The best caravan campsites with pools
Make a splash on your next caravan touring holiday by picking one of these campsites with a stunning swimming pool
Searles Leisure Resort, Norfolk
South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5BB
T: 01485 534211
Open: All year
Price: From £14.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
Searles is situated in the coastal resort of Hunstanton, a few minutes’ walk from the sea. This full-facility campsite has everything you could need for a great family holiday from restaurants, bars, entertainment, play areas, a supermarket, crazy golf, bike hire and a golf course. The star feature of the site is its indoor and outdoor pool complex. Free to all guests staying at Searles, is the indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna which are open all year. The outdoor pool opens from May to September and features a fun slide, toddlers’ pool, water features, and a Splash Pad with spraying totems and water rings. For those wishing to relax poolside there’s a sunbathing area with sun loungers. Hunstanton itself has a sandy beach where dogs are welcome in certain areas and a long promenade with amusements and ice cream stalls. Attractions nearby include Hunstanton’s Sealife Aquarium, Sandringham Estate and Snettisham Farm Park.
Lady’s Mile Holiday Park, Devon
Dawlish, Devon EX7 0LX
T: 01626 863411
Open: All year
Price: From £15.00 (2 adults, pitch)
Located less than a mile from the sandy beaches of Dawlish Warren, Lady’s Mile is in an ideal location for exploring the attractions of Devon. The campsite is well-equipped having children’s play areas, a games room, a bowling alley, takeaway, restaurant, shop and gym and sauna. For the water babies of the group there are two swimming pools on site. The heated indoor and outdoor pools have unique flumes and separate plunge pools. The outdoor pool area features a massive 63-metre long spiral water flume that kids (and big kids) alike will love. There are also two children’s paddling pools and a Splash Zone which was new in 2012. The takeaway, restaurant, bar and a patio seating area are all located conveniently close to the outdoor pool. Attractions in the area include the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, Paignton Zoo and the wide open space and wilderness of Dartmoor National Park.
Shamba Holidays, Hampshire
Ringwood Road, East Moors Lane, St Leonards, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 2SB
T: 01202 873302
Open: 1 March - 31 October
Price: From £22.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
The thing that makes the pool at Shamba Holidays unique is that you can have the best of both worlds in one pool - it can be both indoor and outdoor. The 40ft heated pool and separate toddler pool has a modern structure with the ability to recline the exterior walls and roof to allow the sunshine in on warm days and can be left closed to keep the bad weather out on inclement days. This means guests can make the most of the pool whatever the weather. Shamba is in an ideal spot for touring both Hampshire and Dorset as it is situated on the boundary of these two counties. The site is close to the New Forest, which is three miles away and also the vibrant seaside resort of Bournemouth. All pitches have electric hook-up, modern toilet and shower facilities, and the site also boasts a games room, a bar serving meals, a shop and a takeaway.
Carlyon Bay Caravan & Camping Park, Cornwall
Cypress Avenue, Carlyon Bay, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 3RE
T: 01726 812735
Open: 28 March - 28 September
Price: From £16.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
Carlyon Bay is situated on the south coast of Cornwall and the campsite’s 30 acres of meadow and woodland are ablaze with colour when the many hydrangeas and wild rhododendron are in flower. One of the many draws of this site is its three heated outdoor swimming pools. To make sure every member of the family is happy the pools are designed to cover all ages - adults, juniors and toddlers, with the latter being smaller and shallower, ideal for paddling. The pools are located in a walled and fenced area which keeps the pools sheltered from winds, and sunbeds around the perimeter are perfect for lazing on sunny days. There’s a café next to the pool along with a covered courtyard area which houses a pool table, table tennis and a snack bar/takeaway. Carlyon Bay itself is a two-mile sandy stretch of beach close to the campsite. It is 200 yards to the coastal footpath which overlooks the Bay. The site is in an ideal location for visiting historic Charlestown and the Eden Project.
The Orchards, Isle of Wight
Main Road, Newbridge, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0TS
T: 01983 531331
Open: 28 March - 2 November
Price: From £18.00 (2 adults, pitch)
Nestled in the West Wight countryside, The Orchards is a Caravan Club Affiliated site with panoramic views of the downs. The eco-friendly Facilities Centre houses the toilets, showers, a vanity room, unisex shower rooms, a bathroom and the laundrette, in a barn conversion-style building. Facilities on the park include a shop, takeaway food bar, play area, pool tables and table tennis. The Orchards boasts two pools - one heated indoor pool which is open until 5th November, with a licensed poolside coffee shop, and an outdoor heated pool open from late May until early September. The touring and camping fields are set in five gently sloping paddocks with most pitches having views of the surrounding countryside. The Orchards is close to a National Nature Reserve, with beaches and the famous Needles and Alum Bay being a little further away. But with the island only being approximately 25 miles by 13 miles you are never really far from any attraction.
Rudding Holiday Park, Yorkshire
Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1JH
T: 01423 870439
Open: 2 March - 26 January
Price: From £16.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
Rudding Holiday Park is set within glorious parkland three miles south of the popular spa town of Harrogate. It is also close to Knaresborough, where you’ll find Mother Shipton’s Cave and Petrifying Well, and the market town of Skipton. The outdoor heated pool and children’s paddling pool at Rudding Park are sheltered by buildings and glass panels, keeping any breezes out but also meaning keeping an eye on children is hassle free. Open daily from Spring Bank Holiday until the end of August sessions are charged at £3.25 per person for 90 minutes. Facilities on the five-star site include two golf courses, a shop, play area, games room, toilets and showers and a laundry. There’s also an on-site family friendly pub, The Deer House, which serves meals and overlooks the outdoor pool and children’s playground. Rudding Park Hotel is also part of the estate and here you will find a more formal restaurant along with a spa.