From shining sun to warm seas, the summer months are undoubtedly some of the best. The majority of Brits just love to work on their tans and take advantage of the gorgeous weather in flip flops, bathing suits and shorts, all of which can be achieved right here in the UK!
Sure, Britain isn’t famed for its sandy beaches and temperate weather, but that’s not to say you can’t enjoy a warm summer holiday right here on British soil. Aside from sunburn and wasps, there’s not much to dislike about the sunny season in the UK which explains why more and more families are choosing to indulge in a stay-cation at a caravan holiday park.
Wherever you choose to holiday, safety is of utmost importance. In this article, we’ll look at some of the reasons why summer holidays in caravans can be highly enjoyable, things you can do to maximise your summer caravan holiday breaks, and how to stay safe during all of it.
Flying abroad has many drawbacks. Finding passports, weighing luggage and splitting it if necessary, arriving at the airport hours early, potential delays, making your way from the hotel to your accommodation, converting money, paying tourist tax – the list goes on. That’s without factoring in the price; August caravan breaks can be much cheaper when compared to foreign holidays.
Holidaying the UK is much simpler: book, pack and go! No fuss, no trouble, it’s as easy as can be. Our holiday parks have plenty to offer holiday goers, so you needn’t worry about missing out on anything.
Outdoor Swimming Pools
When the sun is bright and the weather is hot, we open up the heated outdoor swimming pools at our parks for our guests to enjoy and make full use of.
Not only will the children love playing in and around the pool all day, the adults can take the opportunity to relax in the sun – and really take in the stunning locations.
If jumping in the pool isn’t quite your thing or the weather fluctuates – as it so often does here in the UK – our holiday parks have plenty of other facilities to keep you occupied!
Our parks are equipped with amusements and games areas that are perfect for adults and teenagers to socialise, as well as children’s play areas where parents can take the kids and grab a moment’s peace.
With the kids taken care of, mums and dads can head over to the café and indulge in a lovely cup of coffee and a warm meal served by our inviting members of staff, or take to the courts for a game or two!
Location, Location, Location
All our parks are situated in perfect locations for parties that seek a sense of adventure in their holidays. With acres of greenery to explore all around our parks, you can get out and enjoy the sun while taking in the fresh air of the countryside.
As well as woodland, our parks are on the outskirts of some of the most beautiful cities and towns that the country has to offer. If you opt for a stay at our Abbott’s Salford caravan park, for instance, then you are just minutes away from Shakespeare country, Stratford-upon-Avon, and other towns and villages in Warwickshire.
When you go abroad, you will more than likely be staying somewhere all-inclusive which includes all your meals and drinks, but caravanning is slightly different. If it’s been a minute since you last stayed in the UK for your summer holiday, you might be a bit rusty on what to pack, so we’ve made a handy list.
The most important things to pack are sun cream, insect repellent, waterproofs and a portable first aid kit. These will keep you safe come rain or shine, no matter what activity you plan to undertake for the day.
>With the sun high in the sky, there’s so much you can do during the summer, from attending festivals to spending a pleasant night down the pub; nothing compares to a little summertime nostalgia. The season also gives us a chance to get over the dreaded winter features of numb fingers, sniffy noses and wind-blown rosy cheeks; instead, swapping them for sun-kissed tans and the seasonal favourite of ice-cream down by the beach.
A staple of a caravan holiday is eating al-fresco outside your caravan. From barbeques to fruit platters, the very idea that you can go outside and eat without being caught in a rainstorm is more than exciting. So, too, is the prospect of the cooling desserts and light lunches associated with the season.
One of the best parts about summer is the chance you have to explore; hikes, bike rides and field walks are all great ways to get the most out of your summer and see the beauty of nature whilst on your holiday.
If you fancy a bit more of an adrenaline rush, here are just a few things you can do to enjoy the sun whilst getting a much-needed adrenaline rush when staying at one of our luxury parks.
Go Ape (Worcestershire)
For those who don’t mind heights and consider themselves a little bit adventurous, Go Ape at Wyre Forest in Worcestershire is the perfect place to get your adrenaline pumping! With lots of twists and turns in the trees, you can swing from tree to tree (with safety ropes, of course!), walk along swinging narrow pathways and channel your inner Tarzan in just one run of the course.
