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Top green honours for family's Berwick holiday park

Top green honours for family's Berwick holiday park

Family and staff at a Berwick-upon-Tweed holiday park are celebrating after being told that their wildlife-friendly policies have earned a major environmental accolade.

Ord House Country Park was named this autumn as a winner of the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation award at its top gold level.

It also received two extra commendations from the world-famous botanist for its efforts to protect honey bees, and its success in creating new wild flower habitats.

Owned by the Maguire family for the past 15 years, Ord House was selected for the award following an in-depth audit by David Bellamy's wildlife assessors.

The 44-acre park, he said, was fully deserving of the honour thanks to a long list of green initiatives taken to hep protect the natural world.

Bridge Leisure Parks Limited acquires ninth UK holiday park

Bowland flowers at Bridge Leisure Park

Bridge Leisure Parks Limited (“Bridge Leisure”), an owner and operator of holiday parks across the UK, today announces the acquisition of the award-winning Bowland Fell holiday park in Yorkshire.

The acquisition of Bowland Fell takes Bridge Leisure’s estate to nine parks as it continues to consolidate the fragmented UK holiday park market. The Milton Keynes based company has now trebled the number of parks it owns since completing a management buyout supported by Phoenix Equity Partners (“Phoenix”) in 2015.

Family in spotlight as North Wales's premier park is named

Thornley premier caravan park

Staff and the family owners of Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park are celebrating after receiving a top gold accolade in the 2018 Go North Wales Tourism Awards.

The flagship of the Thornley Leisure group, Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park's standards of excellence and levels of customer care made it a very worthy winner, judges declared.

Their verdict was announced at the competition's glittering awards ceremony in November which was held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

The event was organised by North Wales Tourism which represents more than 1,500 tourism-related businesses across the region, including scores of holiday parks.

Multi award-winning holiday park announced best in Devon

Cofton Park Staff at Devon Park

Multi award-winning Cofton Holidays, based near Dawlish Warren, has been awarded Gold in the Holiday Park of the Year category at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2018. 

The family-run business scooped not just one but two prestigious accolades at the awards, including Silver in the Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Tourism category. 

Now in its ninth year, the Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2018 saw entries across 26 different categories, with each undergoing a rigorous three-phase judging process. Cofton Holidays will now be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2019, with successful nominees in matching categories going on to represent the region in the National Visit England Awards later in 2019. 

AA declares Searles Norfolk holiday park the best in Britain

Searles Park

Judges in the annual AA holiday awards have told the family owners of Norfolk's Searles Leisure Resort that they are the UK's champion holiday providers.

The Hunstanton park was named this autumn as the overall winner in the "Holiday Centre of the Year" category of the honours, beating thousands of other parks in Britain to the title.

Awards given by the AA – based on guest reviews and a "secret shopper" visit by inspectors - are regarded as the Oscars of the holiday parks industry.

The park first began welcoming campers over 60 years ago onto what was then a farm, and it has since grown to become one of Eastern England's largest and best-loved holiday centres.

Awards crown Devon park's 75 years of quality holidays

Awards crown Devon park's 75 years of quality holidays

Devon's acclaimed Ladram Bay Holiday Park has finished its 75th anniversary year on a high after being declared the West Country's top destination for kids and adults.

The Budleigh Salterton park scooped the top Diamond Award for Family Fun in the Devon, Somerset and Dorset region in November's prestigious Hoseasons Awards.

It's the eighth year in succession that the park, owned by the Carter family since 1943, has come home from the event with the premier family fun trophy.

Life's a beach for new owner of Britain's loveliest lodge

Life's a beach for new owner of Britain's loveliest lodge

Major park operators Park Holidays UK and holiday home manufacturers Prestige have joined forces to create the ultimate fantasy escape at Sandhills Holiday Park in Dorset.

It takes the form of a high-tech £420,000 bespoke luxury lodge with one of the most picturesque beach-side settings to be found anywhere in Britain.

And this autumn, the keys to the holiday home were officially handed over to its extremely proud new owner.

Darwin Escapes wins 12 top industry awards

Darwin Resorts Lodges

Leading holiday park operator Darwin Escapes has scooped a dozen travel industry awards for its resorts around the country. The company was presented with its awards at the prestigious annual Hoseasons 2018 Awards held at The Celtic Manor in South Wales.

