Nina Blanchard

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National Caravan Council welcomes the launch of “exciting” Tribeca from Away Resorts

National Caravan Council welcomes the launch of “exciting” Tribeca from Away Resorts and ABI at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show

away-resorts-camping-caravan-motorhome-showThe National Caravan Council welcomed the launch of the Tribeca from pioneering UK holiday park operator Away Resorts and leading holiday home manufacturer ABI at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at Birmingham NEC yesterday.

Applauding Away Resorts’ vision to develop a new caravanning concept for the modern family, NCC group marketing director Jenny Summers said: “It’s exciting to see new product launches such as the TriBeCa, which have the lifestyle appeal to bring new visitors to holiday parks, This is exactly the objective of our Freedom To Go programme, which is all about attracting newcomers to leisure vehicle ownership and holidays.”

Away Resorts has made an investment of £1.2 million to create the Tribeca and install 15 at its Tattershall Lakes Country Park and a further 5 at its Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park on the Isle of Wight, in time for the Easter and summer seasons.

The ‘boutique-style’ caravan was the result of opinion polls, focus groups and a wide range of research.

What is it?
‘Tribeca’ is the future of caravans.  The humble caravan has been updated and reinvented to create a solution for the modern family: a groundbreaking ‘boutique-style’ caravan.

The Tribeca will do for caravanning what glamping has done for camping – is quite unlike any other caravan on the market, past or present.

Who invented it?
British holiday park company Away Resorts has teamed up with leading holiday home manufacturer ABI to create this.   Over a two year period, Away Resorts listened to its guests, developing the futuristic concept using opinion polls, focus groups a wide range of research, and, most importantly, mums!

Why is it different?
It’s cool!  The Tribeca has a New York loft hotel feel (hence the name), with industrial-style lighting and wall coverings, but with soft, plush furnishings.

It has a central, light-filled, airy living space with the adults’ and children’s bedrooms either side. The open-plan kitchen and living area has an apartment feel: with timber-effect walls; a 55-inch screen; American-style fridge/freezer; and panoramic bifold doors.

The adults’ bedroom has boutique hotel features, such as a flatscreen TV, sumptuous bedding, and a stand-alone bath-tub, as well as a separate ensuite.  The children’s bedroom has bunk-beds complete with dens underneath, screens and power points for charging their tech, and astro-turf-inspired flooring.

No other holiday park has any caravans like this in their fleet. The timber-effect walls and huge windows create a jungle feel and the astro-turf-inspired flooring carries on the theme of bringing the outside in.

The Tribeca also has its own deck, for watching the world go by on, glass in hand, mind switched off, and some come with a private hot tub.

The cool caravan has arrived, and it’s fit for all the family.

How to book: awayresorts.co.uk

The Tribeca is the labour of love of Away Resorts CEO Carl Castledine, and is inspired by the loft-style apartments of the trendy Tribeca district in New York City. Carl personally visited every caravan manufacturer and walked through every model ever produced in the last 15 years to create the concept for the new caravan, and worked with ABI to turn this into reality.

Castledine says: “More than 51 million nights are spent in the UK in caravans each year, a figure I suspect will rise as the impact of Brexit kicks in over the coming years.  The caravan industry contributes more than £6bn a year to the UK economy, so it’s got no shortage of fans.  But, it’s never really been cool, until now.

“First of all, we know that the lifestyle and leisure needs of the modern family have changed drastically – especially in the past decade.  Twelve years ago Facebook didn’t exist, let alone Instagram and Snapchat, and just five years ago primary school aged children didn’t carry their own tech around with them.  Add to this the massive rise in the popularity of boutique hotels and glamping – both of which have raised the expectations of families in terms of the comfort and aesthetics of their surroundings when on holiday.

“And we know from research that women are often the main decision makers when it comes to family holidays, and they know what the family needs. So we used valuable feedback and opinions from hundreds of mums as well as dads, and then teamed up with a woman designer to create the Tribeca.  We are really proud of this new concept in family accommodation, which puts the modern family at the heart of its design.”

Talking about working with Away Resorts, Mel Copper, ABI chief executive, said: “We are really excited to be able to work with such an innovative holiday park operator like Away Resorts to showcase our design capabilities on such a groundbreaking project.”

