Dorset parks tempt staycation lovers with “to do” list

Life’s a beach for holiday guests at Highlands End Holiday Park (above) who enjoy taking on new experiences

A GROUP OF five family-run parks in Dorset is setting out to woo the growing number of people who are this year turning their backs on overseas holidays.

West Dorset Leisure Holidays says its newly redesigned website shows that the region has much more to offer youngsters and grown-ups than a sweltering foreign beach.

It has gathered together pictures and information on more than 120 attractions in easy reach of Highlands End Holiday Park in Bridport and its four sister-parks.

From Segway riding and a sculpture park to stand-up paddle boarding and a donkey sanctuary, the guide will allow guests to plan their visits down to the last detail.

Martin Cox, a member of the park-owning family which first started welcoming guests almost 50 years ago, hopes the website will be especially welcomed by “staycationers”:

“In recent years we’ve seen more and more families taking their main holiday in Britain, and telling us how much more enjoyable it is than just sweating on the sand,” he said.

“Not only is a UK holiday experience far less stressful, it also provides many more opportunities for exploring and trying your hand at new activities.

Red alert: the park group’s website flags up more than 100 local attractions

“Our reception staff are fantastically knowledgeable about the area, and often provide guests with tips about where to go and what to do when on holiday.

“Now, with their help, we’ve added this guidance to our website, and underlining that when it comes to creating happy memories, Dorset does it best!” added Martin.

The website describes and illustrates the various attractions on offer, plus eating-out venues, together with an interactive map where the various locations are pinpointed.

And whilst some have an entry price, many others are there to be enjoyed for free such as the region’s world-famous Jurassic coastline, fine beaches and picture-postcard countryside.

There’s even sections on how to get the best from stargazing up into Dorset’s dark night skies, bringing your dog on holiday, and tips on fossil hunting along the sea shore.

The website, which also provides easy online booking, details the five multi-award winning parks which comprise West Dorset Leisure Holidays.

In addition to the flagship Highlands End Holiday Park, there is Golden Cap near Seatown Beach, Graston Copse and Larkfield near Burton Bradstock, and Sandyholme in Purbeck.

The parks variously provide holiday caravans and holiday lodges to own and to rent, luxury glamping accommodation, and pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents.

The group’s new website and directory of attractions can be viewed at

Many upland walks along the dramatic Jurassic coast are just a stroll from West Dorset Leisure’s parks