Making the Most out of Winter Holidays in England

Opting for a static caravan holiday in winter is a must- even in England. Think of the cosy nights with mulled wine and mince pies, breathing in the fresh air at your lodge of choice. We’ve put together the top things you can do to ensure your winter caravan holiday is a real hit.

Blankets

The temperatures are going to be low and it’s going to be cold. Fact. If you find it cold in your home, you’ll find it colder in your static caravan. Think about this in advance by ensuring you pack lots of warm clothes, pyjamas and extra blankets or duvets. Though static caravans have an in-built heating system, you can never be too prepared.

Family

If you’re planning on holidaying around the new year, it simply wouldn’t be the same without getting the whole family involved. Static caravans are built to house a larger number of people than the bedrooms may presume. One of biggest advantages about having the family round is the warmth it will provide in the cold nights!

Attractions

Local attractions that are nearby to your caravan park may provide new and exciting experiences for you and your family to enjoy. Why not explore the festivities of a new town? You could find some real gems that will entice you back time and time again. Not to mention the sheer number of restaurants you’ll need to try, too!

Food

Cooking in a caravan can be stressful, especially for a lot of people- that’s no secret. If your static caravan is based in the countryside, there’s bound to be a whole host of beautiful and dainty pubs offering dinner at great prices! Not only will it be delicious, it will take the stress out of cooking and will mean the whole family enjoys a true feast.

Sights

If you’re an avid static caravanner, it’s likely you’ve seen all the sights the location has to offer. However, winter can offer a totally new experience. Frost, snow and even rain can completely transform your most favourite sights, creating mesmerising pictures and memories. It will also get you out the caravan and on the move to burn off that dinner!

Like the sound of going on a winter static caravan holiday? Why not be a holiday home owner and have the chance to escape all year round? We have a range of fantastic static caravans available for purchase and to suit all budgets. For more information, get in touch with a member of the Retreat team by calling us on 01278 795006 or via our contact page.

Winter Prep for Static Caravans

If you’re leaving your static caravan unused this winter, it’s vital you prepare for the harsh weather. Static caravans can be vulnerable to damage caused by the drop in temperature, including frozen pipes, condensation, mildew and infestations. Luckily, these are avoidable through winter prep.

Drain Down

You can ensure pipes won’t freeze up in the cold weather by draining down your caravan before the park closes. It’s easy to do, and requires simply turning off the caravan’s water supply from the stopcock and running all taps until no water is left.

Bedrooms

Once there is no longer any water within the pipes, make a checklist for packing, including all valuables. Take bedding items home with you or place them in vacuum sealed bags. If you have enough room, stand mattresses on their edge and leave cupboard doors open to improve circulation. You should also leave all doors ajar to improve air flow throughout the caravan.

Kitchen

Empty the fridge of all food and give the inside a quick clean. If you can, empty the freezer too- we’d advise using up everything you have instead of taking it with you! This way you can switch the electric off and won’t be wasting any energy. Don’t be tempted to leave unopened packets of food, as this won’t deter animals. Leave all the cupboards and fridge doors open for airflow purposes.

Sitting Room

Have a good look around to ensure you have anything of value, whether this be the TV, DVD player or the likes of. Give the area a good clean to ensure any food spills and crumbs aren’t left to fester. Remove any sofa cushions away from the walls and roll up any rugs to stand on their end.

General Interior

The cold and wet weather can create damp. Consider removing fabric or net curtains from your static caravan to help avoid mildew. If you decide to leave them as they are, be aware that leaving curtains open is the best safety option, as it proves there is nothing worth breaking in entry for. Vacuum the entirety of the caravan to remove any leftover food and debris.

Exterior

Have a look at the static caravan exterior to see what kind of condition it is in. Are there any gaps that could encourage insects or rodents? Will the steps last another winter? Ensure all gaps are tightly blocked and move the steps inside if you can. Remove any vegetation that has grown underneath or around the caravan to discourage wildlife. If you have an outdoor area, store it somewhere safe.

Top Tips

  • Open windows and doors! Air the caravan out before you leave.
  • Secure the caravan; double check locks and seals
  • Keep it clean
  • Keep out unwanted guests
  • Prevent frozen pipes
  • Disconnect gas supply and store canister safely

If you’re on the lookout for a static caravan holiday home for next summer, we’ve got some available for purchase now. All Retreat pitches are generously spaced and most are fenced to provide your own private garden and standard facilities.

For more information, get in touch with Retreat Caravan Park today by giving us a call on 01278 795006 or visit our contact page.