There’s never a dull moment when you take your kids to a holiday park whether rain or shine, school holidays or weekend – and they can be extremely cost effective for savvy parents too.
Nowadays, there’s something for everyone, with UK sites catering to everyone from babies and toddlers to teenagers and adults.
Think swimming pools with thrilling slides, on-site gyms, saunas, bars and restaurants, children’s shows and even the occasional circus.
It can make for a seriously amazing family holiday, so we’ve searched out some of the top UK holiday parks you won’t want to miss.
Oh, and don’t worry if the British weather lets you down, as all of these have wet-weather facilities too, as well as a host of booking bargains. Check out our top picks below…
What’s included in our guide?
- The best UK holiday parks
- Extra staycation inspiration
- More cheap holiday ideas
What’s on offer? Emerging from a £10m renovation, Haven ’s glammed-up park is in the middle of the Flamborough Cliffs nature reserve – a great place to spot puffins.
As well as a brand spanking new swimming pool with slides and an activity barn – the entertainment is unrivalled with some fantastic full-scale shows performed by their very own Thornwick Bay Theatre Company. Summer also brings an open-air cinema too.
How much? Three to four night breaks start from £119 for the whole family, but can be up to £329 during the school holidays. Click here for more information .
Fancy a trip to the slopes?This award-winning resort near Weymouth has its own dry ski slope – and you’ll find skiing lessons, snowboarding as well as an indoor pool with a flume and wave machine.
Toddlers can keep active with in giant soft play while all the family can come together for entertainment in the evening and meals at Hardy’s Cafe and Restaurant.
How much? Autumn breaks start from £199. Visit parkdeanresorts.co.uk to book.
Butlins’ Just for Tots breaks are a hugely popular recent addition to their resorts, involving breaks specifically designed for families with children under five.
It’s all about flexibility – with specially-designed activities, early dining times and repeated show schedules so parents can work round their toddler’s own routines – plus special appearances from their favourite characters.
Under 5s eat for free with specially designed menus and warming stations in all the restaurants.
How much? Butlins currently has offers of up to 10% off breaks in 2017. Visit their deals and offers page here for more information.
Parkdean Resorts’ Whitley Bay near Newcastle has plenty going on, plus an indoor pool – and fantastic views across the sand to St Mary’s Lighthouse while the caravans have multi-room heating to make sure they’re cosy – whatever the weather.
How much? A four-night break starts from £249. Visit parkdeanresorts.co.uk to book.
Ideal for lovers of the great British seaside, Lower Hyde is located on the Isle of Wight’s east coast, just a five minute drive to the beach.
There’s both an outside pool and an indoor heated one – with flumes, as well as a sports court, arcade and evening entertainment.
If you want to explore outside the park, you can take a day trip to nearby Isle of Wight zoo, or nearby picturesque towns like Sandown and Newport.
There’s a great range of accommodation – including lodges, chalets and caravans, as well as pitches for tents and non-static caravans.
Set on top of a hill, in an amazing woodland location, with stunning sea views, Bideford is one of the most picturesque holiday parks out there – ideal for those who love a hilly walk.
And if you ever manage to get sick of the scenery, spend your days playing crazy golf, swimming in the heated pool or swooshing down a flume.
The ever-popular entertainment centre is famous amongst guests, making it great for families with young children.
What’s on offer? Most people think of holiday parks as family heaven but Beaconsfield Park is adult only so majors on P&Q.
Surrounded by lakes, it’s been run by the Poole family for over 15 years – and has a five star rating, complete with indoor pool and restaurant. There’s a touring caravan park but the lodges are special.
Some come with their own hot tubs and sliding French doors with decking. Shrewsbury, with its historic houses and shops, is a short drive away.
How much? A three night break starts from £349 in a lodge sleeping two people. To find out more visit hoseasons.co.uk .
You won’t be stuck looking for things to do at this fun-filled park which as everything from a Tropical Water World to a Louies Den play area for under 12s, and a chilled out vibe for teens at the Hideout.
