Sun tinged skies shaded with blue, the waves come crashing to teal shores. A young vibrant mum in an Aztec print bikini tenderly cradles her beaming toddler, brown pigtails swaying in the wind. Together they get their first taste of the ocean together, its gravitational pull coaxing them into a content slumber, the winds wrapping them in a blanket of love. She smiles, their first caravan holiday together, in West Wittering. She remembers her foster mum who raised her, who introduced her to caravan holiday parks in the UK. Nunnington Farm was their go-to. All these years later, her foster mum still loved caravanning, preferring beautiful UK staycations, than a trip abroad.
While A loved travelling to far-flung countries, there was something so equisitely sentimental about holiday parks in the UK. It brought back memories of tuneless karoke nights, tears of laughter streaming down their faces. They slid clumsily down swirly dirly water slides, riotously screaming as they splashed into an indoor pool with joy. Cheesy dance nights at Combe Haven had them in a fit of giggles, rehearsing all the moves from ‘Superman’ and ‘Agadoo’ by 80’s novelty pop sensation Black Lace. Those were the days where her travel dreams came alive.
As for glamping staycations at Home Farm Glamping, boy was she entranced, a quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Glampers came together under the fading twilight sky, firewood crackling as they roasted gooey marshmallows over the open flame. Unlike the caravans she had stayed in her youth, this was a country girl who was now in her adulthood, searching for holiday parks in England that were a warm embrace between her child and adult self. She teetered between nostalgia and practicality, where would her perfect caravan lie?
It came to her in a sleepless slumber, the leaves rustling mischievously as they whispered sweet nothings all night long. There would be accessible holidays that were wheelchair friendly, creative date ideas for disabled people in the UK. Golden Cocker Spaniels would yap playfully on dog-friendly holidays, leaping into the young mum’s arms with ecstacy. It would compete for affection with the young pig-tailed toddler, who was caressing each grain of sand in her toes with delight. The sea water tickled her legs with warmth, a contented sigh escaped.
From accessible caravan holidays, dog-friendly caravan parks and romantic caravan sites for couples, Ana made sure that every box was ticked. Stormy caravan sunsets would epitomize the British camping experience, big gulps of rain lashing down window panes in an artistic trance, the memory of a sunny ever after long forgotten. But still A did not mind, spending hours writing by the caravan window, enjoying the quiet solitude as the earth’s water store was replenished. Embedded deep in the countryside, her caravan park was blissfully peaceful.
She remembered long car drives to remote caravan holiday parks in the UK, rugged coastal cliffs with crashing tempesteous waves greeting her in solidarity. It was a far cry from the sun-drenched vineyards in Tuscany that were fragrant with plump grapes, but A was nevertheless estatic, a UK escape where she could explore her home country like she had never seen it before. One by one she reviewed the greatest caravan holiday parks in the UK, finding family-friendly caravan and camping sites that met everyone’s greatest expectations…
Family Friendly Caravan Holiday Parks In The UK
Nunnington Farm Camp Site, West Wittering
As a young girl, A would go to Nunnington Farm Camp Site every weekend,long walks down West Wittering beach. She’d take her foster sister on rambling excursions, local independant corner shops brimming with activity, quaint crumbling cottages, a picture perfect postcard village. In West Wittering time felt like it stood still, a trip down memory lane, the quiet calm of the unspoilt coastline, transporatative for them both. The skies smiled with pleasure, as wispy cloud puffs floated on by happily.
Morning broke, the sun rose, and so did the rooster, crowing with his chest puffed out, the farm animals’ waiting for their daily visitors. Majestic turkey’s gobbled up their grub, ruffling their feathers in excitement, while the nearby chickens competed to have their voices heard. The young mum’s daughter was already an animal lover, her days filled with sunshine as she babbled nonsensically with MR Donkey. At Nunnington, their farm was small, but intimate, dog owners taking their dogs for jaunty strolls as they worked off boundless energy.
A family managed UK caravan site in the UK, it was amazing to think how Nunnington had been around for 70 years. Located in one of the most beautiful spots on the South Coast, they were just a stone’s throw from West Wittering beach, an award-winning blue flag beach with picturesque coastal walks to die for. The bikes were ready, it was time to mount them, cycling down Salterns way as they meandered through peaceful countryside. The air felt cleaner here, it felt right. Stopping off in Chichester, they wandered langorously in Bishop’s Palace Garden.
The first day faded into the inkiness of night, and the sun rested its weary head. It was time to utilize A’s Caravan Park Heating System, stepping into a steaming hot shower, that batted away the chill. They never had to worry about their hot water running out, the Industrial Heaters turning their humble caravan into a home of simple pleasures, the gentle touch of water on naked skin. Right now, in this moment A felt tranquil, her anxiety seeping down the drain. Time crawled by slowly, but in the best way possible, no constant reminder of deadlines knocking on her door. Instead there was reflective calm, looking back on her day, with appreciation and grace.
