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Awards spotlight beckons for Dales family's holiday park 

Awards spotlight beckons for Dales family's holiday park 

Family and staff at a North Yorkshire holiday park are celebrating after their business was named this summer as a finalist in the prestigious White Rose Awards 2018.

Riverside Caravan Park in the village of High Bentham was declared by judges to be among the very best holiday providers in the county.

Now business owners Thomas Marshall and his wife Jane must wait until 12 November to see if Riverside is crowned as overall winner in the holiday parks category.

The finals will take place at a glittering ceremony at Harrogate Conference Centre attended by top tourism chiefs and other VIP guests from across North Yorkshire.

Minister opens new reception facility at five-star Harlech holiday park

Minister opens new reception facility at five-star Harlech holiday park

A new £500,000 reception facility at the award-winning Min-y-Don Holiday Park in Harlech was officially opened by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport Lord Elis-Thomas on Friday.

The minister, who is also the Assembly Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, said he was delighted to open the “splendid” reception facility at the park in the heart of beautiful Harlech and commended owners, Salop Caravans Sites, for their good work.

Harlech has so much to offer the visitor: the castle, a World Heritage Site and one of the Europe’s top golf courses sat next to outstanding beaches in an unbeatable landscape,” he added.

North East manufacturing component supplier given top rating by Swift Caravans

Supply Technologies

Supply Technologies, one of the UK’s leading supply chain management specialists, has been given the top supplier rating by a national caravan manufacturer.

The Sunderland branch of Supply Technologies, owned by American company ParkOhio, has received the A Rated accreditation for its commitment to the working partnership.

The Swift Group, the UK’s market leading manufacturer and supplier of touring caravans, motorhomes and luxury holiday homes, introduced its supplier awards to recognise the excellence and dedication of its supply network. The programme is built around key performance indicators which are continuously monitored and recorded.

Minister opens up Wales park's new pampering paradise

Wales tourism minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas opened Pembrokeshire holiday park

Wales tourism minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas opened a new chapter in luxury holidays recently when he cut the tape on a Pembrokeshire holiday park's latest development.
Called Celtic Escapes and based at top-rated Noble Court Holiday Park near the market town of Narberth, it promises guests a pampering experience like no other.
In front of more than 200 VIP guests, Lord Elis-Thomas welcomed the £1 million venture and congratulated the family-owned business behind the enterprise. 

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


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…

Boardmasters, Cornwall - 8-12 August 

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…