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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'

Park Cliffe - How Cumbria park is fixing it for fell walkers

Park Cliffe

People walking the uplands of Cumbria can continue putting the best foot forward, thanks in part to a top-rated Lake District holiday park and its fundraising efforts.

 

Park Cliffe on the shores of Windermere has donated £1,500 this year to the Fix the Fells programme which makes vital repairs to some of the region's most popular footpaths.

 

The sum results from a busy twelve months of money-raising activities at the family-owned park, ranging from quizzes, raffles and a duck race to a bonfire night in November.

 

Park guests are also invited to make a voluntary donation when they book their stay online – an option which the vast majority take up, according to business owner Susan Dickson.

 

Waterrow Touring Park - Gold crowns Exmoor park's celebration year

Waterrow Touring Park

A year of award celebrations at Exmoor's Waterrow Touring Park has come to a golden conclusion for its family owners with the scooping of a major tourism honour.

 

The business, based in Wiveliscombe, has been named as the overall gold winner in the camping and caravanning category of the 2017 Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.

 

Judges announced their decision at a glittering awards ceremony in November at Somerset County Cricket Club, attended by senior tourism figures from throughout the region.

 

Waterrow will now be fast-tracked into the finals of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February – and could even compete in the national VisitEngland finals later next year.

 

The Elms Retirement Park smooths way for outward bound residents

the elms

Travel-loving residents at The Elms retirement park in Lincolnshire now no longer need to kerb their enthusiasm for getting out and about.

 

That's because the family-owned park has found a way of making its pavement even more friendly to people with limited mobility.

 

The solution was sparked by Elms residents Clive and Janet Thompson who moved to the park six years ago after running a B&B business in North Wales.

 

Clive, aged 80, now uses a mobility scooter – but his wife Janet, aged 74, encountered a bumpy problem when they tried to catch the local bus which calls at the park.

 

Club Sites Open For Christmas

Nearly 30 Camping and Caravanning Club Sites across the UK are open and welcoming campers this Christmas, with many sites holding special events.

And what’s more, with a mix of pitch types available, the invite extends to everyone, regardless of their camping unit.   

From mulled wine and mince pies at Canterbury and Boroughbridge Club Sites to a series of special celebrations at Bellingham Club Site in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, there’s plenty of choice.