Don’t let rainy British weather spoil your holidays – we’ve found 10 hotels and holidays parks that guarantee a great break whatever the weather, and they’re all great value too!
Bluestone National Park Resort, Wales
At Bluestone National Park Resort, you’ll find nearly 300 luxury five-star lodges in lovely Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, set around a traditionally designed Welsh village. It’s a great all-year resort with the excellent indoor Blue Lagoon waterpark, complete with wave machine, rapids river ride, flumes and cafés. Other facilities include a full spa with thermal and treatment rooms and an indoor Adventure Centre with Lego room, interactive science exhibits at Techniquest and sensory development activities for under -1s. The lodges have free wifi, digital TV and DVD player.
Visit: bluestonewales.com or call 01834 862400
Parkdean Holidays, UK-wide
Parkdean’s 24 holiday parks all have rainy day options, perfect for cheap holiday in the UK spring. Ruda’s Cascades Tropical Adventure Pool in Devon has a 230-foot Big Blue Slide, rapids, waterfalls and toddlers’ pool, Trecco Bay in Wales has an indoor pirate-themed pool complex, mini tenpin bowling. Southerness in Scotland has a indoor pool, complete with toddlers pool and flume. All parks have free wifi, nighttime entertainment and kids’ clubs with dance classes and more. 2014 also saw brand-new two- and three-bedroom caravan holiday homes and new luxury 4-bedroom lodges behind the sand dunes of Croyde Bay at North Devon’s Ruda Holiday Park.
Visit: parkdeanholidays.co.uk or call 0844 335 3450
The biggest plus at Butlins is the free Splash Waterworld at all 3 resorts – Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. The subtropical water park is the ideal rainy day option with water cannons, flumes, raft rides and Space Bowl. There’s a shallow beach area with mini slides and paddling pool for tiny tots and relaxing bubble pool for adults. Other facilities (park depending) include spas, all-weather archery centre and Junior Driving School. Breaks include activities, entertainment and Splash Waterworld.
Visit: butlins.com or call 0845 070 4734
Crieff Hydro, Scotland
Set in a 900-acre estate near Perth, this hotel is activity central with over 60 option. Indoor ideas include the Lagoon Leisure family pool (with inflatables and slides during daily kids’ hour), 38-seat cinema room, adult-only Victorian Spa and The Gallery with TV, pool table, table football and Xbox. All accommodation booked direct offers a best-rate guarantee, 6 hours of free daily childcare for 2-12 year olds, hotel entertainment and full use of the swimming pool and gym.
Visit: crieffhydro.com or call 01764 655 555
Alton Towers Water Park, Staffordshire
Rainy days are no problem at Alton Towers’ Caribbean lagoon-style Water Park. Packed with water features, from relaxing lazy rivers and bubble pools to high-speed rides like the Master Blaster water rollercoaster and Rush ‘n’ Rampage. There are also 70 interactive water features and games in the Wacky Waterworks Tree House.
Visit: altontowers.com or call 0871 222 9901
Rheged Centre, Cumbria
The Rheged Centre is an award-winning day out that’s also a great cheap holiday idea. It has the north west’s biggest 3D cinema with state-of-the-art sound and show 5 films every day which currently include The Smurfs and Flying Monsters. Other indoor options include the soft play area with separate section for under 5s, the Create! pottery painting workshop and 9 shops selling unusual gifts and toys. Accommodation is in the nearby family-owned 3-star Westmoreland Hotel which has a cosy lounge with log fire and free wifi.
Visit: rheged.com or call 01539 624 351
Sands Resort, Cornwall
Sands Resort Hotel on the Cornwall coast has an indoor pool, new soft play centre, 4 OFSTED-inspected age-banded children’s clubs and play areas for over 13s. Complimentary sports include tennis and a nine-hole golf course. During the holidays, extra activities include scuba diving tasters, free circus skills sessions and visits from the local zoo and aquarium. For adults, there’s a gym and spa for adults. Most rooms are family suites with extra space and separate sleeping areas for children. Contemporary Suites (pictured) also have a DVD player and Sony playstation.
Visit: sandsresort.co.uk or call 01637 872 864
Luccombe Hall Country House Hotel, Isle of Wight
Set in 4 acres of clifftop gardens above Shanklin beach, Luccombe Hall Country House Hotel offers a great cheap holiday option for winter weather. There’s an indoor play area, indoor pool, indoor hot tub, games room with table tennis and free wifi. Under 2s are free and children aged 2-15 pay half-price when sharing a family room with 2 adults. You can also book discounted ferry travel from.
Visit: luccombehall.co.uk or call 01983 869 000
Center Parcs is the original ‘holiday the British weather can’t spoil’. From the Subtropical Swimming Paradise with wave machine, flumes and spa pools, the parks also offer climbing walls, badminton, junior fencing (pictured), simulator golf, Aqua Sana Spa and art classes. Other options include ten-pin bowling and children’s clubs which organise everything from digital camera sessions to pottery painting. The 4 Center Parcs locations are Whinfell Forest in Cumbria, Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk and Longleat Forest in Wiltshire. Elveden Forest now has 4 Spa Suites for the ultimate in luxury.
Visit: centerparcs.co.uk or call 08448 267 723
Croft Farm and Celtic Cottages, Wales
The indoor Big Play Barn is a big plus at Croft Farm, with Angora goats, rabbits and guinea pigs in Pets Corner, a hand-built wooden Wendy House , ride-on trucks and Giant Jenga and Connect 4 – older kids can enjoy table tennis or air hockey tournaments. Inside the Leisure Complex is a heated indoor pool, slide, sauna, jacuzzi and soft play area. Accommodation is in former farm buildings converted into 4- and 5-star self-catering cottages. Prices includes Welcome Tray with cakes and tea, free wifi, DVD player, Freeview TV and many of the leisure facilities.
Visit: croft-holiday-cottages.co.uk or call 01239 615 179
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