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INTRODUCTION TO UK CARAVAN PARKS

These days, caravans come in many different shapes and sizes, from tiny two-berth caravans with no toilet and only basic kitchen facilities to large, twin-axle caravans with all the accessories of a top class hotel.

And with this growing range of caravans, the popularity of caravanning holidays has also increased making it the most popular holiday choice in the UK, with a 17 per cent share of all UK holiday spending.

In 2003 there was a massive increase in the popularity of caravans and caravanning in the UK, due to excellent summer weather, fear of travelling abroad in light of terrorism activity, and large increases in house prices, which allowed people to raise capital by re-mortgaging their homes.

Since then caravans have continued to impress UK holidaymakers, and now they are used by people from all walks of life, although it is fair to say you should have a love of outdoor life to really make the most of this kind of holiday.

Caravan parks offer the most economical option for people wanting to go caravanning in the UK, and holidaymakers can choose from static caravan parks, where the caravans are permanent and you can rent it out like you would a holiday apartment, or touring caravan parks, where you can bring your own caravan and set it up for a few days, a few weeks, or the entire summer season.

You will find caravan parks in destinations across the UK, with the most poular ones being either in coastal towns, such as Blackpool, Brighton, Southport, and Portsmouth, or in an “area of outstanding beauty”, such as the Lake District, Peak District, North Wales and Cornwall, or tourist hotspots, such as York and Edinburgh.

The UK is home to a number of companies that run caravan parks in various locations across England, Scotland and Wales, including Haven caravan parks and British Holidays caravan parks. Alternatively you can stay in an individually-run caravan park and you will find contact details for these in our listings section.

Caravan and camping parks receive star awards, in much the same way that hotels and guesthouses do, so if you want a luxury caravan park then choose one with a five-star rating or if you’re happy with something more basic then opt for a two or three-starred caravan park.