A blog from Martin’s Bar & Restaurant
What a Summer!!
We are so pleased to have seen so many new faces, and our favourite regulars return to Martins Bar and Restaurant this summer. Busier than ever – and with some of the best sunshine any of us can remember – we’ve had a wonderful time welcoming guests from near and far.
Have we had some fun this summer or what!?! Our Silent Disco had even the most reluctant dancefloor attendee throwing some shapes (or at least tapping their toes!) and we’ve had the best feedback about the night – so watch this space for a further date! Magic Alex – well what can we say – you’d want her at any party wouldn’t you – with balloon animals, jokes, magic shows and just general good fun – and it wasn’t just the children that enjoyed the balloons – our very own Denise got her own models to take home!!
Our Jackpot is again at £500 for our ‘Crack The Code’ game – anyone over 18 playing the quiz has the chance to win the pot – but you gotta be in it to win it!!!! Quiz from 7.30pm every Wednesday! All other events are featured on our website.
Next year we’re planning some new ideas and having some new faces join us to keep you entertained – we’re talking to animal shows, dinosaur puppeteers and previously unfeatured musicians….. maybe a Tribute Night or two in our quieter periods….. exciting times ahead!
As you all know by now we have a great brigade of chefs working tirelessly from 9am until late every day preparing fresh menu choices using local suppliers. Our biggest seller?…… Good old Fish and Chips – with fish sourced from the local area and our own beer batter using ale from Palmers Brewery – just a mile from our front door! Perfect!
So what’s next? A fun themed menu for the Halloween period, alongside our best sellers and our chef specials – the log burner lit in the restaurant and the sports on TV in the Sports Bar area – a perfect place to be as the weather starts to turn! Hot chocolates-at-the-ready!
As we have now hit September plans are afoot for our 2019 menus – a few favourites and a few new dishes to feature – our Head Chef, Stephane, is French Canadian so we’re looking forward to seeing what he suggests!
Functions, Events and …. Yep….Christmas!!!
What a Winter it’s going to be! We are already looking to host our busiest November with Balls, Gala Dinners and Meetings. Did you know when we are closed as a holiday park we can offer our venue for large private events? With seating for over 300 guests, room for dancefloors and a stunning themed bar – do you book events? Why not find out a bit more…..?!! If you are running a charitable event we may be able to offer the venue FOR FREE!!!!
December is also shaping up to be our best ever with Christmas Parties every day and our now locally-famous Party Nights where a variety of different businesses and social groups join us to enjoy a delicious 3 course meal and boogie into the small hours!! We still have limited availability to join us on some nights – if you’re local and wish to join us we would love to see you!
Book your event by calling Tess, Zoe or Denise on 01308 426919 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Fire Station Soft Play
Hundreds and hundreds of under 6’s have joined us since Easter – and we’ve loved seeing each and every one of them! We’ve had some giggles as we’ve watched them enjoy the fun and look forward to seeing many more over the winter (Mums don’t forget we serve COSTA coffee and cakes!!).
Highlands End Leisure Club
Our lovely pool has had a busy summer too – and has an exciting period coming up!
Hayley who has worked for us for many years has decided to leave us to fulfil a caring role in a local family – we are all very sad to see her go! Penny, Harrison and Chris remain with us into the winter and we welcome Liam onto the team from the bar.
Over the winter the Leisure Club Reception and Mens changing rooms are due for a really lovely facelift – we can’t wait for you to see the improvements. Our timetable will be amended slightly too to enable us to offer additional activities post 7pm to best use this wonderful facility! Any suggestions for classes or activities? Let us know! Email me on Tess@wdlh.co.uk – I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Don’t forget our hours are amended over the winter – and we are closed for a period of late Dec through to mid January. Keep an eye on our website for times.
A doggie day out!
James and James in Marketing spent the day working with our newest Marketing recruits our two four-legged friends named Harry and Daisy and here is our write up from their eyes!
