Parkdean Resorts, the nation’s leading holiday park operator, is preparing for a bumper May Half Term after a spike of bookings in the last few weeks.
Perhaps buoyed by the stunning weather over Easter, bookings for May Half Term at Parkdean Resorts’ 66 parks have skyrocketed, surging by a massive 204% since April 1st, while a 216% increase in searches suggests that even more people are considering a holiday at Parkdean Resorts than before.
These booking figures come hot on the heels of a bumper Easter for Parkdean – the first Easter in three years that parks had been allowed to open – as tens of thousands of guests soaked up the sunshine to make the most of everything the parks, and the UK’s finest beauty spots, had to offer.
Although holidays are selling fast, families can still get their hands on some terrific late deals, with weekend breaks available at Torquay for £229 and Lizard Point in Cornwall for £249. Five nights at Kessingland Beach in Suffolk will cost you £359, while a week in Eyemouth, Scotland, costs £589, while 7 days from 27th May at Sandford, in Dorset, costs £829.
With the Jubilee Bank Holiday coming up, holidays are selling fast across the country as families look to take advantage of the double bank holiday and enjoy a week’s holiday for only three days off work. Families can celebrate the bank holiday weekend for just £259 at Sandy Bay in Northumberland, or £269 at Cherry Tree in Great Yarmouth.
Customer feedback scores for the year to date provide a ringing endorsement for the hard work that Parkdean Resorts’ teams have been putting in to help holidaymakers create amazing memories, with record Q1 scores across Facebook (4.4 out of 5), Google and Reevoo (4.3 out of 5), and Tripadvisor (4.1 out of 5). These scores follow record feedback results in 2021, demonstrating that Parkdean’s teams are continuing to provide fantastic service in 2022.
Steve Richards, Chief Executive of Parkdean, said: “Bookings for May Half Term have gone through the roof after the brilliant Easter we had. Families are having a fantastic time at our parks and keep coming back for more, which is not just great news for us, but also for the local economies we’re part of, as it means more people spending their money in local shops, attractions, pubs and restaurants.”
Earlier this year, the company announced its biggest ever investment programme, spending £140 million on its parks to further improve the guest experience, including 850 new caravans and lodges, new and upgraded activities and facilities, and park-wide Wi-Fi capability.
Nationwide, the £140m investment includes over 850 new caravans and lodges, new developments at 16 parks, and hundreds of refreshed and upgraded chalets and lodges with a brand-new look. 13 parks have received new pitches and developments in 2022, offering a rare opportunity to become a proud holiday home owner in some of Parkdean Resorts’ most exclusive settings. £6m has also been spent on connectivity projects, meaning that employee Wi-Fi has now been installed at 65 parks, with direct-to-van Wi-Fi to be available in 50 parks by the end of the year.
More than £13m has been invested in the company’s ‘Parks of the Future’ initiative. Three parks, Newquay in Cornwall, Southview in Skegness, and Naze Marine, in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, will benefit from a whole host of exciting new activities and upgraded facilities, as well as upgraded and brand new accommodation options, while Trecco Bay, Europe’s largest holiday park, will be bigger and better than ever after a further round of enhancements. The investment in these sites takes the total number of ‘Parks of the Future’ to ten, as Parkdean continues to invest in taking its parks to the next level.
Parkdean Resorts has also launched 25 commitments which it will achieve by 2025, across Environment, Society and Governance, including attracting and developing diverse talent, reducing CO2 by 25%, a 75% reduction in waste to landfill, and the publication of an annual report detailing how it will care for its Parks, People and Planet. As part of these commitments, the company is working on creating a blueprint for two Sustainable Parks in Dorset – Warmwell and Sandford, with successful initiatives to be rolled out across other parks within its estate in the future.