Planning a holiday becomes a whole lot more complicated when you’ve also got to consider children. Personally, I’ll do anything to avoid a flight with our under-fives. Of course, they might surprise me and behave immaculately throughout the flight but what are you supposed to do if they don’t? Do pilots consider a two year old’s request for yoghurt-without-any-bits-in-it enough of a reason to detour a flight and land elsewhere?
Busier parks have indoor and outdoor swimming pools
A simpler option is a UK holiday park. Luckily, Norfolk is very well equipped with some of the best in the country. Now’s the time to book for the summer, as the decent ones get booked early and you don’t want to be left with the caravan which is the last on the list to be updated.
If you’re looking for a jam-packed week of onsite entertainment, I would pick one of the county’s busy, family-friendly holiday parks. Some are run by big names like Haven and Parkdean Resorts, others are independent. Onsite you’ll usually find an indoor swimming pool for rainy days as well as sports, children’s activities, somewhere to eat and a playground. Some have more unusual activities such as bushcraft or watersports. You’ll find a concentration of these bigger and busier parks around Hunstanton and Great Yarmouth.
Hunstanton has a number of holiday parks
The alternative option is to choose a smaller independent holiday park which makes a low-cost base for exploring. These caravan parks often only have basic facilities such as a small play area and a shop, but some get very good reviews. They are often in prime seaside locations along Norfolk’s coast and can work out as a very cheap option if you can fill up a caravan with four, six or eight people.
The third option is a posher holiday park which describes itself as a ‘spa resort’ or something similar. These usually offer ’lodges’ or ‘cabins’ rather than caravans. These cost a bit more but some are child-friendly with indoor swimming pools and kids’ activities.
One final tip is to check the individual caravan reviews as well as the holiday park’s overall reviews. Larger sites gradually replace their stock so you may find that the ‘bronze’ grade accommodation is actually better than the more expensive ‘gold’ option.
Robbie Lane runs holiday park guides to Norfolk and the Isle of Wight – get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org