Waiting over as family’s Dorset park scoops award

Members of the Ireland family toast their success in the park's popular Tow Bar. From the left are James McCowen, Michelle McCowen, Darren Matthews, Natalie Ireland, Jackie Ireland and Rex Ireland

Members of the Ireland family toast their success in the park’s popular Tow Bar. From the left are James McCowen, Michelle McCowen, Darren Matthews, Natalie Ireland, Jackie Ireland and Rex Ireland

After entering the Dorset Tourism Awards for the first time in its 18-year history, a Charmouth family’s holiday park has found itself being celebrated among the top three in the county.

Newlands Holiday Park was named as the winner of the bronze accolade in this month’s (October) Dorset Tourism Awards final at the Bovington Tank Museum.

Taking gold in the holiday park category was Wareham Forest Tourist Park in Wareham,

while the silver award went to South Lytchette Manor Caravan and Camping Park near Poole.

News of the Newland’s success came as an especially welcome surprise to the family as this was their first ever entry into the awards since acquiring Newlands 18 years ago.

The 23-acre park was bought in 1998 by Jackie and Rex Ireland, and is managed by them today with help from their family.

Over the years, the family has invested much time, energy and resources into creating a first-class holiday centre in picture-postcard countryside near Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast.

Their reward has been to see an ever-growing number of visitors from the UK and overseas, and a raft of awards for the quality of their surroundings and facilities.

Honours include a top five-star tourist board grading, a maximum five-pennant award from the AA, an environmental accolade, and many glowing online reviews from holidaymakers.

Guests can buy holiday homes, use its seasonal pitches, rent one of the park’s lodges, apartments or holiday caravans, stay in a glamping pod, or bring their own touring caravan, motorhome or tent.

Within the last year, Newlands has invested around a half-million pounds in guest facilities on the park, and this winter the family are planning phase two of the development.

Among the projects has been a major make-over of the park’s visitor complex which includes the popular Tow Bar, restaurant, and lounge with entertainment in summer months.

Guests also have use of heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, play areas, a recreational field and a huge choice of delightful walks starting and finishing on the park.

Natalie Ireland said that Newlands’ success in the 2016 Dorset Tourism Awards was very much the result of a team effort:

“We know from the many comments we receive on social media that people love not just our location and facilities, but also the friendliness and welcoming atmosphere.

“Great credit for this must go not only to the partners but our dedicated and hard-working team for helping to create the amazing loyalty which Newlands enjoys among guests.

“I hope the publicity from these awards will also help other local tourism providers by shining the spotlight on Dorset as a holiday destination,” added Natalie.

There is more information about the park at www.newlandsholidays.co.uk

Guests at Newlands enjoy spectacular views along the Jurassic Coast

Guests at Newlands Holiday Park enjoy spectacular sea and countryside views along the Jurassic Coast

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