Hana’s written the Blog this week!
This week’s WDLH blog is written by Hana our Bookings Manager.
It has been camper van galore at Highlands End during June! (Not all VW’s I would like to point out)
We’ve been really lucky with this heatwave which has arrived in the UK and been very busy with lots of people enjoying what our parks have to offer and the surrounding areas. Over the next few weeks especially at weekends we have very limited availability across all of our parks. For the most up to date availability please visit www.wdlh.co.uk/book which is available 24/7.
We also hit a milestone during the June heatwave at WDLH with us hitting 52% average online booking, a target we have been chasing for a couple of years so thank you to all of those of you that booked online!
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Update from the Parks
We apologise for the delay, following the snow, rain and now this lovely sun, we have been fighting to get back on track on the parks, I am pleased to say we are now nearly back to normal!
We were reminded by Phil our Park Manager at Golden Cap Holiday Park that we hadn’t posted for over two months, where does the time go! Anyway, as a quick update of what’s been going on, Phil kindly updated us on Golden Cap and what the team have been up to. The park is now in full swing with many Holiday Home Owners, Lodge and Caravan Hirers, Tourers, Motorhomes, Glampers and Campers enjoying what Seatown and the surrounding countryside have to offer. We have recently planted a whole range of flowers for the 40th Anniversary of Golden Cap, something we are all proud of both as a company and as the team on the park.
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Golden Cap’s 40th Anniversary
It’s our 40th birthday at Golden Cap Holiday Park!!
It does not seem possible that 40 years ago the family purchased the park and Vanessa walked into the Golden Cap Reception to start her long career in the management and development of the Park.
As you can imagine, it was very different in 1978 with older Caravans being served by very old and out-of-date facilities the park but the Park was still very popular and an important holiday destination for many families and we still have links with those visitors today.
With continuous improvements and upgrades including the merger of Alberlon to make one large Golden Cap Holiday Park, Vanessa is proud to be still providing an excellent holiday destination for young visitors and many relatives of those visitors on the Park in 1978.
In 2012 the Park was finally granted a planning consent which gives the foundations for Vanessa and her family to take the Park forward for the next generations to enjoy the wonderful Jurassic Coast at Seatown.
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Pods, Lodges & more Lodges!
As we enter early February, the weather has stopped being wet but is now extremely cold down on the Dorset Coast. Last weekend we had a number of visitors staying on the park including Touring Caravans and Motorhomes for our first weekend of opening.
We also welcomed over 350 guests to Martins’s over the weekend for our hugely popular first Gin Masterclass enjoyed by 130 people and our annual visit from over 230 people from the Melplash Show Society. It was great to be busy with the hustle and bustle of park life.
Our first two Premier Camping Pods have arrived, yippee!! Don’t they look lovely on there temporary holding ground while we complete the works. These two are called West Bay and Marshwood Vale. We are now working with Creative Solutions to create something extra special inside as well as getting deckings added once they are moved to their new home!
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This week at WDLH
This week at WDLH, we have been doing the following work across the Parks:
Highlands End Holiday Park re-opened this week for Touring Caravans and Motorhomes on select pitches and the maintenance team have been busy making changes and improvements to the toilet and shower blocks ready for their arrival. A new Bakery has arrived where you will be able to buy French Sticks, Rolls and Pastries. We also have a drinks list to be envious of including a Gin Menu with 21 Gins and 6 Fever Tree Tonics! We have had a great reaction to the news about our new Soft Play facility at Martin’s Bar & Restaurant at Highlands End Holiday Park, from both local residents and holidaymakers and we can’t wait for it to open in time for easter.
Roads are nearing completion and we are working on the Touring Field and Owners Areas as well as lots of lovely Caravan stock turning up for sale.
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A Jurassic February
The 26 metre long Diplodocus Dinosaur nicknamed Dippy is going on Tour and will arrive in Dorchester this February. All 292 bones will be on display for just 12 weeks near the Jurassic Coast at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester. Luckily for you all this ties in perfectly with Highlands End opening next Friday for Touring Caravans and of course you can stay for a short or week break in our Lodges or Apartments. So book now for your chance to see Dippy by staying with us between 19th February and 8th May 2018. If you want to know more, click on the link below and you may also want to watch the documentary aired this month called ‘Attenborough and the Sea Dragon,’ staring David Attenborough.
Last night you may have seen Golden Cap Holiday Park on Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast!
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Tills, Food, Prices and Photography
A busy 7 days this week on the parks, thank you for all the feedback last week regarding the soft play at Martin’s it was fabulous to have so many positive comments. Some more details below along with what’s happened this week 😊
We welcome Tourers and Motorhomes back to Highlands End in two weeks on our 37 Hard Base Pitches. The Pitch developments and Tarmac will be complete and we are really pleased with the changes that have been completed over the last 8 weeks.
New Tills have been installed at Highlands End and Golden Cap this week, although this is not big news to a lot of you it is a big change for us moving into the 21st century with electronic cloud fed tills now being in all departments. Fun Times ahead learning how to set them up and use them to their full potential!
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Happy New Year!
With only 3 weeks from today until the Hard Bases open at Highlands End for Touring and Motorhomes the parks beginning to come to life again after the Christmas Holidays. We came back to work on the 2nd January and we don’t know where the time has gone and this is what we have been up to:
At Highlands End C G Fry have been in converting the gym that has had dwindling numbers to be part of Martin’s. Below is an artists impression of the soft play that should be available from Mid-April along with some extra toilets for the building and a brand new store room. (Not as exciting as the Soft Play)
Also on Highlands End we have two major projects on going this winter. Firstly on the Caravan Holiday Homes where we are targeting to get caravans 1-108 on underground gas as well as upgrading the Electric and Water Supply.
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It’s nearly Christmas!
The team will finish work for their Christmas break next Wednesday so this is our last Friday working before Christmas which tied in with Christmas Jumper Day. Andrew who recently joined accounts came in with this amazing jumper and showed the rest of us up! – well done Andrew.
Out on the parks we are as busy as we always are in the short closed period. With the target of getting Highlands open again for 2nd February and most winter works complete, the park has been getting most of the attention over the last 2 weeks. This will change in the New Year as we get stuck into planned works at the other four parks but for now Highlands End is coming together nicely. This week we welcomed the last two lodges in Shepherds View to complete the development we started in 2012 and brings the Lodges to a total of 10 with a range of 1,
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Another busy week at WDLH
It’s been another very busy week at WDLH.
This week the teams from Cresta Leisure and Helo Ltd have been busy at Highlands End Leisure Club, ripping out the sauna and installing a brand new one! The new sauna looks great and will open tomorrow.
After finishing the Jurassic Retreat Lodge Development at Larkfield Holiday Park last week, Grant Brooks and his team have now moved to Highlands End Holiday Park where they are developing grass pitches into gravel, extending some hard base pitches to the road and creating some new roads in South Rye Acres. Over the coming weeks, they will be moving into the area where our new Premier Camping Pods will be located to work on the landscaping, road and footpaths.
Today we announced the winner of our photo competition. There were hundreds of entries throughout 2017 and this photo below was the winning entry from Danielle Pearce,
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