Events for 2016


Pleased to say we are back to updating.

APRIL.  Friday 15th to Sunday 17th   A G M meeting at Riverside Caravn Park Stratford upon Avon.
Contact01789 292312 or obtainbooking formand details at
The site is one of the most convenient for access to Stratford upon Avon with buses and even a water taxi to the town centre.   When booking please mention you are with the Holdsworth Owners Club, as they have said they will put us all together on the same area where they did for the last A G M .
The site is on the B4086 road at Tiddington which is east of the town. Look out for the Bowling club sign and camp sign on the North side of the road.
The usual arrangements will be made for our silent auction so bring those unwanted presents you got at Christmas as someone may want them.( Items to do with camping and vans are most wecome. )

May Friday 13th to Sunday15th  New Forest meet at Black Knowl Caravan Club Site.  Close to Brockenhurst in the centre of the New Forest. The site puts you in easy reach of over 140 miles of lovely walking track for you to explore. whether on foot ,cycle or horseback.  Other attractions nearby are, the Lyndhurst Museum and Visitors Centre, The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens, and The New Forest Reptile Centre.
Note.  This is a Caravan Club members only site but has been selected as most of the other sites in the forest have no electricity. Booking is via the club website.  BOOK EARLY as this is a popular site.

JUNE.  Friday 17th to Sunday 19th  Salisbury meet at Salisbury C C C site. Hudsonsns Field Castle Road  Salisbury SP1 3SA   The city is just a mile and a half riverside walk away.  Famous for its cathedral, home the the famous Magna Carta, and its Close where many famous people have lived over the years.
This bustling  town boasts attractive timbered buildings, some of Englands finest historic ones, a thriving market, popular eating places, museums and a race course. Fish and chip on site Fridays
Book via the Camping and Caravan Club website or contact them on 01722 320713.

JULY  Friday 15th to Sunday 17th  Chichester Camping and Caravan Club site, Main Road, Southbourne, Hampshire. PO10 8JH.  This summer visit to Chichester is a very convenient for lots of attractions in this south coast area. There is a regular bus service ( No 700) which runs along the coast from Portsmouth to Brighton every twenty minutes and the stop is right outside the site. Note. This is the weekend before the schools break up for the summer holidays.  Book with the site and only mention you are meeting friends of Holdsworth. Not a rally .

August Friday 12th to Sunday 14th  Cotswold meet at Burford.  The site is at Wysdom Touring Park , Burford School. Burford  OX18 4JG.  With a easy walk into town   It is a small site in the school grounds with just a small sign to indicate the entrance. Nearby isCotswold Wildlife Park with plenty to occupy your day. Contact for booking  01993 823207.

September Friday16thto Monday 19th Cardiff meet at Pontcana Campsite right in the middle of Cardiff in parkland just behind the castle.Because this site gets booked up very quickly the H O C have reserved 8 pitches for this meet, so, if you think you are likely to come please contact Penny as soon as you can, who will allocate you a place from those she has reserved. Her details are on the Members of the committee page.  If you need to contact the site directly you can do so by email at or phone at 02929 398362.  It is a very easy walk into towncentre along the river and you can get buses to the city or water taxi to Tiger Bay.  Access to the site is via Sophia Gardens Cardiff and post code for the site is CF11 9XR.

October 14TH to Sunday 16th  Oxford meet at Oxford  C C C site at Redbridge behind the Go Out Doors shop at 426 Abingdon Road Oxford OX1 4XG.   Walk cycle or catch the bus (there is a stop right outside the site) into the city and you will find plenty to see and do. University Museum of Natural History, Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean Museum. Guided tours of the colleges . Botanic Garden, and a punt on the river Cherwell is a must. There is a nice indoor market ideal to start your Christmas shopping.  Book via the C C C site or contact them on 01865 244088.

We have decided to give a miss this year to the meet for the Vintage Racing Car Club meet at Goodwood airfield racing circuit  Chichester in October. If you want to attend this , have a look at their website for detaiuls which also can be found on Bognor Regis Car Club site.

Northern Meets.   The meets schedule does not currently contain any meets in the North of England.  If you would like to suggest any specific meets in the North locations and dates we will be happy to add these as extras. Please put any suggestions for these on our Facebook for members only siteand we will finalise and publish these at the A G M meeting in April.