A craved a historical fix, umming and ahhing between Arundel Castle and Fishbourne Palace, until a coin flip settled on Arundel. Arundel Castle was a cultural wonderland, overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex, spanning 1,000 years of history. Although it was built in 1067, A read that the building we see today owed a lot to Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk (1847-1977), with a restoration project completed in 1900. It was a tapestry of gorgeousness, royal Victorian and Edwardian bedrooms, and intricately carved statues a stark contrast to early fortifications. As for the gardens? It was meditation in nature, award winning tropical and English gardens shining in beautific glory.
Three modern, central toliet blocks, flush toliets, hot showers and baby baths. You also have washing up areas and washing machines and dryers. There is a disabled facility that is accessible with a radar key. Pitches are clearly marked out and many have electric hookups which are extremely convenient. A farm is part of the camp site and you also have a child’s playground. Caravans, camping tents and small boats are welcome here.
-West Wittering Beach has 54 acres of sand, pools, saltings and sand dunes set aside for wildlife and your enjoyment by the West Wittering Preservation Trust.
-15 minutes drive from Chichester, which is home to Cineworld Cinema Chichester, Westgate Leisure Centre and Tenpin Chichester bowling alley. You also have Fishbourne Roman Palace and the historic Weald and Download Mususem which are well worth a visit.
– The quaint town of Arundel has a remodelled castle that was established in 1067 by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas day. It is 35 minutes drive from Nunnington Farm.
Nunnington Farm Camping Site
Holgates Holiday Park (Silverdale), Lancashire
Ana loved nothing more than luxury caravan holiday parks, that offered her a lil’ something extra, and boy did Holgates Holiday Park (Silverdale) fit the brief. Set on the impeccable fringes of Silverdale, a charming rural village in Lancashire, A was blown away. Situated in the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, A fell headfirst into wanderlust, exploring 100 acres of mature woodland and countryside. Dusky walks overlooking the sweeping vista of Morecambe Bay and Arnside Knott, filled her heart with warmth.
As she picknicked in grassy parkland, her eyes drifted closed. It was easy to see why even locals called Holgate’s flagship park a charming year round holiday destination, welcoming holidaymakers from England and beyond. Open all year round, it wasn’t just caravans that were welcome at Holgates, but tents and motorhomes, with fully serviced pitches. Imagine A’s delight when she found that you could even stay in one of their holiday homes to hire, buy your own holiday home or stay in quirky yet serene glamping pods. She decided on the caravan experience.
Where else but Silverdale could she have a staycation close to the Lake District, without its teeming tourists? Instead Silverdale was the retreat that she needed and deserved, an example of luxury caravan holiday parks in the UK, that had everything at her fingertips. Some days she would take her time in the indoor heated swimming pool, indulging in water yoga to relieve her tight muscles and joints. It felt restoratative and so did the sauna and steam room, not something she had experienced with a traditional caravan holiday in England.
With 5* facilities to use at Ana’s leisure, she knew that Silverdale would offer something for all the family. She would bring her loved ones together for a bowling session at the Bowling Alley and Arcade, a surefire hit with kids, adults and seniors alike. Her bowling skills were questionable (unless you count strikes on the Nintendo Wii), but nevertheless they had fun, with 6 lane ten pin bowling, interactive bowling games and arcade games. As far as family-friendly caravan holiday parks in the UK goes, Silverdale was on to a winner!
Kids would whittle away the hours in the outdoor adventure play areas, munching on veggie bites, as they sipped their orange Capri Sun’s. Meanwhile the adults would take their energetic puppies for a walk, bobbling sausage dogs scampering across farm trails accessible directly from the public footpaths. As the afternoon stretched out its arms and welcomed in the evening, they would forgo the park restaurant in favour of a quiet meal at home, a glorious 3 course Italian meal that was engulfed in tantalizing flavour.
A Caprese mozzarella salad teased with sea salt, drizzled in balsamic vinegar, sun drenched tomatoes on the vine. Penne Arribiata, layered with parmesan, blush tomatoes roasted, garlic on the tongue. A decaf coffee tiramisu for the whole family to enjoy, cream and coffee in endless accord. Cream covered lips and childish giggles ensued, washed down with a glass of vinho for the adults, and a freshly squeezed orange juice for the kids. Slurping happily, there was a calm silence that followed, a soothing gap in time that they were all thankful for.
