SPATEX Offers Package Deal

SPATEX offers a one-stop shop for water leisure products and services such as one-piece tiled Signature swimming pools for holiday parks.

SPATEX Offers Package Deal

Bringing together many of the major players in the water leisure Industry, SPATEX 2014, in February, offers the full package for holiday park owners and operators.

Now in its 18th year, a line-up of over a hundred exhibitors will be displaying everything from wet and dry safety flooring, water play features, pool enclosures to saunas with swimming pool water treatment and energy saving ideas thrown in. In fact, all the equipment you need in a holiday park swimming pool and leisure complex.

Each day, the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers will be running workshops with talks from leading industry experts, giving the show an important technical and educational edge. Tuesday February 4th is Leisure Operators’ Day when the Workshops will be aimed specifically at operators and managers of commercial facilities.

The Arena’s central location, just 500 yards off the M6 and within two hours commuting time of 75 per cent of the population, ensures easy access and the Ricoh has 2,000 free on-site car parking spaces.

The event takes place at the Ricoh Arena’s Jaguar Exhibition Hall from Sunday February 2nd to Tuesday 4th. Free visitor registration is now open via

East Devon Park Leads Green Tourism

The multi-award winning, family-run, Oakdown Holiday Park is the only holiday park in East Devon to hold an AA Five Star pennant.

East Devon Park Leads Green Tourism

In the past year alone, Oakdown Holiday Park on the Jurassic Coast in East Devon, has received seven coveted awards – among them a Highly Commended Visit England Award for Excellence 2013, Practical Caravan Magazine’s Best Green Site 2013 and a 16th consecutive David Bellamy Gold Environmental Award.

Oakdown is owned and run by the Franks Family; Doreen and Roger, Alastair and Andrianna and their team of dedicated staff. It is the only holiday park in East Devon to hold an AA Five Star pennant 2013/2014 – the equivalent of a top star rated hotel.

Oakdown Holiday Park is located between Branscombe and Sidmouth on the East Devon Heritage coast and lies within East Devon’s designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its owners, The Franks family, have farmed the area for five generations, introducing the first static holiday caravan to the farm in 1951 and opening as Oakdown Holiday Park, catering for campers and touring caravans as well as statics, 21 years later.

Now, with 16 luxurious caravan leisure lodges, 150 landscaped pitches for touring caravans, motor homes and tents and 55 privately owned caravan holiday homes, the 20 acre park welcomes several hundred guests during peak season weeks and 2013 has been a very busy year for the family run park with the beautiful British sunshine making an all important appearance.

The Franks continue to work hard to maintain a consistently high level of customer satisfaction and strive to be top of the game in all aspects of holiday park life. The driving factor behind what they do came from the vision to become a ‘green’ holiday park - a vision that was established before the concept of green tourism was even invented. Oakdown was the recipient of one of the very first David Bellamy Gold Environmental Awards in 1997 – an accolade it has continued to be awarded every year for the past 16 years.

Holiday Parks In Multi-Million Buy Out

Holiday Parks In Multi-Million Buy Out

South Lakeland Parks, which operates nine holiday parks in the Lake District and Morecambe Bay area, has been acquired by Electra Partners, the majority shareholder of Park Resorts, in a £47m deal.

Park Resorts and Electra Partners worked in partnership to secure the takeover deal of the Cumbrian-based business from White Ocean Leisure and its lenders. The acquisition comes only two months after Electra Partners led the refinancing of Park Resorts which will provide significant further investment in the parks to improve facilities across existing holiday parks.

The addition of South Lakeland increases Park Resorts’ portfolio by nine holiday parks, making it the largest holiday parks operator in the UK with 48 sites across England, Scotland and Wales.

South Lakeland Parks was founded in 1988 and was previously known as South Lakeland Caravans until June 2006. Its sites range from traditional caravan parks to larger holiday villages complete with leisure facilities and direct access to Lake Windermere.

David Boden, CEO of Park Resorts commented: “South Lakeland’s nine parks are all high quality and will perfectly complement our existing portfolio. The parks are ideally located for owners and holiday makers to experience some of the most spectacular scenery the UK has to offer.”

