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In view of the ongoing and developing crisis and general prevailing uncertainty as the Coronavirus spreads, I took the decision a few days back to refrain from posting any further promotional offers or news.

I am leaving all existing posts up as it’s good to be reminded of happier times when we took for granted the opportunity to travel to and enjoy pretty much anywhere that we wanted to go to. However, given the likelihood of imminent or actual lockdowns, other travel restrictions and cancellations and bans on large gatherings (in some countries the restrictions apply to all gatherings above a small handful of people), anybody opting to follow already posted links to a booking page needs to reflect very carefully on whether they will be able to go ahead with that booking or be able to enjoy it in the usual way.

I will continue to post my camping newsletter Camping News on a lighter and less regular basis. Again the same advice applies on following through to any booking links posted in those posts. I will also post updates from operators I’ve partnered with over the years as and when I see them through my Social Media platforms.

Stay safe everyone and hopefully there will at some point be the prospect of a return to normality.


Sandy Balls Holiday Park

Sandy Balls, The Five Star New Forest Holiday Village

Sandy Balls Holiday Village

Enjoy the natural beauty of the New Forest National Park with a stay at Sandy Balls Holiday Village.
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Set in the beautiful New Forest National Park, Sandy Balls is a five-star holiday village in the New Forest National Park, between Godshill and Fordingbridge, and offers accommodation including luxury woodland lodges, static holiday homes, camping pods and safari tents.

There are two swimming pools (one indoors, one outdoors), a hot tub and sauna, as well as a fitness centre amongst the range of available facilities to enjoy. There is also a kitchen in some of the units, fitted with an oven, a microwave, and a toaster. Sandy Balls Holiday Village features free WiFi.

If you are a lover of enjoying a walk or cycling in glorious countryside then there are plenty of nearby trails to explore. The New Forest is blessed with an abundance of wild ponies, horses and other wildlife.

Sandy Balls Holiday Park

Cycling is just one of the many activities to enjoy in and around Sandy Balls, with plenty of nearby trails to explore

Guests can enjoy a barbecue and a restaurant on site. There is even an outdoor cinema and a shared lounge with Sky Sports channels. For even more activity you can join in archery and crossbow lessons. Whether you’re looking for a short break or a longer stay there should be plenty to keep you occupied.

Golfers might like to know that there’s a very scenic golf course not far away at Bramshaw, which welcomes visitors and is situated within the New Forest.

Sandy Balls Holiday Village is open throughout the year, though availability some of the facilities depends on the season and should be checked before booking a stay.

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Sandy Balls Holiday Village

A camping pod at Sandy Balls Holiday Village

Disclosure: Please be advised we have a commercial relationship with If you go ahead with such a booking we may receive a fee from them for our services. It has no effect on the price you are paying. You might alternatively prefer to book directly with Sandy Balls Holiday Village which you can do by ringing 01442 508850


Holidays With Hot Tubs

Premium Glamping & Camping Holidays With Hot Tubs

Holidays With Hot Tubs

Canvas Holidays have teamed up with premium camping holiday and glamping operator AMAC to bring you stunning accommodation with private hot tubs in seven amazing 4 & 5 star campsites in some of the most beautiful regions of France.

These wonderful locations include La Grande Metairie in South Brittany, La Pinede and Mayotte Vacances in South-West France, Soleil Plage near one of my favourite parts of the Dordogne, La Plage D’Argens and Verdon Parc on the Riviera and Les Dunes, near the Spanish border in Roussillon.

If Camping Soleil Plage is anything to go by you will be in for a treat. The Dordogne itself is within easy walking distance, where there is a nice area to bathe in the river itself or to hire canoes. The location is just a few miles upstream of the small town of Vitrac, the historic ramparts of the preserved town of Domme and many other prime Dordogne locations.

For more information and booking details please follow this link: Holidays With Hot Tubs

Holidays With Hot Tubs

Camping Soleil Plage, a 5 Star Premium Camping location in one of my favourite parts of the Dordogne. If the other locations are as good as this you will be in for a treat! Click Here For More Details


Zaton Holiday Park, Croatia

Croatia’s 5 Star Camping Holiday Park

Zaton Holiday Park, Croatia

Enjoy all the facilities of a 5 Star camping park at Zaton Holiday Park, Croatia. An amazing range of water sports and direct access to a blue flag beach. Click Here For Booking Details

Zaton Holiday Park is a 5 Star Camping Holiday Park on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. This is a big, spacious, and well maintained holiday park that enjoys direct access to sandy beaches as well as it’s own fabulous water complex. There are 1,650 pitches here.

