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  • OCT2

    Parkdean Resorts Secures Spot In Top Track 250 List

    Parkdean Resorts has once again been named as one of Britain's top private mid-market growth companies in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250, published on 1 October 2017.


    Parkdean Resorts ranked 36th in the esteemed list after making its debut in 2016, following the merger of Parkdean and Park Resorts last November to form a leader in the UK holiday parks sector.


    Parkdean Resorts is the biggest mid-market growth company in the North East for a second consecutive year. Sales grew 9% to £432m while profits grew 21% to £82m.. The company employs more than 5,200 people at its 73 holiday parks nationwide.


    The league table and awards programme is sponsored by Grant Thornton and Lloyds Banking Group, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events company.


    Parkdean Resorts CEO John Waterworth said: “It is true testament to our people and passion at Parkdean Resorts to be recognised in the prestigious league table once more. In 36th place, we’re in fantastic company with Britain's best-performing private mid-market growth companies representing one of two from the North East to make the list.


    “At the turn of the year, we invested a record £50m across our 73 UK parks in time for the 2017 season and we are planning to take this forward into 2018 with further improvements, ensuring our customers continue to holiday with us to create amazing memories. That coupled with the increasing popularity of staycations has spurred our growth as a sector-leading business.”

  • JUL24

    An Update On Our Commitment To Responsible Resourcing

    At Parkdean Resorts we recognise our responsibility in ensuring sound social and environmental practices in our own on-park operations and in our supply chain.


    This means moving to working with the right suppliers who not only meet our quality standards but also those who share our values and source their products responsibly according to the standards we set, which include upholding human rights, food safety, ethical sourcing, animal welfare and environmental standards.

    We have already taken steps to make changes where doing so would have beneficial impact but we also know that there is more we can do and we will continue to make improvements.


    Food sourcing


    We work to continually improve our food and beverage offering to our customers. While there are elements of our supply chain that, due to their nature, are fragmented, we take the initiative where we can and respond to issues which arise.


    Eggs


    All of our shell eggs are sourced from free-range sources and we now only purchase mayonnaise made with free-range eggs. We are currently working on the status of eggs used more widely within our supply chain with a commitment to only use cage-free / free range eggs by 2023.


    Meat


    We use Red Tractor certified meat for all of the fresh beef burgers and sausages we use. Red Tractor is the UK’s largest farm and food standards scheme, covering the welfare of animals, food safety, traceability and environmental protection.


    Fish


    All fish we use is sourced from Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable fisheries.


    Fats


    We use vegetable oil in all our restaurants and we are actively looking at ways to reduce our use of palm oil while maintaining the freshness and quality of our fish and chips in our outlets.


    Coffee


    One of our major coffee suppliers has worked with the Rainforest Alliance since 2008 and today all the coffee beans sourced for their drinks come from Rainforest Alliance certified farms. We are working towards increasing the proportion of Rainforest Alliance coffee we use.


    Soft Drinks


    We work with suppliers who are striving to reduce sugar across their range of drinks. The work they are doing allows us to provide our customers with healthier alternatives.


    Ethical Trading Initiative


    The Ethical Trading Initiative is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and non-governmental organisations which promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe.

    By the end of 2019 we are targeting to have 75% of our suppliers signed-up to the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code.


    Food sourcing


    Nutrition / Allergens

    All of our parks have a gluten free menu and can provide the following allergen information relating to the products we serve:


    CeleryGlutenCrustaceansEggs
    FishLupinMilkMollusc
    MustardNutsPeanutsSesame Seeds
    SoyaSulphur Dioxide

  • JUN26

    Parkdean Resorts Pro-Am

    Thursday 22 June saw the 30th anniversary of the Parkdean Resorts Pro-Am, with 36 teams participating in the charity golf tournament at Belleisle golf course in Ayrshire, each with one professional and three amateur golfers.


    A number of the nation’s leading golf professionals were out in force, helping raise almost £37,000 for the Ayrshire Hospice, a leading facility which provides care and services for people with life limiting illnesses in the surrounding area.