Drive carefully and safely we need you as members of Holdsworth Owners Club.

Nice to be back online   Regards  to all   Iain Mackinnon   (Blogmaster)

To date  12th November  End of season for most of us  We would like to wish all our members and people who read our blog, A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A GOOD NEW YEAR.
Over the Christmas period I hope to publish the organised meets for 2017.  Kind regards Blogmaster.

Holdsworth vans for Sale


Any persons looking for a quality Holdsworth Motorhome please contact
Iain Mackinnon  and he will give you details known to date.

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History of Holdsworth Motorhomes

Richard Holdsworth began his conversion business in 1968. Richard and his wife Heather had been working in Australia for eight years prior to returning to England. He, and his wife Heather, decided that they would like a camper to explore the UK and the continent, but prices of new campers were prohibitive, so they bought a used V W Kombi van and converted it to their ideas while travelling thousands of miles. People were impressed with the conversion and Richard and Heather were frequently asked to build campers for others,so in 1968 eighteen V W campers were converted in a lockup garage at Clapham Common, London. Richard building the furniture and Heather carrying out the upholstery and trimming.

A company offering V W spares asked Richard to build furniture kits it could offer to customers to fit in vans themselves That moment became the start of Richard Holdsworth Conversions. At the same time the V W spares company offered Richard part of its factory at Ashford, Middlesex as the lockup garage by that time had become far too small.

Business over the next year increased so much that it was necessary for them to move once again, this time to Woodley, Berkshire, an ex-aerodrome hanger which became their new factory location in 1972

By this time Richard was offering six of his Holdsworth conversions. They consisted of a V W van conversion with fixed roof, a Commer Standard,Commer Super,Bedford C F, Ford Transit, and another V W , but this time with a rising roof.
The line-up of Richard Holdsworth models remained pretty much the same until 1977 ( with exception to some varied layouts on the V W ) when the Leyland Sherpa was added to his listing
The hierarchy at British Leyland were so impessed with the Sherpa Holdsworth that they gave the full company approval to the conversions.
From very humble beginnings in the 1960's Richard Holdsworth Conversions Ltd went on to produce some very memorable motorcaravans. Many of their panel van conversions based on the Commer, Bedford CF, Transit,and V W are still very popular choices on the used scene today. As time progressed the company released such models as the Holdsworth Vision and Villa based on the type 25 V W T3 and the Holdsworth Ranger, a coachbuild based on the Leyland Sherpa.

The one defining point about Holdsworth models over the years was that they often dared to be different in their use of internal layouts, at a time when many manufacturers used tried and trusted formulas.

The company continued to prosper during the 1980's but sadly ran into financial difficulties in the 1990's with the minibus side of the business ( a deal to supply several thousand minibus conversions collapsed, leaving the company with too much stock) The company eventually became Cockburn Holdsworth for a short time, but in the end ceased trading as a motor caravan converter. It was sad to see such a innovative company leave the ranks of the motorcaravan manufacturers. It had intoduced many great design ideas and acheived some memorable milestones, not least winning V W approval for its conversions

Richard is the Honary President of The Holdsworth Owners Club, and, as well as advising many present day motorhome manufacturers, he has now become a novelist and is at present working on his second book.
A G M Meet at Kidderminster
Presentation of sweaters to Mr and Mrs Holdsworth

The Holdsworth Owners Club welcomes owners of all Holdsworth motor caravans who wish to obtain the maximum enjoyment from their Holdsworth van.

Within the membership is a wealth of knowledge in running a van carrying the Holdworth badge; this includes the provision of Owners Manuals and access to suppliers who might be able to provide parts and information that can keep a Holdsworth van on the road.

An informative and friendly Newsletter is produced at regular intervals and a social calendar extends throughout the year thus enabling members to meet others and maximise the enjoyment from ownership of a Holdsworth van.
Cost of membership is minimal.... Full details and a Membership Aplication Form please refer to contact page.
Thank you for viewing our blog- Iain Mackinnon.

To bring you up to date... Richard and Heather Holdsworth now live in Austrailia where their children and grandchildren are.  They are constantly in touch with us here in Britain and take a great pride in the  Owners Club and the continued use of Holdsworth motorhomes.