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Only 15 days to go! - February 21st, 2018

We hope everyone has been enjoying the lovely weather over the last couple of days! It’s giving a real summer feel to Dorset and making us even more excited for the season to begin. We open our doors on Friday 9th March this season. There is still some availability all over- Caravans, Apartments and Touring Pitches. Search our availability here and join us for the first weekend!

Around the Park everyone is busy continuing work on the improvements we’ve been making over the closed period.

James has been making the most of the sunshine  and is paving the outdoor Doggy Dining Area which is outside reception. Once this is completed we will be bringing in tables and chairs and completing the last of the finishing touches with lighting, planters and hedging which will run along the top of the cladding.

      

Our Spar shop has been refitted with new shelving and chillers… We even have Spar Radio this season so you can dance along while picking up those essentials! Mark has had his first sets of deliveries and is beavering away getting the variety of products we stock into place and on display.

The new Sales Office we mentioned in our ‘A New Year Catch Up’ post is starting to look like a real office, miles away from the chip shop it used to be. You can see this on our Instagram page through the Mobile App, check out our story highlights in the ‘Newlands’ bubble.

Bar Manager Steve and Wendy are back onsite after a lovely Winter break. They have been joined by Zoe this week to start bringing the complex and bar back to its normal appearance and preparing stock orders ready for the season.

We’ve had deliveries! 8 Brand new caravans have been delivered on site, with 1 left to come. These are our 2018 Willerby Rio Gold Caravans which have replaced some of the older units on the lower rows.

During Half Term  various members of staff from across the Park took part in a 3 day First Aid For Work Course with Exe Solutions Training. For some of our staff this was the first time they had taken part in First Aid training and for others it was a good experience to top up their knowledge and skills ready for our upcoming season. Everyone enjoyed themselves and have come away with even more confidence for if we are ever faced with an emergency.

      

 

Do you have a couple nights free in March and want to take a trip down to Dorset for a weekend? Fancy a family trip to see #Dippyontour at The Dorset County Museum or a weekend fossiling on Charmouth Beach with The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre maybe? Well we currently have a 2 night special on for Saturday 24th March, departing on the 26th only £149.00! The Offer is available for 6 berth caravans and 4 berth apartments.
Hurry though these are sure to be snapped up quickly! Click here to find out more.

If you really needed anymore persuasion to spend the weekend in Dorset, check out this fantastic video taken on the 20th February by I Love Lyme Regis.

Remember to keep up to date with daily posts on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages as we draw closer to opening!

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Charmouth’s Sea Dragon and Dippy the Dinosaur! - January 19th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last couple of weeks the Jurassic Coast has been hitting the headlines and appearing all over our TVs. Chris Moore and his team were working with Sir David Attenborough on Lyme Regis beach and in the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre discovering the Ichthyosaur, Sea Dragon!

UPDATE: on 8th November 2018 Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre announced on Twitter that the Sea Dragon display will be staying for another year! Their winter team have been busy putting together the missing skull that artist Darrell Wakelam helped the centre make in the Summer. Remember the centre has free entry and is currently on winter hours when they are open Friday to Monday 10:30am – 4:00pm. The display is fantastic at the Centre, providing lots of information on the Sea Dragon. Throughout the Heritage Coast Centre there are also many other displays of fossils found on our coastline.
They have tools you are able to hire and there are also adult and children’s fossil hunting backpacks full of information, tools and safety equipment you can buy to take out on the beach after you have seen the displays. Fancy finding your own Sea Dragon or other creatures? Have a look here for fossil finding details.

You can still catch the TV program that documented the discovery and evacuation of the fossil on the BBC IPlayer, which aired on the 7th January, available to watch until the 13th February 2018.
Over the news there has also been a lot of articles with more details about the discovery and Charmouth’s team working with Sir David Attenborough. Follow this link here to read up on the Telegraphs write up… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/articles/david-attenborough-interview/
As the BBC worked on this program they also featured the grand opening of the Sea Dragon on the BBC South Today, the grand opening of which Sir David Attenborough was a surprise special guest for!

At Newlands, we are only a stone throw away from Charmouth Beach and Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, both providing the perfect day out or place for a morning walk in the Dorset sunshine. Check out on our website availability for the upcoming season so plan your Sea Dragon holidays! http://www.newlandsholidays.co.uk/Bookings

 

You may have seen on Facebook or Twitter that Dippy the Diplodocus will be travelling from the Natural History Museum around the UK. Follow #Dippyontour to keep up with the travels! Dippy will be making the first stop in, you’ve guested it, Dorset! Dorset Country Museum will be holding the Full display from 10th February to 7th May 2018. On Sunday 11th February the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre will have a display for the day of the Skull of Dippy to see. It will feature alongside Charmouth’s very own dinosaur the Scelidosaur!
A quote from Museum Dinosaur Research Paul Barrett, ‘Dippy would have recognised many of the same kinds of plants and animals that were also present in Jurassic Dorset. Cousins of Dippy roamed all over the area leaving their fossilised bones and footprints behind.’
Have a look on the Natural History Museum for full tour dates and see the CHCC (Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre) and DCM (Dorset Country Museum) Twitter pages for more detail on the displays they will be holding!

 

If you do have Twitter or Facebook follow us to keep up to date with all the details of what is happening around Charmouth… anymore Sea Dragons we may discover!

 

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