The first guests will stay in the Tribeca caravans (which can be booked online from now) at Easter in Tribeca Villages’ at Away Resorts’ Tattershall Lakes and Whitecliff Bay (in Lincolnshire and the Isle of Wight).

The grand unveiling of the first Tribeca will take place at the Caravan and Camping Show at Birmingham NEC on 22nd Feb.

The cool caravan has arrived, and it’s fit for all the family.

To book: awayresorts.co.uk

Main features of the Tribeca:


A New York loft hotel feel

A central living space

A children’s bedroom that kids will go gaga for

An adults’ bedroom that is like a boutique hotel

Its very own deck

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Visitor Numbers Up On the First Day

VISTORS NUMBERS ON THE UP FOR THE OPENING DAY OF THE CARAVAN, CAMPING AND MOTORHOME SHOW 2017

This week until Sunday 26 February Birmingham NEC is home to the leisure vehicle and holiday homes industry as The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2017 rolls into town.

Visitors to the show, with figures up on last year, walked the five halls of the NEC on the show’s opening day looking at the latest products from caravans, modern motorhomes, cosy campervans, luxurious holiday homes and lodges to spacious tents.

The show was officially opened by The National Caravan Council Director General John Lally alongside a celebrity line-up including Ben Fogle, Julia Bradbury, Barney Harwood and Matt Allwright.

Families tried out the many free features available at the show, including the Bounce Zone, learning how to build a shelter in the bushcraft workshops and challenging the indoor Woodland Assault Course in partnership with the Woodland Trust.

The Discovery Theatre hosted insightful talks from industry experts and celebrity question and answer sessions as well as cooking demonstrations from Paul Da Costa Greaves.

The Caravan Club announced a name change to The Caravan and Motorhome Club, reflecting growing motorhome ownership.

Launches at the opening day show included Omar Park and Leisure Homes unveil of the Hideaway by Wessex, Swift’s S-Pod 4, The Mulberry and The Canterbury by Willerby and the Frontier Scout by Auto-Trail.

The show offers holiday inspiration for lovers of the great outdoors and luxury seekers. Celebrity guests appearing across the remaining days author of The Caravan Cookbook Monica Rivron and TV and radio personality Rowland Rivron; wildlife presenter Kate Humble; Britain’s Got Talents winners Ashleigh and Pudsey; the banker turned baker Selasi Gbormittah; and Olympic gold medallist Sam Quek*.

Tickets can be bought the door and children 15 and under for free*.

Have A Tent Will Travel

HAVE TENT WILL TRAVEL IN 2017: NEARLY FOUR OUT OF TEN ADULTS ‘WENT CAMPING OR CARAVANNING’ IN LAST THREE YEARS AS MARKET CONTINUES TO GROW.

As the UK heads towards the annual Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at Birmingham’s NEC from 21 to 26 February 2017, just under four out of ten UK adults had experience of camping or caravanning in the past three years according to a Mintel report*.

A total of over 17 million camping and caravanning trips are estimated to have been taken by UK adults in 2016, over 15 million of which were in Great Britain, and include a spectrum of accommodation options from yurts, safari tents and shepherd’s huts to tiny two-berth mini and large luxury caravans, sophisticated motorhomes and holiday lodges. The total trips taken figure is expected to rise to 17.9 million in 2017 and to over 21 million in 2020, and Mintel forecasts Great Britain’s camping and caravanning market will be worth over £3.2 billion by 2020.

Of those camping in a tent in the last three years^, ‘getting away from it all’ is one of the key attractions (42%) as well as ‘connecting with nature’ (41%). Just 14% overall of those camping would welcome the opportunity to be disconnected from technology with no WiFi or internet, although surprisingly 32% of music festival campers claimed they would welcome the lack of connection!

Among those interested in such leisure holidays, 16% plan to buy a tent from 2016 onwards, 9% a towed caravan, 12% a motorhome or campervan, and 10% a static caravan or mobile home. Motorhomes are seen as adventurous and fun, comfortable and family-friendly, with secure, spacious, high quality accommodation. A multi-destination European trip attracted 55%, while 34% would aim for a North America tour and 37% would use a motorhome to see a sports event.

Market drivers for camping, caravanning and motorhomes trips in recent years include a reduction in petrol prices and a desire for families to reconnect with their environment. A report published by The Wildlife Trust** found that children have become increasingly separated from nature, highlighting that fewer than 10% of children play in natural areas, with 78% of parents concerned their children don’t spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife.

