South West Holiday Park of the Year
Bridport holiday park takes “Best in South West” title
Highlands End Holiday Park in Bridport, Dorset, took the top Gold award in the holiday park category of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, held last week (30th January) in Plymouth.
Stepping up to receive the award from ITV West Country news presenter Ian Axton were Hilary Selway and Valerie Walbridge, two long-serving members of the team at the park.
The couple represented Martin and Vanessa Cox, directors of the family-owned business who were unable to attend the ceremony.
The park will now go on to represent the region, with other category winners, at the National Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in May.
Highland End’s success in the South West awards comes just three months after the park scooped the top Gold accolade in two categories of the Dorset Tourism Awards.
It took both the Holiday Park of the Year title, and the Sustainable Tourism award.
At the same awards ceremony, held in October, Martin Cox was also revealed as having won a special honour for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.
With a commanding cliff-top position and breathtaking sea views, Highlands End provides luxury holiday caravans to buy and rent, plus pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents.
Its highly-praised facilities include a leisure club which incorporates a pool and fully-equipped gym, plus a quality restaurant, bar and cafe, and a shop specialising in fresh Dorset produce.
The park has received a number of additional awards for its care for the natural world, including the recently-received David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.
A raft of environmental initiatives at Highlands End have included imaginative energy-saving measures and successful moves to protect wildlife with the creation of animal and bird habitats.
The park has also been praised for its links with the local community, and its charity work which includes raising over £36,000 for the Jurassic Coast Trust over the past five years.
Martin Cox said that park staff and other family members were delighted when they discovered that Highlands End had taken South West England’s biggest tourism honour.
He said that everyone now has their fingers crossed for success in the national finals in spring.