Friday, 16 December 2011

The Big Tour 2012







The Big Tour 2012

The Big Tour 2012 has been set up to reward our touring community. Any touring customer will be given a touring card with 16 stamps to fill. Participants will need to collect all 16 stamps across from at least two of our four parks to be entered. Every entry that has 16 stamps collected will be entered into 'The Big Tour Prize Draw' where participants will be drawn from the database and some lucky touring customers will win one of the following:

What you could win –

·        One years free touring across any of our four parks
·        Two weeks free touring
·        One week free touring
·        Three days free touring
·        A years free subscription to MMM magazine

Terms and Conditions apply

(For full T & C’s please visit coastdalenetworking.com)

How to enter?
Each participant must show evidence by means of taking a picture on their, phone or camera or starting a Blog or video diary on coastdaleparks.com.

Example one:
Create your profile with coastdalenetworking.com, and Upload your pictures of your touring holiday to receive a stamp

Example two:
Create your profile with coastdalenetworking.com, and Upload a video of your trips.

Example three:

If you're not internet savvy you could simply send us a post card with pictures of places you visited whilst visiting our parks in 2012.  

Example four

Create your profile with coastdalenetworking.com, and write a ‘Staycation Blog’, by adding information, uploading pictures and writing about the areas you visit.

Ideas for places to visit:
Atlantic Coast

Hailed as the ultimate year-round holiday destination, having been declared Best UK Seaside Town two years running at the 2010 and 2011 British Travel Awards and Best Family Holiday Destination in the prestigious Coast Awards 2010.  St Ives was praised for its mix of adult and child friendly attractions and things to do, and was singled out for having a unique art scene.
Inspire your creative side with a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden and the Tate St Ives, with its regularly changing exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art and tranquil roof top cafe. 

Michael Foreman, writer and illustrator, lives between his two houses in St Ives and London. His favourite place to relax is St Ives and he has a studio in the garden of his house where he works and watches the sea.

Chill out after exploring the array of shops and galleries with a drink or splash out on the culinary delights at one of the top restaurants around the harbour. The restaurants in St Ives have a deserved reputation for the quality and variety of fish that they serve.

September is the time to visit St Ives if you enjoy live music, theatre, dance, art, talks, poetry, and comedy. This is all crammed into the15-day action-packed St Ives September Festival.
Take a stroll down to the picturesque harbour, where working fishing boats have been landing their catches for hundreds of years. Boat trips are available (weather permitting) to Seal Island or choose to sail around Godrevy Lighthouse and Hell's Mouth. Fishing trips can be arranged locally giving you the chance to fish for fresh mackerel and pollock.

Ride the waves at Blue Flag award winning Porthmeor Beach. A popular surfing and body boarding beach. Porthmeor, along with Porthminster and Carbis Bay all offer beautiful soft golden sand - ideal for families and for making great sandcastles!

Hayle has a wonderful 3 mile sandy beach that stretches from the Hayle estuary to Gwithian Towans and Godrevy Point.  The lower half of this stretch of beach is close to the town and comprises different sections of beach known as Hayle Towans, Black Cliff and Mexico Towans.

Hayle's popular town and sheltered estuary attracts many migratory birds making it nationally popular with bird-watchers. Paradise Park is an award winning sanctuary in Hayle specialising in rare birds - especially parrots. Further attractions close by include Godolphin House and King Edward Mine.
Just 3 miles from St Ives is Zennor, a village steeped in myth and legend. The village is situated in a remote area of West Cornwall and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. D H Lawrence wrote 'Women in Love' in Zennor and he described the village as being 'the best place he had ever been in'.  

 Ideas for places to visit:
Whitby


Whitby Golf Club, holiday golf course with great views

Whitby Golf Club Whitby Golf Course is a fantastic holiday golf course with fantastic views of N Yorks Coast, run...

 

Captain Cook Museum in Whitby’s Grape Lane

Down a narrow lane, backing on to the harbor, lays Walker’s House, which belonged to Captain John Walker.

 

The Whitby Museum is a “must visit” attraction

The Whitby Museum Whitby Museum is an independent Museum staffed by volunteers and operated by Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society.

Whitby Coastal Cruises, Whitby Boat Trips
There is no better way to see the coast of Whitby then by boat.

 

Whitby Abbey, one of the most famous Whitby attractions

Whitby Abbey, an iconic gothic ruin, rests on the East Cliff above the famous seaside town. 


Whitby fossils, fossiling in and around Whitby

Even away from the hectic town centre there are several activities, which you can enjoy.

Crabbing in Whitby Harbour, a great family activity
One of the most loved passtimes in Whitby is Crabbing in Whitby harbor.

SEA URCHIN – Whitby Angling Charters, Sea Fishing Trips

Sea Urchin charters offer boat trips based at Whitby licenced for 12 passengers.

Eden Camp, modern History Museum near Whitby
For those of you that are interested in a bit of history, Eden Camp is a great family day out.

