Owners of a picturesque Welsh border caravan holiday home park invited children and teachers from the local primary school to pay a visit during Wales Tourism Week.
Pupils of Brynhafren Primary School, Crew Green, between Welshpool and Shrewsbury, spent the morning at Seven Oaks Holiday Home Park where they were given a guided tour before enjoying a picnic in May sunshine yesterday (Thursday).
The 119-pitch park is owned by caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure and the company’s managing director Mark Bebb and marketing manager Ed Glover joined park managers Ron and Margaret Brace in welcoming the school party.
Mr Bebb spoke to the children about the aims of Wales Tourism Week and the importance of tourism to the Welsh economy. He explained that the five star park is popular with people living in the West Midlands who like to escape from urban areas to relax in the beautiful countryside of Mid Wales.
He explained that the school and the park had a longstanding relationship, as pupils had planted the first seven oaks there when it opened and then returned to plant more oaks on a new section a few years ago. The trees are now well established.
Most caravan holiday homes and lodges on the 40-acre park have views of the River Severn and are bordered by mature trees, banks of shrubs and immaculately kept grass down to the riverside.
River fishing is available and there are two coarse fishing lakes for the exclusive use of owners. Non anglers can relax on one of the many benches dotted around the lake and enjoy watching the abundant wildlife, including a nesting swan.
The park’s facilities include a dedicated reception, laundry, a state-of-the-art fitness suite, crown green bowling green complete with pavilion and pitch and putt golf.
Mr Bebb said: “Tourism is one of the major employment sectors in Wales and it’s absolutely vital that we engage with young people and make them aware of the exciting career opportunities that are available within the industry.
“It’s great to welcome a group of such inquisitive and well behaved young people to the park during Wales Tourism Week.”
Brynhafren Pirmary School’s acting headteacher Sam Rees said: “It has been a fantastic experience for the children in such beautiful surroundings. The staff are very informative and knowledgeable.
“We have not studied tourism as a subject in school for a few years and it’s something we will consider thus summer or in September. It would be nice to come back to the park to see how it looks through the different seasons.”