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20 Reasons to buy a holiday home

20 Reasons to buy a holiday home

People from all walks of life choose to buy a holiday home for a variety of reasons. Figures from 2010 revealed that a quarter of a million Brits own holiday homes, with no sign of a drop in demand.

Here, we look at 20 reasons why you might consider becoming the next Brit to purchase a home from home.

1)      Perfect investment of your leisure time

Some people like to spend their spare time in the pub beer garden, reading in the back garden, or out walking in the beautiful British countryside. Many holiday homes allow you to do all three and much more, with pubs and restaurants as well as rolling hills and valleys just a short walk from the front door.

2)      Spend time with family and friends

Quality time with your loved ones is one of the best reasons to purchase a holiday home. All the family can enjoy a relaxing few days away from home and inviting a couple of close friends to stay with you is always a pleasant gesture.

3)      Opportunity to make new friends

With so many people choosing to buy holiday homes, there are always like-minded people around to chat to and spend time with. Who knows, you may make a friend for life.

4)      Escape the stresses of life

The same old routine day in, day out can be extremely stressful. Escape the daily grind to your very own holiday home before coming back rejuvenated and ready to jump back into your everyday life.

5)      Relax and unwind

Getting away from it all allows you to recharge your batteries with some much-needed down time. Relax on the deck or take in the fresh country air as you enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the Great British countryside.

6)      Familiarity of a home from home

Ever arrived to your holiday destination and received a nasty shock when checking into your accommodation? Everyone has their own harrowing holiday nightmare stories, but with your own holiday home there are no surprises. Your home, your belongings, your holiday.

7)      Holiday home that will suit your requirements

A holiday home is a considered purchase so you can spend all the time you need to make sure you find your perfect haven. Never compromise on a family holiday again.

8)      Surrounding area and amenities that will suit your requirements

Once you fall in love with a location, you want to return again and again. Never worry about finding accommodation in your own personal paradise again, just pack a bag and head for your very own ever-welcoming holiday home.

9)      A base to explore the local area

Even those who return to the same area time and time again find something new on each visit. Your own holiday home gives you a holiday HQ from where you can set off in any direction and make another perfect holiday moment.

10)   In control of expenditure – no hidden costs

The one thing you can guarantee on any holiday is you’ll live to your means – maybe even beyond them. The comforting familiarity of owning your own holiday home gives you a better ability to monitor your spending, because there are no hidden extras out of your control.

11)   Free facilities on park

Most holiday parks offer facilities such as swimming pools and children’s play areas. For those of you who just can’t disconnect completely, many parks offer internet access free of charge.

12)   Free entertainment on park

Again, most holiday parks throw in entertainment free of charge for holiday home owners. Whether it’s live singers and comedians or children’s entertainers, there’s usually something going on to keep you out of trouble.

13)   Great for kids and grandkids

Holiday homes aren’t just for grown-ups. The whole family can enjoy a visit to their second home thanks to the provision of  kids’ entertainment and play areas. If you’re lucky you’ll find a kids’ club to give you a few hours of peace!

14)   Community spirit

Everybody needs good neighbours, and the sense of community created between owners is a special part of the holiday home lifestyle.

15)   Peace of mind

While you’re on the park, you want to know that you’re as safe as you feel in your own home. The majority of our parks have on-site security to give you complete peace of mind.

16)   Can go away at short notice and whenever you fancy

Maybe you’ve been planning the trip for six months, or maybe you just fancy a short break on a whim. When you own your own holiday home, you can be as impulsive as you feel. See you tomorrow?

17)   Flexibility of duration

A week, ten days, two weeks. Package holidays can be so restrictive. If you want to go away for eight-and-a-half days, you can do just that when you own your own holiday home.

18)   No airport queues

Flying out is bad enough, but anyone who’s ever had a twelve-hour delay flying back knows how the airport experience can totally ruin a holiday. Let’s be honest, this part of the holiday is stressful enough when everything runs smoothly! Instead, skip the flying altogether and enjoy a scenic drive to your very own holiday home.

19)   No carrying of heavy luggage

Everyone has someone in their family that seems to pack for a round-the-world trip when they’re only going away for a week. Don’t get stuck dragging weighty luggage around all day, just throw it in the boot and enjoy the drive.

20)   Don’t lose out on currency

Acquiring foreign money is often confusing and before you know it, you’ve lost a big cut of your spending money just by changing to the local currency. Add in the hassle of the trip to get your holiday cash and then consider how much easier it is just to head for your own holiday home, where everyone accepts pounds sterling and your debit card is a handy backup!

So there we have it, 20 reasons to buy a holiday home – so what are you waiting for? Why not request a brochure today?

Tagged with: Bowness, Caravans, Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Holiday Homes, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lakeside, Lancashire, Limefitt, Marina, Morecambe, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Limefitt Park, Marina, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

Summer Holiday Home Maintenance Tips

It is important to take care of your lodge or caravan properly as it is a valuable investment. Just like your own home, there are various jobs that you need to carry out on an annual basis to make sure that it stays in good working order.

If you are subletting the property, it is even more crucial that you maintain a clean, functioning home. This will lead to repeat bookings and recommendations.

You can ensure that the property is operational by carrying out summer safety checks. Any problems that arise can then be dealt with quickly. Here is a checklist as a guide:

·         Clean the property and wash all the bedding and tea towels.

·         Check that the heating system/air conditioning is working; clean the vents. 

·         Are any taps dripping or are there any signs of damp rising? 

·         Clean drains and plug holes to avoid blockages. 

·         Give the oven a good clean, ready for the summer BBQs.

·         Clean all the carpets and curtains.

·         Check that all light bulbs and batteries are working.

·         Test the carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm.

·         Clean all the windows and check the decking for damaged boards. You may want to re-varnish the furniture and power wash the decking.

·         Check that the lodge roof is intact and that there are no broken tiles or leaks.

·         Clean the gutter of any debris/fallen branches.

·         If you have a garden area, make this tidy by planting/caring for the flowers.

·         If you have a pool or hot tub, check the water levels, remove organic debris and check the filter.

·         Restock the cupboards with the basics like sauces and tinned food.

So there you have the ultimate checklist for summer maintenance tips. Make sure that the property is in tip top condition and your family can continue using the holiday home for the coming years.


Tagged with: Holiday Homes, Holiday Letting

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Limefitt Park, Marina, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

3 Fantastic BBQ Recipe Ideas for Dining on the Deck

3 Fantastic BBQ Recipe Ideas for Dining on the Deck

At last the sun is shining and the birds are singing so it can only mean one thing- it’s BBQ time! One of the fantastic advantages of owning your own holiday home is that you can dine on the deck during the summertime.

Sit back and relax next to the lake whilst drinking a glass of wine or beer, and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

But why just settle for classic burgers and sausages when you can grill mackerel, stuffed peppers and kebabs? Here are 3 scrumptious recipe ideas:

·         Honey and ginger prawns

These are really easy to make so the kids can help too. Prepare the prawns in a bowl, drizzle in honey, douse in fresh ginger and then grill on the BBQ until cooked. Alternatively, use chicken pieces instead of prawns and serve with chips or salad.

Click here for recipe instructions and ingredients.

·         The ultimate veggie burger

Homemade burgers are really easy to make and taste just as good as anything you can get in the shops. Just mix together all the ingredients, shape them into patties and fry until golden brown. Serve them in burger buns and with your choice of toppings. Easy peasy!

Click here for recipe instructions and ingredients.

·         Coconut coated chicken kebabs with raita

If you want something sweet and spicy, these kebabs will definitely do the trick. Why settle for a plain curry when you can eat fiery chicken pieces that have been coated in coconut?

Prepare the ingredients and marinade the night before, so all you have to do is throw them on the BBQ giving you more time to spend with the family.

Click here for recipe instructions and ingredients.

 Next time you are visiting your lodge or caravan, make the most of the great British outdoors and eat alfresco with the help of these top recipe ideas!


