If there's one thing us Brits love it's taking to the great outdoors and spending a holiday camping or going for luxury in a static caravan or mobile home. And with caravan parks and spread all over the UK and Europe there is a great range of holiday experiences out there from the beaches of Cornwall to the glamour of the Cote d'Azur, the wilds of the Lake District to the Brittany coastline. You could even jet across the pond and take a break stateside in the USA.
Want to know more? Read on for our advice on where to go and how to stay. Here is our handpicked selection of holiday companies offering breaks on caravan parks in the UK and overseas.
What can I expect on a holiday at a holiday park with caravans and static homes?
Your first thoughts may be that is it all very basic with no mod cons and limited things to do. You would be very wrong. Sites offering static caravans and static homes are well organised operations with modern up to date facilities and the latest in fixtures and fittings. Some are more like semi permanent homes, lodges or holiday chalets, each with their own style and charms. Expect to find a relaxed and fun atmosphere, lots of families enjoying the facilities and out door living as part of the everyday experience.
Many sites are more like the bigger holiday parks and offer everything from grocery shopping to entertainment, somewhere to eat and drink as well as outdoor heated pools and range of activities for all ages. You can also find sites that have kids clubs aimed at a range of different ages.
Travelling to your site is made easy. For locations in the UK you can receive detailed driving instructions and for sites overseas, many companies will even organise your ferry travel and any accommodation you need on the way to your destination. You can even multi centre and stay at a number of sites in one holiday to mix and match locations.
Where can I go to enjoy static caravan holidays?
Sites are spread throughout most of the UK. Choose from areas as diverse as the West Country to Highlands of Scotland, the coast of East Anglia to the beauty of Glamorgan. There are few areas that do not have parks of one kind or another. Many are coastal, although you can certainly find campsites and caravan parks in the National park areas or inland.
Further afield, France is the obvious choice with sites spread across the country, many coastal, but again a good range inland and with excellent weather in the summer months.
You can even travel to sites in countries like Spain, Italy and Greece for that Mediterranean holiday feel. Alternatively choose sites in the Alpine areas of Switzerland and Austria, the beauty of Slovenia and Croatia or the Dutch coastline of Holland with its wide sandy beaches.
Not content? Then grab a flight to the US of A and enjoy a freewheeling trip to Florida, New England or the East Coast to enjoy campsites American style. You could even elect to hire a mobile touring home or motor home.
Our top tips
These are out top tips when considering a holiday in a static caravan or holiday home.
- Plan your holiday around your needs. What kind of entertainment and facilities does your party need to ensure you have a great break?
- There is a wide range of accommodation from tents through to mobile homes and everything in between. Read the details of what each one offers to check it has the right rooms for you and sufficient sleeping arrangements.
- Plan your travel wisely. Journeys by car in Europe can be long and hot so think carefully about breaking your journey and keeping everyone happy. It's less tiring and you get to see somewhere different. Don't forget to get a good route plan before you go and consider a sat nav for ease.
- Going by ferry? Then plan your ferry crossing to make the most of the special offers and the chance for a rest from driving as well as the opportunity for a meal or snack.
- Pack carefully. Whilst you may be taking your own car, there is no need to take everything and the kitchen sink. Each site will tell you what equipment comes with your accommodation, leaving you more room for the things you do. Don't forget to read the notes from your campsite before you pack, as it will save you time and energy in organising what you need to take with you.
- Got a dog? Many sites will allow you to take your pooch with you. For travel to Europe you will need to acquire a Pet Passport http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/index.htm
- Check you car is fit for the job and that you have all the necessary items for driving abroad. Don't forget your driving licence and ensure you have adequate motor insurance for driving abroad and help on hand in case you breakdown.
- Eating out and shopping for food in places like France is far cheaper than in the UK, so your budget will go further and many may argue that the quality can be better too. Eating out at lunchtime also gets you specially priced menus too.
- Don't forget to plan for motorway tolls in Europe and ensure you buy your petrol or diesel in towns and cities rather than on the motorways where it costs more.