Cumbria park looks to re-imagine the staycation

Henry Wild wants to see a change to touring come the 2021 season

By Emma Dodd

Looking ahead into 2021, the boss of one Cumbrian caravan site is determined to tackle the challenges of a post-Covid world in a positive manner.

Henry Wild, who is the director of Skelwith Fold Caravan Park in the Lake District, is using the winter months and renewed lockdown situation to make changes to the site.

He is throwing out the rule book and swapping traditional ways of doing things with innovative solutions to modern-day issues so visitors can have the best possible holiday experience when Skelwith Fold reopens to the public.

No area of the business has been neglected in Mr Wild’s grand plans, with everything from eco-friendly buildings to an exciting forest trail for youngsters being brought to fruition.

He said: “The old order has now changed forever, and holiday providers are no exception to the need for re-examining how we go about our business.”

The family-owned caravan park has learned from experience in 2020 and is ensuring that all development work takes the need for greater distance between guests into consideration.

Located in an area of incredible natural beauty, Skelwith Fold Caravan Park will be doing its bit to preserve the environment going forward.

Mr Wild explained how the new three-storey extension to its reception and office building will achieve this vision.

He said: “The building also recognises the importance of clean energy, which is why we are installing high-efficiency solar panels and an air source heat pump to reduce our carbon footprint.”

One of the main aims for the site going forward is to make it a go-to destination for families keen to enjoy the great outdoors.

A £150,000 play zone was installed at the caravan park last year and the new additions being built this winter will increase its pulling power for younger guests further.

Mr Wild said: “It will be great fun, but once again draws on lessons learned that being outdoors in the fresh air and staying active is one of the best tonics for physical and mental wellbeing.”