Darwin Escapes operates 22 holiday parks throughout the UK offering a variety of holiday styles including secluded boutique lodge retreats, luxury lodge resorts with state-of-the-art leisure facilities and family-oriented traditional holiday parks.  Overall, the award-winning company took home 12 awards, with 5 being Diamond Award Winners – for the locations that top their category - and another 7 locations which won Diamond Awards. 

Royal visit for Dyfed Shire Horse Farm CS

Shire horse

A Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site had a royal visit on Tuesday 3 July.  Club Director General Robert Louden MBE joined HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at Dyfed Shire Horse Farm in Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire, as The Duchess of Cornwall named the first foal born on the farm in five years. 

The farm is a Certificated Site, a small member-only campsite open to members of The Camping and Caravanning Club, and is one of more than 180 Certificated Sites across Wales.  

After meeting the Duchess of Cornwall in the main barn, Robert said: “It was an honour to be invited to this event and join The Duchess of Cornwall to admire and celebrate the hard work of all at Dyfed Shire Horse Farm.  

Six of the best for Cumbria parks dubbed green pioneers

Six of the best for Cumbria parks dubbed green pioneers

Six holiday parks owned by Cumbria's Holgates Group have now become Britain's cheerleaders for green tourism, according to international botanist David Bellamy.

He made his comments after the announcement this October that all of the parks had won the 2018 David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

The accolades are made annually following an independent audit of park business and their policies for protecting wildlife and safeguarding the natural world.

Professor Bellamy said that the group, including its flagship Silverdale park, were worthy winners of the top honour thanks to their raft of "amazing and imaginative" achievements.

Penny meets her match at Devon holiday park's love-in

Penny Prickles

When three-year-old Amber Kibbey fell in love with a hedgehog at Devon's Riviera Bay Holiday Park earlier this year, her mum Claire knew that it was the real thing. So when they made a return visit to the park this autumn, the family had a big surprise in store for Amber – a matching mini-version of the pretty pink outfit worn by her heroine!  It was presented to the star-struck toddler just before she set off for the Brixham park's daily children's show where mascot Penny Prickles was due to be on stage.

And in front of a cheering crowd, Amber went under the spotlights to receive the admiration – and a big hug – from the hedgehog which had won her heart.

Caravan parks business delighted to win Powys Growth Award

Caravan parks business delighted to win Powys Growth Award
A family business, which owns two caravan parks on the outskirts of Llanidloes, added another accolade to its growing list when it collected the Growth Award at the Powys Business Awards.
Clywedog Riverside Holiday Home Park and Red Kite Touring Park collected the award, sponsored the Development Bank of Wales, at the annual awards dinner held at The Hafren, Newtown. The awards are organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group.

The Onions family has owned Clywedog Riverside Holiday Home Park since 1996 and expanded in 2016 to develop Red Kite Touring Park, which has been a great success.

Praise for park's secret wood aiding animals in crisis 

secret wood aiding animals in crisis 

A Somerset holiday park which has helped release hundreds of birds and animals into its woodlands has been praised by the charity behind the scheme.

Holiday Resort Unity in Brean Sands has been working this year with Secret World Wildlife Rescue to give crisis-stricken creatures a fresh start in life.

Each has been cared for by the charity following injury, sickness, or being abandoned by its parents – and then put back into their natural habitat on the park.

Now Holiday Resort Unity has celebrated its successful partnership by naming its two acres of woodland after the volunteer-led charity.

From now on, it will be known at the park and on local maps as Secret Wood. 

Dales caravan park is pitch perfect say tourism chiefs

Dales caravan park

Inspectors from VisitEngland have told a North Yorkshire family that its holiday park is "off the scale" in terms of quality – and has warranted a rare award.

Riverside Caravan Park in High Bentham now boasts the national tourist board's prestigious 2018/9 Gold Award for its outstanding standards of excellence.

Fewer than 50 of England's 3,000-plus holiday parks have been granted the accolade this year, putting Riverside 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.

Even then, it must be visited by a "mystery shopper" before the award is officially confirmed.

New Owners Lined Up For Ddol-Hir Caravan Park

Ddol-Hir Caravan Park

Savills, on behalf of private owners, has sold Ddol-Hir Caravan Park in Llangollen to new owners, an established park operator. The property was sold from a guide price of £749,000.

Located in north Wales the park is set over 7.30 acres (2.95 hectares) and has planning permission for 19 static caravans, 25 touring caravans and a camping field. A two bedroom owner’s park home was also included in the sale. Ddol-Hir Caravan Park is close to the many of north Wales beauty spots including the Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Berwyn mountain range.