In a field of their own – Somerset holiday park’s love letters to NHS
The family owners of a locked-down Somerset holiday park have given a huge “thank you” to NHS staff with a tribute in 30-foot high letters on its games field.
Warren Farm Holiday Centre in Brean used a ride-on lawnmower to spell out “NHS” in praise of the life-saving work being undertaken by front-line workers.
Park director Mike Harris said everyone at the park wanted to show their appreciation of the “amazing and tireless efforts” of NHS staff and other key workers during the crisis.
Mike and his brother Chris are the fifth generation of the Harris family to run Warren Farm Holiday Centre which began life as a dairy farm and small camping field.
Today it provides around 1,350 pitches for touring caravans, holiday caravans, motorhomes and campers just a short stroll from Brean’s famous five-mile stretch of sandy beaches.
Customers of Warren Farm, says Mike, are keeping up with news of the park on social media until it’s safe for them to return – and have given a big thumbs-up to its NHS tribute.
He promises them a celebration welcome back when movement restrictions are lifted and the park feels it is safe to open – plus a number of new features that have recently been completed on the park.
These include an additional 30 super-pitches for seasonal caravans which feature private en-suite facilities with showers, hand basins, toilets and generous storage areas for each caravan.
The concept – believed to be the first of its type for seasonal caravan owners in the UK – was met with immediate success, especially from those less keen on sharing communal facilities and wanting a level of privacy more akin to their own homes.
In fact, says Mike, the park quickly had to draw up a waiting list for its en-suite pitches, and decided to create extra capacity to meet as much of the demand as possible:
“We hope eventually to be able to offer 150 of these super-pitches, including a number dedicated to short-stay visitors with tents and touring caravans,” said Mike.
“The first three of these short-stay pitches are already available, and are always booked very early.
“Warren Farm is creating what we believe to be the blueprint of tomorrow’s touring parks, taking the levels of comfort, convenience and privacy to a whole new level.
“Over many decades, our family has constantly invested in the park on behalf of its customers, and we will continue to do what we can against the background of the present economic reality,” added Mike.
Other facilities at the park include a fishing lake, games field, play barn, and pets corner – plus a popular clubhouse with a bar and restaurant where live family shows are staged.