Tagged with: Bowness, Holiday Homes, Lake District, Lake Windermere, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Limefitt Park, Marina, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

Top 5 reasons to buy a holiday home

We do love getting feedback from owners on our parks and sharing it with you, so here’s some recent insight into why some of our owners first decided to buy a holiday home and why we know that now is the best time for you to buy one yourself!

Our Top 5 reasons to buy a holiday home:

1. We’ll pay the VAT on your new caravan

From the 6th of April this year, anyone buying a new holiday caravan will now have to pay VAT at 5 per cent where previously this was not the case. (Remember all the news stories last year about the “pasty tax” and “caravan tax”? – Well, the pasty tax was thrown out, but unfortunately the caravan tax was introduced at 5 per cent from the start of the new tax year). This means that buying one of our most affordable ABI Seashore models will cost almost £1,000 more than it did last year. Or a Willerby Atlanta model will cost almost £4,000 more.

But don’t let this put you off…. as for a limited time only, we’re going to be paying the taxman on your behalf. All you have to do is buy your new caravan before the 31st of May and we’ll pay the VAT for you – saving you thousands of pounds. Trust us, there has never been a better time to buy!

2. Improved lifestyle & family time

This is a no-brainer really isn’t it? If given the choice, who wouldn’t want to have unlimited holidays with their loved ones – whether its your spouse, children, grandchildren or close friends? A holiday almost every weekend of the year? Yes please, where do I sign up!

When we ask our owners why they decided to buy and what the best thing is about owning a holiday home, 99.9% of the time, this is their answer. As Mr & Mrs White from Ocean Edge said: “We’ve really got the best of both worlds and we get to go on holiday every week!”

3. Having the freedom & flexibility to escape

To really get the best out of your holiday home, it pays to keep your travelling time to a minimum so we find that most of our owners live within a couple of hours drive of our parks. This means they can jump in the car whenever the mood takes them and not have to worry about check-in times or the stress, hassle and long waits that go hand in hand with airport travel. Mr & Mrs Murphy visit their home on Todber Park nearly every weekend and as they say: “We can leave home after work and still reach the park in good time and before it gets dark.”

4. Enjoying home from home comforts

We all love going on holiday but who honestly can say that they love (or even like!) the whole packing part? Well, that’s the beauty of owning your own holiday home – it has all the comforts (and sometimes more) of your own home. You can leave your clothes in the wardrobe, PJ’s on the bed, toiletries in the bathroom and food in the kitchen cupboards – and it will all still be there waiting for you the next time you visit. It really does give ‘packing light’ a whole new meaning! “I like having my toiletries, shaving cream, clothes, somewhere where I can go. Just jump in the car and go. Without having to pack everything all the time.” Mr B, Fallbarrow Park

5. Having full use of park facilities

When you buy your own home on a holiday park, you’re buying more than just a place to stay. Many of our parks have leisure facilities including swimming pools that you can use at no extra cost and the on-site bars, restaurants and cafes can be great places to socialise and meet new people. Little ones can join the kids clubs and take part in lots of fun games and activities or just play together in the indoor and outdoor play areas with the added reassurance that they are being well looked after in a secure environment. Miss Shaw from Ocean Edge says: “We have the opportunity to go out and socialise at Ocean Edge and can be comfortable in the knowledge that our son can come and go between the arcade, which he loves, and the club for the entertainment.It’s nice as people remember your faces and you get chatting to them so you can build up new acquaintances through owning a caravan on the park.”

Convinced yet?  Then what are you waiting for? Give us a call to find out more about how you can be our next new owner or visit our homepage to see our current range and prices of homes for sale.  


Tagged with: Caravans, Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Lake Windermere, Lancashire, Limefitt, Marina, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Parks, VAT, White Cross Bay

Posted in: South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

Day in the life of Alex Hodgson

If you’ve holidayed on White Cross Bay before, you’re sure to have come across Assistant General Manager, Alex Hodgson.  28-year old Alex, along with White Cross Bay’s General Manager, Mark McGarry, oversees the running of the park and the marina on a day-to-day basis and deputises for Mark when he’s away.

White Cross Bay is the largest of our Lake District parks and, with around 20,000 people visiting the park each year, Alex definitely has his work cut out making sure that everything runs smoothly for every single one of them. “Everyday definitely brings a different challenge,” says Alex. “But I work with great people and enjoy meeting new owners and customers.”

And he’s not just saying that. Trust us, Alex is one of those often too-rare people that you know just genuinely loves his job. He even has a live-in position so as well as being his place of work, White Cross Bay is also home to him, along with his fiancée, Rose-Marie, and 3-year old son, Ethan. “Our client base is fantastic,” says Alex. “We get such a mix of people and ages and I get the most pleasure from making sure that their experience of the park exceeds any expectations they have.”

For Alex, White Cross Bay is also a great place to be based with lots of family based activities and attractions on his doorstep or nearby. “I can really recommend South Lakes Wild Animal Park, which is a short drive away (35-40 mins) from White Cross Bay. Ethan loves all of the different animals at the park and we can easily spend a full day out there,” he says.

So what with living and working on White Cross Bay, does Alex ever manage to switch off from the day job and how? “Quite easily when it comes to my main passion of music,” he insists. Alex is heavily involved in organising festivals and has recently been learning more about sound engineering. And you never know, he may even turn up at a wedding or celebration near you, as he also has been known to spin a few cheesy classic tunes as a wedding and mobile DJ. “I’m really lucky in what I do as whether it’s the day job at White Cross Bay, or at one of the festivals I’ve organised, what I enjoy most of all is bringing people together to have a great time.”

And with Alex’s safe hands helping to oversee your next holiday, how could you not?!

Tagged with: Bowness, Lake District, Lake Windermere, South Lakeland Holidays, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Limefitt Park, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

The name itself sounds exotic

The Lakeland Sorrento Lodge

The Lakeland Sorrento lodge – just the name itself sounds exotic – and that is indeed the difference with this model. This is not a run of the mill, knock them up and ship them out lodge; this is a quality piece of local workmanship that is in hot demand right now. So much so that the first model ever produced for our parks was snapped up after just two weeks of being for sale.

Oh and did we mention they were local? Another great fact about the Lakeland Sorrento is that it is manufactured by the newly established Lakeland Leisure Homes just down the road from our Head Office at a factory in Milnthorpe.  Lakeland Leisure Homes is the new branch of Lakeland Refurbishment Limited, a company who have been working with South Lakeland Parks for more than eight years providing purpose built decking and refurbishing used caravans and lodges.

Andrew Jenkinson, General Manager at Lakeland Leisure Homes, said: “We’ve been refurbishing lodges over the years and it just got to a stage in the last year where we thought, ‘We could build these ourselves and improve on what has previously been done’.” So enter the Lakeland Sorrento, the first lodge produced by the company, which is soon to be followed by the Lakeland Livorno, Loreto and Firenza. Although based in the heart of Cumbria, the company also has Italian links, which it embraces through the names of their lodges.

Lakeland Leisure Homes are proud of the standard of their work and are keen to stress that they will produce made to order bespoke lodges to suit specific parks and pitches. “If someone is spending that amount of money then it needs to be perfect,” continues Andrew. “We can tailor make lodges to get the most out of the location, whether its changing the windows round to get the best view or just based on a customer’s personal preferences. We can now provide the full package from start to finish.”

So what can we expect from the Lakeland Sorrento? Andrew tries to explain: “It’s difficult to put into words but we go that little bit further with the finishing and the overall thought that goes into the design. Customers can just tell the difference as soon as they go inside. The quality speaks for itself.”

Lakeland Leisure Homes will soon be moving to bigger premises where Andrew says that the working conditions will become even better for their staff. But it’s not just the staff who are benefitting from the recent success of the Sorrento. The company also brings in a number of sub-contractors and craftsmen from the local area thus creating jobs and helping the local economy to prosper.

The Sorrento is the ultimate stylish home, and the 40 x 14 feet model can currently be found on an elevated base at Limefitt Park with breathtaking views out onto Wansfell, over to Kirkstone Pass and into the stunning Troutbeck Valley.

