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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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



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

Whitby Event Calendar 2011

Whitby Event Calendar 2011


Eskdale festival of arts
festival of arts

Whitby goth weekend
top mum promotions goth weekend music and dressing up


9/4- 24/4

Whitby spring sea fishing festival
sea fishing festival

Goth Event
This well established twice yearly event is held in Whitby, North Yorkshire every April and October.

Steam railway 175th Pickering to Whitby line
festival of rail and events


Half Term
30/5 3/6

Whitby gospel music convention
gospel music convention

Moors and Coast Festival
Traditional music festival at Whitby rugby club


Whitby 60s Music Festival
dance the night away to 60s Bands

Robin Hoods Bay Folk Weekend
Free entry There is no admission charge but we do have the famous Exhorbitant raffle which raises funds for the guest artists that are booked from time to time.

Summer fishing festival
sea fishing festival


Whitby Soul Weekender
Enjoy the sound of northern soul and dance the night away


Whitby Regatta
Local rowing regatta with fair and events

Whitby Folk Week
Traditional folk music throughout the town with morris dancing and events

Egton show
traditional country show

Whitby Lifeboat Station Flag Weekend
lifeboat day, events in and around the harbour


Goth Weekend
This well established twice yearly event is held in Whitby, North Yorkshire every April and October.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Why Whitby for your holiday?

Whitby Headland (north Yorkshire)

The ruins of the 13th-century abbey church on the headland at Whitby are the source of one of the classic images associated with Britain's coast. The medieval abbey represents just a part of the long history of this site, its most important moment being the time of the great synod held here in AD 664. This was the gathering that decided the fate of the Anglo-Saxon Church, and it was most likely held within the newly established monastery (it was a double house for both monks and nuns) that once stood there, under the town of St Hilda. Excavations have uncovered part of the monastic cells and workshops of this monastery, and a boundary ditch, as well as numerous artefacts, including many made of jet, a stone that is found locally.

It is thought that there may also have been a Roman signal station here, but it is impossible to be sure as no walls remain - if they ever existed they have long since fallen into the sea. Recent archaeological discoveries, especially where the cliff is eroding away, also suggest a Dark Age town or port, possibly just outside the monastery gates. There was a savage attack on Whitby by the Danes in 867, and the monastery may have been abandoned at that time. Its new foundation dates to 1077, when a new Augustinian abbey was built.

At the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540, the abbey fell into the hands of the Cholmley family, who demolished much, and rebuilt other sections as Abbey House (now a youth hostel). Their banqueting house (1672-1683) and its gardens are a notable survival of that period. The Norman parish church has a memorable interior, with 17th- and 18th-century box pews, galleries and pulpit.
The walk up from the town and harbour to the headland is along 199 worn and winding steps. Reaching the top, one is faced with one of the great romantic views of Britain, with the ancient abbey now a jumble of ruins and buildings. Perhaps it is not surprising that Bram Stoker used this setting in part of his novel Dracula, published in 1897.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Freezing prices for 2011

A long established family-run holiday company, featuring four holiday parks at popular and accessible locations throughout the UK, if you’re in search of a fun and exciting family holiday in 2011, why not take advantage of what Great Britain is best known for and unearth its rich and varied past, explore its beautiful unspoilt countryside or spend a week relaxing on its miles-upon-miles of golden sands with Coastdale Parks.
The four parks are all just a short five-minute walk from the sea and welcome pets. Whilst they vary in size, all parks are graded by the national tourist boards as being four-star and are winners of the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award. Coastdale Parks are freezing prices from 2010 so you’re break away in 2011 will be even better than value (for more information on the price freeze please see
Atlantic Coast Holiday Park, Cornwall:
A quiet and friendly holiday park situated close to the sand dunes of the glorious St. Ives Bay, near Hayle, families and couples are well catered for in a range of contemporary static caravans and fully serviced grass touring pitches for motor homes, tents and touring caravans with 16 amp electric hook ups, toilet and shower facilities. The park also benefits from a shop, takeaways and much more. For further information visit or telephone 01736 752 071.
Whitby Holiday Park, North Yorkshire:
Ideally situated on the cliff top overlooking Saltwick Bay, Whitby Holiday Park is perfectly located for exploring the historical harbour town of Whitby, nearby North Yorkshire National Park and stunning local beaches. In addition to modern high quality holiday homes, caravans and motor homes are also welcomed on serviced touring pitches with 16 amp electric hook-ups and access to all on site facilities, some of which include a café, takeaway and a family club. Information can be found online at with bookings welcome on 01947 602664.
Garreg Goch Caravan Park, North Wales:
A beautifully positioned caravan park well situated for exploring the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula, Garreg Goch is only minutes away from Porthmadog with its wide array amenities and a short stroll to Black Rock Sands.  Offering high quality holiday homes and pitches for your own caravan or tourer, the site provides a shop and an array of facilities to suit all ages and interests. Information can be found online at with bookings welcome on 01766 512210.

Pakefield Caravan Park, Suffolk:
A peaceful setting on the ‘Sunrise Coast’, the caravan park is situated only two miles from Lowestoft, 10 miles from Southwold and Great Yarmouth and within easy reach of the magnificent Norfolk Broads. The park maintains a high standard of caravans and fully serviced pitches for touring caravans and motor homes with a new toilet and shower block available. Onsite guests will find an outdoor heated swimming pool, a club offering seasonal entertainment and a small convenience store. For bookings and enquiries telephone 01502 561 136 or visit
Alongside holiday rentals Coastdale Parks offer affordable, luxurious and contemporary caravan holiday homes for sale. Each park is a close to numerous leisure and recreational activities, making it the perfect environment in which to enjoy your new holiday home.Visit for further details or telephone 01695 571 800.