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When can we go caravanning again?

After last night’s update from the Prime Minister, when do you think campsites and caravan dealers will be able to reopen so we can all going away on holiday in our caravan, motorhome or campervan?

Boris Johnson said he will give more details in parliament today, so I’m sure we’re all looking forward to hearing that for some hope that the caravan and camping industry will be able to have some sort of a summer season.

When will lockdown restrictions be lifted or eased so that campsites can open and we can go caravanning again?
When can we go caravanning again?

I think it was important to give people some sort of path/vision of when the lockdown will be relaxed, and I think Boris explained it well.

I thought it looked promising that from July onwards more places like restaurants and shops may be able to reopen. Surely that will include campsites, etc, too? Just in time for the summer holidays. Fingers crossed.

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When will campsites be able to open?

Campsites reopening will obviously result in more traffic on the roads and movement of people around the country – but once we’re there, having your own facilities in a caravan or motorhome will minimise interaction with others which makes them perfect for social distancing.

There are lots of people saying that if and when the lockdown restrictions are eased it will result in a boom for UK tourism and caravan sales as going abroad, particularly by aeroplane, will not be as easy.

In Australia, they’ve already started easing COVID19 restrictions and holiday parks have introduced measures to make it easy to check-in and pay while keeping a distance. Let’s hope this can happen here in Europe soon as well.

What we don’t need it another peak leading to more deaths and an even longer lockdown. In the meantime, we’ve got to keep our towballs covered, our campers stationary, and stayhome and staysafe.

Campsite closures as Government advices to avoid non-essential travel in UK

The UK caravan industry and consumers had to accept more tough news yesterday following the latest guidance from the UK government on social distancing and avoiding non-essential travel to help prevent the COVID-19 virus spreading further (,6SS3B,5XJXGR,R7OKO,1) Although it has not imposed a total ban on travel yet, its latest guidance says that essential travel… Continue Reading

Caravanning and the coronavirus crisis

I’d like to know how the caravan industry, from manufacturers to retailers and park operators, is coping with the coronavirus and the sudden impact this is having on everyone’s life and the wider economy around the whole world. Just as many thought the UK market would pick-up after Brexit, this new crisis comes as bad… Continue Reading

Radio 4 talks electric motorhomes

Electric campervans and motorhomes were a topical subject of discussion on BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme today on the back of the ban of sales of diesel and hybrid vehicles in the UK from 2035. At the moment, the weight of a motorhome does not make any electric base vehicle currently available a… Continue Reading

2020 (caravan) vision – but will it be your best year yet?

2020 (caravan) vision – but will it be your best year yet?

It’s a busy period for the caravan industry. New 2020 models have been revealed, the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf has achieved record attendance (again), the trade and public have been to The Lawns Caravan Extravaganza in Cottingham for the last time, and now it’s only a few weeks until October’s NEC show. Busy, busy, busy…… Continue Reading

Social media tips for caravan businesses

Social media tips for caravan businesses

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a manufacturer, supplier, retailer or holiday park, big or small, in the caravan sector, social media is, or should be, an essential part of everyone’s marketing plan, but it needs to be done well, and consistently. But how do you use social media to build your audience and, ultimately, generate… Continue Reading

An extreme #ArcticAdventure caravan roadtrip!

An extreme #ArcticAdventure caravan roadtrip!

On 2.3.17, I’m joining a 5,000 mile winter #ArcticAdventure roadtrip to Finland: 12 countries in 16 days with two caravans and a motorhome (and some media guests including Martin Dorey, Tim Barnes-Clay, Lee Davey and Niall Hampton). “Why?” That’s an easy to answer; this #ArcticAdventure is all about the fun and adventure of a roadtrip, creating unforgettable… Continue Reading