The Best Caravan Parks In The UK – What To Expect From 5 Star Holiday Parks
If you’re looking for high quality, luxury and 5 star holiday parks in England, Scotland and Wales, you’ve come to the right place! The Best of British Holiday Parks group includes 49 of the highest rated touring caravan and camping parks in the UK. They have all been independently verified as five star by their relevant Tourist Board (which varies by country) and/or the AA. Any AA 5 pennant ratings must been the criteria of an 85% grading or above to qualify for Best of British membership.
So, what does a 5 star holiday park look like? Here are some things to expect when you visit our parks…
1. Exceptional Locations
Let’s start at Ladram Bay in Devon. A beautiful family orientated park, they have their own private beach. You may even have seen the coastline feature on ITV’s ‘This Morning’, when host Josie Gibson visited the park and beach, showing off the water activities! Perched on top of the Jurassic Coastline, you won’t have far to walk before reaching the sand. Ladram Bay isn’t our only coastal park, we actually have 23 in the group!
Whether you’re looking to paddle board, swim, go rock pooling or just wander the coastlines, we have something for everyone. From the popular South West, to the beautiful beaches in Northumberland and Scotland.
If you’d prefer a countryside break, full of nature, adventure and pretty towns and villages, we have 26 holiday parks to choose from.
The great British countryside offers views like no other and opportunities to explore places we sometimes might not consider. Perhaps you’d like to consider Daisy Bank Touring Park in the lush countryside of Wales. Its rural location affords visitors fantastic views over the Shropshire Hills and creates a tranquil environment to relax and unwind from the stresses of daily life. Many of our parks have won awards such as the David Bellamy Conservation Award, as they commit to supporting the natural environment and all important wildlife. Some of our parks are based on garden themes and all are meticulously maintained, with planting and floral displays aplenty!
2. A Friendly Welcome
You’ll be assured of a friendly welcome, regardless of which park you visit. While we encourage the parks to be different, the common thread running through them all is great customer service.
Here are some members of the team at Plassey Leisure Park in Wrexham. They’re a friendly bunch! You’re just as likely to see the owners working on site, in this case John and Sarah Brookshaw. Over at Trethem Mill in Cornwall, it’s very much a family affair.
3. Superb Facilities
All the parks are 5 star rated, and with that comes high standards. The facilities blocks are well equipped, clean and they’ll meet all your needs while you’re away from home. Gone are the days of small blocks with basic facilities. Caravanning, camping and glamping come with a range of options nowadays! Over at Old Oaks in Glastonbury, their facilities have been described as like a 5 star hotel and we can see why!
But even if the facilities aren’t quite 5 star hotel, they have all been rated 5 star by the Tourist Board and/or the AA grading system. We’re loving the new facilities block at Donkey Creek Farm in Lancashire!
4. Pitch Perfect
The range of pitches on offer at each park range from clifftop views to landscaped bays. You’ll be able to choose the pitch type and the services on site to ensure your caravan, motorhome or tent does indeed feel like a home away from home. These pitches at Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park in Somerset all have electrical hook ups and the park has a garden theme with pitches that offer privacy.
Each park offers different options for pitch type. All can accommodate motorhomes, but do check pitch sizing in advance if you have a supersize model!
5. Great For Holidays With Dogs
Every one of our 49 holiday parks welcome dogs, which means your canine companion doesn’t need to be booked into kennels, they can come with you! Over the years, the options for dog owners have continued to improve and they get more and more innovative. From fenced dog walks, general dog walk areas and dog washes, it could be said that the dogs benefit from the 5 star facilities in the same way adults do!
Let’s take Oakdown Touring and Holiday Home Park in Devon as an example. There’s nothing a dog likes more (especially when they’re on holiday!) than getting out and exploring and free running. With that comes the danger of muddy paws in your caravan, motorhome or tent! Oakdown designed a bespoke dog wash named ‘Clean Paws’, which is equipped with a dog bath and a hot water shower and doggie hair dryer. It’s all free to use too, all part of the experience. The lighting in the hut is solar powered. Many of our parks have similar dog washes, so do make use of them after a long walk!
6. Adult Only Holiday Parks
We have 13 adult only peaceful and tranquil holiday parks for you to enjoy. If you prefer a park without children on site, we have options for you to consider.
Whether you’re looking for a shepherd hut, a private touring caravan pitch or a lodge holiday, we have great options for you. Our friends at Trethem Mill on the Roseland Peninsula recently changed from family friendly to an adult only park, to meet the demand in Cornwall. We’re recently welcomed Green Acres in Cumbria, a beautiful park dedicated to quiet holidays. We also have Old Oaks in Somerset (photo above). So, if you’d like a holiday that is child free, consider a Best of British Holiday Park.
7. Family Friendly Holiday Parks
35 of our holiday parks are child friendly! They welcome families (including their canine companions!) and have a selection of facilities for family fun. Let’s take Hendra Holiday Park in Cornwall as an example. They are celebrating their 50th year of family ownership in Newquay this year. The facilities are plentiful!
There’s plenty to do for all ages, whether it’s using the Oasis Fun Pools, with 3 waterslide, river rapids, toddler pool and geysers. The outdoor pool is open from May til the end of August. For younger children, there’s a children’s play area, a pirate play ship, a skate and scooter park, indoor amusements and indoor soft play. Small ones will love getting to meet Henry and Henrietta, the resident hippos, in the mornings on the Hendra Safari train.
So, there’s plenty of fun to be had!
8. Unique Accommodation
Are you looking for something a little different in your holiday accommodation? Maybe you aren’t staying in a caravan, maybe you’re looking to make the leap from sleeping under canvas in a tent, to glamping. You might want to consider a shepherd hut at South Lytchett Manor, a safari tent at Concierge Camping, a barrel lodge at Oakdown or perhaps… an earth lodge at Townsend Touring Park in Herefordshire.
The earth lodges blend into the countryside and from a distance, you would have difficulty noticing them. Our aim is to provide you with options you may not otherwise have considered for unique holiday accommodation!
We hope you enjoyed our whistlestop tour into some of the best caravan and camping parks in England, Scotland and Wales!