A Busman’s Holiday

We are presentley on a busman’s holiday at The Laurels holiday park near Wadebridge and Padstow. Our daughter Jo and her partner Sarah manage the holiday park and do a great job of looking after the park and it’s visitors. My wife Jayne and I live at Lanyon holiday park which is in South West Cornwall a few miles south of Redruth surrounded by open countryside with sea views towards Portreath and St Ives. We bought Lanyon Park over 18 years ago and brought up our four children there, they all have had experience in working in the holiday industry and looking after our campers, customers with touring caravans and motorhomes. All of them have done a share of cleaning of our Lodges and Static caravans that we rent out.

Jo and Sarah have gone to London to visit family so Jayne and I have been working at The Laurels holiday park whilst they have been away. It has been good to fill in for the girls and meet the holidaymakers. So it has really been a “busman’s holiday” as this is what we do at Lanyon Park.

The first person I met and spoke to was a young man with his family, they had just bought a VW camper van and this was the first time they had taken it out and was on a learning curve. He was concerned that he did not have electrical supply in his campervan and was worried there may be a fault with the vehicle. I went and got the electricity checking device and found that the RCD on the electrical bollard had been switched off. A quick check, power to the device, then plugged in the lead to the campervan, hey presto, power to his campervan. A good result for all of us. We had a quick chat and it was obvious he was from the Midlands, just outside Wolverhampton, where I lived for over 20 years and pleasing to hear he is another happy Wolves fan (Wolverhampton Wanderers F C) and is also looking forward to a successful season in the English Premier league.

The Laurels holiday park is a small park around 2.5 acres with 4 holiday cottages, it is just like being in a large well-kept garden and has an abundance of shrubs, trees and flowers. It is easy to meet with the visitors here unlike Lanyon where there are 13 acres of land. Jo and Sarah are assisted by David and Pam the park wardens who help with the holiday cottages and working on the touring park. I must say they are doing a great job.

Jo has managed to persuade the local bus company that run a bus service to Padstow and Wadebridge, to stop outside the holiday park to pick up or drop off passengers. This is great for folks who have motorhomes but do not want to drive into the popular holiday resorts.

Whilst on our busman’s holiday we have taken the opportunity to explore a little of North Cornwall. We haven’t been to Polzeath or Rock or indeed any of the wonderful beaches around but have instead visited the local golf course and driving range at St Kew golf. The lady was very welcoming and allowed us to walk around part of the golf course to see what it was like as we didn’t have enough time to play a round of golf. It has 9 holes and can be played as a 9 or an 18, there is also a cafe on site. Like many golf courses the sunny warm weather has baked the ground with a lot of the grass having lost its green luster.

After visiting the golf course we went and paid a visit to James and Liz who are the park wardens at St Maybn holiday park, we met last year as St Maybn were ceasing to take touring caravans, tents or motorhome as the new owners of the holiday park are going to concentrate their business in the sale and rental of holiday lodges. James was busy gardening and had a Sthil leaf blower strapped to his back as he was tidying the park for the first meeting with one of the company’s directors at the holiday park, I hope his efforts were worthwhile and he is still employed.

I must sign off now as a late booker has just arrived with partner and young family. The sun is shining and this is a sure sign that more people with want to give their children that special camping outdoors experience. I can recall those early days myself. I suppose that is why so many people are still camping or caravanning into their later years.

Best wishes to all.



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