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UK Caravan Staycations

Amelia Scholey, Brand and Content Specialist
Tuesday, 05 July 2022
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Which popular UK destinations are the best for a caravan holiday?

With the cost of living rising significantly this year, many people are turning to more affordable means of holidaying, the most popular of which is caravanning in the countryside. Caravanning is the perfect way to explore the rich history and natural beauty of parts of the country often overlooked in favour of foreign holidays.

But which UK holiday destinations are the best for a caravan holiday? To find out, we have analysed the road safety, weather conditions, number of attractions, caravan site reviews and prices in popular staycation destinations to see which can be crowned the top destination.

The best locations for caravan staycations

Top caravan staycations

1. Bridport – Caravan Staycation Score 7.5/10

Taking the top spot as the best location for a caravan staycation is the Dorset town of Bridport. Bridport ranks highly across the board placing in the top 20 for the number of attractions per 100,000 people, the average temperature in July, and the cost of caravan site rental.

2. Whitchurch and Clacton-on-Sea – Caravan Staycation Score 7.3/10

Sharing second place are Whitchurch and Clacton-on-Sea. Both share the top spot for caravan site reviews, scoring a perfect five out of five for the factor.

The Shropshire market town of Whitchurch has one of the highest average temperatures in July, taking third place for the factor and has some of the safest roads in our index too, ranking in the top 10.

The Essex seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea also ranks highly thanks to its weather, being the third driest location on the list and is in the top 10 for hottest temperature in July too.

4. Salisbury – Caravan Staycation Score 6.7/10

Salisbury takes fourth place mainly thanks to its weather. The Wiltshire city has one of the lowest levels of rainfall in our index, as well as ranking in the top 10 for the highest average July temperature.

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Which popular UK destinations are the best for a caravan holiday?

With the cost of living rising significantly this year, many people are turning to more affordable means of holidaying, the most popular of which is caravanning in the countryside. Caravanning is the perfect way to explore the rich history and natural beauty of parts of the country often overlooked in favour of foreign holidays.

But which UK holiday destinations are the best for a caravan holiday? To find out, we have analysed the road safety, weather conditions, number of attractions, caravan site reviews and prices in popular staycation destinations to see which can be crowned the top destination.

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1. Bridport – Caravan Staycation Score 7.5/10

Taking the top spot as the best location for a caravan staycation is the Dorset town of Bridport. Bridport ranks highly across the board placing in the top 20 for the number of attractions per 100,000 people, the average temperature in July, and the cost of caravan site rental.

2. Whitchurch and Clacton-on-Sea – Caravan Staycation Score 7.3/10

Sharing second place are Whitchurch and Clacton-on-Sea. Both share the top spot for caravan site reviews, scoring a perfect five out of five for the factor.

The Shropshire market town of Whitchurch has one of the highest average temperatures in July, taking third place for the factor and has some of the safest roads in our index too, ranking in the top 10.

The Essex seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea also ranks highly thanks to its weather, being the third driest location on the list and is in the top 10 for hottest temperature in July too.

4. Salisbury – Caravan Staycation Score 6.7/10

Salisbury takes fourth place mainly thanks to its weather. The Wiltshire city has one of the lowest levels of rainfall in our index, as well as ranking in the top 10 for the highest average July temperature.

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The safest roads

Safest roads caravan staycation

Holyhead and Brynteg – 71 Accidents per 100,000 people

Road safety is a key consideration when travelling with your caravan, especially if you’re not used to towing long distances, so it’s important to know how risky the roads can be. With this in mind, Holyhead and Brynteg share the lowest traffic accident rates, with only 71 accidents per 100,000 people.

The cheapest caravan pitch

Cheapest pitch caravan staycation

Beccles – £98 for caravan site rental

This market town on the Suffolk coast has the cheapest price, with an average cost of only £98 for a 7-night stay for two people in a single axle caravan. Beccles is a fantastic staycation location as it lies close to the seaside town of Great Yarmouth and is on the edge of the Broads National Park, making it the perfect location for both nature lovers and holidaymakers who love sun, sea and sand.    

The highest reviewed campsites

Highest reviewed caravan staycation

Hatherleigh, St Buryan, Clacton-on-Sea, Whitchurch, Helston, Truro, Settle, Llanidloes, Llangrannog, Stirling and Newbridge – 5/5 average campsite reviews

11 locations share the top spot, with caravan sites in each location having a perfect score of five out of five. Three of these locations, St Buryan, Helston and Truro all lie in the county of Cornwall, famous for their history and heritage as a seafaring county as well as a centre for surfing in the UK too.

The highest average temperature in July

Highest temperature caravan staycation

Chingford – 18.5 ºC July temperature

If one of your favourite holiday activities is to lounge around in the sun, Chingford is the place to go. This town in Greater London on the edge of Epping Forest has the highest temperature of the locations we looked at, with an average of 18.5 ºC throughout July.

The lowest average rainfall in July

Lowest rainfall caravan staycation

Salisbury, Swanage, Winchester, Sandown, Romsey, Freshwater, Brighstone, Fordingbridge and West Moors – 42 mm July rainfall

When you’re on holiday you don’t want wet weather to keep you indoors and spoil your fun, so it’s very important to find a location that keeps out of the rain as much as possible. Luckily there are nine caravanning locations on our list that all share the lowest average rainfall in July, at only 42mm.

