PARKDEAN RESORTS PROVIDES FREE ACCOMMODATION TO FRONT-LINE NHS WORKERS NATIONWIDE

13th May, 2020: The UK’s largest holiday park operator, Parkdean Resorts, has provided free accommodation to front-line NHS workers during the Coronavirus crisis.

After government instruction in March, the company’s 67 parks shut down, and were left empty, save for a handful of key security and maintenance staff on each park. With caravans and lodges available, Parkdean Resorts took the decision to contact local healthcare authorities to offer free accommodation on selected parks to NHS key workers in need of a convenient place to stay at the end of their shifts, or living with any vulnerable or at-risk family members.

So far, free accommodation has been offered to NHS workers at four parks across the country: Torquay, Whitley Bay in Northumberland, Vauxhall in Great Yarmouth, and Southview in Skegness. In total, the four parks have housed more than fifty key workers for a total of more than 1000 nights, with a total value of over £70,000.

Rob Warner, Operations Director for Parkdean Resorts said: “The vast majority of our teams live locally to our parks so they’ve been keen to give back to the local community and in particular to support NHS staff who have been doing such an incredible job throughout the Coronavirus crisis. As our own small way of showing our thanks and appreciation for all they have been doing, we were happy to offer our park facilities for free to support key workers.”

NHS Community support worker, Stephanie Head, was one of the key workers who took advantage of Parkdean Resorts’ offer of free accommodation, at Torquay. She said: “Due to living with my parents who are in their 70s, I had to find temporary accommodation to keep them safe. I cannot thank Parkdean and their staff enough for making this possible! The overall experience was perfect. The staff were friendly and helpful, and I could not fault the accommodation.”

NHS Operating Department Practitioner, Mark Simpson, stayed at Whitley Bay, adding, “I have three young children at home, who have been worried about the situation. I cannot thank Parkdean enough, their staff have been very friendly and the overall experience has been amazing.”

And NHS Pharmacist, Samuel Tsui, was grateful to be able to stay at Vauxhall: “I had come down to Norfolk to cover NHS Staff shortages in the area for a week. I had been struggling to find accommodation until I came across Vauxhall Holiday Park! I really can’t thank Parkdean Resorts enough. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, the park was very secure with locked gates and the caravan I stayed had everything I needed and was very comfortable, this allowed me to self- isolate efficiently and get a good night’s rest after a long day at work. Thank you, Vauxhall, for opening your doors for NHS staff in these uncertain times!”

Throughout the lockdown, many of Parkdean Resorts’ holiday park teams have also shown support for their local communities by donating tens of thousands of pounds worth of unused food to local foodbanks and charities.

Parkdean Resorts is the UK’s largest operator of caravan, lodge, cabin, glamping and camping holiday resorts, and was named Best UK Family Holiday Company 2019 at the British Travel Awards, the UK’s biggest opinion poll for travel and tourism in the country. Earlier this year, the company announced an investment of over £80million in its business across Britain.

Top Of The Camping Pods Award winners in the annual camping and glamping awards….

Top Of The Camping Pods Award winners in the annual camping and glamping awards….

A selection of popular camping and glamping sites across the UK have picked up gongs in the latest Campsites.co.uk camping and glamping awards. Yorkshire came top with more awards than any other county, followed closely by Cumbria.

The Best Holiday Park national award went to stunning Cofton Holidays in Devon, closely followed by commendations for Wooda Farm Holiday Park in Cornwall and Highlands End Holiday Park in Dorset.

Cofton’s extensive camping facilities include grass, hard standing and fully serviced pitches with newly-refurbished toilet and shower blocks. Nearby, the camp shop stocks everything campers need from freshly baked croissants to tent pegs.

Facilities include a heated indoor pool with a splash pad area and hydrotherapy loungers, a gym, restaurant, pub, steam room, sauna, fitness studio, soft play area, playground, sports wall, outdoor pools and much more. Guests also have access to five coarse fishing lakes, miles of cycle paths and nature trails that take visitors through woodland to the golden sands of Dawlish Warren beach and nature reserve.

ABOVE: Attractions at Cofton include both an indoor and outdoor
swimming pool.

TIRELESS WORK

Helen Scott, Director at Cofton Holidays, is thrilled with Cofton’s success, saying: “Starting 2020 off with this prestigious accolade is a very positive sign for things to come, building further on the success of last year.” Helen added: “The Cofton team work tirelessly throughout the year to deliver an unforgettable experience to all of our guests, and being recognised independently for that is testament to our fantastic staff.” Cornish site Hendra Holiday Park has received the Popular Choice national award for 2019.

