A West Cumbrian caravan park has invested in new accommodation after it was deluged with requests from holidaymakers.
Harbour Side Caravan Site, in Maryport, has introduced three new camping pods and almost tripled its number of pitches for the 2021 season.
Pauline Gorley, general manager of Maryport Harbour and Marina, which owns and operates the caravan park, said: “We realised there was potential for more caravan and motorhome pitches, as well as the new camping pods, because we had so many enquiries from visitors who wanted to stay here.”
The new camping pods include a double bed, seating area, fridge, microwave and outdoor picnic area.
Ghyll House Upholstery, based at Mealsgate, near Cockermouth, created the cushions for the seating and beds in the pods which can accommodate two adults, and up to two small children.
The camping pods are set to open to guests from May 17 in line with the Government’s easing of lockdown restrictions.
Caravan and motorhome pitches opened to visitors on April 12, with the whole site currently being landscaped ahead of the full reopening next month.
The Harbour Side Caravan Site has increased its number of motorhome and caravan pitches for the 2021 season from 10 to 28, and built a new amenity block, with a pot wash room, individual toilet and showers and a disabled/family wet room.
A cafe, due to open last year but delayed due to the pandemic is due to open in late May.
Pauline said: “We want visitors to make the most of their visit to Maryport by eating out, shopping locally and visiting the town’s attractions such as the Lake District Coast Aquarium, the Maryport Maritime Museum, and the Senhouse Roman Museum.
The expansion of the caravan park was part-funded by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.