Woof Woof says Harry! We would like to welcome you to one of the WDLH parks this Autumn. Although they are all dog friendly, Daisy and I spent the day today at Highlands End Holiday Park. We can’t believe how many new friends we met today (A quick woof to Milo and Millie) and we would love to meet more. Here is our special guide to a perfect doggy day at Highlands End!
Daisy and I started the morning off with a fabulous run in the parks dog exercising field, which looks over Eype Beach and all the way out to sea. We had great fun running around and playing fetch as the field is enclosed and we didn’t have to have our leads on like we do on the park. We had a rest and a drink back at the motorhome before heading up to the park shop. Although we aren’t allowed in the shop we can sneak into the Cowshed where the views are outstanding and we got to hear the news while our owners sipped a cup of Dorset Tea.
Daisy loved the smell of the breakfasts coming from Martin’s Bar & Restaurant, but being the older more sensible dog, I persuaded her that we should go home for breakfast and save our visit until later when the football was on and we will get more treats! I will push for breakfast on our departure day or late in the week if it rains at some point!
Breakfast was long and we began to get a bit restless so after a few teasing barks we were off for a walk down to Eype Beach with a small picnic and day out swimming and rock pooling under Thorncombe Beacon. It is embarrassing to say but it took me ages to build the courage up to go swimming. Daisy, the silly billy, jumped right in but I preferred chilling on the pebbles. Once I was in though, wow it was nice to cool off. I was so pleased we took our ball and we swam for hours (doggy paddle) out to get the ball to bring it back to the beach. I won of course!
Once we had a drink and our owners had their picnic, we began the walk back up to Highlands End. I didn’t think about the walk back up as we went down to the beach from the cliff top park, but we stopped at a bench half way up to take in the view. Being a bit sandy we had a quick wash in the new doggy shower by the toilet block and then we had a nap and dried outside the Motorhome on the grass.
Mid afternoon we were off again. I don’t understand sports unless dogs are involved and all Daisy does is pop the ball, but we went up to Martin’s Bar & Restaurant, where so much of the building is dog friendly. We understand some of the building has to be non-doggy and we were just pleased to be allowed in with our lovely owners. We weren’t allowed a pint but the doggy bowl gave us a quick pit stop before settling in for a nap while Bridport beat Manchester City (I am colour blind so I made the teams up 😊) but I was pleased Bridport won 35-0 and then I found out we were watching rugby! Never mind.
We had dinner in the bar, well we didn’t as the food was so good everything was eaten by our owners but they really enjoyed the Ranch Burger and the Fish and Chips! As night fell we managed a quick walk back in the dog field before settling down for a kip. I was so pleased I even managed to say goodnight to Jack and Matt the park wardens who were doing their checks. They were a great help when we arrived after our journey and showed us where we could have a run while we checked in!
We managed to do all of this within walking distance of the park so we are excited for tomorrow when we are heading off to explore the local area in our little pink Fiat 500. According to the Visitor Information area on the park, the local market is on tomorrow, plenty of pubs welcome us for lunch and we can enjoy an ice cream while walking along the pier at West Bay!! 😊
Some must know info for your owners when you come and say hi this September, we found out there are a maximum of 2 doggies per booking, you must be on a lead and stick with your owner’s while on the park and we also can’t be left alone which is great as we want to be with them having a great holiday! Hopefully we will see you on the park this Autumn! Woof!
A blog from our Holiday Home Sales Team
Hello from the WDLH Sales Team!
We can’t believe it is already September and show season is upon is! I know we have had a wonderful summer but just where has this year gone?
So what’s been happening in sales I hear you ask? Well, we welcomed Dan Dunford to the team in July. Some of you may know Dan as he previously worked in the Accounts Team. Unfortunately as we gained one we lost another and Jess decided she wanted to sell on the other side of the world. She has landed safely in New Zealand and is having a wonderful time!