The stand out feature of the Sorrento is the large balcony, which is ideal for al fresco dining wherever the location. Although in the model at Limefitt, the balcony decking is south facing making the most of the valley sun. The floor to ceiling bi fold doors open out from the lounge onto the decking.

The open plan lounge in the Sorrento is surprisingly spacious, which is the look that the manufacturers are always trying to achieve. The impressive 12 feet Cantilever doors open out to the outside decking and certainly enhance the feeling of extra space, as do the vaulted ceilings leading through to the dining area. The lounge is bright and airy and is flooded with natural light. A feature wall in the lounge has a large recessed television, wall mounted fire and Inglenook niches. Two attractive cream leather sofas and a coffee table complete the room.

Dining area & Kitchen
The dining area and kitchen are open plan to the lounge with vaulted ceilings running continuing with the sense of light and space. The modern four-seater dining table and chairs match the coffee table ensuring design consistency between the lounge and dining area.  The kitchen is striking with fully integrated appliances including slimline dishwasher, tall fridge freezer, and high level built in oven and microwave. The worktops are top quality solid oak and the feature island unit is both attractive and functional complete with a pull up electrical point. A half glazed solid oak door leads out into the hall area.  

Master bedroom
The vaulted ceiling continues into the master bedroom, which is extremely spacious with an abundance of fitted wardrobes and a dressing area complete with full-length mirror. A king sized bed is set against attractive fitted units providing plenty of storage and drawer space. The Sorrento also has solid oak doors, skirting and architrave throughout.

Second bedroom
The second bedroom is next to the lounge and has full size twin beds separated by a bedside table. This room also has good-sized fitted corner wardrobes and is decorated to a very high standard.

Family bathroom
The family bathroom on either side of the two bedrooms is fitted out with the most up to date white fitted bathroom suite including a full size bath with shower over as well as a separate large walk-in shower. The sink has a stylish built in vanity unit for useful storage with a matching mirrored wall unit above it. The Sorrento also has an integrated docking station, which means music can be played into the bathroom as well as through the lounge and master bedroom.  

Interested? Here’s where to find it:
The Lakeland Sorrento can currently be found on Limefitt Park at Troutbeck. To find out more about Lakeland Leisure Homes, call us on 01539 897995 for more information on the Lakeland Sorrento on South Lakeland Park’s.

Tagged with: Bowness, Developments, Holiday Homes, Lake District, Limefitt, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Attraction Reviews, Fallbarrow, General, Limefitt Park, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

An Off-Road Education…

It’s important to us that our fronts of house teams at our holiday parks have a wealth of knowledge about attractions and the local area surrounding our parks. So when Windermere based ‘Kankku’ offered us an educational experience of their off road driving tours we were extremely grateful. 
Our front of house teams from White Cross Bay, Fallbarrow Park and Limefitt Park took to the road in early December 2012.

Here’s what they said…
“It was great to have the opportunity to experience what beauty is on our doorstep, as you can sometimes forget working on such a busy park! The instructor was very informative, the set-up very professional and the driving was great fun.”
Katie Lambert, Assistant Park Manager, Fallbarrow Park

“The driving experience with Kankku was a thrilling one in truly lovely scenery and I would feel happy recommending it to our customers.”
Mark Leigh, Office Manager, Limefitt Park

“The driving experience was a fun afternoon out. From the moment we arrived the instructor put everyone at ease and explained everything that we needed to know. The off road tracks are only a short drive from their base in Windermere so the fun quickly begins. Your group takes it in turns to drive over varying degrees of terrain. The experience also gives you the opportunity to take in the beauty of the lakes with some amazing scenery. I was surprised at the places the 4x4 would get too. It was a fun afternoon out and one which I'd love to repeat.”
Mark McGarry, Park Manager, White Cross Bay

Our guide was very knowledgeable and really assertive, he made the experience enjoyable and we all felt very safe in his capable hands.  The first thing he said to us when we got in the vehicle was, ‘I want you to forget everything you know about driving and drive how I tell you to drive!’ Overall – an excellent experience, great company and would definitely recommend the experience to our holidaymakers!”
Anthony Bottomley, Holiday Reservations Advisor

Kankku off road driving adventures take place on wild off-road trail routes in the Lake District National Park.

For more information and to book call Kankku direct on 015394 47414.

Tagged with: Attraction, Bowness, Fallbarrow, Holidays, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Limefitt, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Limefitt Park, Marina, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

Welcome back, we’ve missed you!

Well it might have felt like a long time coming but today is the day that most of our parks are reopening again for the 2013 season!

We’ve already given you a flavour of what goes on behind the scenes when we’re closed and now we’re back, with shiny new improvements and full of enthusiasm to welcome you all from today and throughout the rest of the year.

If you are arriving today, you’re in for a treat! It’s the first day of Spring, the sun has been shining in the North West all week, and the forecast looks good for the weekend. If you’re on Regent Park, then make sure you come along to our ‘Welcome Back Party Night’ tomorrow where we’re all going be dusting off our dance shoes and boogying 80’s style to the Agadoo with our special guests, Black Lace. They’re guaranteed to get the party going with a real swing!

Also keep an eye out for our new mascot, Buzz the Bumbaloo who will be officially revealed to our Regent guests for the first time at the party. We know that he’s already been practicing his dance moves and is out to impress you all! He’s also the star of our new ‘Rascal’s’ indoor soft play area as his face is adorned all over the walls. We’ve also got a new indoor multi sports court but we’re sure most of you will be outside making the most of the sunshine whilst its here!

Whichever park you’re on this weekend, welcome back! Have a great time and be sure to share some of your fun times, feedback and photos with us on our facebook pages. We’ve missed you all!

Tagged with: Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Holiday Homes, Lake District, Limefitt, Marina, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Hawthorne, Limefitt Park, Marina, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

Behind the scenes

Do you ever wonder what happens when our holiday parks close for six weeks after the New Year? No? Well, we’re going to tell you anyway!

One of our parks is open all year round but most of them close immediately after the New Year celebrations and don’t reopen again until March 1st. During this time, we are able to carry out vital improvement and maintenance works without impacting on any holidaymakers’ stays.

Pass by the parks during February and it’s not unusual to see a whole hive of activity taking place with our maintenance staff, local contractors and groundsmen working ten to the dozen to make sure that the parks are in top-notch condition to welcome back the next season’s holidaymakers.

We’ll cover everything from deep cleaning and painting, to carrying out gas, electrical, safety and wiring checks; changing and updating appliances, products and facilities inside our caravans and lodges; and tidying and replanting trees, bushes and flowers.

This year on both of our Morecambe family parks – Ocean Edge and Regent – we’ve also updated the children’s play areas with bright, colourful murals of our new mascot; Buzz the Bumbaloo with giant images of Buzz and his two friends, Phoebee and Tobee now adorning the walls.

Making the most of its coastal location, Ocean Edge has also introduced new giant wildlife boards around the park, which will tell holidaymakers what to watch out for around the Ocean Edge seashore. It’s not unusual to see some rare birds as well as even spotting some seals bobbing around in the sea. 

Don’t forget that, as well as being a home away from home for holidaymakers, our parks are also a safe haven to a variety of animal, bird and wildlife so it’s important for us to make sure that their habitats are well looked after to keep them coming back to see us – just like you!

Tagged with: Caravans, Developments, Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Holidays, Lake District, Lancashire, Marina, Morecambe, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Holidays, Todber, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Limefitt Park, Ocean Edge, Regent, Shows, South Lakeland Holidays, Todber, White Cross Bay

The 50+ Show Manchester

The 50+ Show at Manchester Central  ...

The 50+ Show is returning to Manchester Central (formerly the GMEX) on 1st & 2nd March 2013

With a wide range of Exhibitors this show is perfect day out for anyone who wants to make the most out of life and will send you home with enough new ideas to last you a lifetime - come with a friend and plan to stay the whole day!

Throughout the day there are various Seminars, Cookery Demonstrations, Fashions Shows, Comedians, Dance Classes and Workshops you can enjoy.