 

Whitby Beach Games, Fun For The Whole Family

So your holiday is here and you’ve come to enjoy yourself, as have the children

Whitby Fishing, The basics of fishing from Whitby
While you are on holiday in Whitby why not try your hand at a spot of fishing?

Ideas for places to visit:
Pakefield

Suffolk offers a great range of activities and attractions to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. We offer all sorts of things to do in Suffolk from discovering historic churches and timber framed Guildhalls, to tours of one of only 8 Grade 1 listed theatres in the UK, right through to musical events, shops and eating out venues to suit everyone's tastes.

Why not learn a new skill (or improve upon an existing one) whilst on your day out in Suffolk? You can do just that at The Cooking Experience, Hadleigh. On offer are a variety of expert cookery courses aimed at all levels of experience. Each class is taught is a very friendly and relaxed manner, and no student will be put on the spot or embarrassed! Before you know it you'll be creating delicious breads, exciting main courses, impressive starters and tempting desserts! Residential weekend courses are also available.

 
Where you can see how teapots are made and painted by hand, paint your very own teapot at the Teapot Pottery (you can return after a few days and collect your creation, or have it posted to you), relax in a friendly atmosphere and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea in the new conservatory which also sells home-made cakes and scones. This is a great day out for children and families, and the collection of teapots on display (and available for purchase) will amaze you!
If you have a passion for antiques and discovering hidden treasures, one of the on-going auctions from Mander Auctioneers, Clare will make for a great day (or 2!) out. At a Manders auction you will find an array of furniture, silver, pictures, ceramics, jewelry and more. Auctions are held on Saturdays, with the Friday before being a viewing day - so you can decide which item you want to snap up in advance! For more information and a list of auction dates, please click on the link above. 
Treasure Trails Suffolk

Discover Suffolk by taking a Treasure Trail! Have a fun family day out walking, exploring various parts of Suffolk and learning of its history - then solve the clues and win a cash prize!

Courses are a great way to spend a day out in Suffolk. If you have always fancied trying your hand at baking, Sugarplum Cupcakes in Woodbridge, offer fantastic Cupcake Workshops where you can learn how to bake and decorate your own cupcakes. This is a great day out for all the family, and you get to take twelve of your delicious, beautifully decorated cupcakes away with you! The workshops run on a regular basis - please click on the link above for full details. 
Historic Sites and Buildings

Sites don’t get much more Historic than Sutton Hoo, the burial ground of Anglo Saxon Kings. There are plenty of Things to do in Suffolk at Sutton Hoo, which is run by the National Trust and includes an exhibition hall with video and a full size reconstruction of the ship’s burial chamber. There are Guided Tours and special events during the summer season.
Staying with the Anglo Saxons, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is a unique reconstruction of an Anglo Saxon Village built on an original archaeological site. Costumes bring the Village to life during the holidays, and a visitor centre displays finds from the site.
Suffolk has a few well, preserved and impressive CASTLES including Framlingham Castle (above), and Orford Castle, below, which are both run by English Heritage. Orford was the great keep of Henry II. You can visit the castle today and explore the maze of rooms and passageways with a free audio tour. You can also enjoy spectacular views over the beautiful Orford Ness in this lovely area of Suffolk.
If you're coming to Suffolk from Essex then a visit to Castle Hedingham to visit to Colne Valley Steam Railway is a must - it is always rated one of the top Visitor Attractions in Essex. Colne Valley is a really pretty line, currently one mile long, with relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. There's a lot to see including the Garden Railway, Travelling Post Office Exhibition... Thomas the Tank Days and during the Summer you can ramble through the Farm Park and enjoy the 30 acres of peaceful, natural countryside by the River Colne. Apart from the wealth of traditional farm animals, some regular sightings have included: Moorhens, Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Herons and Dragonflies. 
If you like Steam Railways but you're visiting the northern part of Suffolk, check out Bressingham Steam Railway - whether you choose to explore one of Europe's leading steam collections, take a ride on Bressingham's famous Victorian 'Gallopers', journey over five miles of narrow-gauge steam railway, wander through beautiful gardens, or visit the only official "Dad's Army" exhibition in existence, you'll find something for everyone when you arrive at Bressingham.
Also in Bury are the Greene King Brewery and Museum : Ickworth House, Park and Gardens is another National Trust property and is unusual in that it contains a rotunda and Italian Gardens (see Ickworth House:) and the last working water mill in Suffolk! Pakenham Water Mill

Southwold is home to the wonderful Amber Shop and Museum. The Museum follows the fascinating story of amber, and features a number of beautiful amber carvings and artefacts from around the world. After becoming familiar with the history of this beautiful gem, visitors may choose from an extensive range of jewellery and carvings in the Amber Shop to take away with them.