When we were asked to write our blog, I wondered what to write about as sales is in most people eyes, well sales! So our day to day job includes speaking with and marketing to potential Holiday Home Owners, as well as assisting and helping our existing 500+ Holiday Home Owner’s across the 5 Parks. We are heavily involved in Marketing and have been busy learning how to operate our brand new website and also our Facebook page. We also have satellite offices out on the parks like the office at Golden Cap Holiday Park and the S Pod Sales Office at Larkfield Holiday Park that we visit daily and many of you may have spotted our shop window in West Bay with our brochure stands.
We generally hold stock on all 5 parks throughout the year, which is checked and opened daily (as long as the weather is nice!). We launched our late summer sale this week and we have some fabulous offers on our 2018 holiday homes for sale, many of them including decking’s and pitch fees paid until the end of the season (30th November)! Click here to view our list of Holiday Homes for Sale.
This brings me on nicely to what is our main role. We are ambassadors of the parks and carry out many tours of the parks either by walking, driving around in our people carrier or by meeting potential customers on a particular park in our Smart Car. We are very lucky that four of our five parks are around Bridport and within 5 minutes of each other. Sandyholme is just 30 minutes along the coast between Weymouth and Dorchester in a small countryside village of Owermoigne and a fantastic location to explore some of the best places on the Jurassic Coast.
It may only be September but in the Holiday Home Sales world, the 2019 models are about to be released. Southern Counties have a 2019 model already if you would like to see it. So where do we get caravans from I hear you ask! Well in Bridport we have over 30 caravans on display all the time in our two local dealerships, Southern Counties and Surf Bay which stock Willerby Holiday Homes, Atlas Leisure Homes, ABI Holiday Homes and Swift Holiday Homes. We also have Carnaby Caravans and Europa Caravans available from Exeter and our friends at Regal Holiday Homes and Victory Leisure Homes always have a presence on the showground.
We are already planning ahead and we are off to Beaulieu Holiday Home Show in a couple of weeks, which runs from Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September. It is a great chance to see all the new models and a perfect day out if you are thinking of changing your Holiday Home or purchasing on one of our Parks. If you would like to come to the show we are offering free transport on the Saturday via a bus, or if you are making your own way there let us know if you would like a ticket. Contact Jen, Dan or Val on 01308 426917 or email email@example.com.
As well as Caravans, one of the biggest new areas of our job in the last 18 months is in the luxury lodge market, thanks to our new development called “Jurassic Retreat” at Larkfield Holiday Park. We have a range of showhome lodges for sale here, as well as vacant pitches, where new Holiday Home Owners can work with Prestige, Pathfinder or Pinelog to choose their dream lodge holiday home and make any additions or customisation to it that they wish. With a great location just 5 minutes walk from the beach and in the sought-after village of Burton Bradstock, a Holiday Home here is a great way to make memories with family and friends. We hope to see you at our Jurassic Retreat Open Day on Sunday 7th October 2018 between 10am and 2pm. We will have on display the new Prestige Hampton Lodge, as well as the others that are currently available for sale, which at the time of writing is the Pathfinder Retreat, the Pathfinder Tuscany and the Pinelog Skyline View.
We like to think that we make the process of buying a holiday home easy and our information is readily available online or via our sales pack. Our website has a page on the benefits of Holiday Home ownership, how to go through the process of purchasing a Holiday Home, the most frequently asked questions we get and finally testimonials so you can hear what our lovely Holiday Home Owners think of their dream lifestyle on the Jurassic Coast.
A blog from Sandyholme Holiday Park
A big hello from Sandyholme Holiday Park, yes it’s our turn to blog and what a wonderful 2018 Season we are all having. We would like to welcome all our Guests/Owners new & returning back to Sandyholme. A lot has been happening at Sandyholme over the last 2 seasons and it has been nice hearing all of your comments and support about the ongoing progress of the park. So if you have not yet been back to Sandyholme this season I imagine you would like to know what has been happening.
We have been busy over the winter months with some new fencing around the children’s play area and landscaping and this will still be ongoing over the next few months with some more additions.
