Holiday Parks in Cornwall

Cornwall Holiday Park has grown into one of the fantastic national associations. Generations of families, by the turn of the century onwards, have abandoned Cornwall’s cities to head for their two weeks summer holidays on the British coastline.
The Holiday Park had a fairly humble start, basically offering accommodation, entertainment and food under one roof, more frequently than not on the border of a large conventional seaside town like Blackpool, Skegness or Great Yarmouth. Trevornick
These holiday parks were quite popular with families looking for affordable holidays, at a time when overseas travel was expensive and unobtainable for a large percentage of the general public.
Nevertheless as overseas travel became cheaper Britain saw the rise of the package holiday in the 70’s and 80’s, which meant Cornwall holidays no longer offered the value that has been such a special selling point for many of the popular parks. Together with the new found competition from ensured sunlight, cheap accommodation, food and drink, UK holiday parks came under increasing stress.
The challenging times that faced the industry proved certainly compounded by a change in perception of the holiday park encounter. When you mentioned holiday parks individuals began to think of the popular TV series Hi-de-Hi and never 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 yet come a long way since its humble beginnings and in the last ten years the industry has witnessed a massive revolution in the breadth, quality and manner of holiday parks offered in Cornwall.
Like most UK tourism business the independent and multiple holiday park owners began to see a reduction in the interest within their holiday offering. The park owners created numerous solutions to counter the perception and the enhance the quality of the holiday park encounter.
Primarily the accommodation was updated. Clients were no longer happy with basic facilities, therefore holiday parks spent countless enhancing accommodation facilities, from upgrading the standard rooms to developing penthouse flats with plasma TV’s, four poster beds and room service. This resulted in holiday parks providing a more upmarket feel to all their accommodation and provided clients with a much greater selection of choice.
Second the amusement offering shifted enormously. Some UK parks began to specialise in only offering special entertainment breaks. Top comedians, shows and musical actions have started to top the bill and themed weekends leading to entertainment such as continent american, 60’s revivals and dancing and sport breaks. Parks have also become better at targeting key groups such as adult weekends, family activity holidays or specific nights for stag and hen groups.
Thirdly the traditional three meals a day offering of parks has likely seen the greatest change. To accommodate to the change needs of holiday makers an increasing number of parks have began to provide self catering choices instead of providing full or half board and charging extra for meals. Some of the bigger chain parks have gone further and don’t offer any catering, simply inviting the restaurants and fast food places to offer food on the Park. However, as the parks themselves have diversified, offering different things to different holiday economies, therefore has the catering, and some holiday parks today make a virtue of the fact that they provide three best quality meals daily.
One example of a company who stayed ahead of the game was Potters Leisure Resort. Since Cornwall’s only Five Star Independent Park they had been residing to high excellent infrastructure, catering and entertainment along with the first costs of the project have been rewarded with a reputation for high excellent holiday park encounter.
But Potters are not the only firm offering high excellent park style holidays. More and more developments in Cornwall are building the lodge style accommodation away from the standard holiday park centers of seaside cities. The inland lodge style developments have moved away in the’park’ image and today provide champagne and hot tubs style rests in a calm and secluded rural environment.
Parks are springing up right across Cornwall on the coast and inland and over ever before Cornwall holiday park experience offers something for everybody from traditional amusement in Great Yarmouth, to five star luxury from the Cotswolds. With so much innovation in the industry holiday parks will continue to provide more of what the holidaymaker needs and desires – a high excellent holiday experience.