HEAD EAST PROMOTES WALKING ROUTES

HEAD EAST PROMOTES WALKING ROUTES

 

HOLIDAY PARK VISITORS Can enjoy enhanced outdoor experiences through the Head East scheme.

Head East is designed to raise the profile of Norfolk and Suffolk’s outstanding cultural offering and to boost the gradual recovery, adaptation and re-stabilisation of the region’s visitor economy in the wake of the pandemic.
Led by the New Anglia Culture Board, the year-long targeted cultural tourism campaign aims to promote and build a national profile of the East as a ‘must see’ UK cultural destination.
The original campaign was focused on 2020, but the pandemic triggered a strategic re-focus.
A €23.3 million project is promoting new walking experiences by the Interreg EXPERIENCE Project.

CLUB EXTENDS CAMPING SEASON

CLUB EXTENDS CAMPING SEASON

 

CAMPERS will be able to extend their touring dates this autumn and winter

 

Responding to demand, the Camping and Caravanning Club will be opening a number of campsites for longer this winter including those that will enable campers to pitch-up any time of year.
In total, 30 Club sites will be open beyond the traditional camping season, meaning people can still enjoy a much-needed break well into the autumn and winter, and over the Christmas period.
The Club’s Simon McGrath said: “Autumn and winter can be a fantastic time to enjoy your caravan, motorhome or even tent and we believe many people will be keen to continue to enjoy the fresh air on a camping break, even as the nights draw in.
“Given the huge popularity of pitching up on a campsite, we wanted to offer campers more choice of locations later in the year by extending the season of a number of our sites.”
The Club has 13 sites with extended opening:
• Barnard Castle, County Durham; Cannock Chase, Horsley, Surrey; Kendal, Lake District all plan to stay open until November 30th.
• Bellingham, Northumberland; Cheddar, Somerset; Polstead, Sufolk; Sandringham, Norfolk; Scone, Perthshire; Winchcombe, Gloucestershire; Windermere, Lake District; Wolverley, Worcestershire all plan to stay open until January.
A further 17 Club sites remain open year-round along with five Camping in the Forest sites.

NORFOLK WELLNESS RESORT PROPOSED

NORFOLK WELLNESS RESORT PROPOSED

Consultation has begun on a proposed 200 acre ecowellness resort in Ashwicken, Norfolk, comprising of 154 floating and lakeside holiday lodges including treehouse accommodation, a clubhouse on the water and associated boat house.

There will be a specialised focused on water-based pursuits including rowing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing and open water swimming.

Developer Norfolk Farm Leisure wants to transform Ashwicken Lake near East Winch, with 154 floating and waterside holiday lodges with a £35m investment. The resort has been designed by London-based Baca Architects, which specialises in building on or near water.

The resort will lead to an estimated £8m (£6m in King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and the remaining £2m in Norfolk) boost to the local economy and the creation of 340 jobs.

A New Level For Haven

A New Level For Haven

Deck Houses have been introduced at Haven’s Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park in Norfolk.

Deck Houses have been introduced at Haven’s Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park in Norfolk.

Haven has expanded its accommodation portfolio with the introduction of brand new Deck Houses exclusive to Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park in Norfolk.

The contemporary Deck Houses are available on the first or second floor and include a large open plan living space and adjoining family dining area. Guests can stay entertained with a 40” flat screen HD TV with DVD and Bluetooth speaker in the lounge, and enjoy the sun on the balcony or patio area.

Gareth Brown, General Manager at Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park said: “Our new Deck Houses are taking accommodation at Caister-on-Sea to the next level. The sheer size and quality of these units is fantastic.

“We’re immensely proud to be Britain’s oldest holiday park and the Deck Houses are the latest exciting chapter in our wonderful history,” he added.

Natural World

It is Forest Park’s commitment to its surroundings, the beautiful scenery and natural attraction of North Norfolk that brings families back to the park each year.

It is Forest Park’s commitment to its surroundings, the beautiful scenery and natural attraction of North Norfolk that brings families back to the park each year.

Natural World

Situated on the North Norfolk coastline and nestled amongst 100 acres of woodland, it is Forest Park’s unique mix of coastline and forest, along with its commitment to nature that has made the park a firm favourite among holidaymakers for generations.

Since 1967, owners Simon and Deborah Gurney have run holiday park that it is today. Among its accolades, Forest Park has been awarded a David Bellamy gold conservation award each year since 2001 for helping wildlife to flourish and reducing energy consumption.

"Our location is probably what makes us stand out the most,” comments park owner Deborah Gurney. “We are very proud to be able to offer beautiful scenery which includes sea views and sheltered woodland. Having lived in Norfolk for the majority of our lives we appreciate how precious the unique woodland and coastline is too. The scenery is what makes Norfolk so special so we have an unwavering commitment to nature and conservation too.”

Visitors to the park will spot a range of environmentally friendly initiatives that have been employed around the site, including bird and butterfly boxes, as well as the management of dead trees and forest areas to encourage natural habitats to thrive. The park also uses low energy light bulbs, runs electric buggies, monitors water usage and encourages recycling. It also supports the community where possible by buying from local suppliers and backing local events and sporting clubs.

Today, the park accommodates 250 tourers, motorhomes and campers, complemented by two cottages, a wilderness campsite and over 400 wooden lodges and holiday homes. Open for ten months of the year from March to January, Forest Park welcomes over 20,000 guests each year.

“We welcome a whole host of clientele from couples and young families to group bookings, the three generation holiday and the retired. We are also proud to be a dog-friendly resort to ensure that the whole family can enjoy a break together,” says Deborah.

Forest Park
Tel. +44 (0)1263 513290
www.forest-park.co.uk

GREEN LIGHTS FOR UK HOLIDAY PARKS

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

GREEN LIGHTS FOR UK HOLIDAY PARKS

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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