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‘Secret staircase’ redefines country glamping

‘Secret staircase’ redefines country glamping

An innovative new campsite which has opened in the East Midlands has redefined luxury glamping by combining community, architecture and interior design.

In the Stix was opened this Summer in Greetham, Rutland, by Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie and is the first campsite in the country to offer camping domes with a solid mezzanine second floor, creating a family-friendly camping experience that encourages visitors to engage with each other and local businesses during their stay.

It has taken them four years to plan and design the site in Darren’s home county of Rutland because the couple wanted the domes to be state-of-the-art.

Darren said: “We did a lot of research and looked for inspiration from other designs but Alex was determined to get a bathroom in there.

Caravanners singing their hearts out in the shower

man singing in the shower

Caravan sites are ringing with the sound of music – because Brits love singing in the shower and their tunes travel over the open space. New research reveals that bathrooms are the favourite place for Brits who want belt out their top tunes.

A huge 86% admitted singing in the shower, with one in three proud wannabes believing they have a great singing voice. The top shower anthem was voted as Madonna’s famous hit, Like a Virgin, followed by Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody. What's more, a quarter of Brits say the habit has even caused arguments after annoying others living in the house. 

Cheers as Kent seaside park reveals its £4m splash

Cheers as Kent seaside park reveals its £4m splash
Holiday home owners and staff at a popular Kent holiday park are celebrating after the curtains went up on a £4 million makeover which took place over winter.

It means that New Beach Holiday Park near Dymchurch is now ready for the 2018 season with facilities described as "wholly unrivalled" in South East England.

Park Holidays UK, which owns New Beach, said the on-time completion of such a major project was a fantastic team effort for which everyone deserved credit.

In just a few months, the park's former clubhouse has been demolished and replaced with a modern new complex, fully equipped with the latest showbiz technology.

The GDPR – a guide for park owners

The GDPR – a guide for park owners

On May 25th the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect and is set to introduce some significant changes. It may not be the first thing a park owner thinks about, but data protection laws here in the UK apply as much to holiday and home parks as they do to any other business sector. 

The impact of these changes and identifying what issues are relevant will be a challenge for many park owners.  So what is changing and what should you be doing now to make sure that next year does not hold any nasty surprises?  Iain Jenkins, a legal expert in GDPR from Blacks Solicitors LLP, provides an overview on everything park owners need to know:

Electric cars - what does this mean for caravans and motorhomes?

Electric cars - what does this mean for caravans and motorhomes?

Electric cars are one of the next big things on the market, but are they going to replace the classic holiday caravan? Like it or not, it seems as though they’re here to stay, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be changing.

These days, caravans and motorhomes are often described as being too wasteful or inefficient considering they’re essentially an entire house, albeit a small one. However, with the improvements in electric engines and appliance, we might be seeing caravans turning up alongside electric lease cars in the near future, with their own 100-percent-electric solar-powered cooking equipment. Not only will this be a greener caravan, but if you combine it with an electric car, you’ll keep your destination unpolluted and the air fresh no matter how long you spend there.

Digital Marketing Basics For The Leisure Market

Digital Marketing Basics For The Leisure Market

The impact of the Internet

It will come as no surprise that the internet has changed the leisure industry. Your customers will be online and failing to embrace the opportunities that online offers could be extremely costly to your livelihood.

Most businesses have websites. Not all organisations have effective websites and even fewer probably think hard enough about how to extract as much value as possible from their websites. A website will only fulfill its potential if it has the right people visiting it - quality is ultimately more important than quantity and analysing the behaviour of your site visitors will help you refine your digital presence.

Digital marketing should not be intimidating

Holiday park Percy Wood sold to Harrison Leisure UK in £16m deal

Percy Wood entrance

Northumberland holiday park Percy Wood Golf & Country Park has been snapped up by Harrison Leisure UK, bringing their number of parks up to five. 

The award-winning park in Morpeth was sold in a deal worth in excess of £16million by Colliers International, acting on behalf of Shorewood Leisure Group.

Set amongst almost 180 acres of beautiful natural woodland, Percy Wood is one of the North East’s premier holiday destinations. The resort has circa. 500 holiday home pitches, includes a highly regarded 18-hole golf course and has planning consent for further development in the future.