You are able to hire glamping pods, holiday homes or bring your touring caravan/ tent to Silverdale. You can also buy your own holiday home at Silverdale. There are pet-accessible caravans and also wheelchair accessible caravans too. Facilities are fantastic and include a swimming and leisure complex, gym, bowling lanes and a shop for groceries. You also have outdoor play areas for kids, indoor soft play, restaurants, an outdoor terrace overlooking the sea and even a tasty ice cream parlour to whet your appetite.
-You will be spoilt for choice when browsing and shopping, with the centre of Silverdale village only a short walk away from the park and the quaint seaside village of Arnside just under two miles away.
-Further afield you will find the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland, ideal for jam-packed days exploring!
-If you love nature, culture and history then why not check out Leighton Hall, RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve and Carnforth Station Heritage Centre?
Beautiful Coastal Caravan Holiday Parks In The UK
Sandymouth Holiday Resort, Cornwall
Cornwall was a golden land of dreams, sea soaked shores lapping at silky sand. Adventurers exploring rock pools, surfers reunited after a long, hard pandemic, feeling the breath of the ocean embracing them in a warm hug. For Sandymouth Holiday Resort was no ordinairy UK staycation, an area of outstanding natural beauty, where sports lovers could thrive. From kayaking to sailing, cycling and riding, Sandymouth was proud to be nearby unrivalled attractions. Part of the ‘Go Active Breaks Collection’, families, couples and solo adventurers were wowed beyond belief.
Within walking distance of Sandymouth Bay, A took the young toddler’s hand sheepishly, as they tenderly explored 24 acres of rolling meadowland and immaculate gardens. The sun shone magificiently, bright yellow rays like a lion’s maze, looking down on the young mother and child with love. A stone’s throw from the North Devon border, and 15 minutes from Bude, this stunning resort had a deserved place in the best coastal caravan holiday parks in the UK without a shadow of a doubt! Based in North Cornwall, A was confident that you would find something to suit the whole family. After all, noone did Cornwall holiday staycations better than Sandymouth Holiday resort.
Budding pirate captains held Black Pearl’s full size pirate ship hostage as they plundered, their imagination running wild as they struck (literal) gold. Adults got in on the action too, pumping up the jam in the outdoor gym, as they kept fit on holiday, before heading out to the sports pitch. The adult’s competitive edge came out, but they couldn’t resist having some fun splashing around in the indoor heated pool! As for the evening entertainment? It was an unforgettable evening for all the family, starting off at The Bistro at Sandymouth Bar and Restaurant, before getting their funk on at the Crows Nest Cabaret, which 100% made their night.
The accomodation was a treat as well, so it was easy to see why Reevo had rated Sandymouth Holiday Resort in Cornwall 9.1/10 for its overall holiday experience. The Boscastle Sea View 3 in particular was gorgeous, a luxurious 14ft holiday home with one master double bedroom and two twin bedrooms. Complete with a shower, WC, spacious kitchen and elegant lounge area with a 40″ flat screen TV, A could imagine living here during the year, to escape the madness of her day to day life. With French doors leading out onto enclosed decking, it was a family-friendly caravan that had plenty of character. The caravan even had a fireplace, crackling with an electric fire to match its hygee vibe.
Sandymouth has a range of facilities to suit the needs of your whole family. Kids will love the outdoor splash area, kids entertainment and Charlie Bears Children’s Club! That’s not all, there is an under 5’s indoor play area, pirate ship play area, GO Juniors and a whole lot of fun. Adult’s aren’t missing out either, with an all weather multi-sports court, jet skis, raft buidling, snorkelling and sea scooters, as well as a trim trail with outdoor gym equipment and activities. You also get to try out archery and fencing, fishing, Body Zorbs, and laser clay rifle shooting!
– Sandymouth Bay Beach is the perfect coastal getaway to take a short stroll, enjoy the sea air and be blessed with impeccable views.
– The Castle, Bude is the former home of a Victorian inventor. You can explore local heritage while you gaze upon gorgeous views at this amazing local attraction.
– Bude Marshes is one of Cornwall’s largest nature reserves. The Marshes offers 9 acres of land and plenty of incredible wildlife to spot!
Sandymouth Holiday Resort,
Bude, EX23 9HW
Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park, Plymouth
When it came to finding the most charming and magical caravan holiday parks in the UK, A knew that she had to explore Plymouth. A port city that she held close to her heart, it was the birthplace of her soulmate and one true love D. Dan had come down to London after studying at Brunel University in Uxbridge, but he had never forgotten his coastal roots, yearning for a trip back home to see his family once more.
