Campervans

Why Choose A Denby Campervan Conversion

Whether you’re looking to convert your own trusty van, or you’re looking for a whole new van with conversion, we know that the van needs to be personal to you. So why shouldn’t the conversion be exactly what you want, the first time around.

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Personalised conversion

When you’re out on the open road your campervan becomes your home, whether its just for the night or you take it travelling for an extended period of time. Just as you would at home, you’ll be wanting those comforts and all the facilities to be self sufficient when you can be. But does this mean you have to do this under someone else’s design? Definitely not.
At Denby we offer a range of different conversion packages, and each of these can be personalised to suit the individual customers needs and tastes.
From the simple Denby weekender conversion to the luxury Buckingham conversion we have something for everyone and can work around you and your budget.
Just to make it a little more like home we even have a number of extras including TVs and lighting. We can even help you with awnings to give you that extra space when you park up.

Ready to go campervans

Here at Denby we occasionally have ready to go, converted campervans for sale. So, if you’re looking for a starter van, or something to drive away today, this could be a great option for you. While this option usually can work out cheaper for you, it might mean that you don’t have everything you want inside, so you might need to make some additional extras to make it home.

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Illusion motorhomes

For those of you who have made campervans their life, us suggesting an Illusion motorhome to you may feel like blasphemy. However, they are a great option in a number of different circumstances.
If you have a growing family the Illusion motorhomes have a little more space, with all the facilities you’ll need to keep your family travelling on the road. We even have the option of adding an extra bed for increased sleeping space.
If life has started taking its toll on you and the back of a campervan isn’t as comfortable as it once was, moving your travels into a motorhome might keep you on the road for many more years. Why give up what you love to do? Just make it a little more comfortable.

Denby Campervan Conversions aims to provide the best campervans to give our customers the greatest experience out on the road. Vanlife means alot to us, and we hope it does to our customers too. So if you’re looking for a conversion, a ready to go camper, or even a motorhome get in touch today, or call in store and see what we have to offer.

 

Volkswagen T6.1 Transporter Campervan Conversions

VW campers through the years

As we introduce the brand new Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 we took a trip down memory lane to see how campers have changed over the last 70 years.
While nothing has truly changed, everything has definitely changed. Whether you remember how VanLife once was, or if you’re new to the phenomenon, you can appreciate how the love of campervans has evolved, from the swinging sixties, to 2020, and everything in between.

The Classic Camper

Way back at the end of the 1940’s the classic VW camper was born. The image we all think of when someone says VW. The classic shape, the almost cartoon image, has become iconic.
Starting with the original “splitties” so called for their split screen, these beauties boasted a whopping 25bhp!

The Swinging Sixties

The sixties brought a number of big changes to the classic VW. In 1963, they not only increased the original engine size from 1200cc to 1500cc, but they also added the sliding door as an optional extra for your camper!.
In 1967, we saw the end of an era. The beloved splittie was taken off the production line for the final time. With some fans concerned it would never return. However, just a year later we saw the rise of the “The Bay”. This face lift showed one large windscreen, a downside to many lovers of the splittie. Other changes proved to be popular, including improved suspension, wind down windows and several other mechanical improvements. In later production of The Bay, they added a wrap around bumper and moved the indicators up to the grill, adding a little more style.

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Elated Eighties

Fast forward to the very start of the 80’s and we see the T25 hit the roads. Whilst we still don’t consider this style a classic camper, it started the change over to campers as we know them today. With many revamps and changes throughout the T25s time on production, it began to offer a much better ride and camp that previous models. It also became the first model that Volkswagen advertised as a conversion van, offering a fitting kitchenette and sink.

Notable Nighties

The 90’s gave us the transporter as we now see it. The T4 had the first front water-cooled engine in the camper range. This van offered a number of extras from the offset including: Standard or high-top roof, Sliding door on passenger side or both, Short or Long nose at the front of the vehicle (the longer nose allowing the installation of a V6 engine), Permanent 4WD system. This van allowed for an excellent base to build into a unique campervan. Meaning it stuck around on the production line for 13 years.

