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Who’s flocking back to Ocean Edge this Spring…

Who’s flocking back to Ocean Edge this Spring…

Visitors of a more feathered variety flock back to Ocean Edge Holiday& Leisure Park around this time of year. The park is on the public sky way northbound for birds migrating to the West Coast of Scotland and (much like us!) their favourite weather conditions to travel in are those warm, sunny days. Yes, we do get them occasionally! To show holidaymakers what to be on the look out for, we’ve put up two new large wildlife boards at the sea shore edges at the top and bottom of the park.


If you’restaying on Ocean Edgethis month, keep an eye out for the ArcticTerns, which create an overhead spectacle as they travel more than 50,000miles between their Antarctic wintering area and the Arctic nesting grounds. Theyfavour the rocks at the northern end of the park for roosting… or resting asthe case may be as it’s an impressive distance they manage to cover!


On the mudflatsof Morecambe Bay, watch out for the Curlews– the largest of the wading birds - digging around in the mud with their distinctive,long curved bills. And the grassland and rocky shoreline at OceanEdge attracts birds to feed during theday before heading off on their long flights again at night. One in particularto look out for is the Wheatear whoholds the Guinness World Record for the longest migration for a small songbird.Wait for it – this little one can fly as many as 500 miles at one time beforestopping for a rest!


Localornithological consultant, Pete Marsh has been monitoring birds at Heyshamsince the late 1960’s. He said: “The mostexciting birds I’ve come across were a Sabine’s Gull from Arctic Canada and aGrey Phalarope from the Arctic, which normally winters at sea but I found thisparticular one running around the caravans at Ocean Edge!”


If you’reinterested in finding out more, Pete and others record their sightings at the HeyshamBird Observatory blog.


But it’s not allabout the birds. Budding chefs could do worse than pay a visit to the southernend of the Ocean Edgeforeshore where the saltmarsh is home to the sea vegetable, samphire. Foraging and sourcingingredients as locally as possible is now second nature to good quality chefs, sowhy not try cooking up something to rival Heston in your caravan kitchen?Samphire’s crispy taste makes a perfect accompaniment to fish dishes and, aswe’re beside the sea at Ocean Edge,why would you be eating anything else?





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Who says a caravan is just for the summer?

Snuggle up by the lake this Winter from just £147!

The five-star Fallbarrow Park overlooking Lake Windermere in Bowness on Windermere is offering limited availability short breaks this November and December from just £147.

Accommodation is in a 2-bedroomed standard caravan, which can sleep up to four people and breaks can be taken for three nights over weekends or four nights midweek. The special package also includes a complimentary £15 drinks voucher that can be used in the park’s bar and restaurant, The Boathouse.

This all works out at less than £19 per person per night based on a couple sharing and an upgrade to a superior caravan can also be made for just an extra £35.

Many people think that caravan breaks are best enjoyed in the summer months and during the summer the parks are certainly at their busiest. However, in late Autumn and early Winter, the park and the Lake District is at its most attractive with vibrant red and gold leaves throughout and cool, picturesque mists hovering over the lake.

Fallbarrow Park has been a favourite place to visit this year for entrepreneur and TV personality Duncan Bannatyne. The Dragon’s Den star has been tweeting a range of scenic photos of the park and its lakeside views on his numerous visits over the last few months as well as enjoying family watersports activities on the lake, which can be arranged directly from the park.

There are still plenty of things to see and do in the Lake District in November and December with the Winter season of the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness opening up. Exciting performances include the World Premiere Production of ‘Surprises’ written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn and ‘Silverscreen’ – an affectionate look at cinema with TV’s Robert Powell and Liza Goddard.

On Saturday 24th November, the Christmas lights will be switched on in Bowness and Windermere where a lake cruise with special guests, Peter Rabbit and Santa Claus while listening to the classic Beatrix Potter story, A Winter’s Tale, can be enjoyed before the evening lights switch on and fireworks.Fallbarrow Park’s special Winter caravan breaks are available for three and four night stays on dates throughout November and December. For more information and to book, call 015395 69835 or visit

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If it’s good enough for a Dragon…

The Lake District has always been known to attract millions of visitors including TV and film stars but one holiday park in Bowness-on-Windermere has seen more than their fair share of a certain‘dragon’ this year.

Scottish entrepreneur and star of TV’s Dragon’s Den, Duncan Bannatyne has become something of a permanent fixture to staff, holiday home owner and visitors on Fallbarrow Park in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Mr Bannatyne has firmly put his support behind holidaying at home and has visited the Lake District and Fallbarrow for long weekends and midweek breaks more than half a dozen times over the last few months. He even chose the tranquillity of Fallbarrow Park to help him recuperate after a short hospital stay earlier this Summer.  

Whilst staying on the park, Mr Bannatyne regularly takes to social networking site Twitter to share his scenic photos of morningmists over Lake Windermere, having fun on the lake with his children, and tips on where he recommends to eat and visit in the South Lakes to his half a million followers.

Recent tweets have included “Idyllic Windermere”, “Messing about on boats – great fun”, “Wakeboarding anyone?”, “Having another exciting day at FallbarrowPark with my lovely kids – love it!” and “We are still at the most beautiful & relaxing part of the UK – The Lakes.”

South Lakeland Parks, who run the five-star Fallbarrow Park on the banks of Lake Windermere, have been delighted to welcome the TV personality and hope that he continues to visit the park in the future. Nigel Wimpenny, Managing Director at South Lakeland Parks, said: “He really seems to love it here and who can blame him? There’s no shortage of things to see and do, and the park offers direct access to the lake so watersports and boating activities are popular in all seasons.

