Work begins on new Rother Valley campsite facilitiesPublished Thursday, 5th July 2018
Rother Valley Country Park has moved a step closer to having its own camping and caravan site, with construction work starting on the £3.7 million development.
This follows granting of planning permission in April. The site will offer 129 pitches for touring caravans and motorhomes, plus space for 34 tents, along with modern toilet and shower facilities, a reception block with café bar, a shop for visitors and a children’s play area.
Ian Dixon, Rother Valley Country Park Manager, said: “A caravan site was included in plans for the park when it first opened in 1983, but it has remained a dream until now.”
He added “We have been receiving enquiries about camping and caravanning for many years, but sadly we have had to turn people away. We are looking forward to being able to welcome people who want to stay in the area, enjoy the park, explore Rotherham’s beautiful countryside and visit other attractions nearby.”
The camping and caravan site will be the latest in a series of investments that have boosted the popularity of the park. These include a new cycle centre, petting farm and miniature railway.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities, Cllr Sarah Allen, said: “Clearly a development such as this is great news for Rotherham. Along with the neighbouring Gulliver’s Valley development, it will help to project a welcoming image of the borough to people from across the UK.
“Alongside this, business generated by the facility is expected to help secure the long-term future of Rother Valley Country Park and ensure it continues to be a popular destination for the thousands of people from the surrounding areas and further afield who enjoy its leisure facilities and events every year.”
The camping and caravan site is due to open in spring 2019, and Rother Valley Country Park expects to be able to start taking bookings online later this summer.
Meanwhile preparatory work is also underway on the Gulliver’s Valley development, adjacent to the country park, with the main works set to begin within weeks. The company’s regeneration of the Pit House West site will include a theme park, hotel and self-catering woodland lodges.