Rooms With A View
ABOVE: Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast of England.
Guests to the real-life Jurassic Park on the scenic Dorset coast are unlikely to get bored of the scenery in a hurry. Even after the sunset, Golden Cap Holiday Park have some of the most breathtaking views from their popular stargazer tents. Golden Cap Holiday Park has a picturesque location on the Jurassic Coast, just 150 yards from Seatown Beach and surrounded by 2,000 acres of National Trust Land. Ideally situated for walkers, dog owners and families, the park is nestled in a quiet valley next to a stream and is surrounded by footpaths. One of West Dorset Leisure Parks five sites, General Manager Martin Cox advises: “Explore the coast path that runs past the park to reach the top of Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast of England, and enjoy incredible views over 99 miles of coastline from Portland Bill to Start Point in Devon.”
Served by three quality pubs within a 10-minute walk of the park, including the popular and award
ABOVE: Golden Cap was the film location for Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast.
winning 2017 Visit England Tourism Pub of the Year, The Anchor Inn at Seatown, guests have plenty of opportunity to unwind after enjoying the famous landscape. “The 96-mile Jurassic Coast is the UK’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, ranking it alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef. The Jurassic Coast is a walk through time with its rocks and fossils revealing 185 million years of the earth’s geological history,” comments Martin.
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The Perfect Advert
ABOVE: A twin home and garden on The Elms Retirement Park in Lincolnshire.
An array of activities and an outstanding community spirit, The Elms Retirement Park in Lincolnshire is a perfect advertisement for park home living. Residents enjoy a quality of life that many other park operators could sit up and take note of. Those wanting to travel further afi eld can use the resident-run minibus service; the timetable is published in the Park’s newsletter, the Elms Advertiser. They benefit from visiting butchers, bakers and fishmongers, as well as a mobile library and numerous clubs and associations run by the residents themselves. The village of Torksey, not much larger than the Park itself, is a short walk away and features a Medical Centre built by the Park operators themselves, The John Kinch Group. ACTIVE ROLE The Kinch family take an active role in ensuring the highest quality at the park from continual reinvestment and practical improvements to organising events for residents such as nature walks, craft workshops and concerts. “Not only do we take pride in creating an unrivaled community at The Elms, we also work to support local communities as well,” says Tracey.
ABOVE: Pictured right are Managing Director Stuart and Director Tracey with Edward Leigh MP on his visit to the Park.
“This year we raised a huge £1128 for the great MacMillan cause by opening up our offices for a coffee morning and we also support local schools with donations.” The family also take an interest in promoting the concept of residential park living further afield. The Elms website and social media pages overflow with video content, blogs about home refurbishment and more, as well as new, resident profiles. “We have recently launched resident profiles on our Facebook page,” explains Tracey. “It occurred to us that people may wonder ‘Who lives in a house like this?’ so we are talking to residents about their lives and what led them to move to The Elms.
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E-Bike Hire Scheme Launch
ABOVE: Oyster Park residents are urged to get on their bikes.
Luxury holiday homes provider Park Leisure has introduced an exclusive complimentary electric bike hire scheme at its Oyster Bay park. The partnership will see 12 Park Leisurebranded VOLT™ e-bikes available to guests, offering an exciting, environmentally friendly way to explore the surrounding North Cornish countryside. For a personalised touch, the initiative will see each bike named after a local beach in the area, including ‘Crantock’ and ‘Tolcarne’. Holiday home owners will be able to enjoy up to 60 miles of perfectly assisted cycling in one journey, making light work of any adventures, even a ride to Newquay and back. With the extra power provided by an electric motor, the steepest of hills can be tackled with ease, providing riders the opportunity to sit back, relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. The initiative has seen a £22,000 investment from Park Leisure, with Oyster Bay being the fi rst park to trial the bikes. One of Cornwall’s most exclusive holiday home parks, Oyster Bay is just minutes from the beach and offers fi rst-class facilities, as well as some of the most luxurious lodges in Cornwall and beyond.
Vital Scot Holiday Park Tourism Role
Tourism minister Fiona Hyslop MSP has told holiday park owners that their businesses are a vital component of Scotland’s tourism industry. The minister made her remarks at November’s annual conference of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association Scotland which was held at Edinburgh’s Our Dynamic Earth.
Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, was welcomed as chief guest speaker at the conference by Scottish association chairman Colin Fraser. The event was attended by delegates from many of Scotland’s 200-plus park businesses which offer holiday options from camping and glamping to luxury lodges to rent and own.
In her address to delegates, Fiona Hyslop said that her department recognises the important role played by parks in producing visitor income and sustaining employment: “Holiday parks offer visitors to Scotland both great value and a wide range of high quality accommodation options, as well as helping to sustain employment in some of our most remote and rural areas,” she said.
Picture Caption: Above- Fiona Hyslop MSP (centre) is welcomed to the conference by director general of BH&HPA, Ros Pritchard OBE, and retiring chairman of BH&HPA Scotland Colin Fraser
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Warfield Go Green
ABOVE: Warfield Park has been named the National Social Responsibility Company of the Year.
A residential park in Berkshire has hit the mark at the National Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards 2017. Warfield Park in Bracknell claimed the title of National Social Responsibility Company of the Year. The award recognises the ambitious upgrade programme to improve energy efficiency and performance of park homes at Warfield which recently marked its 70th anniversary. Energy efficiency measures have been installed in 29 rental park homes under a government initiative, and the park has assisted 49 private residents to do the same during 2016. Apart from improving living conditions for residents, projected energy savings are anticipated to be in the region of £500 per year per home. The works on the 90-acre park were carried out by two companies: Omar Skinner and Sons and Insulated Homes Limited, the latter nominating Warfield Park for the award.
