Four stars is first for revamped holiday park

The Ocean Edge team with assistant manager Vicki Jones holding the new plaque.
The Ocean Edge team with assistant manager Vicki Jones holding the new plaque.

A holiday park in Heysham has achieved its first ever four-star rating from national tourist board, VisitEngland.

Ocean Edge Holiday and Leisure Park, operated by South Lakeland Parks, has been awarded the prestigious four stars for the first time in its history.

VisitEngland assessors were particularly impressed with the hard work of park manager Jonathon Hodson and all his staff to raise quality in a number of essential areas over the past couple of years.

Particular attention was paid to the “excellent level of upgrades noted this year, including new toilets, showers and changing rooms, plus fire points and lighting.”

In the last three years, despite the challenging economic climate, Ocean Edge has had half a million pounds of improvements carried out including new low energy on-park street lighting; extensive upgrading to toilet, shower and changing areas as well as the refurbishment of the children’s play area and cafe; and new bus shelters. They also offer complementary bus travel into Morecambe town centre.

The main complex at Ocean Edge has been refurbished to add a new sauna and disabled access to the swimming pool and changing areas, and some of the park’s pitches have also been redeveloped.

Mr Hodson said: “Ocean Edge has got to be one of the best places in the area to visit or to have a holiday home.”

Nigel Wimpenny, managing director of South Lakeland Parks, of which Ocean Edge is one of nine parks, said: “Jonathon and his team should be very proud of all their efforts, and this extra star is testament to that.

“In today’s competitive industry, we know that four stars are not easy to attain. I’m so pleased to say that Ocean Edge will now become the eighth of our nine parks to have a minimum of a four-star rating.

“Holidaymakers and holiday homeowners can rest assured that they will receive first class service, excellent value for money, and enjoy first class facilities when staying on Ocean Edge.”