New Naughties

2003 saw the introduction of the T5, the most customisable van yet. This model offered many interior options, from single cab, to double cab, to a people carrier with up to 11 seats. This was made for groups or big families as an all round people transport vehicle. Favoured by builders and workmen for the usable space in the back, it was by far the most successful van. Population increased by 2010 as more and more people started to get back into campervans, turning the T5 into a wonderful conversion project for everyone. No Less, us here at Denby.

Hitting the T6

Here at Denby we love the T6! Our many conversion options are made possible by this great base. Whilst there are limited noticeable changes to the T5, this is by far our favourite to work with yet. On the grad scheme this van has been created to feel more like a car to drive, making it more economical than ever.
But now, we have the exciting T6.1 available! For the full spec check out our T6.1 Transporter page. Or get in touch today to book in for a discussion on getting your converted today!

 

VW Campervans

Camping post lockdown – What you need to know

As there are further restrictions lifted in the UK more of us are venturing out on a stay-cation in our trusty campers! But what do we need to know as we step out into this brave new world?

Choosing your campsite

We know this was a big consideration before we went into lockdown, but it will need greater consideration as we come out the other side. You’ll still need to make the same considerations as before, with perhaps a few extras added in. For example, if your campervan is pretty much self sufficient you may not be concerned with toilet facilities and can therefore have the option of choosing a site that has chosen to keep there’s closed as an additional safety choice.
However, if you are requiring toilet and shower facilities, it may be worth taking into consideration the number of facilities available and how many they are allowing onto the site. We know that you can’t wait to get back out there, but we want you to stay safe as much as possible too!
A final consideration is the location of the campsite. While chances of you becoming unwell while you are away should be relatively slim, opting for a site a shorter distance from home than normal may be a wise decision. This will also help to support your local community.

Packing the essentials

If you’re a seasoned traveller you’ll be wondering what we mean by this. But as new rules come into play and things change, we have to be prepared in other ways than before.
While we can’t give you a definitive list of what to remember (as times change and new rules come into play the list may change) we can give you an idea of some of the basics.
Hygiene first! Not all sites that are reopening will allow access to shower facilities, so we have to bear this in mind. Remember to pack yourselves a selection of hygiene wipes, such as, baby wipes, toilet wipes and antiseptic wipes. If you are blessed with the space in your camper to have a toilet facility fitted, make this a serious consideration.
When leaving the campervan don’t forget to take your alcohol gel and face mask, this will help to keep yourself and others safe.

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Camping in groups

Many of us enjoy meeting up with friends and fellow campervan enthusiasts to all camp together, however, it may be worth noting that some campsites will not approve of this just yet.
Nothing beats a good break away with friends, but campsites are aware that this may increase the flouting of social distancing guidelines. The best advice is to call ahead to your selected campsite and find where they stand with this. By calling and having the conversation you can ask the questions you need to and give them a piece of mind that you will stick to the rules that they outline for their site.

Post lockdown eating

Some of you have exceptional cooking facilities inside your campervan (especially those of you we’ve seen to!) but it doesn’t always mean you’ll use them for every meal! While taking a portable BBQ with you is always another option for something a little different while you’re away, you may be considering visiting a local eatery. If you are looking to eat local you may want to consider this in advance. While many places are now easing the restrictions first put in place, others are still upholding the booking system. No booking, no dining. If you check in advance it means you can either book or you can look elsewhere.

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Looking for a new campervan

With further travel restrictions being put in place for outside of the UK, it might be time to invest in either your first camper, or a brand new one!
With this ever changing climate, our current recommendation when looking into purchasing a new campervan is to be as self sufficient as possible! This means something different to each of us, but the main things to look for when considering this are; toilet facilities (some of our camper have these cleverly hidden away), Kitchen facilities (whether these are idealistically built in, or you have storage space to pack away your own) and washing facilities (you may opt for the wipe wash, alternatively have a mini sink alongside your kitchen for a self sufficient wash!).