The water complex includes a large outdoor swimming pool which is also heated. Toddlers won’t miss out either, as there is a paddling pool featuring water jets – this is also heated. There is also a jacuzzi pool. Last but not least, there are water slides available, including at the beach which is only a short walk away from the on-site swimming pools.

The beach itself has generally shallow waters and there are opportunities for snorkelling, playing on inflatables, stand up paddleboarding and hiring pedalos.

On top of it’s amazing range of water sports and direct access to a blue flag beach, there are no less than 12 tennis courts, 3 restaurants, plus options for bike hire and horse riding, as well as evening entertainment. A shuttle bus service operates to the nearby town of Zadar, giving you the opportunity to explore it’s Roman and Venetian ruins, the old town itself and it’s city walls and cathedral.

The nearest airport to the holiday park is at Zadar, about 20 miles away. If you prefer to drive from a ferry port, the most convenient ones would probably be Hook of Holland or Calais. You would be looking at a drive of over a 1,000 miles each way so it’s a good idea to have at least one stopover along the way.

Zaton Holiday Park’s accommodation options include apartments, glamping, static caravans and tents which can be booked direct or through Al Fresco, Eurocamp, Roan, Homair and a few others.

Al Fresco’s static caravans are way up at the top of the site, however that makes it an easy walk to the local supermarket in the small town of Nin.

Here are a few links to booking options for Zaton Holiday Park if you’d like more information or wish to go ahead with a booking:

Al Fresco Holidays
Zaton Holiday Park

Please exercise due diligence if going ahead with a booking. Zaton Holiday Park’s own website will not have the usual UK travel industry consumer protection. We have a commercial arrangements with Al Fresco Holidays and Eurocamp and could receive a fee from them for our services. That in no way affects your holiday prices.

Zaton Holiday Park, Croatia

Another view of Zaton Holiday Park, Croatia


Rye Harbour Holiday Park

A Small Holiday Park In A Very Attractive Setting

Rye Harbour Holiday Park

Rye Harbour Holiday Park is situated within walking distance of the renowned nearby Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
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Owned by Park Holidays UK, the leading camping holiday park operator along the south coast of England, Rye Harbour Holiday Park is ideally situated within walking distance of nearby Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, a renowned spot for bird watching or just a seaside stroll in peaceful surroundings, and the nearby East Sussex beaches of Winchelsea Beach and Pett Level.

It is a small holiday park in a very attractive setting. Accommodation entirely consists of static caravans. Ideal for a short stay or a longer one if you want a relaxing, leisurely break. There is a range of different options to suit different budgets. As this is a small site there is no space reserved for tourers.

The holiday park itself has a club house with a bar. There are regular cabaret shows and tours on weekends throughout the summer and Sky TV is available for those all-important sporting fixtures. Free WiFi is also available in the club house.

The holiday park has a small indoor pool and a fishing lake amongst it’s other amenities. Although the pool is hardly Olympic sized, it’s more than suitable for children and parents just wanting to splash about.

The historic towns of Rye and Winchelsea are well worth a visit, especially if you have not visited this area before.

For a larger town to visit, Hastings and it’s long promenade can be reached by road or rail in less than half an hour, or slightly longer if you prefer a bus journey.

You should find Rye Harbour Holiday Park to be a comfortable spot from which to explore this lovely part of East Sussex.

To find out more about a short stay or longer holiday at Rye Harbour Holiday Park, including any special offers that are available, here’s instant access directly from Park Holidays UK

(Please be advised that we have a commercial relationship with Park Holidays UK so the links on this page are affiliate links)


Devon Cliffs Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs, Haven’s Holiday Park On The Jurassic Coast

Devon Cliffs Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs, Haven’s Holiday Park On The Jurassic Coast

Haven’s Devon Cliffs Holiday Park has lovely views of the Jurassic Coast & direct access to a sandy beach, award winning Sandy Bay, holder of a Blue Flag Beach award for 2019.

It’s also a spacious, all-action family holiday park with an indoor/outdoor pool, upgraded in 2017. Having enjoyed several family holidays here, it is one of the very best of all Haven’s holiday locations.

Constantly being improved, 2017 saw the opening of a shiny new multi-level outdoor pool.

Accommodation comes in the form of various static caravan ranges and holiday lodges.

Relax & enjoy the views across the beautiful Jurassic coastline or plunge into the numerous activities available here for your children to enjoy.

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Devon Cliffs

The outdoor play area at Devon Cliffs


Church Farm Holiday Park, Pagham

Haven’s Camping Holiday Park In West Sussex

Church Farm Holiday Park

Stepping out at Church Farm. Haven’s holiday park on the Sussex coast at Pagham, near Chichester.
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Church Farm Holiday Park is Haven Holiday’s picturesque camping holiday park on the coast of West Sussex.