Historic Houses

Suffolk retains many fine examples of Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture, sometimes within walking distance. For example, Kentwell Hall in Long Melford is a stunning example of a Tudor House, situated close to Melford Hall, another Tudor Manor house but in a very different style. Holy Trinity Church nearby is Medieval, and there are several lovely private residences in Long Melford dating from the Georgian and Victorian times.

Guildhalls reflect Suffolk’s trading history and fine examples can be found in Lavenham and Hadleigh. These are superb timber framed buildings containing exhibitions on local history and the history of the cloth industry, which was an important contributor to Suffolk’s wealth creation. Also in Lavenham is the Little Hall – a 14C house restored in the 1930s and now a museum

Euston Hall is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Grafton but it is open to the public to view their unique collection of paintings of the Court of Charles 11, including works by Van Dyck and Lely.

For a fascinating history of local lad Gainsborough’s life, Gainsborough's House in Sudbury is the place to be. This is probably the only museum dedicated to an artist who actually once resided in the same house.

Ideas for places to visit:
Garreg Goch:

Gwynedd

Located on the north-western side of Wales, Gwynedd is a perfect place to visit. It is mostly located within Snowdonia National Park, and the Snowdonia mountain ranges and Cambrian Coastline. It offers visitors a wide range of attractions from activity programmes to inspirational cultural and historical places to visit.

Porthmadog

A harbour town situated on the Glaslyn Estuary, Porthmadog is rich in maritime history and is an excellent base for touring the surrounding area. It has a number craft shops and restaurants. The town was named after W.A. Maddocks whose ambitious "Cob" embankment scheme led to the town's name, which translates as "Madog's Port". In times gone by, it was a vital, busy shipping port for the international slate trade, brought down from Blaenau Ffestiniog. The maritime history depicts its proud past.

Ffestiniog Railway

A 21km trek through meadows, woodlands, lakes and waterfalls within Snowdonia National Park. It was in 1832 that an Act of Parliament allowed the construction of the railway from Porthmadog to near Ffestiniog and opened to freight traffic on April 20th 1836. Powered by horses initially, the first steam locomotives were put in use of October 23rd 1863 at a cost of £1000 for each of the two engines. Passenger services started in 1865 and carried over 100,000 passengers per year were for the first three years along with 100,000 tons of slate. In the 1880's the slate industry was in decline, exasperated by the building of the slate wharf at Delaney by the London North Western Rail Company. By 1900 the company already relied on tourists to make up the income.

Portmeirion

The unique and famous Italianate village built by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. The village is reduced in scale, like a diorama, giving the impression of large size in a moderate space. It became famous as the set for the television series The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan, who was Number 6. Portmeirion is halfway between Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth and located on a rugged cliff top on its own private peninsula overlooking Cardigan Bay and is surrounded by subtropical woodlands and miles of sandy beaches. The walks are well worth the visit.

Blackrock

Located on the outskirts of Porthmadog, the beach at Blackrock Sands stretches for miles and is a haven for beach games and resting. T. E Lawrence, of Lawrence of Arabia fame lived nearby and the 14th century poet Shelley is reputed to have regularly visited.

Criccieth

This coastal resort offers superb views of Tremadog Bay, sandy beaches, fine restaurants and good accommodation. Criccieth Castle, built by Llewelyn the Great in the l3th Century dominates the skyline and hosts an exhibition reliving Gerald of Wales' journey through Wales. Today the town attracts watersports enthusiasts. It is home to the famous Cadwaladers ice cream first produced in the 1920's.

Pwllheli "salt water pool" is an old market town at the entrance to the Llyn Peninsula, which received the Borough Charter over 600 years ago by the Black Prince.

It is an ideal base for touring the Llyn Peninsula and the town's Marian y De beach has obtained a European Blue Flag Award. The town is full of character with its narrow streets, shops and cafes.

Every Wednesday the open-air market is held on Y Maes. Hafan Pwllheli Marina. The marina is reputed as being one of Britain's finest marinas and sailing centres and a ‘European Centre of Excellence’ in Sailing, and the venue to a number of National and International sailing and water sports events. There is also a local leisure centre, which can be used when the weather is not so good. 

Pennarth Fawr is a medieval stone house with a superb wooden interior. The National Trust's Plas yn Rhiw a 17 / 19th Century Welsh manor house set in ornamental gardens, is well worth a visit as is Plas Glyn y Weddw art gallery, a Victorian gothic mansion which hosts exhibitions and has excellent landscaped gardens.

History tells us that in early Christian times the Llyn Peninsula was a land of saints and pilgrims, hill forts, holy wells and small churches of which the remains can often be seen. The area is soaked in early Celtic religious history and up to, 20,000 Saints are allegedly buried on Ynys Enlli or Bardsey meaning the "Island of Strong Currents". 


Pwllheli harbour has a long history - wines from the Continent were imported through here and the coast was a haven for smugglers and pirates. As recently as the last century it was one of the main fishing and ship building centres in North Wales with nearly 30 ships in production at the same time. The arrival of railways in Pwllheli allowed it to develop further as a centre of social and political life, business and tourism.