Here at Denby, we have a fantastic selection of ready to go campervans, from the ever favourite VW campers to a vast selection of alternative campers, including the new Ilusion Motorhomes.
If you’re looking for a makeover for your campervan, or just a touch of modernisation we have a selection of conversions available to discuss. Give us a call or pop in-store to discuss all of your campervan needs and we’ll help you on your journey.

 

4 Reasons To Take A Campervan Staycation in 2020

It seems that summer 2020 isn’t totally lost! According to the UK government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, from 4th July campsites and caravan parks will be allowed to open. While the same can’t be said for Scotland and Wales just yet (Scotland has set an indicative date of 15th July for the reopening of tourism and hospitality businesses and there is no proposed date in Wales yet), it’s safe to say that the possibility of some kind of summer holiday this year is within reach.

And we couldn’t be happier about it! Which is why, in this article we’re going to look at 6 reasons why a campervan staycation could be just the thing to kickstart your summer 2020 plans. Read on!

Reasons To Take A Campervan Staycation This Summer

Admittedly, we don’t quite yet know what the conditions will be on the reopening of caravan parks and camping sites. Presumably social distancing will be in force and there may be restrictions on facilities. But there’s no doubt that a reopening of these spaces even to a small degree will be fantastic not only for families and UK holiday makers but the tourism industry too.

You Have Everything You Need

With a campervan, you have everything you need in one place. From a place to sleep to a place to cook, campervan conversions are the perfect choice for a no fuss family holiday. Even better, with your own kitchen and bedrooms there’s no need to spend any more time than you need to in crowded public spaces, or queuing unnecessarily. Instead, everything is at your fingertips and you are free to enjoy the great outdoors as much as you like.

You Can Support Local Tourism

Taking a holiday is the number one form of escapism. We break away from our routines and take off to a far flung place to forget about work and the daily grind. But have you ever really explored the opportunities for holidaying on or near your doorstep?

Of course, we don’t mean camping overnight on your driveway – although that can always feel like a great adventure for kids. We’re talking about areas nearby that you haven’t yet explored, such as campsites, green spaces, walks and visitor attractions.

We can guarantee that there’s probably more than you think within a stone’s throw of your home. And with a campervan you can hop in at a moment’s notice and head off to explore, no planning ahead or navigating the crowds necessary!

You Can Explore New Areas

If you have always taken your holidays abroad, then you’re missing out on the gorgeous locations we have right here in the UK. Even better, with a campervan you can change up your route at the drop of a hat, take a detour, or just go off grid for a few weeks on a magical mystery tour.

Taking a staycation in the campervan gives you the freedom to truly explore. As long as you have food in the fridge, some warm clothes and a smile on your face, you have everything you need to dive headfirst into the unknown and discover somewhere totally new. What are you waiting for?

You Can Be Totally Flexible

No waiting around at the airport. No lost luggage. No delayed flights. No disappointments.

A campervan offers a totally flexible holiday – whenever you want it. What’s more, following your initial investment, it’s always ready and waiting ready to go. Whether you’re a lone wolf who enjoys the solitude of the great outdoors or an energetic family looking for your next thrill, a campervan offers endless adventure at the drop of a hat.

Campervans For Sale & Campervan Conversions from Denby

So, what’s the verdict? Now we know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, will you be considering a campervan holiday this year? If so, we have a wide range of campervans for sale here at Denby Campervans and we’d be happy to help you find the right one for you. Our current range of campervans for sale are all available with our iconic Balmoral campervan conversion, your choice of elevating or high top roof, and a wide range of optional extras to help you put your stamp on it.

To find out more about campervan conversions and campervans for sale at Denby, contact us today. At present, we are arranging viewings of our vans on an appointment only basis and would be happy to book you in at a time of your choosing to discuss your requirements, so give us a call on 01538 382568 or email admin@denbycampervans.co.uk to get started.

