Park News

Cwm Cadnant Valley Caravan & Camping Park Under New Ownership

Cwm Cadnant Valley Caravan & Camping Park

Savills, on behalf of private owners, has sold Cwm Cadnant Valley Caravan & Camping Park in Caernarfon, north Wales to a local investor. The property was marketed with a guide price of £525,000.

The 4.5 acre (1.82 hectare) park has planning permission and site licenced for 32 touring pitches and 68 tents. Amenities on site include a children’s play area, a laundry block and a five bedroom owner’s bungalow. Cwm Cadnant Valley is only one of a few caravan parks that is in walking distance of a town centre, with Caernarfon being home to several attractions including Caernarfon Castle and Snowdonia National Park.

Newby Bridge Caravan Park makes splash in green tourism awards

Newby Bridge caravan park - green tourism awards

Staff at Newby Bridge Caravan Park in Cumbria are celebrating after being told that their wildlife-friendly policies have scooped a major environmental accolade.

The park, located at the southern end of Windermere, has this month received the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

Professor Bellamy's honours go each year to tourism businesses making exceptional efforts to protect the natural world and its inhabitants.

Lancs park bounds into finals of dream dog holiday awards  

Lancs park bounds into finals of dream dog holiday awards  

A Fido-friendly holiday park in Lancashire has been named as one of Britain's top three places for caravanners to take their dogs – and is now up for a major national accolade. Moss Wood in Cockerham near Lancaster is a finalist in the 2018 Dog Friendly Awards, romping ahead of more than 3,000 UK parks eligible to enter.

Now the family-run business must wait until the championship finals later this year to discover if it has the overall Rex factor in the caravan sites category.

Top green accolades and a world stage for Cornish park

Mother Ivey's Green Cornish Park

Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park near Padstow has been named as one of just 18 international finalists which will be competing for this year's World Responsible Tourism Award.

The family-run park will learn if it has taken the overall title on 07 November when judges announce their decision at the event's London awards ceremony.

Hosted by BBC presenter Tanya Becket, the park will appear under the spotlight with other global contenders ranging from the Sri Lanka Wildlife Society to the African Ivory Route.

News of the shortlisting came as Mother Ivey's Bay, and its sister park Martha's Orchard in Constantine Bay, were announced as winners in a major UK environmental awards scheme.

Club chiefs gain Lake District view of growing market

Club chiefs gain Lake District view of growing market

Senior executives from the Caravan and Motorhome Club took a behind-the-scenes look this autumn at a major Lake District holiday park which is meeting new staycation opportunities.

Skelwith Fold in Ambleside, Lake District was the venue for the visit following a study tour earlier in summer to the Club's Coniston Park Coppice by members of BH&HPA's Cumbria branch.

The delegation was headed by the Club's director general Nick Lomas, and the aim was to see how one of the organisation's commercial counterparts was adapting to an evolving market.

Skelwith Fold director Henry Wild, who led the tour of the 130-acre grounds, said there was ample evidence this year that the demand for holidays in the UK was continuing to rise.

Caravan parks business delighted to win Powys Growth Award

Clywedog Caravan parks staff winning Powys Growth Award

A family business, which owns two caravan parks on the outskirts of Llanidloes, added another accolade to its growing list when it collected the Growth Award at the Powys Business Awards.

Clywedog Riverside Holiday Home Park and Red Kite Touring Park collected the award, sponsored the Development Bank of Wales, at the annual awards dinner held at The Hafren, Newtown. The awards are organised by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group.

The Onions family has owned Clywedog Riverside Holiday Home Park since 1996 and expanded in 2016 to develop Red Kite Touring Park, which has been a great success.

Cuerden Residential Park News

Cuerden Residential Park

Wednesday 8th August at 7.30pm was a red-letter day for Campbells Cuerden Residential Park as it transpired to be the culmination of a tragic and heartfelt journey for one of their most respected and well-liked residents. Margerry Bradley suffered the heartbreak of losing her dear husband John to a heart attack on the 14thof May 2018 after 14 years together. Margerry had lost her first husband Geoff to cancer and as she mourned her John she thought about how little she could have done for Geoff, but she was determined that Johns legacy would be about what could be done for future families so they wouldn’t have to suffer what she and her family were living through.

