British Campsite of the Year crowned by the AA

A Romany caravan at South Lytchett Manor

The AA has crowned its British Campsite of the Year winner in awards that are dubbed the Oscars of the holiday parks industry.

South Lytchett Manor in Dorset took the title to become the top destination for caravanners, motorhome owners, campers and glampers in the UK.

The site, which is run by Joanne and David Bridgen, won both the England and overall categories in the AA’s 2021 Caravan and Camping Awards.

Holiday parks are judged by guest reviews and an anonymous visit by inspectors to determine how their offerings match up to others across the country.

Everything from facilities and services to the level of hospitality on offer are taken into consideration and South Lytchett Manor scored a platinum standard in each area.

Ms Bridgen said: “We are so proud to be able to bring this title home to Dorset, and I hope it will help throw the national spotlight on all tourism businesses in the county.

“The AA award is particularly special to us because the judging is based not just on our quality standards, but also the experience which guests enjoy during their stay.

“Providing happy holiday memories has always been our main priority, and our friendly and helpful team here deserve a big vote of thanks for helping us achieve this.”

The accolade can be added to a wide selection of awards and accreditations the park has won this year from a variety of sources.

South Lytchett Manor Holiday Park welcomes touring caravans, motorhomes and tents, as well as offering Romany caravans, cosy shepherd’s huts and six new glamping pods.

It is a member of the Best of British group, which oversees 50 independently-run sites across the country.

South Lytchett Manor is open for stays throughout November and December, enabling visitors to enjoy the Dorset countryside and nearby Jurassic Coast during the low season.