There has never been a better opportunity to take a relaxing break in the UK. With hundreds of holiday parks to choose from, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a family, a couple, or a multi-generation clan looking to spend precious time together.
As they’re all in the UK, these parks are easy to reach — and they offer an unrivalled choice of activities, from nightly entertainment and heated pools to nature trails and some of the best beaches in the country. And now our hugely popular offer for readers to holiday from £15pp* is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever.
We’ve teamed up with BreakFree Holidays and handpicked the best UK holiday parks. All you need to do to book a fabulous three or four-night holiday from £15pp per break is collect five passwords printed in the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday from today. There are even some options across the Channel in Europe. So start planning now and make 2020 the best year ever.
CORNWALL & DEVON
Stunning scenery: Devon’s parks and coastline are home to some of the most striking scenery in the UK. Pictured is Salcombe
Devon’s parks and coastline are home to some of the most striking scenery in the UK, from geological wonders on Dartmoor to the rugged beauty of the Jurassic Coast.
For family days out, Saunton Sands, near Croyde, a three-mile stretch of beach backed by the Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve, has magnificent views, coastal footpaths and gentle waves for beginner surfers, while the likes of Crealy Theme Park & Resort, near Exeter, has more than 200 animals and 60 rides and attractions.
Further west, Cornwall is an undisputed haven for holidaymakers, with pretty port towns, miles of golden sands and a vibrant cultural scene to which artists flock.
Take a cruise along its rugged coast or try a sea safari, where you will have the chance to spot grey seals, dolphins and basking sharks.
Don’t miss: Tick off two spots in one by taking the Teignmouth to Shaldon ferry for a pub lunch. The Ness is an ideal spot, especially if you can nab a seat in the garden.
Top holiday park: Haven’s Devon Cliffs, near Exmouth, slopes down to the secluded Blue Flag Sandy Bay beach, which has magnificent views along miles of coastal footpaths and excellent rock pools for crabbing. In the park, there are heated pools, plus flumes and slides, a multi-sports centre and the opportunity to try your hand at archery, golf, the climbing wall or the aerial adventure course (haven.com).
The East of England has fascinating towns and cities steeped in history such as Norfolk’s seaside mecca Great Yarmouth, pictured
The East of England has fascinating towns and cities steeped in history, from Suffolk’s pretty Beccles, where you can get lost in the patchwork of tiny squares and winding streets, to Cambridgeshire’s colleges and Norfolk’s seaside mecca Great Yarmouth. Here you can take an afternoon stroll along the promenade or head to the pier for fish and chips.
Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, has free admission to its theme park, which surrounds the entrance of the world’s longest pleasure pier and has more than 50 rides and attractions.
For history lovers, Colchester Castle Museum is a must, home to the biggest Normandy keep in Europe.
Don’t miss: The Landguard nature reserve and historic fort in Felixstowe has walks and cycle routes, plus the chance to spot wildlife and comb beaches for shells, whelk eggs and mermaid’s purses.
Top holiday park: Suffolk’s Carlton Meres in Saxmundham, between Ipswich and Lowestoft, is situated within quiet woodland, close to the much-loved seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold. There’s a new indoor pool and clubhouse, plus amusement arcades, cosy double-glazed camping pods and a well-stocked fishing lake with regular tournaments for eager guests (parkholidays.com).
DORSET & SOMERSET
Cheddar Gorge, pictured, is one of the largest show-caves in England. There are tours to see its stalagmites, stalactites and chambers
Dorset’s coastal cliffs and heathland combine with Somerset’s Levels and moorland to make truly stunning scenery.
You can also learn the history of Sherborne Abbey, Glastonbury Tor and Bath — where you can relax on a spa day at the Roman Baths.
Weymouth is a bustling seaside town with donkey rides and fishermen bringing home their daily catches, while Chesil and Berrow beaches and Brean Sands all offer beautiful spots for a family dip and a picnic. Weston-super-Mare has the world-famous Grand Pier, plus donkey rides and breathtaking scenery.
