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Sightseeing & Activities near our parks

Harrison Holidays operates a range of holiday parks that are packed with great and varied facilities. However, if you fancy venturing further afield, they’re in the vicinity of numerous famous & fantastic places to visit, both scenic and cultural. Here’s just a sample…

Harrison Recommends: Our Top 5 Gastropub’s in Suffolk near Cakes & Ale

Our Top 5 Gastropubs, dog walks and things to do with the kids near our award winning Cakes & Ale Holiday Park in Suffolk. This guide is complete with postcodes and drive times from the park for ease of use and navigation for our valued guests.


Alnwick Gardens

Built to be unconventional, The Alnwick Garden is a unique, contemporary visitor attraction in the heart of Northumberland. Lose yourself in the mysterious Bamboo Labyrinth, explore the perils of The Poison Garden or gaze upon the Grand Cascade.

Dark Skies Cumbria

Our holiday park offers a truly unforgettable experience for those seeking to immerse themselves in the wonders of the dark Cumbrian skies. Situated within an officially designated Dark Sky Discovery Site (DSDS), providing visitors with a rare opportunity to marvel at the wonder of the clear night sky.

Dark Skies Northumberland

Northumberland’s distinction as a gold-tier Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky Association solidifies Percy Wood’s status as a premier destination for stargazers across Europe.

Tunstall Forest

More popular with the adventurous person, Tunstall Forest is home to some challenging mountain bike trails. The trails feature plenty of jumps and berms to keep any adrenaline fuelled person entertained. For those who prefer a quieter experience, the forest is full of plantations, heathland areas and opportunities to look out for unique nesting birds.

RSPB Minsmere

Are you a bird watcher or a lover of the Suffolk coast? RSPB Minsmere is a wonderfully located area where people often visit to take in the stunning views and try and catch a glimpse of evasive species of wildlife.


If you are a fan of golf, then this coastal village is the perfect place to visit. Thorpeness is home to a golf course well known for being a challenging round for all visitors. The area is also stunning, featuring multiple amenities and picturesque sights, most notably, ‘’House in the Clouds’’.


Another short drive from the park is the village of Snape. The village is known for the Maltings and its 19th century buildings that are built along the River Alde. Originally used for the malting of barley, the buildings are now partially restored to offer visitors quaint shops, galleries and a wonderful concert hall.


Orford is a small town with plenty of attractions which are popular with visitors at Cakes & Ale. The main must-see feature is Orford Ness. A long and wide shingle which is ran by the National Trust. Orford is also popular for being the home to a wonderful Castle, church and quayside.


Just a short drive away is the wonderful seaside town of Aldeburgh. This is a charming place to shop and is filled with some amazing art galleries. The town is known for the Blue Flag shingle beach, which features fisherman huts where freshly caught fish are sold along the coast.

Areas of Natural Beauty

Cumbria is renowned for its natural beauty and breath-taking landscapes, and visitors to the region are spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the great outdoors. Here are just a few of the areas of natural beauty that are must-visit destinations in Cumbria.


At Riverside Holiday Park and Brooklyn Park, we’re proud to be situated within the area that has the highest concentration of championship links courses, all just a short drive away. There’s no shortage of opportunities to tee off and enjoy a round of golf.


Lancaster is a beautiful and historic city located in the heart of Lancashire. With its cobbled streets, picturesque canal, and original architecture, Lancaster is a popular destination for visitors looking to soak up the charm of traditional English life. And when it comes to natural beauty, Rawcliffe Hall Country Park is the perfect place to escape and unwind.


Rawcliffe Hall Holiday Park is situated within Garstang, a charming market town located in Lancashire, in the north-west of England. Known as the world’s first Fairtrade town, Garstang is a hub for sustainable living and ethical trading. With its impressive scenery, historic buildings, and bustling markets, Garstang is a popular destination for visitors looking to experience traditional English life.

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre in York is a unique attraction to add to your list when visiting White Rose Holiday Park. Immerse yourself in the world of the Vikings and experience what life was like during the Viking Age in York.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is a magnificent medieval fortress located just a 15-minute drive from Percy Wood Country Park. This historic site has been the home of the Duke of Northumberland’s family for over 700 years, and it is one of the most iconic landmarks in the region.

