The Christmas season has officially started in Somerset

All lit up: guests take part in a friendly competition to see who can magic up the most sparkling caravan

By William Coleman

The end of the national lockdown is here and a family-run Somerset park is pulling the Christmas crackers in celebration as they officially kick off the 2020 festive season.

The Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park has now officially reopened and the owners are planning to make it Britain’s most Christmassy place to stay.

The Betton family has run the multi-award winning park for over 20 years. This Christmas, Keith Betton is expecting the site’s festive display to be more hotly anticipated than ever (a sentiment we agree with, having seen the large number of houses going all out with their decorations this early into December).

As of now, both Bath city and Chew Valley are in Tier 2, which alongside the park’s COVID-secure gradings by the AA and Visit England, provides assurance for guests wanting to enjoy a Christmas break.

Looking forward to welcoming guests, Keith said: “Visitors bring their motorhomes and caravans from across the country to join in the festive fun and great atmosphere.

“We even hold a competition for the best-decorated unit, and some guests go to amazing lengths to outshine their neighbours in a spirit of friendly rivalry.

“This year will definitely top last Christmas, as we now have two luxury lodges for hire, which will be decked inside and out with all the sparkle of the season.”

Following the end of July’s lockdown, business at Bath Chew Valley has been monumental, despite running at a lower capacity to ensure social distancing measures were followed.

Those looking for a quieter stay will enjoy this site as it is an adult-only park, which is spread over four acres of pristine landscaped grounds that feature dog exercising areas and a woodland conservation trail.

Following a month of staying home, Keith firmly believes his site is the perfect remedy for post-lockdown holiday anxieties. With an abundance of fresh air, woodland and closeness to nature, you’ll find all you need to clear your head and get back to being outside and having great holidays.

“We have many bookings now for Christmas, the New Year and well into 2021, so we are naturally very optimistic about the long-term prospects for the park,” commented Keith, who also serves as a director on the board of the Best of British caravan, camping and holiday parks group.

“Everyone here is dreaming of a bright Christmas, and we can’t wait to see guests arrive and set up their units!”

As 2020 draws to a close, it’s important to start looking at the small things we can all do to remove the likely shadow this year will leave, and slowly get back to normality. Go to sites, enjoy nature, stay safe and, most of all, do your best to enjoy the world we have.