Church Farm is set in landscaped parkland next to Pagham Harbour, not far from Bognor Regis on the Sussex coast.

Accommodation choices here include a range of different static caravans from “platinum with decking” and deluxe to standard. There are also 2 and 3 bedroom luxury lodges at Church Farm.

Amongst a wide range of amenities at Church Farm Holiday Park are a heated outdoor swimming pool, a heated indoor pool complete with a flume, a 9 hole par 3 golf course, bungee trampolines, pool tables and much else. It’s best to book activity bundles as an optional extra at the time of your booking if you intend to make use of all the activities here such as the aqua jets and aqua gliders. There are also tennis courts, an all-weather bowling green and a multi-sports court. The easiest way to take charge of it all is to download the ‘Haven What’s On’ app to pre-book activities and create your own holiday itinerary.

Church Farm Holiday Park

Enjoy a walk around Pagham lagoon, a short footpath walk away from Church Farm Holiday Park.

Pagham Harbour itself is a nature reserve and is a Geological Conservation Review site, a Nature Conservation Review site, a Special Protection Area and a Marine Conservation Zone. With a wide variety of birds to view, it’s a lovely spot for a seaside stroll to enjoy the sea air and coastal views.

There is a shingle beach between the lagoon and the harbour. If it is a sandy beach you are after, the large sandy beaches of the Witterings are within easy driving distance, as is the smaller beach in sleepy Felpham. The seaside resorts of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton are also worth a day out, as is the historic town of Arundel and it’s impressive castle. If you’re visiting Bognor, Hotham Park is a landscaped park with a boating lake and miniature railway that’s well worth a visit, not to mention the well known Butlins resort nearby, which has everything to keep an active family busy for the day.

Whether it’s a holiday weekend or a longer stay, Church Farm Holiday Park is a great option if you are looking for either a lazy seaside holiday on the South Coast or a location with activities to keep the family occupied. The flat terrain should also be helpful for getting around if you have any disabilities or mobility issues.

Find out more about Church Farm Holiday Park, including booking details and regularly updated offers, via our direct link to Haven Holidays

Church Farm Holiday Park


Tattershall Lakes Holiday Park

Countryside Holiday Park In Lincolnshire

Tattershall Lakes

Tattershall Lakes is Away Resorts holiday park in the Lincolnshire countryside.

Tattershall Lakes is a holiday park in the Lincolnshire countryside.

An ideal rural location for exploring Lincolnshire and it’s attractions, there are also plenty of water sport options as the holiday park is built around it’s lakes.

Amongst the new attractions for 2019 are a new splash pool with an Aqua Play Zone, a new sky bar called Bar 49, which will be an idyllic, open-air space to enjoy a cold refreshment to watch the sun set over the lake, and new glamping pods and safari tent accommodation options.

Tattershall Lakes is dominated by it’s lakes, which are set aside for waterskiing, jetskiing, angling, wakeboarding and some great fishing. There’s also a 9 hole golf course. So don’t forget to pack your golf clubs and your fishing rod, if you’ve got one. When added to the swimming pool, spa, gym, bars and family diner there really should be something for everyone.

Tattershall Lakes is open for bookings throughout the year ▸ (More Information & Booking Details)

£5.5 million has been invested in upgrading Tattershall Lakes to meet the added demand for “staycation” holidays. A relaxing place for people of all ages, Tattershall Lakes is about 30 miles inland from Skegness and Mablethorpe, and is next door to Tattershall Castle and not far from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in Coningsby.

Tattershall Lakes brand new state-of-the-art sky bar’ Bar 49′ that overlooks the stunning waterski lake.


Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park

A Rural & Tranquil Holiday Park Near The Somerset Coast

Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park

Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park. A relaxing holiday experience for all the family, a short stroll away from the coast.
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Haven’s holiday park at Burnham-on-Sea welcomes both tourers & holidaymakers wanting to book a static caravan holiday or tent, including safari tents for glamping. It’s a rural & tranquil holiday park close to the Somerset coast, that enjoys direct access to the local beach.

Amenities here include both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a fishing lake, the usual play area amenities, plenty of other outdoor activities and an entertainment centre with bar and restaurant facilities.

Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park has a refurbished lounge and terrace bar, a choice of 3 food and drink settings and daytime and evening entertainment programmes

With almost 1400 reviews on TripAdvisor giving it a ranking of 4 out of 5, Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park is held in high regard by most previous visitors.

