Verdant Leisure News

Keep updated with all the latest news from our parks

The results of our Brexit Survey are in!

Our latest poll surveyed your opinions regarding travelling after Brexit! Find out what we found out in the results published here!

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Verdant Leisure receives highest accreditation from Best Companies

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We’re delighted to announce Verdant Leisure have been awarded 3 Stars by Best Companies. The 3 Star accreditation is the highest position of recognition that a company can achieve with Best Companies, demonstrating extraordinary levels of workplace engagement and confirms that we genuine value out team.

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Riverside Leisure Park retains 4* recognition from Visit England

National tourism board, Visit England, has renewed our Riverside Leisure Park’s four-star rating following assessment during October!

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Thurston Manor receives SOLA accolade

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We’re delighted to announce that Thurston Manor Leisure Park was awarded 'highly recommended’ in the Best Holiday Park category at the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards 2019.

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We’ve introduced electric charging points at every Verdant Leisure location

We’re pleased to announce that as part of our ongoing work to help reduce our environmental impact, we have introduced electric charging points at all nine Verdant Leisure locations.

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Celebrating one year of Queensberry Bay

Holiday home on the Dumfriesshire coast at Queensberry Bay

In the past 12 months, we've taken great measures to ensure that Queensberry Bay is preserved for future generations. Find out all about what we have achieved at the park since we acquired it in October 2018.

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Have you been affected by Thomas Cook?

We're offering a shining light to those affected by the liquidation of Thomas Cook. Show your Thomas Cook confirmation to our Holidays Team and receive 15% off a holiday at our flagship park, Thurston Manor.

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We’re celebrating our 9th birthday with two fantastic giveaways!

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Verdant Leisure turns 9 on Tuesday 24th September 2019. We're celebrating our 9th birthday with a giveaway for one holiday guest and one owner at each Verdant Leisure park. Read on to find out more baout how you can enter!

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We’ve been nominated in two categories for the 2019 British Travel Awards!

We're proud to announce we've been nominated in the Best UK Family Holiday Company and Best Lodge Company categories at the prestigious 2019 British Travel Awards (BTAs).  The winners will be determined by our customers and we'd love your votes...

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We’re celebrating Vinnie’s 7th Birthday!

Create a birthday card for Vinnie!

Have a chance to win a 2-night break as part of Vinnie's Birthday Celebrations! We'd love for all his friend to get involved with our celebrations on park and on our Facebook page.

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Visit Scotland and Visit England success for Verdant Leisure Parks

Following recent Quality Assurance Visits, we're pleased to announce a string of great news for many of our parks when it comes to our tourism board ratings.

Many of our Scottish parks retained their 4-star awards from Visit Scotland, and Queensberry Bay, Verdant Leisure's most recent park, also achieved its 4-star award from Visit Scotland. Two of our English parks also retained their 5-star award from Visit England.

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Share your photos with us & we'll donate to Teenage Cancer Trust!

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This May, we're introducing a brand new Verdant Leisure hashtag #SnapToDonate.

We want our amazing customers to share their photos using the hashtag #SnapToDonate, and in turn, we'll choose up to 5 favourites each month. For each of these favourites, we'll donate £5 to our Charity of the Year Teenage Cancer Trust

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We are now a Disability Confident Employer

We are pleased to announce we are a Disability Confident Employer.

Disability Confident Employers are recognised as going the extra mile to make sure disabled people get a fair chance. We have taken the next step in the Disability Confident scheme by completing a self-assessment and committing to a number of actions and activities to recruit and retain the right people for the business.

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Pease Bay achieves Silver standard Green Tourism award

Pease Bay owners, guests and staff during just one of many beach cleans on the park

A fantastic start to 2019 as Pease Bay achieves the Silver Level of the Green Tourism award!

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Join us at the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show

We'll be exhibiting alongside leading manufacturers at the 2019 Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show. Are you heading to the show? Why not pop by and say hello?

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Pease Bay awarded Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor

Beachfront holiday park Pease Bay in Berwickshire

We are proud to announce that Pease Bay has gained the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor for 2018!

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We welcome Queensberry Bay to the Verdant Leisure Family!

We are proud to announce that we have added another fantastic park to the Verdant Leisure portfolio!

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We're finalists in the Amazon Growing Business of the Year awards!

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We have been announced as finalists in the Amazon Growing Business of the Year awards!

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Our holiday parks are ‘Going Green’

Paper straws are standard in our entertainment complexes and bars

In a bid to do our bit for the environment, we're proud to announce that all our leisure parks will stop providing single use plastic bags in entertainment complexes and shops. Our ‘Go Green’ campaign will also see all eight leisure parks in Northern England and Scotland provide only paper or biodegradable straws in on-park bars and restaurants.