Touch Wood

Attracting all types of visitors from long weekend holiday lets to permanent holiday homes, log cabins have been used in the UK for more than 40 years.

Currently enjoying a boom in popularity, the first timber lodges began to appear on UK sites as far back as the Seventies. Forty years on, some of those early trend setters, on the banks of Lake Windermere, are still in use today.

While budget is always going to be the primary consideration, it is important to consider your target market, location and site layout before making an investment commitment.

“A lodge park could look to invest anything from between around £20,000 to over £100,000 for a single lodge,” says David Hollyhead, a specialist lodge consultant.

“The lower end often attracts a high turnover of clients paying lower rates and although this can provide a rapid return on investment, higher costs may be incurred from refurbishments and replacements,” he advises.

“At the higher end, the incredible quality and finish of topend units matches any top-class housing project and owners have the option of becoming more involved in the design of the home and its interior,” adds David.


Robert Matthews from Baltic Timber Lodges says that many 50-plus retired people, with good disposable income, will pay a premium for premium locations without the noise of a typical caravan park; summer rates of £650 plus are not uncommon.

“We recently constructed four larger lodges on a site that overlooks a golf course in a popular holiday resort; an investment of £250,000 has returned £700,000, plus weekly site fees,” Robert reveals.

A cheaper initial investment than the larger lodges and cabins, camping pods typically attract a transient market of walkers, fellwalkers and hikers, to those sites located on popular trails and routes, such as the Pennine or Cumbrian Ways.

Robert says: “A complete camping pod for two people can be constructed from around £4,000.

“If occupied for 90 nights per year a pod will give a return on investment of around 68 per cent in the first year, based on two sharing at £30 per lodge per night.”

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Company Contacts

David Hollyhead Developments UK
Tel. +44 (0)7976 256436
Baltic Timber Lodges
Tel. +44 (0)8450 216873
The Dream Lodge Group
Tel. 0845 123 6333

Wales in Bloom Award

Wales in Bloom Award

Gardening team, Dave and Christine Ball are hanging up their hoes after 20 years of dedicated service to the Tree Tops Caravan Park in North Wales

Tree Tops Caravan Park in North Wales, which this summer scooped a top spot in the Wales in Bloom awards, is bidding a sad farewell to its two top gardening experts.

Dave and Christine Ball have been head gardeners at the park for over two decades, securing a Wales in Bloom accolade for the business every summer for 21 years.

Tree Tops’ number one prize in the holiday park category of the 2013 awards, announced 16 August, means that the green-fingered couple will be bowing out in style.

Throughout their time at the park, the couple is estimated to have put over halfa- million bedding plants into the soil on the 15-acre park near Holywell.

In addition to the annual highlypraised floral setting they create, Steve and Christine also help maintain the family-run park’s thousands of trees, shrubs and perennials.

Now they have decided to hang up their hoes for a restful retirement at their home at Weaverham in Cheshire - but will still be regular visitors to their holiday caravan at Tree Tops.

EZ Pool Access

EZ Pool Access

EZ Pool Access

Suntrap Systems has extensive experience in supplying disabled pool lifts and hoists to holiday parks throughout the UK and Europe.

Our popular manual EZ Pool Hoist enables operators to comply with DDA regulations at a budget price. Installed into an in-ground socket and being easily carried to any location makes this a versatile yet affordable solution for pool access.

Alternatively Suntrap’s fully automatic Portable Pro Lift is ideal for one or more pools as it requires no poolside fixing, is easily wheeled wherever required yet has a lifting capacity of 28.5 stones (181kg).

Suntrap also offer a comprehensive service package on its lifts so for total care contact the team today.

Suntrap Systems
Tel. +44 (0)121 428 1155

Lakeland Park Creates A Buzz

Guests at Skelwith Fold caravan park are being ask to keep their eyes out for rare bees.

Lakeland Park Creates A Buzz

Guests at a top Lakeland holiday park are being asked to keep their eyes open for more than 7000 extra visitors winging their way to its grounds this year.

Skelwith Fold caravan park in Ambleside hopes that all the new arrivals will be ‘solitary’ bees, a species said by nature bodies to be under serious threat.

