The best UK holiday parks for families

Do you struggle to keep the kids entertained in the holidays? From water parks to family-friendly holiday parks, theme parks to lively beach resorts, a staycation is great for all the family. Here are our top picks of parks that are best for children. They’re all near attractions that will keep the kids busy and you stress free in the school holidays.

Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire
Perfect for exploring Scarborough


For fun-filled days, head to Cayton Bay which is just a short drive away from the lively resort of Scarborough. Spend the day on the beach, try a spot of crabbing in the rockpools, and get your sugar fix by trying the world-famous rock. If you just want to spend a lazy day at the park, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy including an adventure playground, a water park, and arts and crafts den. It’s also pet friendly so your furry friend can enjoy a staycation too!


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Gnome World, Cornwall
Perfect for exploring Newquay


If you want the perfect base to explore lots of attractions, Gnome World is the park for you. Nestled near the peaceful Goss Moor Nature Reserve and a few miles away from the lively resort of Newquay, you’ll have the best of both worlds. Spend your holiday at the breath-taking Eden Project, get the adrenaline pumping at Camel Creek Adventure Park, or take a walk on the wild side at Newquay Zoo. Whatever you enjoy, you’ll find something to keep everyone happy.


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Ashbourne Heights, Derbyshire
Perfect for Alton Towers and CBeebies Land


For thrillseekers, Ashbourne Heights is ideal if you want to take on the wild rides of Alton Towers. If you have younger children, CBeebies Land is situated within Alton Towers and you can meet Iggle Piggle, Bing, and even the Teletubbies - cameras at the ready! If rollercoasters aren’t your thing, you can ramble around the Peak District, explore Chatsworth House, or head to Bakewell to sample a world-famous tart (or two).


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Oakdene Forest, Dorset
Perfect for Peppa Pig World


Let Peppa and George put a smile on your face at Peppa Pig World, located in the family-friendly Paulton’s Park. With almost 80 rides, you’ll be spoilt for choice and you might even meet Zoe Zebra and Suzy Sheep in the summer months. After a day in toddler heaven, settle down at Oakdene Forest Park - a family-friendly woodland park set near the scenic Hurn & Avon Forest. With daily entertainment, an indoor pool and adventure golf course, your holiday will fly by.


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Marton Mere, Blackpool
Perfect for exploring Blackpool


Situated in Marton Mere nature reserve, the bright lights of Blackpool are a short drive away (you can even see Blackpool Tower from the park). There are also plenty of activities to take part in at the park itself. From archery lessons to pottery painting and bug hunts to den building, you won’t be able to decide which activity to do first! The park also has a Burger King, Papa Johns, and fish & chip restaurant so there’s something for even the fussiest of eaters.


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Castle Howard Lakeside Holiday Park, North Yorkshire (Ownership only)
Perfect for exploring North Yorkshire

If you want somewhere to holiday all year round, Lakeside Holiday Park offers holiday home ownership in the heart of the Howardian Hills. Set near the grounds of the historic Castle Howard, immerse yourself in culture and wildlife at Lakeside Holiday Park. Located within easy reach of Malton, Pickering and Helmsley, you can enjoy days out with your family and nights spent in the tranquil surroundings of the park. You might even spot a deer or two!

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Lakeside Caravan Park, Cheshire
Perfect for Chester Zoo


On the edge of Winsford Flashes, you’ll find the tranquil Lakeside Caravan Park, which is famous for its wildlife and fishing. The vibrant city of Chester is nearby. Here, you can spend the day shopping in its boutiques, explore the historic castles of Beeston and Peckforton, or step into the animal kingdom at Chester Zoo. Whether you’re a history buff, wildlife lover, or savvy shopaholic, you’ll love this Cheshire staycation spot.


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Merley Court Holiday Park, Dorset
Perfect for Splashdown Water Parks


Imagine yourself in your own private hot tub surrounded by lush green scenery. Now, it’s time to make that dream a reality at Merley Court Holiday Park. Offering a relaxing escape for all the family at any time of year, the park is dog friendly, has an outdoor pool, and a children’s play area. It’s just a short drive to Splashdown Water Parks in Poole, where you can learn to surf, slide, and swim to your heart's content. Head to the stunning Dorset coast or head inland to Monkey World. The choices are endless!


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Woodhall Country Park, Lincolnshire
Perfect for Sundown Adventureland


Five-star luxury awaits at Woodhall Country Park, winner of the Hoseasons Diamond Award. It’s the ideal location for a family staycation with walks and wildlife, golfing and angling, and dog walking and cycling. Located in Woodhall Spa, there is plenty to eat, drink, and discover in the local area.f you have children under 10, you can visit Sundown Adventureland for a day of fun and adventure.


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