Thousands attend Cottingham Caravan Extravaganza
CARAVAN manufacturers hope a major event held at the weekend will be a turning point for the industry.
More than 25,000 people are believed to have attended the Caravan Extravaganza in Cottingham.
The latest event is the first since the announcement of a 5 per cent increase in tax on static caravans.
Billy Wilson, team leader for research and development at Willerby Holiday Homes, said: “The feedback has been very good and it doesn’t look as though the 5 per cent increase has had too much of an impact.
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“For the hire fleet, this event sets out the year and initial signs show that it is picking up.”
There were more than 100 touring caravans and 150 caravan holiday-homes, park homes and lodges at the exhibition, which is one of the biggest of its kind in
Brian Elkin, sales supervisor at Yorkshire Caravans in Doncaster, said: “This year the big thing with potential buyers seems to be security, with people happy to pay that little bit extra.
“We’ve had a lot of families looking at caravans, which is down to people looking to holiday locally.
“I don’t think the industry has been too bad for the past four or five years. The main problem this year has been the devastating weather.
“If we have some good weather I think customers will come back.”
The event attracted people from far and wide.
Pat and Derick Nolan, both 65, visited from North Wales in search of a 40ft lodge.
Derick said: “It’s our first time at the event and we are spending the weekend here.
“We own a caravan in Spain and are considering buying a new one.”
As well as children’s entertainment, there were also charity stalls for the RNLI and RSPB.
Amanda Gaimster, who lives near Goole, was there with her partner Mark Chandler. She said: “We have a static caravan in Bridlington and we were going to look at getting a new one.
“In the end we found a place that refurbishes caravans so we are going to go with that. It has saved us a lot of money.
“It’s the first time we have been and it’s been nice having a look around at all the new stuff.
“We have the caravan in Bridlington because it is so easy to get there for a weekend.”
She was joined by friends Clare and James Farmer, and their two sons, Declan, 8, and Finley, 5.
Declan said: “My favourite bit has been the free popcorn and the ice cream.”
The show converts to a three-day trade exhibition from tomorrow.