Buying Advice: Visit a manufacturer showground
With the usual calendar of shows and events disrupted, your search for your ideal holiday or residential park home requires a different approach. Homes are on show – but they’re not all in one place. Several of the manufacturers have their own showgrounds which operate an appointment basis, and all have excellent anti-Covid measures in place.
This manufacturer has a large showground close to its factory in Hull and also has a showground in Scotland, in the countryside of West Lothian. At Hull, you can expect to see possibly up to 20 units (depending on when you go); at West Lothian, typically, nine units are on display.
- Hull Showground, Great Field Lane, Marfleet Lane, Hull, East Yorkshire HU9 5WA 01482 717599
- Scotland Showground, Williamsons Garden Centre, Beechwood Nurseries, Uphall, Livingston, West Lothian EH52 6PA 01506 811247
Omar Park & Leisure Homes
Omar’s newest homes and new updates are displayed here at their Suffolk showground, well spaced out and with heating and lighting on. Omar also has a showground at its Hull manufacturing facility, where three homes are on view, with another due shortly.
- Omar Park & Leisure Homes, Pleszko House, London Road, Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0NE 01842 810673
- Unicorn Trading Park, Somerden Road, Hull HU9 5PE 01482 700360
Above left: Prestige Homeseeker's Design Suite. Above right: Prestige Homeseeker's residential home showground
Tingdene, at Wellingborough, in Northamptonshire, has both an indoor showroom and an outdoor display area. The outdoor area is splendidly carpeted with artificial grass and looking as much like a little corner of a park as possible in a factory setting! In the main, indoor display area, four homes are typically on display, together with an array of options from which buyers may choose in terms of fittings and finishes.
- Tingdene Homes, 45-49 Bradfield Road, Finedon Road Industrial Estate, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 4HB 01933 230130
This manufacturer actually has two showgrounds, one for leisure lodges and one for residential park homes, both conveniently close to the office complex which houses the impressive design suite, where buyers can browse through options in everything from floor coverings to light fittings as they decide on any customisations that they may require. This is one of the country’s largest manufacturer showgrounds.
- Prestige Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes, Shipton Way, Express Business Park, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 6GL 01933 354000
Willerby's Hull showground
Pemberton Park & Leisure Homes
Pemberton also has a display area, in front of and behind its offices in Wigan. It’s only a few miles from the M6. Typically, you’ll find around 10 homes available to view.
- Pemberton Park & Leisure Homes, Woodhouse Lane, Wigan, Lancashire WN6 7NF 01942 321221
This company also has a ‘virtual showground’ – video tours of the homes, created by Pathfinder as a substitute for shows. On display at the Pathfinder Homes headquarters in Devon is the mono-pitch Hawthorne, symmetrically designed with full glazing to the length of the home. This beautiful model has been newly designed and created to bring a whole new dimension to lodge living. Visitors can also explore a single Floating Lodge – yes, really! This lodge is built to the same standard as lodges for land use and is made to go on its own floating pontoon moored to the shore of a lake!
- Pathfinder Homes, Armada House, Cavalier Road, Heathfield Industrial Estate, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 6FJ 01626 833799
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