Jurassic Coast Party Night - October 27th, 2011
Fossil Hunting, Halloween and Grizzly Run - October 26th, 2011
Halloween week is in full swing here at Newlands, the spookiest, scariest holiday park in Dorset! This year’s Halloween is turning out to be the best ever, with loads of things going on for both kids and grown-ups.
So far this week we’ve been making monster masks and playing ‘guess the weight of the giant eyeball cake’. See if you can guess right!
There’s plenty still to look forward to this week – pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, apple bobbing, and a ‘hunt the body parts’ game around the park!
The Grizzly Run 2012
The Grizzly Run is one of the most popular annual events in West Dorset. Each year, thousands of intrepid runners take on the grueling 20 mile course across tough terrain including pebble beaches, rocks and steep hills. It’s a unique challenge not for the faint-hearted, and the finishing line in Seaton always draws a big crowd.
Next year’s Grizzly Run takes place on Sunday 11th March, and if you’re thinking of taking part, we’re offering cut-price breaks for those of you who book with us early.
We’re currently taking bookings for short breaks from as little as £110 for accommodation for up to 4 people from 9th March – 12th March 2012. Ensuite rooms are also available, and prices start from £45.00 per night. Call us now on 01297 560259 in order to get the best deal possible!
Fossil Hunting in Charmouth
It’s been a mixed couple of weeks in terms of weather here in Dorset. We’ve had a fair amount of nice sunny days in amongst the windy, wintery ones, and fortunately rain has been kept to a minimum.
The great thing about Dorset is that there is always something to do whatever the weather. For example, fossil hunters welcome the strong gusting winds and heavy seas, because these are the perfect conditions for them to find fossils in the beaches and cliffs around Charmouth and Lyme Regis. The punishing weather exposes prehistoric remains that have remained hidden in the rocks and cliffs for millions of year, meaning that your chances of finding fossils in good condition are greatly improved.
If you fancy trying your luck at fossil hunting on the famously fossil-rich Jurassic Coat, the best time to visit is towards the end or the beginning of the year. Our Lyme Regis holiday park is ideally located for a fossil-hunting break, and we’ll be able to direct you towards experienced fossil experts who give guided tours of the local beaches and can tell you exactly where and how to look.
Las Vegas Night and Lyme Regis Gig Club Party - October 19th, 2011
The season is nearing an end here at our Lyme Regis campsite, but we’ve still got a couple of big events up our sleeve before we shut up shop for the winter. This week on the blog we’re telling you about two huge parties we’ve got coming up next month which we’re really excited about. Remember, there’s still time to book yourself a late camping holiday in Dorset here at Newlands this year – book via our website or call us on 01297 560259.
Las Vegas Night at Newlands
Dust off your tux, polish your cufflinks and put on your lucky socks – Newlands Holiday Park is going all Las Vegas for this year’s end of season party on November 5th! Expect gaming tables, roulette wheels and lots of prizes as we party our way into the close season.
Entertainment will come courtesy of Neil Diamond tribute Michael Douglas and Ace Disco, and the party will run from 8pm until late.
Lyme Regis Gig Club End of Season
Newlands Holiday Park is a long-time friend of the Lyme Regis Gig Club, and this year we’ll be hosting their end of season party on November 11th-12th.
All gig clubs are welcome at the weekend party, which kicks off on Friday 11th with a race night. There’ll be food, drinks and plenty of opportunity to have a flutter on the horses and see how lucky you can be.
The main party night is on the Saturday, with a hot and cold buffet including beef bourguinon, chicken korma, various salads, potatoes and rice pudding. Live music will be provided by the fabulous Souled Out, and there will be a disco from 8 until late.
Tickets for Saturday are £15, and are available from Newlands. We may be able to offer you specially discounted accommodation for the weekend if you’re attending the party – give us a call and let us know your requirements!
Winter-Proofing Your Caravan - October 7th, 2011
If you’re not going to be using your caravan during the winter months, you will need to do a few things to prepare it properly so that it survives the season without too much wear and tear. Here in Charmouth the wind and rain can get quite fierce during the later part of the year, so we know how important it is to prepare your caravan correctly. The following are our top ten tips for winter-proofing your caravan…
1. Empty your cupboards and get rid of any crumbs or traces of food around the caravan – this will help to prevent animals getting in, and stop bad odours developing.
2. Remove any electrical items – DVD players, TVs, microwaves, radios – and put them somewhere indoors.
3. If possible, jack up the caravan and remove the wheels, and store them in a cool, dry place.
4. Remove any soft furnishings such as cushions and curtains, to stop mould developing.
5. Leave your smaller cupboard doors slightly ajar for ventilation, but keep larger ones closed to avoid warping.
6. Take out the 12V battery, give it a clean, and top it up with electrolyte fluid if it needs it. Keep it somewhere cool and dry over the winter.
7. Any other batteries that might corrode over the winter should also be removed, such as in smoke alarms or clocks.
8. Use a strong disinfectant to flush out the waste pipes, and a sterilising fluid to flush out the water pipes.
9. Use a fine mesh material to cover up the ends of any external drainpipes, as this will help to stop vermin and insects getting in.
10. Finally, double-check to make sure all your valuables are removed, and then lock the caravan for the winter.
Hopefully you will find this information useful. We are one of the most popular Dorset caravan parks, so we are highly experienced in looking after caravans.