Although A and D had dated for 2 years, lockdown had scuppered plans to meet his parents, so at last, they were reunited. Worried about how they might receive her, she toyed with her hair, but she needn’t have been scared. She was welcomed into open arms, taken on a tour of Plymouth, beyond the tourist beaten track. From a deep dive into the city’s history at The Box, Plymouth’s museum, art gallery and culture centre, to family fun at Tinside Lido, an iconic waterfront Lido in Plymouth, operation ‘Meet the Parents’ was a success.
But where would they stay? Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park caught their eye immediately, holding a coveted VisitEngland Gold Award. Nestled in an idiyllic woodland valley, Bovisand was a rural treat, with access to spectacular coastal walks with panoramic views. A family run caravan, lodge and apartment holiday park, where else in Plymouth could you find a gold-award winning coastal resort but Bovisand?
Only 7 miles away from Plymouth city centre, Bovisand was a tranquil, aesthetically pleasing resort where you could escape your lives in the big city, and relax into the beachside life. Was it any wonder that some holiday makers had chosen to make Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park their ‘summer home’, when its luxury caravans made for a guaranteed chill out stay? Complete with an outdoor picnic table, Bovisand’s caravans made al fresco dining that more pleasurable, as they bathed under the suprisingly warm, deep blue sky.
Setting the standard for getaways in Plymouth, this family friendly holiday caravan park boasted its own kids’ playground, indoor heated swimming pool (perfect during colder months) and table tennis facilities. When the sun came out they would get competitive, especially D who used to play Squash professionally, and knew that his table tennis and badminton skills were equally as impressive. A laughed as she struggled to keep up with him, but lo and behold the heavens had opened. It was time to jump into the pool, and warm up quickly!
Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park is award winning for a reason. You have site-wide WIFI service to keep you connected on holiday, as well as a kid’s playground and an indoor heated pool to get cozy in during the colder months in the West Country. You also have special access to unpoilt coastal paths and Bovisand Beach. It is family run which makes caravanning at Bovisand an intimate experience.
– The beach at Bovisand is popular all year round. You can have a gorgeous summer picnic, play games on the beach such as beach volleyball and enjoy a calming stroll in colder months.
– Have a thing for historic buildings? Then you will love Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, a Grade I landscaped country park.
-Check out Plymouth City Centre where you can explore the Mayflower Marina, grab a bite at The Tudor Rose Tearooms and down a pint at Fishermans Arms
Devon, PL9 0AA
Haven, Caister on Sea, Norfolk
A had fond memories of Haven as a kid, and Caister on Sea Holiday Park was no exception. A traditional caravan holiday park in the UK, she marvelled at how it had been in the Haven family since 1906! Standing the test of time, the stunning Haven holiday site has luxury and budget caravans, ultra modern deck houses and accessible caravans for wheelchair users, and those with mobility issues. Caister on Sea really had thought of everything, making it ideal for big families who wanted to explore Norfolk. With a new Adventure Village, outdoor play areas and entertainment venue, kids and adults alike could rejoyce in Haven’s adventourous spirit. The Adventure Village in particular was a treat.
With exciting activities such as an Ariel Aventure, indoor play areas and 4 x 4 off-roaders, when it came to being bored, there was no such thing! The adventure park was just a few steps away from beautiful stretches of sandy seashore, and packed with classic beach fun for the whole family to enjoy. Love retro delights? The amusement arcade takes you back into a journey of yesteryear, trying your hardest to get that neon cuddly toy that always seems to best you, determined to beat the arcade at its own game. Oh boy, was it a magical night!
Haven, Caister on Sea was blessed to have incredible attractions on its doorstep but what would bring A’s retro fantasies to life? It would be the Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park that would titillate her senses, with thrill rides, kiddy rides and everything in between. Fun for all the family, Wipeout was the biggest rollercoaster in East Anglia, while the Water Fun Factory was splash-tastic, a favourite for all humans, young and in between. It wasn’t just rides either, as kids and adults cooed and ahhed in Birds of Paradise, colourful parrots clamouring for attention. A loved how the Birds of Paradise attraction, worked closely with Farasuto Forest, a community nature serve in The Gambia, Africa.
Speaking of outdoor fun, the Norfolk Broads were also entrancing, the UK’s largest and finest wetland landscape. With water, marsh, woodland and wide skies, there was abundant wildlife, including many rare butterflies and magnetic dragonflies. While some of the nature reserves can only be visited by boat, you could also enjoy activities such as sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and cycling. Not far from your caravan at Haven, you can sleep well knowing how much you’ve got your body moving. If it’s an active holiday that you are after, then you are in luck.
Kids and adults will love how much there is to do at Caister-on-Sea. A fantastic entertainment venue allows you to grab some drinks, book a table and watch the show unfold before you, while breakfast, lunch and dinner is covered with bountiful food and drink venues. You also have an everyday essentials supermarket, an amusement arcade, adventure village and even a beautifully fragrant rose garden!