All nine locations are in the South East of England and either lie in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset or Wiltshire, with Hampshire and the Isle of Wight tied for the most locations, at three each.

The most attractions per 100,000 people

Most attractions caravan staycation

Stirling – 197.7 Attractions per 100,000 people

Taking the top spot as the location with the most attractions per 100,000 people is Stirling. The central Scottish city is steeped in history, packed with castles, historic monuments and spectacular scenery including Loch Lomond. The city boasts 197.7 attractions per 100,000 people, making it one of the most exciting caravanning locations in our index.

Methodology

Beginning with a list of caravan-friendly locations in the UK according to Campsites.co.uk we gave each location a normalised score out of ten for each of the following factors, before taking an average across each of these scores to reach our final overall score out of ten.

Number of accidents per 100,000: The total number of reported road accidents by Local Authority according to the Department for Transport per 100,000 people.

Average cost of caravan site rental: The cost of hiring a pitch for a single axle caravan for two adults between the 15th and 22nd of July according to Campsites.co.uk. For locations with more than one campsite, an average price was taken.

Average Campsite Reviews: The user rating for each campsite according to Campsites.co.uk. For locations with more than one campsite, an average user rating was taken.

Average July Temperature: The average temperature in each location in July, calculated using the minimum and maximum temperatures according to weather-and-climate.

Average Rainfall in July: The average rainfall in each location in July according to weather-and-climate.

Number of Attractions per 100,000: The number of attractions in each location according to Tripadvisor per 100,000 of the population.

Population figures for 2020 were taken from the ONS.

The safest roads

Safest roads caravan staycation

Holyhead and Brynteg – 71 Accidents per 100,000 people

Road safety is a key consideration when travelling with your caravan, especially if you’re not used to towing long distances, so it’s important to know how risky the roads can be. With this in mind, Holyhead and Brynteg share the lowest traffic accident rates, with only 71 accidents per 100,000 people.

The cheapest caravan pitch

Cheapest pitch caravan staycation

Beccles – £98 for caravan site rental

This market town on the Suffolk coast has the cheapest price, with an average cost of only £98 for a 7-night stay for two people in a single axle caravan. Beccles is a fantastic staycation location as it lies close to the seaside town of Great Yarmouth and is on the edge of the Broads National Park, making it the perfect location for both nature lovers and holidaymakers who love sun, sea and sand.    

The highest reviewed campsites

Highest reviewed caravan staycation

Hatherleigh, St Buryan, Clacton-on-Sea, Whitchurch, Helston, Truro, Settle, Llanidloes, Llangrannog, Stirling and Newbridge – 5/5 average campsite reviews

11 locations share the top spot, with caravan sites in each location having a perfect score of five out of five. Three of these locations, St Buryan, Helston and Truro all lie in the county of Cornwall, famous for their history and heritage as a seafaring county as well as a centre for surfing in the UK too.

The highest average temperature in July

Highest temperature caravan staycation

Chingford – 18.5 ºC July temperature

If one of your favourite holiday activities is to lounge around in the sun, Chingford is the place to go. This town in Greater London on the edge of Epping Forest has the highest temperature of the locations we looked at, with an average of 18.5 ºC throughout July.

The lowest average rainfall in July

Lowest rainfall caravan staycation

Salisbury, Swanage, Winchester, Sandown, Romsey, Freshwater, Brighstone, Fordingbridge and West Moors – 42 mm July rainfall

When you’re on holiday you don’t want wet weather to keep you indoors and spoil your fun, so it’s very important to find a location that keeps out of the rain as much as possible. Luckily there are nine caravanning locations on our list that all share the lowest average rainfall in July, at only 42mm.

All nine locations are in the South East of England and either lie in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset or Wiltshire, with Hampshire and the Isle of Wight tied for the most locations, at three each.

The most attractions per 100,000 people

Most attractions caravan staycation

Stirling – 197.7 Attractions per 100,000 people

Taking the top spot as the location with the most attractions per 100,000 people is Stirling. The central Scottish city is steeped in history, packed with castles, historic monuments and spectacular scenery including Loch Lomond. The city boasts 197.7 attractions per 100,000 people, making it one of the most exciting caravanning locations in our index.

Methodology

Beginning with a list of caravan-friendly locations in the UK according to Campsites.co.uk we gave each location a normalised score out of ten for each of the following factors, before taking an average across each of these scores to reach our final overall score out of ten.

Number of accidents per 100,000: The total number of reported road accidents by Local Authority according to the Department for Transport per 100,000 people.

Average cost of caravan site rental: The cost of hiring a pitch for a single axle caravan for two adults between the 15th and 22nd of July according to Campsites.co.uk. For locations with more than one campsite, an average price was taken.

Average Campsite Reviews: The user rating for each campsite according to Campsites.co.uk. For locations with more than one campsite, an average user rating was taken.

Average July Temperature: The average temperature in each location in July, calculated using the minimum and maximum temperatures according to weather-and-climate.

Average Rainfall in July: The average rainfall in each location in July according to weather-and-climate.

Number of Attractions per 100,000: The number of attractions in each location according to Tripadvisor per 100,000 of the population.

Population figures for 2020 were taken from the ONS.

Amelia Scholey, Brand and Content Specialist
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