The government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment report 2012 (produced every five years) predicts that future climate change is likely to improve the appeal of the UK as a holiday destination for both UK and overseas visitors with increased summer temperatures and a longer summer season.

The NCC (National Caravan Council), the event arm of which runs the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, estimates in the UK at present there are approximately 550,000 touring caravans, more than 205,000 motorhomes and 330,000 static caravan holiday homes in use, totalling over one million leisure vehicles.

From Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 February the Birmingham NEC will be home to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2017, with over 350 leading leisure brands exhibiting caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents, folding campers, tents, caravan holiday homes, camping equipment and accessories.

This year’s show has plenty of free, have-a-go features including an indoor children’s assault course and mobile climbing mountain. A towing and manoeuvring skills area offers expert tuition for those new to caravanning and motorhome holidays as well as those who want to brush up on their techniques. For pet lovers there is the much-loved dog agility arena.

Throughout the six days of the show the Discovery Theatre plays host to celebrity guests including Countryfile, and more recently New Lives in the Wild presenter, Ben Fogle; Kate Humble and Julia Bradbury discussing their love of the great outdoors; celebrity chefs including baker Selasi Gbormittah performing live cooking demonstrations; and the professionals sharing their top tips on owning leisure vehicles and camping holidays. New for 2017 are bushcraft workshops where visitors can learn essential survival skills.

On the door price for adults is £10.00/seniors (60+) £9.00. Children 15 and under go FREE.

Celebrity line-up may be subject to change.

The secret to warm and happy guests all year round

In the depths of winter we all long for those halcyon, warm days of holidays.

Find out how one glamping site in rural Wales has used innovative renewable technology to provide warmth to its guests all year round, minus the high heating prices and servicing costs, and gets a nice return through a Government incentive on the side.

Background

The Phillips’ run www.thesecretyurts.co.uk, a holiday business in the heart of the Welsh countryside offering visitors the option to stay in a recently refurbished holiday cottage or experience ‘glamping’ in their own luxury yurt complete with underfloor heating, private bathrooms and showers.

They were looking to replace the old oil-fired boiler heating their family farmhouse and holiday cottage as it was expensive to run and they had problems getting supplies in bad weather due to their rural location. The Phillips’ had also recently built a luxury facilities block for their guests, including a fully fitted kitchen, plus a hot tub, for which they also needed a heating solution.

The Phillips’ had heard about Kensa Partner Installer Ground Sun from an architect and contacted the firm to discuss renewable heating options. They were keen to develop their green credentials, which already included a rainwater harvesting system, so that their customers could enjoy a holiday in the UK with a low carbon footprint.

Mr Phillips said:

“Living where we do, surrounded by rolling Welsh hills, we are very conscious that our luxury holiday accommodation should strive towards being eco-friendly. To do this we decided we wanted a heating system that paired technological innovation with natural resources. It is also very important for our guests to be comfortable during their stay with access to a constant supply of heating and hot water.”

The Phillips’ decided on a ground source heat pump because it offered low running costs and a reliable heat supply. In order to meet the amount of heat required across the multiple buildings, a Kensa 21kW Hybrid Twin ground source heat pump was specified, capable of delivering high levels of heating and hot water.Sunrise at The Secret Yurts

How it was done

Due to the development being located on the side of a hill on which trees had been planted in the last five years, there was not enough flat land available in which to dig trenches for slinky pipe. Their appointed groundworks contractor, Ground Sun, was able to use a non-disruptive and efficient borehole drilling method which has been adapted from techniques used to create utility networks for powerlines and gas mains. A radial drilling rig was used to drill four 127m horizontal closed loop boreholes up to 9m deep, from which heat energy stored in the ground could be extracted.

For this pioneering method, Ground Sun used a specially adapted drilling rig with ‘no dig’ technology, which meant that all the drilling was done from one chamber thus avoiding potentially disruptive excavations. The rig also allowed Ground Sun to use sonar to steer along the water level and navigate through challenging geology made up of clay, gravels and large boulders that had to be drilled straight through!

Overall, the installation process was fairly quick, taking a total of just five days.

A plantroom houses the Kensa ground source heat pump, plus a 1250l hygienically safe hot water and buffer tank.