-BeWILDerwood is an outdoor adventure park based on the enchanting world of Twiggles and Boggles.
– Great Yarmouth Beach has donkey rides, bouncy castles and sand dunes to keep the family entertained.
-Lost World Adventure Golf is 9 hole adventure course with dinosaurs, water hazards and a giant Aztec temple.
Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park
Dog Friendly Caravan Holiday Parks In The UK
Eye Kettleby Lakes Holiday Park, Leicestershire
Ana and Dan were looking forward to moving in together in September, and one of the most exciting things was being able to own their first pet together. They would take their rescue dogs to dog friendly caravan parks in the UK, letting their pups be the judge of who was the best in the land. The vote had been settled and Eyes Kettleby Lakes Holiday Park in Leicestershire had been chosen.
A luxury touring and camping site, it had been awarded 5 stars by Visit Britain. With beautiful views across the rolling Leicestershire countryside, the young couple were content. The touring park was split into two main areas, the northen site boasting 61 incredible pitches, with 5 star luxury log cabin amenity blocks for dog owners who are feeling boujee. As if this wasn’t enough, the showers felt like heaven, commended for being the best in the UK, with individual bathrooms for a luxury caravanning and camping experience.
The southern part of the park was opened in April 2018, with 69 full service pitches. As they held hands, their eyes were mesmerized by the rolling farmland, which sat adjacent to the old railway bridge and 4.5 acre specimen Carp lake. It was breathtaking, and both the touring park and glamping pods were adult only, being awarded as the best adult only site in the UK in 2017. While families were allowed in the log cabins, children could only attend the fishing lakes on the complex with adult supervision and the tearoom as day visitors.
It felt like a secret paradise on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray, a tranquil luxury dog-friendly retreat for our four legged friends. Set across 150 acres of gorgeous countryside, long rambling walks with pups seemed frozen in time, blissfully unaware of the people around them. Imagine how pleased the pups were when they could even attend the dog friendly tea room and bar area, free to roam with their humans by their side! As they settled in for the night, they had a warm water Dog shower, yapping playfully after a blissful day at Eye Kettleby.
An established family run fishery, the humans and their pups could even enjoy access to a 9 fishing lakes including two specimen Carp lakes with fish up to 30lbs. Boy was it a treat for the senses! Open all year round, come rain or shine, Eye Kettleby was the perfect holiday caravan park in the UK for long walks, wildlife and scenery. Rated as the AA Campsite of the Year, Ana was also pleased to note that it was extremely accessible, wheelchair friendly and had an access statement on their website which showed where disabled facilities were on the premises.
Eyes Kettleby Lakes Holiday Park offers a variety of accomodation including luxury log cabins with their own private outdoor hot tub, adult only glamping pods with a private bathroom and an adult only touring park for Motorhomes, R.V’s, Caravans and Campers. There is also family friendly and dog-friendly accomodation. There is disabled access, a Clubhouse (home to a tearoom, bar and lounge), fishing lakes and events.
-Melton Mowbray is a historic market town which is famous for its Stilton cheese and historic pubs such as the Anne of Cleves (1327)
– If you fancy something a little quirky, the Sheepdog Experience lets you spend the day with a handler and his dogs in the countryside.
– Give Rutland Water Nature Reserve a whirl with pretty woodland walks, tranquil bird watching and an educational day out.
Eye Kettleby Lakes ,
Leicestershire LE14 2TN
Challaborough Bay Holiday Park, South Devon
While many of the caravan holiday parks in the UK were wheelchair friendly on this list, A had to give Challaborough a special mention. Challaborough Bay Holiday Park had exceptional static caravans designed with wheelchair users in mind, with extra-wide models for easy accessibility. With a sheltered, award winning beach on your doorstep, wheelchair users have easy access to tantalizing golden shores.
Holding a prestigious Blue Flag award, Challaborough Beach was one of the best beaches in the company, with gorgeous views of nearby Bigbury Beach and Burgh Island. In fact, you could even reach Burgh Island at high tide, by taking a sea tractor, for a quirky beach experience. The perfect accessible family adventure in Devon, many of Challaborough’s caravans are pet friendly, with two and three bedroom caravans available. While there is plenty to do in the area, the holiday park has plenty of holiday activities to keep you occupied.
Enjoy the Splish Splash activities in the sublime heated indoor pool complex, work up a sweat in the gym, or even give paddle boarding and surfing a try, with Discovery Surf. If you want to relax and unwind, you can let off some steam in the detoxifying sauna, and be energized during your stay. For fellow foodies like myself, the incredible Waterfront Bar & Restaurant has spectacular sea views, while the Bay Takeaway & Pizzeria is ideal for a tasty snack on the go? All about the nightlife? Christie’s Bar and Clubhouse will have you dancing all night long. If you want to try something nostalgic, then the newly refurbished amusement arcade, has classic arcade games and prizes to be won!
