The pace and pressures of 21st-century living in the UK often takes its toll on family life with families now spending less than seven hours of quality time together each week, according to a recent study.
So what better time to spend quality time together than the festive season. The Christmas break provides the perfect opportunity for families to get together and catch up on the lost hours, and with Away Resorts‘ six perfect locations for families to escape to in England and Wales, they can turn up, tune in and drop out with the whole family for the festive period.
With a wide range of accommodation options and amazing themes and locations, we’re going to take a look at what some of our parks are offering this festive season.
In the New Forest
Luxury cosy, lodges in the woods, the smell of mulled wine and twinkly lights galore is just what Christmas at the luxury Sandy Balls Holiday Village in the New Forest promises to be this year.
The Village Square at Sandy Balls is being transformed into a Winter Wonderland with festive markets, Santo’s Grotto, Christmas trees, sparkling lights and the aromas of mince pies drift from the Woodside Inn.
The festive breaks kicks off in December with a pantomime performance of Dick Whittington, while Saturday is the perfect time to go out and about exploring everything that Sandy Balls has to offer including a visit to Father Christmas at Santa’s Grotto.
On Christmas Eve, there will be carols by candlelight with a full brass band and a hog roast. On Christmas Day, let Sandy Balls take the party strain and enjoy a festive feast at the Woodside Inn.
By the Lakes
Fancy a Christmas with a difference? Then check into a luxury log cabin with hot tubs on decking that boast stunning lakeside views at Tattershall Lakes Country Park in Lincolnshire.
The Christmas break kicks off on 23 December with a packed programme of entertainment for the four-night festive escape and a tasty Christmas lunch served in Tattershall Lakes’ Spitfire bar and restaurant in the £4 million entertainment Merlin complex.
On the island
Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island is pulling out all the stops to create the Christmas break to remember which will feature a jam-packed festival of entertainment from dawn ‘til dusk, provided by the holiday park’s entertainment team.
Think carol singers dressed as Dickensian characters singing traditional carols, a Christmas spectacular in the Mill Rythe ballroom featuring a sparkling, festive production, a pantomime, confetti canyons and flying reindeer and snow in the ballroom.
And expect to be singing along to the top 10 of favourite festive tunes and carols following a visit from the big fella in the red suit on Christmas Day.
Alongside all of the shows put on by the fantastic entertainment team, some of whom have performed on the West End stage, there are visiting bands, comedians and cabaret acts.
This Yuletide stress buster is tailored to meet the needs of every member of the family from toddlers all the way through to great grandparents. And the icing on this festive break is that its full-board offering means that mums and dads don’t face hours of preparing Christmas Day dinner followed by family arguments about who is going to do the washing-up as all meals are prepared by the Mill Rythe chefs.
And for guests who fancy venturing off the park to explore the local area, they could head to Portsmouth to visit Charles Dickens’ actual birthplace which is now a museum. Portsmouth Tourist Guides also host Charles Dickens walks through the city throughout the year.
By the cliffs
Everything will be all Wight with a festive break at Whitecliff Bay on the Isle of Wight. The holiday park has its very own secluded beach so a walk along the beach is perfect location to blow those Christmas cobwebs away.
There’s so much to do on the Isle of Wight all year round, it’s hard to know where to start. Carisbrooke Castle dates from Norman times and brings history alive to many thousands of visitors each year, while Yarmouth Castle was built by Henry VIII and was the first Arrow Head Castle in Britain.
And of course, a visit to the island isn’t complete without stop at Queen Victoria’s holiday residence, Osborne House, to get a taste of a true Victorian yuletide. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the Island’s landscape by embarking on the Isle of Wight Literary Heroes Trail that will take you across the island discovering the haunts of the island’s famous literary residents and visitors.
And when your legs need a rest, pop into one of the island’s many cosy pubs, and enjoy a drink and a hearty feast around a warming, captivating fire.
Escape to the mountains…
If your idea of the perfect Christmas is to get away from all of the festivities, then Away Resorts has three other parks in spectacular locations that offer guests the chance to do exactly that.
Head to the hills at Barmouth Bay on the north Wales coast with Snowdonia National Park as a backdrop. Bright, winter crisp days are the perfect excuse to pull on your walking boots and explore Snowdonia. And if you fancy hopping on your bike, there’s also the opportunity to explore the mountains by bike, with cycle routes for all kinds of cyclists.
And a visit to Barmouth Bay isn’t complete without a trip to explore the Llechwedd Slate Caverns on a deep mine tour with guides that will bring back to life the stories of miners that worked in the caverns in the 19th century.
Get away from it all…
The only way is Essex… enjoy four nights away on Mersea Island, in the Blackwater estuary just off the Essex coast.
On site, there’s an indoor swimming pool, sports courts, a restaurant and a packed programme of entertainment for half-term. Off park, there’s some great places to experience on the island which covers seven square miles, from its beautiful sandy beaches, and boat tours around the island to learn about its history and its wildlife, to long walks through Cudmore Grove Country Park, which has an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy a beer or two at Mersea Island Brewery or if you love a glass of vino, check out the island’s vineyard.
Further afield from the island just nine miles away is the Roman town or Colchester, which is a great day out for all the family with an impressive perfectly preserved Norman castle and a zoo, which boasts 260 rare species.
Book your Festive Break with Away Resorts for a truly magical Christmas experience. You won't want to miss out!