Holiday Parks in Cornwall
Cornwall Holiday Park has become one of the fantastic national institutions. Generations of families, from 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 had a rather humble start, basically offering lodging, food and entertainment under one roof, more frequently than not on the border of a big conventional seaside town like Blackpool, Skegness or even Great Yarmouth. Trevornick
These vacation parks were very popular with families looking for cheap holidays, at a time when international travel was expensive and unobtainable for a big percentage of the general public.
Nevertheless as international travel became more affordable Britain saw the growth of the package holiday in the 70’s and 80’s, which meant that Cornwall holidays no longer offered the value that was such a special selling point for many of the popular parks.
The challenging occasions that confronted the sector were definitely compounded by a shift in perception of this holiday park encounter. When you mentioned vacation parks people started to consider this popular TV series Hi-de-Hi rather than ending rounds of knobbly knees contests, donkey rides and red coat style amusement. Regrettably combined with chilly and windy chalets and indifferent food!
The holiday park has however come a long way since its humble beginnings and in the past ten years the sector has witnessed a massive revolution in the breadth, quality and manner of holiday parks available in Cornwall.
Like most UK tourism industry the independent and multiple vacation park owners started to see a decrease in the interest within their own vacation offering. The park owners came up with a number of solutions to offset the perception and the enhance the quality of the holiday park encounter.
Primarily the lodging was updated. Customers were no longer happy with basic amenities, therefore holiday parks spent countless enhancing lodging facilities, from updating the rooms to creating penthouse apartments 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 clients with a much greater selection of choice.
Second the amusement offering changed enormously. Some UK parks started to specialise in only offering special entertainment breaks. Leading comedians, shows and musical acts have started to top the bill and themed weekends leading to entertainment like county western, 60’s revivals and dance and sport breaks.
Thirdly the traditional three meals a day offering of parks has likely seen the greatest change. To accommodate to the shift needs of holiday makers more and more parks have started to provide self catering options instead of providing full or half board and charging extra for meals. A number of the bigger chain parks have gone further and do not offer any catering, simply inviting the restaurants and fast food places to offer food on the Park. However, because the parks themselves have diversified, offering different items to different vacation markets, therefore has the catering, and some holiday parks today make a virtue of how they provide three top quality meals all day. Since Cornwall’s only Five Star Independent Park they had long been residing to top quality infrastructure, entertainment and catering along with the first costs of this project have been rewarded with a reputation for top quality holiday park encounter.
But Potters aren’t the only company offering top quality park style holidays. More and more developments in Cornwall are building the lodge style accommodation away from the traditional holiday park centres of seaside cities. The inland lodge style developments have moved away in the’playground’ picture and today provide champagne and hot tubs style rests in a calm and secluded rural atmosphere.
Parks are springing up right across Cornwall on the coast and inland and more than ever before Cornwall holiday park experience offers something for everyone from traditional amusement in Great Yarmouth, to five star luxury from the Cotswolds. With so much innovation in the industry vacation parks will continue to provide more of what the holidaymaker needs and desires – a top quality vacation experience.