As staycations are becoming increasingly popular in Britain, motorhome and campervan owners are way ahead of the game. They’ve been doing it for years and have it all worked out. It’s an opportunity to take your ‘home’ on wheels to any location you wish – and the beauty of it? You aren’t squashed into a small tent with the rest of your family, and if it rains…it doesn’t matter because you have a roof over your head. Not many people would consider a motorhome for their summer holiday, but there are a lot of reasons why you should.
One good reason for getting a motorhome is that motorhome owners aren’t just limited to UK soil. You can enjoy the open road and take your wheels all over the world. Fancy heading over to Europe? You can simply get on the ferry at Dover and drive wherever you please from Calais. It’s so much more exciting than getting a plane as you actually get to take in the sights as you travel and you can stop off wherever you please. With the latest VW Trailer Assist, it’s never been easier; manoeuvring with a trailer no longer has to be a test of your patience. Instead, allow the Trailer Assist system to do the work for you. As long as you set the system up by selecting reverse gear, press the parking aid button and use the mirror adjustment switch to set the direction in which the trailer should be steered – your car will now steer automatically while you just need to take care of changing gear, accelerating and braking. It’s as simple as that. If you’re worried about driving a motorhome, it’s really not that hard or different to a car. I drove one last year and managed to do loads of manoeuvres – if I can do it, so can you!
But what are the best places to go with your motorhome? There are so many different places you can take your motorhome and the campsites all vary greatly. VW dealership, Vindis explore what’s available:
Fields End Water Caravan Park, Lodges & Fishery
This five-star rated, adults-only campsite is located in the heart of Cambridgeshire, offering 59 touring pitches, 14 tent pitches and six luxury self-catering lodges equipped with some fabulous hot tubs. For the fishing enthusiasts, there are two on-site fishing lakes to enjoy, with guaranteed peace and quiet thanks to their adults-only policy. Dogs are very much welcome, with plenty of expansive Fenland countryside to enjoy all year round. Adults only and dogs are allowed? It sounds perfect!
The site has extra-large pitches available to accommodate larger than life RVs and motorhomes. Rest assured the relaxing site can act as a great base to explore Cambridgeshire.
Hendra Holiday Park
Situated in beautiful Newquay, Cornwall, Hendra is the perfect site for families of all ages. Newquay has some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK and is adored by everyone old or young. The park has 500 touring pitches, 500 tent pitches and 320 holiday homes available for hire. You’ll also be pleased to hear that their toilet block facilities for campers have been awarded the ‘5* Loo of the Year’ award each year.
The park has soft plays, a pool complex, full entertainment both indoor and outdoor for all weathers, and several bars and restaurants. There’s so much to do in the surrounding area too, including the zoo and of course the beautiful beaches.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground
This site is winner of ‘RV Park of the Year’ and ranked in the top 1% of campground in America – you don’t have to just stick to the UK. Although, you will need to fly over there and hire a motorhome when you get there, travelling around the US would be an amazing adventure. This site is situated on the oceanfront in South Carolina, USA. Stretching across one mile of oceanfront, you can camp here all year round.
The site features 630 pitches and you can reserve your pitch up to 18 months in advance. With plenty of activities on offer, it’s fair to say your kids won’t be bored. From basketball and volleyball to horseshoes and outdoor pools – the activities are endless.
Not only that, but you can enjoy a long list of ‘things to do’ off the camp site too. The local area offers national award-winning shows, more than 100 golf courses, and is home to Brookgreen Gardens — named one of the top 10 public gardens in America. It’s definitely worth taking a trip in your RV down to South Carolina.
Campsite Naturista ‘El Portús’
If you fancy heading over to Europe, you could try this lovely site in Spain. Spain is such a popular destination for the Brits with its glorious weather during the summer and the friendly culture. Situated in the Spanish region of Murcia, Campsite Naturista ‘El Portús’ defines Spanish culture and looks out onto blue seas and clifftops. With over 350 touring pitches available, there is also 60 permanent pitches up for grabs and 80 accommodation units for hire.
Onsite there is both outdoor and indoor swimming pools, of which the outdoor pool is open between the months of June and September. Wi-fi is available, and there are snack bars, a pizzeria and a restaurant on site so you can take a break from any cooking duties on your trip.
With the beach only minutes away, there are plenty of activities on your doorstep to enjoy with your children — from windsurfing to waterskiing, you can make the most of having the sea within throwing distance.
Have you ever considered a motorhome holiday? Where would you like to go?