Top 10 UK holiday parks for families
It’s a fact that if the little ones are happy and entertained, the family holiday is likely to be memorable for all the right reasons. With this in mind, we’ve put together our top 10 holiday parks where we think the whole family will feel at home.
Taking into consideration the variable weather conditions we have in the UK, all parks feature indoor pools that the kids can splash around in if the rain decides to make an unwelcome appearance. Playgrounds are also on-site, along with games rooms and we’ve ensured the nearest beach isn’t too far away too, so don’t forget the buckets and spades!
Adults haven’t been forgotten either – after all, it’s holiday time for mum and dad too! Each site also has a bar or clubhouse offering family entertainment in the evening.
1. Lady’s Mile Holiday Park – near Dawlish, Devon
This multi-award winning family-run park features indoor and outdoor pools with slides to entertain the kids, and spa facilities for the mums and dads. If the kids want to build sandcastles, Lady’s Mile is just one mile from the nearest Blue Flag beach.
Back on-site, you have a children’s play area, games room and fitness centre. When it’s time to eat, Oceans Restaurant & Bar is the place to be, or perhaps get a fish and chips takeaway. The site has a full program of evening entertainment, including bingo, games for the kids, shows from visiting bands and late night discos.
2. Breydon Water Holiday Park – near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
This site is essentially split into two areas: The Yare Village has all the lively family entertainment, such as an outdoor pool, crazy golf, a daytime programme of activities, the Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, and the show bar for evening entertainment for all ages. The Bure Village, a 10 minute walk away, has a quieter feel, with an indoor pool, a children’s adventure playground and a small convenience store. You're free to use the facilities at either location.
3. Primrose Valley Touring Caravan Park – Filey, North Yorkshire
This cliff-top park is situated close to the seaside resort of Filey, and boasts an indoor pool with a multi-lane slide, an outdoor pool, and a dedicated children’s entertainment team. Park facilities also available include Nature Rockz activities, where children can discover more about the park and surrounding countryside. There’s also a full programme of evening entertainment in the various show bars on-site, and your dining options are taken care of in the Mash & Barrel, Lakeside Kitchen and fish and chips restaurants.
4. Highfield Grange Holiday Park – Clacton-On-Sea, Essex
The resort of Clacton-On-Sea is right on the doorstep, so if you’re looking for an action-packed stay, Highfield Grange is an inspired choice. The park boasts a full day and evening entertainment package for all the family, including a large pool complex with an exciting water flume, an adventure playground, amusements room and multi-sports court. The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant caters for all palates, while the Grange Entertainment Centre is the place to go for live shows suitable for the whole family.
5. Hendra Holiday Park – Newquay, Cornwall
Situated just 1.5 miles from Newquay town centre, Hendra has something for all the family. A large indoor pool includes water flumes, a river rapids ride and water cannon, while the outdoor pool has a convenient adjacent terrace so mum and dad can relax while watching the kids have a great time.
The site also has a wealth of dining options, including the Terrace Bar & Restaurant, a pizzeria, a fish and chips takeaway, and the Coffee Express Café while an on-site store will fulfil your grocery needs. Children’s entertainment is provided throughout the day, and evening entertainment for all the family is hosted in The Venue.
6. Cayton Bay Holiday Park – Near Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Cayton Bay is a cliff-top park located a short 10 minute walk from the beach. Children will love Waterworld, the indoor pool complex with water jets, slides, fountains and flumes. Outdoor fun is provided with an adventure playground and mini-golf. Visit the Boathouse restaurant when hunger takes over, or take your time over a hot drink at the on-site Costa Coffee. There’s also a fish and chips takeaway and a handy convenience store. The Oasis Showbar is the ideal after-dinner venue for family entertainment.
7. Ladram Bay Holiday Park – Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Just a short walk from its own private stonewashed pebble beach, this cliff-top park is ideally situated to explore Devon’s Jurassic Coast. It boasts an indoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. An outdoor Splash Zone has water jets, spray guns and pirate ships to keep the kids engaged on warmer days while an outdoor play area, mini-golf and an adventure playground complete the family-friendly line-up. Pebbles Restaurant and the Coast takeaway will satisfy when hunger calls and evening family entertainment is provided at the Three Rocks Entertainment Venue.
8. Grannie's Heilan' Hame Holiday Park – Dornoch, Scottish Highlands
Grannie’s has an enviable beachside location: Why not take the kids dolphin spotting at Dornoch Firth? The park features a heated indoor pool and sauna, outdoor adventure playground and an indoor soft play area, along with crazy golf. You have a choice of dining, with the Coast Bar & Restaurant, the Boston Restaurant, an on-site fish and chips shop, plus a Costa Coffee. Head to Grannie Mac’s Bar for evening entertainment that’ll delight the whole family.
9. Martin Mere Holiday Village – Blackpool, Lancashire
The beaches of Blackpool are just a 10 minute drive away from this all-action holiday park. On its doorstep is the Martin Mere Wetland Centre and bird watchers will love it here with 260 species recorded, including long-eared owls, warblers, buntings and all kinds of water birds, not to mention otters, dragonflies and butterflies.
On-site facilities include an indoor pool with aqua jets and aqua paddlers (little paddle boats). Outdoors, there’s a heated pool, splash zone with a flume, adventure golf and a soft play area. The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, together with an on-site fish and chip shop and convenience store will take care of everyone’s appetites and in the evening, the show bar is the place to be to round off the day with family entertainment.
10. St Audries Bay Holiday Club – Somerset
In an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ on the Somerset coast with lovely views and access to the beach, this holiday park is ideal for those wanting to explore picturesque villages and stunning coastlines. The site houses a heated indoor pool and outdoor activities such as putting, golf and tennis. The Sundownner Bar & Restaurant is where to go if you’re hungry, and evening entertainment is offered. An all-day coffee bar and on-site shop are also at your disposal.