Vintage photos show just how much caravan holidays have changed in recent years

A series of vintage photos have highlighted how much the classic static caravan holiday has changed in recent years.

Long gone are the days when these were a slightly luxurious upgrade on classic camping holidays.

Nowadays, holidaymakers are looking for heaps more luxury, with caravans boasting spacious bedrooms and separate living rooms, heating and private bathrooms.

Caravan experts Willerby have been making holiday homes for over 70 years, and they've noted a dramatic change in just what Brits are expecting from their caravans.

In fact, they've shared some of the vintage photos of the holiday homes they initially built, compared to what they're building noawadays.

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The company has seen it all; in fact, it was found 71 years ago by Walter Allen in Yorkshire, who spotted a gap in the market and changed his career from producing beekeeping equipment to building holiday homes.

After the war, he and business partner John Richardson predicted that caravan holidays would boom as families had more leisure time, so they created their first model, The York.

When Willerby first began manufacturing static caravans, these usually included the likes of fold out furniture (think sofa beds and dining tables), basics such as a gas oven and grill, a sunroof, and wood effect flooring.

Often there were no toilet or bathroom facilities (although these would be available at the caravan sites).

The idea was to keep the experience as cheap and cheerful as possible.

But move forward a few decades, and it seems that while value for money is a factor, Brits are willing to splurge a little more.

Recent research by the Mintel Group found that 43% of those surveyed would be prepared to pay extra for luxury touches such as a hot tub or underfloor heating.

Nowadays, static caravans have had a major update; think separate bedrooms, spacious living rooms with plenty of space for a sofa and dining area, and heaps of extra comforts such as double glazing, integrated Bluetooth music systems, hotpoint appliances and vSmart™ heating technology.

Some even come with a Chassis system should the owners decide to up and move to a new site.

Kirsten Bolton, Willerby Marketing Director, said: "The UK caravanning experience has soared in recent years, with the appeal of short breaks and holidays in the UK becoming increasingly popular.

"Long gone are the days of old-fashioned, lacklustre static caravans; today, we are producing beautiful, luxury holiday homes which appeal to a range of holiday goers.

"Our customers want bigger and better, and they crave luxurious surroundings to fully immerse themselves in the holiday experience.

"We’re truly committed to producing holiday homes which mirror the lifestyle of our customers.

"The caravan has changed dramatically since its invention and we’re proud to continue to be innovative, and build products which are a home-away-from-home and not simply a static caravan."

Meanwhile, it seems that caravan holidays are still as popular as ever. The Mintel Group research found that in 2018, over 15.7 million camping and caravan holidays were taken in the UK.

The study also found that 39% of British adults took a caravanning holiday in the UK within the last three years.

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