Cumbria MP flies flag for tourism at Windermere park
CUMBRIA MP TIM FARRON paid tribute to a family’s “inspirational” Windermere holiday park which he visited as part of English Tourism Week.
The Westmorland and Lonsdale member was at Hill of Oaks Lodge and Caravan Park where he viewed recent new developments now open for the 2021 season.
English Tourism Week, which runs until 31 May, shines a spotlight on England’s tourism sector, and the huge annual contribution made by tourism to the UK economy.
Mr Farron was welcomed to Hill of Oaks by senior members of Lakes District Estates which owns seven top-rated holiday parks in Cumbria and North Yorkshire.
During his tour of the park, the MP was given a preview of a new super-luxury apartment where guests can stay in nautical-themed accommodation by the side of the lake.
He also saw the latest range of holiday accommodation at Hill of Oaks which includes top-end accessible glamping pods proving especially popular with young families.
Tim Farron, who also met with members of the park’s reception team and enjoyed coffee at its lakeside bistro, said that Hill of Oaks is “such an inspiring place to visit.”
“Hill of Oaks is a really important local employer and it’s typical of the Lakes tourism businesses that have been so responsible all the way through the pandemic, and which are determined to fight back now that the restrictions are easing.
“I’m so proud of everything the team at this park have done in the face of such challenging circumstances,” said Mr Farron.
Head of Parks at Lake District Estates, George Kemp, added: “Throughout the COVID-19 crisis of 2020 and into 2021, Tim Farron has been there for his constituents.
“Tim has been our voice and that of our colleagues within the tourism sector, lobbying on behalf of the British Holiday and Home Parks Association membership located in South Lakeland.
“He responded to every request we sent and followed up many times after he had spoken in Parliament about issues that had been raised directly by the holiday parks industry.
“We thought it fitting to thank him in person for his dedication and commitment to the tourism and hospitality sector, and were delighted when he accepted our invitation to visit the park.”
The group’s parks variously provide holiday caravans and lodges to both rent and to own, luxury glamping facilities, and pitches for touring caravans and motorhomes.
Lake District Estates is owned by the descendants of the late Lord Wakefield, and the group’s sister operations include the Ullswater “Steamers” and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.
There is more information about all of the group’s caravan parks and other Lakeland attractions on its website at www.lakedistrictestates.com