Top Cumbria park says it’s time to re-imagine UK holidays

Digging in: Henry Wild says that new park projects this winter will equip Skelwith Fold for new challenges

A LAKE DISTRICT caravan park, Skelwith Fold, plans to the challenges of a new post-Covid world.

The family-owned park in Ambleside says it is now knuckling down to a winter of work which will address a whole variety of modern-day issues.

The aim, says directo give guests the best possible holiday experience whilst also re-imagining traditional ways of doing things.

On the drawing board are projects ranging from a new eco-friendly building development to get youngsters active in the fresh air.

“The old order has now changed forever, and holiday providers are no exception to the need for re-examining how we go about our business,” said Henry.

“For example, we are building a three-sto work.

“The experiences of the past year tell us that creating extra distance between people creates positive health benefits, even if it’s only coughs and sneezes we’re guarding against.

“The building also recognises the importance of clean energy, which is why we are installing high-efficiency solar panels and an air source heat pump to reduce our carbon footprint.

“Last year we invested £150,000 to create a children’s play zone at Skelwith Fold, and the focus on high-octane activities has been a fantastic success.

Glamping holidays, such as those provided by the park’s luxury safari tents, have been popular this year

“Over winter we now intent to bring out the inner Bear Grylls of our younger guests.

“It will be great fun, but once again draws on lessons learned that being outdoors in the fresh air and staying active is one of the best tonics for physical and mental wellbeing,” he said.

Henry thinks that the likely strong demand for staycation holidays – of which there was much evidence this year – suggests that parks should also appeal tomer base:

“Traditionally we have been best known for providing holiday homes to glamping shows there is a tremendous appetite for these type of stays.

“That’s why we are also planning tors who also rose in numbers this year.

“It means that in 2021 we will be able to provide even more options for people staying in this country, covering an even wider range of holiday styles and budgets.

“The new dynamics of leisure are tremendously exciting, and I think that parks such as ours have a fantastic role to embrace change,” said Henry.

Skelwith Fold provides around 450 pitches set within 130 acres of Lake District woodland, and has won a number of top awards for its environmental care.

The staff team, says Henry, are all looking forward to re-open next March.

There is more information about the park on its website at