Holiday parks could be the best answer to your family holiday this summer, but how do you know you’re getting the right deal?
Park Holidays, which operates holiday parks and caravan parks in seaside locations around Southern England, tells you which questions to ask before you book to make sure you’re getting the best holiday deals for your buck.
1. Just how inclusive is that ‘all-inclusive’ price?
Some holiday parks have ‘hidden’ charges that can make a real dent in your holiday budget. Check that your accommodation price includes items such as linen, cleaning, electricity, gas, heating and hot water. These ‘extras’ can soon make that family affordable holiday seem rather expensive.
2. Does the price also include the park facilities?
Ask the company when you book if the price also includes access to the swimming pools, leisure facilities, kids’ clubs and other attractions at the park. And don’t forget to check if the nightly entertainment laid on is included in the cost too!
3. What is the entertainment?
The entertainment offered at holiday parks can make a huge difference to your stay. If you’re booking with Park Holidays, you’ll be treated to some of the greatest singing, comedy, dance and other acts on the stage and television today... With a different production every night of the week, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained!
4. How wide is the accommodation choice?
Accommodation types vary by park, and by company. Caravan holiday homes are, of course, always popular, and tend to be graded Bronze to Platinum – but there are also lodges, chalets, cottages and apartments to match any budget.
5. What is there for children to do?
What isn't there!? Most holiday parks offer a range of activities for kids. If you’re booking with Park Holidays you’ll find fun and games at the Loopy Club on every park, as well as splash pools, water slides, games zones, fully equipped play areas, a Science Club, and special guests such as Sooty!
6. And what about buckets and spades?
The seaside is an essential part of any children's holiday, and you'll find many parks just a short walk away from some of the cleanest and safest beaches in Britain. There are also many beautiful coastal footpaths to follow, often just a few minutes' stroll from your holiday home.
7. What if I need some advice or help on holiday?
Make sure you ask what staff support will be available for you and your family when you actually arrive at your destination. If you need any assistance at any point, even if it's simply advice on where to visit on a day-trip, or the best places for eating out, you need to be confident that you’ll get the answers you’re looking for.
8. Talking of food, what can the park offer?
You may be self-catering, but that doesn't mean you can't have an occasional break from cooking. On most parks you'll find a range of dining options from take-aways to bar meals and restaurants. You can also book your meals ahead with Flexi-Dine packages, to make big savings for the whole family.
9. Will I still be able to check my Facebook and Twitter?
If it’s important for you to stay connected, make sure you ask about internet connection befor you book your stay. Some holiday parks offer free Wi-Fi connections available in their club areas, while at Park Holidays you can pay a small extra charge to use Wi-Fi throughout the park, including your holiday home.
10. Can I be sure I'm getting the best holiday price?
You should always check all the websites to find the best holiday deals and prices. Deals change regularly, but don’t be fooled that waiting until the last minute is the best thing to do. Holiday parks often run advance booking offers giving massive discounts to those who book early. If you book with Park Holidays you’ll get an early booking discount throughout the whole year: Providing you book at least eight weeks in advance you can get up to £150 off your holiday.
Visit www.ParkHolidays.com to find out more.
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