The Lookout from Ladram – June 2021

As the summer sunshine and thoughts of the return to normality edge slightly closer day by day, we’re happy to be open and looking forward to a fun-filled season creating many magical memories for us all to cherish. 

With fresh-air and outdoor fun being high on everyone’s agenda, we made full use of our slightly later start date this season by refurbishing the old outdoor play area and replacing it with an incredible play zone just waiting to be explored! Featuring a multi-level adventure frame with slides, wobbly bridges, tunnels and obstacle course elements, there is also a toddler’s area with a smaller climbing frame perfect for the little ones! The addition of swings for both children and toddlers are already proving to be a huge hit! For those fans of super popular pirate ship Nah-Nah, you’ll be pleased to know she is still here in prime position overlooking the bay. 

The Bay View Barista, new for 2021, located in the ideal spot to enjoy some light refreshments with a perfect panoramic backdrop, has already been well-appreciated. We’ll be opening this facility on selected sunny dates to save you the walk to the bar and provide well-deserved tasty treats.

You may have noticed over the years the dinosaurs on our Jurassic Golf course have faded from their bright & bold initial designs as a result of the summer sun. We’re pleased to have recently found a ‘dinosaur specialist’ to lovingly restore them to their ‘R’awesome original state and this will be completed within the next few weeks ready for your summer selfies! 

A great season ahead

Throughout the period of lockdowns and reopening we’ve been blessed to have been surrounded by a dedicated and passionate team here at Ladram Bay. We are delighted to share with you the news of the recent Team Star announcements for the season thus far.

Winter 2020/21 – Kayleigh Williams Super-organised Restaurant Manager Kayleigh took on the additional challenge of managing the Housekeeping department this winter in order to prepare the hire fleet for the season ahead and provide an excellent handover for new Manager Nikki. Always willing to go the extra mile, Kayleigh is a committed and loyal team member, with many talents we are lucky enough to benefit from. 

April 2021 – Pete Swist
Dedicated maintenance team member Pete Swist is always on-hand to jump in and get the job done. Hardworking and incredibly efficient Pete is a valued employee by both team, management & guests. Multi-skilled in hot-tub checks, siting & preparation of our new Owner’s vans on park, Pete has excelled within what has been an exceptionally busy month.

Here at Ladram Bay it’s important to us that we do our bit to protect the environment and where possible improve our green efforts. We’re pleased to introduce our newest team member ‘Erin-Page’, our Double-use Universal Charging point. Supplied by Pod Point one of the leading UK providers of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, the new bay is located near the entrance to the car park, available for all to use. For more information on pricing or to use, simply download the Pod Point app online. 

Summer 2021

After a long wait, we’re over the moon to have finally re-opened our indoor offering in the next stage of the government’s guidelines.

After the huge demand last year, we have invested in a booking system for a more smooth and efficient service. We’re hoping this will ease our host system in the restaurant and allow for a simpler operation. Bookings can be made 5 weeks in advance via a link on the Ladram app or online. After booking you’ll also receive a confirmation text or email, making life easier for us all. We look forward to welcoming you soon. 

We say hello to a few new faces this season as we welcome Ryan our new Entertainments Manager and Kasey our Coast Fish & Chip shop Manager. Both great new additions to the Retail team that have already brought some fresh ideas and are enjoying meeting you all. 

There’s lots to look forward to as we venture through 2021 in live music, great bands, awesome events, the Euro’s and hopefully some warmer weather!

The Three Rocks

After the first five weeks of a few braving the April showers, we’ve been excited to welcome people back inside to dine and join us in enjoying the amazing Allstars offering!

We have revamped the uniform this year, losing the black shirts and replacing them with a more contemporary vibe; our array of blue tee-shirts sport a “Ladram Rocks” design created in-house which encompasses the fantastic coastal niche of the bay. Matched with a more relaxed ensemble, we’re very pleased with the outcome and hope you like it too!

The arrival of the quaint ‘Bay View Barista’ van was a welcome addition to the Three Rocks. With a selection of tasty cakes (and even draught beer and cider on tap!), be sure to visit and have a treat with a view. An excellent pitstop when starting or finishing the coastal path. 