To find out more why not take a look at the 50+ Show Manchester 2012 Visitor Experience video - CLICK HERE

Show Venue
Manchester Central, Petersfield, Manchester,  M2 3GX

Come and find us on Stand B22

Show Dates
1st & 2nd March 2013

Show Opening Times
9.30am - 4.30pm

Car Parking
NCP car park on site at Manchester Central, It is open 24 hours and the address details for sat nav are: Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3GX. 

Tagged with: 50+ , Caravans, Fallbarrow, Holiday Homes, Holiday Letting, Holidays, Lake District, Manchester, Morecambe, Ocean Edge, Regent, Shows, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, White Cross Bay

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Hawthorne, Limefitt Park, Marina, Ocean Edge, Regent, Shows, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

Caravan & Motorhome Show 2013

Caravan & Motorhome Show 2013 at EventCity Manchester

The North's favourite outdoor leisure show returns to EventCity Manchester in January 2013 and is set to be bigger and better than ever. Boasting 200 companies, all of the top brands and latest models, The Caravan & Motorhome Show 2013 is the perfect place to kick-start your outdoor adventures.

As well as the very best campsites and destinations, the show will display a great selection of caravans, motorhomes, holiday homes, awnings and accessories. Leading outdoor leisure retailers will also be on hand to help you stock up for the season ahead.

Show Venue
EventCity, Phoenix Way, Off Barton Dock Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 7TB

3-208 on a 42ft x 20ft Cambrian Cottage Twin Lodge

Show Dates
Thursday 17 January - Sunday 20 January 2013

Show Opening Times
Thursday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Friday: 10.00am - 8.00pm (free for visitors from 5.00pm onwards)
Saturday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 5.30pm

Car Parking
Car Parking is free and there are thousands of spaces at EventCity

Tagged with: Caravans, Holiday Homes, Lake District, Lakeside, Lancashire, Morecambe, Shows, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks

Posted in: Fallbarrow, Limefitt Park, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Holidays, Todber, White Cross Bay

Our BIGGEST Ever Holiday Sale

Our BIGGEST Ever Holiday Sale*

Any park, any accommodation, anytime!

South Lakeland Holidays have today launched their BIGGEST EVER SALE with Short breaks from as little as £7 per person per night!

This huge saving applies to all 3, 4 and 7 night breaks when booking online or through our Call Centre before the end of January 2013. Choose from a range of holiday accommodation from caravans and lodges to cosy cottages.

South Lakeland Holidays have a choice of 6 fantastic HOLIDAY PARKS in Morecambe, the Ribble Valley and the Lake District. Take advantage of our low deposit offer and pay only £50 to secure your booking.

Book your perfect holiday today!

Perfect moments make perfect holidays so start planning your 2013 holiday today!
Call our friendly Call Centre 015395 69835


*Terms and conditions apply. See

Tagged with: Bowness, Caravans, Fallbarrow, Holiday Homes, Holiday Letting, Holidays, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lancashire, Limefitt, Morecambe, Ocean Edge, Offers, Regent, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

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Trip up North for 50+ Show

We set off to Glasgow on a gloomy Thurs night, and travelled up to the SECC our home for the next 2 days. We were exhibiting at the 50+ Show and myself and my colleagues, Ant and Hannah were unsure of what to expect?

We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to set up as there were a vast variety of exhibitors, from Estee Lauder to Visit Blackpool, from Dental Holidays to Sponsor a Guide Dog.  As ever we were excited and keen to see if the show would be as successful as the organizers promoted it would be.

And the quick answer is yes, on the first day, the queues formed outside at 10am for the grand opening and they were welcomed with a piper and his bagpipes (how apt being in Glasgow). Within 20 minutes we were rushed off our feet with people interested in our holiday parks. It later turned out that people had to continue to wait outside as the hall was at its full capacity! The show was a fantastic day out for people, as there was something for everyone, throughout the day there were cooking demonstrations by a TV Chef, the opportunity to have a little dance, either ballroom, salsa or a spot of line dancing, there were seminars held by Prudential and other legal advisors and also a climbing wall, which kept us entertained on both days watching people try to climb to the top to ring the bell, people of all ages!!

Glasgow did not disappoint we met some lovely people and enjoyed our 2 days exhibiting, so much so we are now exhibiting at the same event in Manchester on the 1st and 2nd of March.

All in all a good couple of days away!

Katie Wilson (Holiday Reservations Supervisor)

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Taking off together with 'WYNAIR'

It’s not very often the Marketing Team at South Lakeland Parks get to escape from our busy schedules, so when we received an invite to the 2012 Annual Hoseasons Owners Conference we saw it as a great opportunity to escape from our desks and find out exactly why our partnership with one of the UK’s largest self-catering agencies remains so strong.

I Travelled to Sutton Coldfield the night before the event with my colleague Matt (Web Communications Co-ordinator). We stayed at the Ramada hotel, which would also play host of the event. The hotel was bustling with fellow delegates creating an excitable atmosphere. I have to mention  though… it was perhaps one of the strangest layouts of hotels I have ever seen! It took a while to find my room having to climb two separate sets of stairs, take a lift, go through 5+ door s and walk through a dark tunnel to get there! I laughed to myself when I passed a couple in their 80s looking disorientated and muttering to themselves “you need a map to get around this hotel”! Nonetheless, the food was great and the staff extremely friendly. Even the huge spider which greeted me in my room!

We were keen to see whether or not the event lived up to the high expectations set by fellow colleagues who have attended previous events hosted by Hoseason’s. Needless to say we were not disappointed!

The Conference was well organized and jam-packed full with industry news, stories and advice cleverly themed around the creation of a fictional airline ‘WYNAIR’. The conference kicked started with a clever entrance of Hoseason’s personnel dressed as flight attendants behind their Captain (Hoseason’s Managing Director Pali Badwal). Once ‘WYNAIR’ had delivered a clever in-flight safety demonstration (using lanyards instead of traditional seatbelts and pointing out the toilets and exits as standard) a program of quality presentation after presentation continued to inspire and inform throughout the day.

Perhaps the highlight of the day for me was listening to guest speaker ‘James Timpson’ deliver a quality speech about Timpson’s and its success over the years. I am pretty sure he wasn’t aware of his own natural flair and passion, which made listening to his stories all the more enjoyable. Although not industry related, it was easy to understand why Hoseason’s had invited him along. One of the company’s key focuses is its employees and their service. Something Hoseason’s also highlighted as an important priority for the year ahead.

Hoseason’s must have a healthy budget to deliver an event on this scale and the time and commitment to have so many members of staff involved throughout the entire day. I left in awe of their huge marketing budgets and the ability to deliver such flawless presentations from start to finish. The team’s creativity is a credit to the work they do and they are obviously well practiced on the presentation front!

I wonder what the theme will be for 2013? Whatever it is - they have a hard act to follow.

Natalie Swaby
Marketing Coordinator, South Lakeland Parks Ltd

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South Lakeland Parks launches 2013 holiday brochure

Money saving offers for all the family as South Lakeland Parks launches 2013 holiday brochure ...

South Lakeland Parks, the largest holiday park operator in the North of England has launched its new holiday brochure for 2013 featuring price reductions on 2012 holidays. 

The brochure comes in a handy new size, which is much more compact for consumers, yet is packed full of savings. After the increase in postage charges in 2012, the group took the decision to reduce the size of the brochure and, rather than allocate extra money to postage, has passed the benefits directly onto holidaymakers through great value lower prices in 2013. 

South Lakeland Parks operate nine parks across the Lake District and Lancashire, of which six are open to holidaymakers. White Cross Bay and Fallbarrow are the Lakeside parks; Ocean Edge and Regent are the Seaside parks and Limefitt and Todber are the Countryside parks.

Next year, a family of four can enjoy a week-long Lake District break from as little as £232 or seven nights on a countryside lodge holiday from £330. Short seaside breaks can be booked from just £99, which works out at less than £7 per person per night. 

Live tribute act weekends will also make a welcome return in 2013 at seaside parks Ocean Edge and Regent, with all-inclusive prices starting at just £170 for caravan accommodation and a full weekend of entertainment. 

