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How to pick the perfect holiday park for a family break

13th July 2020

Holiday parks can be an affordable family break but there’s a big range in what they offer. With a bit of careful planning you can find good value accommodation in a perfect location for a summer holiday without having to step onto a plane.


The first choice is which county you’ll visit, assuming you want to stay in the UK. Of course, Cornwall has some of the best holiday parks in the country and there’s a similar choice in Devon but you may want to venture a little further.


Somerset and Dorset both have a good choice of coastal resorts which can be reached in under three hours from most of Cornwall. The Isle of Wight isn’t much further away and has the novelty of a ferry journey to make it feel more like an adventure. It’s 3 ½ hours from Truro to the Isle of Wight ferry port and there’s a good choice of coastal caravan parks after an hour or less on the ferry.


The Lake District, Norfolk, Wales and Yorkshire are all great spots for a holiday park break, but you can expect a drive of about 5-7 hours which is a good test of your patience with a full car.


Once you’ve chosen a county, have a think about the kind of caravan holiday you want. Big names such as Haven, Parkdean Resorts and Park Holidays offer busy resorts with facilities which are designed to keep you entertained all week. Many of them are in great locations alongside sandy beaches and are much more modern and well equipped than you might expect.


There are a couple of things to consider though before you pick one of these. Firstly, many facilities will be closed this year or be running very differently to ensure social distancing rules can be maintained. Secondly, although these resorts are great fun they are certainly a bit busier (and noisier) than many of the independently run caravan holiday parks which are usually smaller and just offer accommodation and a simple playground. There’s not a great difference in price between the two types, but you might decide that you’d rather just use the holiday park as a base for exploring the local beaches and woodland walks.


If you can afford an upgrade take a look at the good choice of lodge parks around the UK. These resorts don’t usually have a lot of facilities but they offer much more spacious accommodation and the option of a hot tub.


Of course, after spending several weeks in lockdown you may decide that a staycation isn’t enough and prefer to visit one of Europe’s holiday parks. They’re often called ‘campsites’ in Europe but they are similar to the UK’s caravan parks with static homes and lodges for hire as well as good facilities.


Many Brits head for Center Parcs in Europe as it can be considerably cheaper for a similar holiday to the UK equivalent. They’re run as a separate company and there is a big range in customer reviews of the different European Center Parcs. Do a bit of digging into the best Center Parcs in France, the Netherlands and Germany to ensure that the long drive was worth it.


As a rough guide, driving to Paris from Cornwall to a Center Parcs in France or the Netherlands will take about 9-11 hours if you go via the Eurotunnel at Folkestone. Center Parcs in Germany is more like 11-15 hours drive depending on which resort you choose.




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