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Leisure Resorts set to shake up the self-catering market

Leisure Resorts set to shake up the self-catering market

Luxury holiday park specialists, Leisure Resorts, launched a brand-new development in the Yorkshire Dales this May Bank Holiday.

Showcasing the brands’ 5-star stance, the opening represents their first foray into the burgeoning lodge rental market, with a £12 million investment creating the Yorkshire Dales’ newest and arguably the most luxurious holiday destination, with the creation of 35 jobs. The level of investment, one of the largest in the area for decades, will also support in driving tourism to the region.

Festival in style with new campervan booking site Camptoo reveals top five campervan friendly UK festivals

Camptoo

Festival season is almost upon us, but if you’re dreading the prospect of staying in a soggy or cramped tent, Camptoo, a sharing economy platform connecting owners and renters of campervans, has devised the top five campervan-friendly festivals in the UK for those looking to embrace the #VanLife lifestyle.

A campervan or motorhome is the ideal festival companion, providing a dry, safe and comfortable place to sleep, plus added excitement for festival-going children spending the night in a house on wheels. There’s also no need to carry heavy backpacks or crates of beer, as you can fit everything you need into your home from home.

Read on for Camptoo’s round-up of the best festivals for campervan fans…

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Maxview Launches Remora 40 Suction Mount Satellite TV Kit

satellite tv dish by Maxview

Is the reception in touring caravans driving your guests to distraction? If interference is their nemesis, then this clever piece of kit could be the answer to this caravan conundrum. Maxview have just launched the Remora 40 – the ideal portable solution for receiving satellite TV in motorhomes, caravans, HGVs, van conversions and many other mobile vehicles and applications. 

Serenity Sets Out Growth Plans In Park Homes Market

Serenity Sets Out Growth Plans In Park Homes Market

Park homes operator, Serenity Parks has announced ambitious plans for expansion following the success of its first two ventures in the North West.

A newcomer to the parks homes market, Serenity Parks was established just over twelve months ago after founder’s and Director’s Gary Burns & Andrew Wilson seized an opportunity to acquire the two prime sites in the Cheadle Hulme and Frodsham.   Following major investment, both parks have achieved strong sales with a GDV of £4 million and just a handful of plots remaining.

Salute to staff as Cumbria park cracks Easter deadline

Salute to staff as Cumbria park cracks Easter deadline

Ground staff at Silverdale Holiday Park in south Cumbria were praised this week after crossing the finishing line on a half-million pound makeover of guest facilities.

The starting pistol on the project was fired on January 01 this year, and the race was on have all work completed before Easter's guests started to arrive.

But despite setbacks caused by March's devastating snow storms, a raft of new features at the 100-acre park was unveiled with just days to go before the target date, 

They include a complete refitting of its bar and restaurant, the building of a new luxury amenities for touring guests, and the equipping of the gymnasium with the latest exercise technology.

Part Exchange helps park home operators get a move on

Part Exchange helps park home operators get a move on

As any seasoned park home operator will know, there are many factors that can impact the sales performance of new homes. A critical one, however, is the fluidity of the housing market since the majority of new customers first need to sell their existing property. Help is at hand, however, through Silverbridge Properties’ Part Exchange schemes that not only offer a quick, stress-free sale for the customer, but also means that park home operators don’t have to sacrifice their margin to make the sale. A win-win all round.

Ambleside park is best in North West, declares AA

Ambleside park is best in North West, declares AA

Skelwith Fold caravan park in Ambleside has been named by the AA as North West England's top destination for touring caravan and motorhome owners, as well as glampers.

The family business beat hundreds of other eligible parks to take the overall NW Campsite of the Year title in the recent AA Caravan and Camping Awards.

Skelwith Fold's accolade was presented to business owner Henry Wild at a special ceremony at the NEC Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show in February.

The 130-acre park achieved its honour following a "secret shopper" visit from an AA inspector who declared in his report that "this is one of the best campsites I have ever stayed on".

Top award for Norfolk park judged "happiness hero"

Top award for Norfolk park judged "happiness hero"

Staff and the family owners of north Norfolk's Searles Leisure Resort are celebrating this month after it was crowned as Norfolk and Suffolk's perfect park destination.

The Hunstanton business was the overall winner in the parks category of a prestigious new awards scheme with judges describing Searles as having an unbeatable "happiness factor".

