A Cumbrian holiday park is looking to acquire more sites as it anticipates another successful year.

Jimmy Stewart has owned and run Brigham Holiday Park at Cockermouth, on the edge of the National Park, with wife Esther, and daughter Rebecca for the last five years.

In that time, he has built the park up to a five star standard and spent an estimated £1.5 million on new landscaping, infrastructure and stock at the park. The park is a member of industry body BH&HPA and Cumbria Tourism,

Jimmy said: “We’ve seen a massive explosion in the holiday home as investment trend certainly since we took ownership of this park in 2014, but it’s really been since 2016 that it has taken off to a new level, with savings being worth very little in the bank, and a couple of really good domestic summers and autumns boosting the staycation sector.

“We offer a year round season at Brigham, as many holiday parks now do - the time of being closed during the winter is well and truly over for many parks. We also now offer turnkey properties that are of a much higher standard than ever before, fully furnished and equipped.

“Competition in the sector has become rife, with park owners clamouring to acquire new parks as they come onto the market. It’s very much a seller’s market at the moment, and I would welcome anyone getting in touch who has a park to sell.

"We do want to acquire more parks in the right locations, as we have investment ready to make in them, to quickly bring them up to a higher standard. Many owners prefer to buy at a family run park rather than the big chains. We take great pride in the park, and are bringing many years of experience to bear.”

Rebecca Stewart said: “This year we have more models on the park than ever before, and are embarking on a new PR and marketing campaign to promote the investment side. We’ve beefed up our website to fully explain the concept and what second income it can amount to. We keep it nice and simple with all rentals, changeover, and maintenance handled by our in house team on the park, which has a full time warden too, along with gated entry."