“Through his social media presence, literally millions of people are seeing his photographs of the park and our breathtaking lakeside views, which is fantastic and we are just so pleased that Fallbarrow has turned into one of his favourite places in the UK to visit.”

Fallbarrow Park is situated just a two minute stroll from Bowness-on-Windermere, which has a wealth of bustling shops, attractions, galleries, restaurants, pubs and cafes.

The county’s tourism chiefs must also be relishing the extra interest in the area that inevitably comes when celebrities visit. Others big names that have reportedly enjoyed trips to the Lake District recently include US stars Joan Rivers, Neil Sedaka, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. UK rapper Professor Green has also shared on Twitter that he wants to see the Lake District in snow. 

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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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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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Champagne breakfast on the lake

Here at South Lakeland Parks we have a luxury lakeside lodge for sale that is the “closest you can get to the lake without actually being in it”.

The luxury lodge at Fallbarrow Park in the popular holiday town of Bowness on Windermere is the largest property on the site and boasts 1,144 square feet of living space - more than a typical city apartment.

Priced at just under £675,000, it is also the most expensive holiday lodge in the UK.

However, the unique selling point is the location. Looking directly out onto England’s largest lake, Windermere with split level decking reaching the waters edge, it also has the exclusivity of being the last ever lakeshore lodge to be built on this site.

The three bedroomed lodge comes with modern open plan kitchen, dining and living areas, which all have uninterrupted views from floor to ceiling doors onto the lake and stretching out to the impressive Lake District fells. 

The master bedroom has the same view from the king sized bed as well as having a spacious dressing room and ensuite wetroom with underfloor heating.

It is the most technically advanced of its kind available today and has been fitted with all the latest mod cons; from dial-in controlled lighting and heating to an integrated FM sound system that runs throughout the entire property.

The Lakeside lodge is part of the new Lakeside Development - an exclusive 23-lodge development set in a private and secluded area of Fallbarrow Park with properties ranging from £295,000 to £674,995.

Fallbarrow is a peaceful, relaxing five star holiday park set in extensive private grounds yet situated just a couple of minutes’ walk from the shops, bars and restaurants of Bowness on Windermere. It has held a David Bellamy Gold Award for its commitment to conservation for the last 13 years.

To enquire about the Lakeside lodge and other properties on the Lakeside development, call 01539 261455.

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Our lowest ever priced holiday home ...

South Lakeland Parks launch lowest ever priced holiday home.

Holidaying at home is set to become even more affordable at four Lancashire holiday parks when their new, lowest ever priced holiday caravans are launched this weekend.

Ocean Edge, Regent and Hawthorne holiday parks on Morecambe Bay and Todber holiday park in the Ribble Valley, all part of the South Lakeland Parks group, will be unveiling the brand new caravan over this Easter weekend, 6th-9th April 2012.

The ABI Seashore, priced from just £19,995 is the group’s lowest ever priced new holiday home and is exclusively available only on these four seaside and countryside parks.

The two-bedroom caravan is fully equipped with everything needed to enjoy a break away from home including gas fire, 4- hob cooker and twin oven, shower, family dining table seating, and an extra pull out bed in the lounge.

The 36 by 12 foot model also comes with a separate en-suite to the master bedroom and uPVC double glazing and full central heating as standard.
With the average cost of a one-week family holiday to Europe being around £2000, a family of four could easily recoup the cost of this great value home within just five years. 

The seaside parks of Ocean Edge and Regent have a wide range of facilities for all the family to enjoy including indoor heated swimming pools and saunas, indoor and outdoor play areas and family cabaret lounges complete with entertainment and live shows.

For those looking for a more peaceful and laid back way of life, the smaller Hawthorne Park on the shores of Morecambe Bay is the perfect place to relax. Owners also have the added benefit of being able to use the leisure facilities at nearby Ocean Edge.

Todber holiday park in the picturesque rural setting of the Ribble Valley is ideally placed for exploring The Trough of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales whilst the park itself has all the charm of a private countryside hideaway.

Caroline Farrer, Group Marketing Manager at South Lakeland Parks, said: “Holidaying at home does not have to be an expensive option and with the introduction of these exciting new homes on four of our parks, we are making it more affordable than ever.

“So, if the idea of limitless holidays and short breaks appeals to you then come along to our unveiling events at the parks this weekend and be one of the first to take advantage of these brand new, great value homes.”

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MP launches worldwide internet campaign ...

South Lakes MP Tim Farron will be launching a campaign on Monday to boost tourism by using twitter to tell the world about the hidden gems in Cumbria.

President Barack Obama during his recent State of the Union address launched a #visitUS campaign which asked people to tweet their favourite place in America and why they loved it in a bid to boost tourism. Tim is hoping that residents can do the same with a hashtag of #visitcumbria.

This is another initiative of Tim’s campaign to boost tourism in the county. The tourism sector plays a vital role in the Cumbrian economy, it provides around 32,000 jobs (Full Time Equivalents) and provides around £2bn of investment each year.

Tim recently called on the government to establish a cross-Cabinet committee in order to coordinate government policies affecting the industry.

Tim said: “Every little helps and I hope that this initiative will allow us to spread the message around the world about the wonderful places and attractions that Cumbria has. With millions of people expected to visit the UK for the Olympics this year, now is the ideal time for us to put Cumbria on the map as a fantastic place to end a visit to England on.”

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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

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