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A caravan or motorhome holiday is perfect for families, giving children a sense of freedom and the chance to play, explore and meet new friends in the great outdoors. Of course, it’s important that parents feel confident their children are safe, and while The Club already provides a secure environment on site, it has introduced some new initiatives to make youngsters and older members aware of potential dangers.

This Spring, The Club ran a competition for members’ children, asking them to design a poster that would reinforce the importance of the on-site 5mph car speed limit and promote the ‘Hi5’ wave. Hundreds of entries were received and winners announced in three age categories – under 7 years, 8-10 years and 11-13 years. The overall winning entry belonged to eight-year-old Dani May, and her design now features on signage across The Club’s UK network of over 200 sites!

Meanwhile a children’s Hi5 safety video was filmed at Hillhead Caravan Club Site in Devon during Whitsun week. Starring members’ children, the film focuses on five key safety areas such as the 5mph speed limit and playing safely in the correct areas on site. The video can be viewed by all members on The Club’s website and it is hoped that its lighthearted presentation of important safety messages will appeal to both parents and youngsters.

Natasha MacDonald, Head of Product Development for The Caravan Club, says, “We have been working on a new family initiative to help parent and grandparent members with entertaining their children and grandchildren while away in their vans. However, the theme of safety is an important aspect which underpins the project. The Club is keen to do whatever it can to ensure that adults and children alike are safe while they enjoy their holidays.”

Tony Hall, Director of Marketing for The Caravan Club, adds, “Touring is all about the freedom to explore and it is important to The Club that it does everything it can to enable children to have fun holidays in a safe enjoyable environment.”

MacDonald continues, “The video covers many areas of safety that are relevant to areas of everyday life; The Club believes it will be an extremely useful resource for adults and children.”

Christopher Macgowan