Why you should consider a caravan park for a family holiday
The majority of the short breaks we provide for our families are in self-catering caravans in a holiday park by the British seaside. They provide a safe, structured environment for our families to make the most of their time together away from the stresses and strains often associated with home life. Here Robbie from Holiday Park Guru discusses why caravan holidays are a great option for anyone, and what to think about when choosing.
Caravan holiday parks are one of the cheapest accommodation options around but it’s worth doing a bit of research to make the most of your week.
Broadly speaking you can split holiday parks into two categories, and each one has pros and cons.
The first option is a busy family holiday park. These are usually owned by big chains and are jam-packed with facilities on site. Nearly all of them have an indoor swimming pool, often with flumes or water activities and some have outdoor pools for sunny days. Most have restaurants on-site, various sports, evening entertainment, a playground and a kids’ club. Some have quirky extras such as bushcraft or surf lessons whilst others have crazy golf courses, archery or a climbing wall.
These parks are certainly worth considering if you are holidaying without a car as you can happily spend several days on-site. Personally I prefer parks attached to a family-friendly sandy beach but you’ll have to weigh up the benefits of different sites.
You’ll usually find these parks in busy holiday resorts, such as Weymouth, Blackpool, Great Yarmouth, Shanklin or Newquay. Most of them are dog-friendly, although you usually have to pay a bit extra to bring your pet.
I’d recommend these busy parks for a family looking for an action-packed week, but not for anyone looking for isolation, peace and quiet. If that’s more your idea of a holiday then I’d consider the second type of holiday park, which is those which have much more basic facilities.
These quieter holiday parks are often independent, family-run businesses on a smaller site. Many of the best ones occupy prime positions alongside the coastline but there’s often very little to do at the park, beside a patch of grass for kicking a ball about and a small playground.
Many of these parks get rave reviews and are ideal for families who want an affordable base for exploring the local area. Counties such as Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk and the Isle of Wight have a good choice of small holiday parks and are full of family-friendly days out, many of which are free. These parks are also good if you are hoping to slow down and silence the smartphone for a few days.
Whichever type of caravan park you choose, you’ll get the best value if you travel in a large group. There’s often very little difference in price between a four berth caravan and a six or eight berth option. It’s also important to book as early as you can for a spring or summer holiday, as the best parks and caravans are reserved up to a year in advance by return visitors. Of course, you’ll find prices vary hugely depending on the time of year – last-minute winter breaks at holiday parks are available at a bargain price.
Obviously you can look at reviews for each park, but also take a look at reviews of different grade of caravan. You’ll sometimes find that the ‘bronze’ caravans have been replaced or refurbished recently and are getting better reviews than the ‘gold’ options.
Blog post contributed by Robbie from Holiday Park Guru