Holiday Parks: A Holiday For The Whole Family

Holiday parks are a great option for a holiday that the whole family can enjoy. Accommodation, attractions and entertainment are contained within a dedicated site, making this a particularly safe and convenient option for families with young children. Older children will welcome the opportunity to explore the park on their own or with friends.

Holiday parks cater for an enormous range of holiday styles and budgets, so whether you are used to having all modern conveniences close to hand or prefer to 'rough it' a little bit, there is sure to be a park to suit your needs. It's worth taking some time to prepare for your trip before you book though so you can aviod any stress and enjoy your holiday to the full.

Many holiday parks are located close to the sea, many with access directly onto safe, clean beaches. Choose from a basic caravan that will even permit the family dog to join in the fun, or splash out on a luxurious lodge complete with en suite bathrooms and your own private sauna!

Haven Holidays boasts 35 seaside parks around the UK, so you can choose from windswept cliffs to safe, sandy beaches with prices starting from £499 for 7 nights for a family holiday. Stay at Cala Gran or Marton Mere for plenty of on-site fun or visit nearby Blackpool for the Pleasure Beach, Tower and Winter Gardens.

Parkdean has 24 holiday parks around the UK, based at seaside or woodland locations. A week at Looe Bay in Cornwall starts from just £299 staying in a 4 berth, 2 bedroom caravan. Hunt for crabs in the harbour or have fun on the sandy beach.

Hoseasons has 39 holiday parks around the UK in a variety of locations. Seven nights in a 4 berth Puffin caravan at Seacote Park in Cumbria costs between £255 and £555, depending on when you book. In addition to the on-site facilities, the park offers superb access to the beautiful Lake District National Park.

Pontins has 5 holiday parks at British coastal resorts. Camber Sands, on the south coast, has access to a Blue Flag beach with some delightful picturesque towns within easy reach. Rye Heritage Centre makes a great day out and kids enjoy a visit to Camber Castle. 7 night breaks start from around 350.

Butlins is one of the original holiday parks and offers 7 night summer holidays from around £198 per person. Free fairground rides and three popular seaside locations make this a great choice for families on a strict budget. Minehead Park is situated on the edge of Exmoor National Park and a host of Devon attractions are within easy reach.

Park Holidays UK has a choice of 25 holiday parks across the south of England, from Devon to Suffolk. Seven nights in a bronze caravan at Riviera Bay in Devon costs from around 405 during the summer holidays. Close to Dartmoor and Plymouth Harbour, families have a huge choice of attractions to visit within a short distance.

Richardsons is a smaller company offering just two holiday parks, both set in the scenic Norfolk coast from £407 for 7 nights in the summer holidays. Norfolk is home to a number of family attractions including Pettitts Animal Adventure Park and the Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth. The area is rich in nature reserves, making it the perfect choice for nature loving families.

Bluestone Village is a self-contained holiday park set in the spectacular Pembrokeshire countryside in Wales. With over 250 luxury lodges and a variety of terraced cottages available for families, the park also boasts a lake, water park and indoor adventure centre.

Tree-climbing, Zorbing (rolling down hillsides in an enormous ball!), archery and horse-riding are all available along with golf, kite-surfing and 4x4 driving, making this a superb action-packed holiday for the adventurous family.

From around 660 for seven nights for a family of four in a luxury lodge, this is a more expensive option than some of the other parks, but the facilities for both adults and children are exceptional.

Also on the more expensive end of the scale are Center Parcs Holiday Parks. The four parks are set amongst over 400 acres of forest in Cumbria, Nottinghamshire, Wiltshire and Suffolk and offer a range of accommodation, from the budget Comfort Villa to the Exclusive Lodges and Treehouses, many of which include personal steam room, hot tub and sauna.

Families can try their hands at archery, falconry, climbing and a huge variety of sports. Center Parcs pioneered the 'dome' featuring indoor swimming pool and entertainment complex, allowing families to enjoy the facilities whatever the weather. Seven nights at Elveden Forest in Suffolk for a family of four in the summer costs around £1400.

For those wishing to travel further afield, there is a wide choice of holiday parks throughout Europe that can also offer a wide choice of on-site facilities, entertainments and amusements for the family in need of a stimulating yet relaxing summer break.



There is no doubt, these

There is no doubt, these holiday parks can give enormous entertainments to families with young children. I have never been to one before unfortunately, but I want to go at some point.