Guests become shooting stars for Wales park's glamping launch

Guests become shooting stars for Wales park's glamping launch

Pride of place in a new £1.5 million investment at Plassey Holiday Park in Wrexham has gone to a glamping paradise of super-luxury guest accommodation.

But when the 250-acre park organised a photo-shoot of its development this autumn, there were no professional models to be seen delighting in the hot tub lodges.

Instead, the two families pictured had been selected from among the scores of customers who responded to Plassey's website appeal to become its shooting stars.

The idea, said park director John Brookshaw, was to put "real people" in the frame – and to capture their genuine reactions to the pampering experience on offer.

Mature planting brings instant returns

Mature planting brings instant returns

As all successful operators know, a holiday park business cannot rely solely on their location or the surrounding countryside and must provide attractive, functional spaces to make their site a destination in itself. Failing to understand the business need for well-maintained outdoor spaces, especially in failing to see them through the eyes of your customers, will lead to poor budgetary decisions and missed opportunities.

Mature planting brings instant returns

The Motorhome Hire Franchise Signs 500 Vehicle Deal with Adria

The Motorhome Hire Franchise Signs 500 Vehicle Deal with Adria

The Motorhome Hire Franchise has today (16th October 2018) unveiled a monumental five year partnership with leading European motorhome manufacturer Adria, at this year’s Motorhome and Caravan Show.

Adria has committed to provide 500 luxury motorhomes to the value of £30M to the company over five years to service its planned franchise network. This will make the Motorhome Hire Franchise the UK’s only supplier of Adria’s superior vehicles for rental.

The franchise, launching to the public for the first time at the show, was set up by motorhome specialist David Gill who, having run Motorhome Hire Scotland since 2010, spotted a gap in the market for a concept that enabled others to develop their own successful business based on his proven model.

Shrewsbury’s glowing reputation for its Christmas lights display has rubbed off on a popular caravan park in the town.

Shrewsbury’s glowing reputation for its Christmas lights display has rubbed off on a popular caravan park in the town.

Every year, Oxon Hall Touring Park and Oxon Pool Holiday Home Park have an official switch-on of their own impressive Christmas lights a few days after the town’s lights ceremony.

The 2018 switch-on will be celebrated with a hog roast on November 17, which is free for holiday home owners on the park and people staying on the touring park. In return, the managers will ask for a donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the charity chosen by parks owner Morris Leisure and sister company Morris Lubricants in 2018.

Last year, the parks raised £2,865 for The Alzheimer’s Society. Such is the popularity of the Christmas lights switch-on weekend that pitches on the touring park have been fully booked since January.

Park Leisure offers deluxe Glamping at Littondale Country and Leisure Park

Glamping at Littondale Country and Leisure Park

Luxury holiday homes operator, Park Leisure, offers deluxe Glamping at Littondale Country and Leisure Park. 

This autumn, holiday-makers can experience sleeping beneath the stars, in bespoke Safari Tents and Mega Pods, in the heart of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. 

Providing a relaxing environment and the opportunity to connect with nature, the Mega Pods offer spacious accommodation for groups of up to four guests. Furnished to the highest standard, the heated pods are completed with a fully equipped kitchenette, media system and ensuite shower rooms. Outdoors is a compact wooden veranda providing the perfect spot for a mug of hot cocoa.

New direction for new generation at Roundstone Caravans

Roundstone Caravan

Few businesses can say they’ve been around for almost 90 years, let alone that they’ve belonged to the same family over all this time, but Roundstone Caravans in Southwater, West Sussex is the exception.  

Founded in 1930 by Sussex resident and touring caravan devotee John William Whitehouse (Bill), Roundstone Caravans first started out building and selling trailer caravans. Along with wife Beatrice, Bill lived on the site – where the company still stands today – in a large rectangular van high off the ground on iron-tyred cart wheels.  

CLS delivers groundbreaking work at Holiday lodge park “gem”

Aerial view of holiday lodge park

Groundworks and civils specialists CLS have completed a major infrastructure project under a £1.5m holiday lodge development. Angrove Country Park is sited on the verge of the North Yorkshire moors in 1,000 acres of arable farmland managed by the Petch family. Created from the bespoke wedding venue the family opened several years ago, the park offers lodges for private use as well as year-round short and long stay holiday lets in prestigious lodges, enjoying views across some of the most scenic countryside in Britain.

Before the accommodation could rise from the ground, significant infrastructure had to be put in place to ensure optimum functionality of the Great Ayton site, already billed as a staycation gem commanding landscape views of North York Moors national park.

Holiday parks advised to take action to avoid risk of huge compensation claims

SJP Law Director Alistair Latham warning holiday parks in the UK could be facing compensation claims

An Appeal Court ruling on out of hours pay has triggered concerns that the holiday park industry could face substantial claims from employees. Traditionally holiday park wardens have provided a 24 hour on-call service as part of their daily role but may have only been paid for part of that time.

Employment Tribunals have in the past ruled that employees should be paid at least the minimum wage for the time they are on-call even if they are sleeping.

That decision has been recently reversed by the Appeal Court for cases involving the care sector but it may not apply to the holiday park industry who could be open to significant compensation claims.

Mid Wales caravan parks praised for five-star gradings

Mid Wales caravan parks praised for five-star gradings

Owners of top quality caravan parks in Mid Wales have been congratulated for exceptional five star grading results.

Tony Bywater, chairman of award-winning caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure and Val Hawkins chief executive of MWT, the independent organisation representing tourism and hospitality businesses in Mid Wales, both praised the parks for maintaining exceptional standards. 

The parks’ hard work has been recognised with 34 five-star gradings from Visit Wales, the tourism arm of the Welsh Government, which runs the rule over the parks. Fourteen of the parks are in Powys, 13 in Meirionnydd or South Gwynedd and seven in Ceredigion.