The Phillips’ family farmhouse is a 200 year old stone cottage with minimal insulation, so to ensure that the heat pump achieved the required temperature, Ground Sun advised the Phillips’ to replace some of their existing radiators with oversize versions. They also took care to ensure all heat loss calculations were correct and that the hot water tanks were properly sized to ensure a consistent flow temperature across the system. It was particularly important to ensure that the hot water never ran out, as the Phillips’ are a family of six, plus guests staying in the holiday cottage and yurt campsite created a high demand for hot water.

In order to further increase the efficiency of the system, Ground Sun also installed solar thermal panels on the roof to collect solar energy, which contributes to servicing the heating and hot water load all year round. Underfloor heating was also installed into the newly built facilities block which further enhances the efficiency of the ground source heat pump.

As the development features multiple properties which are rented out separately, it is eligible for the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This enabled the Phillips’ to receive 20 years’ worth of quarterly payments from the Government based on the buildings’ metered heat usage.

The Phillips’ are delighted with their heat pump which compliments the green credentials of their holiday business:

“Our Kensa heat pump is now in operation for its second winter and has experienced external temperatures down to -6°C. Our family and guests staying at ‘The Secret Yurts’ have always had ample hot water, our house is warm throughout the year for the first time ever and we don’t have to worry about buying oil! The underground pipe installation was great with virtually no disruption to our land and no messy trenches to fill in!

Above all the support from Ground Sun and Kensa during installation, set up and beyond has been fantastic. We would recommend such an installation to anybody considering moving to a renewable heating system.”

Kensa’s Marketing Manager Stephanie Gregory explains:

“A typical holiday lodge with availability to rent all year round might expect to generate over £13,000 in RHI income over the 20 year lifetime, while actually the cost to run the heat pump itself is less than half the cost of the associated RHI income (per kilowatt hour), meaning park operators can cost effectively keep lodges warm even when unoccupied, helping to mitigate problems with damp and providing a warm welcome for the next set of guests.”

With energy costs and environmental sustainability important issues for those in the leisure sector, holiday parks operating over the autumn, winter and early spring would do well to consider the profitable opportunities of renewable, ground source heating for their property portfolio.

Castlerigg Hall best in North West says AA

A picture-postcard holiday park in Cumbria – Castlerigg Hall in Keswick – has been named by the AA as the top spot in the North West to pitch a tent.

The family-run business beat hundreds of other eligible parks to take the title of the Campsite of the Year for the North West in the AA Caravan and Camping Awards 2017.

Multi-award winning Castlerigg Hall – which last year was the winner of the Cumbria Tourism Park of the Year accolade – has been owned by the Jackson family since 1938.

A former farm which began by welcoming campers, it is today one of the Lake District’s most highly regarded parks attracting visitors from across the UK and overseas.

As well as camping facilities, Castlerigg Hall provides luxury caravan holiday homes for hire, plus eco-friendly camping pods and pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes.

Guests enjoy spectacular Lakeland views over Derwentwater and the surrounding fells, and the picturesque surroundings on the park itself which the AA describes as “idyllic”.

Castlerigg-Hall Caravan and Camping

Judges praised too the park’s raft of facilities including “top-notch amenity buildings, fully equipped campers’ kitchen, large shop with local specialities, and stylish Jiggers Bistro”.

In order to qualify for the AA award, Castlerigg Hall had to undergo a rigorous inspection process which examined closely at all aspects of the business and what it offered. Park owner David Jackson said that as well as looking for high standards, inspectors were especially keen to find evidence of the quality of hospitality on offer:

“Providing a warm welcome to guests, and a friendly and relaxing atmosphere in which they can enjoy their stays, has always been high on our list of priorities,” said David.

“A lot of the credit for providing this must go to our park team members who are often mentioned in guests’ reviews for their helpful and caring attitude.

“We have been extremely pleased this year with the popularity of our franchised restaurant, both with local people and visitors, where the emphasis is on locally sourced food.

“Our park shop too focuses on items produced in Cumbria, and we’ve introduced a pet animals viewing area which is proving a big hit with children and grown-ups.

“In addition, we’ve seen demand grow for our eco-friendly cycling holidays based in glamping pods which are run in conjunction with two other award-winning Lakeland parks.

“It’s been an amazingly busy year for us at Castlerigg Hall, and it’s fantastic to see it topped off with this prestigious AA award,” added David.

