MP pays Tourism Week tribute to family’s Yorkshire park

Kevin Holinrake MP (centre) was welcomed at the park by warden Brian Hills and director Billy Maguire

NORTH YORKSHIRE MP Kevin Hollinrake marked English Tourism Week with a visit to Swaleside Country Park – and urged families to head to the region for “the best staycation ever”.

The annual tourism event, which runs until 31 May, shines a spotlight on England’s tourism sector, and the huge contribution it makes to the UK economy.

Mr Hollinrake, who represents Thirsk and Malton, was welcomed to the park by its warden Brian Hills and director of the business Billy Maguire.

Swaleside Holiday Park is one of eight parks now owned by the Maguire family who started out in business 40 years ago, developing parks aimed at the quality holiday market.

The MP was taken on a tour of the landscaped grounds of the park which is located on the banks of the River Swale near the picturesque village of Topcliffe.

Holiday home owners can enjoy a peaceful riverside location at the park

Mr Hollinrake commented: “Swaleside is the perfect location for a summer self-catering holiday. It is extraordinarily beautiful and there are so many lovely walks, fishing, and pubs on its doorstep.

“As we come out of lockdown and whilst there is still come uncertainty about foreign travel, I would urge anyone who wants a break to come to one of our many fabulous locations.

“You definitely won’t be disappointed, and are guaranteed a warm traditional Yorkshire welcome!”

Swalesdale Country Park offers holiday home ownership in picture-perfect surroundings which include more than two acres of woodland and one of the best fishing stretches of the Swale.

Billy Maguire said he was delighted that Mr Hollinrake was able to take time out to join his company’s celebration of English Tourism Week:

“This has been a difficult year for the tourist industry, and we greatly appreciate Mr Hollinrake’s support for the whole sector,” he said.

“We only took over this business in last January, just after we went into the last lockdown, but still had to shoulder high operating costs associated with maintenance, lighting, and security.

“We are overjoyed to be opening up again, and are making sure that everyone is kept safe and able to enjoy their stay with complete confidence,” added Mr Maguire.

Maguires Country Parks, all graded five-star by Visit England, are based in quiet rural locations in Northumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire.

They have also received the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level for the many environmental and wildlife projects carried out by the family.

There is more information about Swaleside Country Park and other members of the Maguires group on the company’s website at