Amble Fishing Village

Amble Fishing Village is a charming coastal town nestled in the picturesque region of Northumberland, England. Located just a short drive from Percy Wood Country Park, Amble is the perfect destination for those seeking a unique British seaside experience.

Northumberland Zoo

Northumberland Zoo is a fantastic family-friendly attraction. The zoo is home to over 50 different species of animals, including tigers, lemurs, meerkats, and wallabies, making it a great place to explore the wonders of the animal kingdom.

Farmer Teds Adventure Farm

Looking for a fun family day out? Look no further than Farmer Ted’s Adventure Farm, a must-visit attraction near Abbey Farm Holiday Park. With over 30 acres of outdoor and indoor activities, there’s something for everyone here.

Appleby Market Town

Nestled in the picturesque Eden Valley of Cumbria, the market town of Appleby is a charming destination with a rich history and a vibrant local culture. Perhaps best known for its annual horse fair, which has been held for over 300 years, Appleby is home to a wealth of fascinating landmarks and attractions.

Walks & Cycling Routes

The stunning countryside surrounding Appleby in Cumbria is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. With a range of routes available, from gentle strolls to challenging hikes and rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Fun Arena

Fun arena is a perfect excursion for a fun family day out. The arena is less than a 3-mile drive away from Abbey Farm Holiday Park and is one of the largest indoor inflatable play areas in the country.

Highfield Pub

The Highfield Pub is just across the street from Royal Umpire Holiday Park and is the perfect place to wind down after a busy day exploring the local attractions. The pub also has Fuzzy Ed’s Play Area to keep the little ones entertained during their visit.

Worden Park

Worden Park is a beautiful 150-acre country park that is nestled in the heart of Leyland, Lancashire, just a 10-minute drive from Royal Umpire Caravan Park. This picturesque green space is the perfect destination for a family day out or a peaceful stroll with many opportunities to capture some amazing photographs.

Rock & River Outdoor Pursuits

Situated in the heart of rural Lancashire, Rock and River is an Outdoor Activity Centre with onsite activities from Climbing and High Ropes, to Canoeing and Paddle Boarding. With over 18 exciting activities on offer, Rock & River are the perfect ...

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden is a charming attraction that is perfect for visitors of all ages. Located just 13 miles from the White Rose Holiday Park, this wonderful garden is a must-visit attraction for anyone who loves beautiful flowers, tranquil surroundings, and fascinating history.

Aldborough Roman Town, Harrogate

Aldborough Roman Town was once a thriving Roman settlement, and today it offers visitors the chance to explore its fascinating history. The town was established in the 1st century AD and served as an important military and trading centre until the 5th century.

F1 Racing, York

F1 Racing York is an indoor karting experience located just a short drive from White Rose Holiday Park. This state-of-the-art facility is perfect for anyone looking for an exhilarating day out with friends or family.


Thirsk is a charming market town in North Yorkshire, just a 10-minute drive from White Rose Holiday Park. Steeped in history and surrounded by spectacular countryside, Thirsk offers visitors a unique visit to the traditional character of rural England.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Looking for an adrenaline-filled day out whilst visiting White Rose Holiday Park? Lightwater Valley Theme Park is just a short drive away, with over 35 rides and attractions from the thrilling “Ultimate” roller coaster to the tamer rides for younger visitors.

National Railway Museum

Discover the fascinating world of rail travel and experience the rich heritage of locomotives at the National Railway Museum in York. The museum is a treasure trove of historical artefacts and exhibits, if this is your thing, add it to your list of things to do when visiting White Rose Holiday Park.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Explore the breath-taking natural beauty of Yorkshire by visiting the Yorkshire Dales National Park during your stay at White Rose Holiday Park. The park covers an area of 680 square miles, featuring a diverse landscape of hills, valleys, limestone formations, and unique to see villages.

Flamingo Land

Another adrenaline filled attraction close to White Rose Holiday Park is one of the UK’s most popular theme parks, Flamingo Land.

Holy Island

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a unique and historic destination located less than an hour away from Percy Wood Country Park. This small tidal island has been an important site of Christian pilgrimage for over 1,300 years, and it is steeped in history and religious significance.