The shower cubicles & showers with new pumps were also upgraded over the closed season and have made a great difference to the facilities. We also had some new arrivals which we all know the wardens are Quakers about! Below are the ducklings at 1 week old.
Yes we had 4 little Ducklings born which were different breeds but all made it and were hand reared for 5 weeks, one even spent her first night in a little box all wrapped up in the wardens lodge as she was a little poorly but now happy and strong and they were all introduced back into the pond area.
The same ducklings at 6 weeks old exploring outside. Last Month we were asked if anyone could rehome two Muscovy Ducklings only 3 months old which of course we jumped at the chance to rehome them and they are also happy swimming around and making friends with our lavenders. So you never know we may have more ducklings next year!
It is nice to see everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather we are having and more guests returning or trying out camping, glamping & touring and all the children making new friends and exploring the beautiful outdoors on the park. Every Thursday at 4.45pm we have the Fish & Chip catering van Surf and Turf. It was pizzas last year but this year it’s the UK favourite Fish & Chips.
Our hire accommodation has been very popular this year again and customers are already booking up for next year. Yes all the bookings are now live for 2019 so please call the Bookings Team on 01308 426947 or you can book online only a deposit required to secure.
Our Holiday Homes for sale have been selling fast this season and it has been lovely welcoming new owners to the park and them making new friends with our exciting Holiday Home Owners. We were very excited to welcome a brand new Europa Maple (priced at £29,995) to the park a few weeks ago, which has already sold to new owners!
We do however have 2 pre-owned Caravan Holiday Homes still for sale – the Willerby Rio and the Willerby Salisbury, both priced at £15,950.
It has not just been caravan sales that have been good for us, we have also had some very happy Touring customers who have loved the park so much they have decided to stay and took up the advantage of our last 2 Seasonal Pitches that we had left at Sandyholme. So a full house once again and hope they enjoy the rest of this season with us.
As the season settles in we have had many visits from different organisations this year we had the ACSI which is Europe’s leading camping site specialist who were very happy with the progress of the park and updated pictures for their website as we get a lot of European Touring & camping customers. And also the AA quality inspector both was very pleased with the improvements that are continuing to be achieved at Sandyholme. The new improved signage on the park entrance is looking good & more customers are exploring the park now they know we also accommodate, Touring for caravans, motorhomes and camping as well as the Holiday Homes.
We would like to finish our very first blog on; we hope you all have made memorable memories when staying with us at Sandyholme Holiday Park. The Sandyholme Team wish you Happy Holidays and look forward to welcoming you all back with a smile in the future. And remember you can follow us on our Sandyholme Facebook page or visit the website
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. Staying with electric, we are looking at the feasibility of installing an electric car charging points on all of our parks in the next 12 months. We will start with a trial one at Highlands and then roll the programme out to the other parks. We are also looking at ways in which a car charging point can be a part of new caravans and lodge holiday homes in the future. Keep an eye on future blogs and our social media for updates on this topic.
What does the WDLH Operations Manager do in a typical day?
Sandyholme Holiday Park
As Operations Manager for all of our parks, I get to visit our stunning locations every week, and think how lucky I am to live and work along the Jurassic Coastline. Normally I would start off at Sandyholme Holiday Park, which is set in a great countryside setting and not far from the great Durdle Door and the towns of Weymouth & Dorchester.
We constantly review what the different caravan manufacturers are producing and this caught our eye recently, which we thought would be perfect for Sandyholme Holiday Park. It’s a Europa Maple 2 Bedroom Caravan and it’s the first one at WDLH. Its available now to move into and can be yours for £29,995 which includes the remainder of the 2018 Pitch Fee. It’s only been at the park for two weeks and is already attracting a lot of interest. For more information contact the Sales Team on 01308 426917. We like this caravan so much, we have also ordered one for the hire fleet at Golden Cap Holiday Park for 2019!
