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Staycations – Holidaying with Kids in the UK

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Staycations have become very popular in recent years, as families have rediscovered the joys of holidaying in the UK. And what better place to enjoy a staycation with your kids than at a Harrison Holidays holiday park?

Harrison Holidays parks

With nine parks across the North of England, Harrison Holidays has something for everyone. So whether you or the kids prefer a fun-filled family holiday, an adventurous getaway in the hills, or just a relaxing break lounging by the pool, you’re sure to find the perfect spot at one of our parks.


Harrison Holiday parks have a great range of accommodation, from our super-comfy holiday homes, lodges and cottages, to a variety of camping options including our quirky glamping pods.  

On-site facilities

Harrison Holiday parks have a fantastic range of on-site facilities to keep the whole family entertained, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, children’s adventure playgrounds, restaurants, and live evening entertainment. And to top it off, when you’re dining in one of our restaurants, don’t forget about our Kids Eat Free offer! There are no vouchers or codes to worry about, just look out for our Kids Eat Free signs.

Great locations

Harrison Holiday parks are located in some of the most beautiful parts of England, from the picturesque Pennines and sandy beaches of Southport to the stunning woodlands of Northumberland. This means that you can spend your days exploring the local area, taking your kids on adventures, and spending your evenings relaxing, enjoying the fantastic facilities at the park.


Ideas for staycation activities

Visit the swimming pool

The swimming pool is always a popular attraction for kids, and Harrison Holiday parks have indoor and outdoor pools to choose from. There are cafes and restaurants located around the pools too, so it’s quick and easy to grab a drink or something to eat and get back to the fun in the pool.

Play in the playground

Harrison Holidays parks have a variety of playgrounds for kids of all ages, from small toddler areas to large adventure playgrounds with climbing frames, swings, and slides. There’s something for everyone.

Go for a bike ride

Why not explore the local area on two wheels? There are also dedicated cycle paths and trails to follow on park, and lots of cycle paths surrounding our parks too. If you fancy taking your bikes further afield, there are many great options to choose from.

Go for a walk

The countryside around many Harrison Holidays parks is ideal for walking. There are trails for all levels of ability, and you can often see wildlife such as deer, rabbits, and squirrels on your travels too. Guaranteed to keep the kids entertained.

Visit local attractions

There are a variety of attractions near Harrison Holidays parks, such as castles, theme parks, zoos, and aquariums. This means that you can easily plan a day out for the whole family if you fancied a change.

Tips for a great staycation

Choose your perfect park

Some of our parks such as Wild Rose are situated right in between the Pennines and the Lake District, whilst others such as Riverside are located next to the fun-filled town of Southport. Take a look at our detailed parks page to find out more information and choose your perfect park.

Pack for all weathers

The weather in the UK can be unpredictable, so it’s important to pack for all types of conditions. Be sure to bring sun hats, sunscreen and raincoats, even if you’re travelling in the summer.

Plan your activities

There’s so much to do at Harrison Holidays parks and in the surrounding area, so it’s a good idea to plan your activities in advance. This will help you to make the most of your time and avoid any disappointment.

Be flexible

Things don’t always go according to plan on holiday (regardless of where you go), so it’s important to be flexible. If the weather isn’t ideal, or if the kids are tired, don’t be afraid to change your plans.

An itinerary for an amazing staycation

We’ve put together a sample itinerary for you below. Of course feel free to tailor it to your family’s interests and the facilities available at the park you’re staying at.

Day 1

  1. Arrive at the park and check into your accommodation.
  2. Go for a walk around the park and explore the facilities.
  3. Have lunch at one of the park’s restaurants or cafes.
  4. Go swimming in the pool.
  5. Play in the playground.
  6. Explore the local town’s bars and restaurants.

Day 2

  1. Visit a local attraction, such as a castle, theme park, zoo or aquarium.
  2. End the day with a dip in the pool and a lovely meal in one of our restaurants.

Day 3

  1. Go for a bike ride around the park or local area.
  2. Have a picnic lunch in the park.
  3. Go for a walk in the countryside.
  4. Relax in the afternoon with a good book whilst the kids play.
  5. Cook a family meal in your accommodation.

Day 4

  1. Visit the park’s swimming pool and playground.
  2. Have lunch at one of the park’s restaurants or cafes.
  3. Go for a walk in the park or local area.
  4. Play a game of tennis or football on the park’s sports courts.
  5. Have dinner at one of the park’s restaurants or cafes.

On-site activities

See the very best of the park’s entertainment

Harrison Holidays parks have entertainment for all ages, such as live music, karaoke and bingo. You’re sure to find something for the whole family to enjoy and take part in together.


Get social!

Our parks have many community events for adults and children of all ages. This is a great way for you and the kids to have fun and make new friends. You might find some regular guests/homeowners and plan to visit the park together next time round.

Get involved in the park’s activities

Harrison Holidays parks have a variety of community activities for guests to participate in, such as coffee mornings, arts and crafts sessions and nature walks. There’s always something to do and you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Take some time to relax and enjoy the park’s facilities

Don’t feel like you have to be busy all the time. Take some time to relax by the pool, read a book, or go for a walk in the countryside.

With its family-friendly accommodation, on-site facilities, and great locations, Harrison Holidays is the perfect choice for staycations with kids in the UK.

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