 

Sharing Good News From The Van Life Community

Sharing Good News From The Van Life Community

There is no doubt that everything feels a little strange at the moment. Normally around this time of year, we are heading off for Easter breaks, enjoying some much needed R&R times with friends and family. Sadly, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this isn’t possible. But it is amazing to see the ways in which communities, both local, virtual and nationwide, are responding to the ongoing situation with compassion, empathy, and creativity.

As you will know, at Denby Campervans we made the decision to close our showroom until the lockdown is lifted. This was a necessary step to protect our staff, customers and the community. And while it breaks our hearts that we can’t be there to help you decide on a new campervan or campervan conversion right now, we know this is only temporary and by complying with the government’s guidelines we will be back in operation sooner, rather than later.

Amazing Community Initiatives

Amazing Community Initiatives

While we have stepped away from the showroom, we have been keeping an eye on the van life and campervan communities on social media. And we have been happily surprised and overwhelmed by the wonderful ways in which people are supporting each other during this period of uncertainty. Here we give a rundown of the best initiatives we’ve seen so far.

Big Little Tent Festival

As we approach festival season, many of us will be feeling a little bit sad that our favourites are cancelled. But the Caravan and Motorhome Club have stepped in to help us bring those festival vibes to our home.

The Big Little Tent Festival is a festival that everyone can enjoy (entry free) from the comfort of their own home. Made for little and big campers, caravanners and motorhomes alike, all you have to do to get involved is pitch up your tent in the back garden and download the Big Little Tent Festival pack.

The downloads pack features a whole range of activities for all ages. From colour-your-own festival wristbands to bunting, puzzles and the Big Little Tent Festival Challenge, everything you find in there can be done from your own gardens and it’s a perfect way to keep the little ones entertained while they are at home.

Big Little Tea Time Festival

Another initiative from the Caravan and Motorhome Club is the Big Little Tea Time Festival. If you have a campervan or motorhome there’s no doubt you’ve probably looked out forlornly out at your campervan over the last few weeks. Well, the Big Little Tea Time Festival is a way to get your van fix without leaving your driveway.

Every Wednesday until the end of April 2020, the Caravan and Motorhome Club are encouraging van owners to step out of their homes and into their vans and have dinner (on the driveway of course) inside.

If you take part in the Big Little Tea Time Festival you can share your snaps on social media using the hashtag #BLTF20. There’s also a download on the website that features a range of recipes including ‘Martin’s Easy-Peasy Lockdown Burgers’ as well as helpful hints and tips to help you stay in touch with friends and family during isolation.

Big Little Tent Festival

Tentival 2020 by Tentshare

This one has been and gone but it’s worth a mention. On Saturday 4th April, Tentshare held Tentival, the world’s first virtual camping festival. From 10am until sundown people from all over the UK could log on to Zoom and enjoy live music from a range of artists (performing remotely from home). Throughout the duration of the festival there was fun, games, and competitions taking place to create that whole festival experience – without having to pay an arm and a leg for a burger and a drink!

Emergency Accommodation for NHS & Key Workers

Quirky Campers are a well known company that hires campervans to holiday makers throughout the year. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Quirky Campers have grounded all of their campervans until the end of April, however they are offering campervan hire at a reduced rate to NHS staff and key workers who need emergency accommodation.

This is just one example of how communities and businesses are adapting to what is happening and using their resources to support those who are working on the frontline to keep everyone safe.

The Motoroamers’ Well-Being Resource Library

It goes without saying that living in lockdown isn’t easy for most of us. We are so used to seeing our family and friends whenever we want and, as social creatures, we crave contact with others.

In response to this, full time roamers, Myles and Karen, have created The Motoroamers’ Well-Being Resource Library. These videos have found a home on their YouTube channel (which you can find here) and include short videos on keeping fit and looking after your health and wellbeing through Covid.

Raising Money For Charity with the Great British Camp-Out

Masterminded by Ian Alcorn from Nottinghamshire, the Great British Camp Out saw thousands of people take to their campervans, tents and even their front rooms to raise money for the NHS. Everyone who took part was asked to donate a £2 ‘pitch fee’ to Ian’s JustGiving page to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

The event was a huge success with people sharing their photographs on social media as they took part in quizzes, yoga classes and enjoyed a virtual concert from Richard Howell!

