With the kids heading back to school this week, we asked holiday parks in North Devon how the summer season has been for them.

Holiday parks in North Devon have experienced a bumper summer season, despite the mixed weather.

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks recorded the best ever June and July, Easter and May half terms.

Kevin Darvill, sales and marketing director, said the pound's exchange rate and investments in the parks helped with the rise in bookings.

Despite a dip during the General Election, he said: "That was all made up for by particularly strong late bookings, up nine per cent on last year and a whopping 30 per cent on two years previously, when we had no elections or referendums to worry about."

Mr Darvill said late bookers looked for all-weather activities and demand had been high for luxury-end features.

He said autumn was looking up, and early bookings for next year were further ahead than ever.

"We've just placed our biggest ever order for new caravans with 152 brand new West Country surf themed models to help meet the demand for high quality, unique accommodation," he added.

It was also a good summer for Croyde Bay Holiday Resort.

Spokesman Simon Willis said: "We have had another great year, matching last year which was hard to improve on.

"Generally over the last few years we have seen a increase in guests booking later-and-later and whilst it was the same this year in terms of late enquiries, our self-catering accommodation had sold out well in advance of summer meaning we were having to turn a lot of people away.

"We don't do set breaks or have a minimum stay in our hotel or self catering which I think has helped bookings over the past couple of seasons, as it gives guests flexibility."

Lee Woodward, a director at Ilfracombe Holiday Park, said the park's first season had been a good one, but a 'learning curve'.

He said: "The numbers side of it is very good, but we want the venue to blow people away when they get here.

"We want the best venue that not only locals can come and use but also to make sure holidaymakers see that North Devon is really on the map.

"We had a great year business-wise and next year we are going to double it. In the winter we are investing massively in the venue, accommodation and leisure facilities."

This year the park has had just under 20,000 guests visiting since March, and the occupancy levels during the summer season averaged at 74 per cent.