UK HOLIDAY PARKS
This month we launch yet another regular feature here. There is so much ground to cover on this page in the coming months. Perhaps we could feature a specific holiday park, if invited of course. Maybe we could review or feature productions, either in-house of touring? The choice is yours. If you would like to suggest features on this page, please get in touch.
First time around we examine the UK holiday centre camping and caravanning scene, which boasts over 6000 Sites.
In addition to the huge holiday centre complexes, which exist, there are some which offer better facilities and entertainment then others. The entire sector generates around £10 Billion to the UK economy.
There are now 66 Parkdean resorts across the nation and 34 Haven Holiday sites, all awash with live music and entertainment. Aside from the main players, there are dozens of smaller companies operating sites in single digit numbers, as well as slightly larger operations.
The numbers of smaller sites within the independent sector seems to be decreasing drastically , as the larger operators continue to cherry-pick at the largest and most successful independent sites.
Regionally there is a large and vibrant scene on Scotland, However some of the sites are pretty far flung, which can make life problematic for travelling acts and bands, as well as the entertainment agents who try to service their requirements.
The Cumbria coastline, particularly the area around Silloth, is vibrant with holiday park fans and the Lancashire coasts holds a few surprise hotspots between Blackpool and Morecambe.
The North Wales coast is a hotbed of activity with Towyn and neighbouring Ryhl leading the appeal for caravanning visitors.
The Somerset coast has taken a beating recently with the Pontins site at Brean Sands housing power station workers from an nearby industrial development. Minehead still attracts visitors to the giant Butlins complex, despite awkward road links.
As ever, Devon and Cornwall provide a mecca for campers and holiday park visitors, with this area of activity becoming a driving force for the local economy of resorts such as Paignton and further around the other side of Torbay towards Exmouth,
The Dorset coast and Isle of Wight are both enduring popular, while the Kent and Essex coasts have always provided weekend and holiday refuges for Inner-City Londoners who want a break in the fresh air, with Camber Sands and other nearby resorts providing a magnet.
East Anglia and Suffolk, right up to Hunstanton have been heavily developed in recent times, but it is the Lincolnshire coast which provides the business volume, with Haven and Butlins firmly rooted there and large independents such as Blue Anchor Leisure adding to the crowds in and around resorts such as Skegness and Mablethorpe.
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