Ian intends to keep this campaign running, with over £100,000 raised at the time of writing!

Keeping In Touch With Social Media

Keeping In Touch

Social media is such a wonderful thing, especially at this time. It is vital for helping us to stay in touch and connect with like-minded people all over the world. During this time, we’re using social media to keep up to date with the latest information and get our van life fix as and when we can.

If you would like to keep in touch with us on social media, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As you can see, the whole community is pulling together at this time doing wonderful things to stop the spread, support key workers and raise money for charity. We sincerely hope that you are keeping well, and if you happen to see anything we haven’t mentioned in this blog that you think we may be interested in, let us know!

 

A Brief History of VW Campervans

A Brief History of VW Campervans

In 1947, a Dutch importer named Ben Pon was working at a Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. While he was there, he took note of the motorized trolleys (made from stripped down Beetle chassis) that were being used to transport parts around the factory. This innovative design caught both his eye and imagination, so he started to sketch. The end result? A drawing of a Beetle-based van.

A year later, on 1st January 1948, Heinz Heinrich Nordhoff was appointed Managing Director of the Wolfsburg Volkswagen plant. This move brought great change to Volkwagen. In his first year, Nordhoff doubled car production. And within 13 years, annual production at Volkwagen had exceeded a million vehicles. It’s no surprise then, that when Nordhoff caught a glimpse of Ben Pon’s sketch his interest was instantly piqued. So much so, in fact, that he took on the idea and in November 1949 the first vehicle (known as the T1) made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Introducing The VW Transporter

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Following its success at the Motor Show, the T1 Transporter went into production very swiftly. From 8th March 1950, the Wolfsburg factory began producing these vehicles at a rate of 10 vehicles per day. The simplicity of the T1’s design allowed Volkswagen to create a whole range of body combinations and execute these simply. So, when production began there were already two different models available; a commercial transporter and the Kombi, which was fitted with two side windows and removable back seats.

Initially, the T1s were built in the factory at Wolfsburg. But, due to their popularity, production was moved to Hanover in around 1956. The T1 was no stranger to conversion as more body combinations were conceived and put into action. These include the Panel Van, Microbus, Samba, Kombi, Ambulance, Pick-Up and Double Cab! Changes also happened to the exterior as well as the interior. Most notably, the option to add sliding doors to the T1 was added from 1964.

Evolution in Action

Quite clearly, the T1 was a roaring success. And, of course, Volkswagen was keen to continue in this way. So, in 1967 the T2 Transporter was unveiled.

The Evolution of The Transporter Campervan

This new iteration of the VW Transporter flaunted a few key differences that set it apart from its predecessor. The biggest was the disappearance of the split windshield, which had gained the T1 the affectionate nicknames of ‘Splitscreen’ or ‘Splitty’.

Nearly 13 years after the release of the T2, the T3 made its entrance in 1979. A bigger, heavier imagining of the original, it was noticeably boxier and bought with it a range of technologically advanced features – including power steering and air conditioning! This version of the iconic VW was known by many names worldwide such as the Transporter/Caravelle, Microbus and Vanagon.

Volkswagen In The 90s & The Millennium

Production of the T3 Transporter continued until 1990 in Germany, and in the same year, it was succeeded by the Volkswagen T4. The first transporter to feature a water-cooled engine, this fourth-gen imagining of the T1 was hugely successful with production lasting for 13 years! It also could be customized with a range of options including a high top roof, sliding doors and a permanent 4WD system.

View of sea from inside a campervan

Then, in the new Millennium (2002, in fact) the T5 was launched. This new van fully embraced everything the Transporter could conceivably be. The production line saw a vast array of variants in the T5 including short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase options alongside a plethora of configurations too. It even enjoyed a minor facelift throughout its lifetime with cosmetic changes being made to the vehicle and an engine upgrade.

