The lack of official overnight parking for motorhomes in the UK has long been a problem for people who don’t want to stay on campsites every night – either to economise or because they prefer more convenient locations than those offered by many campsites and don’t need the extensive facilities that campsites provide.
Although the UK is a very long way from having the extensive network of motorhome overnight facilities that are available in countries like Germany (stellplatz) and France (aires), I’m happy to say that the light does seem to be slowly dawning in the UK.
On a recent visit to Pickering, in North Yorkshire, I noticed that Pickering Antique Centre, which is in the town centre, now offers overnight parking for up to 5 motorhomes in its car park, which is large, surfaced and flat. In addition to this, fresh water and chemical waste disposal are advertised as being available. It costs £10 a night. This might seem expensive by continental standards, but it’s cheap compared to most UK campsites and it is, after all, a private facility that has to pay its way.
Pickering Antique Centre is also right in the centre of one of the most popular towns in the area, right on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and within five minute’s walk of the North York Moors Railway.
Well done Pickering Antique Centre.
For more details or to book, telephone 01751 477210 in shop hours. If you arrive out of office hours, call or text 07899 872309/07792 918836 to book in (be reasonable if it’s the middle of the night).