Popular locations to consider visiting for a day trip include Exmoor, a beautiful moorland National Park, Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole and it’s caves, and Burnham’s neighbouring seaside resort, Weston-super-Mare.

Lovers of glamping holidays might like to know that safari tents are amongst the accommodation options at Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park.

For tourers, there are 68 pitches – including Basic, Electric and Euro electric pitches – and a Heated shower block. Please note that this holiday park does not allow dogs.

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Glamping In Wales

A Few Of The Best Options For Glamping In Wales

We’ve teamed up with CoolStays to highlight a select number of their best options for Glamping In Wales. CoolStays have a growing portfolio of over 1100 hand-picked, extraordinary places to stay, including gypsy caravans, shepherds huts, tipis, yurts, tents and cabins; luxury tree houses and cave houses; cool conversions such as planes, trains, boats, buses, churches, windmills, lighthouses and deluxe beach huts. Here are a select few to seriously consider.

Oaklands Glamping

Glamping In Wales

Oaklands Glamping, luxury glamping in chic safari tents just waiting to be discovered in the stunning wilds of Mid-Wales, near Welshpool ▸ Click Here For More Details

Oaklands Glamping has two safari lodges called Bluebell and Foxglove and a treehouse called Heartwood. This is a simple chic luxury experience with plenty of facilities including a hot stove, roll-top baths and a farmhouse kitchen. A hot tub will add to the feeling of luxuriously unwinding here under the stars.

Surrounded by magnificent scenery in the Welsh countryside, there is plenty to explore, including nearby Welshpool and Powys Castle, originally a classic medieval castle dating back to the thirteenth century which received a few modifications during the Stuart and other eras. A trip on the narrow-gauge Welshpool and Llanfair light railway, taking you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales, is especially recommended.

Please note that this is an adults only glamping site, particularly suitable for couples and other small groups, but not for hen or stag partying.

Red Kite Conkers

Glamping In Wales

Red Kite Conkers, near Newbridge-On-Way, must rank among the more unusual places you could choose to stay.
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Red Kite Conkers, near Newbridge-On-Way, must rank among the more unusual places you could choose to stay. Don’t be deceived by their quirky appearance. bright white hexagons forming the inner shell of a modular monocoque structure together with porthole shaped windows allow for plenty of light inside. The fabulously bright and airy interior certainly has a dash of the sci-fi about it.

Outside you will find a terraced area, complete with a firepit, so that you can relax and take in the spectacular views next to a crackling fire. The terrace also has an outside kitchen, a private shower and a toilet to keep things all very civilised – though not totally conventional. Each of the conkers is suitable for two people.

Red Kite Conkers is a totally off-grid escape where you can spend days out walking, then return to sit next to the fire watching the ever-changing landscape. Located in the heart of a private conservation estate you are guaranteed to see considerable wildlife as well as some spectacular walks directly from the door. Do note you are at least ten minutes away from the nearest mobile phone signal.

Trawscwm Treehouse

Glamping In Wales

Trawscwm Treehouse near Llandrindod Wells in Powys. The terrace includes a hot tub and a bridge to a separate seating area. Click Here For More Information

Trawscwm Treehouse near Llandrindod Wells in Powys is a treehouse built on stilts at a Site Of Specific Scientific Interest in Mid Wales. Leading features of Trawscwm Treehouse include a terrace with a hot tub and a bridge to a separate seating area. Inside you will find an open plan kitchen, a bedroom, and living space. The property is suitable for two adults and up to two children, though the owners do not allow children under 6 years old due to the height of the mezzanine floor.

When arriving you will be greeted by a beautiful balcony and the terrace on stilts. The large wooden deck surrounding the treehouse, which wraps around the trunk of the tree, offers a chance to lounge in the sun or take a dip in the hot tub.

There’s a fully equipped, modern kitchen with breakfast bar, lounge space and French doors stepping out onto the terrace. Tucked away in the corner is the bedroom area with a king sized bed. A ladder, which slots out of the way when required, is brought down to reveal the mezzanine level and further single beds suitable for 2 children.

The bathroom has a stylish copper and tiled design. There’s a shower cubicle, bath, and toilet, while suspended between the stilts underneath the treehouse is a hammock where guests can while away the time with a book, while a small bridge across the stream leads to chiminea with further seating – perfect for an evening drink while watching the sunset.

This is but a very small sample of glamping and other distinctive accommodation choices available through CoolStays. who have over a hundred other great options for you to choose from, just in Wales alone, and over a thousand more worldwide for you to choose from. Why not take a browse through them and perhaps join their mailing list for regularly updated offers (please note we might receive a small commission payment if you do that – direct from CoolStays and absolutely not added to any booking costs)


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