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We've been announced as finalists for two UK Business Awards

We are proud to announce that we have been named as a finalist in the Customer Centric Organisation category for the 2018 UK Business Awards (UKBA). Graham Hodgson, our CEO, has also been shortlisted for the Inspirational Leader Award. This honour is just the latest in a string of award nominations for our company, after also being shortlisted for two prestigious Lloyd’s Bank Business Awards this week.

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We're a Finalist in the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

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We have been shortlisted for The Lloyds Bank Mid-Market Business of the Year Award AND The Customer Focus Award for the 2018 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards!

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We've been nominated for 2018 British Travel Award

We have been nominated for the Best UK Family Holiday Park Operator in the prestigious 2018 British Travel Awards (BTAs). The winners will be determined by our amazing holiday guests and owners, who have until 30 September to cast their vote, with the successful companies announced at the BTA Gala Awards Dinner, being held in London on 28 November 2018.

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Verdant Leisure joins Disability Confident scheme

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We have joined the UK Government Disability Confident scheme as level one Disability Confident Committed.

This nationally recognised scheme helps organisations to think differently about the recruitment, retention and development of disabled people and gives employers the support and knowledge to attract disabled talent.

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Confused about GDPR?

We know that you will be inundated with emails and social media posts about GDPR right now. We also know that you may not feel like you know enough about it, so we wanted to give you a bit of an insight.

GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation and helps protect your privacy. It means that we need you to opt in to receive communications from us regarding our exclusive offers, events and news.

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Verdant Leisure to support Teenage Cancer Trust

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We are proud to announce we will support Teenage Cancer Trust as our 2018 Charity of the Year.

We aim to raise £30,000 for the charity by hosting fundraising activities at our head office and charity open days throughout the year at all eight of our Leisure Parks.

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Verdant Leisure joins Green Tourism Scheme

We have recently joined Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification programme in the world, with the aim of achieving one of their respected awards.

A Green Tourism Award means that a business works responsibly, ethically and sustainably, contributes to its community, is reducing its impact on the environment and aims to be accessible and inclusive to all visitors and staff. Businesses that meet the required standard receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold award based on their level of achievement.

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Verdant Leisure seeks new Charity of the Year for 2018

Charity fundraising by Verdant Leisure at Tough Mudder in Cheshire

We are calling upon holiday homes owners, holiday guests and employees to help us choose our next Charity of the Year.

In 2017, we raised over £24,000 for When You Wish Upon A Star, exceeding our target of £20,000. Help us find a new Charity of the Year and exceed our target yet again!

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We add an eighth holiday park to the Verdant Family!

We are proud to announce the acquisition of our eighth leisure park! Scoutscroft Holiday Centre in the Scottish Borders is our fourth holiday park purchase in the last 18 months. Scoutscroft is just one mile from Coldingham Bay Leisure Park, our most recent park to join us just last year.

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Coldingham Bay in Berwickshire provides the perfect holiday retreat

Join us at the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show

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The popular show runs from the 8th - 11th of February at the SEC in Glasgow and showcases the latest models and widest selection of caravans and motorhomes, from the country’s leading manufacturers and dealers. The show offers customers the perfect opportunity to compare models, layouts and specifications. The event also allows consumers to discover more about holiday and leisure parks.

We hope to see customers new and old at the SEC in February, be sure to come and say hello if you see us!

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Verdant Leisure raises over £24,000 for When You Wish Upon A Star

In just seven months since announcing When You Wish Upon A Star as our Charity of the Year, We are proud to say we have raised an astonishing £24,000 - exceeding our target of £20,000. The money raised will go towards granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Staff, guests and holiday home owners at our seven leisure parks have worked together to host fundraising activities since June.

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Charity Fundraising at Thurston Manor

Pease Bay Leisure Park hosts Christmas Fair

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Pease Bay Leisure Park, in Berwickshire, raised over £338 for charity on Sunday 3rd December at their first ever Christmas Market.

At the festive market, held at the award-winning beachfront holiday park, market-goers could browse for locally produced goods at the 16 stalls including handmade scarfs, children’s clothes and Christmas wreaths. Pease Bay’s chef Jean, also baked a delicious selection of treats for the public to buy.

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We're investing £500k in Riverside Leisure Park

We are creating a new pitch development at Riverside Leisure Park! The investment work began in October 2017 and the project is due to be completed by 1st March 2018.

The new development will see our Wooler park increase in size by 38 pitches. The additional space will house 31 caravan pitches and 7 new lodge pitches.

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Our first UK Photography Competition winner has been announced!

St Abb's as taken by the winner of Verdant Leisure's Photography Competition, the perfect place to enjoy Scottish Walks

In October 2017, we hosted our first ever photography competition, the competition offered budding amateur photographers the chance to have their images published in our 2018/2019 brochure.