Situated nearby lovely Leedons Park, you can return home and relax in comfort, after a wild day in the summer sun.
Water Sports (North Wales)
Sunbeach Holiday Park borders Cardigan Bay, and with its own beach frontage, plus plenty to do on the site, it is no wonder this park is so popular amongst families all around the UK! If, however, you don’t want to stay in the park, you can try your hand at water sports! Cardigan Bay Water Sports offers the chance to have taster sessions in sports such as windsurfing and kayaking, as well as enabling you to hire out paddleboards. All you could possibly need from a thrill-seekers holiday situated nearby one of our parks. Click here to discover the beauty of Sunbeach Park.
Adventure Sports (Warwickshire)
Tucked away in the county of Warwickshire is the chance to channel your inner adventurer and sports person… with Adventure Sports! From paintballing to a climbing wall, and everything in between, this destination is perfect for thrill-seekers. Following a long day out, you can then take a rest at Orchard Lodge, to wake up bright and early the next day for more excitement!
If you do choose to partake in any of the listed activities, make sure you pack your picnic, lather on the sun cream and take your first aid kit with you in the car.
If there’s one thing to be said about summer in the UK, it’s that when it’s hot, it’s really hot. Humidity levels are high and after an activity-filled day, you’ll want to cool off. One major benefit of caravans is that they come with top-of-the-range appliances and equipment, and one of the most useful is the freezer.
Do Refreshments Right
To keep hydrated and refreshed, you’ll want to drink plenty of water. Tap, bottled, sparkling or still; whatever your preference, it will taste far better cold when it’s hot outside. So, be prepared at all times and keep half or three-quarter-filled bottles of water in the freezer.
When you grab them on the run, they will defrost slowly, leaving you with ice-cold sips to enjoy for far longer than the average drink with ice cubes. If you want to mix it up, you can try freezing squash or infused water.
As wonderful as ice-cold H2O can be, though, sometimes you might want something with a little more flavour. Iced coffee, iced tea, squash and fruit juice works a treat in the summer, but adding ice to them can leave you with half-melted ice cubes and watered-down drinks. There is a trick though!
Prepare some of your drink of choice in advance, pour it into ice cube trays, and pop it in the freezer. After a few hours (by the time you’re ready to quench your thirst), you’ll be left with flavoured ice cubes that will add taste, rather than dilute your drink as they melt. Genius!
Create Cooling Sensations
Nobody wants, or expects, to be sunburnt. We lather on the SPF, sit in the shade, and are sensible about the sun all summer long. Yet, for some of us, sunburn is inevitable.
It could be that you drifted off whilst sprawled on the beach, or perhaps you missed a spot with the sun cream; you might not have noticed that your right arm was being braised through the window as you drove everyone around for a day trip. Whatever the case, you’ll be left with a painful, uncomfortable and unpleasant sensation. But what can you do, other than coat yourself in after sun?
How about freezing Aloe Vera? By popping Aloe Vera in an ice cube tray and freezing it, you will have a soothing remedy that will not only cool the skin after a hot day in the sun, but will also help to ease the sunburn and associated effects (blisters, peeling, tight skin) if you are unlucky enough to suffer.
If keeping cool is more of a concern for you than treating sunburnt skin, you can use something as simple as a flannel to help. A cold compress, comprised of a flannel soaked with cold water, will efficiently cool down your entire body if applied directly to pulse points (ankles, wrists, inside of elbows, knees and temples). For an extra-cold, extra-quick compress, pop the wet flannel in the freezer for a few minutes.
Of course, there are other ways you can utilise your freezer when the temperature rises. Perhaps you will hoard ice lollies in every flavour, for a quick and refreshing fix. You might even consider stocking up on barbeque goodies, ready to treat your friends and neighbours on the holiday park.
Whichever caravan park you choose, you can rest assured that you and your family will be in good hands for your caravan holiday. Our facilities and accommodation are of high quality and are highly recommended to ensure you get to sit back and relax when you need it the most.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01564 336715 or book your caravan holiday online.