CORNISH DELIGHTS

Located in glorious countryside just outside Newquay in Cornwall, with 80-acres of landscaped parkland, Hendra welcomes from approximately 1,000 to over 3,500 people a night during the peak season, in a range of accommodation options, including camping, touring, glamping, holiday homes and lodges.

The super deluxe Shepherds Hut Retreat was the winner of the national award for Best Glamping Site 2019. Its lakeside hot tub and sauna are the perfect finishing touch to its high end glamping. Grooby's Pit took home the Best Caravan Park award 2019 at national level (winner) and is in the Skegness area. Its 5 star pitches are adult only, hard standing, serviced and set beside a stunning lake. With excellent facilities and great fishing, it’s an ideal touring base for the sights of the coastline.

Family friendly Umberslade Adventure near Hockley Heath was awarded Best Family Campsite national winner 2019. Most Unique Site 2019 went to The Private Hill, a stunning set of boutique geodomes tucked into the Yorkshire Wolds, with an experience that’s far from the norm.

ABOVE: Hendra welcomes between 1,000 and 3,500 people a night during the peak season

BOOKABILITY

Launched in 2015, Campsites.co.uk makes it easy to find and book great camping and glamping sites. The platform allows users to filter their search depending on their requirements, as well as search for the best camping holiday deals. The Sussex-based company currently lists more than 2,500 camping, glamping and touring sites across the UK and its Campmate iPhone app is one of the most popular camping apps on the App store. Martin Smith, founder of Campsites.co.uk said: "Every one of our winners has brought their best to the table this year and they deserve every success that comes their way."

ABOVE: Hendra welcomes between 1,000 and 3,500 people a night during the peak season

POPULAR CHOICE AWARD

NATIONAL WINNER: Hendra Holiday Park, Cornwall Found in tempting countryside just a short distance from Newquay's buzz, beaches and surfing, this family-owned 5-star park makes a cracking base for your next break. With award winning facilities, landscaped parkland and indoor and outdoor pools (complete with water flumes!), a holiday here is sure to make a splash.

ABOVE: Hendra's Oasis indoor fun pool boasts three flumes, a rapid ride, water cannon, waterfall and toddlers’ pool and an outdoor heated pool.

BEST GLAMPING SITES

NATIONAL WINNER: Shepherds Hut Retreat, Somerset These shepherd's huts are a whole new level of decadence. With stunning nature to enjoy alongside the plush accommodation, the lakeside hot tub and sauna is the icing on the cake. Each of the huts has had an interior designer work their magic on its vintage decor – and it shows - and guests rave about the luxurious details. An ideal base for couples to explore the Jurassic Coast.

ABOVE: Best Glamping Site went to the Shepherds Hut Retreat.

BEST CARAVAN PARK

NATIONAL WINNER: Grooby's Pit, Lincolnshire It's five star all the way with a waterside pitch at Grooby's Pit, perfect for a spot of fishing. Enjoy the peace of the adult only park, rod in hand, or use the site as a well maintained base for trips along the Lincolnshire Coast. The amenities are immaculate and there's plenty of space. From seaside Skegness to the seals at Mablethorpe, it's a caravanner's dream

ABOVE: The deluxe camping pode at Grooby’s Pit helped earn them the Best Caravan Park award

BEST FAMILY PARKS

Take the kids camping and make some memories that'll last your family a lifetime. Whether it's the fun of playing in the fresh air, building a den with new friends or toasting a treat in the glow of the campfire, these sites have mastered the art of family friendly breaks.

NATIONAL WINNER: Umberslade Adventure, Warwickshire 50 acres of glorious space should be enough for even the most active little ones, and this site adds its own adventure park with 140 foot zip wire, commando course and 4x4 off roading experience. Talk about a cure for the school holiday doldrums! You and your little 'uns can camp out under the stars or try a spacious bell tent, then enjoy getting some sausages a-sizzling on the BBQ.

ABOVE: Top family-friendly accolades for Umberslade Adventure.

BEST COUPLES’ CAMPSITES

You'll soon forget traffic and city streets in favour of endless sunsets, pretty countryside and some quality time together.

NATIONAL WINNER: Greendale Farm Caravan and Camping, Rutland It's an adult only zone at this peaceful site, so pick a spot and soak up the relaxing vibes. Start with a dip in the pool, or wander to the local village pub and cosy up with that special someone. Nearby Rutland Water is truly romantic at sunset and any good cheese lover will find a few nibbles in Melton Mowbray hard to resist.

