Every year millions of pounds in investments go to make your holiday in Woolacombe even better, we look back at the past decade on our Devon holiday parks and remember how much they’ve changed in the past 10 years.
2010 saw our biggest ever investment in new caravans to date, but none of them remain on rental Golden Coast, Woolacombe Bay or Twitchen House anymore as they’ve all been replaced. As well as creating more all-weather touring pitches at Easewell Farm, we also built an environmentally friendly Camping & Touring facilities block at Twitchen House with underfloor heating boosted by solar panels – really ahead of it’s time when fewer people were aware of climate change as they are now.
2011 was the Summer we trialled the Wavesurfer at Golden Coast, using a temporary version which came on the back of a lorry, it certainly made waves! The first stage of a rolling refurbishment investments programme started with the Exclusive Lodges at Golden Coast being completely gutted and started again. We introduced our first hot tubs this time on our Farmhouses. It was also the year we brought in our first park-wide WiFi network – one of the very holiday park operators to do so – although the speeds we had then wouldn’t cut it today!
2012 followed on from the successful test of the Wavesurfer because as part of that year’s investments we bought our own improved version with a sliding roof. It was part of a sports adventure village with high ropes course, pirate themed crazy golf, climbing wall, bungee trampoline and covered Beach Club with real sand, bar, snack bar and stage area for outdoor Summer entertainment.
2013 was about getting ready for what came next year, starting with a refurbishment of the heated outdoor pool at Twitchen House including a new plant room and topped off with an outdoor SplashPad water play area. Sports areas with climbing walls, bungee trampolines and kiddy karts were also added at our other two larger Devon holiday parks Twitchen House and Woolacombe Bay, although the latter’s was moved a few years later as part of its redevelopment.
2014 kicked off our biggest ever development to date, a brand new central complex at Twitchen House Holiday Park with Bar 51 all-day cafe bar, Sail Loft show lounge, a cinema, pottery studio, expanded amusements with mini ten pin bowling, larger convenience store and poolside terrace.
2015 was when we gave Golden Coast Holiday Park most attention in our winter investments refurbishing the popular eight lane 10-pin Brunswick bowling alley and upgrading the Good Night Inn club house into The Beach House Bar & Bistro show lounge.
2016 is when Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park got a brand new leisure complex too, this time it also included a brand new indoor pool with toddler water play area. It was also the year guests stayed in our first Surf Lodges with hot tubs.
2017 meant we doubled the number of Surf Lodges due to demand and took our first foray into luxury glamping holidays with the unique Surf Pod. The central area at Woolacombe Bay was also upgraded with a new convenience store, expanded car park and the spa was completely renovated. We also brought superfast broadband to Woolacombe with our own dedicated leased line meaning we could offer high capacity broadband WiFi throughout our holiday sites and self catering accommodation.
2018 was our biggest ever year for new accommodation investments, 152 new model caravans easily beating the previous record of 130 new caravans in 2014. This time it was more lodges with hot tubs in the newly created Surf Village at Woolacombe Bay, where caravans were added as an option too.
2019 finished the decade by expanding and refurbishing the indoor pool complex at Twitchen House to create Jungle Falls. Two indoor waterslides, the tallest on any holiday park in Devon, were added, meaning every facility at Twitchen House was either brand new or totally renovated in the decade.
More investments from the past ten years include replacing every holiday home rental caravan on our four holiday parks, refurbishing every lodge and apartment, two new websites, two new reservations systems, plus loads of investments in ground works like resurfacing roads, landscaping, and replacing or upgrading underground utility supplies.
Please read the rest of our blog, for more information on what’s on our Parks.