Park News

Caravan Park Facilities Hit New Heights

Caravan park toilet and shower facilities

Toilet and shower facilities on caravan parks have come a long way since the 60s and 70s. None more so than those at one of Lincolnshire’s most popular parks.

Far from the draughty concrete blocks of the past, the architecturally designed shower complex at Lakeside Park, North Somercotes is more akin to a luxury spa resort or an ocean-going cruise liner.

With ambient lighting, individual glass-fronted shower cubicles, back-lit mirrors, state-of-the-art fittings and climate control, the new complex must be the most advanced facility of its kind in the UK and perhaps Europe. 

There is also a wet room for visitors with disabilities as well as a specially designed toddler bath.

New Glamping Site in the Land of the ‘Yorkshire Vet’!

Glamping field with onsite alpacas

With stunning views of one of Yorkshire’s most iconic natural landmarks, Wigwam® Holidays Water Hall Farm will welcome its first guests from Monday 9th September 2019. The newest glamping site in Yorkshire includes six en-suite Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins in the village of Sutton near the market town of Thirsk. Three of the cabins have private hot tubs and one cabin is fully accessible.

The site has the most incredible views of the majestic Sutton Bank and the North York Moors National Park.

A family-run affair, the glamping location is set within a working farm with friendly alpacas, cheerful chickens and a cattle herd as neighbours.

BBC award winning garden moves to Lincolnshire Parks

BBC award winning horse sculpture at Lincolnshire Parks

The focal feature of an award-winning entry at the prestigious BBC Gardeners World Live show has moved to two Lincolnshire holiday home parks.

The life-size wooden horse sculptures which were hand-carved by an artist in Asia are now on permanent display at Lakeside Park in North Somercotes and Whispering Waters, Mablethorpe.
The ambitious show garden created by Horticulture and Construction students at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall won a silver merit medal at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in June.

New modern amenities block opens at award-winning Cornish holiday park

amenities block at Cornish holiday park

A top-quality new amenities block featuring modern underfloor heating has just opened for campers at Cornwall’s award-winning Pentewan Sands Holiday Park.

The block has been specially designed for the resort in Mevagissey Bay by Cornwall-based architects, The Bazeley Partnership, and its design reflects the high standards of the five-star holiday park.

Pentewan Sands offers 131 holiday homes in addition to well-maintained grass pitches for camping, caravans and motor homes. Most homes enjoy stunning sea views. 

New Luxury Holiday Cottages Offering From Park Leisure

Park Leisure Logo

Park Leisure’s popular Malvern View Country and Leisure Park has boosted its luxury holiday offering with the addition of five beautifully refurbished, stone-built cottages.

In a courtyard setting, surrounded by rolling countryside and access to five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cottages are perfect for couples and families, or can be booked together for larger groups. Positioned opposite the park’s newly-refurbished lounge and coffee bar, hot meals and drinks are available seven days a week, ideal for breakfast or a light lunch.

Family-run leisure park named as finalist in prestigious Yorkshire tourism awards

A family at Patrington Haven Leisure Park

Patrington Haven Leisure Park has been named as a finalist in Yorkshire’s leading tourism awards.

The family owned and managed park close to the East Yorkshire coast has been shortlisted in the 2019 White Rose Awards, which celebrate the very best in food, drink, accommodation and attractions across the region.

New beach-fronted cabins now open at Pentewan Sands

beach fronted cabin at Pentewan Sands

A brand new set of luxury beach-fronted cabins are now open at Cornwall’s five-star Pentewan Sands Holiday Park - just in time for the summer holiday season.

New for 2019, the Beach House pods occupy a prime position at the park, just a stone’s throw away from the sea, and offer uninterrupted views of the glorious half-mile, privately-owned beach at Pentewan Sands in Mevagissey Bay.

Each Beach House can sleep up to six people, with accommodation including a flexible bedroom, twin mezzanine and sofa bed. The cabins are purpose-designed for families with an innovative, raised bunk area that is an especially fun sleeping area for children and a cleverly compact living space.

Children's author Claire opens new chapter of park visits

Children's author Claire visiting children at holiday park

Holiday parks with the David Bellamy Conservation Award are once again being invited to give their younger guests an entertaining new take on the environment.

International author Claire Culliford last year visited a number of DBCA parks by arrangement to provide readings from her popular children's books.

Now she hopes to be asked to attend even more parks over this summer and autumn, especially those located in the West Country and South Wales.

Claire's books are designed to inspire youngsters to become involved with the natural world, and to show how children can help the environment in fun and creative ways.

