10 rainy day activities in Dorset
Whilst Dorset is known for its warm and sunny weather, the great British weather can be unpredictable and rain can sometimes make an unwelcome appearance. Not to worry though, rain doesn’t have to stop play, as there are so many attractions and activities, within a short drive of our holiday parks that are perfect to visit on a wet and windy day. Here’s our top pick of rainy day activities in Dorset.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, Lyme Regis
Learn about the marine life that inhabits the waters along the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium. Through a number of interactive displays, visitors can gain an insight into the magnificent species that are native to our waters and even handle some of the creatures, including mullet and starfish!
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A blog from our Operations Manager
This week’s blog comes from the WDLH Operations Manager, Paul George
A little bit of trivia to start with…..
A question I have been asked many times over many years is “when you have a power cut at a holiday park, why don’t you have a generator back up”. Well I now know the answer as in July we had a major upgrade of our power supply at Highlands End and we ran the park on a generator for a day. Here it is, next to a caravan which you can only just see in the background. Yes – its big and it came on a big lorry, so not something you can keep in storage just in case we have a power cut !
All went to plan and we have now nearly doubled the power supply into Highlands which should be sufficient for at least the next 15 years.
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A blog from Golden Cap Holiday Park
A warm summer welcome to all our customers and to everyone enjoying Golden Cap Holiday Park and the West Dorset Coast. Thank you for all your support throughout the year and for taking the time to read our blog, we couldn’t do it with out you. You are the people that make it all worthwhile.
What a year it has been so far, from a cold, snow covered and and very wet start to the year at Golden Cap Holiday Park during February and March to a sun-soaked April, May June and July. Now after a little blip in the weather during late July, August has started off with a beautiful weekend again and long may it continue.
Our summer camping field Big Berries is now well and truly open and the new toilet block that opened last season is proving to be a great success,
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A blog from Highlands End Reception Team
As we enter a very busy peak summer season, we are all hoping the hot sunny weather returns after this weekends stormy weather. We are fortunate this year to welcome our lovely touring wardens Tracey and Drew to our team, who are looking after our customers and ensuring that the touring field is tidy and working well.
In the park shop, we now have a bakery where delicious pastries such as croissants, cinnamon swirls, maple pecans etc and baguettes can be pre-ordered the day before for the following morning. We are also offer hot sausage rolls and hot savoury pastries.
The shop is also now selling various local products such as the delicious Purbeck Ice Cream. There are six mouth-watering flavours to choose from – Serious Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Mint Choc Baby Chip, Clotted Cream, Rum & Raisin and Honeycomb Hash!
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A blog from Martin’s Bar & Restaurant
Tess Frecknall, the Venue Manager of Martin’s Bar & Restaurant at Highlands End Holiday Park has written this week’s blog!
Wow, well what a journey we’ve been on in Martins Bar over the last 6 months! For those of you who visit us regularly you’ll have seen a lot of new faces as the team grows to keep up with the new all day opening hours, events and the oncoming summer holidays!
Did someone mention football? Well despite our best efforts we can confirm it didn’t come home…. But we had a few great afternoons and evenings cheering on the England team whilst watching the games on our big screen and 6 other large screen TVs around the restaurant and bar! What an atmosphere!!! Bring on Qatar 2022!!!!!
Shadowed a little by the World Cup (and absence of Andy Murray) we quietly showed Wimbledon throughout early July – but the highlight of the tournament was our Clotted Cream Gin Teas!!!
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A blog from Graston Copse Holiday Park
Greetings from Graston Copse Holiday Park!
We are pleased to welcome Gary and Therese to our team at Graston Copse and Larkfield Holiday Parks in Burton Bradstock. Our new colleagues will be able to add their experience for the benefit of our Holiday Home Owners and holidaymakers.
We welcome our new Holiday Home Owners for the 2018 season and believe they will enjoy the benefits of peace and tranquillity of Burton Bradstock. Whilst making new friends with our existing Holiday Home Owners.
As everybody is enjoying the hot and sunny weather so far we look forward to welcoming even more guests at Graston Copse this summer, with their tents, touring caravans, motorhomes and campervans, as well as guests staying in our camping pods, safari tent and stargazer bell tent. We have been busy with our glamping accommodation, but we still have availability for last minute bookings.
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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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