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A right ol’ fishy story

fishy-story-john-MetcPlans by the owners of a mid-Wales holiday park to extend their coarse fishing lake were going swimmingly until a master ‘poacher’ struck under the cover of darkness.
John and Jane Metcalf, of Maes yr Afon Holiday Home Park, located alongside the River Rhiew near Berriew, invested £4,000 on stocking the lake with fish, only to find that all of them had then been killed.

Park manager John Metcalf eventually came face to face with the culprit, a large dog otter, whilst fishing in the adjacent river. Sadly, the otter was not content with capturing enough fish to feed his family; he killed the lot and left them scattered around the pool.

Now, to protect the fish in the restocked lake, John has erected a high, otter-proof fence at a cost of £20,000.

A Royal celebration

royal-celebration-stoSoap star Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Dingle in Emmerdale, was the first to pull a pint at recently re-opened pub The Royal, in the Cumbrian village of Silverdale. However, this time, the storyline centres on Silverdale Holiday Park in Cumbria, and not Emmerdale Farm. When guests at the park ask where to find a good local pub, staff no longer need to scratch their heads, since the park has bought them one of their own!

At a cost of £300,000, the family business rescued The Royal in Silverdale, and brought the pub back to life after it had stood empty for six years. The move has won acclaim not just from park customers, but also from the local community whose members include Emma Atkins herself.

Owner Michael Holgate said that, although Silverdale Holiday Park provides its own acclaimed restaurant, cafe and bar, guests occasionally fancy a change of scenery.

Until recently, local options were rather limited – but now, he says, they can enjoy the park’s high standards of food and hospitality just a few minutes’ walk away.

Promoting high standards

Promoting high standards Staff at Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park have teamed up with guests and members of the local community to create a four-figure windfall for the local St Wilfrid’s Hospice. A total of just over £4,500 was handed to the hospice appeal this week, and was the result of a fundraising effort involving many of the park’s 60-plus employees.

For the past 12 months, the park has persuaded guests to put their hands in their pockets for a good cause by arranging a raft of different fun events.

Summer fares, Christmas parties and Easter Egg competitions all played a part in the fundraising, together with car boot sales, competitions, and a range of activities for youngsters.

The aim was to beat the £3,500 total raised by the park last year for the Arundel children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House and, when the money was counted up, staff were delighted to find the target topped by over £1,000.

Park supports charity

Park supports charityStaff at Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park have teamed up with guests and members of the local community to create a four-figure windfall for the local St Wilfrid’s Hospice. A total of just over £4,500 was handed to the hospice appeal this week, and was the result of a fundraising effort involving many of the park’s 60-plus employees.

For the past 12 months, the park has persuaded guests to put their hands in their pockets for a good cause by arranging a raft of different fun events.

Summer fares, Christmas parties and Easter Egg competitions all played a part in the fundraising, together with car boot sales, competitions, and a range of activities for youngsters.

The aim was to beat the £3,500 total raised by the park last year for the Arundel children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House and, when the money was counted up, staff were delighted to find the target topped by over £1,000.

£1m leisure investment

£1m leisure investmentHolgates’ flagship holiday park, Silverdale, located on the Lancashire/Cumbria border, is gearing up to welcome a brand new addition to its leisure facilities.

The ambitious £1 million development, which is now nearing completion, will see the creation of an additional three full time jobs and a further three part-time jobs, bringing the total number of staff employed across Holgates six parks to 120.

Included in the new facilities is a cutting edge Highway 66 mini six lane, 15m long bowling alley, created by world leading manufacturer QubicaAMF.

This mini bowling theme is apparently the first of its kind in the UK to incorporate BES X scoring technology, the world’s only Bowler Entertainment System, providing users with the latest innovations in interactivity and scoring.

Park Leisure pitches up for five star North Wales holiday park

North Wales holiday park Savills, on behalf of a private vendor, has sold Brynteg Holiday Park in North Wales to Park Leisure for circa £11.5 million.

The property extends to 48 acres (19 hectare) and is set within a secluded woodland on the outskirts of the village of Llanrug in Gwynedd. With a site license for over 300 static holiday caravans, the site also includes a club complex with swimming pool and spa, lake bar, children’s playgrounds, nine-hole golf course and fishing lake.

Robert Gale-Hasleham, director of leisure and trading at Savills, comments: ‘The picturesque setting of Brynteg and five star rating made this a very attractive asset. We’re delighted to have placed the placed the property with this suitable purchaser in an off-market transaction on behalf of our client.

‘We continue to see the holiday park market perform strongly with operators such as Park Leisure expanding.’

Savills sold 25 caravan parks in 2015, totaling over £60 million and during Q1 of this year the firm has acted on £14.125 million worth of sales of five parks.

Cutting carbon

Cutting carbonHelping to preserve the environment, two sister businesses have demonstrated their commitment to reduce their carbon footprints, by achieving the ISO 50001 international standard for energy management. Morris Leisure owns six caravan parks in Shropshire and North Wales while Morris Lubricants is Britain’s leading family-owned lubricants manufacturer. Both companies are based in Shrewsbury and are part of Paterson Enterprises.

The companies have installed solar panels to generate renewable energy to reduce their costs, replaced traditional lighting with LED lights, and installed light sensors and more energy efficient heating boilers.

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Sign our petition

Sign our petitionFollowing the recent floods, fears for the future of Cumbria’s tourism industry have prompted the owner of a Pooley Bridge holiday park to launch an online Parliamentary petition. Barbara Allen, director of Park Foot Caravan and Camping Park, hopes to try and force a debate among MPs on the halt of river dredging in the UK.

If her petition passes the 100,000 signature mark, it’s likely that the House of Commons will examine if blocked river beds are at the bottom of Cumbria’s flooding problems. Park Foot, which was named as Britain’s top holiday park by the AA in 2015, is among many tourism businesses in the Lake District hit hard by December’s deluges. With the bridge at Pooley Bridge washed away, access to the 40-acre park on the side of Ullswater has been made extremely difficult.

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£23 million park investment

£23 million park investmentMajor UK park owner, the Haulfryn Group, has received planning permission for a £23 million investment to transform Finlake Holiday Park in Newton Abbot. This development will offer a projected 100 new construction jobs and, once complete, will create 80 new jobs for the region.

Key developments include 100 new luxury lodges; an £8 million, 500 capacity new water park, gym and leisure complex; a £4 million upgrade of current leisure buildings into new sauna and spa centre; plus a doubling of the park’s restaurant and bar space. The new development will also boast contemporary architecture with a strong connection to the surrounding landscape.

Park Home Owners’ Club website re-launched!

Park Home Owners’ Club website re-launched!Towergate Insurance has successfully relaunched its new Park Home Owners’ Club website.
The brand new site officially came online on 14 March and the insurance provider, which has a specialist and dedicated park home arm, started signing up customers the very next day.
Towergate’s Head of Caravan and Park Homes, Adam Summersby, said, ‘We’re all really excited about the launch.

‘New features include an ‘Ask the Expert’ section, a great calendar, forum, blog and the various competitions, too.

‘Our vision is that the new site will be a user-driven journey and it will be park home residents who will drive the website’s content.’

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