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5th March 2016 | National News, Park News, Regional News

Hidden Treasures: This One Is for You History Buffs out There!

With so many of our holiday parks located in enchanting settings all over the UK, we were keen to discover the fascinating past behind each and every one of them! From famous people to ancient places and facts we were sure to discover some relics.

And so we’ve lovingly unearthed some of our favourite historic treasures to share…

A view fit for a Queen

A short drive from Tummel Valley Holiday Park is the stunning Queen’s View, take a short walk from the car park to discover some of the most incredible panoramic views in Scotland. A popular destination even in Victorian times, it’s believed that Queen’s View was named after Queen Victoria who did, in fact, visit in 1866. However, it is more widely believed to have been named after Queen Isabella, the 14th century wife of Robert the Bruce who used the spot as a resting place on her travels.

tummel queens view

The Sands of Speed

The seven mile stretch of stunning beach called Pendine Sands manages to impress once more. In the early 1900s the beach was used as a venue for motor races and in 1924 Malcolm Campbell was the first person to use the beach for a land speed record attempt. The land speed record has been broken here a total of four times and most recently in May 2015 when the award-winning actor Idris Elba broke the record for the ‘Flying Mile’. Visitors can now enjoy the racing history at the Pendine Museum of Speed.


Island Mystery

The spectacular Burgh Island can be seen from Challaborough Bay Holiday Park, this mysterious small island was made famous by Agatha Christie who used it as the inspiration for many stories including the Soldier Island, the setting of her novel And Then There Were None.


A village time forgot

Tyneham Village not far from Sandford Holiday Park is a ghost village evacuated during WWII. It has been deserted ever since. The villagers of Tyneham left their homes believing that one day they would be able to return, sadly this was never the case. Although time has taken a toll on the village, the church and school now remain intact and now house fascinating exhibitions open to the public.


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