Though many people choose to head to the Mediterranean, or further afield in search of sun and sea, more and more Brits are opting to explore closer to home these days and avoid the hassles of an airport.

This comes as no surprise, as the UK has everything from white sand beaches, quaint, historic villages and challenging hikes to cater for every type of tourist. 

If you are beginning to plan your UK holiday for this year or next then you may need a little help finding the perfect holiday park which can tick all the boxes in terms of location, price, activities and atmosphere.

Our list of the 17 best holiday parks in the UK is on hand to help you find the ideal summer break. 

Whether you are a glamper, interested in high end chalets, or looking for a traditional caravan & camping holiday, you will find that many UK holiday parks provide a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets.

If you’re a large family craving some fun and adventure by the beach, or a couple looking for a romantic getaway in a picturesque setting, this list has it covered.

Thornwick Bay

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £460

Location: Flamborough, Yorkshire

Star Rating: 8.7

Sun deck at holiday park

First in our list of best holiday parks in the UK is the Yorkshire resort of Thornwick Bay, close to the stunning Flamborough Cliffs and a 40 minute drive from the popular seaside town of Bridlington.

This is the newest of Haven’s holiday parks and has a heated indoor swimming pool with slides and an all-weather activity barn, perfect for the kids.

Guests can take part in sports, such as archery, or relax on the terrace with a drink in the Lighthouse Bar & Restaurant. 

Warmwell Holiday Park 

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £990

Location: Near Weymouth, Dorset

Star Rating: 8.4

Playground

This action-packed holiday park features an all-weather ski slope, climbing walls, trampolining and rope obstacles, perfectly catered for families who want to keep active and burn the calories.

As well as the man made features, this park is also surrounded by outstanding woodland walks where you can spot Roe Deer, as well as tranquil fishing lakes to spend the mornings.

For guests looking for additional luxury, Warmwell has a number of stylish lodges, with hot tubs an additional extra. 

Butlin’s Skegness

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £790

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

Star Rating: 8.9

Carousel at Butlins

A UK institution, Butlin’s has been delighting holiday makers since the 1930’s with Skegness established as one of its flagship holiday parks, opening in 1936.

Situated next to a blue flag sandy beach and a stone’s throw from the traditional seaside town of Skegness, this park has been a family favourite for decades with many crowning it best UK holiday park. 

Complete with charming, fairground style apartments, a restaurant and health spa, Butlin’s Skegness is a great choice for a UK retreat.

Guests can also visit the nearby Skegness Aquarium and Natureland Seal Sanctuary.

Marton Mere Holiday Village

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £475

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Star Rating: 7.9

Swimming pool and slide

Located very close to Blackpool promenade and the Pleasure Beach, Marton Mere is one of the UK’s best loved holiday parks and attracts holiday makers from far and wide to the Lancashire coast.

Situated on Marton Mere nature reserve, guests can spot 260 species of bird including the Long-eared Owl. 

Be warned, it may be difficult to drag the kids away from the heated swimming pool and its exciting ‘Space Bowl Flume’. 

Lower Hyde Holiday Park

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £720

Location: Isle of Wight

Star Rating: 8

Family strolling through holiday park

Lower Hyde Park is surrounded by beautiful scenery and offers numerous outdoor activities, in close proximity to Sandown and Shanklin beaches.

Accommodation includes caravan, glamping pods, lodges and chalets, or you can just bring your own tent or camper van to enjoy the facilities.

If you are planning a holiday on the Isle of Wight then you will struggle to find a better equipped holiday park than this. 

Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £870

Location: Nottinghamshire

Star Rating: 8.9

lakeside at Centre Parcs

Steeped in history, the scenic woodlands of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire are home to many myths and legends, helping to create an unforgettable experience at one of the UK’s best holiday parks.

This easily accessible park is packed to the rafters with indoor and outdoor activities and kids love the ‘Subtropical Swimming Paradise’.

Sherwood Forest has its own lake and beach area, as well as a luxury spa. 

Golden Sands

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £490

Location: Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire

Star Rating: 8.1

Swimming pool and slide

Close to the Blue Flag beaches of Mablethorpe & Sutton-on-Sea, Golden Sands is the perfect holiday park for anyone who wants to relax by the sea and enjoy miles of stunning coastline.

This site also has its own fishing lake and a recently constructed adventure park which offers a range of fun and challenging activities for both adults and children. 

Vauxhall Holiday Park

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £460

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Star Rating: 8.2

Indoor tropical swimming pool

Great Yarmouth is one of the UK’s favourite seaside resorts and Vauxhall Holiday Park has been welcoming guests to Norfolk since 1969.

This is one of the best holiday parks for U12s with its Tropical Waterworld pool, The Den and Treehouse adventure playground, Jungle Adventure Golf, mini bowling and more.

A great option for a self catering holiday with a number of on-site restaurants and takeaways, in addition to two entertainment venues. 

Searles Leisure Resort

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £845

Location: Hunstanton, Norfolk

Star Rating: 8.3

best Holiday park lodge

Searles has become somewhat of a household name for British holidaymakers, situated on the picturesque Norfolk coastline.

Enjoy the miles of beaches, charming fishing villages and relaxing countryside in one of England’s most untouched counties.

