Due to strong demand last year and the ever increasing popularity of caravanning, The Caravan Club has introduced initiatives to ensure that its members get the full benefit of touring during off peak seasons.
Coniston Park Coppice, which was due to close for the winter season in November this year, will now be open all year. The surrounding Lake District is a popular tourist destination and attracts many visitors to the area for 12 months of the year. The site’s extended opening will give The Club’s members and non-members more opportunity to visit this spectacular area throughout the year.
As well as the above, The Club is extending the opening times of four of its other sites:
Poolsbrook – now open until 4 January 2014
Stonehaven Queen Elizabeth Park – now open until 4 January to take advantage of Hogmanay and the local Stonehaven Fireball celebrations
Longleat – now open until 4 January to take advantage of the Christmas Event that takes place there
Bearsted – now open until 4 January 2014
These increased dates on all five sites will result in approximately 50,000 additional pitch nights for Caravan Club members and non-members to enjoy.
Bookings of these sites for the period 4 January to 3 April 2014 will go on sale from 21 August, along with bookings for the February half term week. For sites that are open from February onwards, this will allow families to plan their holidays much earlier in advance.
Neil Windeatt, Head of Sites Operations for The Caravan Club, says, “Just because summer will inevitably come to an end, it doesn’t mean that your touring break needs to. With today’s caravans having all mod-cons including effective, yet economical, heating systems, a break away in cooler weather is now as enjoyable as a summer break. Many of our members will be on sites on Christmas day and some on sites in the snow, but this doesn’t stop them. I am delighted that The Club has been able to offer even more choice of location and pitch availability during the Autumn and Winter seasons”.
The Club hopes that these changes will mean that members can plan their holidays early for the following year and avoid the rush to book pitches on peak booking days in December. It will also mean that members have the choice to visit some of their favourite sites more frequently and at quieter times.
The Caravan Club has secured a fantastic temporary site in Ipswich, Suffolk from 26 July to 11 August, enticing its members to ‘Explore Sensational Suffolk’ from the famous Jimmy’s Farm.
Jimmy’s Farm is the home of The Essex Pig Company, owned and run by Jimmy Doherty. His endeavours to set up a successful rare breeds piggery have been televised in various documentaries since its inspiration in 2002 in the BBC 2 series, Jimmy’s Farm.
The campsite is available exclusively to Caravan Club members and pitches cost just £20 per night with no per person fee. The farm itself features a restaurant and bar, hatchery, piglet shed, petting farm and nature trail including a butterfly centre, so it’s a great place for families to enjoy a superb summer holiday.
During the site opening, special events are being held; Club members save £1 on tickets for the Sausage and Beer Festival taking place on 27-28 July. There’s also a produce and craft market, kids barbecue and summer disco and theatre in the forest each night as well as a comedy night which includes a three course meal.
Caravan Club members can also benefit from member offers on attractions nearby including Bressingham Steam and Gardens and the Colne Valley Railway.
Len Short, Events Manager for The Caravan Club, says, “The area of Suffolk has many local attractions including Ipswich Transport Museum, Colchester Zoo, and a local seaside resort so as well as the events planned at the temporary Club site itself, there are plenty of things to do and enjoy”.
To book a pitch call 01342 336666 or visit http://www.caravanclub.co.uk
Incleboro Fields is just outside Cromer and is one of The Caravan Club’s larger sites at 21 acres and 250 pitches. It has been with the Club well over 50 years but even after all this time it is easy to see that it used to be a golf course. The fairways and the greens form a number of bespoke mini sites and with the varying levels it is an interesting and surprisingly intimate site despite its size.
Access is by a long and narrow lane which threads its way through a lovely and very active golf course – the consequence of which is to urge Caravan Club members not to arrive before 1pm in order to avoid congestion. On one side is the National Trust property of Felbrigg Hall and on the other is the golf club, club house and a hotel. (I had an excellent evening meal in the club house which is open to all and overlooks the first tee. Almost unbelievable but in fact true, it was to this course that a young Gary Player came to work when he moved from South Africa as an almost unknown professional player.)
It is a lovely site maintained as you expect to the highest standards and I have just returned home from there having soaked up a lot of sun in this glorious weather. You have never seen an awning unwound and ready to go as quickly as mine on arrival on Thursday evening. Wonderful.