This year the park was also praised by botanist David Bellamy when he announced that Castlerigg Hall had once again gained his prestigious conservation award at its top gold level. Professor Bellamy highlighted the many initiatives taken by the Jackson family to safeguard its flora and fauna, and the part it plays in supporting local good causes. With the help of visitor donations, it has facilitated footpath repair work with Nurture Lakeland, the Calvert Trust Public Art “Go Herdwick” Trail, and Keswick’s Fitz Park Trust.

David Bellamy also designated Castlerigg Hall as an official “Honey Bee Friendly” park as part of his new initiative to help protect the threatened insects.

More about Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park can be found at www.castlerigg.co.uk

Rare Gold among Dales Park’s hat-trick of Awards

Riverside Caravan Park in High Bentham, North Yorkshire, has joined a small elite of holiday parks judged by tourist board inspectors to be among England’s very best.

Just 36 out of more than 3000 caravan and camping parks in the UK currently boast the prestigious Gold Award given out by VisitEngland to its highest rated parks, now including Riverside.

The accolade is among three national honours being celebrated by the park this autumn, including awards for the Riverside’s environmental responsibility – and the quality of its washrooms.

VisitEngland says the body’s gold standard can only be achieved if a park demonstrates exceptional quality standards during its annual grading inspection.

Even then, a subsequent “mystery shopper” visit by a VisitEngland quality assessment area manager must be made before the award is officially confirmed.

Riverside’s Gold Award comes on top of the maximum five-star grade it achieved, and business owner Thomas Marshall says that park staff deserve a big share of the credit:

“To achieve gold, a park must out-perform its star rating on the excellence of its facilities and, most importantly, on the quality of the hospitality it provides,” said Thomas.

“Responsibility for this is largely in the hands of our hardworking park team who always go the extra mile to make guests feel welcome and at home.

“It’s their friendliness and commitment to customer service which has been crucial to our success in achieving the gold award,” said Thomas whose business employs around 30 staff.Riverside-Caravan-Park-High-Bentham

Following the VisitEngland award this autumn, news came through that Riverside Caravan Park had once again taken the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

The accolade recognises the raft of initiatives taken at the park to safeguard wildlife and protect the natural environment, including its planting of many high nectar-bearing flowers.

The blooms provide valuable foraging for bees and butterflies, and Professor Bellamy has now designated Riverside as an official “Honey Bee Friendly” park as part of his new initiative to help protect the threatened insects.

But that wasn’t the end of Riversides’ accolades this autumn, for the park has also won a top platinum prize in the 2016 Loo of the Year awards for its outstanding shower and toilet facilities.

Thomas, whose father Bateman first started welcoming camping guests on his farm in 1969, said that all these latest awards would give the business a flying start to 2017.

He said he also hoped that the publicity they achieve will help other local tourism businesses by highlighting the region as a perfect holiday destination.

Thomas and his wife Jane are helped in the running of their business by their daughter Isabel. There is more information about the park at www.riversidecaravanpark.co.uk David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award

SPATEX 2017 – your loyalty means a lot

As a much-valued SPATEX visitor, who has in previous years visited the Exhibition on a Sunday, we would like to assure you that we will make your visit to the 2017 Show as smooth as possible.

As you will doubtless already know, SPATEX 2017 is moving to a mid-week slot (Tuesday January 31st to Thursday February 2nd) to bring it in line with the other European wet leisure Shows.

If you need office services such as printing or faxing or the use of a computer, the fully equipped SPATEX office is at your disposal. The office will be manned at all times so please just pop in and you will be assured of our attention. The kettle is, in any case, always on so feel free to pop in and rest your legs and have a chat!Spatex 2017

Celebrating 21-years of service to the Industry, makes 2017 a special year for SPATEX so this is a bumper edition with a few surprises.

Alongside all the traditional topics you would expect to find in the double seminar and workshop programme, we have thought out of the box and are planning some new titles. Here’s a taster

*         Legal advice – Specialist International Personal Injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, Simon O’Loughlin is giving a talk on what to do when things go legal including pursuing a civil case, proving negligence etc. (Wednesday, February 1st 12.30-13.00 in Arena 1)

*          Of particular interest to rugby fans, Wasps Rugby Club Deputy Chairman, Nick Eastwood is giving a talk on Tuesday January 31st at 2pm in Arena 2 on Increasing Your Profitability – maximising leisure facilities and building a brand: the Wasps story.