MOST UNIQUE LOCATION

Fancy something quirky, out of the box and unique? These sites are anything but run of the mill - and we bet your friends and family won't have seen anything like it!

WINNER: The Private Hill, North Yorkshire Commended: Myrtle at Larchfield Estate, County Down

Commended: Windmill Campersite, Isle of Wight

ABOVE: The most Unique Site award went to The Private Hill and its boutique geodromes.

BEST HOLIDAY PARK

From unbeatable locations to high end facilities and activities that'll keep the whole family buzzing, these holiday parks are the cream of the crop. Whether it's making a splash in the pool, boogieing to top entertainment at night, or being just moments from a popular beach, they've got you covered.

WINNER: Cofton Holidays, Devon Commended: Wooda Farm Holiday Park, Cornwall

Commended: Highlands End Holiday Park, Dorset

TOP DOG AWARD

We're a nation of dog lovers and there's no way we're leaving Fido behind to chase his tail! Fortunately these pet friendly havens will put a smile on your face and a wag in your pooch's tail.

WINNER: Polmanter Touring Park, Cornwall Commended: Meadow Falls, North Yorkshire

Commended: Welltrough Hall Farm, Cheshire

BEST NEWCOMER

Brand new in 2019, these sites have got off to an excellent start with plenty of happy campers. They've started as they mean to go on and the future's looking bright!

WINNER: Hobby Farm, Dorset Commended: Shillingridge Glamping, Buckinghamshire

Commended: Kingley Vale Campsite, West Sussex

GREENER SITE AWARD

These eco-friendly sites can't be beaten when it comes to caring for the incredible British countryside, and all without compromising on the fun of camping.

WINNER: Wild Boar Wood Campsite, West Sussex

Commended: Alderfen Marshes, Norfolk

Bright Lights

Bright Lights

Light Sauce is the leading importer and distributor of Light Up, Flashing LED and Glow Novelties in the UK. Trade suppliers for over 15 years to family attractions, holiday parks, theatres, local government, schools and charities.

Light Sauce specialises in the volume supply of light up toys to order but with large UK based stocks and a wide choice of products we can deliver next day throughout the UK (2-3 days european delivery).

The company offers retail-ready products, bespoke packaging and branding and point of sale. Request a hard copy of our catalogue today.

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Peace Of Mind

Peace Of Mind

The Breeze high chair is light-weight and combines convenient stacking with a hygienic easy- clean finish.

The chair stacks up to eight high for easy storage and the front-load stacking design eliminates the need for up and over lifting. At Magrini safety is our main concern and the Breeze high chair features a permanent T-bar for intrinsic safety as well as an adjustable buckle.

The high chair is fully compliant with BS EN 14988:2017. The chair is designed and manufactured in the U.K. and is available in a choice of colours. For further details on the complete range of Magrini commercial childcare products please contact us.

Magrini
Tel. 01543 375 311

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High Class Specification

High Class Specification

Willerby is proud to be the UK’s largest manufacturer of holiday homes and lodges. Holiday lodges are generally twice the size of the average home home and in Willerby’s case, they are also stunningly designed and exceptionally good value.

We work closely with a range of first-class suppliers to ensure that everything that goes into your new home is of high-class specification. You’ll see brands we trust throughout your lodge, giving you peace of mind that your lodge is built to last. Call today to see how Willerby can solve your accommodation challenges.

Willerby
Tel. 01482 717599

www.willerby.com

At Your Service

At Your Service

As long-time suppliers of outdoor furniture to Holiday Parks, Woodberry understand your needs. They supply well built, hard-wearing outdoor furniture that is guaranteed to last.

A large amount of the range is crafted on-site, so they are happy to talk to you about creating bespoke solutions to fit deck dimensions or to match your brand. Whether you need deck furniture, café furniture, rubbish bins, recycling Bins, benches or parasols, Woodberry have the solution for you.

Woodberry’s friendly team have a wealth of experience and would be pleased to offer advice, a free site evaluation or a quick quote.

Woodberry
Tel. 01926 889922

www.woodberry.co.uk

Easy Peasy

Easy Peasy

The Leisuredays team can make your customer insurance “easy peasy”! For any parks who administer insurance on site, it can be quite a timely and costly challenge.

To take the pressure off parks, the 100+ team at Leisuredays handles all aspects of a customer’s policy - managing renewals, claims and mid term changes. Talk to the team about how to free up a huge amount of your time and maintain healthy levels of insurance income.