We have been busy drawing up plans for Sandyholme for 2019 and have just ordered a brand-new purpose-built reception building which will be ready and open by 1st March 2019, so when you drive into the park next year it will have a very different appearance.
Larkfield Holiday Park
Leaving Sandyholme my favourite drive is the coast road from Weymouth to Burton Bradstock, which has views you can look at all day long – even during winter (as long as it’s not foggy!). At the end of the drive I arrive at Larkfield Holiday Park and Jurassic Retreat, which is our new lodge holiday home ownership development, just a few minutes walk from Burton Bradstock Beach.
Jurassic Retreat is only a few months old and already our holiday lodge owners are loving it and at the end of September we are getting more stunning lodges. Keep on eye on our Holiday Homes in Dorset Facebook Page or the Jurassic Retreat website for more info. Not only do we look after our two-legged customers – we are just starting on a new area for our 4-legged customers. A new dog walking area will be open on the park by the end of the summer.
Graston Copse Holiday Park
Then a couple of miles across country, if you know the short cuts, or you may drive through the great little village of Burton Bradstock you get to Graston Copse Holiday Park. From April until September the touring and camping area is open and a few weeks ago I was asked to cover a couple of days at the park whilst our normal team were away. It was a pleasure chatting to the holidaymakers who enjoy the peace and quiet, the riverside and woodland walks and also being to walk to the village pubs alongside the River Bride!
Golden Cap Holiday Park
Bypassing Highlands End, the next stop is Golden Cap, which has just celebrated it’s 40th birthday. Last winter we introduced more Glamping at Golden Cap with two Classic Camping Pods and two Premier Camping Pods. The plan for 2019 is to have even more Glamping with another two Safari Tents as this is proving a popular choice with holidaymakers who want that little bit extra and don’t have to bring their own tents. During the winter on our closed areas of the park we will be doing more work on our park roads for our Holiday Home Owners, but at the front of the park, with the addition of two extra lodges in March this year, we now have 9 lodges available to book all year round. So, if you fancy a winter break, next to the sea, call us to check availability.
Highlands End Holiday Park
Then arriving at Highlands and looking at the great views we have towards West Bay and Eype I will have a walk around the touring area which is also the location of our new Premier Camping Pod village. Walking back up the park through our holiday home owners caravan we reach our holiday hire caravans and lodges. Last week I stayed in one of our new one-bedroom lodges and was very impressed. They are a great size for a couple, with an ample sized bedroom and a massive bathroom. If you are a regular customer staying in our bungalows, why not ask next time how much it is to upgrade to a lodge. You may be surprised how little it costs.
Martin’s Bar & Restaurant is now just over a year old and its proving very popular with not only customers using WDLH but also gets a lot of local visitors. It’s now open all day, with the outside play area, our new ‘Little Fire Station’ soft play area and all day menu. After a sneaky Costa Coffee, making sure the kitchen areas are all OK and “testing” the Orange Cheesecake with ginger and walnut, which is on our Christmas Party Menu (and yes we are taking bookings already and some dates are already full !), there is only the Leisure Club and Park Reception left to visit. We are just looking at refurbishment plans for both of these areas in 2019 and can’t wait to see the presentation that our designer is bringing to us in two weeks’ time – it’s all very exciting and may be a project that takes a couple of years to action fully.
Back in the office, although its only August, we have been working hard on all of our Winter & Development Plans and everything is now nearly all in place. Some of our works start on 1st September so as to finish fully by 1st March – we can’t wait until November to start some of the projects. With parks now open longer there are more ongoing plans rather than projects just taking place in the winter but we do try to minimize disruption for the holidaymakers and holiday home owners on the parks.
Next on the list it’s time to agree all of the details for 2019 Touring & Camping Bookings, and as of now you can book any 2019 holiday either by phone (01308 426947) or online. Or if you are staying at one of our parks, why not call into Reception and we can do it there and then. Coming in 2019 we will have some great ‘Book Before you Leave’ Offers for 2020 – yes 2020 !
