There is nothing better than packing up your caravan and hitting the road, off on another adventure, an expedition, experiencing everything that the world has to offer, or perhaps just finding a quiet corner where you can curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. But where are the best caravan vacation destinations in the UK?
Here’s a few options to add to your summer wish-list.
Perran Sands, Cornwall
The beaches of Cornwall are famous for surfing, and there’s a great surf school at Perran Sands. However, if you’d prefer to be relaxing by the pool than balancing precariously on a surfboard, then the caravan park here has heated indoor and outdoor pools and easy access to lots of other facilities, bars and restaurants. A beautiful part of the world.
Devon Cliffs, Devon
The coastline of Devon is fascinating – it’s a part of the world that has yielded so many archaeological finds over the years that it’s now known as the Jurassic Coast, and has been declared a World Heritage Site. You can park your caravan at the top of the cliffs, ensuring that you have the most amazing views along the coast. The park here also offers an indoor pool just in case the weather turns against you.
Church Farm, West Sussex
This is a good one for families, with lots of kid-friendly activities and entertainment on offer. The park here has direct access to a nearby nature reserve, a lagoon, and the shingle beach, so there’s plenty to explore if you fancy getting active.
Primrose Valley, North Yorkshire
You’ll find Primrose Valley on the Yorkshire Coast, with views across Filey Bay. The park gives you direct access to a beautiful sandy beach, or there’s a lake nearby where you can go boating or fishing. This is a great region for cycling, so either pack your bike or hire one locally to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
Bideford Bay, Devon
The park at Bideford Bay is surrounded by woodland, and it’s also just a short drive from Westaward Ho beach. This is a quiet and relaxing destination, with an on-site spa with heated pool and hydro-dome – just in case you need to relieve some stress. Horse riding is the best way to explore the woodland, so saddle up and head to Devon.
The coastline of Essex is surprisingly beautiful, and the park at Seawick gives you direct access to St Osyth Beach. If you don’t fancy the sand, then the park offers a heated swimming pool as well as plenty of bars and restaurants on your doorstep.
Peppermint Park, Devon
If you like a coastal park then it’s hard to go past Peppermint Park, nestled within the sand dunes of the Jurassic Coast. Pets are welcome, so you might want to take your dog with you.
The Foxhunter Park, Kent
The Foxhunter Park is a luxury five star holiday caravan park situated in the village of Monkton, near Ramsgate on the coast of Kent.
Known as ‘the garden of England’ due to its concentration of orchards and crops, Kent is only a short drive from London, and it’s also an important gateway to Europe from the port of Dover. Due to its coastal position and strategic importance, the history of this region is fascinating.
Explore the village of Eastry – the location of one of the palaces of the Saxon kings when they ruled these lands in the 5th century, following the withdrawal of the Romans. Also worth visiting is the town of Deal. Although there’s no harbour at Deal, its proximity to the nearby Goodwin sands made the waters between Deal and the sands a point of shelter for shipping throughout the centuries. One of the landmarks of Deal is the coastal artillery fort that was built in the 16th century - it’s interlocking circular towers forming a Tudor rose. This was part of a string of defences constructed by Henry VIII to counter the threat of invasion by the alliance of France and the Holy Roman Empire. Saturday is market day in Deal.