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Top 5 Alternative Caravan Holidays for Kids

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If you are looking for the perfect getaway with the kids which is great value for money, then take a look at our top 5 recommendations. This guide is focused on children aged 2-8 years.

The reviews featured below are based on our own experiences and opinions, we appreciate that not everyone will share the same views and experiences as us, but we have tried to provide a balanced view based on what we found. Please feel free to comment below if you have other recommendations that other families may find useful.

1. Kiln Park, South Wales (Haven)

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Kiln Park, Haven Restaurant, South Wales.

If you are searching for a holiday park which is packed full of fun and family adventure, this place has it all. The large touring caravan area has all the amenities you would expect, including some Euro Electric Pitches which include waste water disposal, electric, connection for drinking water, TV point and extra space for your awning. I would highly recommend this option if you can afford to pay the extra, as it makes the holiday that little more relaxed. As like most holidays, if your child/children are still pre-school age, you can take advantage of the offpeak prices available.

The complex is a short walk away and includes a swimming pool, evening entertainment, and several other free activities which can be booked through their designated APP. It’s advised to book your activities before you arrive, in order to avoid disappointment, as they can get booked up quickly.

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Aerial drone view of a picturesque and colourful coastal holiday town (Tenby, UK)

If the hustle and bustle of the complex itself gets too much, you can always take advantage of the sandy beach only a short walk from the campsite. Walking a few miles northwards along the beach is Tenby South Beach where you will find Salty’s Beach Bar & Restaurant and, Castle Beach where you can visit Tenby Castle, Tenby Harbour and St Catherine’s Island. Alternatively, just relax on the beach with a picnic and build sand castles! Either way, there is something for everyone in Tenby.

Top recommendation: Hire a family cycle kart and take a tour of the entire park together with the wind in your hair. Great fun for all the family. Book all your activities well in advance to arriving!

Pro’s and Con’s

Great location right next door to the beach, packed full of free activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Some visitors have reported the restaurant being expensive, with slow service during peak times.

2. Adgestone, Camping and Caravan Club Site, Isle of Wight.

Adgestone, Camping and Caravan Club, Isle of Wight, Near Sandown.

Situated near Sandown on the Isle of Wight, this hidden gem of a campsite is ideally situated to explore the area. The site boasts a lovely outdoor swimming pool surrounded by grass and a well-kept garden which will help keep the family cool. The site has lots of green space to run around in and a large football, and play area for the kids which is separated from pitched tents and caravans. Facilities on-site are basic and there is no entertainment, but don’t let this out you off as the Island has lots to offer. There are a huge amount of theme parks, zoos, beaches, attractions and picturesque restaurants to choose from.

Top recommendation: Visit Robin Hill and climb through the trees in Jungle Heights and test your nerves round the corners on the Toboggan run! Check what events are on before you book and if you get a chance to see the falconry display you won’t be disappointed.

Pro’s and Con’s

Lovely, clean camp site with areas for the kids to play and a superb outdoor swimming pool

Additional cost of ferry to get there, campsite can get muddy and waterlogged. You will also need to be a Camping and Caravan Club to get a discount on your pitch.

3. Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Surrey.

Chertsey Camping and Caravan Club Site next to the Thames.

Conveniently situated right next door to the River Thames, this site has a huge amount to offer. The camp site is clean, tidy and very picturesque with all the caravan facilities you might expect. This site is probably favoured for families looking to take advantage of its location, as it is just a few miles away from London, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures to name a few. Just a short stroll up the road, and you’ll find two pubs/restaurants with a river view serving a large selection of food and drinks. Both establishments have kids menus and allow dogs in the beer garden, so a great place to watch the world go by and relax.

Chertsey Club Site, one of the oldest on the Club’s network that has been under Club ownership since 1927, is a large site within the M25. On-site facilities at the newly refurbished (2022) site include:

  • A fully refurbished amenity block in both the reception and main camping areas
  • A hot water enclosed dog wash facility and internal dishwash area
  • Addition of a new family facility in a wet room style, plus an accessible room and on-site laundry
  • The installation of a new children’s play area
  • Resurfacing most of the site roads, plus a refurbishment of all hardstandings.

Top recommendation: Pack a picnic and hire a boat from Meads Marine, which is just a 15-minute walk from the campsite. Explore the local area by boat and enjoy the views!

Pro’s and Con’s

Beautiful site in a great location.

The site can get waterlogged or even flooded in heavy rain. Local attractions are very popular, but also expensive.

4. Canterbury Camping and Caravan Club, Kent.

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Canterbury, Kent, UK: Landscape of the Great Stour river running through old timbered houses near Westgate Gardens.

Located just a few miles away from the city centre, this immaculate destination has a lot to offer. The camp site is a mixture of camping, hardstanding and grass pitches which you can choose with or without electric hookup. There are several water points doted around and two shower blocks which are kept very clean. A designated woodland dog walk is situated close to ‘The Paddock’ section of the campsite, and the colourful playground is complete with swings and trim trail.

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Canterbury camping and caravan club entrance.

There is also lots to explore outside the camp ground, with the historic city centre just a few miles away you can explore the cathedral which is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. Just on the outskirts of the town, you’ll also find Westgate Gardens, which borders are full of flowers in the summer framing the river and parks beyond. It’s also possible to book a private or shared tour along the River Stour with Canterbury Punting which travels through the heart of the city, exploring all the history as you go.

Further a field there are zoos, parks and the seaside resorts to discover. The seaside town of Whitstable is a particularly popular choice, famous for its oysters, art scene and café culture.

Recommendation: Take a short trip to Wingham Wildlife Park with the kids, and you’ll have a fun filled day which will include a dinosaur trail, large indoor soft play, outdoor play areas, walk-through enclosures, and plenty of wild animals to discover.

Pro’s and Con’s

Great for a cultural city break with the kids, with a very well presented caravan site and lots to do nearby.

Canterbury is a very busy, tourist trap which can get congested at peak times. Planning ahead and leaving plenty of time to travel around is advisable.

5. California Chalet & Touring Park, Berkshire.

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California Park, Finchampstead, Berkshire.

A particular favourite of ours is this stunning site, situated just outside Reading in a small town called Finchampstead. All pitches are fully serviced, so make sure you bring along your aqua roll main water kit and a good few meters of waste pipe. The pitches are large, immaculately kept and surrounded by pine trees and bright pink rhododendron if you book towards the end of May. Next door to the caravan site is a stunning lake and café which serves breakfast, lunch, and mains and also offers a sensibly priced kids meals. You can also buy alcohol from the café if you fancy, a drink on the terrace whilst the kids play in the play park. The play park is a comprehensive collection of zip lines, paddling pool, climbing frames, water play and musical themed areas. The park is still accessible after it closes to the public, so you can choose to visit when fewer people are about, but bear in mind the café will be closed. The site is very quiet, picturesque with a lovely short walk around the lake.

California Park, Finchampstead, Berkshire.

Popular, nearby attractions include Coral Reef Waterworld, Dinton Pastures Country Park and The Look Out Discovery Centre. We would also recommend venturing into the nearby town of Wokingham, which is full of great places to go and eat out.

Recommendation: Pack up a picnic and head for Dinton Pastures for a day out. There is plenty to keep everyone happy, including boat trips across the lake, play parks, crazy golf and pond dipping.

Pro’s and Con’s

A hidden gem which is full of beauty and relaxation, combined with enough things to keep the kids entertained. A stunning site which I’m reluctant to share.

You will have to have all the equipment for a fully serviced pitch. There is no separate grey waste disposal point.

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