Druridge Bay Beach & Country Park

Druridge Bay Beach & Country Park is a stunning area of natural beauty located just 12 miles away from Percy Wood Country Park. This beautiful area of coastline offers miles of golden sands, clear waters, and breath-taking views of the North Sea.


This town is steeped in history, with a rich cultural heritage that can be seen in its beautiful architecture, bustling market, and vibrant community.

Hulne Park

Hulne Park is a picturesque and peaceful destination located less than 10 miles away from Percy Wood Country Park. This stunning park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, birds, and other animals, making it a great spot for nature lovers and photographers.

Barter Books

Barter Books is a quirky second-hand bookstore located in the historic market town of Alnwick, just a 10-minute drive from Percy Wood Country Park. The bookshop is housed in a beautiful Victorian railway station, which has been lovingly restored and preserved. Visitors can explore the station’s historic features and learn about its rich history, making it a great spot for history buffs.


Cragside is an impressive National Trust property that was the home of the famous inventor and industrialist, Lord Armstrong, and is known for its beautiful gardens, woodland walks, and spectacular views.

Blackpool Tower

Less than an hour’s drive away from Riverside Holiday Park and Brooklyn Park is Blackpool Tower, an iconic landmark and one of the most popular attractions in the UK. Standing tall at 518 feet, the tower offers impressive views of the Irish Sea and the surrounding countryside.

Rufford Old Hall

The old English village of Rufford is well known for its nutrient-rich farm soil and five-hundred-year old Tudor Hall. In charming Edwardian grounds with lovely gardens facing the canal, you can have afternoon tea in R...

Botanical Gardens

Nestled in the charming suburb of Churchtown, less than a ten-minute drive from Riverside holiday Park and Brooklyn Park, the Botanic Gardens are a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Originally opened in 1874, the gardens have been lovingly tended for over a century, and today they are a delightful oasis of greenery and tranquillity.

Rotten Row

Rotten Row is a charming and historic street located just a stone’s throw away from Riverside Holiday Park and Brooklyn Holiday Park. This unique street boasts a collection of beautifully preserved Victorian homes, which showcase the town’s rich architectural heritage and offer a glimpse into its past.

Southport Flower Show

The Southport Flower Show is a must-see event for anyone with a love of gardening and the great outdoors. Held annually just a 20-minute drive from Riverside Holiday Park and Brooklyn Holiday Park, this award-winning show is the perfect way to spend a day in the sun.

Crosby Beach

Crosby Beach is a unique seaside destination that is perfect for visitors to Riverside Holiday Park and Brooklyn Park who are looking for a fun day out. With its stunning views, long stretches of sandy beach, and striking sculptures, this beach has something for everyone.

Windmill Animal Farm

Windmill Animal Farm is a delightful family-friendly attraction located in Burscough just a 5-mile drive away from Riverside Holiday Park and Brooklyn Park. This charming farm park offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals, including farmyard favourites like cows, pigs, and sheep, as well as exotic species like alpacas, wallabies, and meerkats.

Martin Mere Bird Sanctuary

Martin Mere is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to Riverside Holiday Park. A wonderful wetland nature reserve located in Burscough, Lancashire. This sanctuary is home to a wide variety of bird species, including ducks, geese, swans, and flamingos, as well as other wildlife like otters and red squirrels.

Ormskirk Market Town

Ormskirk is a wonderful market town that’s full of character and history, the perfect place to have a wander around when visiting Abbey Farm Holiday Park. With its cobbled streets, quaint shops, and historic buildings, Ormskirk is a town that’s steeped in tradition.

Burscough Wharf

Burscough Wharf is a vibrant and bustling area located on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It offers a mix of independent shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, making it the perfect place for a day out or a relaxing evening meal with friends and family during your visit to Abbey Farm Holiday Park.

The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes Distillery is a premium distillery located in the heart of the picturesque Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. Founded in 2011, the distillery produces a range of high-quality spirits, including gin, vodka, and whisky.

Kennedy’s Chocolate

Kennedy’s Fine Chocolates is a family-run chocolate making company based in the picturesque village of Orton, located between Kendal and Penrith in Cumbria. Since 1991, they have been producing handmade luxury chocolates using only the best quality ingredients.

