Red coats, yellow coats, blue coats and knobbly knees. These were the stalwarts of British holiday camps in the 1950s and 1960s. Fast forward four or five decades, today, they have become holiday parks. They cater for children and pets and take care of the countryside and wildlife in their neighbourhoods. These are places where you can stay just as a base camp and explore the countryside around, or for the entertainments in house, or both.
In Scotland, you can explore the majestic scenery from the comfort of a holiday lodge. From the highlands and the beautiful beaches in northern Scotland, to the Great Glen valley. There parks are open the year long and offer skiing in winter, whether for pure beginners or expert enthusiasts. You can enjoy some quiet fishing or more strenuous white water rafting.
Escape into the countryside of Yorkshire amid rolling acres of moor land. Holiday parks offer indoor pools and hot tubs for relaxation, as well as games and children`s` playgrounds. This makes a perfect base to explore the Yorkshire Moors and Dales, as well as historic cities such as York.
There is a place for everyone in Derbyshire`s Peak District, Britain`s first national park. Stay in a lodge and just go walking or cycling in the countryside. With luck and if you go high enough, you may pick up a little piece of amethyst by the roadside. There may not be enough amethyst pieces for a necklace, but it`s fine for a souvenir. You can hire a log cabin or a caravan and bring your pets along.
The rolling hills and stone houses of the Cotswolds make a picturesque backdrop to holiday parks that offer tranquillity, sport, history and culture in one go. You can relax by the poolside while the children are being entertained, or have a leisurely barbeque in the evening. Go kayaking on the rivers, horse riding in the countryside, or take a day or an evening out to Stratford-upon-Avon to see a Shakespeare play. If you like the Bard, take time out to visit his old family home or his tomb in Stratford`s Trinity Church.
Wales offers family holidays in rural, seaside or woodland locations. Explore miles of golden sands along the beaches of North Wales, Anglesey or Pembrokeshire, or the mountains inland. You will never be too far away from some shopping or night life, if you want some extra entertainment.
Take a weekend break or a fortnight`s holiday in Norfolk`s charming scenery of windmills, waterways and long beaches. There are adventure areas for the children and evening shows for the grownups at Parkdean Holidays Cherry Tree Holiday Park. Visit the Sealife Park or the historic city of Norwich which is just a short hop away. You can be sure that even if the weather changes for the worse, you will always be cosy and warm in a holiday home of the best quality.