Wales park brings medical lifeline to local community

Warren Park in Powys, Wales

Staff and the family owners of a mid Wales holiday park were joined this month by local village residents for a training session in vital life-saving skills.

It followed the recent installation on Warren Parc in Powys of a defibrillator, bought by the family-owned business following a series of successful fundraising events.

Led by volunteers from the Welsh Hearts charity, the session showed how the new equipment could be used to save the life of a person suffering cardiac arrest..

Available to holiday guests and the local community, the fully automated unit provides simple audio instructions which allow its use even by those with no medical experience.

Family's Loch Lomond park crowned Scotland's best

Lomond Woods Holiday Park Staff With Award

Lomond Woods Holiday Park has been named at this month's Scottish Hospitality Awards as Scotland's finest park, beating hundreds of other businesses to the title.

Stepping up to receive the accolade in front of VIP guests from Scotland’s tourism industry at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow were members of the park-owning Wood family.

Lomond Woods is one of six parks owned by Wood Leisure, and this year's glittering awards ceremony also saw two of its other parks nominated for the Best Park in Scotland award.

They were Campsie Glen Holiday Park near Stirling, and Blairgowrie Holiday Park near Perth which gained a "highly commended" status in the category.

Super-star holiday park Hendra plans new £1.5m spend

Hendra holiday park owners with Gold award

Staff and the family owners of Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay are celebrating after scooping the English tourist board's highest possible grade for excellence.

The news that Hendra has retained its prestigious five-star gold status came after VisitEngland inspectors recently made a head-to-toe review of the park's facilities and services.

Only a handful of England's 3,000-plus holiday parks have been granted the gold accolade this year, putting Hendra among an elite of top-performing park businesses.

VisitEngland says its gold standard can only be achieved if a park exceeds all of the requirements necessary to gain a top five-star rating during its annual inspection.

MP meets Wales parks family driving quality tourism

MP with staff at Wales Park

The "entrepreneurial spirit" of a Wales park-owning family was praised this spring by MP Simon Hart during the celebrations to mark 2019 Wales Tourism Week.

Mr Hart made his comments during a visit to Meadow House Holiday Park in Amroth, Pembrokeshire, which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound makeover.

The MP was invited to preview the developments taking place in the grounds by Huw Pendleton, managing director of family-run Celtic Holiday Parks.

Now marking its 20th year in business, the three-strong Pembrokeshire parks group is owned by Huw Pendleton together with his parents Vic and Ann.

Park guests in Lancashire glued to box as wildlife drama unfolds

Park guests watching wildlife drama on tv

Guests were left agog this spring at Moss Wood holiday park near Lancaster where the undercover secrets of a tiny bird were screened live for all to see.

Star of the show was a great tit which had chosen one of the park's bird boxes to make its nest, little suspecting that it was going to be under constant CCTV surveillance.

For the box had been fitted with a miniature covert camera which wirelessly streamed a 24-hour video feed to a monitor screen in the park's reception building.

Guests were able to watch the great tit carefully build its nest, and then to lay four brown-speckled white eggs upon which it sat while its male partner brought regular deliveries of food.

Cheers as two top Suffolk holiday parks unveil their £4m splash

Family in swimming pool at Suffolk Holiday Park

Families staying at two top Suffolk holiday parks this spring helped to celebrate the opening of over £4 million worth of new leisure facilities by Park Holidays UK.

Carlton Meres Holiday Park near Aldeburgh, and Broadland Sands Holiday Park near Lowestoft, have both seen major investments in the run-up to the 2019 holiday season.

Their official opening took place this May, and won a unanimous thumbs-up from holiday guests and the owners of holiday caravans and lodges on the parks.

At Carlton Meres in Carlton Saxmundham, a new architect-designed indoor swimming pool with a host of fun features is already proving a major hit with adults and children.

£275,000 play area opens at five-star seaside caravan park

New play area at Islawrffordd Caravan Park

A new £275,000 seafront play area, which opened at Easter on a five-star caravan park on the Cambrian Coast in Mid Wales, is going down a storm with customers.

The Evans family, which owns Islawrffordd Caravan Park at Talybont, near Barmouth, opted to invest in new playground facilities after asking customers what improvements they would most like to see on the seaside park.

With an impressive Spanish galleon pirate ship, Santa Maria, as its centrepiece, the play area boasts a scooter track and a range of play equipment to suit all ages. The area is designed to be totally inclusive as there is a special roundabout for children using wheelchairs.