Rutter Falls

Rutter Falls is a hidden gem nestled within the tranquil countryside of Cumbria. Located near the charming village of Orton, Rutter Falls is a picturesque waterfall that stands at around 20 feet tall. The falls are situated in a secluded spot within a wooded area, making it a peaceful and serene location to visit.

Appleby Castle

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Appleby Castle is a stunning medieval castle with a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the 12th century. The castle has been the residence of various notable figures throughout history, including Lady Anne Clifford, who famously restored the castle in the 17th century.

Grandad Jim’s Traditional Sweet Shop

Looking for a sweet treat during your stay at Abbey Farm Holiday Park? Then you must visit Grandad Jim’s Traditional Sweet Shoppe. This little shop is full of character and offers a vast array of sweets, chocolates, and fudges that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.


Blackpool is a vibrant seaside town located just a short drive from Rawcliffe Hall holiday Park in Garstang. Known as the “Las Vegas of the UK,” Blackpool is famous for its iconic tower, miles of sandy beaches, and buzzing nightlife.

Harris Museum and Art Gallery

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is located within Preston, a very short drive from Royal Umpire Holiday Park. This beautiful museum and art gallery has an extensive collection of fine art, decorative art, and textiles from around the world. The Museum has been an integral part of the local community for over 100 years and continues to be a hub for artistic and cultural events.

Bygone Times

One of the most unique attractions close to Royal Umpire Holiday Park is Bygone Times. This historic shopping and visitor centre, located in Lancashire, offers a truly unique shopping experience which will suit any antique enthusiast.

Heskin Hall Shopping Village & Art Gallery

Heskin Hall Shopping Village is a great location for shopping enthusiasts who are looking for unique finds and one-of-a-kind items. Nestled in the heart of Lancashire, and just a short drive away from Royal Umpire Holiday Park, the shopping village is set in the grounds of a stunning 16th-century manor house, Heskin Hall – With over 40 independent shops, galleries, and cafes!

Avenham Park, Preston

Avenham Park is a historical park that is perfect for any visitor to Royal Umpire Holiday Park. With its stunning views, it’s easy to see why it is the perfect place for families to spend an afternoon, couples to enjoy a walk, or for individuals to clear their heads.

Pleasureland Southport Amusement Park

Along the coastline and offering more than just the average amusement park, you can have a fun filled day for all the family. There are arcades, food stalls, rides, game stalls and gift shops. Open every weekend from the 24th March.

Formby Beach & Red Squirrel Sanctuary

Formby Beach and Red Squirrel Sanctuary is perfect day out for anyone staying at Riverside Holiday Park and Brooklyn Park. Located just a short drive away, this stunning area is home to miles of sandy beach, rugged sand dunes, and a rare population of red squirrels.

Southport Air Show

A huge event held every year by the ambassadors of the Royal Air force, Southport Air show is a must see. The ground rumbling display is a three-day event and very popular just to see the Red Arrows roar through the skies of Southport.

Jollies Barn

Jollie’s Barn is a fantastic indoor play centre located in Lancashire, just a 5-minute drive from Riverside Holiday Park. This family-friendly attraction offers a range of fun and exciting activities for children of all ages, including soft play areas, a sensory room, and a toddler zone.

Appleby Golf Club

Only 6 miles from Wild Rose Caravan Park, Appleby Golf Club can only be described as an ‘Inland Links’ course, The Open Champion, Willie Fernie used the contours of the land and the heather and bracken features to create this course to great effect. Sitting on a bedrock of Sandstone, Appleby is free draining so is playable all year round, which is a rare thing in Cumbria! The greens are renowned for offering the best throughout the year.

Lake District

If you want to plan something a little more out of town during your stay at Rawcliffe Hall Holiday Park, The Lake District is an outstanding area of natural beauty located just an hour’s drive from Rawcliffe Hall. This iconic region is known for its breath-taking scenery, picturesque lakes, charming villages, and outdoor activities that attract visitors from around the world.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle is an iconic landmark that sits majestically atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Northumberland coast. This remarkable medieval fortress is steeped in history, with a legacy that spans over 1,400 years.

Southport Beach

Southport Beach is a beautiful seaside area located on the west coast of England, just a car journey away from both Riverside Holiday Park and Brooklyn Park. The beach stretches for miles along the coast and offers breath-taking views of the Irish Sea.

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