We’re proud to have created a delicious 2021 menu full of new flavours and inspired locally-sourced ingredients. We have found our selection of Small Plates have been very popular (including amongst the team!), with the delicious Pork Belly Ends being a fast favourite. Be sure to try a selection of these if you haven’t already! Our team of chefs have also worked hard on cultivating the perfect blend of flavours in the Bowls; the Pad Thai exhibits the aroma of Asia whilst Buddha 2.0 is a colourful advancement on 2020’s version. If you’re looking for something simple, we have still incorporated some of our classic dishes, just with a modern twist. 

We’re also happy to announce our newest Complex Team Leader, Harry. He’s had an excellent start to the season and we’re looking forward to seeing him in action in his new role.

Some of you will remember our exciting team-designed cocktails from last year. The creative juices have been flowing once again and we have released an enticing number of concoctions for you to try out. Check these out on the app! We welcome feedback so please let us know what you think and send us in your pictures! 

Entertainment

Entertainment has obviously been affected hugely by the pandemic and the government restrictions, but we are finally on the way to some normality! The team have been rehearsing lots of new exciting shows for you which we can’t wait for you to come and watch. 

This year’s Allstar productions are: 

Sisters of Pop celebrating some fantastic girl bands from through the decades. 
Boogie Wonderland a fantastic non-stop 70’s party show to take you back down memory lane.
Soul Town bringing you the sounds of Soul & Motown, sure to get you singing along.
Born in the USA a tribute to the great artists from across the pond including Madonna, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and much more. 

Interested in looking ahead to our visiting acts? Check out the diary. We’ve a brilliant mix of popular favourites returning plus new and exciting acts bound to impress debuting on the Ladram stage. 

  • 26/6  Jilted Joey (Ska and reggae show) 
  • 24/7 Chuckletruck (Comedy band)
  • 10/9 Complete Madness (Tribute act) 
  • 9/10 Riviera Dogs (Band) 

Daytime Family Entertainment @ 2pm

  • 2/6  Explorer Dome 
  • 28/7  Science Boffins 
  • 4/8 Mega slam wrestling 
  • 11/8 Explorer Dome 
  • 18/8  National Festival Circus 
  • 25/8 Believe-a-bubble
  • 29/8 Rich Cotell (Male vocalist) 
  • 27/10 Jay Rawlings (Circus skills) 
    *Additional charges and pre-booking may apply.

Things will be a little different for a while until we are totally free of restrictions, but we can’t wait to see you all and enjoy some great evenings with you!

Sports & Leisure

As the world begins to re-open we’re pleased to be able to launch several new offerings to the Sports and Leisure department in addition to our fantastic swimming pool complex. The leisure lounge area and showers have now reopened in line with government guidelines however the steam room and sauna will remain closed for the foreseeable future. 

Our Aquafit classes will run weekly starting from Tuesday 25th May between 9-9.45am. Bookings can be made at the Leisure desk 1 week in advance of the session at just £5.00 per class. Suitable for aged 14+ we’ve limited spaces available so book soon to avoid disappointment. 

We’re excited to launch ‘Boot Camp at the Bay’, a brand-new outdoor fitness class commencing in June on Saturday mornings. Keep an eye out for further information coming soon and join the team to kickstart your weekends perfectly. 

As experienced Personal Trainers and gym lovers, Ben and I are keen to see more of you taking advantage of our fantastic gym upstairs in the pool complex. We’ve purchased a selection of new equipment now available for your use including 3 new fitballs, 3 pairs of kettlebells, plus yoga mats and a tyre to enhance your workout experience. Additional kit is due in the next couple of months – just ask if you require any top tips. 

New weekly challenges to help spark enthusiasm for your exercise needs alongside an awesome sound system will keep you motivated through your workouts! The gym is now open between 7.30am-6.30pm with hourly slots available for individual/ social bubble use. 14–15 year olds can access the gym with an adult present, why not get inspired more by joining Ian for a supervised instructor led session aimed at 12–15 year olds on Thursdays and Saturdays? 