    Gourock professional Derek Watters, led the winning team in the event, Lowmac Alloys Recycling: John Trainor (handicap 13), Andrew Smith (13) & Kenny Smith (18) with a score of 122.


    Following the tournament, guests enjoyed a gala dinner with entertainment from after dinner speaker, Jim Morrison, where the winners were presented with their trophy.


    Fiona Menzies, Head Of Fundraising at Ayrshire Hospice, said ‘ On behalf of the team at the Ayrshire Hospice, I would like to give a huge thank-you to the team at Parkdean Resorts for their on-going support. This is the 30th year of the tournament and since its inception in 1988, almost £450,00 has been raised – significant funds which have enabled us to provide essential services to the community here in Ayrshire’.

  • APR26

    Rufus Bellamy Pitches Up At Croyde Bay For Glamping Village Unveiling

    LEADING UK holiday park operator Parkdean Resorts officially opened its brand new Glamping Village at Ruda Holiday Park in Croyde this week, with the help of environmentalist Rufus Bellamy.


    Parkdean Resorts regional director Karl Schmidtke, Ruda Holiday Park general manager Steven Harper-Smith and his team were on hand to welcome Rufus and show him around the £400K development before the unveiling took place.


    The popular park, which overlooks Croyde Bay in Devon, has introduced 21 safari tents to the village and has recently welcomed its first “glampers” in April.


    Rufus Bellamy said: “It has been fantastic to get involved in the official opening of the Glamping Village at Ruda Holiday Park. The new accommodation offering is impressive, in a spectacular location, with great views. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and get close to nature.”


    Ruda Holiday Park holds a David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme (DBCAS) gold award with distinction for helping wildlife, saving resources and being honey bee friendly. When building the Glamping Village, the team has ensured that the surrounding area and its wildlife have been considered, ensuring minimal disruption throughout. New habitats have been created, solar lighting has been introduced and a dozen new trees have been planted.


    Giving families the option to make the most of the great outdoors in comfort, each of the tents comprises of a small equipped kitchen, tables and chairs in a lounge area, separate sleeping areas with comfortable beds and fresh linen, electric lighting and plug sockets, as well as an outdoor decking space.


    Six of the tents will be safari plus, offering a television and DVD player, a larger interior and outdoor decking area, as well as toilet facilities in the tent in addition to the above. Bookings can be made now to go glamping.


    In addition, families can enjoy all the facilities the holiday park has to offer, including the Cascades Tropical Adventure Pool, soft play, amusement arcade and adventure playground. Holidaymakers can learn to surf at the on-park surfing school or simply relax and soak up the sunshine on beautiful Croyde Bay.


    There is also a bar and restaurant available and nightly entertainment on offer at the Atlantic Blue Entertainment Lounge.


    John Waterworth, chief executive of Parkdean Resorts, added: “In recent years the Glamping trend has soared and we are pleased to be bringing this offering to Ruda Holiday Park. The new accommodation will give holidaymakers the chance to soak up the park’s stunning coastal surroundings, wake up to beautiful views, and enjoy the fresh air whilst dining al fresco on the decking – with home comforts in tow.”

  • MAR24

    Parkdean Resorts Celebrates and Futureproofs its Workforce This English Tourism Week

    THE UK’s largest holiday park operator is highlighting its commitment to investing in its people and creating career opportunities in the hospitality industry this Tourism Week with a recruitment drive.


    Parkdean Resorts welcomed over 500,000 holidaymakers to its 73 parks last year facilitating mostly domestic tourism, allowing people to see the best of the UK as well as encourage visitor numbers to attractions, landmarks and local businesses.


    The holiday park operator is a big local employer carrying a workforce of 7,000 during peak season, and this Tourism Week vacancies at its parks are available for those looking for an opportunity to join the industry or for a new challenge.


    Special recruitment events are taking place at Camber Sands Holiday Park in Sussex on Tuesday 28 March, 10am-5pm and Southview Holiday Park in Lincolnshire on Thursday 30 March, 10am-5pm, where attendees can learn more about the positions on offer ahead of the 2017 season.


