The Lookout from Ladram – September 2021

It has been fantastic to see so many guests enjoying peak season, we can hardly believe summer has been and gone already!   

Every department has worked so hard in keeping things going during what has been a challenging time for all. We’d like to extend a huge well done.   

Summer 2021 has boasted many highlights. You may have spotted our feature on ITV ‘s This Morning as part of presenter Josie Gibson’s recent challenge to master the art of paddle boarding after a lesson from expert SUP instructor @beachy_becks. Following her charming showcasing of the bay, and desire to return for a summer stay, Josie was the perfect choice to cut the ribbon for the official opening of our new Adventure Playground alongside her lovely family.

2021 saw the launch of our summer street food festival. Culinary delights included seafood from Harry’s Kitchen, Indian dishes with Simon’s Kitchen, and woodfired pizzas from Dough Bros. We have been proud to host such creative and diverse vendors throughout the summer and do hope to include them in future October plans and the season ahead.  

The August bank holiday attracts many excited guests to Ladram Bay and this year was no exception. We were happy to welcome a pod of dolphin visitors back to our waters and lucky Neil & Bev Sudgen captured some amazing video footage. Here’s hoping they become regular visitors!

We’re delighted to have recently invested in 5 brand-new top-of the range washing machines to be housed within our main Launderette adjacent to the Reception building. In addition to a more reliable and efficient service, these impressive new machines now available will include a contactless option for payment. 

A Sensational Team

Our incredible team have time & time again demonstrated their commitment, determination, and superb skills. Summer superstars of our monthly #teamstar accolade include:

May – Dina, Housekeeping  
Always reliable and extremely loyal, cleaning both accommodation (more holiday homes than ever before to an exceptional level!) plus park facilities, it’s a pleasure to have her on our team. 

June – Guy, Restaurant Supervisor 
Consistently a strong performer providing huge support to the Three Rocks management team and inspiring those around with a positive can-do attitude. 

July – Toby, Maintenance 
Labelled as ‘Ladram’s Most Improved Team Member’ Toby’s knowledge and skillset continues to grow and grow, matching his contagious enthusiasm.  

August – Ben,  LeisureDemonstrating an excellent work ethic and commitment to helping others; Ben’s determination and superb communication skills have been a fundamental asset to the team.

After an outstanding 8 years of dedication to her role at Ladram Bay Holiday Park, we’ve waved goodbye to our wonderful Jobs Controller Jasmin Horne. Originally joining us in 2013 as a member of the Reception team, Jas has proved to be a loyal, talented, and driven team player, strengths which she will no doubt need in her new administration role. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish Jasmin all the very best for her exciting future and thank her for her hard work and commitment, we’ll all really miss her!  

Joining the office team and taking over the helm from Jasmin in the pivotal position of Jobs Controller is Sam Brown.

“I’m originally from the East Coast but mostly grew up in Gloucestershire. I’ve moved around quite a bit including Lancashire, South Devon and most recently just north of Bristol. However, the pull of the Devon coast has led me to find the stunning Ladram Bay and I’m looking forward to making this rather special place my home.

After spending many years working in primary education and healthcare, I’m looking forward to working in a new environment and seeing people at their happiest. And who could be happier than being by the sea in a place like Ladram Bay, where I’ve already received the warmest welcome.” 

Another team member to introduce: affectionally known as ‘Big Boy’ our brand new tractor, the John Deere 6100m, boasts a max power of 111hp. Perfect for essential jobs plus caravan and motorhome manoeuvres. We’re not sure it will stay this sparkly clean for long though!

The Three Rocks

We are so happy to finally have a sense of normality and are able welcome people back through the doors with lowered restrictions. The investment in the booking system has greatly helped us in Pebbles over the summer in controlling bookings and the flow: please continue to book via the app or the website where possible. 

