Blue Anchor Leisure History...
Blue Anchor Leisure Ltd. Has a proud heritage on the East coast, founded by John Woodward OBE in the late 60's, born and bred in Ingoldmells near Skegness, where the company is based, he started manufacturing caravans and quickly grew into a major player. The company won the Queens award for export in 1974 and 1975. At the same time he started to acquire sites around the East coast, building the successful empire today that is Blue Anchor Leisure.
Blue Anchor Leisure is the company that in 1995 opened the pioneering theme park on the East Coast, “Fantasy Island”, alongside Europes largest open air 7 day market.
John Woodward was awarded the OBE in 2006, not only recognising his contribution to tourism, but also the fact that he was the largest single contributor to research into children's Leukaemia. Over recent years he has also donated over £2.3 million to the Outwood Bound Trust.
Blue Anchor Leisure acquired the 400 acre site in Armthorpe 2008, that is now known as Woodward Lakes & Lodges, and gained full planning permission in October 2009. An immense amount of work has already been undertaken, most of it not seen, one example was to move and landscape 300,000 tons of soil and clay.
John Woodward sadly passed away in 2010, but his legacy continues under the direction of his family. The family are thoroughly committed to seeing this exciting project through to it's ultimate completion.
- 16th Nov 2016 Autumn Park Pictures! >>
- 18th Oct 2016 David Bellamy Gold Award!!! >>
- 12th Oct 2016 A glowing testamonial from our newest owners!!! >>
- 22nd Aug 2016 Maiden voyage a success! >>
- 4th Aug 2016 SEPTEMBER OPEN WEEKEND!!! >>
- 14th Jun 2016 OPEN DAY A SUCCESS! >>
- 31st May 2016 A Right Royal Open Day!!! >>
- 9th May 2016 New 2016 Show homes now on park! >>
- 3rd May 2016 Blooming Bluebells!!! >>
- 26th Apr 2016 Counting down to the big race!!!! >>
- 20th Apr 2016 TARMAC TIME!!!! >>
- 12th Apr 2016 WIN WITH PRESTIGE.....CELEBRATING 25 YEARS! >>
- 4th Apr 2016 Discover our new 2016 show lodges!!! >>
- 9th Mar 2016 Tour de Yorkshire to land in Doncaster!!!! >>
- 28th Jan 2016 LODGE OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!!! >>
- 15th Dec 2015 WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! >>
- 8th Dec 2015 PLANTING SCHEDULE ON TRACK! >>
- 8th Dec 2015 BIRDING BLOG MEETING A SUCCESS! >>
- 30th Nov 2015 Final roads going in to complete phase 3! >>
- 23rd Nov 2015 WHOOPER SWANS SPOTTED AT WOODWARD LAKES AND LODGES! >>