Transporters In The Present Day

The T6 is the most recent variation of the Transporter. Released in 2015 it is the sixth-generation of this vehicle to be produced. And it’s no surprise that it’s the most slick and modern of its family.
In 2019, the new Volkswagen T6.1 made its debut. An improved and updated version of the T6, it not only enjoyed a facelift on the interior but inside, too. To get the full lowdown on this newest vehicle, click here.

VW Transporter Campervan Conversions

Even in its infancy, the VW Transporter was well suited to campervan conversions. For example, the Volkswagen Westfalia camper was a conversion available for both the T2 and T3 variants which were in production for well over 5 decades! These conversions featured a range of interior options including foldout seating, sinks, water storage and curtains.

The Westfalia campervan conversion became the blueprint on which many campervan conversions are based today. For example, the Denby Balmoral conversion, which is suitable for T5 and T6 Transporters, features many similarities – with a few upgrades of course!

Denby Balmoral Campervan Conversion

A Denby Balmoral Campervan Conversion

VW Campervans From Denby

Here at Denby Campervans, we eat, sleep and breathe campervans and campervan conversions. Our team dedicate all of their time and energy to making stunning bespoke campervan conversions that allow individuals and families to live their best van life through the seasons.

To see what types of campervans we’ve got available in our showroom, take a look at the VW Campervans we have for sale currently here. Alternatively, check out our full range of campervan conversion options here.

 

COVID-19 Update from Denby Campervans

Dear Customers,

We’d like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are taking a pragmatic and professional approach in dealing with Coronavirus. We take the health and safety of our customers, staff, and visitors very seriously. Therefore we have implemented new policies and procedures to limit the spread of the virus.

We would like to reassure our customers that, with these measures in place, there should be no need for concern when visiting us. We are still open for business as usual.

That being said, we understand that you may not feel able to visit us at this time. If you are self-isolating or practicing social distancing, we are also available via telephone or email to discuss your campervan requirements. So, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Campervans For Sale From Denby

With that in mind, if you’re considering packing up the family and escaping to the country for a few weeks in a VW campervan – we don’t blame you! It’s the perfect way to make the best of this difficult time.

At Denby, we have a choice of ready-converted VW campers ready to drive away and panel vans ready to be converted with your own choice of bespoke interior options.

We are also the UK’s only supplier for Ilusion Motorhomes. So, if you are looking for something slightly different, check out these compact motorhomes. They have everything you need in a vehicle that’s less than 6 metres long.

All of our vehicles are available with great finance packages too, to help make the leap that little bit easier. Should you require any further information regarding VW campervans for sale from Denby, please don’t hesitate to drop in, give us a call or email us.

 

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Campervan in 2020

4 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Campervan in 2020

Campervans are enjoying a rise in popularity of late. Why? Perhaps it’s because we are becoming more conscious of the impact travelling abroad has on the environment. Or maybe the nomad lifestyle appeals more to those among us that are striving to achieve a better work-life balance? Whatever the reason, van life is increasingly enticing individuals, couples and families alike.

Here at Denby, we love campervans and the van lifestyle for many reasons. The main being that jumping in a campervan and hitting the road opens up a whole world of possibilities beyond that of a simple package holiday. If you’re considering giving the van lifestyle a go this year, we’ve compiled our top 4 reasons why you should buy a campervan in 2020 to give you that final nudge.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

If you often find yourself with itchy feet and chomping at the bit to explore new places, a campervan gives you the freedom to do just that. With a van, you don’t have to worry about spending a gazillion pounds on upgrading your luggage allowance in order to pack more than a pair of flip flops and a towel. You’re ready and raring to go at the drop of a hat.

Oh, The Places You'll Go

Fancy a trip to the Lake District at the weekend? How about climbing Snowdon? Hop in the van and off you go. No in-depth planning, no overspending on flights, transport and hotel rooms. Just the freedom to do whatever you please, whenever you please.

For more van life inspiration, check out our Denby Customers Gallery!

