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Good as gold – guests give thumbs up to Park Holidays UK

Family in a caravan at Park Holidays UK

Guests at Park Holidays UK say they enjoy a gold standard of service, and have put the group among a small elite of Britain's most outstanding holiday providers.

That's because, thanks to customers' comments, the company is now the proud bearer of the prestigious 2019 Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award.

Feefo's top-level award is made to companies which allow customers to post unedited reviews via its website, and then go on to achieve an exceptionally high scoring.

In 2018, said Feefo, almost all of the guests delivering their verdict on Park Holidays UK gave it a rating of 4.5 or 5 – the maximum score – based on their experiences.

Dog Instagram sensation experiences first pet friendly stay at a brand new holiday park in Norfolk

Family walking their dog

Insta-famous Cockerpoo Marley, who has more than 45,000 followers, has been the first four legged visitor to Darwin Escapes’ new holiday park in Pentney, Kings Lynn.

The multi million pound Norfolk Woods Resort and Spa officially opened on January 11th 2019 and is home to 80 letting lodges and 38 owners’ lodges. 

Owner Katie and her Cockerpoo, called Marley, from Liverpool were one of the first visitors to stay at the park and experience everything Norfolk Woods has to offer in terms of facilities for both owners and their furry friends.

The pair were able to get an exclusive first view of the pet friendly lodges available at the East Anglican resort and were able to explore the local area and find the best dog walks in and around the stylish and modern park.

Holiday Park Adds A Hint Of Luxury With HSBC UK Support

Holiday Park Adds A Hint Of Luxury With HSBC UK Support

A Pembrokeshire holiday park, Bonville’s Court Country Park, has secured a six-figure finance package from HSBC UK to develop a new luxury spa and holiday let in Saundersfoot.

The family-owned business will use the funding to develop a derelict colliery, originally built on the site in 1840, into a luxury spa suite. The upgrades to the park, due to complete in March 2019, will include building two new two-bedroom cottages and a modern penthouse suite to meet rising demand from couples for short stay breaks.

Groundwork renovations will also be made to five of the existing static caravan pitches on the site, which sits just 0.7 miles from the sea front and three miles from popular Welsh holiday destination, Tenby.

Bridge Leisure invests over £3 million in UK parks

Bridge Leisure invests over £3 million in UK parks

Bridge Leisure Parks has announced a £3.2 million investment programme across its nine UK holiday parks, including the introduction of new luxury caravans and pet friendly accommodation.

The biggest portion of that spend is focussed on Sand le Mere Holiday Village on the North Yorkshire Coast, where over £900,000 has been earmarked for the park’s development. The investment is being used to develop new pitches and purchase new self-catering caravans of various grades and improve the infrastructure.

Trevella Park in Cornwall will benefit from over £330,000 of investment which is being spent on new superior lake view caravans, new safari tents and a substantial refurbishment of the touring shower and toilet block. 

Blair Castle Caravan Park unveils new larger pitches

Blair Castle Caravan Park

Blair Castle Caravan Park, one of Scotland’s top four premier parks has expanded with the addition of five new larger pitches. The park has launched these spaces in time for the start of the season and in response to the growing trend of larger touring vehicles.

These larger pitches will complement the existing offering at the park, which includes 200 spaces and 18 static caravan holiday homes, each are fully serviced with a hard-standing surface. The introduction of the new pitches offers an extra meter totalling 9m, compared to the traditional 8m for the regular spaces.

Dorset park's holiday heroes earn 300 thanks for loyalty 

West Dorset Caravan Park

Three centuries of loyal service were celebrated at West Dorset Leisure Holidays recently when eleven employees were presented with special achievement awards.

The long-serving team members work across the group's five highly acclaimed Dorset parks, and received their accolades from directors Martin Cox and his wife Vanessa.
Together, the staff have contributed over 300 years of service in areas ranging from catering and hospitality to leisure services, customer support and wildlife conservation.

They were each presented with Exceptional Service Award certificates from the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, the park industry's professional body.

Bee-friendly Cornish park creates a buzz in green awards

Bee-friendly Cornish park creates a buzz in green awards

Staff at a Cornwall holiday park are flying high after honey bees, butterflies and birds helped wing them to a top environmental accolade from Professor David Bellamy.

The world-famous botanist has presented Stonerush Lakes near Looe with his prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

It also received three extra commendations for protecting honey bees, managing its hedgerow habitats, and planting wild flowers.

The 28-acre park near the fishing villages of Polperro and Fowey was selected for the honours following an in-depth audit by David Bellamy's wildlife assessors.

Top loo award leaves Lancashire park flushed with pride  

Top loo award for Donkey Creek

Donkey Creek Farm Caravan Park on Lancashire's Fylde coast is officially one of the best place to "go" in Britain, according to judges of the annual Loo of the Year awards.

