How Long Can You Stay On a Caravan Site?

Find out all you need to know about caravan site season lengths, whether you can live on-park, and where you can stay for up to 52 weeks of the year.

Holiday home ownership means access to your own personal paradise whenever you want – and at some Lyons Holiday Park caravan sites, this can be every weekend of the year! If you’re interested in holiday homeownership, it’s always good practice to look into how long you can stay on-park. This is because many sites vary their season length depending on location, ownership package, and facilities.

At Lyons Holiday Parks, we cater to all different types of prospective holiday home buyers. Whether you’re looking for a summertime bolt-hole with nothing but peace and quiet on the coast, or a home-from-home you can visit over Christmas and New Year. In this blog post, we’ll tell you all you need to know about how long you can stay on a caravan site, what to do when the parks are closed, and where you can stay in your static caravan – or tourer! – for the longest period possible.

Can you live permanently in a caravan park?

Each caravan site is different, but there are generally two types of caravan parks: residential caravan parks, and holiday parks. Each of our 14 caravan sites across North Wales & Cumbria fall into the latter category, meaning our owners can’t live in them as their first home.

Holiday homes are booming in popularity thanks to the 2021 staycation obsession in line with the Covid-19 pandemic. But the clue is in the name: a holiday home is just that, a place to holiday when you feel like escaping everyday life in your permanent abode. The rules and regulations of a holiday park indicate that owners must have a fixed permanent address on record – see your Pitch Licence Agreement for details – to demonstrate that their new or pre-loved model on-park is simply a vacation station.

Residential parks are ones where people live permanently, in either holiday homes, caravans, motorhomes or lodges. Here, residents are required to pay council tax as it’s a long-term address – something you don’t have to do at a holiday park. A residential caravan site is often thought of as a small community or collection of dwellings where people live in mobile homes.

You may not be able to live in our parks, but you can enjoy the leisurely lifestyle you want for up to 52 weeks of the year (just remember, as long as you still have a fixed permanent address where you’re the bill-payer!)

How long can you stay on a caravan site near Rhyl?

Our fifth-generation, family-run business has been catering for families in all corners of the coast for the past 96 years. Over the decades, we’ve established a variety of wonderful parks and we’re confident there’s a caravan site in our portfolio to suit your individual needs. Below, we’ve listed our season length per park, as well as some information about things to do and see in the area, as well as reasons to choose that particular caravan site.

  • Lyons Manor House, Cumbria, 12-month season – quiet and serene setting next to an epic Cumbrian coastline
  • Lyons Woodlands Hall, Ruthin, 11-month season – a woodland wonderland
  • Lyons Robin Hood, Rhyl, 10.5-month season – a short stroll to the sandy shores and vibrant town centre of Rhyl, promising buckets of fun for the whole family with plenty of facilities
  • Lyons Lido Beach, Prestatyn, 10.5-month season – direct access to the Blue Flag Beach of Prestatyn with exclusive owners events and parties
  • Lyons Winkups, Towyn, 10.5-month season – legendary location next to Tir Prince Funfair and right in the centre of the holiday action
  • Lyons Oakfield, Towyn, 10.5-month season – enjoy the magic of Towyn just off the beaten track at this cosy, classic seaside park
  • Lyons Mounds, Gronant – 10.5-month season – a peaceful escape right next to the coast in a close-knit owners only community
  • Pendyffryn Hall, Penmaenmawr, 10.5-month season – the country-club style park nestled in the heart of Conwy Valley
  • Eryl Hall, St Asaph, 10.5-month season – tranquil location just a stone’s throw away from a cathedral city, with a pool, spa and clubhouse
  • Lyons Abbeyffordd, Towyn, 7.5-month season – close community feel in this owners-only park
  • Lyons Kingsley, Abergele, 7.5-month season – perfect for those seeking peace & quiet on the coast
  • Lyons Lyndale, Towyn, 7.5-month season – direct beach access to the popular shores of Rhyl beach
  • Lyons St Mary’s Touring Park, Gronant, 7-month season – get back to basics at this coastal family-friendly park with a play park and fishing lake
  • Lyons St Mary’s Luxury Lodge Park, Gronant, 7-month season – the ideal location for exploring North Wales, close to the Blue Flag Beach of Talacre

Where can I live in my caravan all year round?

If you’re looking for a permanent place to live, holiday parks aren’t the right place for you. There are pockets of communities that offer residential holiday home ownership in the UK, but you should research the costs and licence terms before choosing to move to a residential holiday park.

Two of our parks offer year-round access to your own home-from-home, meaning you can visit any weekend you like! Both Lyons St Mary’s Touring Park in Gronant, and Lyons Manor House Park in Allonby have a 12-month season, meaning these sites don’t close for a few short weeks over winter like the majority of our portfolio.

Government guidelines for caravan sites 2021

The road to normality has been a windy and anxious one, with multiple lockdowns across all 4 devolved nations. With many differences in legislation between Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England, it’s been hard to keep up with ever-changing rules on where you can and can’t go on holiday. We’ve lived through THE lockdown of 2020, lockdown 2.0, fire break lockdowns, local lockdowns, vaccination roll-outs, Covid passport, booster jabs and I’m sure by this point, many of you are wondering when the insanity will end.

One thing that rings true throughout this entire pandemic is how vital making precious memories are: whether that’s making a banana loaf with your loved ones, watching Tik Tok videos with your dog, meeting up outdoors (when allowed) with your friends in a beer garden or saying ‘hi’ to the neighbours over the garden hedge and sounds of clanging pots and pans.

However much we’ve been through, we’ve been through it together. Throughout the year, we’ve been carefully adapting our systems and safety measures to ensure you can continue creating wonderful memories with your family. Find out more about the different stages of Coronavirus measures we have implemented during 2020 and 2021 by clicking here.

How long can a static caravan stay on-site?

The maximum period a holiday home can stay on a caravan site isn’t to be confused with how many months of the year you can stay in your caravan. How many years your holiday home can stay on one particular park depends on the company’s individual policy, also known as a Pitch Licence Agreement. You can find out more about this here, including the general lifespan of a holiday home, and what this legally binding contract means.

Any other questions, queries or ideas you’d like to run by us about holiday homeownership? Don’t hesitate to get in touch today on 01745 362 020.