Broadchurch the TV series & the Jurassic Coast Trust
Our most exciting news for this weekly blog is that we have received a certificate from the Jurassic Coast Trust, as recognition for the £5,300 we have raised in the 2012 holiday season. When customers make a reservation at any of our holiday parks they are asked if they would like to make a small donation. The money raised is all generated back into the Jurassic Coast with study programmes for people visiting the areas, information sites, new signs and preservation.
With the holiday parks due to open in two and a half weeks’ time, we are working hard on getting the last parts of major maintenance complete. At Highlands End we are resurfacing the main entrance road and are looking forward to the completion on the toilet block refurbishment.
Three members of West Dorset Leisure Holidays team have been in Birmingham at the NEC the last few days working at the Caravan & Camping Show. They were based on the ‘My Dorset Park’ stand and have since said it was a great success. They spoke to many people who are interested in visiting West Dorset, handed out a lot of brochures and also recognised and spoke to a lot of previous guests from the holiday parks. We also had one of our recently purchased ABI Alderley caravans on show which generated a lot of interest. The caravan is being brought to Golden Cap Holiday Park on the 4thMarch and from the level of interest at the show I am sure we will have customers coming to have a look at Golden Cap Holiday Park.
‘Broadchurch’ the ITV series will begin on the 4th March, I would really recommend watching it as it will be a great chance to see the picturesque Jurassic Coast and our valued West Bay beach that we all know and love. You can also keep up to date with our facebook and twitter notices about the show and we are planning on participating in a ‘Broadchurch’ competition which will be announced in our social media.
The holiday lodges are now available for hire
Highlands End Holiday Park
The luxury three bedroom LODGES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR HIRE at Highlands End Holiday Park, overlooking the stunning Dorset countryside and Jurassic Coast. These stylish holiday homes are setting new boundaries for that dream holiday. Please contact the bookings team for prices and availability.
We have redesigned our West Dorset Leisure Holidays website and will SOON be going live. We have tried to make the site easy to use and informative, with eye catching pictures and a wonderful new Woof Guide for our special guests. We will announce shortly when the new website is accessible.
The toilet block at Highlands End is coming along brilliantly, the under floor heating has been installed, the walls have been repainted and the new baby baths in the baby changing areas are going to be a real luxury compared to the old.
From the 19th February – 24th February we will be attending the NEC in Birmingham for The Spring Caravan & Camping Show. Some of our staff will be working on the ‘My Dorset Park’ stand if you would like to come and say hello. At the show you will have the opportunity to view new models and meet the manufacturers of Camping, Caravans, Motorhomes and Lodges. There is going to be celebrity appearances and the chance to speak to holiday park representatives, book your holidays and arrange viewings of holiday parks.
On the 6th and 7th April we will be hosting an open weekend at Golden Cap Holiday Park. It will be a chance for people to come and take a look at the vacant pitches we have for sale, view caravans and meet the sales team at West Dorset Leisure Holidays. It’s always a fun couple of days and hopefully we will have good weather and we look forward to meeting potential caravan owners.
The Trade Association Conference in Belfast
Last week Vanessa, James and I attended the British Holiday &Home Parks Association conference in Belfast, the home of the National Chairman. The three day conference included several excellent presentations, all relating to tourism and the holiday park sector. Over 400 colleagues from the UK attended, which was an excellent opportunity for us all to exchange ideas and experiences. Many other trade associations I am sure would like to have such a good level of attendance. The key speakers were very impressed by the support and commitment they received and the list of achievements that the BH&HPA had completed over the last 12 months was more than impressive.
It is always interesting and beneficial to discuss the current market conditions and trends, sharing direct experiences relating to the management of holiday parks, including planning policies and strategies. During the conference we had a fantastic evening tour of the new Titanic Centre, followed by dinner surrounded by Titanic history and the dry dock where the ship was constructed and launched.
After the conference we decided to stay for the weekend in Ireland and followed the coastline to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway. A brand new 5 star facility has been constructed at the site providing information about this world heritage attraction. It was great to see a very well designed modern building in such a unique location and it was very noticeable to the amount of investment being pushed into the existing tourism attractions whilst developing new.
We decided to buy a couple of the souvenirs in the tourist shop at the Giant’s Causeway and to my surprise they were selling chocolates made in Dorchester and Jam from Forest products in Bridport. It never ceases to amaze me that where ever you are in the world you can usually always spot something or meet someone you know from home. To conclude our trip we had to experience the traditional hospitality with a couple pints of Guinness in the famous Crown Pub.