    Members of the park teams will be on-hand to answer any questions, talk about their experiences working for Parkdean Resorts and help those attending decide what might be the best career path for them. There will also be the opportunity to find out more about the ION Graduate Scheme, Rising Stars and Apprenticeship programmes.


    With a huge variety of roles, there’s something for everyone – whether candidates have a passion for entertainment and aspire to be a Trouper; enjoy an active lifestyle and are keen to train as a lifeguard; or have excellent organisation and people skills, ideal for interacting with customers on park day-to-day. Every career path plays a pivotal role within the tourism sector - ensuring guests take away amazing memories from their holiday and continue to enjoy UK breaks.


    Now is an exciting time to join the business as earlier this year Parkdean Resorts invested £50m on accommodation, retail and leisure facilities across its parks for the 2017 season, showing commitment to the sector and enhancing holidaymakers’ experience alike.


    Parkdean Resorts prides itself on ensuring its people are well looked after and provided with a clear future within the company. After being awarded with the highly-acclaimed Investors in People Gold Standard Award in 2016, the business now joins the top 14% of accredited UK organisations in recognition of its ongoing commitment to realising the potential of its people, and its unique staff development schemes.


    Parkdean Resorts’ chief executive John Waterworth said: “We are incredibly proud to be a careers champion within the tourism and hospitality industry, ensuring that all of our people from seasonal roles to management are given the support and opportunities they deserve.


    “Many of those that were with us in the early days are still with us now. A lot of them started quite young and we gave them opportunities to manage holiday parks or join the leadership team.


    “We need to do more to encourage young people into the industry. Our recruitment days in conjunction with English Tourism Week are another great way to get the message out there about Parkdean Resorts and what it has to offer potential new team members, and we look

  • FEB27

    Step Into Stories: Explore Locations Made Famous By Popular Children's Books

    AS World Book Day approaches (Thursday 02 March 2017) Parkdean Resorts is highlighting some iconic locations which have both inspired and starred in well-known novels.


    From global phenomenon Harry Potter, to classics such as The Famous Five, the UK is home to picturesque settings which families can explore to relive the stories which made them famous, bringing the pages of these bestsellers to life and creating tales of their own.


    Northumberland
    J.K.Rowling’s hugely popular series Harry Potter is an enchanting and mythical world of adventure based at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - so well-loved it became a film franchise.


    Alnwick Castle in Northumberland was the chosen location for the scenes where Harry Potter took his very first broomstick lessons in front of the castle’s dramatic setting, which can be visited on a tour. The castle can be conveniently reached from all five of Parkdean Resorts’ North East holiday parks, including Church Point, Cresswell Towers and Sandy Bay.


    Lake District
    Children’s writer Beatrix Potter, known for unforgettable characters including Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten and Squirrel Nutkin, penned her legendary children’s books in the stunning Lake District, which provided inspiration for these classic tales.


    The former home of Beatrix Potter, a 17th Century farmhouse, is now a visitor attraction which budding authors can visit to see the very place where some of her stories originated from. There’s also The World of Beatrix Potter which can be found in Bowness-on-Windermere - an interactive journey through her life and stories. Parkdean Resorts’ Fallbarrow Holiday Park is located a short walk from The World of Beatirx Potter and an ideal base to explore the whole of Windermere from.


    Dorset
    The Famous Five is a children’s series by English writer Enid Blyton, discovering adventure, friendship and fun, with various moments in the stories set in Dorset. With its striking coastline and rolling countryside, the county provided a vast playground for characters Julian, Dick, Anne, George and dog Timmy to explore.


    Families can explore the area for themselves and create stories of their own as they go. Each of Parkdean Resorts’ three holiday parks in Dorset is surrounded by countless opportunities for adventure.


    Yorkshire
    Wuthering Heights is the classic tale of love and revenge by Emma Brontë, one of the famous Brontë sisters. Discover where Cathy and Heathcliff first fell for each other in the Yorkshire moors around the village of Haworth, walk around the Brontë waterfalls, and visit Top Withens - the supposed setting of Earnshaw family house.


