Our Story

From humble manufacturing roots to our collection of parks across Lancashire, Cumbria and the Ribble Valley

1956

The Beginning

The Beginning

Billy and Miriam signed the lease on the perfect plot of land, Middlebarrow Plain in Silverdale. Holgates Caravan Parks Ltd was incorporated.

1956

Early 1960s

Growing our Silverdale Park

Growing our Silverdale Park

By the time the 1960s began, the family had grown our Silverdale park to include 200 pitches. More than quadrupling the park’s original capacity, this was a sign of bigger things to come.

Early 1960s

Late 1960s

Facilities Join our Silverdale Park

Early facilities added to
our Silverdale Park

Middlebarrow Plain now featured gravel roads, toilet blocks, a new entrance way and shop – a world away from where they started in 1956.

Late 1960s

1964

The End of an Era

The End of an Era

Manufacturing operations cease at Great Harwood, giving the family time to focus on building up Silverdale Holiday Park.

1964

1965

The Next Generation

The Next Generation

Frank and Judith Holgate marry, soon welcoming another generation of the Holgate family: Michael, Susan and Roger.

1965

1967

Welcoming Different Ways to Stay

Welcoming different ways to enjoy a stay in Silverdale

Expanding again and again, by 1967 Middlebarrow Plain had 420 pitches welcoming touring caravans to the site as well as statics.

1967

1967

Family Owned

Family owned & operated

The family purchase the lease to Middlebarrow Plain, making the park family property and providing a firmer foundation for even more growth.

1967

1970s

A Growing Operation

Expanding our facilities

The dawn of a new decade brought even more growth, with the introduction of better facilities such as: the first outdoor pool at Silverdale Holiday Park, expanded shop and new café.
A growing collection of facilities meant an extended family of staff. Established facilities welcome everyone from pool attendants to admin support and café waiters, highlighting the park as a popular destination both for visitors and the local economy.
Frank and Judith settled into their roles at the head of the company, ensuring the day-to-day running and customer service were both the best they can possibly be.
Having built an enviable reputation across the region, new visitors were flocking in from Manchester, Bolton, Liverpool and beyond!

1970s

1980

Bigger & Better

Bigger & better than ever

After the success of the 70s, Frank and his team got to work on achieving his vision for an even greater offering.

1980

1985

First Indoor Swimming Pool

Our first indoor
swimming pool

Major improvements to the infrastructure at Silverdale Holiday Park welcomed our first indoor swimming pool, resurfaced roads across the park and a remodelled café and shop.
Silverdale Holiday Park opens for 10 months a year, giving visitors the chance to squeeze more holidays into each year.

1985

1986

A Year of Change

A year of change

Miriam Holgate sadly passes away. Having founded the business with her husband Billy and leading the business for many years.
Driving the business forward in Miriam’s memory, the nearby Far Arnside park is brought into the Holgates Family Group. With a beautiful cliff-top setting and stunning views across Morecambe Bay, the location was (and is) second to none.

1986

Late 1980s

Thirty Years On

30 years on

By the late 1980s the park was unrecognisable from its humble beginnings in 1956. Building a fantastic destination at Silverdale for over 30 years and taking the first steps beyond Silverdale, Holgates was on the way to becoming a leading holiday park group.

Late 1980s

1994

Focused on the Future

Focused on the future

Frank Holgate bought out his brother’s share of the business, allowing him to make his visions a reality and his children: Michael, Susan and Roger take on more responsibility in the day-to-day operation of the parks.

1994

1999

Second-to-none Facilities

Second-to-none facilities

In the works since the mid-90s, permission was at last granted to build a larger pool, redeveloped café, bar & restaurant. Providing premium facilities to be enjoyed by holiday home owners and guests, the challenges faced with development in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty were well worth the wait.

1999

2004

Netherbeck Joins the Family

Netherbeck joins the
Holgates Family Group

Netherbeck Holiday Park joins the Holgates Family Group, a quaint little park offering holiday home ownership on the outskirts of Carnforth.

2004

2006

Celebrating Five Decades

Celebrating 5 decades

A momentous year for the family and business, marking 50 years since Holgates Caravan Parks was incorporated.
A year of reflection for Frank Holgate, he decided to take a step back and let his children lead the way. Michael took over the parks with Roger’s support, whilst Susan took the reins at Park Cliffe in Windermere.

2006

2007

Bay View Joins the Family

Bay View joins the
Holgates Family Group

Bolton Holmes in Bolton-le-Sands is acquired by the business, soon followed by Detrongate next door. The two were combined, creating Bay View Holiday Park. The vision for a larger park fulfilled, now recognized as one of the best in the North West.

2007

Late 00s

Say Hello to Hollins Farm

Say “Hello” to Hollins Farm

The fifth park to join the Holgates Family Group was Hollins Farm, a small camping and touring park at the foot of Arnside Knott. Sat between Silverdale and Far Arnside, purchasing the park and giving it the Holgates touch was the only option!

Late 00s

2015

Remembering a Hero

Remembering a Hero

In January 2015, Frank Holgate sadly passed away. Pancreatic Cancer continues to be a cause close to the family’s heart, with countless charity events and fundraisers held in the years since his passing.

Visit our Charity page

2015

2016

Remembering a Hero

Celebrating 60 Years

Continuing Frank’s legacy we celebrated 60 years in the leisure and tourism industry with a huge event on park.

2016

2016

Welcoming The Royal Silverdale to the Family

The Royal Silverdale joins the Holgates Family Group

2016 was also time for a new venture in the shape of The Royal Silverdale. Lovingly redesigned and restored after being closed for several years, our friendly local pub also brought with it two holiday cottages – the start of our Holgates Cottage Collection.

2016

January 2019

Rimington Leisure Park Joined the Family

Expanding into
the Ribble Valley

Rimington Leisure Park also joins the Holgates Family Group, now known as Holgates Ribble Valley. This park has been re-developed showcasing our talents for transforming holiday parks eastwards into the Lancashire countryside.

January 2019

September 2019

The Cove

The Cove

Just across the road from our Silverdale Park at the old Leeds Children Holiday Camp we regenerated the land into a new luxury holiday lodge park called The Cove. A hallmark of the quality and craftsmanship provided by Holgates for over 65 years.

September 2019

July 2020

Lodge Development Launch at Holgates Ribble Valley

New Development launches at Holgates Ribble Valley

Following a variety of development work at our holiday park in the Ribble Valley, such as: brand-new road surfaces, secure park barriers and planting across the park, we have also expanded to produce two brand-new areas of the park. These new areas make the most of views towards Pendle Hill.

Learn more about ownership at our Ribble Valley park

July 2020

2020

Never Standing Still

Never Standing Still

In the face of uncertainty during a global pandemic, development and expansion continues across the Holgates Family Group. Never standing still, the enforced closure of our holiday parks brought development in Wifi across a handful of our parks and the start of our second swimming pool at Silverdale Holiday Park.

2020

Late 2020

Our Most Recent Acquisition

Our Most Recent Acquisition

Late 2020 saw the acquisition of Marsh House Farm, a caravan site on the outskirts of Carnforth. Well within brand boasting views of Warton Cragg, the farm is planned to receive the Holgates touch to become our ninth park as we approach 65 years in business.

Stay updated with our latest news to read updated from the family and what’s happening across the Holgates Family Group.

Late 2020

2021

Our 65th Year

65 years of Holgates

2021 marks 65 years of Holgates Caravan Parks Ltd.
Keep an eye out for more news and updates to follow…

2021

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