The group has also continued with its popular campaign ‘Perfect Moments Make Perfect Holidays’ in 2013 where holidaymakers can win a stay at the park of their choice for sharing what makes their holiday special; whether it’s making sandcastles and going for a paddle on the beach, which 6-year old Kyra enjoyed at Regent Park in Morecambe. Or walking along the lakeside at Fallbarrow Park at night as highlighted by Susan when she visited the park earlier this year. 

2013 also sees the introduction of an exclusive new mascot and his kids club at Morecambe Bay parks, Ocean Edge and Regent. Buzz the Bumbaloo is a magical creature that lives on the parks and protects their natural environment. Buzz has his own song and dance and throughout the year, with support from everyone in the new ‘Buzz Club’, he will be teaching it to children, as well as running arts and crafts events, sports and games sessions, and cookery and DJ workshops with the on-park entertainment teams. 
Money saving offers are available to people booking their 2013 holiday with discounts of £20 now applying to online bookings and all holidays can be secured with an affordable £50 deposit. 

For more information and to view an online version of the new 2013 holiday brochure, visit A brand new promotional video can also be seen below

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Olympic effort by all for relay challenge

Olympic effort by all as relay challenge raises more than £6,000 for CancerCare

Staff at North West holiday park company, South Lakeland Parks has raised an impressive £6,369 for local charity CancerCare after taking part in an alternative Torch Relay through the heart of the Lancashire and Cumbrian countryside.

More than 30 of the group’s staff including Managing Director, Nigel Wimpenny and even the parks’ mascots raised the money by staging a relay between their 10 Lancashire and Lake District locations last month.

In keeping with the topical Olympic theme, staff ran, cycled, swam, rowed, canoed and even rode a horse between the parks covering more than 106 miles over a two-day period through some fairly challenging weather conditions. 

A support crew cheered them on during the route and collected bucket loads of donations whilst passing through cities and towns including Lancaster, Morecambe and Windermere.

Holiday home owners and holidaymakers came out in strong numbers to support the relay with one park, the 4-star Ocean Edge Park in Heysham raising more than £1,000 for the charity. This was helped in part by the efforts of the park’s Assistant Manager, Vicki Jones who did her bit by swimming 180 lengths – the equivalent of two miles - in the indoor swimming pool in an hour and forty minutes.

The charity relay got underway at the group’s southern-most park at Todber in the Ribble Valley on Wednesday 20th June and finished the following day. The final leg was completed by canoe between the two Windermere lakeside parks, White Cross Bay and Fallbarrow by MD Nigel Wimpenny just before the official Olympic Torch came through the town.

Nigel said: “I am hugely proud of the efforts of all the staff who took part in the relay. The enthusiasm shown at the outset and throughout was heartening and the support we received along the way really gave us the extra push we needed to keep going – especially on the second day when we were handicapped by the Lake District weather!

“We are delighted with everyone’s generosity, which has seen us more than double our original target for CancerCare. The work that they do with cancer sufferers and their families in the local area is at times superhuman and in our eyes, there was no worthier a cause to donate to.”

Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive at CancerCare also got involved by running the last leg of the first day from Hawthorne Park in Morecambe to Ocean Edge in Heysham.

She said: “I had a great time taking part in the relay and even managed a personal best time of 2 miles in 16 minutes. Being able to get out of the office to see the enthusiasm of the people that take part in fundraising activities is such a special part of the job and they should all be applauded for their exertions over the two days.

“For the team to have raised over £6,000 is just absolutely fantastic and will make such a difference to CancerCare. We can continue our valuable role of helping local people whose lives are affected by cancer.”

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Park staff take on a relay challenge ...

Holiday park staff take to the roads; the saddle; and the water for CancerCare relay challenge

More than 30 employees from North West holiday park company, South Lakeland Parks will be taking on their own Olympic-style challenge next month to raise money for CancerCare.

The staff including two of the Park’s mascots, Reggie the Dinosaur and Billy the Beaver will be taking part in various Olympic sports including running, cycling, horse riding, rowing, canoeing, and swimming over 100 miles in a huge relay between each of their 10 locations throughout Lancashire and the Lake District.

Starting from the group’s southern-most park at Todber in the Ribble Valley, three of Todber’s staff will kick off the relay with a 20-mile tandem bike ride before handing their own “torch” to the next cyclists to complete the 17-mile ride to Marina Park at Glasson Dock near Lancaster.

The climax of the relay will be at Fallbarrow Park in Bowness on Windermere where Managing Director, Nigel Wimpenny will bring the South Lakeland Parks torch home by canoe in time to see the Official Olympic Torch make its way across Windermere on its journey into Bowness.

The relay will take place over two days on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st of June and the group hope that holidaymakers, holiday home owners and members of the public will cheer them along en route and donate as much money as possible for CancerCare.

Caroline Farrer, Group Marketing Manager at South Lakeland Parks said: “There are going to be huge celebrations in Bowness when the Olympic torch arrives and we wanted to get into the spirit of the occasion by staging our own mini event that our staff and guests could get involved in across the North West.

“Obviously we won’t come anywhere close to the miles run by the official torch bearers but we will be covering more than 100 miles through some fabulous Lancashire and Lake District scenery so we hope as many people as possible can come out to cheer us on and help us raise as much money as possible for such a worthy charity.”

Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive at CancerCare will also be a guest runner for the final leg of day one and will carry the South Lakeland Parks’ torch between Hawthorne Park in Morecambe and Ocean Edge in Heysham.

She said: “Many local people and organisations think up different and fun ways of raising money for CancerCare that it’s impossible for us to be involved with all of them, although we would certainly love to be. So I am very excited about personally taking part in a leg of this relay, which is such a great idea.

“The enthusiasm shown by South Lakeland Parks’ staff has been inspiring and we wish them all the best in their efforts to raise much needed funds for our charity. With their help CancerCare can continue to help local people whose lives are affected by cancer.”

At the same time as Lynne is running her leg, the Assistant Manager at Ocean Edge, Vicki Jones will also be swimming the equivalent distance of 1.9 miles in Ocean Edge’s indoor swimming pool.

The individual legs of the relay are as follows:
Day One, Wednesday 20th June:
• Todber, Ribble Valley – Marina, Lancaster – 45.2 miles
• Marina, Lancaster – Regent, Morecambe – 8.7 miles
• Regent, Morecambe – Hawthorne, Morecambe – 3.3 miles
• Hawthorne, Morecambe – Ocean Edge, Heysham – 1.9 miles

Day Two, Thursday 21st June:
• Ocean Edge, Heysham – Gatebeck, Endmoor – 22.4 miles
• Gatebeck, Endmoor – Head Office, Natland – 2.8 miles
• Head Office, Natland – Limefitt, Troutbeck – 14.4 miles
• Limefitt, Troutbeck – White Cross Bay, Windermere – 3.2 miles
• White Cross Bay, Windermere – Fallbarrow, Bowness – 3 miles

To make a donation to CancerCare in support of the South Lakeland Parks torch relay, please visit

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Olympic Torch is coming to Bowness

Olympic Torch is coming to Bowness-on-Windermere

Thursday, 21 June 2012
The Glebe, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3HE 

The Olympic Torch departs from Waterhead on The Tern at 19:06 and arrives at Bowness Bay Pier at 19:46, making its way to the stage for 20:00.

The Olympic Torch relay events will open at 6pm and the evening will run until 11pm

Torch Celebrations: Stage show including performances from singer-songwriter, Katy B, Indie Rock Band, British Sea Power, local young people’s choir and more. The show will be MC’d by TV Presenter, Andy Akinwolere

21:30-22:00 A chance to relax and grab a bite to eat as you make your way across to site B for On the Night Shift

22:00  Les Commandos Percu perform On the Night Shift .  On the Night Shift is a brand new commission from French Pyrotechnic wizards, Les Commandos Percu, who wowed audiences at Mintfest and Maryport in 2010 and have a worldwide reputation for incredible productions.

One of the opening events of the prestigious London 2012 Festival, the show will see streams of colour and light blaze across the skies above Bowness-on-Windermere, soon after the Olympic Torch has passed through the town.