Don’t forget about the kids either! Challaborough’s pirate-themed adventure playground helps your children’s imagination run wild, as they picture themselves as swashbuckling pirates. There’s even a wildlife nature trail, and soft play area for little feet to explore at their leisure. If you are after an accessible family day out, then you will love Pennywell Farm, where you can cuddle an adorable teacup pig! From helping to collect the chicken’s eggs to feeding goats and lambs, this wheelchair accessible farm is fantastic! There is even ferret and mini pig racing!
See who is the most competitive in your family and play pool at the amusement arcade. If active sports are your cup of tea, you will love scuba diving in the indoor pool and catching waves with disovery surf. There are two fantastic restaurants (one takeaway), as well as a clubhouse, live entertainment and local beach access. There are caravan holidays, lodge holidays and cottage staycations available.
-Want a family day out? Woodlands Family Theme Park is the UK’s biggest indoor fun zone. Go on thrilling rides including slides and bumper boat rides.
-Corbyn Head Beach is an unusual but charming secluded sand and shingle beach with panoramic views over Torbay.
– The South Devon Chilli Farm is exceptional with over 150 varieties of chilli plants in its show tunnel.
*All attractions have wheelchair access
Challaborough Bay Holiday Park
Near Bigbury, South Devon
Beach Family Caravan Holiday Parks In The UK
Parkdean Resorts Camber Sands, East Sussex
Adventurers young and old came together at Camber Sands Holiday Park near Rye with impish delight. With Camber Sands Beach directly opposite the park, seven miles of gloriousness stretched out as far as the eye could see. Babies wriggled their toes in golden sand, while the family were in their element, running with the wind, their hair whipped into a manic frenzy. It was hardly a surprise to hear that Camber Sands Beach had been used in film and TV shows such as The Theory of Everything (2014), Afterlife (2019) and Dunkirk (1958).
A perfect spot for beach picnics and coastal walks, the families were delighted to see that Camber Sands Beach was equally as thrilling. The Bear Grylls Survival Academy put the kids through their paces, exploring the great outdoors with activities that teach them how to survive in the wild. The academy has even been designed by Bear Grylls himself, to deliver an authentic survival experience for kids. Want to try something new? From Adventure Bugs to a high ropes course, arts and crafts den and sports dome, the kids will love the beach holiday va-cay.
When it comes to accomodation, you will be spoiled for choice with a brand new luxury caravan and lodge development coming in 2021, as well as upgraded chalets and bungalows. Seaford Caravan a 3 bedroom bright and spacious caravan is highly rated, with pet friendly units, a fully equipped kitchen and a flat screen TV with Freeview in the lounge for cosy nights in. You will also find double glazing and central heating for extra warmth in colder months. Included in the price of your caravan stay are entertainment passes to make the most of your stay.
Speaking of entertainment, why not treat yourself to a relaxing meal in The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant, as your kids have a blast at Camber Sands Kids Clubs. They can choose from Magical Unicorns, Wizard Academy and a Jurassic Adventure! Pipsqueak’s Mouse House is also idea, for kids under 5 who want to play fun games, share stories and sing their heart out to their parents dismay. For adults pretend you are on Britain’s Got Talent with ‘The Big Talent Show’ to compete for a big cash prize, with an all singing, all dancing bonzana. If you want a more tranquil evening, have some quiet drinks at Camber Sand’s ‘Bar Under the Stars’ available at selected parks.
Accessible caravans are available, as well as lodges, chalets and bungalows at Camber Sands. As well as excellent accomodation there is an ice cream station, bar and restaurant, entertainment venue, Costa Coffee and takeaway available. You have an outdoor adventure playground, wet outdoor play area, soft play and kids clubs for the children, while dogs can let off steam at Woof Park. If sports and leisure is your cup of tea, there is mini golf, a wildlife nature trail and a virtual reality area available. There is also an indoor pool, waterslide and sauna.
-Explore Rye’s romantic cobbled lanes, with mysterious passageways and half timbered buildings. St Mary’s church has the best views of the coastline and the quaint little streets below.You also have quirky tea shops, boutiques and art galleries.
-Want to try a thrilling kite sport? The Kitesurf Centre will teach you Kitesurfing, kiteboarding, powerkiting and kite landboarding.
-Dymchurch Amusement Park is a fun day out where you can ride the teacups, slide down the helter skelter and battle each other on the dodgems.
Camber Sands Holiday Park
Camber, East Sussex.
