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Four great alternative theme parks for family camping


If you’re struggling to think of fun-filled activities for your latest camping or caravanning escapade then why not plan a trip to one of Britain’s lesser-known theme parks?

A great day out for little ones and teenagers, the four adventure parks below all make excellent family-friendly alternatives to the larger theme parks, and are the perfect way to inject some excitement into your travel itinerary. We also have a huge selection of new and used caravans which are an ideal way to increase the comfort of your staycation.

Flambards Experience, Cornwall

Flambards theme park in Helston is a theme park with a difference. A little gentler than usual parks, it boasts an indoor ball park area, interactive science zone and regular thrill rides like the high-speed Hornet rollercoaster, but visitors can also enjoy Flambards’ award-winning educational exhibitions in their undercover museum. The unique recreations include a life-size example of a Victorian village and Britain during the Blitz. Guide handsets are available to rent to give visitors a truly insightful tour of the past. Main season starts on Saturday 5th of April and tickets cost £17.95 for a full park adult ticket.

Camp at: Mullion Holiday Park

Mullion Holiday Park is a short 20 minute drive from Flambards and makes a great base to explore the beauty and charm of the Lizard Peninsula. Close to Land’s End and the famous Minack Theatre, the site has 150 pitches and facilities include an indoor pool, activity room and onsite bistro, plus free wifi. Pitch prices start from £12 for 4 adults and electric.

Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire

A grand theme park set among 280 acres of parkland, the Drayton Manor experience near Tamworth includes an action park with a huge array of death-defying rides, Thomas the Tank Engine Land for youngsters and even an open plan zoo! The action park is sure to keep thrill seekers satisfied with a choice of exhilarating rides like the intense swing ride Pandemonium and the super high-speed shuttle ride G Force. The park’s main season begins on 29th March when all the rides and attractions will be open. Tickets are best booked online in advance of your trip and start from £25 for 12years+ and £20 for under 11’s.

Camp at: Drayton Manor Camp & Caravanning Club Campsite

Drayton conveniently has onsite camping pitches right next to the park which are maintained by the Camping and Caravanning Club. Located just after the theme park car parking areas and on a slight slope, the peaceful camping field is divided into 90 pitches and includes a very large & well-equipped facilities block and a small shop to stock up on essentials. Pitch prices start from £26.35 for 2 adults and electric.

Flamingo Land, Yorkshire

Flamingo Land in Malton is a riotous day of family fun with plenty of activities to take part in. Split into a theme park and a conservation zoo there is a lot to pack in at this park. Flamingo Land has a great selection of rides to cover all age groups, from the extreme rides like Velocity, the UK’s only motorbike rollercoaster, to the family friendly Splash Battle, which little ones will love! The resort also has a variety of cable cars and scenic rides to give you a relaxing tour of the surrounding area – the Zoo Monorail has a fantastic view above the animal enclosures. Tickets start from £10 for adults and £7.50 for 4 – 12 year olds and can be booked online in advance if you want to avoid the queues.

Camp at: Flamingo Land Resort

Camping at Flamingo land couldn’t the easier as the park has its own onsite camping facilities. A great place for caravanners with plenty of pitches for motorhomes, the site also offers visitors access to tennis courts, a pool and even a gym, and meals are available from the Ocean Bar and Diner by the poolside. Prices start from £44 per pitch with electric, based on 2 adults.

Crealy Adventure Park, Devon

Devon’s Crealy Adventure Park is aimed at a slightly younger audience than Flamingo Land, and doesn’t have the extreme rides that those more fearless would hope for. However, it would make a relaxing and enjoyable break for younger families and includes less extreme thrill-rides like The Flying Dutchman and Tidal Wave that tweens would love, along with the outdoor Adventure Zone and even Animal Land where visitors can ride Crealy’s Shetland ponies, pet the llamas and feed the Alpacas. Set in 100 acres, the park has over 60 attractions in total and is a great destination if you are thinking of camping in the South West. Tickets for children are based on height rather than age and discounts are available for booking online. Crealy’s also offers family ticket packages at great rates with prices starting from £29.55 for a family of 3.

Camp at: Crealy Meadows Caravan and Camping Park

Crealy Meadows is a located right next door to the theme park and is perfect for a family staycation. Accommodating motorhomes, caravans and tents, it is the result of a £1.4million investment by Crealy’s and includes a range of luxury glamping tents if you want to stay somewhere a little more glamorous. Shower and toilets benefit from underfloor heating, the onsite shop is well stocked for supplies and the campsite is in a good location to explore Dartmoor and the Jurassic Coast. Basic pitches are very affordable and prices start from £15 for 2 adults with electric.

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