Bailey of Bristol

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Bailey of Bristol
Industry Caravans
Founded 1948 (1948) in Bristol, United Kingdom
Founder Martin Bailey
Headquarters Bristol, United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Her Majesty The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Rt Hon Dame Margaret Beckett DBE MP
Products Leisure vehicles – touring caravans and motorhomes
Brands Pursuit, Pegasus GT65, Unicorn II
Production output
7,500 vehicles
Revenue £95 million
Number of employees

Bailey of Bristol is one of the UK’s biggest manufacturers of leisure vehicles – touring caravans and motorhomes. In 2013 it achieved a record turnover of £95 million.[1] It has about 350 employees,[1] and an annual production of around 7,500 vehicles (caravans and motorhomes).

The company was officially founded in 1948 and has always been based in Bristol and claims to be the longest established caravan manufacturer. In 2012 it celebrated its 65th anniversary and [2] Her Majesty The Queen accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, visited Bailey of Bristol and toured its factory.[3][4] as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.

Famous Bailey caravan owners include the Rt Hon Dame Margaret Beckett DBE MP.[5][6][7] and the TV presenter Rowland Rivron [8]


The first Bailey caravan was built in 1947 by Mr Martin Bailey in his garage in South Bristol. He sold it for £200.[9] In 1948 F G Bailey Ltd was officially formed and produced its first caravan called the Bailey Maestro. Martin Bailey sold the business in 1977 to Patrick and Stephen Howard, and is still owned by the Howard family.

Current Model Range[edit]


  • Pursuit
  • Pegasus IV
  • Unicorn III


  • Approach Autograph
  • Approach Advance
  • Approach Compact

Discontinued models[edit]


  • Clifton
  • Corsair
  • Discovery (2001–2010)
  • Maestro
  • Mikado
  • Olympus series II (2011–2013)
  • Orion (2011–2013)
  • Pageant (1982–2010, series II 2011–2013)
  • Pegasus series I (2009–2011)
  • Pegasus series II (2011–2013)
  • Pegasus series III (2013-2015)
  • Prima
  • Ranger (1996–2008)
  • Scorpio
  • Senator (series I to VI, 1987–2009)
  • Unicorn series I (2010–2012)
  • Unicorn series II (2012-2014)


  • Approach SE (2011–2013)


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