Allens Caravans is a thriving family business that has come a long way since its foundation in the mid-1930s and we're proud of the excellent reputation we have amongst our customers and our colleagues.
We moved from the Black Country to our present day headquarters, Wootton Hall, in the late 1950s. In the early 1960s the company's founder, Bill Allen, visited America to look at the caravan industry. There he realised how popular and prestigious it was for so many Americans to live in residential caravans (Park Homes) and use leisure caravans (Caravan Holiday Homes) for weekend retreats.
Following his trip, Bill Allen was convinced the same would happen in the UK and from then on, caravan sales overtook the company's main business of car sales. A little while later, with the acquisition of caravan parks, the Allens Caravans you know today was established.
Discover Our History
Allens Caravans have been established for over 90 years. Explore the journey below from our small and humble beginnings to the nine beautiful parks we manage today.
Allens was born under Allens Auto Selling Cars in Wolverhampton. Caravans were introduced to the forecourt just to fill in some space - and they took off!
1940: Wootton Hall
Wootton Hall and its grounds were bought. Bill Allen established Allens Caravans, and started siting caravans in the grounds of Wootton Hall.
1940: Siting caravans started
Bill Allen established Allens Caravans, and started siting caravans in the grounds of Wootton Hall.
1950: 1st Caravan Exhibition
1st Annual Midlands Caravan Exhibition was held at Wootton Hall.
1950: Years before NEC
Exhibitions years before the NEC was thought of
1950: biggest show of its kind
The Show was the biggest of its kind
1960: Wootton Park renamed to ‘The Retreat’
By 1962 a drive at Wootton Park was called ‘The Retreat’ and the mobile home 'The Retreat’ which was advertised as ‘Europe’s largest and most expensive mobile home ran up either side. The home was 36ft x 10ft £1875 ex works’ and manufactured by Allens Caravans.
1960: Relaxing at ‘The Retreat’
Relaxing in front of the pioneering 'The Retreat'
1960: Other parks joined the Company
Joining the Company was Rayford Holiday Park (Stratford upon Avon), Sunbeach Holiday Park (North Wales) and Pendeford Hall Mobile Home Park (Wolverhampton).
Sunbeach in the 1960's with a Snowdonia backdrop
1970: Severnside Holiday park bought
Allens Caravans bought Severnside Holiday Park (Stourport on Severn).
1980: Additional parks Joined the company
Allens Caravans added Abbot's Salford (Nr Evesham), Leedons Holiday and Touring Park & Broadway Residential Park (Broadway) and Overstone Holiday, Touring and Residential Park (Northampton).
1986: First dig at Overstone
First dig at Overstone - with Neil and Bill Allen
1994: Allens Caravans further expanded
Allens further expanded by purchasing a quarry near Pershore - which was later to become 'The Springs'.
2000: The Springs Quarry
The quarry was still active when we bought The Springs.
2000: Quarry converted to The Springs Park
The Springs - From quarry to lakeside park
2000: Clubhouse overlooks Lodge Lake
Our Clubhouse Sits Overlooking the 'Lodge Lake'
2008: Floods hit the country
Following some of the worst floods to hit the country, Abbot's Salford saw huge investment in a clubhouse built on stilts!
2008: £1.5m Clubhouse constructed
£1.5m Clubhouse standing high
2012: Leedons Residential Park continued to expand
As Leedons Residential Park continued to expand, Allens built a whole new office and leisure complex to complement its success. It housed an indoor pool, social hall, games room, office lobby, all weather bowling green and viewing area.
2012: £2m complex constructed
£2m complex built for our residents
2012: Indoor Pool
2015: Further investment in running parks
Allens are constantly looking to invest further in the Parks we already run. The clubhouse Sunbeach Holiday Park (Wales) was built in the early 1990's and has served the Park well, but we saw an opportunity to extend the clubhouse to house a large indoor pool and splash area (for those colder days on the Welsh coast!).
2015: Sunbeach Complex complete
Sunbeach Complex complete with Indoor Pool & Splash Area, Games Room, Bar and Restaurant
2015: Sunbeach’s Indoor Pool
Sunbeach's Indoor Pool
2017: Allens acquire Glan-Y-Mor Caravan Park
We acquire Glan-Y-Mor Caravan Park just North of Aberystwyth right on the coast, with a bowling alley, indoor pool, two bars, on-site entertainment and much much more!
2017: Glan-Y-Mor on the beach front
Glan-Y-Mor on the beach front
2019: The Springs expansion
20 years after we started at our most prestigious green field development, we have expanded The Springs further, with more than 25 new plots.
2020: Bredon View expansion
After 5 years in the planning, Bredon View finally breaks ground. More than 80 new plots will be available in 2021. A unique Holiday Park just outside of the market town of Pershore, nestled inside the woods and fairways of a golf course on the edge of the River Avon
Our Dedicated Team
Maintaining the grounds at one of our Holiday Parks.
Our IT Manager working on our network to keep customers connected from emails to on-site WiFi.
FRONT DESK ATTENDANT
A member of our reception team, greeting customers at Head Office.
Who works in Residential Sales, at our Head Office, helping one of our customers on the Park
INTERNAL FINISHING TEAM
Head of our internal finishing team, putting the final touches to a Park Home.
Helping out behind the bar at The Springs, serving our customers a drink.
Working on the day to day running on the grounds at The Springs Holiday Park.
Covering the grounds using our range of in-house specialist maintenance vehicles.
One of our Park Wardens in the office at Leedons Park.
Carrying out daily pool maintenance on one of our indoor swimming pools.
Working on site, keeping the grounds looking lovely
Part of our siting team working to site a home at Leedons Park
Part of our siting team driving our customised company siting vehicle.
One of our Board of Directors. Each of which can be found working at Head Office or on the Parks.
Our Sales Manager meeting and greeting customers at our permanent sales ground in Evesham.
The owners of Allens Caravans are not just faceless names, but working Directors who can be found either at the Head Office or on the parks, continuing to run the company.
Since then we have gone from strength to strength, developing parks throughout the country. In line with our growth we have an ever-increasing team and our present staff of more than one hundred offer a firm professional base, including a work and sales force covering all allied trades. Allens' record speaks for itself as we are one of the country's top Caravan Park operators and dealers, supplying caravans from all leading manufacturers.