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What is your favourite thing about owning a park home or lodge?

I just love the welcoming people and the community spiritedness - 50%
The value for money of the homes and the lower living costs - 0%
The great location of my park and the fact that it’s so peaceful and secure - 50%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 19 Jan 2018 - 13:52

Caravan special...

SeptBlogEven the most optimistic soul would find it difficult to disagree with the opinion that we haven’t had much luck with the weather this summer. But despite the incessant rain and sheet-grey skies, it’s still a fantastic time to buy a holiday caravan or lodge.

Prices of brand new static caravans start from as little as £15,000 - the same sort of money you could expect to pay for a touring van and substantially less than the price of a motorhome. On top of this, the cost of taking the family to the continent for a fortnight in peak season often amounts to a small fortune. And you’re left with nothing to show for it but (hopefully) happy memories and a few nice photos! Far better to take the plunge and invest in a holiday caravan, in my humble opinion.

The infamous British summer need not be a bar. As we show you in our comprehensive 32-page guide to holiday parks and homes this month (page 51), there are hundreds of sites offering a range of excellent facilities, both inside and out.

The latest holiday caravans are also so comfortable and spacious that staying in is no hardship either.
Gone are the days of sitting elbow-to-elbow around a fold away table and queuing for the chemical toilet!
If you’re still unsure, there are plenty of parks that offer ‘try before you buy’ schemes too.

All of which means there’s never been a better time to take the plunge and buy a holiday home.

As well as the guide, we’ve also got an unmissable Devon parks special this month. Enjoy!

SeptCoverSmAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

September 2012 - buy it here


Show Success!

AugBlogIn the weeks following this year’s hugely successful World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, there has been a real buzz around the park home world. The 2012 event, held at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, attracted thousands of visitors and all the big names from our industry. As well as getting the chance to see more than 30 new homes, show goers also met industry representatives from a raft of different areas. Don’t miss our review of the best homes on show and the rest of the highlights on page 56.There seems to be a new wave of positivity in the wake of this year’s event. Many visitors told me that, after a couple of years of uncertainty, they are now ready to take the plunge and buy a park home. I was also encouraged by the feedback from our industry. There was defi nitely an upbeat feel and many spoke of increased sales and full order books. A big ‘thank you’ must go to organisers, Pat and Jo Turner, of MPM Events, who put on a brilliant show. (Incidentally, exhibitors who would like to book a stand early for next year’s event, which is sure to be just as good, should call Pat or Jo on 01789 491451.)

Part of this positivity may have something to do with the Government’s new-found determination to improve conditions for the park home community. On page 80, Sonia McColl, a long-time park home campaigner, urges residents to back Peter Aldous, MP, who is taking forward a Private Member’s Bill for park homes, which could condemn dodgy practices like sale blocking to the past.Enjoy the issue: there’s a really upbeat feeling in the park home world right now. It’s a great time to join the community.

junecoverlgAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

August 2012 - buy it here

Pic: We meet the residents at Mount Pleasant Park, in Cheshire


It's showtime

juneblogIn anticipation of the industry’s biggest annual event, The World of Park & Leisure Homes Show, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, from June 8 to 10, we have been exploring the West Midlands. I’ve asked our intrepid reporters to find some of the region’s most enticing park home estates and what a quartet of beauties they’ve unearthed! Turn to page eight for expert analysis of some cracking residential park home estates. We have also listed 23 more alluring options, including holiday choices on page 27.

Then there’s our unrivalled Stoneleigh Show Guide preview on page 55. Packed full of essential information on all of the leading home manufacturers exhibiting at the event, there’s also our run-through of the park operators and specialist suppliers and services you can visit. On top of this, you’ll find a handy show map and guide to attractions in the local area.With the show just around the corner, we thought it entirely appropriate to bring you a bumper homes section too. We have walk-throughs and opinion on two great new offerings and we are also taking a nostalgic trip through the ages with two of the nation’s biggest and best-loved home builders.

You can also get up-to-the-minute news and product reviews plus analysis of the ongoing Government inquiry into park home matters and much, much more. If you are a prospective park home buyer: happy hunting! If you already own a park home, I’m sure you’ll love our June issue and the upcoming Stoneleigh Show.

junecoverlgAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

June 2012 - buy it here


Cameron Sympathises With Park Home Owners

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks out about rogue park home operators

There have been some harrowing cases about park home owners suffering abuse and intimidation at the hands of corrupt park home site owners. On 7th July MP Annette Brooke asked the PM for his views and if he is willing to meet and 'discuss how park home owners may be better protected?'

The PM responded: 'We all know of cases in which people who want to sell are put under pressure, and the rules prevent them from getting fair value. It is not right. The Minister for Housing, (Grant Shapps), is looking into the issue.' Cameron suggested that she meet with Grant Shapps to discuss 'robust rules so that the rights of park home owners are respected.'

Click here to see the minutes from Prime Ministers Question Time, or you can read more in the September issue of PH&HC (publishes 20th August).

Alex MelvinAlex Melvin


Britannia Parks August Open Days

Britannia Parks is running a series of open days giving you the chance to explore and see the homes on offer.

Britannia Parks is running a series of open days giving you the chance to explore and see the homes on offer. Days run from 10am - 4pm with no appointment necessary. There will also be a range of offers available including discounts, cash back and loans to bag you your dream home.

August open weekends:
31 July - 1 August - Rymer Point park, Norfolk
31 July - 1 August - Kings park village, Canvey Island
7 August - Poplars park, Bognor Regis
14 - 15 August - Waterbeach park, Cambridgeshire
20 - 21 August - Avonsmere park, Bristol
21 - 22 August - Thornlea park, Littlehampton
21 - 22 August - Folly Park, Bedfordshire
21 - 22 August - Peppercorn park, Bedfordshire
21 - 22 August Kingsmead park, Northamptonshire

Call Britannia Parks on: 01268 511 555 or click here for more info

Alex MelvinAlex Melvin


Retirement Age To Be Scrapped

The government reports plans to axe the current retirement age of 65 from October 2011.

This means that employers will no longer be able to issue forced retirement notices to employees when they reach 65. Under the new proposal employees will have more freedom when deciding to finish their working lives.

Activists suggest this new rule could relieve pressure on public finances as more people continue to pay tax, putting millions of pounds back into the economy.

Michelle Mitchell, Age Uk charity director says, "Everybody stands to win from scrapping forced retirement. People over 65 will have full employment rights for the first time. The economy will benefit from older workers' precious skills and experience and their increased buying power."

Alex MelvinAlex Melvin