Staycations have never looked so spectacular this summer, with holiday parks pulling out all the stops for holidaymakers.
We’re talking everything from accommodation upgrades and revamped facilities to brand new attractions and heaps of exciting new entertainment. (In some cases, there are even completely new parks too).
There’s heaps to get excited about, so to give you a helping hand we’ve put together a guide with the top highlights to have on your radar, including the likes of Butlin’s, Parkdean Resorts, Haven and Hoseasons and what they’ve got planned for visitors, as we celebrate the return of UK holidays.
Check out our guide below – happy holiday hunting!
Butlin’s has everything you could want for a thrill-packed holiday
Get your dates in the diary for a thrill-packed getaway at a Butlin’s seaside resort from May 17.
At Skegness in Lincolnshire, Minehead in Somerset and Bognor Regis in West Sussex, guests can enjoy an exciting new line-up of live shows. The X Factor’s Fleur East and Max & Harvey will be on stage, as well as the exclusive-to-Butlin’s show “The Diversity Games” featuring the street dance troupe.
The new Cirque du Hilarious with CBBC’s Danny and Mick will kick off in half-term. Kids can squeal along with the Peppa Pig show, and the PJ Masks Experience is back, along with Justin Fletcher and Sam and Mark. All three Butlin’s resorts have invested millions building 860-seater indoor entertainment venues with social-distancing guidelines in mind.
Download the Butlin’s app for pre-booking pool sessions and activities, plus menus and maps.
Three nights for four in a silver room at Skegness costs from £395, arriving August 30. Premium dining per day for £27.75 adults, £13.95 children aged six-14, £6.95 aged two-five. Under twos eat free. Find out more and book on butlins.com.
A view of Haven’s Lakeland park
(Image: Haven Holidays)
For those looking for a place to relax in the fresh air, Haven Stay is a cost-effective option where you don’t pay for facilities you don’t use.
If you want an all-action break, Haven Stay+Play includes its array of organised activities, entertainment and restaurants. Adventure seekers will love the new Activity Villages at Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk and Golden Sands in Lincolnshire with aerial challenges as well as The Jump – a free-fall drop on to a giant airbag.
Entertainment hubs are opening in May at Lakeland in the Lake District, Greenacres in North Wales and Seashore in Great Yarmouth. There will be giant screens and evening stage shows, with table service via the Haven app.
May breaks from £49. Find out more and book on haven.com.
Whitecliff Bay, Isle of Wight
Enjoy the golden sands and crashing waves of Cornwall’s coast at Away Resorts’ new holiday park. With direct access to a three-mile beach, St Ives Bay Holiday Park in Hayle has 800 chalets, caravans, houses, camping pods and pitches, plus swimming pools.
Also new is Boston West, a 150-acre park in the Lincolnshire countryside. Already a popular hotel, golf club and leisure estate, the holiday firm plans to develop 300 pitches for luxury lodges.
Its Mill Rythe Coastal Village on Hayling Island is also undergoing a £10million transformation.
Away Resorts has five other action-packed parks – it’s invested £50million into its staycation experiences over the past year.
Three nights in an eight-berth superior caravan at Whitecliff Bay, Isle of Wight, in May is £275. Find out more and book on awayresorts.co.uk.
Hoburne has some luxurious new lodges
Hoburne has been creating holiday memories for more than 100 years.
New for 2021 are the luxury, three-bedroom, hot tub lodges with sundecks at Hoburne Doublebois in the Cornish countryside. There’s an all-star line up of live entertainment across five of its eight parks including Shaun Williamson AKA Barry from EastEnders and DJing from Gok Wan and 90s dance duo Phats and Small.
Holidays at Hoburne Doublebois in May from £299 based on four sharing. Find out more and book on hoburne.com.
Parkdean has heaps of new facilities and activities
There’s a load of new facilities and activities at Parkdean. Cayton Bay in Yorkshire has a new outdoor sports court, high ropes, arts and crafts den, virtual reality experience and a base camp for the Bear Grylls Survival Academy.
Make a splash in the refurbished outdoor pool at Sandford in Dorset or let off steam at the sports dome. Trecco Bay in South Wales has bungee trampolines, high ropes and a new Next Level Gaming Arena.
Lizard Point in Cornwall boasts the new Boathouse Restaurant, VR experience and sports dome. At Warmwell in Dorset there’s a new luxury lakeside lodge development, new bar, VR experience, arts and crafts den and high ropes.
At Ty Mawr in North Wales, you get a new soft play area, high ropes, sports dome and woof park for dogs.
Parkdean has 700 new caravans and lodges for 2021. Use code MAYDAY20 at checkout to save £20 on May Bank Holiday breaks. Find out more and book on parkdeanresorts.co.uk/offers.
Hot tub break, anyone?
It’s easy to select a staycay to match your holiday style with Hoseasons.
Go Active breaks let you make the most of your time with loved ones – from a family cycle in the forest to wild adventures on Segways. Pick from 17 locations nationwide. If you’re craving a big family reunion, Hoseasons has 3,500 celebration homes, some with hot tubs, games rooms and pools.
After luxury? Check out the high-end hot tub escapes with nearby pubs in the Autograph collection. On Wanderwood breaks kids can get busy bug-hunting, den-building and tree-climbing at 15 specially selected locations.
Find out more and book on hoseasons.co.uk.
What’s your favourite holiday park? Let us know in the comments below.