Fylde firm keeps it in the family for 70 years

Andrea Challis and Robert Kearsley celebrate the 70th anniversary of Partingtons at Windy Harbour Holiday Park with Grunty.
Andrea Challis and Robert Kearsley celebrate the 70th anniversary of Partingtons at Windy Harbour Holiday Park with Grunty.
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A Fylde coast family firm is celebrating 70 years in business with the firm experiencing a bumper year.

The Fylde Coast and Blackpool recently topped the Daily Telegraph’s list of the best 20 staycation venues in the UK, which was welcome news for holiday operators in the area but not a total surprise for family business Partington’s Holiday Centres.

The Thornton-based company operates six holiday parks across Lancashire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

It is run by the fourth 
generation of the Partingtons, with brother and sister team Rob Kearsley and Andrea Challis at its helm.

The management team 
applies the traditional values of ‘family first’ alongside providing a range of holiday parks that have everything for UK holidaymakers.

Andrea and Rob are proudly ‘hands-on’ and are passionate about the business.

Andrea said: “We’re in a very privileged position in that we are given the chance to help create holiday memories that our customers will treasure. That is something that we never lose sight of.”

The business employs up to 200 people at its six sites, including Windy Harbour Holiday Park, Black Beck Park in Cumbria and Tarn House Park near Skipton. Andrea said: “We have had a brilliant year, mainly due to people being a little less worried about their money after the recession, but also because we have invested in our business over the past two or three years. We have invested in the entertainment offering at our parks. We attract the customers and we want them to have an even 
better time there so they keep on coming back.

“We are expanding at the moment and just opened a contact centre to take new people on. Two years ago we started Grunty’s Fun Club at Newton Hall and employed 12 more staff. We have invested in the club houses at the camps, too, the one at Windy Harbour can hold up to 500 people, with family rooms and swimming pools and that 
investment has kept us going.

“Now we can see people are more comfortable spending this year to go on holiday. But the recession has been good in a way because people were 
being more careful and, holidaying in the UK, they have fallen in love with the country again and so bookings are up.”

Rob Kearsley said: “Our people love what they do and this shines through in the holiday parks and what is on offer at each one. We’re also mindful that we are in a competitive marketplace and knowing what the customer wants is critical.”