A family-run upmarket holiday park in the North York Moors National Park is hoping to top off “an excellent year” with an award win.

The 10-acre £500,000 Wayside Lakes development between Kirkbymoorside and Pickering is situated next to the popular Wayside Holiday Park. Both are owned by Yorkshire businessman Mark Goodson.

Run by three successive generations of the Goodson family, dedicated to personal service, quality and stewardship of the land, the original Wayside Holiday Park development provides static caravan holiday home luxury, together with a provision for seasonal touring caravans.

The venture is hoping to impress the judges in the Family Business of the Year, and Retail Tourism and Leisure Business of the Year categories.

Mr Goodson came relatively late to the holiday park world. Whilst he has always had an interest in the family business, he was a co-director of an IT business in Hull for 25 years, before semi retiring and joining his father at Wayside Park in 2011.

Mr Goodson, whose family are steeped in the entertainment business and ran iconic cinemas in Filey, Tadcaster and Sleaford, is hoping that 2019 will prove even more successful for Wayside Lakes.

The five-star development, whose focal point is two picturesque lakes, caters for up to 38 exclusive lodges. Already 14 lodges have been bought and are occupied on site, with strong interest coming in for others from across the north of England.

Mr Goodson said: “Being a family business is absolutely crucial to the success of Wayside Holiday Park and Lakes.

“We like to think of Wayside as a family. From our seasonal touring families to the occupants of our holiday lodges and the team here, myself and Park Director Trevor there’s always a friendly face, a chuckle or conversation drifting between the homes on the park.

“Friendship and family doesn’t stop at our door, we’ve long believed in having friendships with organisations and groups throughout Ryedale and North Yorkshire. They’re relationships we’re both very grateful to have established and proud of our contribution to.”

Mr Goodson also helped to secure the future of a cancer support group in Pickering, just a couple of miles from Wayside’s front door. The Ryedale Cancer Support and Social Group runs free monthly drop in sessions in Pickering.