Llanystumdwy is the home of "Highgate", the childhood home of David Lloyd George, the famous Liberal Statesman who later became Prime Minister. A Victorian schoolroom museum is dedicated to his life and his grave can be found by, the River Dwyfor. The memorial gates by his grave were a gift from Pwllheli in 1952 and carry the elephant and castle, which figure in the town's coat of arms.

This mountain village is situated beside the River's Glaslyn and Colwyn in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in the midst of Snowdonia's magnificent walking country.

The name Beddgelert, meaning Gelert's grave, is famed for the legend of Gelert the dog that was left by Prince Llywelyn to guard his child. The poor dog covered in blood was killed by his master before he realised that the heroic hound had in fact saved the child from the wolf. Visit the site of Gelert's grave and Llywelyn's cottage.
Beddgelert over the years has won a number of National accolades for its admirable environmental programme to enhance the village - Wales in Bloom. Britain in Bloom and in 1997 won the Gold Award for villages in the ENTENTE FLORALE, the prestigious Europe in Bloom competition.

The village is also linked with the Rupert the Bear stories, as Alfred Bestall wrote and illustrated some of the stories whilst he lived in Beddgelert

You can experience the copper mining industry by visiting Sygun Copper Mine, an 18th/19th century mining workings with its winding tunnels containing Stalactites and Stalagmites and colourful caverns. Take an underground tour and learn the geology of Snowdonia and how copper ore was extracted.
Castles

Wales abounds with magnificent castles. Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech are all World Heritage Sites and definitely worth a visit. The sheer power and presence of Wales' most famous castle, Caernarfon Castle, is still awesome in today’s world. When first built in the 13th century, it must have presented an invincible image to the people it dominated.

In 1969, HRH Prince Charles, became Prince of Wales at his investiture in Caernarfon Castle.

At Conwy, the mighty 13th Century castle dominates the estuary and you can walk the ancient town walls, which gives a flavour of the might of this ancient monument.

Activity holidays in Wales

Wales provides stiff competition for other venues in terms of the number and range of activities taking place within such a localised area. For an adventure and activity holiday with wide-open spaces and breathtaking scenery then Snowdonia, Llyn Peninsula and the Cambrian Coast are worth considering. The activities include walking, cycling, climbing, pony trekking, surfing, water skiing, canoeing, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, or abseiling. 

There are six designated routes to the summit of Snowdon and a variety of walking routes to Cader Idris, Snowdonia is the ideal place for both serious climbers and keen walkers. Llanberis is an excellent base from which to explore Snowdonia and there is a network of attractive walks suitable for all the family. For stunning walks through scenic gorges and by rushing rivers, start off at Betws-y-Coed.

The Welsh Language and Culture

Welsh is the first language of over a million people, and in the area of Snowdonia, the Llyn Peninsula and the Cambrian Coast around 70% of the population are Welsh speakers. Welsh is one of the oldest living languages in Europe and shares its roots with Breton, Gaelic and Cornish. The sense of community is very strong and Snowdonia's appeal springs from its unique heritage, culture and language, which touches on everyday life, giving this area a truly distinctive character.

Bala

Bala is an historic town close to Llyn Tegid - the largest natural lake in Wales. It Welsh name of ‘Gwyl y Gwyniad’ was named after the Ice Age old fish that still lurks within its very deep waters.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Coastdalenetworking.com is proud to announce all our parks have been awarded - MMM Premier Park 2012 status

The UK's fastest-growing parks group now comprises 69 members and there has never been a better time to treat yourself to a Premier holiday.

With campsites located across the UK and catering for motorhomes, caravans, tents, and holiday homes, the key difference with an MMM Premier Park is that it simply has to be brilliant to be a member.



What is an MMM Premier Park?

Unlike other parks groups, all MMM Premier Parks have to be editorially rated by the MMM Parks Department team before they can join. Although high-quality facilities are important, it's the overall feel, ambiance and location that earns parks top marks. We have high standards and have developed our own unique rating scheme to assess parks thoroughly. As motorhome, caravan and tent owners - just like you - we know just what to look for.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Whitby

The North York Moors really is the best of the UK's great outdoors. No matter what piece of our Sceptred Isle you like to call your own, you’ll find it here, from the spectacle of a traditional agricultural show to a peaceful walk through the secluded valleys. And with historic sites, stately homes and attractions aplenty there’s enough to see and experience to make a break as active or relaxed as you want.
History and Heritage

The North Yorks Moors has been a tourism hotspot since before Adam was a lad, as a whopping 12,000 archaeological sites testify. But don’t think this is all about dusty bones and relics. If you prefer your history a little bit more on the modern side (well, 11th and 12th century), the ruins at Whitby Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey, Byland Abbey and Mount Grace Priory should tick your boxes.

Must See Attractions
The market town of Helmsley looks like the set of a period drama and has a fascinating castle, while Scarborough, somewhat surprisingly, has Europe’s largest open air theatre. Elsewhere, hop aboard the North Yorks Moors Railway to take a trip back into the steam age.