Upton Lakes & Lodges In Devon Comes To Market

Upton Lakes & Lodges

Savills, on behalf of private owners, has brought Upton Lakes and Lodges in Cullompton, Devon to the market at a guide price of £995,000.

Set across 14.9 acres (6.02 hectares), the site comprises a total of 14 lodges;  five park owned that are let on a weekly basis and included in the sale, alongside nine that are privately owned and pay an annual pitch fee. There is currently planning permission for up to 20 lodges on the park, offering the potential to develop a further six units.

Devon family's park in business award finals at Wembley

Beverley Holidays park wins business award

Devon's Beverley Holidays was celebrated as one of Britain's most outstanding family businesses this summer at London's Wembley Stadium. The Paignton park was among those selected to tread the red carpet at the 2018 National Family Business Awards after winning through to the glittering finals.

Founded 60 years ago by the same family which remains at its helm today, Beverley was the sole representative of the UK holiday parks industry at the prestigious event.

Organised by Britain's largest network of family-run companies, the annual awards are designed to highlight the important roles played by family-run businesses.

Cumbria park woos new staff with fitness and sauna sessions

Cumbria park woos new staff with fitness and sauna sessions

Following a record year for visitors, Silverdale Holiday Park says it's now putting staff recruitment plans into overdrive in readiness for an even more full-on 2019.

And to help attract new team members, the business is offering a list of perks including free saunas, spa baths and pool sessions, plus access to the latest keep-fit technology in its gym.

The family-owned park currently has 20 full-time positions to fill after end-season figures showed this summer to have been the busiest by far in its 60-year history.

But business owner Michael Holgate says is keen to give priority to applicants from south Cumbria, and will only be announcing the posts locally and on his website.

Survey of holiday park sector – your last chance to take part!

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Many Caravan Industry readers will be aware of the major research being carried out this year into the impact of the holiday-park sector on the UK economy, funded by the Economic Impact Research Group (the BH&HPA, the Camping and Caravanning Council, the Caravan and Motorhome Council and the NCC).  Both individual parks and groups in all four countries have been contacted by the EIRG to encourage them to take part – as with all research, the more information gathered, the more robust will be the output!  

Such a UK-wide survey has not been done before and the report will be of significant importance not just to the sector as a whole, but potentially also to individual parks when applying for planning permission.  

Culzean Castle Club Site receives top tourism award

Culzean Castle Club Site receives top tourism award

A campsite on the grounds of a fairytale castle has become Ayrshire’s first ever Five Star Touring Park following a grading by VisitScotland.

Culzean Castle Camping and Caravanning Club Site, located on the South Ayrshire Coast, received the award from the national tourism organisation’s Quality Assurance (QA) Scheme in recognition of its exceptional standards. The QA Scheme is a benchmark for quality across the tourism industry and operates across accommodation, visitor attractions and food sectors.

The 90-pitch site, just a short walk from the 18th Century Castle, has always looked after its patrons to a high standard with showers, toilets, a washing up area and a children’s play area among the facilities available. 

BBC gives low-down on Dorset park's grown up holidays 

BBC gives low-down on Dorset park's grown up holidays 

A popular New Forest touring park which has declared itself a child-free zone was the focus of a recent BBC radio feature on the rising phenomenon of adults-only holidays.

Reporters travelled to Back of Beyond park near Ringwood for the hour-long look at why growing numbers prefer their escapes free from the patter of tiny feet.

Helping to explain the trend were Martin and Vicki Bowrey who acquired Back of Beyond almost five years ago, and immediately placed an 18-plus age requirement on guests.

The husband and wife team said that customer reaction had been "one hundred percent positive" from the outset, and that they often had to hang the no-vacancies sign up this summer.