DURDLE Door holiday park remains closed this weekend as a result of the recent freezing weather spell.

The holiday park, home to more than 300 privately-owned static caravans, usually opens on the first day of March.

According to managers at the park, the delay was caused by pipes freezing in the sub-zero temperatures at the end of last week, as well as a shortage of gas from the park's suppliers.

“Dorset experienced extreme weather conditions last week including sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice," said Durdle Door's general manager, Rebecca Williams.

"Although our holiday park, and Durdle Door itself, looked breath-taking, it made our park inaccessible and unsafe.

"We have been very busy checking all of our holiday homes, pipework and facilities for weather-damage, and have done our upmost to make the park safe again for our owners, holidaymakers and visitors.

“After resolving all issues and preparing for opening unfortunately we have had to deal with yet another obstacle, as the gas supplies across the UK have been disrupted. As a result of this we are awaiting delivery of fuel. Without supplies of hot water and heating we have had to postpone the opening of the holiday park.

"Despite these trying times, we are very much looking forward to reopening and starting our 2018 season as soon as we can," she added.

Durdle Door was not the only holiday park affected by the freeze, with similar sites around the country reportedly forced to close or delay opening.