Food and Drink
With the Yorkshire coastline on the edge on the North York Moors, you won’t be surprised to hear that great seafood and top notch fish and chips figure highly on the local menu. Alternatively, the multitude of inland market towns means you can choose from home-cooked goodness at a pub or a culinary treat at one of the area’s many top restaurants.


Family Fun
If your kids don’t find something to occupy them at Flamingo Land, which combines a zoo with a theme park, and is home to Mumbo Jumbo, the world’s steepest rollercoaster, consider packing them off to boarding school. Or, if that seems a little strict, try Go Ape at Dalby Forest, which will let them swing their little hearts out on zip wires through the trees. In complete safety, obviously.

Sport
For the best view of the Moors, there’s only one choice: strapping yourself into a hang glider and launching yourself into the great blue yonder. If that sounds frankly terrifying, kick back at Stag’s Fell and watch the pros swoop and soar. Biking fans will love attempting the Mountain Bike World Cup course at Dalby Forest, while those of a more equine bent should seek to explore the landscape on horseback. Giddy up now.

Key Events
If you want to journey back in time to 1943, the annual Wartime Weekend takes place on the North Yorks Moors Railway in October. If that sounds too staid, Whitby is the somewhat unlikely location for a gothic weekend each year. To experience a long-established agricultural show then look no further than The North Yorkshire County Show and Ryedale Show.

Shopping
The smell of bread coming from Filey’s bakeries is enough to lure you in, but once there you’ll also discover a specialty chocolate shop and plenty of vintage items. The traditional market town of Malton is a great place to rummage amongst antique shops for a bargain, while Pickering offers authentic country crafts.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

£713 MORE ON FAMILY HOLIDAYS ABROAD

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By Dana Gloger

Sterling has dropped in value by 25 per cent against the euro since 2007
Saturday April 16,2011


BRITONS face a summer of holiday hell with family trips costing over £700 a week more than they did four years ago.
The weak pound compared to the euro means UK travellers are getting far less for their money if they holiday in Europe.
Sterling has dropped in value by 25 per cent against the euro since 2007. And any recent improvement in exchange rates has been wiped out by high inflation. The cost of a week in France for a family of four, including a hire car, seven evening meals and 500 euros in spending money, was £1,721.95 in 2007.

Today the same trip will set families back £2,435.16, up £713.21. It is also £77.94 more expensive than last year. The pound doesn’t go as far as it did in the eurozone, with £1 buying just 1.10 euros yesterday – close to a year low – according to foreign exchange giant Moneycorp. In Italy, a selection of everyday items including a cup of coffee, a bottle of water, suncream and postcards, cost on average £48.45 in 2007.

ìUK travellers are getting far less for their money if they holiday in Europeî

This year the same shopping list will set British holidaymakers back £81.32 – up a whopping 86 per cent.

In Cyprus, UK tourists will pay 75 per more, while in Portugal prices are up 50 per cent, according to Post Office Travel Money.

The cost of eating out has also soared – by up to more than 100 per cent.

A three-course meal with a bottle of house wine in a local restaurant in Italy cost £28.58 in 2007.

This year it has increased 102 per cent to £57.69.

Eating out in Greece costs 79 per cent more than in 2007, and it is 56 per cent more in Cyprus.Portugal, meanwhile, has seen the biggest year-on-year increase.

A list of everyday essentials cost £41.28 last year but has risen by 23 per cent to £50.58.

A restaurant meal is also 36 per cent more expensive.

Spain is the only European country where holidays will not cost us more this year.
Experts say British holidaymakers will get an increasingly bad deal in Europe while exchange rates are as poor as they have been for the past five years.

Families can get better value for money going further afield, for example to Turkey, Tunisia or Egypt.
Daily Express consumer adviser Jasmine Birtles, from Money Magpie, said: “It is time for people to look outside of the eurozone. These price increases are yet another thing that has gone up and is out of our control.

“Those who have already booked holidays to Europe will either have to use their credit cards, which will lead to a nasty shock when they get their bills, or they will have to really budget.

“They will have to think about what they can do without while they are away and will have to cut back on those things and downgrade parts of their holiday.”

Rupert Bedell, travel money expert at Moneycorp said: “Inflation has been creeping up both in mainland Europe and in the UK for a while now and the pound is quite simply not strong enough to combat the effects.
And it is likely only to get worse, he warned.

“It remains uncertain whether there are further falls against the euro still lurking in the market.”
Sarah Munro, head of travel at the Post Office, said: “Our latest research into costs for holidaymakers in European resorts reveals wide variations in eurozone prices.” But, she conceded, prices have risen sharply for British travellers.

“Sterling’s progressive slump in value since 2007 means that the tourist exchange rate that we can offer in Post Office bureaux de change branches now gives UK holidaymakers over 25 per cent fewer euros.

