MP celebrates national tourism week at Poole park

Michael Tomlinson MP (left) toured South Lytchett Manor holiday park with its owners David and Joanne Bridgen

Michael Tomlinson MP (left) toured South Lytchett Manor holiday park with its owners David and Joanne Bridgen

MP Michael Tomlinson flew the flag for Dorset tourism recently when he made a visit to South Lytchett Manor holiday park near Poole as part of English Tourism Week.

The event, which ran until 25 March, is designed to put the spotlight on Britain’s tourism sector, and the £127 billion annual contribution it makes to the UK economy.

Mr Tomlinson, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, toured South Lytchett Manor to see how the multi-award winning family business attracts thousands of visitors each year to the region.

He met with business owners Joanne and David Bridgen who acquired the park 12 years ago, and who are now helped with its running by their son Matthew and his partner Emily.

The MP heard how the five-star park was starting the new holiday season with a raft of awards for its high quality standards and care for the natural environment.

Rural rides: the park is popular with families exploring Dorset

Rural rides: the park is popular with families exploring Dorset

Honours include the prestigious AA Gold Pennant, and being named as Britain’s top park by two leading touring magazines, beating thousands of other businesses to the title.

This winter, said Joanne, the family had invested an additional £150,000 in the park to ensure that it remains ahead of the game in providing a first-class holiday experience.

Work included a top-to-toe refurbishment of two of its amenity buildings for caravan, camping and motorhome guests on the park’s 80 fully-serviced pitches.

A bakery has been created which will provide fresh artisan bread, croissants and other treats, and there’s now also a warm-water dog shower and grooming area for visitors’ pets.

As well as touring facilities, the park provides picture-postcard Romany caravans for hire with a raft of modern comforts including full-size beds, heating, kitchen areas and power sockets.

Joanne told the MP that the park draws visitors from all over the UK and overseas, many of whom are repeat visitors or coming as a result of the personal recommendation:

“We were delighted that Mr Tomlinson was able to join us Lytchett Manor, and to learn more about our sector and how it helps attract visitors Dorset each year,” she said.

“Mr Tomlinson clearly recognises the importance of tourism to this region, and is aware of the many challenges as well as opportunities faced by businesses such as ours.

“We are hopeful of another record-breaking season in 2018, and are grateful for the continuing support and encouragement of our MP,” added Joanne.

South Lytchett Manor holiday park is  a member of the Best of British group which comprises some 50 independently-run parks with top quality ratings throughout the UK.

More information about the park is available at www.southlytchettmanor.co.uk

Hand-built Romany caravans, fully equipped and with luxury furnishings, are a popular glamping option at the park

Hand-built Romany caravans, fully equipped with luxury furnishings, are a popular glamping option at the park

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