Fylde coast holiday park’s a soaring success

Ream Hills Holiday Park manager Sarah Gerrard with the helicopter camping lodge
Ream Hills Holiday Park manager Sarah Gerrard with the helicopter camping lodge
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There’s no need to leave the landing light on for a good night’s sleep at this Fylde holiday park.

But visitors might just decide to as they can choose to sleep in a converted Lynx helicopter.

And the chopper has helped the new caravan and camping park have a smooth take off as bosses say their first three months in business have been a soaring success.

Ream Hills Holiday Park has been built by Chris Threlfall at Weeton next to the Blackpool Wakepark which opened in 2010.

Manager Sarah Gerrard said the idea for the park had been around for a couple of years but work began in earnest last year with the opening in June.

“We had pushed to get it open ahead of the summer season and it was a lot of hard work arranging the electricity and gas supplies out into the site.

“We have hard-standing for 50 towed caravans and a grassed area for tents. We also have camping lodges near the lake which are very popular.

“We built a new toilet block with disabled facilities and we wanted to get everything right from the start.

“There are things we still want to do, but the plan was to get up and running and then expand.

“The land owner Chris has 160 acres so we could in theory increase ten fold.”

She said the helicopter was very popular for one or two night stays.

“Children love it of course but I think you might not want to spend a fortnight in it.

“We have not done an awful lot of marketing for the park, but we took the helicopter to the NEC in Brimingham in February and put it on display.

“We had seven or eight thousand people through it.

“It was Chris’ idea, he has always had an interest in helicopters and bought this one with a few others.

“We looked into converting it as something a bit different to attract people in.”

The helicopter has a double bed in the tail area and a double pullout bed in the cabin.

It has a mini kitchen with fridge and microwave, an LED TV and wifi to go with its modern decor.

Sarah added: “We have had a great first season it is very encouraging for the future.

“The park is in an ideal location, close to Blackpool for families who enjoy visiting the seaside and the attractions and close to the wakepark which is great for its visitors, and at the same time in the quiet Fylde countryside with all the fields and lanes.

“At some times, bank holidays and weekend in summer we were turning people away and we have had returning customers already.”