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1. Rookley Country Park, Isle of Wight

Join in the nightly family entertainment, watch one of the weekly firework displays or just enjoy dinner at the Lakeside Restaurant and Terrace at this sociable family-run caravan park. During the daytime, there are well-stocked lakes, an amusement arcade and a heated pool to relax in - that is if you're not enjoying the many delights of offer in the sea. The chocolate-box village of Godshill, with its thatched cottages and tearooms, is a must see, while Sandown is great for seaside seekers. If it rains, indulge in some retails therapy at Newport, the Isle of Wight's most popular shopping centre. And there's Carisbrooke Castle for history  buffs.

HOLIDAY INFO: A week in a standard four-berth caravan from 190. See http://www.islandviewholidays.co.uk/ or call 01983 721606.

2. Trencreek Farm, St Austell, Cornwall

Meet Ant and Dec - the friendly goats at Trencreek Farm. There are also chickens, donkeys, ducks and many other animals kept as pets at the farm. And while they're undoubtedly the farm's star attractions, the park also has an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, fishing lakes, children's play areas, games room, restaurant and takeaway. Away from the park, there's a wealth of sandy beaches to choose from and historic towns, including the old marketplace of St. Austell and pretty fishing village of Mevagissey. The Eden Project is eight miles away.

HOLIDAY INFO: A week's stay at Trencreek Farm, sharing a six-berth caravan, from 150. Book at www.surfbayholidays.co.uk or call 01726 882540.

3. Foxhunter park, monkton, kent

From its Italian marble statue to its waterfall pool, this park prides itself on being a cut above your average caravan park. And with a beauty spa offering a wide variety of treatments, a heated outdoor pool, an 18-hole putting course and a club offering tribute acts and soul singers, it probably is. Outside, there's the historic city of Canterbury, with its cathedral and The Canterbury Tales attraction. You're also a short drive from Hever and Dover castles.

HOLIDAY INFO: Prices from 198.90 for a one-bedroom value caravan. Go to www.thefoxhunterpark.co.uk or call 01843 821311.

4. Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, Kirkcudbright, Scotland

SIP wine in the bistro overlooking the pool, chill out in the Jacuzzi, play golf or take the family pony-trekking at this Scottish holiday park, in the beautiful region of Dumfries and Galloway. Nearby there's the pretty artists' town of Kirkcudbright, the mausoleum of national poet Robert Burns, Dundrennan Abbey where Mary Queen of Scotts spent her last night on Scottish soil, and Galloway Forest park with its red deer, wild goats and red squirrels.

HOLIDAY INFO: A week in a budget two bed-room caravan starts from 275. Go to www.gillespie-leisure.co.uk or call 01557 870267.

5. Bainland Country Park, Woodhall Spa, LINCS

STEP back in time while enjoying 21st Century accommodation at this all-singing, all-dancing family caravan pack. Nearby in Woodhall Spa you can enjoy films like they used to be at Kinema in the Woods, one of the few projection cinemas in the country. If offers music from an original Compton organ and old-fashioned sweets. In the park itself, there's an 18-hole golf course, a heated pool and nightly karaoke and tribute acts.

HOLIDAY INFO: Prices start from 290 per week for a six-berth caravan. Go to www.bainland.co.uk or call 01526  352903.

6. Northfield Holiday Park, Borth, West Wales

NATURE lovers will delight in this peaceful caravan park which is something of an oasis for those who want to escape from it all. It's small - only 13 caravans - but Northfield was the first in Wales to hold a Green Globe conservation award and has achieved the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award every year since 1999. This is largely due to the park's landscaped gardens and a variety of birds, butterflies and wildlife. There are nature cards so kids can identify the wildlife. The village of Borth is just minutes away.

HOLIDAY INFO: A week's stay in a two-bed caravan costs from 115. Book at www.northfieldholidays.co.uk or call 01970 871464.

7. Beverley Park, Paignton, South Devon

If you're looking for a one-shop shop caravan site, this is it. There's a kids' entertainment room with lots of activities, the Lagoon pool and children's pool, and Oasis Centre with indoor heated pool, spa bath and fitness suite. Basically everything you might need is pretty much on your doorstep. Venture further afield and enjoy the many delights of the English Riviera, from theme parks to regattas to the Paignton Dartmouth Steam Railyway and the legendary Dartmoor ponies.

HOLIDAY INFO: From 205 per week for a two-bedroom caravan. Go to www.beverley-holidays.co.uk or call 01803 843887.

8. Oakdene Forest Park, St. Leonard's, Hampshire

SPLASH about in the heated indoor pool with flume, sunbathe on the outdoor pool patio, or join the forest ranger on a nature activity at Oakdene Forest Park. It's set in 55 acres of parkland bordering the Avon Forest. Venture into the New Forest to spot the deers and ponies, or head to Poole Harbour and the picturesque quay. Take the chain-link ferry to Shell Bay or go on a day trip to the Channel Islands.

HOLIDAY INFO: A week in a two-bed Wimbourne caravan, based on four people sharing, costs from 139. Book at www.shorefield.co.uk/oakdene or call 01590 648331.

9. Solway Holiday Village, Silloth-on-Solway, Cumbria

FROM ten-pin bowling to family discos, it's unlikely you'll be bored at this holiday park, which caters for the changeable English weather with little extras like a novelty train and an animal farm. It's set in beautiful countryside, perfect for exploring the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall. Nearby there is the Lake District Coast Aquarium, where you can walk through a mock shipwreck, and the 900-year-old Carlisle Castle.

HOLIDAY INFO: A week at Solway in a two-bed caravan costs from 179. Go to www.hagansleisure.co.uk or call 01697 331236.

10. Kessingland Beach, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Take a boat trip to the nature reserves on Bawdsey Island, see a play at the moated Tudor mansion at Long Melford, or wander around the wonky village of Lavenham with its 300-plus listed buildings. Hit the Blue Flag beaches or enjoy the facilities at the holiday park itself. With an indoor heated pool and spa to relax in, as well as the beachside show-bar, mini ten-pin bowling and sports to enjoy, you're unlikely to sit still for long.

HOLIDAY INFO: A week at a six-berth caravan in Kessingland Beach costs from 154. Further details at www.park-resorts.com or call 0871 200 6200.

11. Moorside Caravan Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire

If you prefer a site that's a bit quieter but no less luxurious, this park is perfect. With only 126 caravans, you'll be able to enjoy the tranquility, overlooking Saltwick Bay. There's family entertainment, a cafe, bar and a shop on site. Nearby, the award-winning seaside resort of Whitby is an absolute must. Famous for its links with Bram Stoker's Dracula, this bustling port with its famous abbey is the backdrop for summer carnivals and regattas.

HOLIDAY INFO: A week's holiday at Moorside Caravan Park costs from 205 four a four-berth static caravan. Go to www.moorsideluxurycaravans.com or call 01751 477796.

12. Grannie's Heilan Hame Holiday Park, EMBO, Scotland

Right on the beautiful white sands of Embo beach, this holiday park offers a seaside setting without the tackiness. You won't find any "kiss me quick" hats here. But if you look hard enough you might just see dolphins and seals and in the distance there are excellent views of Ben Bhraggie and the Dornoch Firth. On site, there's an indoor heated pool, spa bath, crazy gold, basketball court, children's clubs and a restaurant, while nearby you'll find John O'Groats.

HOLIDAY INFO: A two-bed caravan costs from 179 per week. Call 0871 641 0410 or log on to www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk

 

Source: Homes & Holidays

 

 

 
   
 

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