Holidays with friends and family offer precious time together, and I know when I manage to get a few days spare I want to make sure the destination I choose is perfect. There are lots of things you need to think about, such as your budget and what facilities you’d like.
Luckily, there are plenty of self-catering holiday parks in the UK that are located in stunning corners of the country, so you won’t be short of choice. While you can find out more about the different facilities and offers here, below is my guide to help you narrow down your search.
Travelling around the UK or by Rail is made easier when you know where you are going and can plan ahead. It is possible to find great deals on rail travel or for car parking by searching online.
Airport parking, railway station parking and city parking are just some of the options that can start to add up unnecessarily during a trip.
This is the most important factor to consider, although self-catering getaways in the UK are very affordable so you might not mind spending a little bit extra if it secures the location and accommodation you want.
I always check for any special offers and last-minute deals to bring the price down even more, while it’s useful to do a food shop on your way to your destination so you don’t have to fork out for every meal in a cafe, pub or restaurant.
You should see what facilities and activities are included in the cost, as this might also sway your decision.
You’ll probably have a rough idea of where about in the country you’d like to explore, and one of the places I think is breathtaking is Snowdonia National Park in north Wales. This is the largest national park in Wales, spanning 823 sq miles, so you definitely have plenty of space to explore. One of the best places to stay near here is the Greenacres Holiday Park, which youngsters will especially love thanks to the paddling pool and SplashZone, along with a beach and nature reserve that are just a short distance away.
North Devon is another beautiful part of the UK and Manleigh Park is a brilliant base from which to explore the area. You will find the park close to the village of Combe Martin, which is handily located on the South West Coast Path. This route stretches for a huge 630 miles along the south-west peninsula, so Manleigh Park is the perfect place for keen walkers. Try the moderate 3.6-mile walk from the village beach, which will take you high into the hills to allow you to enjoy fantastic views of the ocean and valley below.
I also think the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire is brilliant for a self-catering break and, like most beautiful parts of the UK, is perfect for fans of the great outdoors. Whitemead Forest Park is a great place to stay thanks to its close proximity to the popular Sculpture Trail. This 4-mile route takes you past lots of wildlife and flowers, and you might be lucky enough to spot deer and boar.
Facilities and activities
You might simply want to book accommodation merely as a place to sleep in the evenings, while going on bike rides, long walks and visiting top tourist attractions during the day. However, it is always good to know if your holiday park has facilities and activities of its own, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Whitemead Forest Park offers the likes of swimming, volleyball and archery, as well as a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, salon, games room and gym. Of course, most holiday parks will also have fun things for children to do, including kids’ clubs, playgrounds and child-friendly swimming pools and slides.