Changing times for park success

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BOSSES at an award-winning holiday park have put its success down to constant re-investment – and have pledged to continue investing in the future.

Management at Newton Hall Holiday Park in Staining, says big changes are planned for the future to make sure the attraction stays at the top of its game.

James Dennison, park manager, said: “There’s been big changes through the year and next we’re going to change our reception area.

“I arrived in February from our Windy Harbour site and since then we’ve done all sorts, including refurbish and launch a new chip shop – The Codfather.

“It’s important that what we are doing is of interest to the local community as well.

“Our indoor bowling centre for example is proving to be really popular – it’s oversubscribed in the winter. We’ve improved areas in there as well.”

The park is currently the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board Caravan Holiday Park of the Year - an award it’s won for the second time in recent years.

Owned by the family-run Partingtons Family Parks empire, the site is mainly residential but with caravans and apartments available to rent for holidaymakers.

Partingtons director Robert Kearsley said change was the driving force behind the park’s success.

He said: “We are always asking questions of our customers about what they want to see.

“We’ve built an extension to Grunty’s Nursery so that now we have a better baby room, and we stripped our cafe out and totally refurbished it.

“The swimming pool will be looked at soon as well.

“We also have a building on the site that we’re looking at changing.

“We’re consistently re-inventing things. We’re not the biggest operator and we don’t take anything for granted.

“It’s been a tough few years in the economy but this is how we’ve got through it.”

Over the past years, the park has also invested in The Grunty Club, a scheme to keep children on the park entertained, with regular crazy races such as barrel rolling and waiter races, face painting and visits from groups like the RNLI.

The Partingtons group employs more than 200 people.