Travel In Style

With a campervan conversion the world really is your oyster when it comes to mod cons, upholstery and decor. Not many of us can say we get the opportunity to travel First or Business Class when we fly, but in a campervan you will travel in style all day, every day if you like.

For example, our iconic Balmoral conversion comes complete with all the luxuries you could need (and a few optional extras, too), including a Rock & Roll bed, side kitchen units and wardrobe, gas hob and sink, and fridge/freezer. The Balmoral conversion also comes kitted out with USB power points, so you can charge your phone or tablet on the go and enjoy in-flight entertainment at your fingertips!

Balmoral Campervan Conversion

Keeping It In The Family

Taking off for the weekend usually involves cramming the kids and the dogs into the car, along with the tent and all your home comforts. We’ve all been there, and it’s no fun! With a campervan, heading off on family escapes is easier and more spacious. What’s more, you don’t have to wrestle with the tent when you get to your destination. Just pitch up, sit back, and enjoy a brew before heading off to explore the local area!

Switch Off From The Everyday

Family Campervan Holidays

Life is more hectic than ever right now. Many of us work long, unforgiving hours. And technology means we never really get to switch up. One of the best things about living the van life is being able to up sticks, switch off your phone, and get some much-needed rest and relaxation. Recent studies have shown the spending time outdoors is hugely positive for our mental health. With a campervan, you’re never far from a bit of fresh air, a long walk, and a pub lunch to round it all off if you really want to treat yourself.

Convinced? Contact Us To Talk Campervans!

Have you been bitten by the campervan bug? We don’t blame you if you have! At Denby Campervans, we have a whole range of Volkswagen campervans for sale at our showroom in Leek. And if you can’t find the one you want on our forecourt, we can also source and convert your dream campervan for you! Easy, peasy.

Alongside that, from our campervan conversions to our high-top and elevated roofs, we have a range of high-quality options available to help you create a home from home the whole family will love. To find out more, take a look at our campervans for sale right here on our website. Or contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

Campsites By The Sea

Escape To The Coast: Top Campsites By The Sea

In the throes of winter, is there anything better than planning your summer holidays? Yes, it may be dark and dreary outside, but the sun will shine again. And when it does, you want to be ready.

So, if you’re chomping at the bit to get ahead of the game this blog will give you a heads up for the best caravan and camping sites by the sea in the UK.

South West England

Ayr Holiday Park

Cornwall is synonymous with camping, and it’s not hard to see why. St Ives is a popular seaside resort that’s won many Best UK Seaside Town awards over the years. Not only that, but it has a thriving culture with plenty to do for families, couples and lone travellers alike.

Ayr Holiday Park in St Ives is situated along 30 miles of stunning coastline, which instantly makes it a hit for beach lovers. It boasts pitches for tents, camper vans, and touring caravans, many of which feature awe-inspiring views across the bay and out onto the sea.

View Overlooking Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

View Overlooking Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

For families, Ayr Holiday Park also has an adventure-style playground, picnic tables, and a games room. As well as important facilities such as an amenities block and on-site launderette.

Tregedna Farm

Located near Falmouth, Tregedna Farm offers campers 12 acres of lush green fields for their tents and tourers. As a family-run campsite, it’s the perfect location for families and couples to visit not least because of the vast amount of space for playing and exploring that it offers.

While you may not be as close to the sea at Tregedna Farm, you’re only a short while away. Just half a mile away you’ll find the beautiful Maenporth Beach, as well as The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Pendennis Castle and a myriad of National Trust gardens and properties nearby.

Maenporth Beach, Famouth

Maenporth Beach, Famouth

In Peak Season, facilities include a shop, toilet blocks, showers, sinks, washing machines and tumble driers. Everything you need to have a great time!

East

Cliff House Holiday Park

Cliff House Holiday Park can be found on the breathtaking Suffolk Heritage Coast, and features direct beach access. It’s also surrounded by idyllic heathland and woodland that’s perfect for exploring on endless summer days.

Here everything goes. Tents, tourers, and campervans are more than welcome in the lush green surroundings of Cliff House Holiday Park, with 120 pitches available by the night.

