Holiday park operator Verdant Leisure is to spend more than £1.7 million on its portfolio in 2017 on the back of increased demand for domestic breaks.

The investment will go into the company’s six holiday parks in Scotland and the north of England.

Verdant has already spent £600,000 on new accommodation for holidaymakers and opened a new head office in Lancaster, creating 20 jobs from marketing to administration and finance.

The operator claims an 11% year-on-year increase in bookings for 2017 and is predicting a record year.

Money will be spent at Thurston Manor’s and Pease Bay coastal parks in Berwickshire on accommodation and restaurant and lounge bar facilities.

Pease Park will also be introducing Wi-Fi for owners and guests.

Riverside Holiday Park in Northumberland will see an improvement to its bar and restaurant and additional accommodation.

Ayrshire’s Viewfield Manor Holiday Park is welcoming investment over the coming months, which will offer new pitch development and improvements to accommodation.

The Heather View and Kingfisher parks in north-east England will also see improvements.

Chief executive Graham Hodgson said: “The key to our success is understanding the needs of our owners and holidaymakers and ensuring that we deliver the level of service, quality accommodation and first class facilities they have come to expect from Verdant Leisure and the parks in our portfolio.

“The staycation trend is continuing and 2017 is going to be another pivotal year for the business, we are excited to see what the future brings.”