Park will go ape at party to mark its silver jubilee

The 25th anniversary event at Golden Sands Holiday Park in Cresswell will include a stunning show featuring a family of gorillas and The Explorer.
The 25th anniversary event at Golden Sands Holiday Park in Cresswell will include a stunning show featuring a family of gorillas and The Explorer.

A seaside holiday park in Northumberland has added some hair-raising fun to its 25th anniversary celebration on Sunday.

The family fun day at Golden Sands in Cresswell will include a visit from a rather special family of ‘gorillas’.

Along with their intrepid friend The Explorer, they will be part of a visually stunning show that also raises awareness of the plight of the mountain gorilla.

There are only 700 of these primates left in the world and people will be able to find out how they can do their bit to help the survival of the species.

Golden Sands owner Nigel Thompson, who runs the park with his wife Sandra, said: “The family group of gorillas show is absolutely magical to see and we’re looking forward to giving as many people as possible the opportunity to find out more about these majestic creatures.”

The event, which is open to visitors and local people as well as residents at the holiday park, also includes children’s rides, zorbs, inflatables, music, a hog roast and a table-top sale to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice.

In addition, Golden Sands is marking 25 years by offering one ‘silver deal’ at the party – with a caravan available to buy for an anniversary price of £1,991 plus site fees.

The award-winning facility is literally a stone’s throw from the beach at Cresswell and it boasts a newly-refurbished clubhouse for owners, a new gym and an all-weather sports pitch.

Other attractions include a children’s outdoor play area, nature trails and woodland walks, ponies and llamas and a golf practice area.

There is a strong family ethos with no age restrictions and the park also has wi-fi across the site.

Mr Thompson said: “We’re had a remarkable first 25 years at Golden Sands, with super residents who have really contributed to the great atmosphere at the park.

“We hope as many people as possible will come along on Sunday to raise a glass to our silver jubilee, find out what we offer at the park and look forward with us to the next 25 years.”