If summer still seems a long way off but you’re dreaming of a holiday, why not consider a staycation for your family this Half Term or Easter? Many of us go in search of sun, sea and sand abroad, but there are so many beautiful destinations to explore right here in the UK. Book a trip to one of Britain’s 15 National Parks for stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits , or explore our 17,000km of rugged coastline. Our pick of the Top Five Holiday Parks Below should give you some inspiration to get packing!
1. Bluestone National Park Resort – Pembrokeshire, Wales
Set in 500 acres of beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park, Bluestone is the perfect antidote to your busy daily life. Stay in one of their 300 luxury lodges and enjoy access to hundreds of indoor and outdoor activities, the amazing Blue Lagoon water park, and an award-winning spa.
Challenge your family to raft building or kayaking on the lake, zip wire through the trees at the Steep Ravine or if the weather’s wet, head to the indoor Adventure Centre for crazy golf, Rock climbing, a Circus zone, Baby Sensory Area and more.
The lodges are self catering but there are also several on site cafes and restaurants to choose from including a cosy pub serving locally brewed ale, a relaxed grillhouse and dinner shows with live entertainment. The kids will love Camp Smokey where you can dine outside in the forest.
2. Sandy Balls Holiday Village – Fordingbridge, Hampshire
A firm favourite with families, this holiday park in Hampshire’s New Forest has loads of activities to keep you busy. There’s the usual cycling, swimming, archery and horse riding, alongside the more unusual alpaca walking and a bush craft school! If you’re after more relaxation, the serene spa has you covered.
Sandy Balls Holiday Village is well-suited to young children, as there are plenty of activities for ages 3 and above, such as bug hunting, pond dipping and laser tag.
You can choose to stay in a range of self catering lodges or a cosy caravan. New for 2019 is the Indulgent Lodge which sleeps up to 10 guests- perfect for a couple of families to share.
3. Thorpe Forest Lodges – Thetford Forest, Norfolk
Nestled on the banks of the River Thet, these luxury lodges offer an idyllic setting close to Thetford Forest. Enjoy a wide range of outdoor pursuits in the woods, or head to the nearby Norfolk Broads for water sports. All the lodges come with an indulgent hot tub, and most of them are pet friendly too.
There is a shop and coffee lounge on site but no restaurant, although you are able to order takeaway food to your lodge if you fancy a night off cooking.
4. Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park – Woolacombe, Devon
Admire panoramic views of the north Devon coast from this hillside holiday park, perched high above the beautiful beach. Recently refurbished, it offers two fantastic heated pools, a relaxed spa, an adventure trail for Segway safaris and zorbing and two kids clubs for ages 0-9.
The award winning beach is just 15 minutes walk away where 3 miles of pristine golden sand meets the swell of the Atlantic – no wonder it is frequently voted the Best Beach in the UK.
5. Fallbarrow Holiday Park – Bowness on Windemere, Lake District
Discover the beauty of the UK’s largest National Park from this popular holiday spot, right on the edge of Lake Windermere. The breathtaking beauty of the Lake District is the perfect backdrop for spending some quality time together as a family.
This break can be as active or relaxed as you like- there’s a children’s play area and restaurant on site, and the town of Bowness-on-Windermere is just a short walk away where you can arrange boat trips, sailing and water sports on the lake. The kids will love The World of Beatrix Potter nearby, where their favourite characters Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-duck come to life.
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