Wetherspoon to operate in holiday parks

Haven has announced an exclusive partnership with J D Wetherspoon to operate at its parks.

A leading holiday park operator has announced it has signed an exclusive agreement with J D Wetherspoon to operate at its parks. 

The agreement means that Haven is the first and only UK holiday park operator to enter a commercial partnership with the pub company, which operates over 830 pubs in the UK and Republic of Ireland. 

The first Wetherspoon/Haven pub will open at Haven Primrose Valley Holiday Park in North Yorkshire, with the first pint to be pulled in March. 

Multimillion pound investment

Haven has invested over £170m in its parks over the past year and the latest agreement with Wetherspoon forms part of an additional £4m investment being made to expand Haven’s food and beverage offering in 2024.

"We are thrilled to be the first holiday provider to partner with one of the UK’s leading and much-loved pub operators," says Peter Blake, chief operating officer at Haven. "This new venture underlines our dedication to growing our food and beverage partnerships and offering for our holidaymakers and holiday home owners."

Wetherspoon, led by chairman Tim Martin, joins a roster of brand names operating at Haven’s 41 parks, including Burger King, Papa Johns, Slim Chickens, Costa Coffee, Millie’s Cookies and Chopstix.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Haven and are confident that the pub will prove popular with holidaymakers," says Michael Barron, commercial director of Wetherspoon.

Haven was acquired by Blackstone in 2021 and has already invested over £410m in its parks across 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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