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New Luxury Holiday Cottages Offering From Park Leisure

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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.

North Wales Holiday Park Scoops Excellence Award

Brynteg Holiday Park in North Wales

Park Leisure’s popular Brynteg Coastal and Country Retreat in North Wales has been honoured with a TripAdvisor 2019 Certificate of Excellence.

The certificate recognises businesses ‘that deliver consistently great service’. There is no application process for the award, but TripAdvisor consider the ‘quality, quantity, and recency of user reviews’. Brynteg Coastal and Country Retreat is situated in the foothills of Snowdon, boasting outstanding surroundings as well as a host of on-park facilities and year-round activities. 

Lancs park marking its first birthday wins praise from MP 

Staff and MP stood outside on park's first birthday

A family's holiday park in Lancashire has been praised by its MP for bringing jobs and investment to the area, and for teaming-up with other local businesses.

Mark Menzies MP made his comments during a visit to Donkey Creek Farm Caravan Park in Freckleton in the wake of this spring's English Tourism Week.

He met with owners Paul Lancaster and his wife Jane, plus their daughter Beccy, who opened the park last summer in a quiet rural location on Lancashire's Fylde coast.

Paul told the MP that Donkey Creek Farm had enjoyed a "fantastic" start to the year, and that advance bookings for the coming months were "extremely strong".

Family run holiday park company expands into the Ribble Valley 

Rimington Leisure Park in the Ribble Valley

A family holiday park company, which has been in the same family for more than 60 years, has expanded into the Ribble Valley with the purchase of Rimington Leisure Park near Clitheroe. 

The peaceful countryside park, which sits in the shadow of the atmospheric Pendle Hill, is the latest park to join the Holgates Holiday Parks collection across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Owner, Michael Holgate is now planning a period of investment in the park, which is open to holiday home owners all year round. The new bosses intend to spend around half a million pounds over the next 12-18 months to bring Rimington in line with the Holgates prestigious and trusted collection of parks. 

Cheers! Why Dorset park is fired up about its new gin

Barkis Gin

Guests at Highlands End Holiday Park in Bridport are raising their glasses to a new artisan gin which celebrates the proud history of firefighters in Dorset.

Barkis gin has been specially crafted and distilled for the park, and is named after one of the historic fire engines on display in Martin's Bar and Restaurant. 

Since launching this spring, the strawberry pavlova flavoured tipple has been a top seller in the bar, and is also being bought by the bottle by holiday guests and local residents.

Barkis gin also helped the park gain a top gold accolade in March's Taste of the West awards which highlight businesses championing locally-produced food and drink.