29th March 2019
The finishing touches are going into Holiday Park opening preparations for our Woolacombe Bay, Twitchen House and Easewell Farm Holiday Parks. Spring is upon us and we’re almost ready for the 2019 holiday season.
So, what preparations go into opening a Holiday Park? We stole fifteen minutes with General Manager of Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park, Lauren Church, to understand why she’s so busy right before our guests arrive…
Over the past few years we’ve rebuilt or refurbished just about every venue on Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park. Adding a major new entertainment complex, complete with Pirate Pools, Climbing Wall, bungee trampoline and an outstanding Sun Terrace with spectacular views across one of Britain’s Best Beaches.
We’ve transformed our camping area into a beautiful Surf Village. Comprising 18 Surf Lodges with hot tubs and 33 New Wave caravans, all with decks and many with hot tubs. Our Surf Village has nothing but outstanding accommodation; spacious landscaped grounds in a coastal seaside themed setting, a pleasant sanctuary to relax and enjoy a very special holiday experience.
We’re continually upgrading our Parks and every winter brings its new challenges as we prepare for the next season, not all our preparations are as glamorous as installing next generation New Wave accommodation, but every step is important.
Our caravans are individually shut-down for the winter. Draining all fluids, unhooking gas and electricity supplies, removing mattresses, carpets & upholstery for deep cleaning. The shower heads are popped off & scrubbed and we even pull out every fridge to clean behind, nothing is overlooked.
We’ve built a new facilities building this winter, ensuring less disruption for our guests and an easier-to-use central location for our cleaning resources. This was achieved by moving and burying our gas tanks into adjoining fields, a lot of work but finished while our guests are off-park. These fields have then been used for our upcoming Segway Safaris and Zorbing activities – muddy and grassy with some new bumps and berms, nothing wasted, of course.
We’ve been jet-washing and window washing, carpet cleaning with our new industrial cleaners, laying tarmac, painting and decorating and refreshing every inch of our Parks.
As we get closer to park opening dates, we’ve been re-opening our accommodation. Gas and electric supplies checked and certified. Clean mattresses & new linen acquired, flowers planted & baskets hung, roads swept and cleared of any winter debris.
Pools, sports and activities
Our pools have recently been completely drained, scrubbed deeply, refurbished with slate and tiles and touched up as needed; soon to be refilled and waiting for the kids to come jumping and splashing in next week. Our Gym, Sauna, Steam Room and Health Suite have all been given some love too.
An all new entertainment team has been put together, headed up by a new Head of Entertainment, Rachel. Carly has joined us from Twitchen House and new ParkStars Ryan, Daisy & Daniel join the entertainment team – all currently hard at work rehearsing. We have many returning staff to our kitchens and housekeeping with several new faces in the bars, all getting up to speed before we open on March 29th.
What’s left to do?
We still have a few things left to prepare as we re-open all our facilities. We need to lay the tables, finish tasting our menus, shining our glasses, plumping the pillows, heating the pools and getting the roads cleaned one last time… oh, and a million and one other little things!