And at the end of a busy day, there is just time to post a job advert for a new receptionist at Highlands to add to our existing team. WDLH employs over 100 people across our five parks, in a number of different full time, part time, seasonal and all year-round positions. We have job roles ranging from Reception Assistant and Retail Assistant & Chefs, to Lodge Cleaners & Venue Cleaners, to Park Warden Positions. If ever you fancy a change, or would like more information, drop us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will get back to you with any current vacancies we may have.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and we hope to welcome you to WDLH very soon, or “HELLO” if you are already here!
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, adding top quality facilities to a great value choice of holidaying on the Jurassic coast. Perhaps decide to stay on our touring field Red Hill View or try out one of our glamping options. Maybe stay in one of our hire caravans or luxury lodges, there is even the option to bring along mans best friend as some of our accommodation is dog friendly too!
Whatever you decide, whether you want to relax and just take in the stunning views, walk the many coastal paths that border the park or simply use as a base for exploring further afield, we think we have something to suit everyone.
Visit the website
Our on-park shop and reception open at 08:30 am and are serving morning pastries, delicious ice creams, hot and cold drinks and pizzas later on in the day during peak season. The shop is stocked with essentials that you may need during your stay. Why not ask the welcoming reception team about the area and some of the exciting things to do in the local area – many of our Reception Team are certified “Dorset Ambassadors!”. See the tourist information area in reception for more details and leaflets on local attractions and events.
A little bit of park news, Grant our new warden started in July and is already proving to be another great asset to the park. We then look forward to welcoming Grant’s wife Phillipa mid August.
A big effort has been made this year trying to add a splash of colour to the park especially as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the park being owned by Vanessa and family. Celebrations were held and memories shared at Martins Bar at Highlands End Holiday Park. A great big thank you to all that attended, a lovely evening was had by all.
We are proud to now be an AA 5 pennant rated Holiday Park and we are also in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame, receiving their certificate of excellence 5 years running, well done to everyone for their continued support and hard work, we are so proud.
Holiday Home Sales
If you are staying on Park or interested in spending even more time here at Golden Cap, why not pop in to see our sales team and discuss the possibility of owning your very own Caravan holiday home? It might be more affordable than you think. We have some great offers on at the moment on some stunning holiday homes and pitches with glorious views of the Dorset countryside.
A few dates for the diary:
RNLI BBQ on the beach takes place on August 8th at Seatown from 4:00pm, come along its a great afternoon. Don’t miss the sea rescue display at 7:00pm!
Bridport Carnival & Torchlight Procession (18th & 19th August)
Melplash Show (23rd August)
Lyme Regis Carnival Week (4th – 13th August)
For many more wonderful days out and events in Dorset go to the Visit Dorset website
Enjoy the rest of the summer, see you soon 😎
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! We have a huge range of other products and gifts made along the Jurassic Coast such as, jams, chutneys, pickles, Lyme Bay Cider & Wine, Palmer’s Ales, Dorset Tea, Moore’s Biscuits and Jurassic Cakes. All these wonderful products are made into hampers ideal for gifts for that special someone.
We look forward to seeing you all very soon!
Annette, Phillipa, Jackie, Janet, Margaret, Michelle, Ruth, Anita, Beth and Kiran
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!!! Yes, Clotted Cream Gin – our current guest gin – perfect with fresh strawberries and a scone or two – but don’t just take our word for it – we’ll be offering Teas throughout the summer so feel free to pop in any day between 10am and 5pm!
Our Chef team have never been so busy – we’re so pleased to have so many local guests alongside our holiday makers and holiday home owners join us to try our food – we’re getting a great little reputation for offering great meals at reasonable costs. Every night we offer our full Martins Menu, plus we have a themed special menu every evening – anything from a freshly made curry, to local seafood, to hand-stretched pizzas. And for the holidays we’ve just bought ourselves a big BBQ so we can offer a chef hosted BBQ every Sunday evening from 5pm on our stunning patio overlooking West Bay!