“Sterling’s continuing weakness makes it doubly important for people to do their homework before booking to check which destinations will be cheaper this year. They should also avoid buying currency at the airport where they will get a poor rate. The bottom line is that if people don’t do their homework, an Easter break this year could be expensive.”

Turkey is a better bet because the pound has been slightly more resilient against its lira.
While holidaying there is 11.5 per cent pricier than four years ago, it is still 12 per cent cheaper than last year.

Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/241033-713-more-on-family-holidays#ixzz1JhzpOZa8

New Holiday Homes for sale at Pakefield

The decision to purchase a static caravan can be a big ‘lifestyle’ investment for any family and shouldn't be taken without guidance and advice. The park prides itself on the friendly, non pressurised way it helps new owners find the caravan of their dreams, with great time and effort taken to ensuring that their holiday needs are met.
Because Pakefield Caravan Park sells static caravans and operates the park on which those caravans are situated, we have on-going relationships with all our owners, many of whom we see on a regular basis throughout the season. So, when buying your caravan holiday home from us please be assured that your continuing satisfaction in your holiday home is paramount to us.
With excellent and long standing relationships with all caravan manufacturers, the park is able to offer a premium service to customers based on a:
  • wide range of Static Caravans available for Sale at competitive prices
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2011 Victory Vision 35x12 x 2 Bed D/g C/h £28,995.00
2010 Pemberton Elite 35x12 x 3 Bed D/g C/h £33,995.00
2006 Cosalt Torino (Accessible) 35x12 x 2 Bed £17,995.00
2002 ABI Arizona 36 x 12 3 Bed £13,495.00
2006 Carnaby Dovedale 35x12 x 2 Bed D/g £11,995.00
2003 Cosalt Resort 35x10 x 2 Bed £8,995.00
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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

UK Staycation is getting stronger


UK Staycations are becoming stronger in 2011 according to BBC's, 'Your Money', Declan Curry looks at holidays at home is growing in 2011 due to fuel surcharges, and holidays aboard costing a lot more than we originally thought.
Experts say Staycations are key to helping the UK out of the deficit created by the banks. If we holiday in the UK more we can see some of the £5 billion pounds spent by UK citizens abroad kept within the UK economy. Thousands of jobs are dependant on were you book your next holiday, rock and a hard place comes to mind however with grate deals from Coastdale Parks, Garrreg Goch, Pakefield, Whitby and Atlantic Coast keeping prices as 2010 you will get the best deal around with no middle men or pushy holiday sales reps learn more about the country you live in with coastdaleparks.co.uk    


 

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Fuel crisis hits holiday costs

The warning comes as Thomas Cook added £160 to the price of a long-haul break for a family of four to cover the soaring cost of oil.

For short-haul trips, the levy will be £15 a person, while mediumhaul trips will cost an extra £25 each.

Analysts predicted other operators would soon follow suit.

Neil Saunders, from consumer research firm Verdict, said: ‘If the oil price remains elevated – which there is every chance it will – then more companies will feel they’ve no choice but to pass across the cost to the consumer.’

The new surcharge will apply to all bookings which include travel on a Thomas Cook charter flight. The company blamed the increase of more than 40 per cent in the last year in the cost of jet fuel.

Oil prices have also surged ten per cent in the past month because of the turmoil in Libya, driving petrol prices to an average of more than 130p a litre.

Rochelle Turner, Which? Travel research director, said: ‘Holidays are expensive and I think this year is going to really drive that home for a lot of people.’

.On Monday, a poll for Metro showed a quarter of people had cancelled holiday plans as the recession bites this year.


The Holiday you want is a staycation away, SUN, SEA, SAND
 (picture above Atlantic Coast/Cornwall UK)

Friday, 25 February 2011

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Monday, 21 February 2011

Caravan Show 2011 @ NEC - Opening Times: 10am - 6pm

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The UK’s favourite showcase for outdoor leisure, welcomes you to the NEC from 22-27 February 2011 to celebrate 50 years of caravanning, camping and boating!

Compare the latest models, see exclusive launches and benefit from show only offers from the leading manufacturers and dealers of: boats, caravans, motorhomes, park homes, holiday homes, lodges, tents, camping accessories, cars and 4x4s.

Choose your next holiday from the thousands of campsites, day-out venues, holiday parks and destinations across the UK and beyond in time for Spring and Summer.


Want to get started touring, camping or boating? You’ll find help and friendly advice in abundance from the leading clubs, media and associations.

Free attractions ensure a fun, great-value, day-out for all the family – cookery demonstrations with James Martin (Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 Feb); gardening advice; canoeing, kayaking and climbing for the kids; towing and motorhome manoeuvring lessons for beginners; and on site camping for those wanting to visit for more than one day. Parking and a show guide is included in the ticket price.

For further details visit www.boatandcaravan.co.uk



Visitors to Boat & Caravan on Friday 25, Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 February may also visit the Outdoor Leisure Show, Hall 9 NEC, for free.