For the park's washrooms have been named as top platinum winners in the latest  Loo of the Year awards, bringing a chain of honour to the family-run business.
The prestigious accolade was made to Donkey Creek after the shower and toilet facilities provided for guests were "mystery shopped" by inspectors.

Celebrating the news of the award are Paul Lancaster and his wife Jane who opened the park last summer in a quiet rural location near the market town of Freckleton.

Holiday park operator Hoburne acquires eighth park and launches new “Hideaway lodge” accommodation

Holiday park homes

In a move to strengthen its leisure proposition to holiday makers and holiday home owners, the Hoburne Group has acquired a new holiday park on the edge of Bodmin in Cornwall, which will boast a new range of bespoke luxurious Hideaway lodges.  The first phase of this ‘exciting’ acquisition will launch in February 2019.

As one of the leading family-run holiday park operators, established in 1912, Hoburne is an expert in providing UK holiday breaks and holiday home ownership already owning seven holiday parks across the most picturesque counties in Great Britain, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Hoburne acquired the new 17-acre site in the village of St Mabyn for its eighth park. 

Floral fanfare at awards for family's Cumbria parks

Holgates Holiday Parks staff with their awards

Holgates Holiday Parks has brought eight floral accolades back to Cumbria after a succession of triumphs in the North West in Bloom awards.

The group's six holiday parks each won a top gold award for their colourful displays, plus a seventh gold for The Royal gastro-pub in Silverdale which Holgates owns.

But the judges hadn't finished, for they then went on to name the company's flagship Silverdale park as the overall North West winner in the "Best Caravan Park" category.

The glittering awards ceremony took place this winter at Southport Convention Centre, and among Holgates delegates in attendance was park warden Kim Hodson-Walker.

Ten Great New Reasons To Visit Trevornick In 2019

Trevornick static caravans

Trevornick is the ideal destination for the perfect Cornish getaway and, in 2019, they have unveiled 10 amazing new reasons to visit.

Overlooking beautiful Holywell Bay - made famous by BBC’s Poldark - and just a few miles from Newquay, the five star holiday park offers 600 immaculately kept camping and touring pitches.

The site also features 40 fully equipped, ready to camp Eurotents, 26 new top-of-the-range static caravans, outdoor heated pool, sports fields, spa and site-wide wi-fi.

As part of a series of exciting new developments for 2019, a new delicious pizzeria with indoor and outdoor seating is being built, plus the Farm Shop is moving and expanding with fresh groceries, camping essentials, and its own bakery.

Cosgrove Leisure Parks UK acquire Shurland Dale Holiday Park and Ashcroft Coast Holiday Park

Ashcroft Coast Holiday Park

As of the 6th December 2018 Cosgrove Leisure Parks UK have purchased and taken over ownership of Shurland Dale and Ashcroft Coast holiday parks, two of the biggest holiday parks in Sheerness. They are delighted to be expanding their brand across Sheerness and the rest of Kent.

Cosgrove Leisure Parks UK have invested in Sheerness parks in the past and seen great success in their ventures. Using tried and tested methods They expect to achieve a similar level of success on their two newly purchased parks.

“We have a great long history if investing in and developing the parks we acquire and we’re excited about our plans for improving Shurland Dale and Ashcroft Coast.” – Paddy Cosgrove CEO

Top green honours for family's Berwick holiday park

Top green honours for family's Berwick holiday park

Family and staff at a Berwick-upon-Tweed holiday park are celebrating after being told that their wildlife-friendly policies have earned a major environmental accolade.

Ord House Country Park was named this autumn as a winner of the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation award at its top gold level.

It also received two extra commendations from the world-famous botanist for its efforts to protect honey bees, and its success in creating new wild flower habitats.

Owned by the Maguire family for the past 15 years, Ord House was selected for the award following an in-depth audit by David Bellamy's wildlife assessors.

The 44-acre park, he said, was fully deserving of the honour thanks to a long list of green initiatives taken to hep protect the natural world.

Bridge Leisure Parks Limited acquires ninth UK holiday park

Bowland flowers at Bridge Leisure Park

Bridge Leisure Parks Limited (“Bridge Leisure”), an owner and operator of holiday parks across the UK, today announces the acquisition of the award-winning Bowland Fell holiday park in Yorkshire.

The acquisition of Bowland Fell takes Bridge Leisure’s estate to nine parks as it continues to consolidate the fragmented UK holiday park market. The Milton Keynes based company has now trebled the number of parks it owns since completing a management buyout supported by Phoenix Equity Partners (“Phoenix”) in 2015.

Family in spotlight as North Wales's premier park is named

Thornley premier caravan park

Staff and the family owners of Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park are celebrating after receiving a top gold accolade in the 2018 Go North Wales Tourism Awards.

The flagship of the Thornley Leisure group, Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park's standards of excellence and levels of customer care made it a very worthy winner, judges declared.

Their verdict was announced at the competition's glittering awards ceremony in November which was held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

The event was organised by North Wales Tourism which represents more than 1,500 tourism-related businesses across the region, including scores of holiday parks.