Event Capacity The event is licensed for up to 10,000 attendees. Please note it is a ‘standing only’ event.

Video Clip of Les Commandos Percu

To find out more about the Olympic Torch visit CLICK HERE

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South Lakeland Parks boss welcomes partial caravan tax U-turn

South Lakeland Parks boss welcomes partial caravan tax U-turn but calls for more consistency.

Nigel Wimpenny, Managing Director of South Lakeland Parks, who operate nine holiday parks in the Lake District and Lancashire today welcomed the Government’s partial U-turn of introducing 20% VAT on static caravans.

Mr Wimpenny said: “As soon as this tax was proposed, we knew that the figures just didn’t add up. The Treasury’s own somewhat reserved estimates of a 30 per cent drop in the sales of caravans would have impacted upon thousands of direct and indirect jobs across the country, particularly in rural areas like the Lake District.

“As well as the efforts of the industry to overturn this hugely unjust and disproportionate tax on ordinary, hard-working people who choose to support British tourism and businesses, many of the existing owners on our parks have also been lobbying their own local MP’s. People who own homes and holiday on our parks alone generate a minimum spend of £13 million each year in the local area. The Government should be applauding and encouraging more of this, not penalising those people that holiday at home and help to grow the UK’s economy.

“However, unlike the “pasty tax”, this is still only a partial U-turn of the caravan tax. Although we are pleased that the 20 per cent rate of tax has been kicked into touch, the Government’s revised plans to introduce a new 5 per cent rate of tax to the purchase of static caravans and lodges from next year will still have a negative impact on the industry – albeit not to the level that was originally feared.

“Even adding 5 per cent to the cost of a static caravan bought as a second home creates an anomaly with bricks and mortar properties where no stamp duty is paid on purchases up to £125,000.

“We would therefore still urge the Government to extend their complete U-turn on the pasty tax to the caravan industry.”


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The David Bellamy Awards ...

The David Bellamy Awards and what they mean to us

Every year each of our parks are independently assessed by experts from the David Bellamy Conservation Award scheme on behalf of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association. It is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK and Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are given out to recognise the work the parks do to protect the environment.

We’re delighted to report that now seven of our nine parks have managed to achieve Gold Award status, the top accolade awarded by the scheme and we will continue to invest in our parks to ensure that we maintain these high standards in future years. Protecting the environment and overall corporate social responsibility is an important part of our day to day business at South Lakeland Parks and is intrinsic in our values as a responsible company.

Our two parks with Bronze Awards, Regent and Ocean Edge have made great strides in recent years as has been highlighted by the positive acknowledgments of the scheme’s assessors. Ongoing investment in landscaping, tree planting and gardening as well as aesthetical improvements such as picnic benches and external decorating have taken place during the Winter.

But there is a lot more to the Conservation Award scheme than just looking after the greenery of the Parks. The assessors also review our progress on energy, water and use of other resources; reducing, reusing and recycling of waste and what we do to support our local communities.

As Mr Bellamy says: “The best holiday parks are mini nature reserves and are helping to drive Britain’s green tourism revolution.” So you can relax in your homes safe in the knowledge that South Lakeland Parks remain committed to being at the forefront of environmental and sustainability excellence.

Here is what our assessors said on their last inspections:
Fallbarrow Holiday Park
The entrance area at Fallbarrow is particularly attractive and there always appears a great change when entering, between the hustle and bustle outside and the relative peace and calm inside. The working together of all concerned has evolved the park to the high standard that it is. This is a credit to all concerned.
Gold Award

Gatebeck Holiday Park
Gatebeck is an extremely pleasant and environmentally friendly park. It is extremely well screened and there is much evidence of strong links with the local community. There is plenty of evidence of the activities of mammals, birds and insects within the area of the park together with a splendid array of wild flowers. Gatebeck residents over the years all say the same thing – the peace, the wildlife and the way the park is run contributes greatly to their wellbeing and enjoyment.
Gold Award

Hawthorne Holiday Park
Tucked away down a sleepy lane in the Lancashire countryside Hawthorne Park is a little oasis for its customers. It is secluded, well hidden and has almost no impact on the local landscape. The park has benefitted from significant investment over the past 12 months with new sewage systems, a new play area and the surfacing of access roads. All of these have improved the park significantly.
Gold Award

Marina Holiday Park
Marina is an attractive park located by the Lancaster canal close to the village of Galgate. It has the feel of a self contained community with strong familiarity amongst customers and staff. The park is extremely well screened and low level lighting ensures minimal light pollution. Traffic control is excellent and there is a general feel of peace and quiet on the park. Very attractive floral displays create an excellent first impression.
Gold Award

Limefitt Holiday Park
Limefitt has changed quite dramatically over the years yet retained its character – a park set in superb Lakeland valley scenery, keeping its old buildings and of course its position alongside the fast flowing Troutbeck. The overhaul of waste and recycling arrangements has taken place and been so successful that the amount of unrecycled items has been significantly reduced. The park now recycles used printer cartridges and any old mobile phones – this to support the Roy Castle Cancer Foundation.
Gold Award

Todber Holiday Park
Huge improvements have been made at Todber since the last assessment. The Park should be commended for their achievements. The development on the higher levels is stunning. Some great work has been undertaken since the last assessment with some valuable planting schemes of native species of hedges which have added great aesthetic and conservation value to park.
Gold Award

White Cross Bay Leisure Park
It was encouraging to see the improvements that have taken place at White Cross Bay in recent years. The park has matured and there was and continues to be, an obvious desire to do everything possible to improve the place for the benefit of the environment and park users. From the park entrance to lakeside shore, thanks to the planning and work undertaken, much of White Cross Bay is green and inviting; a good deal of planting up has taken place.
Gold Award

Regent Leisure Park
Regent Park is a popular holiday home park which has had a number of physical improvements since the last assessment. New landscaping has greatly enhanced the park and an excellent reception area with stunning floral displays makes visitors welcome on arrival.
Bronze Award

Ocean Edge Leisure Park
Ocean Edge has seen some investment since the last assessment with touring caravans stopped in favour of holiday homes and with that change has come favourable improvements in landscaping. The park’s prime coastal views and the wildlife are a valuable asset and the park has really begun to improve physically.
Bronze Award


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Olympic Torch comes to the North West

So the Olympic Torch route through South Lakeland has been revealed.

On the afternoon of June 21st, the torch will arrive in Grasmere – then travelling along the A591 to Ambleside.

Local events have been planned at this point of the route, including a tea party in Borrans Park.

The Torch will then set sail down Windermere to Bowness Pier, arriving just before 8pm, where a huge event to mark the occasion is being staged on the Glebe.
After spending the night in Bowness the Torch will set off from Kendal Castle on the morning of June 22nd – heading through Kendal and Milnthorpe before entering North Lancashire.

Here’s the South Lakeland route in more detail:
The torch will come from Keswick to Grasmere along the A591 arriving in Grasmere at approximately 5.38pm. The Torch will then leaves Grasmere and continue on the A591 to Ambleside.

Grasmere Primary School is tying its sports day in to coincide with the Torch’s visit. The sports day will be held at Broadgate Meadow so that the local community can be involved. The sports day will be followed by a British style afternoon tea picnic. Children will be performing traditional British Isle songs and special piece of music will be commissioned to welcome the Torch’s arrival.

To celebrate the Torch’s visit to Ambleside local schools and community groups are planning several events. Including a tea party picnic in Borran’s Park which will feature music and the park ‘dressed’ for its arrival and areas planted in the Olympic colour. Pupils from local schools will also perform an especially composed song welcoming the Torch to Ambleside.

After this the Torch will board Windermere Lake Cruises boat MV Tern at Waterhead Pier and will sail down Windermere to Bowness Pier where it will disembark. at 7.57pm where it will be centre stage of a series events planned at the Glebe featuring celebrities, dignitaries, music and food from Taste Cumbria.

The Olympic Torch Relay celebrations will take place in Bowness on the evening of 21 June. The event will give the local community and visitors to the area a chance to welcome the Olympic Flame and share in the excitement and celebrations that the Relay will bring.