    This picturesque location in Yorkshire makes it a fantastic place to bring the family and educate any little ones on this classic tale. Parkdean Resorts has four Yorkshire holiday parks to choose from.


    Hampshire
    Hampshire was home to one of Britain’s most celebrated novelists Jane Austen, and the inspiration to many of her best loved books.


    Explore the county and see for yourself where these stories began, as well as visiting Jane Austen’s House Museum – the home in which Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life. Parkdean Resorts’ Hayling Island Holiday Park is the perfect location for families looking to uncover more about the popular writer.

  • JAN26

    Parkdean Resorts To Make Record Investment To UK-Wide Holiday Parks

    THE UK’s largest holiday park operator is set to invest a record £50m on accommodation, retail and leisure facilities across its UK parks in time for the 2017 season.


    Parkdean Resorts will be investing £17m into a stunning range of new lodges, caravans and glamping facilities and £4m on refurbishments to existing caravans and lodges. Meanwhile, entertainment and leisure venues, and children’s activity areas will also be refurbished at many of its 73 parks nationwide as part of a significant investment exceeding £5.5m.


    Camber Sands on the South East coast will benefit from a £1.8m cash injection bringing brand new lodges for prospective holiday home owners as well as fully refurbishing its Boathouse Restaurant. This includes a new indoor soft play area which will lead out to an al fresco dining terrace, landscaped gardens, plus children’s outdoor experience – complete with a fun splash zone, mini golf, adventure play area and a refurbished sports court.


    A £1.6m lakeside lodge development at White Acres, near Newquay in Cornwall will involve the addition of 22 lodges with lake views, including new four bedroom lodges, all available for both holidaymakers and holiday homeowners. Other improvements around the UK include a £1.5m investment in 19 marina retreat lodges at Fallbarrow in the Lake District, where there will be a revamped bar and lounge on park, and £0.5m invested in six lodges at Warmwell in Dorset.


    Sandy Bay in the North East is getting a £1.4m makeover which will result in a new development offering even more accommodation for holidaymakers and prospective owners, a fully refurbished Boathouse Restaurant with al fresco dining terraces plus a brand new bar and indoor play area. The amusement arcade is being extended and refurbished and there will be a new takeaway food outlet.


    A total of £1m investment at Kessingland Beach in Suffolk coastal town Lowestoft will see The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant extended and refurbished, along with terrace areas for drinking and dining in the sun, and there will be a bigger shop alongside even more accommodation.


    Cayton Bay in Yorkshire will see a £0.9m upgrade to extend and refurbish its Boathouse Restaurant with an incorporated soft play area and dining terrace. Holidaymakers will also be able to enjoy a new fish and chip takeaway at the park.


    Over £0.8m alone will be put towards new caravans and lodges at Norfolk’s Vauxhall Holiday Park, Parkdean Resort’s most recent acquisition. Concentrating solely on holiday hire, it is the only five star park in Great Yarmouth, comprising 390 caravans and lodges, 48 suites, 5 glamping pods and 180 touring and camping pitches, set within 41 acres of land.


    In the Scottish Borders at Berwickshire park Eyemouth, £0.55m will be spent on a full refurbishment of the entertainment complex with a new glazed extension to house the amusement arcade and Boathouse Restaurant with entertainment area.


    The ambitious investment will mean that the new facilities will be completed ahead of the 2017 travel season, ensuring holidaymakers and holiday home owners find their time spent on park this year even more enjoyable.


    Parkdean Resorts chief executive John Waterworth said: “It is a truly exciting time for Parkdean Resorts as we gear up for the 2017 season where substantial investment will continue and for what we are confident will be our busiest year yet.


    “We recently launched a new mobile-friendly website and brochure inspiring staycations and offering short breaks or longer stays at parks the length and breadth of the UK. We are looking forward to introducing these changes which will further enhance our park experience – allowing holidaymakers to create many more amazing memories with family and friends.”

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