Posted by: the3rdi | March 12, 2010

Practical Caravan names top100 UK sites

The Practical Caravan readers voted in their thousands to name the UK’s Top 100
sites to head for in 2010. Ross Park Hill Farm, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon
was overwhelmingly voted as top site 2010.

Nigel Donnelly, editor of Practical Caravan, said: “Our annual Top 100 Sites
awards are voted for by caravanners who have paid to stay. Nobody votes for a
site they don’t like and I am confident that the sites on the list represent
really great stays. It’s going to be a great season this year and I’d strongly
advise caravanners to book early.”

Seven out of the top ten sites are based in the South West highlighting the ever-
growing importance of this region to the UK tourist industry.

Ross Park Farm, the winning site, has a total of 110 pitches and costs from
£13.00 per night for two adults. Each pitch has access to electric power and a
fresh water supply. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, heated
washblocks, facilities for the disabled and lots of outdoor sports activities,
including volleyball and badminton courts.

Dogs are more than welcome and can enjoy their own fenced-off walk as well as
their own special washblock with hot showers and hairdryers!

Practical Caravan reader and keen caravanner, Mrs Gillian Chapman said about
Ross Park Hill Farm: “This site has everything that is important to me: clean
facilities, beautifully kept grounds and friendly and helpful owners. The
restaurant serves very good food, everything comes at a reasonable price and the
facilities for dog owners are great. It is a top site.”

Top 10 UK Sites 2010

1 Ross Park Hill Farm, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon
2 South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park, Poole, Dorset
3 Trevornick Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall
4 Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, Bishop Sutton, Somerset
5 Dornafield, Newton Abbot, Devon
6 The Laurels Holiday Park, Wadebridge, Cornwall
7 Kneps Farm Holiday Park, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancs
8 Rushin House Caravan Park, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
9 Bron Derw Touring Park, Llanrwst, Conwy, Wales
10 Plough Lane Caravan Site, Chippenham, Wilts

A full list can be found in Practical Caravan April issue on sale now.

Regional Winners

Scotland Aberlour Gardens Cavavan Park, Aberlour on Spey, Moray
Northern Ireland Rushin House Caravan Park. Co Fermanagh, Northern
Ireland
North-West England Kneps Farm Holiday Park, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancs
North-East England Ord House Country Park, East Ord, Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Wales Bron Derw Touring Park, Llanrwst, Conwy, Wales
Heart of England Glencote Caravan Park, Cheddleton, Leek, Staffs
East of England Fen Farm Caravan Site, East Mersea, Colchester
South-East England Fairfields Farm Caravan and Camping Park, Pevensey,
East Sussex
Dorset South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park, Poole,
Dorset
Somerset, Avon and Wilts Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park. Bishop Sutton, Somerset
Devon Ross Park Hill Farm, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon
Cornwall Trevornick Holiday Park. Newquay, Cornwall

Event organiser Peter Jackson, PA wife Sue and daughter Holly said: “We love the
freedom that caravanning gives us, we have made great friends and enjoy our home
from home comforts, too. It’s also a very cost-effective way of taking breaks,
which allows us to take frequent trips.” The Jackson family own a fixed-bed
Swift Conqueror 540.

According to the Caravan Club, caravanning in the UK is a £3billion market,
accounting for 19% of all UK holiday nights.

UK holidays were one of the few winners during the financial woes of the past
couple of years. With the weak pound making European holidays expensive, many
Brits opted to stay at home. As a result, campsite occupancy went through the
roof last year. The two main touring clubs both reported huge increases in
membership. The Camping and Caravanning Club added 65,000 new members in 2009,
taking total membership to more than a quarter of a million households. The
Caravan Club provided half a million more bed nights in 2009 than in 2008, with
more than six million nights in total. Its members spent £400million in the
local economies, not including the cost of the accommodation.

The trend looks set to continue through 2010. The Boat and Caravan Show at
Birmingham’s NEC in February was one the UK’s largest consumer shows with an
attendance of 83,364. Manufacturers Swift, Bailey, Elddis, Lunar and Coachman
all reported record sales.

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