The evening will finish off with a breathtaking performance organised by Lakes Alive in conjunction with Les Commandos Percu with the world premiere of ‘On the Night Shift’. This is a newly commissioned spectacular show to mark the start of the Festival 2012. This incredible open-air production combines music, pyrotechnics and drama to dazzling effect, sending streams of colour and light soaring through the skies above Windermere.

After spending the night in Bowness the Torch will set off from Kendal Castle at 8.20am on the 22 June. It will travel through Kendal and then will set off for Milnthorpe where it will be met by hundreds of school children as it passes out of South Lakeland and into Lancashire.

Milnthorpe community leaders are inviting all local schools to line the route as the Torch passes through. Two local residential homes have also been invited. Schools in the area are to be given a colour from the London 2012 colour palate to create banners and flags and to wear t-shirts so a ‘Relay of Colour’ can be created along the route. Milnthorpe Primary School will create a musical farewell moment as the Torch leaves the town as the last community in the district.

The Torch will be in carried by a torch bearers it processes through towns and villages. It will be on what Locog are calling convoy mode, when it not in these areas.
Cllr Brendan Jameson, Leader of SLDC, said: “This is a fantastic event over two days that businesses and communities can be involved in. It will showcase South Lakeland and its attractions to the world.”

The details of the route can be found onLocog website at

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Nurture Lakeland Riverside Walk

Nurture Lakeland Riverside Walk - Official Opening

South Lakeland Parks are active supporters of Nurture Lakeland, an organization which aims to make the Cumbrian tourism industry more sustainable by creating ways for businesses and individuals to donate to conservation.

Nurture Lakeland makes sure that the money raised goes to the areas that need it the most, so that the Lake District remains a beautiful place to visit. They also deliver responsible tourism campaigns and advice to help businesses, residents and visitors understand how they can help.

As members of the Nurture Lakeland organisation, South Lakeland Parks has been able to raise money – through the
generosity of owners and visitors.

South Lakeland Parks has been helping visitors of all ages and levels of fitness to enjoy the countryside by supporting the ‘Miles without Stiles’ project. This raises money towards upgrading and developing footpaths to improve access for people with limited mobility throughout Cumbria and the Lake District.

Working in association with Nurture Lakeland, South Lakeland Parks has already raised over £50,000.

One of the main routes South Lakeland Parks has been supporting is the Staveley Riverside Walk. This walk was officially opened in July by Eric Robson, the writer, broadcaster and Chairman of Cumbria Tourism. Now  improvements to the footpath have been completed, making it safer for everyone to walk along.

The Staveley Riverside Walk route runs from the Duke William pub along the path to the footbridge and then turns left  along the riverside to the road.

The new wall next to the riverside walk was built over two weekends by the Friends of the Lake District Annual Walling Competition. Members of the Dry Stone Walling Association built a new field boundary wall alongside the path. Over 140 metres was built over three days. The money raised also went towards building a wheelchair accessible bridge and a link to Staveley Mill Yard where visitors can access local shops and cafes.

A 68 tonne crane was needed to lift the new seven tonne bridge into position. The new, bespoke footbridge now spans the River Kent directly behind Staveley Mill Yard and its design, reflects the yard’s unique history of wood turning. The flowing shape of the bridge resembles the form of a wood shaving.

If you want to try the walk  CLICK HERE for the walk route.

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Attraction Review: Brockhole Visitor Centre

There are so many things to see and do in the Lake District that sometimes you could be spoilt for choice. In an effort to help you make up your mind, We are planning to highlight some of the attractions near some of our parks. For this issue we dispatched Matt Hartnett and Heather Clough off to Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre.

brockhole visitor centre

They report: “We arrived by car and the first things we immediately noticed were the wonderful scenic views and the beautiful gardens which stretch right down to the shores of Windermere. Further investigation quickly revealed that there is loads to do.

There is an adventure playground, a new crazy golf area and 20 acres of garden and woodland to admire and explore. Boat hire is available for a trip around the lake and a new pier.

Inside the imposing house there are always exhibitions to enjoy and to inspire. We enjoyed Rugged Reflections, History of the Lakes as well as touch screen computer games. There is a café which serves good food, most of which has been freshly prepared and locally sourced. There is also a wide range of cakes and sandwiches on sale.


We enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea on the terrace enjoying the splendid views and later we found a bench where we had our picnic with the sun on our backs. Nearby children were enjoying the adventure playground.

Whilst we travelled to Brockhole by car, owners can walk from Limefitt, White Cross Bay and Fallbarrow. Entry to the house, grounds and lakeshore is free. There is free WiFi, but parking charges apply.

Brockhole is a not-for-profit attraction run by the Lake District National Park Authority. All profits go towards its upkeep. There are various events throughout the year so it is best to visit Whats on to see what is on.

The visitor centre is open all year round (except Christmas Day) and opens at 10am till 5pm while the gardens open 8am to 6pm.

We will definitely be going back as there is so much more to explore.

The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole is located just off the A591 between Windermere and Ambleside. 015394 46601

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Review by Matt Hartnett,
South Lakeland Parks website Co-ordinator

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Park Life Magazine - Edition 3

Park Life the Magazine for Owners at South Lakeland Parks ...

It may have flown by but we at South Lakeland Parks have come a long way in 6 years. With the 3rd edition of 'Park Life'  now ready this is what can be found in our latest edition of Park Life;

- Owners' Inbox - Competition, letters, Owner feeback
- New Developments for 2012
- David Bellamy Awards
- What they mean to us.
- Charity News
- Exclusive Owner Events
- Attraction Review
- Blackpool Tower
- Manufacture's review - ABI Seashore
- Owners Discount Vouchers - with great savings on local attractions.
- What's On
- Plus much more

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Tagged with: Bowness, Developments, Fallbarrow, Gatebeck, Holiday Homes, Holiday Letting, Insurance , Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lakeside, Lancashire, Limefitt, Marina, Morecambe, Ocean Edge, Regent, South Lakeland Parks, Todber, White Cross Bay

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Orrest Head Walk

This is a very short walk but one which should never be rushed. It should be done in the summer and at that time you will see plenty.
This stroll begins in the centre of Windermere close to the A591 and below the Windermere Hotel, the bus stop, Booths Supermarket and the railway station. There are plenty of places to eat but Orrest Head on a nice day is the perfect place for a good picnic.

Map OS L96 or OL7
Grid reference: 412 989
Length of walk: 1.5 miles
Time: You could do it in an hour but you may want to take a little longer than that.

1 - Find a sign on the road seen from the parking area indicating Orrest Head. This is only a few yards and bears left into lovely woodlands. Follow the track through the woods and continue to a junction and turn right. At this time of the year, the woodland flowers, trees and birdsong are at their very best and on the day of my visit I watched pied flycatchers catching insects in flight and taking beakfulls to their nests to feed their young.
Here is a lane with a stony floor and contained between walls which must be very old as they are covered in moss as well as plants such as ferns, herb robert and ivy-leaved toad flax.

The route now bears left and here you begin the climb towards Elleray Bank.

2 - Look out here to see what is left of a kitchen garden which once fed the inhabitants of the estate of Elleray House. The mix of native and introduced plants are open areas close to woodland has proved ideal for butterflies and on the day of my visit I watched several species including Comma, Peacock and Red Admiral. On hot days photographing butterflies is hard work but early in the morning it is easy. Butterflies are cold blooded and in the early morning they spread their wings wide on the surface of flowers and let the sunlight warm them up.

3 - Rhododenrons thrive in this area and follow the meandering path up towards Elleray Bank. There are splendid views down to the left and the route then begins to level out and leaves the trees, dominated by Scots Pine and enters a lovely little lane. Follow this lane until a kissing gate is reached.

