Digital detox? “Not us!” Dorset park guests tell BBC

 "We don't switch off – but we're not addicts" a park guest tells the BBC's reporter at South Lytchett Manor
“We don’t switch off – but we’re not addicts” a park guest tells the BBC’s reporter at South Lytchett Manor

Guests at a Dorset holiday park spoke for the nation this summer when BBC television news decided to our digital devices.

TV reporter Emma Simpson travelled to switch off, even on holiday?”

The answer was an emphatic “No!” – but with the proviso that no-one felt like a slave to simply enjoying their holiday.

The BBC report, shown on both the morning and evening news programmes, said that virtually all ages are hooked-up for an average of 25 hours every week.

At five-star South Lytchett Manor, holder of the AA’s national Campsite of The Year title, guests agreed that holidays did provide an opportunity for a partial digital detox.

But many said that they couldn’t resist posting occasional pictures of themselves and the park’s beautiful scenery on social media sites such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

The park was acquired by husband-and-wife team Joanne and David Bridgen a decade ago, and they have since introduced a raft of improvements to the site.

Romany caravans can also be hired at the Dorset park
Romany caravans can also be hired at the Dorset park

Some of the changes, said Joanne, were made after canvassing opinions from holidaymakers – and one was the expressed need for reliable and fast broadband.

The couple therefore invested in a state-of-the-art wifi system which is available throughout the park, set in the former grounds of an historic country manor house.

Guests to their enjoyment of the park, but wasn’t a deal-breaker by any means.

Even some of the youngsters interviewed said that although they would be saddened by the absence of wifi, they knew when to simply get on with having a good time.

Joanne believes her guests have a similar profile together as a family.

Staying in today a part of their lifestyles – but one which takes on less significance when they are away from home.

As well as providing pitches for torhomes and tents, South Lytchett Manor this year has introduced picture-postcard Romany caravans for hire.

Features include a TV and DVD player, refrigerator, cooking hobs, and an authentic-looking log burner – plus, of course, plug sockets with USB points for charging-up devices.

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

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