Holiday Parks in Cornwall
Cornwall Holiday Park has become one of the fantastic national associations. Generations of families, by the turn of the century onwards, have left Cornwall’s cities to head for their two weeks summer holidays on the British shore.
The Holiday Park needed a fairly humble start, basically offering lodging, entertainment and food all under one roof, more frequently than not on the border of a large traditional seaside town like Blackpool, Skegness or even Great Yarmouth. Trevornick
These holiday parks were quite popular with families searching for cheap holidays, at a time when international travel was expensive and unobtainable for a large proportion of the overall public.
However as international travel became cheaper Britain saw the rise of the package holiday in the 70’s and 80’s, which meant Cornwall holidays no longer offered the value that has been such a special selling point for lots of the parks that are popular.
The tough times that faced the industry proved certainly compounded by a shift in perception of the holiday park experience. When you mentioned holiday parks individuals began to consider the favorite TV series Hi-de-Hi and never ending rounds of knobbly knees competitions, donkey rides and crimson coat style entertainment. Regrettably combined with cold and windy chalets and tasty food!
The holiday park has yet come a long way since its humble beginnings and at the past ten years the industry has witnessed a massive revolution in the breadth, quality and manner of holiday parks available in Cornwall.
Like most UK tourism business the independent and numerous holiday park owners began to see a reduction in the interest in their own holiday offering. The park owners came up with numerous solutions to counter the perception and the enhance the standard of the holiday park experience.
Firstly the lodging was updated. Clients were no longer happy with basic amenities, therefore holiday parks spent millions on improving lodging facilities, from upgrading the rooms to developing penthouse flats with plasma TV’s, four poster beds and room services. This led in holiday parks giving a more upmarket feel to all their lodging and provided customers with a much greater selection of choice.
Secondly the entertainment offering changed enormously. Some UK parks began to specialise in only offering specific entertainment breaks. Top comedians, shows and musical acts have begun to top the invoice and themed evenings leading to entertainment like continent american, 60’s revivals and dance and game breaks. Parks have also become better at targeting key groups like mature weekends, family activity holidays or special nights for stag and hen groups.
Thirdly the traditional three meals every day that of parks has probably seen the greatest change. To accommodate to the shift needs of holiday makers an increasing number of parks have began to provide self catering choices instead of providing full or half board and charging extra for foods. A number of the bigger chain parks have gone further and don’t offer any catering, simply inviting the restaurants and fast food places to offer food on the Park. However, as the parks themselves have diversified, offering different things to different holiday economies, therefore gets the catering, and some holiday parks today make a virtue of how they provide three best quality foods daily.
One example of a business who remained before the match was Potters Leisure Resort. Since Cornwall’s only Five Star Independent Park they’d long been investing to high quality infrastructure, catering and entertainment and the first costs of the project have been rewarded with a reputation for high quality holiday park experience.
But Potters aren’t the only company offering high quality park style holidays. A growing number of improvements in Cornwall are building the lodge style accommodation away from the traditional holiday park centres of seaside cities. The inland lodge fashion improvements have moved away from the’playground’ image and today provide champagne and hot tubs style rests at a calm and secluded rural atmosphere.
Parks are springing up right across Cornwall on the coast and inland and over ever before Cornwall holiday park experience offers something for everyone from traditional entertainment in Great Yarmouth, to five star luxury from the Cotswolds. With so much innovation in the business holiday parks will continue to provide more of what exactly the holidaymaker wants and desires – a high quality holiday experience.