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What’s the best way to declutter before moving into your dream park home?

Bag it up and give it to your local charity shop. You’ll be surprised at how much you no longer need! - 15.4%
Host a car boot sale. Why not earn yourself a few quid to spend on your new park lifestyle? - 7.7%
Put it in storage just in case you don’t settle on your new park - 76.9%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 13 May 2016 - 09:32





£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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Brewing up some excellent insurance advice!

Brewing up some excellent insurance advice!PBIS’s Paul Baker was delighted to join residents at Hutton Park, in Weston-super-Mare, at their weekly coffee morning to talk about the new business, park home insurance and other topical issues of interest to park home residents including the recent legislation, pitch fees and football!

A number of residents have already insured their homes with Paul Baker Insurance Services attracted by the 15% Resident’s Association discount and the choice of policies designed to suit their requirements and pockets. Indeed one resident discovered his previous insurance had lapsed in 2013 - needless to say that was quickly resolved !

Following Paul’s presentation there was a lively question and answer session covering pitch fee reviews, licensing fees - which should not be included with the pitch fee and index linked, what happens in the event of a total loss, Paul explained the intention of the policy is to replace the home as new to include the costs of site clearance, re-siting and delivery fees as well as skirtings, steps and outbuildings but that the replacement had to be arranged via the park owner.

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New venture more than just pie in the sky for Alfie

New venture more than just pie in the sky for AlfieThe successful entrepreneur Alfie Best has just invested into Eat Square, a local pie company based in Wiltshire. The owner of Wyldecrest Parks, one of the largest park home operators in the UK, valued at around £200 million, has acquired 40 per cent of this food business founded by Alex Joll in October 2014.

 Alfie Best explained: ‘I’ve invested once again into a business close to my heart. Nowadays, Wyldecrest Parks is about to become the biggest park home operator in the UK and we’re already planning an overseas expansion. That’s why I’ve invested into Eat Square.

‘I believe that when you love what you do and when you know what you’re doing, you have some of the most important keys to succeed in your hands – and Alex does know exactly what he’s doing and he loves it!’
 What about the pies? ‘The pies are really, really amazing,’ Alfie continued. ‘They have that nostalgic feeling of childhood in each single bite, that rustic and traditional taste.’

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Cornish charities celebrate

Cornish charities celebrateTwo Cornish charities each received a boost to their fundraising efforts in February, thanks to an enterprising Padstow holiday park’s visitor giving scheme. Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Wadebridge Foodbank have both been handed cheques for £1,700 from Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park at Trevose Head.

The much-needed sums were raised by guests who donated £1 on top of their holiday costs when booking a stay at the park. The total amount was then doubled by Mother Ivey’s Bay owner Patrick Langmaid, to create the £3,400 windfall which was shared by the charities.

On top of another £800 donation made to each cause last March from the scheme, it means that the park has raised £5,000 for the two organisations over the past 12 months.

Hexham’s holiday heaven

Hexham’s holiday heaven‘It’s a holiday heaven for wildlife,’ said David Bellamy, speaking about Causey Hill Holiday Park in Hexham, Northumberland. The world-famous botanist has just presented this park with his prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

The family-owned park, enjoying picturesque views over the historic market town, has created a wildlife haven for guests to enjoy, said Professor Bellamy. Covering just under 20 acres, Causey Hill has been owned for the past ten years by the Daly family, and provides pitches for touring caravans plus luxury caravan holiday homes to own.

David Bellamy said that the park could congratulate itself on having created an environment which provided a VIP welcome for both wildlife and holiday guests. He praised the park’s planting of hundreds of native trees and shrubs which, along with its private woodland, provide habitats and food resources for many animal and bird species.

Park manager Linda Grant said that everyone was thrilled to have had the park’s conservation efforts given the thumbs-up from David Bellamy.