Dog Friendly Accommodation in Dorset - June 28th, 2012
We know how much it means to be able to take the family on holiday in the summer, and for many of us that means the whole family – pets and all! With this in mind, we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to bring your dog to the park with you, and ensure that they are able to enjoy the holiday just as much as you do!
Here’s why we think Newlands is the ultimate dog friendly campsite in Dorset…
The Perfect Park For Pooches
We love dogs, and we really like to lay out the red carpet for our four legged visitors. We have a large designated dog walking area on our site, and it’s fenced on all sides so that naughty dogs can’t run off anywhere dangerous – we know what they’re like!
Dog Friendly Beaches
Woofers love having a good splash in the sea, and there’s plenty of opportunity for that on our several gorgeous nearby beaches. There are different rules regarding dogs for different beaches, but in general they are welcome providing that you clean up after them.
Dogs appreciate a change of scenery just as much as people do, and we’re lucky that we have so many great destinations for dog-friendly outings and day trips right on our doorstep. Swanage Steam Railway, Cheddar Caves and Forde Abbey Gardens are just a few of the brilliant local attractions that welcome dogs, either free or with a small extra charge.
We’ve created a page on our website with a whole list of dog-friendly attractions in our area, so take a look if you get stuck for ideas!
Charmouth Camping – Something for Everyone! - June 21st, 2012
Ask 100 people what camping means to them, and you’ll most likely get 100 wildly different responses. It’s something that people often have really strong thoughts about, even if they’ve never actually done it. For some of us it evokes positive associations with nature, freedom and the great outdoors, while for others it conjures memories of camping trips from our school days, with difficult to assemble tents, bad weather and equally bad food.
Well we’d like to urge you to put aside any preconceptions of camping breaks, and try one for yourself here at our Charmouth campsite. Our lovely picturesque site is tucked away in a quiet corner of the park, so you’ll be free to enjoy the peace of the Dorset countryside and the gentle sound of birdsong each morning.
And while we can never guarantee good weather, the Dorset Jurassic coast is one of the warmest places in the UK, so you’ll have a better chance of avoiding the rain in Charmouth and Lyme Regis than you would almost anywhere else in the country.
A lot of people’s reluctance towards camping comes from the idea that it involves ‘roughing it’, but at Newlands we’ve made sure all the best modern amenities are on hand for your convenience, including a launderette, heated toilets, showers and baby changing facilities. We also offer those other handy little luxuries like hairdryers and wi-fi internet to make your stay as fun and comfortable as possible. It’s truly a luxury campsite for the 21st century – a world away from the grim, basic image people often have of camping!
And if that’s not enough, we’ll happily put your tent up for you when you arrive at our Charmouth campsite, meaning no frustrating messing about with tent pegs and poles – just sit back, relax and enjoy the glorious Dorset countryside with the sea just moments away.
VAT Rise on Static Caravan Sales Shelved! - June 13th, 2012
We were really pleased to hear recently that the government has now back-tracked on their plans to increase the VAT on static caravan sales later this year.
Along with the much maligned ‘pasty tax’, the ‘caravan tax’ was introduced in the budget earlier in the year, but after some determined campaigning from caravan park owners and many others in the tourism industry, they have decided to raise the VAT by just 5% instead of the planned 40%.
Obviously this is great news for anyone considering buying a caravan as a holiday home, and great news for us, because we can carry on offering superb luxury holiday homes on our Dorset park at fantastic prices.
Here are the latest caravans and luxury holiday lodges we have up for sale here at Newlands.
Sited on Plots 65 and 66, (66a already sold), we have some brand new Swift Bordeaux 35’ x 12’ caravans. They come fully fitted with modern appliances, and are situated at the top of the park with stunning countryside views.
Includes: Fridge freezer, patio area and steps
Dorset Pine Lodges
Our luxury pine lodges are situated in the leafy woodland section of the park, and offer a way to embrace the great outdoors while still enjoying all mod cons in a fully equipped modern lodge.
Price: Starting from £127,000.00
Includes: Access to holiday park facilities and club
All our holiday homes are available for use for 10 months of the year (park closes December – January). The prices quoted above include water, while gas and electric is metered. If you have any questions about the caravans or lodges mentioned above, feel free to give us call on 01297 560259. With the VAT hike now ruled out for this year, this may just be the perfect time to buy!
Family Days Out in Dorset When it’s Raining - June 7th, 2012
The English weather strikes again! We’re now in June and instead of beautiful sunny skies, the weather here in Dorset is like standing in the middle of a car wash!
Of course, just because the weather is bad, that’s no reason to waste a day of your caravan holiday stuck in your caravan or camper. We’re lucky enough to have a fine selection of indoor attractions both in Lyme Regis and nearby in Dorset which will keep you entertained while keeping you out of the rain.
What are your favourite wet weather family days out in Dorset? Head over to our holiday park facebook page and let us know.
Lyme Regis Museum
This museum is a great place to see a wide range of fossils from the Jurassic Coast, as well as learn about the world’s most famous fossil hunter – Mary Anning. Anning came from Lyme and was an early pioneer of the science of palaeontology, and Lyme Regis Museum has a permanent exhibition celebrating her extraordinary life.
The Weymouth Sealife Centre is one of Dorset’s most popular family attractions. It contains a breathtaking array of fish and sea creatures, as well as plenty of hands-on interactive learning opportunities for kids to do. This week the Sealife Centre is home to the rare Stellar Sea Eagle – only a couple of days left to catch it!
Okay, so you’ll need to be outdoors exposed to the elements for this one. The reason we mention it is because if you’re serious about finding fossils in Dorset, the best time to go looking is immediately after a period of wet, stormy weather, when the wind and rain has eroded the cliffs and hopefully revealed a new batch of prehistoric treasures just waiting to be picked up from the beach. We expect there will be a few to find after this week’s rather unpleasant weather!