Pictures taken from Manchester Caravan Show 2011 (C) coastdaleparks.co.uk

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Boat & Caravan Show @ NEC

Opening Times:
10am - 6pm

The UK’s favourite showcase for outdoor leisure, welcomes you to the NEC from 22-27 February 2011 to celebrate 50 years of caravanning, camping and boating!

Compare the latest models, see exclusive launches and benefit from show only offers from the leading manufacturers and dealers of: boats, caravans, motorhomes, park homes, holiday homes, lodges, tents, camping accessories, cars and 4x4s.

Choose your next holiday from the thousands of campsites, day-out venues, holiday parks and destinations across the UK and beyond in time for Spring and Summer.

Want to get started touring, camping or boating? You’ll find help and friendly advice in abundance from the leading clubs, media and associations.

Free attractions ensure a fun, great-value, day-out for all the family – cookery demonstrations with James Martin (Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 Feb); gardening advice; canoeing, kayaking and climbing for the kids; towing and motorhome manoeuvring lessons for beginners; and on site camping for those wanting to visit for more than one day. Parking and a show guide is included in the ticket price.

For further details visit www.boatandcaravan.co.uk

Visitors to Boat & Caravan on Friday 25, Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 February may also visit the Outdoor Leisure Show, Hall 9 NEC, for free.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Holiday & Caravan Park: Garreg Goch Caravan Park

Ideally located within a ten minute stroll from Black Rock Sands, Garreg Goch Caravan Park is perfectly situated for exploring the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula.

The park is only minutes away from Porthmadog with its wide array of shops, restaurants & amenities.
In addition to the modern, high quality holiday homes available for hire, we also have luxurious and contemporary holiday homes available for you to buy.

If you prefer to tour with your own caravan or motor home, our park offers fully serviced touring pitches with 16 amp hook-ups and access to all on site facilities.

SHOP

The shop and reception are open daily to provide the essentials for your stay.

CLEANSE 

A recently refurbished fully accessible toilet and showers will accommodate those with disabilities whilst the main Amenities Block and Laundry provides modern facilities.

RIDE

Explore the coast and local attractions on buses which leave from a local stop throughout the day, or take a train from one of the three stations in Porthmadog. Steam or diesel, coast or country, the choice is yours.

PLAY

The children’s playground provides a great opportunity for young visitors to make new friends.

GO GREEN

Recycling, energy efficient lighting, wildlife and provision of compost to a local wormery have earned Garreg Goch the accolade of being a David Bellamy Award Winning Park providing visitors with the opportunity to reduce their holiday carbon footprint.

ACCESS ALL AREAS

Enjoy unlimited access to all facilities whatever your mobility needs.
The Orange network has the best reception on the park.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the park.




About Coastdale Parks

 

 Coastdale Parks is a long established family owned company which owns four holiday parks at popular and accessible locations throughout the U.K. Our parks vary in size, but all are graded by the national tourist boards as being 4 Star and all are winners of the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award.

We offer affordable,... luxurious and contemporary holiday homes for immediate purchase in addition to competitive site fees, choice of pitch location (subject to availability), experienced and friendly park staff and on-going sales support.

As a member of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, our conduct is guided by the Code of Practice laid out by the Association.

Each park is a pebble’s throw from a spectacular beach and numerous leisure & recreational activities close by, making it the perfect environment in which to enjoy your new holiday home to the full.

Modern facilities mean that children are well catered for, whilst adults can enjoy the peace and quiet and friendly relaxed atmosphere found on all our parks. All parks have experienced on Site Managers, well equipped Reception Shop, Launderette, Mobile Access, Wi-Fi throughout the parks and facilities for the disabled, with others offering entertainment, licensed bars and an outside pool.

For more information on Coastdale Parks new websites and the social networking site please contact

9 Burscough Street,

Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2EG
01695 571800
01695 580135
E:
info@coastdaleparks.co.uk
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www.coastdaleparks.co.uk

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Yorkshire: Is the staycation here to stay?

Depending on which company you ask, Britons are either choosing to remain at home for their holidays or continuing to flock to foreign shores. Who do you believe?

This year the Office for National Statistics confirmed that visits abroad dropped by 15 per cent – the biggest fall since the dash for European sun, sea and sand began back in the 1970s.

Meanwhile the domestic tourism industry, during the same period, saw a rise of half a million to 11.4m trips.

But even these statistics don't offer a complete picture.

Although many people are now choosing to stay in Blighty, 58.6m trips were taken outside the country – that's almost equivalent to every man, woman and child in Britain and still five times the number of holidays taken at home.

The fall in the number of foreign journeys also takes into account business trips – they fell by a quarter – and so slightly skew the overall picture, since the recession inevitably saw more businesses tighten their belts by clamping down on travel costs.

Michael Croft is an independent expert based in Leeds and is part of an impartial team of travel agents, Travel Counsellors, which arranges holidays without being tied to specific locations, companies and products.