Our complex team are the true embodiment of a united front, with this incredible group pulling together through several challenges thrown our way. From the ‘pingdemic’ to hospitality shortages, they have honestly been our greatest asset and have never failed to continually amaze us with their dedication and energy! We are so proud and lucky to have such a talented team working with us and happy to be moving into quieter days with the hope of getting some well-needed rest. Our Team Leader, Guy, deservedly achieved Team Star of the Month for August for his huge efforts and involvement in aiding the Management Team with the running of the Three Rocks through this eventful period. A huge shout out to Team Leader, Harry, who achieved a summer recognition in July for his outstanding performance in running Waves Bar and for always being a positive force! We wish him good luck, along with a few of our others who are now beginning their university journeys.

As you can imagine, the kitchen team have been exceptionally busy with our new Head Chef Caroline thrown straight in at the deep end! Despite adjusting the menu through our challenging period, she and the team have continued to experiment with some delicious specials, including some enticing fish dishes such as the Seafood Linguini and the Pan-seared Seabass, as well as modern twists of classics including the Pork, Cheddar and Black pudding Scotch Egg. They are looking forward to creating some seasonal specials for the upcoming weeks so please keep an eye out on the specials board. 

The bar team’s cocktail menu has been a hit over the summer, and they are excited to play around with some creative autumnal cocktails. Watch out for their newest inventions very soon. 

Thank you to everyone who has dined or drank with us over the holidays – we are so grateful for your support.

Entertainment

Since the relaxation of the rules in July, we’ve been so happy to get you back where you belong: on the dance floor and enjoying many a night in Waves Bar with us! 

We have been fortunate to have some absolutely fantastic live acts from bands, singers, comedians, wrestling & science shows, to PJ parties and fancy dress nights.

Still lots to look forward to this season, including Halloween with plenty of ‘spooktacular’ activities and fancy dress parties. As always do check out the diary for our our listing of visiting acts over autumn. 

Some of the unmissable acts performing this autumn include:

  • 25th September – 60’s Explosion, Tribute Band
  • 9th October – Riviera Dogs, 80s Party Band
  • 16th October – Roger Parkes Show, Ladram Favourite, Vocalist
  • 30th October – Mainstreet, Band

Sports & Leisure

It’s been excellent to see many of you enjoying our new Activities programme. From Aqua Fit to our outdoor Welcome Workout, we’ve loved playing a part in helping you keep fit and have fun this season. 

Following your brilliant feedback, we will continue to run our adult activities programme through the autumn. More details below.

I’m sure you’ve already had the chance to meet the newest members of the Leisure team. Amelia and Emma have been doing a wonderful job during a very busy summer. We’re delighted to have them join us. 

Believe, focus, achieve! 

Coast Takeaway

We’ve had a busy time and are proud to continue to promote sustainability, green packaging and great food.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the efficiency and convenience of ordering via the Ladram Bay App. Please do remember if you can’t find a time slot which suits, we will always endeavour to fit you in if you give us a call on 01395 567733.

Our opening times are 5pm – 9pm (Closed Wednesdays).

Ladram Stores and Shack

As autumn comes around you can relax knowing that Ladram Stores will be stocked with all the usual provisions of fresh produce, holiday staples and treats. We’re open daily Sunday – Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday & Saturday 8am-7pm.  

We’re sure you will continue to enjoy our gorgeous beach as summer comes to a close. Our popular beach activities and Shack will remain open throughout the autumn between 9am-5pm daily (weather permitting).

Marketing

Competition time!

The search has now begun for inspiring landscape imagery to use within our 2022 Ladram Bay Holiday Park calendar & promotional materials. 

Have you captured some stunning local scenery which you feel deserves pride of place as one of our 12 top shots within our calendar next year?  

We’re looking for photos taken throughout the season, in all weather, of our splendid location plus the flora and fauna on park.  

To enter email carlanewman@ladrambay.co.uk and we’ll be sure to credit you & send a thank you prize too if your image is selected. 

Please note photos must be of landscape orientation, you must have permission to use the image and it must be of a good file size. Photos of individuals cannot be entered on this occasion.