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As you can imagine, it was very different in 1978 with older Caravans being served by very old and out-of-date facilities the park but the Park was still very popular and an important holiday destination for many families and we still have links with those visitors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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Excitement is brewing…
Excitement is brewing across the teams this week as the winter work is getting going and a few changes are beginning. The team in Martin’s Bar & Restaurant are busy with Christmas functions, with the first one starting at lunchtime today. We now have one or two almost daily until December 22nd when we close for our Christmas break.
We will soon take delivery of our portable bar, which will be used over Christmas as a wine bar. In 2018, the world is our oyster with ideas coming in from all angles including serving a variety of drinks at different times and occasions including cider, cocktails, gin, prosecco and even outdoor events in the beer garden…exciting!
Elsewhere, the Lodge development at Jurassic Retreat got its finishing touches this week with the tarmac going down and some planting.
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New Premier Camping Pods in Dorset
We’re excited to announce that we are introducing new Premier Camping Pods in Dorset to Highlands End Holiday Park and Golden Cap Holiday Park in 2018. The Pods, manufactured by Quality Pods in Wales, are designed to increase our range of Glamping accommodation across the parks and provide a more luxury feel than our existing Pods.
Due to the extra space inside the Pods, for the first time we are able to offer dog-friendly glamping accommodation, with 3 of the 8 Pods allowing dogs. We are excited to increase the range of dog-friendly accommodation as it is such an important part of what we offer. The pitches have been measured and over the next few weeks, work will begin on levelling the pitches and creating gravel bases for the Pods. Following their delivery in February and March, we will add private deckings to each pod,
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