The Waleswood Caravan & Camping Park was opened for Business in April 2019. Following a £3.7 million investment, the project at Rother Valley Country Park was procured by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council through the YORbuild framework.
This follows granting of planning permission in April 2018. The site offers 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.”