Luxury Caravan Holiday Parks In The UK
Swanage Coastal Park, Dorset
Ana craved a luxury staycation in Dorset, to explore the Jurassic Coast like the kid at heart that she was. Imagine her delight when she came across Swanage Coastal Park, set in the stunning Purbeck hills. With unparallelled views across the equisite Swanage Bay and surrounding countryside, A felt bliss at last. It was only a mile from the Swanage town centre but this relaxing park was tranquil and soothing. Offering self-catered accomodation, you can choose from modern caravans, or luxury lodges, with pet friendly caravans available. Some caravans even have a gorgeous intimate hot tub that is perfect for couples that are after a romantic break in the UK.
Swanage Coastal Park’s Signature Lodge 3 is a luxury holiday home that is utterly dreamy. With one double bedroom with an ensuite shower and two twin bedrooms with a separate shower and bath, Dorset is the ideal location to unwind. While pets are not allowed at this lodge, you do have an incredible outdoor hot tub, as well as a double glazed verandah with garden furniture and a barbeque stand. Unlike other caravan holiday parks in the UK-that are on this list- you won’t find bustling facilities or entertainment. This is all about relaxing and taking time out.
With free Wi-Fi, a play park and laundrette, visitors can also enjoy the fantastic facilities at the neighbouring park including a health and fitness club, pool and a bar to get your drink on! Want something a little more chilled? You can discover nearby coastal walks or visit the traditional seaside town just a short stroll away. If you are as obsessed with history and culture as I am, then you will fall in love with Brownsea Island Castle in Poole Harbour, the largest of eight islands. Henry VIII even constructed one of his coastal castles in the 1540’s here!
Another historical attraction worth mentioning is the exciting Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre. Marvel as you learn about the history and heritage of Little London by the Sea with an incredible insight into how Swanage town and its people have evolved over the millenia. Constructed in the 1890’s, the Swanage Musuem displays reflect the importance in the town’s history that the stone trade played, along with the transition to becoming the small, beautiful and successful holiday resort that it is today.There is wheelchair access to the musuem but it is limited.
Swanage Coastal Park’s luxury caravans and lodges will give you the boujee caravanning experience that you have always wanted. Three of the caravans have hot tubs, and there is also dog-friendly accomodation. Having received Bronze for Holiday Park of the Year at the 2020 Dorset Tourism Awards, this non-smoking hotel has a fitness centre with a gym/workout room, self-serve laundry facilities and all rooms have a seating area. They also have a microwave, refrigerator, kitchenware and flatscreen TV.
-Durlston Country Park spans 113 hectares with sea-cliffs, woodland and over 500 wildflowers. There are over 25o species of birds.
-Highcliffe Castle in Christchurch was built in the 1830’s by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. It is a romantic picturesque style castle.
– Bournemouth Aviation Museum has a unique collection of ex-military and civilian aircraft, some of which still fly!
Swanage Coastal Park
Meadow House Holiday Park, Pembrokeshire
Meadow House Holiday Park was one of a kind, with outstanding sea views across Amroth bay. A half-mile long and flat sandy beach, Ana rubbed her eyes in amazement, as yet another luxury beach vacation in the UK blew her away. With direct access to the Pembrokeshire coastal path leading to Amroth and Wisemans Bridge, there was no shortage of things to do in Pembrokeshire. As if this wasn’t exciting enough, Meadow House has static holiday homes and lodges, with Amroth Lodges and Whitesands static holiday homes boasting bubbly private hot tubs to melt all your worries away. All accomodation is self-catered, and units are beautifully equipped.
Looking for something to do? There is an indoor heated swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and 16 acres of beautifully manicured grounds. At Charlie’s Steaks, Grills and Pizzas, there are delicious vegan casual dining options such as ‘Celtics Own Vegan Burger’ and a Special Vegan Plant Based Lasagne, while veggies can also enjoy a Margherita pizza and a basil, sundried tomato and olive pizza. Want to to boost your wellbeing? Enjoy a good book by the pool, or pamper yourself with a selection of beauty and spa treatments available.
Kid’s will have the chance to make new friends while on holiday in the brand new play park. Or if a beach is more their scene, they can fly a kite, explore a rock pool or build sandcastles to their heart’s content. After all, why not take advantage of being down the seaside, and let the kids imagination run wild. Saundersfoot with its breathtaking harbour, shops, eateries and bars is also a walkable distance away and well worth the visit. Oakwood Theme Park deserves a special mention and is Wales biggest theme park for family adventures and thrill seekers!
