Our cabin locations are open every day of the year and our occupancy rates average 92%. This allows us to offer reliable jobs and career opportunities, from part-time housekeeping roles to full time management roles. For many of our team members being able to live and work in their local area is a major benefit and it means we play our part in stemming the exodus of people from rural to urban areas.
To support people to grow their own business ideas in rural areas, we have joined forces with The Prince’s Countryside Fund to launch a new start up grant. This will help individuals to develop their ideas and crucially to build their business in the local area, stimulating economic growth from within.
We supply 600 local jobs across the UK
We buy and contract locally, keeping as much of our own spend in the area as we can. For our guests, discovering and sampling regional specialities is part of their holiday experience, and we buy food, drink, crafts and other items from local suppliers. We also offer our guests a range of holiday adventures and extras from local suppliers. This includes activities such as horse riding and canoeing , and everything from cruises on Loch Lomond to vineyard tours in Hampshire. As well as our guest-related produce and services, we award contracts to local tradespeople for cabin maintenance and we use the services of local wildlife and ecology experts.
Supporting local suppliers at all our locations
Our holiday offer is based around connecting people with nature and the areas they are visiting. There’s no fence around our locations, no franchise restaurants and no entertainments committee. It is our policy to actively encourage our guests to go out, explore and enjoy what the area has to offer. We recommend and market local restaurants, pubs, and businesses, tell people which butcher we are buying our sausages and bacon from, and showcase local produce and crafts in our shop. Our blog, Forestipedia, promotes the areas around our locations, list seasonal events and provides inspiration for tourists who are looking for UK holidays.
Connecting people with local areas
Hear from Scottish tourism leaders discussing how Forest Holidays is stimulating the local economy and supporting businesses around the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.