Glorious black and white photos show the great British passion for the caravan holiday

Staycations in caravans have been popular in this country since The Caravan Club was founded in 1907 by Mr Harris Stone – and it now has nearly a million members.

Caravans were first towed by horses, but the First World War put a stop to this as horses and caravans were required for use in France.

But horses were soon replaced by cars and those who could afford trailers could take their home on the road.

Their popularity went through the roof after World War Two as mass production meant caravans became more affordable for thousands.

And so holidaymakers began to enjoy breaks all over the country.

A short break

Assembling a good night's sleep

Enjoying the view

On our way!

Even washing up could be glamorous in caravans

A holiday with the girls

Ladies still wore pearls – even when going out for a paddle

On your bike!

Getting ready for a day of relaxation

Taking the tea party on the road

Caravanning is a family affair

Ready to take a dive

Plane sailing

Finishing touches…

Travel back in (tea) time

Staying in the shade

A holiday road trip

Pets were welcome on holiday too

A well-deserved break


Caravans and canoes

Best in show

Tree's a crowd

Smile for the camera

Holidaymakers were washed out

Caravan holidays, but elevated

Time for tea

Arriving to set up camp

And a holiday wouldn't be complete without a full English breakfast

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