An imaginative habitation project has seen the park create thousands of tiny timber tunnels bored in hardwood logs which are now positioned in piles throughout the grounds.

According to park owner Henry Wild, Skelwith Fold’s 130 acres are now a safe haven where the harmless, nonaggressive insects can be helped to rebuild their numbers.

Skelwith Fold provides pitches for guests with touring caravans and motor homes plus caravan holiday homes for private owners.

Fern Backs Free Holidays Scheme

Fern Britton, who sacrificed part of her and her husband Phil Vickery’s holiday in Cornwall to help highlight the free holiday scheme, was taken around Mother Ivey’s by Patrick and his wife Meg

Fern Backs Free Holidays Scheme

TV presenter Fern Britton took time off in Cornwall this summer to help launch a new scheme by holiday parks to provide free holidays for struggling families.

The former star of ITV’s This Morning was at Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park in Padstow where the initiative, described by Fern as ‘a genius idea’, is being pioneered. She said that her own happy memories of holidays in Cornwall, and her belief that a family holiday is ‘not a luxury but an essential’, had persuaded her to freely lend her support. The scheme is the brainchild of Patrick Langmaid, owner of Mother Ivey’s, who has pledged to give away a week’s holiday to a needy family for every hundred bookings his park takes.


With the scheme already in action, Patrick hopes that the number of families enjoying no-cost stays at his park will be into double figures by the end of the season. He hopes too that his initiative will also be adopted by many of the UK’s other 3000- plus holiday parks as part of a national effort to provide holidays to families in crisis.

Mother Ivey’s beachside park has been owned by the Langmaid family for 25 years, and has 60 holiday caravans for hire. Three years ago, it won the tourist board accolade for the best holiday park in the South West. Patrick said a number of other South West holiday parks had already committed to his charity initiative including the Surf Bay Holidays group and Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay. “I really believe that this idea has huge potential to make a significant difference to the lives of struggling families, and I would like to see as many other parks on board as possible,” said Patrick.

“Offering one holiday to charity for every hundred holidays booked is practical and possible without incurring any major outlay,” he added. “The real cost of providing holidays is in maintaining the infrastructure of the park and the holiday homes, and this is generally covered by normal commercial activity.

“Every park has some spare capacity during the year, so to give some of those holidays away to needy families makes perfect sense. Parks will only have to bear the marginal cost of cleaning, laundering and energy.

Perfect Play Solutions

Perfect Play Solutions

Miracle Design and Play Limited has a fantastic range of innovative playground equipment that, due to its modular construction, can be tailored to clients’ individual needs. Miracle has supplied the holiday market for many years with extremely high quality playground equipment that satisfies all relevant European safety standards.

In addition Miracle offers unmatched product warranties for absolute peace of mind. Miracle’s highly skilled designers can provide exciting and unusual designs using both steel and wooden products offering bright and colourful contemporary play areas or natural play to blend in with the environment.For more information please call or email the Sales Office.


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The Waveney River Centre in Beccles, Norfolk, is one of 600 holiday parks to be recognised by Professor David Bellamy’s Conservation Awards.


Some 600 holiday parks in the UK have been recognised by world-famous botanist David Bellamy in the annual David Bellamy Conservation Awards.

Now in its 16th year, the scheme champions green tourism in Britain and celebrates holiday parks that go the extra mile to protect and nurture the natural environment.

“Many of these parks have created incredible wildlife wonderlands for holidaymakers to explore, and which are especially important for teaching youngsters about conservation,” said Professor Bellamy.

The parks that take part in the scheme are regularly assessed by a team of wildlife experts, focusing specifically on land management, recycling, energy resources and involvement with the local community. Three levels of excellence can be achieved: gold, silver and bronze.

“I’ve been amazed at some of the initiatives I’ve found as I’ve travelled around the country, and these awards give parks the credit they deserve for putting sustainability high up on their business agendas,” added Bellamy.

Holiday parks that improve their carbon footprint are in a win, win situation. Sites that focus on reducing energy consumption not only help the environment but also reduce their costs in the form of lower energy bills. Companies that emphasise the fact that they are attempting to be environmentally friendly can gain the favour of like-minded consumers.

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