Leisuredays Insurance
Tel. 01422 396 693

www.leisuredays.co.uk/park-insure

Recycled Furniture

Recycled Furniture

NBB Recycled Furniture is currently offering a special bundle deal to buy 10 best-selling Contract Picnic Tables for only £2850.00 including free delivery to UK mainland* addresses.

The attractive contract picnic table is made from 100% recycled high density polyethylene making it more robust, more hygienic and safer than wooden alternatives. With no maintenance required for the product’s lifetime and a guarantee of up to 25 years, the cost savings are continuous. Secure your tables now and raise your environmental profile by visiting our website. *Terms & Conditions apply.

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Tel. 0800 1777 052

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Farewell To Friend of Holiday Parks

Farewell To Friend of Holiday Parks

ABOVE: The inspirational David Bellamy has died at the age of 86.

The Conservation Foundation was greatly saddened to announce the death of Professor David Bellamy OBE, its co-founder and President in December. A passionate friend to the holiday park industry, he put his name to The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme -- one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK. The idea behind the awards has been to celebrate what the best parks are doing for the British countryside and to encourage others to follow their lead. One of the first comments David made about the scheme remains true today: “My dream is to upgrade all caravan parks up to some sort of conservation status so that they can educate the visiting public and help them respect and care for the countryside. “Help the environment and choose a park that has one of my awards,” he urged as he continued to work in close partnership with the British Holiday & Home Parks Association. Last year, 570 holiday parks received a David Bellamy Conservation Award for the work they’ve done to protect and enhance Britain’s natural environment. From the creation of new wildlife meadows and woodlands to the construction of solar-powered shower blocks and energy efficient lodges made out of recycled plastic, the variety of work being done by these parks is outstanding. The parks that take part in the scheme are all regularly assessed by the scheme’s team of local wildlife experts. The assessors look at the steps parks are taking to:

• Manage their land as a haven for wildlife

• Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources

• Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce

• Support their local communities.

The idea of the scheme was first sown when David Bellamy gave a talk to members of the camping, caravanning and holiday home park industry in which he gave the audience members a challenge to be part of the environmental solution and not part of the problem. David, who was 86 when he died, was then invited to visit many parks and was amazed at the wide range of work that the most forward-thinking owners were doing for the environment as mini nature reserves. Known for his distinctive gravelly voice, the botanist and broadcaster was a larger-than-life character who inspired a whole generation. He became a household name, as a scientist and conservationist and will continue to inspire the holiday park industry in his name.

Cooler Months Still Packed With Appeal

Cooler Months Still Packed With Appeal

ABOVE, The Caravan and Motorhome club report bookings for autumn and winter are up by seven percent

Caravan and Motorhome Club members are continuing to embrace autumn and winter touring proving that caravanning and motorhomes are great holiday options no matter what time of year. Bookings for autumn and winter 2018 to 2019 were up seven per cent compared to the 2017 to 2018 season, and feedback from the Club’s recent social media polls show that its members think there is much to love about touring during the cooler and quieter months. Some 26 per cent of Club members questioned said they enjoyed the autumn colours and 22 per cent loved long walks on crisp bright days, with 35 per cent enjoying the quieter sites and attractions out of season. Nearly 20 per cent travelled out of season to appreciate the sheer beauty of the seasonal landscape. The resounding sentiment was that whilst members want to get out walking and visiting local attractions, many also love the warm and cosy feeling of being in their campervan, caravan or motorhome over the autumn and winter months, whatever the weather might throw at them.

Harvey Alexander, director of marketing for the Caravan and Motorhome Club, said: “Our members are an active and adventurous bunch so it’s no surprise that so many of them enjoy touring during autumn and winter, and we are striving to keep more and more of our sites open out of season to keep up with the demand. “It’s great to hear how our members all get away their way – whether that be curling up with a good book and a nice cuppa in a cosy motorhome or braving the chill and camping in a national park so they can spend the days walking and cycling. “I’ve especially enjoyed hearing the tips that our members have for getting away in the cooler months, not just the practicalities of being prepared, but the lovely feeling they have of being safe and warm inside their leisure vehicles and benefitting from the great facilities we have on our sites.” NEW SITE Meanwhile, work to develop a new campsite in the popular Sherwood Pines forest in Nottinghamshire will continue throughout the winter and spring, ahead of a planned opening during the 2020. The campsite will be run and managed by Camping in the Forest, a partnership between The Camping and Caravanning Club and Forestry England. It will span 20 acres of Forestry England woodland and brings the total number of Camping in the Forest Sites to 16 across England and Scotland.