Hunstanton also provides all the attractions and seaside favourites you come to expect, as well as a popular sealife centre. 

Check out things to do in Hunstanton here.

Sandy Balls

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £1040

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Star Rating: 8.4

Luxury holiday park lodge

Located close to Southampton, in the popular New Forest area, Sandy Balls is an ideal option for a staycation on the south coast this summer.

One of the best holiday parks within a two hour drive of London, Sandy Balls is fantastically located and surrounded by natural beauty.

A great option for families, couples or a group of friends. 

Annalong Holiday Park

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £220

Location: Newry, Northern Ireland

Star Rating: 7.8

coastal campsite in Northern Ireland

Annalong Holiday Park in Newry, Northern Ireland is a wonderful coastal holiday park close to the amenities of Annalong village and local attractions such as a marine park, cornmill and harbour.

Ramblers and hill walkers particularly like this park due to its close proximity to a number of mountains and valleys. 

Woodovis Park

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £460

Location: Tavistock, Devon

Star Rating: 9/10

Glamping pods in Devon

Devon’s Woodovis Park describes itself as small, safe and peaceful and is located near the historic market town of Tavistock, close to Tamar Valley which has earned the status of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

On the doorstep of some of England’s most striking coastlines and beaches and also a short drive from Dartmoor National Park, in terms of scenery, this park’s location is practically unrivalled. 

Glamping options are available, as well as a self-catering cottage and access to a luxury spa, this park is also a regular winner of awards relating to facilities and service.

Trecco Bay 

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £350

Location: Trecco Bay, Porthcawl, Wales

Star Rating: 7.9

mini golf at holiday park

Trecco Bay prides itself on its entertainment offerings and wonderful coastal setting – our choice for the best holiday park in Wales.

The park is also set to see further investment in 2021 with the addition of a sports dome, climbing wall, arts & crafts den and more.

Trecco Bay beach is considered one of Britain’s best beaches and you will find plenty to do in the nearby seaside towns and villages for a fun and varied stay. Kids in particular love this park due to the range of activities, from high rope courses, wet play areas and bungee trampolines!

Camber Sands 

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £300

Location: Camber, East Sussex

Star Rating: 9.1

camber sands beach

Family fun is the name of the game at Camber Sands holiday resort, with an incredible list of things to do.

Test yourself in the Bear Gryll’s Survival Academy or the high ropes course, or indulge the family at the ice cream parlour or fish and chippery.

Enjoy the seven miles of golden sands or take a stroll through the quaint village of Rye, guests can make their stay as energetic or as relaxing as they like in this premier holiday park. 

Craig Tara

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £370

Location: Ayr, Scotland

Star Rating: 9

indoor water park

Scotland’s Craig Tara holiday park is located in Ayrshire and is one of Haven’s largest sites, with state of the art facilities following millions of pounds worth of investment.

A fantastic resort for all ages but especially loved by under 5s, Craig Tara is a top choice for anyone travelling with young children.

The Airspace indoor sports complex allows the family to stay active, whatever the weather and the excellent, multi level, Splashaway Bay water complex is worth the visit alone.

Mini golf on the coast, water slides and flumes, zip lines and climbing walls – boredom does not exist at Craig Tara.

Piran Meadows

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £590

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Star Rating: 9.2

sun terrace and decking at newquay holiday park

Arguably the most luxurious of our picks and the best choice for a romantic staycation, Piran Meadows Resort offers modern, high-end decor and facilities in Cornwall’s most popular town, Newquay.

Newquay is home to some of the UK’s best surfing and has top class beaches to work on your tan which is why 1.2 million tourists stay here each year.

The town also has a zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium, as well as a host of bars and restaurants – appealing to both fun-seeking families and adults looking for great nightlife. 

If sand and saltwater isn’t your thing then the park features a swimming pool and outdoor splash zone to cool off during the sunny, summer afternoons. You can also add extra levels of luxury with one of the Premier Lodges which have beautiful decking areas with a private hot tub. 

Centre Parcs Cumbria

Price Range for 5 Night Stay: £820

Location: Whinfell Forest, Lake District, Cumbria

Star Rating: 9.3

main centre and lake at Centre parcs

The second of our Centre Parcs offerings, the Cumbria site is located in the heart of the world famous English Lake District and is impossible to ignore when discussing the UK’s best holiday parks.

Its unbeatable natural surroundings and high end facilities attract 1.8 million visitors annually, with families returning year on year. Located within Whinfell Forest which is a sanctuary for endangered red squirrels, the area provides some of the best nature walks in the country.

The Scandinvian lodges which overlook the lake have a real wow factor, as does the indoor subtropical swimming pool area.

One of the park’s main attractions is the treetop adventure course which features a 255 metre dual zip line which speeds through the forest. Guests can also rejuvenate in the award winning Aqua Sana spa. 

The above list features holiday parks from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to provide a comprehensive overview of the nation’s best resorts. From seaside holidays to adventure weekends. Our picks cater for a range of budgets, whether you’re looking to stay in a caravan or a chic lodge or chalet, you can create a trip which matches your requirements.

Browse our other articles here to find out more about what the United Kingdom has to offer as a summer holiday destination in 2021. 

We hope you have an amazing time on your next trip.

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