4 - Pass through this gate and climb for a short distance to reach the summit of Orrest Head. Look for an inscribed stone dated to 1902 and celebrating the fact that the Heywood family gave the area to the people of Windermere. I would add that it is not just a treat for the people of Windermere but for all of us because here is one of the best views in the whole of Cumbria. All this in just over a mile from the town centre which can easily be reached by public transport. I always picnic here and enjoy a view over the whole of Windermere water and on a clear day, Morecambe Bay can be seen as well as the Langdale Pikes, Scafell Pike, Coniston Old Man and many of our hills and mountains.

5 - From the Orrest Head view I am always reluctant to start the descent leading to the starting point, but there is still much to see, but Elleray Woods has other gems on offer. Apart from a picnic I always carry a little flower book because the variety of plants here is wide and attracts birds and butterflies. A little hand lens and a light pair of binoculars always com in handy. An obvious track leads to the road and the starting point.

Most of us use our cars to reach the starting point for walks, but it is good that this one can be reached by both bus and train.

NB: Restrictions on space mean that this article provides a general summary of the route. It is advisable for anyone who plans to follow the walk to take a copy of the relevant Ordnance Survey map.

Tagged with: Bowness, Fallbarrow, Holidays, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Lakeside, Limefitt, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, Walks, White Cross Bay

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Peace Dividend

You’re shore to have a great time in the Lakes

It’s hard to imagine tranquil White Cross Bay was home to the top-secret manufacture of Sunderland flying boat bombers back in World War Two. 

The MoD moved the plant from Kent on the basis that the shores of Lake Windermere were as off the beaten track as it was possible to get.  These days, you don’t need a high-security pass to get in and wooden lodges have replaced the Flying Boat Factory. 

In fact, all that remains of a largely forgotten part of the war effort is the long concrete slipway leading into Britain’s largest lake, from which you can now launch your own boat.  But the awesome Lakeland scenery is pretty much unchanged, as stunning now as when the war effort was moved here in 1941.  Or for that matter, when William Wordsworth was wandering lonely as a cloud back in the early 1800s.  White Cross Bay today is home to a laid-back and well-kept holiday park with more than 40 available to rent.

It’s a few minutes from the tourist hustle and bustle of Windermere town centre, but very peaceful, when the only noise you will hear, is the sound of children (mine included) roaming around the park on their bikes.

We are staying in a three-bedroom superior lodge, complete with a large patio and a fully equipped kitchen area and lounge.  My wife and I and our three kids had so much space that my wife summoned a friend and her three children to come and join us for the day.

If your idea of holiday parks is round-the-clock entertainment and children’s shows, then White Cross Bay might not be for you.  But our kids loved it, especially since they could maraud about on two wheels without having to worry about traffic.  There is a bar, shop and restaurant on site and a quiz night once a week and the occasional singer.  The food is reasonably priced pub grub, handy if you can’t be bothered cooking.  The complex has a decent-size indoor pool (go early if it’s raining as it does get busy) and a gym.

But the main attraction here, aside from top-notch lodges, is the great out-doors which White Cross Bay is well placed for exploring.  We took the kids up Loughrigg Fell which is a 10-minute drive around the lake at Ambleside.  With great views from the 1,000ft summit, you feel like you’re on the top of the world.  There is a well-signposted path, so you really don’t need to be a mountaineer or to have fancy walking gear to get up there.  We did it in trainers and wellies and it only took an hour or so to get to the top.  To our mild surprise, the kids loved it….. especially the decent!

As you’d expect there are watersports centres dotted along the lake but after getting quotes of up to £20 per child and adult to go kayaking for an hour, we opted for more manageable £11 per hour for a two-seater kayak at the Youth Hostel at Waterside.  We took to the water in our life jackets and followed a route across the lake in brilliant sunshine up along the River Rothay which leads into the northern end of Windermere.  Even though it was hard work at times in the wind, it was great fun.

But the biggest test of any UK holiday is how well it copes when it rains, which of course it does in the Lake District – often, in buckets.  Fortunately there is plenty to do in the area around White Cross Bay.  There is an indoor play area for younger kids in Ambleside and two brilliant, old-school, cinemas one in Ambleside and one in Bowness.  Watching Mr Popper’s Penguins on a tiny screen in a room not much bigger than a large lounge at the Royalty cinema simply made the evening all the more enjoyable.  Unsurprisingly it was a sell-out – the audience seemed to be a sea of anoraks drying out from the wet weather outside – though it has to be said, our children were quite happy to splash in wearing their wellies and macs.  Almost as happy as when they were having their nightly scrap about who was sleeping where in the lodge ….


Sunday Mirror Homes & Holidays Supplement – issued 5th February 2012 by Stephen Martin

Tagged with: Bowness, Holiday Letting, Holidays, Lake District, Lake Windermere, Offers, PR, Press, South Lakeland Holidays, White Cross Bay

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Annual Winterisation

Winterisation is necessary to help protect your holiday home from frost damage. Water pipes, shower valves, taps, boilers, radiators can all freeze leading to expensive repairs/replacement costs. It is also important to note that many insurance policies require draining down as part of the conditions of your cover.

We unfortunately cannot guarantee the continuous supply of utilities to your holiday home, and respectfully remind you that boilers will not operate on frost stat setting when there is a break in supply of electricity, furthermore there is no guarantee that the boiler will re-set itself, which could lead to your holiday home exposed to frost damage.

Some parks offer this winterization service in-house, and all parks can provide a list of approved contractors/tradesmen upon request. Alternatively you can follow the procedure below, however please be aware that any small amount of water left in the system could freeze. When closing down for winter it is advisable to use a compressor (no more than 3 bar pressure) and blow through the pipe lines to ensure all water is removed.

Tip 1 Add the correct level of anti freeze to your central heating system
Tip 2 Shut off the main supply outside your holiday home
Tip 3 Leave open all taps including the shower and drain
Tip 4 Flush the toilet to empty the cistern
Tip 5 Put anti freeze also into all sinks and shower traps
Tip 6 Open the drain cock provided under the holiday home and leave open
Tip 7 Drain and set any water heaters or central heating systems to defrost setting
Tip 8 Ensure you home is left locked and secure. When you return simply reverse the procedure and turn on the mains supply slowly (with an assistant)
Tip 9 Speak to a park team member for advice if unsure

For more advice on draining down for the winter, speak to a member of your park staff.

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Why not sublet your holiday home?

Subletting is a great way to earn additional income and offset some of the annual running costs of your Holiday Home when it would otherwise not be in use..

Why sublet through South Lakeland Parks?

Choosing to sublet through South Lakeland Parks holiday division South Lakeland Holidays allows you to relax while others take care of everything else. The Parks team will ensure that your Holiday Home is in safe hands. You will also have the support of our ‘Holiday Reservations’ and ‘Marketing Teams’.
South Lakeland Holidays will provide you with:

  • A FULL CLEAN of your holiday home after each booking
  • LINEN and LAUNDRY for all your holiday bookings
  • ADVERTISING in newspapers and on the internet
  • TARGETED MARKETING SUPPORT – brochures, letters, flyers
  • CUSTOMER CORRESPONDENCE including confirmations, invoices and collection of payments
  • KEY HANDLING service via our reception teams
  • GAS CHECKING SERVICE (for units on bottled gas) and invoicing direct to the holiday home owner (i.e. no need for holidaymaker to pay up front for a new bottle)
  • EXTENDED MAINTENANCE SUPPORT through our maintenance staff who are available during office hours seven days per week throughout the season and after office hours a night warden will be available to assist holiday home users
  • INVENTORY CHECKING of your holiday home
  • HOLIDAY LETTINGS STATEMENT Quarterly statements of all of your bookings and weekly income breakdown

South Lakeland Holidays have a wealth of experience in holiday park marketing and a significant marketing budget is allocated for brochure production, mailings, internet development and advertising to support our subletting programme. This combined with an excellent booking system and experienced professional staff will ensure your property is effectively marketed.

How much income can I expect?

The income you can expect will depend on park location, category and size of your holiday home plus ever changing market conditions. South Lakeland Holidays does not guarantee any income levels from subletting your unit.

To request a sublet guide or for more information call 015395 69835 or email

Tagged with: Holiday Homes, Holiday Letting, Morecambe, South Lakeland Holidays, South Lakeland Parks, Subletting

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