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Family Holiday Park Guide


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Family Holidays at Holiday Parks

A holiday park is a holiday centre with on-site accommodation, facilities, entertainment and activities for all the family. Facilities may include swimming pools, adventure play areas, restaurants and bars. Typical on-site activities are swimming, tennis, mini-golf, volleyball and table tennis. Other activities such as watersports and mountain biking are usually available off-site.


Holiday Parks are very well set up to cater for children of all ages. Most run children’s activity clubs which are often free of charge. Some offer sport coaching programmes for children in the school holidays.


Holiday parks in the UK and Europe can usually be accessed on a self-drive basis. If this is impractical, then fly/drive may be an option.

Accommodation Options

Holiday Parks offer a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. There are parks with log cabins, lodges, villas, mobile homes and ready erected tents. Some will even let you stay if you bring your own tent or caravan.

> Villas/lodges/log cabins – Permanent buildings usually with an open-plan living area with kitchenette, separate bedrooms and bathroom.
> Mobile homes – Large fixed caravans with open-plan living area with kitchen area, at least one separate bedroom and a shower room.
> Ready-erected tents – Large tents sleeping up to 8 people with 3 or 4 separate sleeping areas and an open-plan living area with cooking equipment. Washing and bathing facilities are provided in a separate building.
Age Ranges

Children of all ages are well catered for at holiday parks. Cots, high chairs, baby baths and other baby equipment are readily available.

Travelling Tips

For those car touring in Europe, ensure that you have insured your car to drive in Europe and that you have European Breakdown cover. You may also need an International Driving Permit to drive in certain countries. Pack a European Motoring Kit with warning triangles, spare bulbs, fire extinguishers and headbeam reflectors in your car. These are a legal requirement in many countries.


Eurotunnel is a quick and easy way to cross the channel with your car. Alternatively, cross-channel ferries usually have a soft play area for younger children and games rooms to keep older children amused.

Make sure that you have plenty of stuff for the kids to do in the car to keep them amused on longer stretches of the journey. A good idea for younger children is to pack a travel bag full of surprises for the journey. Fill it with colouring books, pencils, favourite toys and mini scribblers. For older children and teenagers, a portable DVD player is a good way to keep them entertained.

Organise your car. Special seat back holders allow you to stash away all the essentials for the journey. Have plenty of snacks and drinks available too – there is nothing worse than being stuck in a traffic jam at lunchtime.

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