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Somerset holiday park set for its cracker of a Christmas

Bath Chew Valley
All lit up: guests take part in a friendly competition to see who can magic up the most sparkling caravan

A family-run Somerset holiday park, re-opened on 02 December after lockdown, now aims to become the county’s most Christmassy place to stay.

Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, in Bishop Sutton near Bath, says its annual display of festive lights and decorations will be more spectacular than ever this year.

Christmas at multi-award winning holiday park

The multi-award winning park has been owned by the Betton family for over two decades, and Keith Betton expects its Christmas displays to be even more eagerly anticipated than ever this year.

Bath city and Chew Valley are both in Tier 2, which alongside the park’s COVID-secure gradings by the AA and Visit England, provides assurance for guests wanting to enjoy a Christmas break.

“Visitors bring their motorhomes and caravans from across the country to join in the festive fun and great atmosphere” said Keith.

“We even hold a competition for the best decorated unit, and some guests go to amazing lengths to outshine their neighbours in a spirit of friendly rivalry!

“This year will definitely top last Christmas as we now have two luxury lodges for hire which will be decked inside and out with all the sparkle of the season.

I’m dreaming of a luxury Christmas Lodge

“It’s been a very challenging year for everyone, and we are hoping that guests will find  much-needed light relief to finish the year on a high,” added Keith.

After re-opening from the first lockdown in July, he said, Bath Chew Valley has been “busy beyond belief” despite operating at under-capacity to ensure social distancing.

The adults-only park’s pitches are spread across more than four acres of landscaped grounds, including dog exercising areas and a woodland conservation trail.

Keith said that the beautiful surroundings, fresh air, and closeness to nature provided just the tonic which people were craving – and he believes it will be the same story again in December:

“We have many bookings now for Christmas, the New Year, and well into 2021 so we are naturally very optimistic about the long-term prospects for the park.

“But we still have a lot of ground to make up, as do the many smaller businesses in the area which rely heavily on tourism spending to keep their heads above water.

“That’s why we are also publicising the many different nearby attractions and places to visit over the coming weeks, including the stunning illuminations in Bath.

“Everyone here is dreaming of a bright Christmas, and we can’t wait to see guests arrive and set up their units!” said Keith who also serves as a director on the board of the Best of British caravan, camping and holiday parks group.

The 50-plus independent and family-run parks which comprise the consortium all provide exceptional surroundings, services and facilities.

There is more information about Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park at www.bathchewvalley.co.uk – and parks in membership of Best of British are detailed at www.bob.org.uk.

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