Sponsored by major media group The Eastern Daily Press and Hoseasons, the Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 made its star-studded debut in February. 

The competition is designed to highlight the region's top tourism performers, and drew almost 300 VIP guests to the glittering finals at Edmunsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds

Sanderson Weatherall Sell Prime Coastal Holiday Park in the Scottish Borders

Sanderson Weatherall Sell Prime Coastal Holiday Park in the Scottish Borders

Following a confidential marketing campaign property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has sold the Scoutscroft Holiday Centre, a family owned holiday park in the village of Coldingham, between St Abbs and Eyemouth on the Scottish Borders coast. 

Scoutscroft Holiday Centre is in a prime location in the centre of the village of Coldingham, within walking distance of the sandy beach at Coldingham Bay and close to St Abbs, a popular diving destination with a number of shipwrecks to explore. 

The park was acquired by Verdant Leisure, an award-winning park operator across Scotland and Northern England, adding to their expanding portfolio which already includes three parks in the Scottish Borders. 

"Cool" motorhomes driving up younger set, says park 

"Cool" motorhomes driving up younger set, says park 

A Somerset touring park which saw motorhome visitors leap by almost 20% last year predicts that the passion for freewheeling lifestyles will continue in 2018.

But Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, set in the tranquil Mendip Hills, says the on-trend image of motorhomes is not just driving up bookings.

It's also bringing down the average age of guests as younger couples increasingly view them as a way of making holidays more of an adventure at any time of the year.

Now the family-run park has moved to make itself even more motorhome friendly by providing pitch facilities for campervans and motorhomes up to nine metres long.

Why Willerby's Simply Pawsome Pack is a treat for dog owners too

simply pawsome pack aimed at dog owners - experts Tina and Dave

By showcasing their pet-friendly caravan add-on – the Simply Pawsome pack – at the Manchester Caravan & Motorhome recently, Willerby proved that bringing a pet on holiday can be made less stressful for both dog owners and their furry friends.

David Campbell, co-founder of The Animal Behavior Centre, tells our editor Victoria Galligan why parks are trying to be even more dog friendly than ever before…

Is now the time to buy or sell a caravan park?

savills caravan park richard prestwich

Thinking of buying or selling a caravan park? Richard Prestwich from Savills property services’ leisure and trade team gives his view on the holiday and home park market for 2018…

Last year was a particularly strong year for the holiday and home park market, which encompasses touring parks, holiday static parks and residential parks, driven predominantly by domestic investment as the popularity of staycations continued to increase. According to research from Ortus Secured Finance, turnover at the 100 largest holiday parks was up 9% from £2.46billion in 2012 to £2.7billion last year. 

Bridge Leisure Announces £1 Million Investment Programme For UK Parks

Bridge Leisure

Following a year of record holiday bookings, the Bridge Leisure Park group has revealed a £1 million programme of developments at its eight holiday parks across the UK. 

In Cornwall, Bridge is investing almost £200,000 at its newest holiday park Hengar Manor, with the bulk of the spend going towards new holiday caravan accommodation. 

At Trevella Park near Newquay, the group is devoting more than £150,000 to new caravans and two-floor safari lodge tents, which are the latest addition to the park’s popular glamping village. 

Further investment planned by Shropshire caravan business in 2018

Salop Leisure

The chairman of award-winning Shrewsbury-based caravan dealership Salop Leisure is predicting an exciting 2018 with plans for more investment in new developments.

Having enjoyed another successful trading year, Tony Bywater is very optimistic about what the new year has in store for both Salop Leisure and its associated businesses and caravan parks.

The year 2017 saw the opening of the company’s £6.5 million Love2Stay touring and glamping resort on land adjoining Salop Leisure’s Emstrey headquarters.

Prime North Yorkshire Caravan Park Sold In Less Than 24 Hours

North Yorkshire Caravan Park

Property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has confidentially sold Burtree Lakes Caravan Park a high quality static and touring caravan park in the heart of North Yorkshire.

Burtree Lakes Caravan Park is located in the rural and idyllic country setting close to the popular market town of Bedale. Set in over 11 hectares of land the park has permission for 53 static pitches and 56 touring pitches as well as attractive lakes and outbuildings.

'The caravan park has immediate potential to develop additional pitches'