In each of the five categories, one winner was carefully selected by a panel of judges including The Scottish Sun’s Travel Editor, Heather Lowrie and our very own Graham Hodgson. Fans of our Facebook page also voted for their favourites.

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 Win a Vinnie, Super Vinnie or Violet cuddly toy!

We're excited to announce the launch of our brand new Vinnie, Super Vinnie and Violet cuddly toys. These toys are bigger and better than their predecessor, and can be picked up in Reception at any of our parks now!

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Meet Vinnie, Super Vinnie and Violet, our new mascot cuddly toys!

 Be a part of our Unique UK Photography Competition

Explore the Durham Dales when you visit Kingfisher

We are offering budding amateur photographers the chance to have their images published in our 2018/2019 brochure with our unique scenic photography competition. Winners will also be awarded holidays at one of our holiday parks.

The competition launch follows our 2017 survey showing that the UK’s coastline and countryside is so stunning, it led Brits to think they were looking at photos of exotic foreign climes!

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 New doggy lodge for Thurston Manor

Allow your pet to relax in comfort on the decking of our doggy lodge at Thurston Manor

We have launched a new type of lodge especially for customers with four-legged friends. The Doggy Lodge, situated in the Lakeside area of Thurston Manor, comes equipped with everything needed to enjoy a stay with your pet pooch, from dog beds to water bowls, leads and more. What's more, the artwork and furnishings provide a beautiful finishing touch for any dog owner.

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Introducing Violet

Meet Violet, our brand new female mascot and new best friend to Vinnie. Holiday home owners and guests were invited to vote on our social media chanels for the new character’s name, with a choice of Violet, Verdie and Velvet.

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We have raised £488 for Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Guests at our Riverside Leisure Park based in the north of England have generously raised £488 for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

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We have raised over £730 for Scottish Wildlife Trust

Guests at three of our Scottish based parks have generously raised over £730 for the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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 Kingfisher Leisure Park raises £1,200 for a new park defibrillator

During the Easter weekend, holiday home owners at our Kingfisher Leisure Park in County Durham raised £1,200 for a new park defibrillator.

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Our Customer Testimonials

Here’s what some of our happy customers have to say.
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This was our third visit to Coldingham in just over a year, the first time we stopped in a cottage and we fell in love with the village and it's bay. We returned just 3 months later and stopped in Coldingham Bay Leisure Park and were really impressed with what the place had to offer, the park is so well maintained and tidy, the bar is lovely and the staff are all so friendly.

Mr Smith, Coldingham Bay

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Had a great time everything was included at no extra cost staff very helpful will certainly use this park again.

Mr Croft , Riverside

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This is one of the best holidays we have had as a family. The park was lovely, the staff were friendly, helpful and great with the kids. The caravan was possibly the best we have ever stayed in. Overall, it was brilliant value for money, and we will definitely be back!

Mrs Wilce , Riverside

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Had a wonderful stay, caravans were top quality with all the extra frills. Children had an excellent time. Thought the entertainment for the kids in the evening was brilliant.

Mrs McBeath, Pease Bay

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Just returned from another excellent holiday at Thurston Manor with our Grandchildren. Thurston Manor has an excellent bar and restaurant and food is very good, a particular favourite of my wife and myself was the apple and strawberry crumble with ice cream. There are numerous beaches within easy access of Thurston Manor and a favourite of our Grandchildren was Cove with Thorntonloch a close second.

Mr Pateson , Thurston Manor

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Five of us (2 grandparents, one son and two grandchildren aged 7 and 5) spent 6 days at Pease Bay in a 6 berth caravan. The caravan was virtually brand new with excellent facilities and equipment which more than suited our needs. There was a designated parking space for the car and a picnic table directly outside the caravan. The area around the caravan and throughout the site was very well maintained. The beach is very clean and safe with rock pools to explore and plenty of space for games, swimming etc...The site is in a beautiful location and we found it quiet and safe and just right for our family trip. We would certainly go again.

Mrs Craig , Pease Bay

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We were very surprised to get a new caravan, as we wanted a wheelchair and dog friendly one. It was very nice to have a gate at the bottom of the ramp so we could have the door open and our dog could not wander off, thank you.

Mrs Cowan, Pease Bay

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Excellent Lodge, spotlessly clean and well maintained. Staff all friendly and helpful.

Ms Dixon , Riverside

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From start to finish our holiday was fantastic. Nothing was too much for the team. Restaurant was excellent and great value for money. The surrounding grounds were beautiful and the park was great for the kids. Will be returning as I enjoyed my stay so much.

Mrs Houston, Heather View

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Nice clean caravan had everything we needed.

Mr Stothard, Queensberry Bay

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We're celebrating our 8th birthday with a huge holiday giveaway

On Monday 24th September we will celebrate eight years of spectacular family holidays in the North of England and Scotland. To commemorate the anniversary, we will give eight of our lucky social media followers the chance to win a family holiday.

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