Pre-booking for all swim & gym sessions is essential, and this can be done from the leisure desk.

Coast Takeaway

Introducing Kasey Dunning, our new Coast Manager…

Fish & Chips is in my blood! Creating the perfect portion of this seaside favourite began for me 14 years ago when I learnt the trade working in my parents’ takeaway in Blackpool. 

Having mastered my skills alongside my partner Holly, we ran a fish job for several years in Norfolk before moving southward to sunny Devon. Together we are very passionate about sustainability, green packaging and great food.

Currently we are open 5pm-9pm, 7 days a week and whilst walk-ins are welcome, ordering via the Ladram Bay app is preferred. We’ve a wonderful selection of locally sourced options on our menu and can cater for your dietary requirements – just let us know. We very much look forward to meeting you all throughout the season, let’s make it a good one! 

Ladram Shop and Beach Shack

With a forecast 16-day heatwave predicted this June we’re very much looking forward to the summer ahead. We’ll be fully stocked in both the shop & shack for your holiday essentials and tempting treats so be sure to pop in at your convenience. 

The shop has benefited from an updated new look with a more suitable layout proving to be successful so far. We’ve introduced lots of new lines including a Pickles plush toy (£9.99) and some character VIP lanyards (£2.50) – perfect for the kids! Our Lobster Blue hoodies remain a bestseller, don’t miss out on the new colours for 2021; lemon yellow & burgundy, just £39.95 adult / £29.95 child. Our new Lobster Blue adult sweatshirts in coral, denim blue and grey are a superb garment in the changing seasons, just £34.95. 

After the addition of brand-new paddleboards and kayaks to our beach offering, the shack team are pleased to be busy with water sports hire already – the summer is on its way! Our new temporary decking on wheels is proving to be popular with many guests enjoying the peace, tranquility and perfect panoramas it offers. We’ve new items on the hot food menu including the mouth-watering breakfast bap available from 9am, at just £4.95. Start the day in style with this sausage, bacon & egg welcome wake-up call! Fancy a sweet treat? Why not try our whippy sharers ideal for a hot day at the beach, just £4.95. 

Strawberry Swirl: strawberry sweets, strawberry sauce, sprinkles, marshmallow pieces

Chocolate Delight: chocolate sauce, Maltesers, chocolate sprinkles, flake pieces.

Our current opening times are as follows; 

Shop: 
 8am-7pm Sunday to Thursday
 8am-8pm Friday & Saturday 

Shack:
9am-5pm Sunday  to Thursday
9am-6pm Friday & Saturday

Marketing

As a result of the initial success of our first #LadramLorry we’re pleased to now boast a fleet of 4 x 43-foot transporter lorries, proudly driven across the length & breadth of the country by the Greendale Farm Shop drivers going about their daily business whilst raising awareness of our fantastic 5 star park. Have you seen them on your travels? Simply snap a pic (not from the driving seat!) and send it our way using #LadramLorry 

After a fabulous digital celebration of tourism within the South West earlier in April we are delighted to announce we’ve received another award to add to our collection; the Bronze Accolade for Holiday Park of the Year 2020/21 in the Tourism Awards – South West. After such an unprecedented & challenging year for us all, we’re looking ahead to what’s already proving to be a super start to 2021! 

Enjoying your time at Ladram Bay or reminiscing of days gone by? We’re always keen to receive copies of your impressive holiday snaps throughout the ages to re-use on our social media channels and we often share these for #ThrowbackThursday posts. Email your best shots to carlanewman@ladrambay.co.uk and we’ll share our favourites – just don’t forget your details and dates if possible! Thanks.

Housekeeping

Introducing Nikki Badger, our new Housekeeping Manager… 

“I have been in retail management for over 27 years, until we bought our marvellous motorhome 2 years ago and changed direction to the world of holiday homes, motorhome traveling and camping!

I have 2 grown up children, 3 grandchildren and been with my husband for 33 years. Family is a big part of what’s important to me. I feel very lucky to be part of Ladram Bay team, it’s such a great place to work in such amazing part of Devon.”