If you are looking for a delicious restaurant that is vegetarian friendly near Meadow House Holiday Park, then I cannot reccomend the award winning Dragon Palace. A Chinese restaurant, vegetarians will love their mixed vegetable curry, fried bean curd with hot sauce and fried noodles with vegetables in black bean sauce. Winner of the Best Restaurant in Wales in the Golden Chopstick Awards (2019) and the Winner of the ‘Best Oriental’ restaurant by The Food Awards Wales in 2018, Dragon Palace is infamous in Wales and close to Meadow House!
There are hot tub lodges and static homes, and all accomodation is self catered. There is a laundry and washing up area to keep things squeaky clean, and active enthusiasts will love the indoor pool and fitness room, There is a family bar with an outside terrace and a restaurant as well as a children’s play area. The area nearby has lots to see and do!
-Start your own adventure at Folly’s Farm, with a barn, fairground and play area. You can even adopt a member of the Folly Farm family!
-Tenby Castle Beach is a sandy, cliff backed beach which can disappear at high tide. Check out Castle Hill and St Catherine’s Island at low tide.
– Tenby Lifeboat Station lets you get up close and personal with historic lifeboats, as well as a little gift shop that supports the life boat fund.
Celtic Holiday Parks,
Noble Court, Redstone Road,
Wales SA67 7ES
Nodes Point Holiday Park, Isle of Wight
Looking for budget caravan holiday parks in England that won’t break the bank? Nodes Point Holiday Park in the Isle of Wight is the perfect cheap getaway out of London. With 85% of customers reccomending Nodes Point, and rated by Visit England as Quality Assured, this holiday park is also rated as 8.7/10 by Reevo. What’s more this award winning cheap holiday park has been commended with a Conservation award for ‘Protecting & Enhancing the environment’, and Parkdean Holiday Parks won two gold awards at the 2020 British Travel Awards!
With the beautiful St Helen’s beach and Priory Bay, at the bottom of the park, uncover glorious coastal views, when you visit Nodes Holiday Park near Bembridge. Owned by the National Trust, the beach and bay is naturally beautiful, and is great for taking kids for a rockpool adventure, sunbathing, swimming or even a brisk coastal path walk with the dogs! Want to make your trip memorable? Why not check out nearby Bembridge, with three breathtaking beaches, a bustling harbour and even a Lifeboat station to explore!
If you want to make the most of Nodes Point, let the kids run wild in the adventure playground. With nets to climb, slides to whoosh down and swings, there is no shortage of things to do at Nodes Point. Even when you are done exploring the stunning nearby beaches, you can challenge the children to a game of football or shoot some hoops together on the all-weather multi-sports court. Consider yourself as someone who likes to keep active? The indoor pool has incredible water slides and a paddling pool to have splish-splash fun!
The hours will whizz by as you race your family down the giant waterslides and splash around with inflatables in the heated indoor pool. Little water-babies can have a go too in their own toddler’s pool – perfect for splashing about while they’re still learning to swim. Want to try something gorgeous? Why not explore the stunning coast by horseback with Node Point’s third party provider, the perfect way to enjoy the mesmerizing sights of the Isle? After all that physical activity relaxation is key, so why not wind down at the Entertainment Complex?
There are Trouper productions, big name secret acts, Linked Bingo and Pipsqueak’s Mouse House for the little ones. Adults and kids alike will be entertained at Node Point Holiday Park without a shadow of a doubt! If you are feeling hungry you can dine in or takeaway at The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant. Want to chill out? Take a seat in the Harbour Bar & Deli, and have a quiet drink, or a caffeine boost in Costa Coffee to boost your energy. The strong WIFI in the complex will help you stay connected so you can show everyone what a fab time you are having!
Looking for cheap accomodation? Prices start from £129 for three nights, and can go up to £500 depending on what time of year you are booking for, how much advance you are giving and how many nights you are staying for. They have caravan holidays with wheelchair friendly and pet accomodation available, and you can even bring your own tourer if you prefer. For camping holidays at Nodes Point you can bring your own tent or stay in one of the ready to use tents. If you are looking for a permenant holiday home, there are caravans available on sale.
There are caravans, lodges and chalets available, with two of the pricier lodges being equipped with a bubbly hot tub! There are two bars/ restaurants and a Costa Coffee. An adventure playground, indoor heated swimming pool with slides and an all-weather multi-sports court is available. You also have an amusement arcade and kids clubs, as well as a convenience store and laundrette. Super-fast WIFI is in the complex.
-Dinosaur Isle allows you to step back 120 million years and explore the fascinating fossils on display including the almost complete remains of a ginormous Iguanodon!
-All aboard the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, travelling through ancient woodlands and rolling green hills.
-With its charming Victorian buildings, Cowes is a town steeped in nautical heritage and a sailing Mecca – but you’ll love its relaxed atmosphere too.
Ryde, Isle of Wight,
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