Welsh caravan site website crashes as parks reopen

Gower Peninsula
Gower Peninsula

Tuesday, 28, Jul 2020 01:09

By Emma Dodd

A caravan park in Wales saw 300 bookings being taken in just 24 hours and its website crash after the sites in the country were allowed to reopen.

Three Cliffs Holiday Park in Gower is now full until September, as Brits turn to staycations to salvage something of the summer.

The family-run site has been rated five stars by VisitWales and is usually popular from May through to September, with its enviable position on the Wales Coastal Path.

It reopened to the public on July 25th and has seen unprecedented demand for pitches, with the owners needing to deploy an extra member of staff to take bookings over the phone.

Thomas Beynon, owner of Three Cliffs, told WalesOnline he and his team had spent lockdown considering the best ways to reopen safely when the time was right.

Among the measures they have put in place are plastic screens at reception and on the counter in the shop; hand sanitiser points and social distancing signs; and more frequent cleaning of the showers, toilets and washing up facilities.

Mr Beynon said: "We're fully booked right up to September. The feedback we've had so far has been really good and people are reassured with all the measures we've put in place."

The Gower Peninsula was recently named the top place in the UK for a socially distanced staycation in money.co.uk's 2020 Safecation Report.

Visitors to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can expect to find sandy beaches; walking routes, including the Wales Coast Path and the Gower Way; and local delicacies like cockles and laverbread.

Alison Hutchings, a teacher from Monmouth, is currently enjoying a stay at Three Cliffs with her family.

She said: "I haven't noticed too much of a difference from our usual stay here, we've been coming for years. As you can see - there is plenty of space for social distancing.

"I've got five other camping trips planned over the summer to keep us busy."

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