We were proud to be a finalist in this years Cumbria Tourism Holiday Park of the Year Award.
Great to receive this accolade for the second year running. They said:
This outstanding site is a regular in our Top 100 Sites Guide, and with good reason: the facilities here are fantastic, and many of you told us that you return time and again.
There’s plenty to keep guests of all ages occupied during their stay – from the wonderful children’s play area, to the bar and restaurant serving good food – but it’s also a tremendously peaceful place, with plenty of wildlife attracted by the park’s decision to leave its grounds as natural as possible. While you’re staying, keep an eye out for buzzards, deer, swallows and more – as well as Chester, the site’s tabby cat!
With Windermere right on your doorstep, there’s plenty to entertain you in the nearby area, too.
Highlights of this beautiful region include the Gummer How Viewpoint, the market town of Kendal and the outdoor activity centre at Rookin House.
Here’s what you said when voting for the Top 100 Sites Guide:
“Fantastic bar and restaurant with amazing food. This is without a shadow of a doubt the best campsite that I have stayed at in the UK. For me it is a five-star campsite and its location makes a perfect base to explore the beautiful Lake District.”
“Beautiful views, a spotless site and great toilet and shower facilities – the best I’ve seen! The restaurant food was very good, too.”
“Very pretty location and the site was well-run. Always lots of friendly staff available to answer any questions and give advice. The restaurant looked very nice.”
VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2017 with Park Cliff named as a finalist. The winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Monday 24 April at the Hilton Waldorf, London.
Working collaboratively with industry, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best in English tourism.
Park Cliffe was announced as a finalist today, represents one of the three finalists in the Holiday Park of the Year Award in England. All finalists must wait until the Awards ceremony to discover whether they have won an award.
VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “The Awards shine a spotlight on an industry driven by the highest-calibre people and organisations who deliver unforgettable experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world-class destination and driving the economic benefits of tourism across the regions.”
“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England. We received over 600 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt that the finalists represent the very best in the industry. I’d like to congratulate all finalists and wish them the very best of luck.”
The fantastic level of facilities and the warm welcome that you’ll receive at Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Estate resulted in us winning this category for 2015, and we do so again this year – hundreds of you told Practical Caravan how much you loved your stay here.
Here’s what you said when voting for the Top 100 Sites Guide 2016:
“The staff were extremely helpful and friendly; nothing was too much trouble for them. If we had a complaint, it was dealt with immediately. If we had a question, it was answered quickly and in as much detail as possible. The facilities were of a very high standard, and there were plenty of them, which was much appreciated.”
“We are returning visitors to Park Cliffe and this site never disappoints! The facilities are excellent and always spotless, the staff are friendly, welcoming and accommodating and, as a result, our holiday is always enjoyable whatever the weather. We were very impressed with the takeaway options from the restaurant.”
The Quality Rose is the mark of England’s official, nationwide quality assessment scheme and is an independent, reliable, impartial assessment of quality covering just about every type of place you might want to stay.
The AA annually inspects caravan parks, the inspector’s visit is unannounced and parks are then classified from one to five pennants according to the range of facilities and the quality of the landscapes they offer. Park Cliffe has been awarded 5 gold pennants and was also awarded the AA North West Campsite of the Year in 2009.
The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK. One of the first comments David made about the scheme remains true today: “My dream is to upgrade all caravan parks up to some sort of conservation status so that they can educate the visiting public and help them respect and care for the countryside.” www.bellamyparks.co.uk
This scheme ensures that you will receive a warm welcome and the park has facilities suitable for families, such as:
Caravan hire accommodation – cot and highchair available on request
Nappy bin for disposal in public area changing facility
Refrigeration facilities available upon request
Baby food / nappies available for purchase
Children’s toys /books / DVD’s available
Childrens meals available in our restaurant
We’re thrilled to announce that Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate has been selected again for a Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews we’ve earned on TripAdvisor. Thank you to all our lovely guests.
Park Cliffe is delighted to have been designated as a ‘Bee Friendly Park ‘, in association with the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.
Park Cliffe is doing our bit to help by planting ‘bee friendly’ plants, which not only helps the environment, but makes the park look beautiful too. A list of suitable plants is available at www.bbka.org.uk/learn/gardening_for-bees so everyone with a garden, or even just a few planters, can do their bit to help
The decline of the Bumble Bees is of great concern, as it is well-known that bumblebees are great pollinators, and therefore have a key role in producing much of the food that we eat. Through the pollination of many commercial crops such as tomatoes, peas, apples and strawberries, insects are estimated to contribute over £400 million per annum to the UK economy and €14.2 billion per annum to the EU economy. If bumblebee and other insect pollinator declines continue, the extremely high cost of pollinating these plants by other means could significantly increase the cost of fruit and vegetables.
