Investment in future of Croyde holiday park

A Croyde Holiday Village which once housed American GIs during World War II is now catering for new generations of holidaymakers after �2.1 million of investment. In the past five years, Croyde Bay Holiday Village has seen huge investment, with 40 per cen

A Croyde Holiday Village which once housed American GIs during World War II is now catering for new generations of holidaymakers after �2.1 million of investment.

In the past five years, Croyde Bay Holiday Village has seen huge investment, with 40 per cent of its traditional accommodation replaced by modern self-catering units, while the past winter has seen completion of a new �600,000 amenities building housing a restaurant, bar, pool and conference centre.

Now there are hopes to expand the complex further, by constructing a �2 million, 54-room hotel next to the main building, giving another 100 bed spaces, taking the total to 450.

General manager Steve Willis said the next phase was already in the design stage and it was anticipated it would happen in the next couple of years, subject to planning permission.


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"That would give us the option of staying open all year," he said. "At the moment we employ 85 people on a seasonal basis, so with this we would hope to increase permanent staff positions by 20-30 all year around.

"The recent work was carried out by Graham Clarke Builders of Hartland, who always works within strict deadlines to allow us to be ready for the season."

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The Holiday Village is owned by public sector union UNISON and was originally opened in 1937 when the organisation was known as NALGO, to provide union members with somewhere to go on holiday.

"There was always some dispute as to what came first, this or Butlins and Pontins," said Steve.

"It was used by the US Army during the war and when we carried out the recent rebuilding work, we found some old army newspapers which were presented to Braunton Museum."

Nowadays, while Croyde Bay is still popular with UNISON members, it is also available as a holiday destination for everyone.

"We're even finding that people from the local area are coming here for short breaks or even just a night, to get away from it all and we are amazed at the success of that," said Steve.

Out of season the conference market is beginning to boom and the new amenities building has two conference rooms which can accommodate 300 people each.

Find out more at www.croydeunision.co.uk.

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