Southwold Pier, Suffolk

Southwold Pier, Suffolk

What makes this location so stand-out is not only the beauty but the facilities on offer. Guests staying at Cliff House can enjoy tasty cuisine at the on-site bar and restaurant, while kids young and old are sure to enjoy the children’s playground and family room featuring TV and pool table!

Wales

Skysea Caravan & Camping Site

A beach-side caravan and camping site based on the South Gower Coast, Skysea is nothing short than picturesque. Boasting a magnificent fifteen acres of land flanked by cliffs and coastline, it’s the perfect spot to pitch up for your summer holidays.

One of the great things about this resort is that it’s super family-friendly. The site features two sanitary blocks, an outdoor wetsuit shower area, and family washrooms that are accessible to both wheelchairs and prams.

Three Cliffs in the Gower Peninsula

Three Clliffs in the Gower Peninsula

For beautiful scenic walks, the Wales Coastal Path can easily be reached from the site which offers breath-taking views of Swansea and Gower.

North

Serenity Camping

Serenity Camping can be found in the traditional seaside town of Hinderwell, which is located on the North Yorkshire coast near Whitby. As you can imagine from the name, this campsite is all about reconnecting with nature, unwinding and enjoying the simpler things in life.

A bit of a hidden gem, Serenity is open from 1st April until the end of October – although can’t accommodate motorhomes until mid May due to ground conditions. That being said, there’s so much to do and see it’s definitely not one to be missed.

Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay

On foot guests have access to a vast array of activities and entertainment. Less than a mile away there’s Runswick Bay and a whole host of coastal walks to choose from. Back at the village, there’s also two welcoming pubs, a chip shop, and a local butcher shop for those morning fry ups!

Scotland

Sunart Camping

If you truly are looking to get away from the rat race in a far flung place, Sunart Camping is about as good as it gets without leaving the UK. Located on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula in the Scottish Highlands, it’s deliciously isolated and oh, so peaceful.

A family run (and family-friendly) campsite, it’s the perfect place to explore the surrounding areas, including the lochside village of Strontian just a short while away, and the Isles of Mull and Skye.

Ardnamurchan Point on the Ardnamurchan peninsula

Ardnamurchan Point on the Ardnamurchan peninsula

Home-from-home comforts are the order of the day here, with plenty of room for tents, caravans and campervans to stake their claim for a holiday. And the communal bothy, with comfy sofas and cosy wood burning stove, is a nice little sweetener too.

Where To?

Are you planning your next campervan adventure? If so, where will you be exploring on the list? Have we missed anywhere super special? We’d love you to share with us your top picks for campervan holidays, particularly those by the sea. So, leave a comment down below or catch up with us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Merry Christmas From Denby Campervans

Merry Christmas From Denby Campervans!

We’ve had a fantastic year at Denby Campervans. And we’d like to thank all of customers, past, present and future, for trusting us to transform their campervans with our wonderful conversions! Throughout the year, we’ve also sold more than a few campervans to our lovely customers, and we certainly hope their new vehicles have bought them joy and pleasure throughout the year and will continue to do so in 2020.

Christmas Opening Times

Christmas is rapidly approaching and we hope you are as excited as we are! To help our lovely team members get a well-deserved break here at Denby, we’ll be closed between:

Friday 20th December and Thursday 2nd January.

From there, our opening times will be as normal.

Explore Our Campervans For Sale

Just because we’ve closed our doors for Christmas, doesn’t mean we don’t still have a huge range of campervans for sale. If you’re looking for a little festive browsing, take a look at our for sale page where you’ll find a wide variety of Volkswagen campervans for sale. And if you see one you like, why not come and visit our showroom in 2020 and take a look?

Many of our campervans for sale can be fitted with conversions and other optional upgrades to create the vehicle you’ve always dreamed of!

See You In The New Year!

Once again, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends this year. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what we’re up to in the new year, and if you’re out and about in your Denby Campervan we’d love for you to share your photographs!