There’s no chance of anyone complaining they’re bored, with these ideal sites for a fun break for all the family.
You know what it's like – you're halfway down the motorway and the squabbling begins. Cries of 'are we nearly there yet?' and 'he won't share' are all too common (and not just from the adults). So when you arrive on site, you'll want to make sure it's got something for everyone. Goodbye grotty moods and hello harmony!
Andrewshayes Holiday Park, Devon (PREMIER PARK)
Andrewshayes’ location means you can enjoy the best of both the Devon countryside and Jurassic Coast. The site is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the Blackdown Hills. It’s just six miles to the fossil-rich coast at Seaton, and eight miles to Lyme Regis.
As well as plenty of open space the site has a heated indoor pool with retractable roof that can be opened in the warmer weather to create and outdoor pool. Use of the pool is included in the pitch fee. The site also has a bar and takeaway that is open Friday and Saturday nights and daily in the school holidays. Other family-friendly features include a games room with air hockey, pool table and video machines, plus a toddler soft play room, outdoor play areas and nature trail.
Pitches on the site are terraced to allow for countryside views, with a choice of standard grass pitch with electric, up to super pitches on hardstanding with water and waste water drain. Facilities include family shower rooms, a full wet room for disabled guests and a laundry.
Dalwood, Axminster, Devon EX13 7DY
24 March – 30 October
From £19.50 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
For an all-action site that has everything you could need on site, look no further than Hendra Holiday Park. Here you have a choice of 12 fields of spacious pitches catering for large and small units, so you can pitch up close to the leisure facilities or find somewhere more quiet and relaxed. Electric hook-ups are available and super pitches. The touring facilities are serviced by award-winning toilets and showers, dishwashing, a laundry, and well-stocked supermarket.
No matter where you pitch, you’ll have access to a host of bars, restaurants and takeaways, dedicated kids activities, indoor and outdoor play areas, amusements, a nature trail, table tennis and pitch ‘n’ putt. There’s also Segways, archery and Bowlingo available and family evening entertainment.
What steals the show though is the Oasis Fun Pools Complex – a choice of indoor and outdoor pools, with water cannon, waterfalls, flumes and toddlers’ pool. All this and still only two miles from the bustling seaside resort and golden beaches of Newquay.
There’s nothing like a traditional family holiday, enjoying the great outdoors and with plenty of things to do. Add to that all the comforts of home and you’re on to a winner. Fforest Fields is a secluded 12 acre rural caravan and camping site a few miles from the market town of Builth Wells in mid-Wales. The site was awarded the top accolade of AA Campsite of the Year for Wales 2017. With all mod cons, such as an award-winning toilet and shower block with two family rooms and a disabled wet room, a laundry and drying room, shop, hardstanding pitches and electric hook-ups, you’ll be right at home here.
But Fforest Fields is all about holidays as they used to be – there’s no clubhouse here, no games room, but there are two big lakes for paddling, swimming and canoeing, a mountain stream and ponds to play in, and woods and hilly areas to explore. You’re also welcome to have barbecues and campfires, so why not sit out of an evening as a family watching the stars, and give technology the elbow for a while.
Set in the Isle of Wight countryside and situated on a hill offering great views of the coast you can be assured of plenty of family fun at Thorness Bay.
Being part of the Park Resorts group you can count on a fun-packed entertainment programme both day and night, with big stage shows and quality acts. Other boredom-fighting facilities include amusements, football, archery crazy golf, an adventure playground, plus an indoor pool with flume and water-based activities including an inflatable assault course and paddleboats. That’s the children happy and adults will appreciate the convenience of an on-site shop, bar and restaurant.
There’s a range of pitches including grass with electric and Electric Plus pitches that are hardstanding and also have water connection. There are toilet and shower facilities, along with baby changing and provisions for the disabled.
The Isle of Wight is only 25 miles by 13 miles so getting to the many attractions across the island is easy. There is cycle hire nearby plus a range of beaches and coastal towns, such as Alum Bay with its famous multi-coloured sand cliffs, and chairlift down to the beach. The Isle of Wight is also home to a zoo park, and Dinosaur Isle museum.
A site set in a large natural playground, such a Britain’s largest lowland forest, is the great spot for a family holiday. Puddledock Farm is a peaceful site located within Thetford Forest, home to rare butterflies and plants, and where you could see various deer and many species of birds.
The local area is known as The Brecks, one of the driest parts of Britain with a distinctive landscape. The Peddars Way National Trail passes near the site, with the walk following a Roman Road from Suffolk to the Norfolk coast. There’s also High Lodge in nearby Brandon, where you’ll find Go Ape! High wire adventure, plus plenty of walking and cycling trails. The site is spread over 19 acres, with 160 pitches, a mixture of grass only, grass with electric, and hardstanding with electric. There are two modern, heated facilities blocks, a full disabled wet room, family bathroom, and parent and toddler room. In addition there’s also a laundry, WiFi, a shop, children’s play area, recreational space and gated fishing pond.
Alton, the Star is perfect for thrill-seekers as it is only one mile from Alton Towers. For family thrills and spills the theme park has a host of family attractions, ranging from adrenaline-fuelled roller coasters through to gentler rides for the little ones. There’s even a bus stop from right outside that will deliver you there. The Club Site is also on the doorstep of the Peak District National Park where there are plenty of outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling and climbing – depending on the adrenaline fix you need. Northeast of the site is Carsington Water and Visitor Centre, offering a wide range of activities on and off the water, such as footpaths and bridleways, a play area, fishing, and of course, many watersports.
Pitches at Alton, the Star including grass, hardstanding and Super Service (with electric, water and waste). There are toilets and showers, a family room with bath and a children’s play area.
Holiday Resort Unity in Brean Sands is the perfect place for a fun-filled holiday. It’s just a short walk to the beach, which is beautifully sandy and stretches for miles – there’s plenty of space for everyone.