He said: "The statistics don't really show a true picture in my experience. At the height of the recession things were bad and people were cutting costs, but as of the middle of 2009 we saw more and more people starting to book holidays. We are actually 18 per cent up on bookings over the last 12 months.

"I think a lot of people were thinking 'to hell with it' and rather than waiting to see if things got better or worse went ahead and booked anyway. A lot of families view a trip away as an important thing, perhaps more so than getting a new car or a new kitchen, which they can always put off."

And when it comes to grabbing some winter sun we Britons still love to jet away from the snow and ice. Egypt, once viewed as a more exotic, once-in-a-lifetime option, is now consistently one of Thomas Cook's top five foreign destinations largely on the back of its popularity during the winter.

The popularity of Spain is also bolstered by the fact that we flock to The Canaries at this time of year because the weather always remains good.

Interestingly Thomas Cook, Britain's biggest travel agent, better known for more conventional family holidays in Europe, have also seen a growth in the number of visitors choosing alternative spots such as Tunisia, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Foreign travel companies are currently fighting back by making trips more alluring and convenient.

More and more of the big names are using smaller airports, for example, meaning the days when you were forced to trek to Manchester, London or Birmingham or no longer a given. Now companies like Thomas Cook use Southampton, Norwich, Exeter, not to mention Doncaster, Humberside and, yes, Leeds/Bradford.

Fear of the staycation has also seen many travel companies offering deals to entice customers back – some of them so attractive the threat of strikes, volcanoes and snow aren't enough to deter potential travellers.

"There have been all kinds of deals floating around," says Michael. "There was one which included a business class flight to Australia for £2,000 when it should have been closer to £3,500. Or some places which would normally only do bed and breakfast have started doing full board for the same price.

"And there has been a bit of a fight on to get tourists back to Europe. More popular destinations like Turkey and Egypt started to put their prices up because they got the numbers, then resorts in countries like Spain and Portugal cut theirs in order to keep them."

But the key question is one of the nature of the shift. Are people shelving any kind of holiday as they wait for a sunnier financial climate, or are people switching from travelling abroad to holidaying at home?

"I think the idea of staycation has been over emphasised," insists Michael. "I think you will see a return to foreign travel soon because, quite simply, we like to get away from things in this country, take a real break.

"People want sun and, although we've had a couple of reasonable summers here, they want to know there'll be guaranteed sun and constantly hot temperatures and that's something a staycation just can't provide consistently.

"But the market is changing because of other influences. We've seen more and more people going to the US and other nations tied to the dollar because the exchange rate is more favourable again.

"And perhaps most intriguing is the fact that the cruise providers are expanding with more and more family-friendly offers appearing which means they don't have to worry about weather conditions of volcanic ash clouds – they don't even need to worry about having too much luggage for the plane."

But recently domestic tourism figures have indicated the staycation is emerging, but will it last?

The last round of figures showed that total visitor numbers to this region were up 22 per cent. Welcome to Yorkshire, the body charged with boosting the local profile, proudly reports 107 million annual visits.

Boss Gary Verity says this can be partly attributed to recession-induced 'staycations' and two reasonably good summers, but this increase was still the highest seen in any UK region.

He added: "Most people thought everyone would tighten their belts in 2009 and not go abroad, then do the complete opposite when recovery came. Except that recovery hasn't quite come yet.

"And I think the trick now is to keep ensuring that all those people who come here want to come back, regardless of what the state of the economy is. It's possible.

"We know from our research. We survey 10,000 visitors to Yorkshire every year and 90 per cent of them already say they would want to make another trip to the county. We need to build on that further."

Peter Dodd, Welcome to Yorkshire's sales and marketing director said: "The staycation is an uncertain concept at the moment – if you asked your average man on the street or your mother what a staycation was they may not know what you're talking about!

"And it doesn't just explain the increase in visitors to Yorkshire because our visitors figures are higher than everyone else's. But it has been growing for the last two years and even though there's going to be another tough year ahead we're optimistic that we'll be able to do even better in 2011."

If the staycation does exist, then Yorkshire is a potential stalwart. Interestingly, Park Holidays, a nationwide carvan holiday provider, this year conducted a survey.

The finding showed that, of all the cities in the country, the biggest fans of holidays at home came from just six places: Hull, Leeds, Wakefield, York, Doncaster and Sheffield. They also reported a 37 per cent rise in people opting for staycations.

But how long-term or reliable this proves to be remains uncertain.
Earlier this year Pontin's – long-time providers of holidays at home – said they were taking increased bookings of around 22 per cent, but just eight months later the company was forced to call in the administrators.

"I think you will see a return to foreign travel soon because, quite simply, we like to get away from things in this country"

Between volcanic ash clouds, arctic weather, cabin crew strikes and the recession, foreign trips have taken a battering recently – but does that necessarily mean Britain, particularly Yorkshire, will continue to reap the rewards of holidaying at home? Rod McPhee reports

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