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Caravans and Staycations are our Family Business

Before the idea of purchasing their first Holiday Park, Bill and Dorothy Thornley had Touring Caravans.  They were working long hours running a bakery in Cheshire and initially had their touring caravan as their Happy Place. They would travel from Congleton over to the The Morfa in Conwy in their time off – this was before the A55 so the journey was significantly longer!  Their love of North Wales made them decide to relocate to the area, initially setting up a bakery in Conwy.

Pictured on the right is Dorothy Thornley with one of their first Touring Caravans

The 2nd Generation

When Bill and Dorothy had their children – the Touring caravan provided the much needed family time that they lacked in their careers as Bakers.

When the opportunity arose to purchase Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park in 1962, they decided to turn their hobby into their family business – a decision they never regretted.

Since then the business has grown to operate 9 Holiday Parks, throughout North Wales, Mid Wales, Cheshire and Yorkshire

Pictured on the left is a young David Thornley Snr on one of their many Touring Caravan Holidays

The 3rd Generation

Growing up, caravans were a big part of our daily lives.  The Holiday Parks were discussed at the kitchen table, and on the weekends and in school holidays we would often accompany Dad to his office which was based at Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park in Penmaenmawr.  The best bit was being allowed to play in the games room on the machines whilst they were shut.

We had a caravan at Ocean Heights Caravan Park near Pwllheli and would go every Easter and Summer holiday to spend quality time with our family.  For us, caravans and our parks will always be about that – providing families with much needed quality time away from the hustle and bustle of the normal daily routine, to Escape, Relax & Enjoy.

Whilst many of our friends had a “Wendy House” in their gardens – we had a miniature touring caravan!

Family is at the heart of what we do

  • One Family, Three Generations, Since 1962
  • All of our 9 Holiday Parks in Wales, Cheshire & Yorkshire are owned and operated by the Thornley Family
  • 9 Unique Holiday Parks in stunning destinations offering something for everyone.
  • Over 55 years experience in the Caravan and Holiday Industry
  • The same values of providing safe and clean holidays and destinations for families to enjoy are as important today as they were in 1962.


Our History: A Timeline


Purchased Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park

Where the Thornley Leisure Parks story began. After turning their hobby into a business, William & Dorothy Thornley never looked back and Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park was just the beginning...


Purchased Lakeside Caravan Park

The next park to join the family was Lakeside, situated in Winsford, Cheshire. Lakeside continues to welcome holidaymakers today, with its glorious lake the main focal point, of course!


Purchased Maenan Abbey Caravan Park

In 1972, the family purchased Maenan Abbey Caravan Park, located in Llanwrst in North Wales. The second Wales-based caravan park on the roster, Maenan Abbey's secluded setting continues to amaze visitors.


Purchased Ocean Heights Caravan Park

Later in the seventies saw the purchase of Ocean Heights Caravan Park. This Pwllheli-based holiday park is a popular base for exploring the wonders of Wales.


Purchased Cheshire Broads and Merged with Lakeside

In 1981 the family purchased Cheshire Broads to merge with the existing caravan Lakeside Caravan Park. This exciting expansion meant that Lakeside could welcome even more holiday home owners!


Purchased The Beach Caravan Park

The fifth addition to the Thornley Leisure Parks Group. The Beach Caravan Park based in Llanddulas, North Wales benefits from uninterrupted breathtaking sea views.


Purchased Dinlle Caravan Park

The Dinlle Caravan Park was purchased by the Thornley Family in 1989. Located on the beautiful west coast of North Wales near Caernarfon, Dinlle.


Purchased Green Pastures Caravan Park

A stone's throw from the idyllic coastal town of Abersoch, the Green Pastures Caravan Park was purchased in 1999. It was and still is, the perfect getaway to ' The Welsh Riviera'.


Purchased Raymond Court - Thornley Leisure Parks Head Office

Thornley Leisure Parks purchased their head office in 2003. The Raymond Court office is based in Colwyn Bay.


Information Centre opened on Conwy High Street

In 2014, the Thornley Leisure Parks Information Centre opened. Located on Conwy High Street, this information centre aimed to help potential holiday homeowners find the right park and holiday home for them.


Purchased Gallaber Park

Gallaber Park is the latest park to be added to the group (so far!). In 2015, the Yorkshire-based caravan park expanded Thornley Leisure Parks' locations and offers something a little different.


Purchased Brightwater Lakes / renamed Valley View

Valley View is the latest park to be added to the group (so far!). Located in Mid Wales.