*         Natural swimming ponds – Following much interest in the national press, owner and managing director of Gartenart Swimming Ponds and board member of the British Association of Natural Swimming Pools, Tim Evans, has been invited to give an introductory talk on swimming ponds and natural swimming pools (Wednesday February 1st 12.30-13.30 in Arena 2)

Further details on these and the extensive programme of seminars and workshops can be found at www.spatex.co.uk.  Attendees of the workshops receive CPD points and certificates of attendance.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the biggest wet leisure event of 2017 by registering now for free at

www.spatex.co.uk

SPATEX 2017 Tuesday, January 31st to Thursday, February 2nd at the Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry. For further information, please contact Michele or Helen in the SPATEX office T: 01264 358558helen@spatex.co.uk  michele@spatex.co.uk

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Scottish Parks welcome Tourism Minister at Annual Summit

Scottish tourism minister Fiona Hyslop MSP met with holiday park owners in Edinburgh this autumn (24 Nov) to hear how their industry is planning to maintain visitor momentum in 2017.

The minister was the chief guest speaker at the annual conference of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (Scotland) held at the city’s Our Dynamic Earth.

Owners and managers of many of Scotland’s 200-plus park businesses were meeting at the end of what was generally regarded as a highly successful year for their sector.

Fiona Hyslop, who is cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, was welcomed to conference by Aberdeen park owner Colin Fraser who is chairman of BH&HPA (Scotland).

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Fiona Hyslop at BHHPA Summit, Edinburgh, 24/11/2016:
Fiona Hyslop MSP (third from left, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs) at the BHHPA (British Holiday & Home Parks Association) Scotland summit 2016 at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Pictured with (from left) Colin Fraser (chairman, BH&HPA Scotland), BH&HPA UK National Chairman Henry Wild, (Fiona Hyslop), Jeanette Wilson (BHHPA Scotland) and Ros Protchard (BH&HPA UK director general)
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Mr Fraser told the minister that an independent economic survey published last year found that Scottish holiday parks generate around £700m of visitor spending each year in Scotland.

This figure, he said, accounts for 8% of all the revenue produced by Scotland’s tourism economy, and allows the Scottish park sector to support more than 5,600 full-time equivalent jobs.

In her address to delegates, Fiona Hyslop said that the Scottish Government recognises the important role played by parks in producing visitor income and sustaining employment:

“The holiday homes sector is a unique but vital part of our tourism and hospitality industry. The sector provides important geographic spread, allowing visitors to see more of our country and, in doing so, to support our rural economies,” said Fiona Hyslop.

“The last VisitScotland accommodation survey shows that there were over three million bed nights from domestic visitors in camping and caravan parks, and 654,00 bed nights from overseas visitors.

“Those bed nights were right across Scotland, and spent within a wide range of accommodation types including holiday homes, touring and camping,” she added.

Fiona Hyslop was speaking at the start of the park conference’s busy day-long agenda which also included talks from a range of tourism and other industry specialists.

Delegates heard from VisitScotland senior tourism insight manager Chris Greenwood whose department has just completed a survey of how Scottish parks fared during the 2016 holiday season.

Although the results had yet to be fully analysed, said Mr Greenwood, they are likely to present an upbeat picture of an industry maintaining its popularity and continuing to develop.

Other speakers addressed a range of matters from consumer rights and employment law to how park businesses can increase still further the number of visitors from the UK and overseas.

Director general of BH&HPA, Ros Pritchard, outlined some of ways in which the association engages with politicians to help frame UK and EU laws and regulations affecting park businesses.

National BH&HPA chairman Henry Wild also gave his perspective as a holiday park owner on how the association helps its members develop their businesses and meet customer expectations.

Closing the conference, Colin Fraser said the industry was delighted with the support it receives from the Scottish Government, and thanked tourism minister Fiona Hyslop for her attendance.

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Family’s Park Honoured in Lancashire Green Awards

One of Lancashire’s top three environmentally-friendly enterprises has been named as Moss Wood caravan park in the village of Cockerham near Lancaster.

The family-owned business came under the spotlight at this winter’s Lancashire Tourism Awards as it took honours in the sustainable tourism category of the keenly-fought contest.

Moss Wood Caravan Park AwardMoss Wood was the only holiday park to appear among the top three finalists of the awards for which thousands of businesses across the county were eligible.

