magazine. Non members can obtain it on request however by calling 01342 318813.