Padstow park thanks key workers with 200 free holidays

NHS and other key workers will enjoy stays in luxury holiday caravans with use of the park’s private beach

AROUND 200 lockdown workers and their families will enjoy free holidays this November at one of Cornwall’s most celebrated holiday parks, Mother Ivey’s Bay in Padstow. 

Owner of the family business, Patrick Langmaid, said he wanted to say a massive “thank you” to key workers who are keeping Britain going during the continuing Covid crisis.

“It’s a small token of Mother Ivey’s gratitude for the dedication and bravery shown by those on the front line of community care,” said Patrick.

Patrick Langmaid says he feels a debt of gratitude to all key workers

The “thank you” holidays have been planned since summer 2020 and were originally scheduled for November that year, but cancelled as they clashed with the second lockdown.

Guests on the 200 holidays will be accommodated in luxury holiday caravans, and the stays will begin on 6th November and finish one month later.

“It is a huge privilege to be able to offer free stays for these lockdown heroes, including staff from the NHS, police and fire service,” said Patrick.

The holidays were announced last year when Patrick spoke on air to BBC Radio Cornwall reporter Laurence Reed, and have since been widely publicised on social media, resulting in a full take-up.

“There is, of course, a cost to our business, but that is nothing in comparison with risks taken and the extreme pressures endured by those making such an amazing difference,” said Patrick.

“Along with many hospitality businesses, we really struggled during lockdown and worried about our future, so now we’ve survived it’s great to be able to give something back.

“With hospitals and public sector workers enduring unprecedented pressure we believe that everybody needs a break to re-charge their batteries,” says Patrick.

He added that a very big debt of thanks was also owed to his park team for their magnificent work in helping to protect the welfare of Mother Ivey’s guests this year.

Owned by the Langmaid family for over 30 years, Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park business has a long tradition of supporting West Country charities and good causes.

Patrick Langmaid is also a campaigner for the Living Wage Foundation which has presented him with their Champions Award for his tireless efforts to promote the benefits of fair pay in hospitality.


Padstow park rolls out new weapon in war on plastics

Ready to roll: the new trommel on the park's beach with (from left) Hope Buck from makers Nurdle, Anna Wilsher who heads Mother Ivey's beach cleaning team, artist Veronika Niewiadomska, and Josh Beech from Nurdle

Ready to roll: the new trommel on the park’s beach with (from left) Hope Buck from makers Nurdle, Anna Wilsher who heads Mother Ivey’s beach cleaning team, artist Veronika Niewiadomska, and Josh Beech from Nurdle

MOTHER IVEY’S BAY Holiday Park in Padstow, Cornwall, has stepped up its fight to keep local beaches clean by investing in special equipment which can rid the sand of micro-plastics.

Called a trommel, the machine sieves the sand to separate out “nurdles”, the small plastic pellets produced in their billions each year during the manufacture of plastic products.

The anti-pollution device, which is operated manually, has been designed and manufactured by Nurdle, a not-for-profit business based in North Devon.

Staff at Mother Ivey’s Bay carry out regular beach clean-ups throughout the year, and team leader Anna Wilsher says the trommel will make a huge difference:

“Last year we noticed nurdles during our beach cleans, and although it was possible to pick these up by hand, we have been on the look-out for a way that makes the task easier,” she said.

“It’s a fantastic piece of equipment and easy to use. I am looking forward to letting families staying at our holiday park to have a go as it’s also actually rather fun!

“Removing nurdles from the beach so they do not return to the ocean is vital to help reduce marine pollution,” added Anna who is a qualified marine biologist.

Once the nurdles have been separated, they will be upcycled and used by local artist Veronika Niewiadomska to create a special pieces of creative work:

“I’m really excited about this project, and really looking forward to working with the recovered plastic to create collages and sculptures,” said Veronika, a graduate from Winchester School of Art.

Mother Ivey’s provides caravan holiday homes, both privately owned and for hire, plus touring pitches. There is more information about the park at

Holiday homes at Mother Ivey's Bay have far-reaching views out to sea and along the Cornish coast

Holiday homes at Mother Ivey’s Bay have far-reaching views out to sea and along the Cornish coast