Plus, the nearby town of Great Yarmouth is just a stone’s throw away – so it’s ideal if you’re after a beach break and some traditional seaside fun!
How much? Three-night breaks start from £255. For more information visit parkdeanresorts.co.uk .
Three parks near Chichester – White Horse, West Sands and Green Lawns might each have a different feel (White Horse is the most traditional in feel while West Sands has best access to the indoor swimming pool and leisure centre) but they all share the same facilities.
There’s entertainment for the whole family from live shows to kids’ clubs, while the more active will no doubt love the sports courts and go-karts.
Laugh at the Olde English name but a host of regulars wouldn’t holiday anywhere else. On the edge of the New Forest, this family-owned park allows you to get close to nature, with cycle trails, horse-riding and then welcomes you back into the warmth with a pizza restaurant, indoor play facilities, including a pool plus a spa – and there’s a great village shop.
You can come here in your budget tent or stay in a luxury lodge.
How much will it cost? Camping tents usually start from £40, camping pods from £116 and luxury lodges from £463. Find out more by visiting www.sandyballs.co.uk .
11. Darwin Forest Country Park
Derbyshire’s stunning Peak District, picturesque villages and stately homes are always a hit with families. Lap up a little luxury at five-star Darwin Forest Country park staying one its lodges set in 47 acres of woodland between Matlock and Bakewell.
There’s a fitness club with a pool, spa, gym, and sauna for grown-ups. Youngsters will enjoy the Little Monkeys indoor play centre while older siblings can relax in the activity den. There’s tennis, mini golf and great cycle trails.
How much? Three-night breaks in lodges sleeping up to four people start from £751.40 .
12. Poston Mill Park in Peterchurch, Hereford
Pitch up with your own caravan at peaceful Poston Mill Park in Peterchurch, surrounded by rolling hills and babbling streams.
This award-winning park has fully serviced pitches with electric hook-ups and is a perfect base from which to visit famous Arthur’s Stone, a chamber tomb from the Neolithic Period, just outside Dorstone.
How much? Standard camping from £27 in high season – visit the Poston Mill Park website here to book .
13. Woodovis Park, Devon
Whether you are camping, glamping, touring or caravaning, Devon’s Woodovis Park has something for all.
This park on the edge of the Tamar Valley has previously won a VisitEngland Gold Award for Holiday Park of the Year, and is ideal for exploring Dartmoor.
There’s an indoor pool, table tennis and boules. For a small fee there are also archery lessons, circus skills classes and bike hire.
How much? Three-night breaks start from £183 but prices vary depending on camping options and party size. Visit woodovis.com for more information and to book.
14. Parkdean Resorts’ Trecco Bay Holiday Park, Porthcawl
Kids will love the outdoor wet play area at Trecco Bay Holiday Park in Porthcawl. And it’s only a 10-minute drive from Rest Bay, one of Wales’ fab Blue Flag beaches.
On site attractions include an indoor pool with pirate ship, adventure golf and a tots’ play area. In the evening there are discos and bingo.
How much? Visit parkdeanresorts.co.uk for more information.
15. Searles Leisure Resort at Hunstanton
The award-winning Searles Leisure Resort at Hunstanton on the Norfolk coast is a five-star park with luxury lodges, caravans and camping pitches.
There’s an indoor and outdoor pool complex, golf course, crazy golf, fishing lakes, play areas and falconry and archery. On the nearby prom you can hire jet skis and boats at the watersports club.
How much? Four night breaks in a Platinum Lodge start from £725. Visit the Searles website for more information.
Extra staycation inspiration:
Our UK & Ireland page has everything from the best days out to minibreak destinations, but we’ve also rounded up a few extras that are sure to make for an unforgettable break – check them out below…
More cheap holiday ideas
Don’t fancy a staycation? That doesn’t mean you’ll need to splurge – there are plenty of holiday parks abroad that make for a fun-filled break too. Check out some of our top picks for more family holiday ideas .
For an extra dose of inspiration, you may want to also check out our Europe holidays page with plenty of cheap, short-haul options from city breaks to countryside escapes in the prettiest regions.