The recent Government announcement of Lockdown 2 is set to close holiday parks for the second time in a year. Prior to the announcement Sanderson Weatherall had already noted the exceptional work of park owners and operators across the industry who have already stepped up the challenge and done a superb job reopening parks and businesses in what has been a very challenging period for all. The second closure may be less critical as it avoids the peak summer season, and some parks will have already closed, however, if the lockdown is extended further it may impact on the lucrative festive trade.
After the first reopening in July 2020 the hard work has paid dividends with the majority of operators reporting extremely robust and brisk trade with strong occupancy and bookings across all accommodation types from tents, tourers and glamping units to statics and exclusive lodges. Undoubtedly this has in part been driven by a huge pent up demand from holidaymakers finally being able to take a holiday after enduring a lengthy lockdown, though we consider it is also reflective of the fact that our holiday and caravan parks offers a very attractive option for ‘open air’ holiday in spacious and beautiful surroundings, a pre-requisite for a safe holiday environment. We are aware there have been issues to mitigate with many parks unable to offer the full range of services and amenities that would ordinarily be provided including the restricted operation of bars, entertainment and leisure facilities, although it is clear that this does not appear to have dampened demand.