Whoosh and there it was – our brilliant Soft Play Area ‘The Little Fire Station’ landed with us for the Easter Holidays and we haven’t stopped since!!! Its been super to have so many new faces visit us – big and small – to enjoy the combination of COSTA coffee and entertainment for our youngest visitors. Open everyday 9am until 5pm and open to visitors and locals alike we would love to see you there!
Open every day from 9am Martins Bar and Restaurant has recently had a bit of a re-shuffle. Now everyday we have our Sports Bar area showing live sports on big screen TVs, our Engine Room featuring Sports TV and Pool Tables, our Soft Play Room, our Bar Areas and of course our lovely Merryweather Restaurant which benefits from those great views, patio and nearby outdoor adventure play area. Our Sports Bar, Engine Room and Patio areas are all dog friendly so no need to leave your buddy back at home – come and enjoy the facilities
Over the summer we have a number of events including live music nights, childrens discos and entertainment and of course our weekly quiz night and game of chance. As I write this our Jackpot is at £500 for our ‘Crack The Code’ game – anyone over 18 playing the quiz has the chance to win the pot – but you gotta be in it to win it!!!! Quiz from 7.30pm every Wednesday!
I couldn’t not mention Christmas could I!!! Party bookings now being taken in earnest for the Festive Period – we have party nights, we have Shelbies Elbows and discos, we have formal dining, we have buffets – you name it we can, and probably are, doing it! For one of the best party venues in the area join us for one of our party nights, with up to 300 guests on a Friday and Saturday night! Book your group in by calling Tess on 01308 426919 or emailing email@example.com
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. Information can be found on our website or by telephoning the WDLH Bookings Team on 01308 426947.
We have had our first crop of honey from the Bee Hives at Graston Copse, which goes to help towards us being a honey bee friendly park. We have also had a visit from the David Bellamy Conservation Award assessor. He was happy with the way the park manages its grounds and encourages wildlife in areas we have left nature to take its course. Graston is a great place to enjoy nature, with a beautiful riverside walk, a woodland walk through the copse and a dog exercising area.
Over at Larkfield Holiday Park, which is just 1 mile away and a 5 minute walk from the beach, we are busy working on our new dog exercising area, with the potential to add bee hives here as well. We are continuing to improve our Jurassic Retreat lodge development, with signage for Bredy Pond, the “bug hotels” and the other wildlife areas on the park.
On another positive note we also had the AA quality inspector pay us a visit. He was impressed with the way the park was looking and granted us a 3 Pennant Gold Award for the park. So you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome from all the staff at West Dorset Leisure Holidays and we look forward to seeing you here at Graston Copse Holiday Park during the 2018 season.
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. Phil also reminded us that Big Berries our camping field opens next month which also means we are not far off the summer holidays.
The sales team recently launched their new website www.holidayhomesindorset.co.uk which has a full range of our caravan and lodges for sale. It also has a new feature for us where we have listed all of the vacant pitches and suggested Holiday Homes that could go on this pitch.
At Highlands End we have just completed a very busy Half term and looking ahead there is plenty going on locally throughout June and our Bookings team have the normal offers available if you wish to come and stay. There is also still some availability in our new premier camping pods and a few short breaks in our lodges and caravans if you want a cheeky June getaway.
In Martins Bar & Restaurant, we are about to launch our summer menu including specials and we got to taste the new Costa Coolers and Frappuccino’s – yum yum. Our two theme nights – Tuesday Curry night and Wednesday Pizza Quizza are going down well and last week we have over 150 entries into the quiz so the new additional chance game of ‘crack the code’ has a decent kitty waiting to be won!
Following our fame from Broadchurch we were pleased to welcome ITV to Highlands End to film for a competition on Loose Women! See next week’s blog for more info on that!
Here is a photo from one of the Motorhomes staying on our gravel pitches last week
We promise to blog more 😊