Bumblebees also help pollinate many wildflowers, allowing them to reproduce. Without this pollination many of these plants would not produce seeds, resulting in declines in wildflowers. As these plants are often the basis of complex food chains, it is easy to imagine how other wildlife such as other insects, birds and mammals would all suffer if bees disappeared.
Park Cliffe was invited to join the Cool Camping guide listing the best campsites and camping grounds in England, Scotland, Wales and France.
The England’s Northwest Tourism Awards recognise excellence within the tourism industry and reward both group and individual achievement over the past year.
2009 celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence. Promoting the best places to visit and stay in England, all the winners showcased the very highest standards of customer service and product.
Park Cliffe beat over 100 other holiday parks in the Lake District to take the Holiday Park of the Year accolade in the 2011 Cumbria Tourism Awards. Announced in July, it means that Park Cliffe will now go on to represent Cumbria in the national ‘Enjoy England Awards’ early next year. What makes the Cumbria Tourism award particularly satisfying to win was the emphasis put by judges on the quality of service provided by staff. When it was ‘mystery shopped’ as part of the judging process, the park’s team earned glowing commendations for friendliness, caring attitude, and desire to help guests.
Helping visitors to enjoy a truly colourful stay in Cumbria has won Park Cliffe three top prizes in the 2018 Cumbria in Bloom awards.
Our family-run business scooped gold accolades in the holiday parks, best in district, and overall tourism categories of the closely-fought annual contest.
Park Cliffe, said the judges, had created a colourful, creative and superbly designed floral setting which is bound to enhance the pleasure of holiday guests.
Cumbria in Bloom is a charitable organisation whose aim is the promotion, improvement and understanding of horticulture, floriculture and environmental issues for the benefit of the inhabitants of Cumbria. Roger our Groundsman, and the Park Cliffe team work hard to keep the park looking “blooming” lovely for both residents and visitors. The annual competition began in the late 1980s and the tourism industry is recognized with a special Cumbria Tourist Board category.
Park Cliffe won a Highly Commended Award in the Caravan Holiday Park category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012 Ceremony. A Highly Commended Award is a considerable achievement and recognises Excellence in Tourism in England. Park Cliffe was presented with the Highly Commended Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on the 22 May 2012 at Athena, an art deco gem located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter. Commenting on the Award James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “It is a great achievement to win a Highly Commended Award in a year of record, high quality applications. The award places Park Cliffe in the top five businesses for excellence in their category in England.”
The ‘5 in 5’ Wildflower Habitat initiative has seen the David Bellamy award scheme assessors working with parks to highlight the importance of wild flowers and habitats and to look at ways to boost their value for wildlife. This is the second initiative in five habitat badges that can be won by a David Bellamy awarded park, introduced in 2017.
We are the proud winners of the coveted 2016 Cumbria Tourism Holiday Park of the Year Award! Presented at a glittering “Oscars” style awards ceremony, the award recognises the quality of the park and the enthusiasm and professionalism of the team there.
Here at Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate we’re working to protect our stunning upland landscape and to support our wonderful wildlife through The Lake District Foundation’s (formally Nurture Lakeland) Visitor Giving scheme. We hope you’ve had such a great time with us that you’ll feel inspired to give a little something back to help look after this wonderful place, to keep it special today, tomorrow and right into the future. When you book online direct with us, you will be given the option to make a small donation to our chosen project – Fix the Fells. Please help us to reach our fundraising targets and support this great cause. Thank you so much for your support.
To find out more about The Lake District Foundation and Fix the Fells visit http://www.lakedistrictfoundation.org
Fix the Fells
The spectacular Lake District landscape is a paradise for walkers attracting 10 million visitors each year. But 10 million pairs of booted feet are not without their impact. In fact they leave a significant imprint on the magnificent, yet surprisingly fragile mountain environment. Erosion caused by feet (and rain!) leads to large scars developing in the landscape. Eroded paths are not only unsightly, they also lead to habitat loss, water pollution and damage to rare species in the area.
Skilled craftsmen and hundreds of volunteers carry out essential repair work to rebuild and maintain the most badly eroded footpaths. Community engagement and education of those who use the upland fells is also a vital strand of the project to ensure long-term sustainability of uplands promoting access for all. The success of this project relies on donations; please donate whatever you can to help preserve this fragile landscape.
Green Tourism Bronze Award – Parks are assessed against a rigorous set of criteria, covering energy/water efficiency, waste management & biodiversity.
Introduced in 2017, the ‘5 in 5’ Hedgerow Habitat initiative has seen the David Bellamy award scheme assessors working with parks to highlight the importance of hedges and to look at ways to boost their value for wildlife. The hedgerows initiative is the first of five habitat badges that can be won by a David Bellamy awarded park.