Don’t miss: Somerset’s Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge, the largest show-caves in England, offer tours to see their stalagmites, stalactites, chambers and the largest, natural underground dome in the UK — it’s more than 200 ft below ground, with over 110,000 tonnes of rock overhead. There are 20 other attractions on site too, including a mirror maze, fairy garden and walks.
Top holiday park: Parkdean Resorts’ Sandford Holiday Park near Poole, Dorset, has lush grounds with a treehouse adventure play area, lively children’s clubs and a pool with inflatable kayaks and snorkelling. Discover nearby Durdle Door, or have some fun at Monkey World (parkdeanresorts.co.uk).
The fishing town of Whitby, in North Yorkshire, is nestled in a bay overlooked by a gothic abbey, pictured
Home to two national parks, plus Norman castles, medieval abbeys and quaint seaside towns, this beautiful county has it all. The fishing town of Whitby, in North Yorkshire, is nestled in a bay overlooked by a gothic abbey and is home to the Magpie Cafe, famed for its fish and chips.
The National Railway Museum in York has one of the biggest collections of model railways in the world. While Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster is a great day out with more than 300 animals, including lions.
York’s famous cathedral, imposing Clifford’s Tower and the York Dungeon are among the must-see sights.
Don’t miss: Navigate the winding roads and cobbled streets down to Robin Hood’s Bay, an old fishing village in the North York Moors National Park. It’s part of two major coastal walking paths.
Top holiday park: Haven’s Blue Dolphin Holiday Park is located on a clifftop near Filey, south of Scarborough. Take a short stroll to gaze across the water before following the winding coastal path down to the beach. On site, you will find an indoor pool and water slide, go-kart track and freshwater fishing lake (haven.com).
Parkdean Resorts’ Camber Sands Park in Sussex. It is directly opposite seven miles of stand-out Blue Flag beach
Whether you want to visit lively Brighton, explore the county’s history with a trip to the ancient battlegrounds of Hastings and Rye, or see the beauty of the South Downs National Park, Sussex covers most ground.
Rye harbour is magical for a brisk morning walk or a leisurely cycle before the sun sets. Camber Sands features one of the purest and longest dune systems on the South Coast.
And Battle Abbey, Hastings Castle, Camber Castle and the Shipwreck Museum all offer insight into the area’s colourful history.
Don’t miss: If you’re looking for a fun day out with the family, Drusillas Park zoo will keep everyone entertained. Or take a train ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. There’s even go-karting in Lydd for adrenaline junkies.
Top holiday park: Directly opposite seven miles of stand-out Blue Flag beach, Parkdean Resorts’ Camber Sands Park is a perfect choice for a UK beach holiday.
Enjoy the beautiful setting or try one of the many watersports on offer before heading back to the park to make use of the four, heated, indoor swimming pools, plus the sauna and steam room (parkdeanresorts.co.uk).
The Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno. From exploring one of Wales’s vibrant cities to getting active in one of its epic national parks, the variety of things to do in Wales is staggering
From exploring one of Wales’s vibrant cities to getting active in one of its epic national parks, the variety of things to do is staggering.
There’s the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno, the broad splendour of Hell’s Mouth bay (Porth Neigwl) on the north coast, and the beautiful Gower Peninsula in the south, both popular with surfers.
A seemingly endless web of walking routes includes a hike in Snowdonia, a gentle stroll through the historic Usk Valley and a potter along a Pembrokeshire coastal path, peppered with gems such as Barafundle Bay. Or discover the country’s forests, hills and coastal paths by pedal power, with miles and miles of traffic-free routes.
Don’t miss: At Margam Country Park you can wander the 1,000-acre estate in search of deer, or scramble across the treetop walkways at Go Ape.
Top holiday park: One of the UK’s largest holiday parks, Parkdean Resorts’ Trecco Bay sits on the edge of another Blue Flag beach, Porthcawl, and is perfectly situated to discover the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. On site there are endless activities, plus an indoor pool, bowling and adventure golf (parkdeanresorts.co.uk).