The announcement was made at a glittering awards ceremony at Blackburn cathedral, and stepping up to receive the accolade was park owner Henry Wild.

Moss Wood was established by the Wild family over 40 years ago, and provides around 200 pitches for holiday homes, touring caravans and motorhomes.

Its many initiatives to protect the natural environment led to its being presented once again this year with the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

The world-famous botanist praised the raft of measures taken by the Wilds to safeguard the park’s thriving fauna and flora, and to minimise its carbon impact.

Highlighted by Professor Bellamy has been the planting of hundreds of native trees and shrubs in the grounds of Moss Wood, and the creation of many wildlife habitats.

It also has a spring-fed lake which acts as a magnet for birdlife, dragonflies and a host of other different aquatic species, and is stocked with fish from sustainable sources.

The park also harvests rainwater for plant irrigation, makes extensive use of recycling, and arranges wildlife events, such as bat walks, for holiday guests and local schoolchildren.

In 2016, Moss Wood also planted a 3000 square-foot wild flower wilderness with high nectar-bearing blooms which provide vital foraging for honey bees and butterflies.

Henry Wild said everyone was delighted that the park was now considered to be in the premier league of green tourism businesses in the county:

“Our family has lived and worked for many years in this beautiful part of Lancashire, and we’ve always tried to make the park a perfect fit to the natural environment,” said Henry.

“We also tend to attract holidaymakers who share our views on the importance of protecting wildlife, and they are very supportive of our conservation work.

“It’s fantastic to have been honoured in the Lancashire Tourism Awards, and I’m sure this will act as a spur to even more sustainable projects in the year ahead!” he added.

There is more information about Moss Wood Caravan Park at www.mosswood.co.ukDavid Bellamy Conservation Gold Award

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Camper Calling Music Festival

Camper Jam add a new music festival to their portfolio, bringing leading acts to Ragley Hall this August named Camper Calling

If you love live music and camping, then Camper Calling is for you! This summer, our new three day family music festival will be taking place at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, with acts including ABC, The Magic Numbers, The Hoosiers, Toploader and Dodgy.
The show, which will take place from 26 th 28 th August 2016, has been devised by the team at Jazz Events. Shelley Bond, Events Director, said: “We’ll be taking over Ragley Hall for a weekend of amazing music from over 40 amazing bands, as well as introducing you to new talent on our freshly squeezed stage. Plus with family entertainment, lakeside watersports, adventure playgrounds, loads of activities and craft workshops and some seriously tasty street food & drink, you’ll be as busy or as chilled out as you choose!”
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Friday 26th August include: The Magic Numbers, Dodgy, Willie and the Bandits and Mused.
On Saturday 27th August music lovers will be entertained by the likes of: ABC, The Hoosiers, Toploader, The Carnabys and the UK Foo Fighters.

On Sunday, the soundtrack to the day will be provided by: Undercover Hippy, Buffalo Brothers and Barbarella’s Bang Bang, amongst many others.
Following on from the success of the hugely popular Camper Jam, the family friendly event which is held in Weston Park, Camper Calling will offer a wide variety of entertainment, a variety of camping areas and plenty of opportunities to feast on fantastic street food. Brothers will also be serving up a wide array of flavoured ciders.
The organisers of Camper Calling have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the August bank holiday weekend is filled with a host of family friendly activities, from craft workshops to campfire tales, lake activities to children’s circus shows. There will be several live music stages, craft workshops, scrumptious street food, AüguztFest for the connoisseur of fine Beer with a live Oompah Band, a fun fair, and an array of outdoorstatic1.squarespace.com
activities for visitors of all ages.
The main Lakeside stage will play host to over 20 bands over the course of the weekend, providing the perfect platform for rising stars of the music scene and established acts alike to provide unmissable entertainment.
The Jazz Events team pride themselves on creating a relaxed, welcoming environment at all of their shows and Shelley Bond commented: “We’re delighted to be introducing Camper Calling at Ragley Hall – it’s the perfect location for what promises to be a must visit family music festival, featuring fantastic bands, activities for all ages and so much great food – everything you need for the perfect summer weekend.” Early bird discounts are available for those who book their Camper Calling tickets in advance at: www.campercalling.com (or call: call 0 1244 881895) . *Camping at the show is available by prebooking only, there will not be camping tickets for sale on the day. Day visitor tickets are on sale now.

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