FLIGHT OF FANCY: Lancashire park converts helicopter into holiday home

Sarah Gerrard, park manager at Ream Hills Caravan Park, launching their converted helicopters for campers.
Sarah Gerrard, park manager at Ream Hills Caravan Park, launching their converted helicopters for campers.
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Is this taking recycling to the extreme?

A disused helicopter has been converted into a holiday home for visitors to a Lancashire caravan park.

Bosses at Ream Hills in Weeton have bought the Lynx helicopter and redesigned the inside, to allow families to camp in style.

The park will open to visitors later in the spring, offering caravan pitches, tent fields and lodges, as well as the chance to stay inside the transformed chopper.

Manager Sarah Gerrard said the new park was being developed on land around the lake at a wake park on the site.

She said: “We are putting 50 touring pitches, a tent field and luxury lodges with hot tubs.

The converted helicopter's interior

The converted helicopter's interior

“The owner has always been a keen flier and he bought nine helicopters.

“As the park has been developed he said why don’t we convert one into overnight sleeping accommodation, and it was finished about two weeks ago.”

The team took the helicopter to an exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham last week, and Sarah said up to 8,000 people had visited it. Sarah said: “We wanted to get our name on the map.

“We have only converted one, but it’s very likely we will be converting a few more because I think we will need to because of the response.”

We have only converted one, but it’s very likely we will be converting a few more because I think we will need to because of the response.

The converted helicopter sleeps up to four people, with a section in the tail that acts as a double bed.

Sarah said: “In the main section, where the two sliding doors would normally be, we have had the floor lowered and there is a pull-down double bed.

“It’s two bunks at the minute and it forms a settee.

“There’s a microwave and a sink, from our point of view it’s like staying in a tent.”

The caravan park, including the helicopter, is due to open to the public at the beginning of May.