Couple Scoop Park Leisure Holiday Home
ABOVE: Family win park leisure holiday home
Lucky couple Pamela and Wesley Borgesson are celebrating after winning a holiday home at fi ve-star Park Leisure’s luxury Amble Links park. The pair, from County Durham, took part in the leading holiday home provider’s nationwide competition to ‘Win A Luxury Holiday Home’ at this year’s Sunderland Air Show. Podiatrist Pamela, 39, her civil servant husband Wesley, 38, and their four-year-old daughter, were presented with their prize which comprises of two bedrooms, large open plan livingAmble area, modern kitchen and beautifully decorated master bedroom, en-suite toilet and integrated appliances. Park Leisure invited the winners to choose from one of its 12 fi rst-class holiday parks in Northumberland, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Herefordshire, North Wales or Cornwall and the County Durham couple opted for Amble Links due to its close vicinity, stunning beach side location and family-friendly atmosphere. Park Leisure Amble Links is a popular, owners-only holiday park offering five-star service and immaculately landscaped surroundings, located just a stone’s throw from the spectacular Northumberland coastline.
Jewels In The Crown
ABOVE: Lady’s Mile Holiday Park was named as joint winner of the Holiday Park Pool Of The Year title.
A neck and neck contest, which left judges unable to separate two short-listed entries, has resulted in the pair sharing the coveted 2017 title of Holiday Park Pool Of The Year. Devon’s Lady’s Mile Holiday Park did not just shine for its investment in water leisure facilities. The Park’s outstanding team of lifeguards drew unanimous applause from the judges following the dramatic rescue of a young girl in distress in the outdoor pool. She was lifted from the water, and the team carried out CPR and saved the young girl’s life. The team acted professionally and responded to the incident with great care and compassion. Their efforts have been recognised by the Royal Lifesaving Society for outstanding bravery with a certificate of merit. Meanwhile, part of the Bourne Leisure group, Haven Holiday’s Hafany Môr Holiday Park, in North Wales, was named as co-title holders following an outstanding £3m refurbishment earlier this year. The upgrade featured an impressive makeover including the addition of three flume slides, play areas for young children, a multi-lane slide, bubble pool, Lazy River and wave pool, plus a lane pool for those wanting to just swim.
The Holiday Park Pool of The Year contest was one of 30 categories contested at the UK Pool and Spa Awards held at the Vox Conference Centre at Birmingham’s NEC last month. The organisers, Waterland Media, were joined by former Apprentice winner and TV personality, Michelle Dewberry, and over 200 representatives from all aspects of the pool and spa industry. The judges commented on the impressive standard of provision across the holiday park sector for swimming pools, hot tubs and wellness. Prepare to be impressed, as we bring you this year’s short-listed pools.
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Rainy Day Planning
ABOVE: Specialist holiday park insurance is vital to ensure adequate cover.
Luckily, 80-year-old park home resident Alan Smith was not injured in a devastating fire that wrote off his Essex Park Home and destroyed all possessions and contents inside. Even more luckily, Mr Smith had the extensive cover and benefits of residential park home insurance policy with leading specialists, Leisuredays, one of the leading holiday caravan and park home insurance specialists in the UK The Leisure days team was able to quickly pick up the pieces for their customer by co-ordinating the removal of the badly damaged property and then helping with the ordering of a brand new park home, replacing his contents and having a brand new unit sited, connected to services and creating suitable access. “Our team is best at making customer insurance easy,” says Gareth Walker, of Leisuredays whose in-house claims liaison team worked closely with the loss adjusters and a specialist team at our underwriters, RSA, to handle this high value claim. “The expert claims team always works hard with all parties to make sure claims are handled efficiently, guiding customers and park owners through the process so claims are settled as quickly as possible,” Gareth continues. “In this case, the park home owner was also quickly given some money to pay for replacement clothes and toiletries as most of his possessions were damaged in the fire.”
As customers await their replacement park homes, a robust insurance policy can also pay for emergency short term accommodation for family and pets that usually live with them. Other costs involved in this claim include demolition and site clearance, local authority charges for delivery of the new park home and the cost of a new park home. Customer insurance rates vary from park to park. When calculating a premium, insurers take into account the type of unit being insured, its value and the value of its contents.
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Kids That Play, Stay
ABOVE: Wear out the youngsters with fun play opportunities such as this one from Brean Play.
The UK’s notoriously unpredictable weather means that indoor play and amusement facilities can provide an essential ‘get out of a jail’ card for holiday parks. From soft play zones to amusement arcades, parks that offer exciting indoor entertainment are sure to stand out from the crowd. “For our commercial customers we have, for many years, had a mantra ‘kids that play, stay’ because when kids enjoy the play offering, the parents will stay longer and come back more frequently,” advises Mike Black SLKids – a division of Sound Leisure Ltd. “Where you increase the dwell time, you increase the pro rata spend per head,” he adds. David Robinson of World of Leisure agrees but cautions: “The price of play is very important in holiday parks, as a captive audience, who have to pay over and over again during their holiday, will choose to leave the park each day to fi nd their amusement and fun elsewhere, especially if park prices are seen as being too high. “Three to twelve year old children are still the biggest influence on a family holiday destination, and if holiday parks cater for this age group by giving them exciting and fully interactive rides, then they will always enjoy being fully booked,” David continues. “If the weather is inclement, then all our rides can be operated either indoors or outdoors, so no disappointed younger children, whatever the weather.”
ABOVE: A sure fire winner is this driving school by World of Rides
World of Rides has been involved with the delivery of battery operated parent and child rides since 1969. “Always buy the best rides and play equipment that you can afford, as cheap equipment will always breakdown during your busiest periods,” advises David Robinson of World of Rides.
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