Doing what makes you happy at Christmas
Do you like to get away from it all over the festive period? Or do you enjoy getting into the spirit of things by exploring new shopping destinations and taking part in the celebrations? At Tranquil Parks, you can do both.
Our parks are all exclusively for adults, so you can find real peace and quiet, while also being near to some famous Christmas markets and wonderful celebrations.
You might also find the season of goodwill starts in autumn and goes into spring with some super deals on non-peak breaks. So what’s to stop you enjoying a winter getaway? ’Tis the season to be jolly after all!
(Top image shows Christmas lights at Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, voted ‘Best Open All Year Caravan Site 2018′ – details of the festive fun below.)
A Christmas gift from Somers Wood Caravan Park
There are no bank holiday rates being charged at Somers Wood Caravan Park over Christmas, and the weekly saver applies. This means you can take £20 off if you stay for seven nights or more.
The park is just a short drive or train ride from Birmingham, which hosts the Frankfurt Christmas Market, the largest outside of Germany, from 15 November to 23 December. You’ll also receive a £5 voucher on arrival that you can use for your stay at the park next year.
(Weekly saver is not available through online booking, please call 01676 522978 between 10am and 3pm.) Read more about Christmas at Somers Wood.
Local light switch-ons near Overbrook and Wayfarers Caravan Parks
They may be at opposite ends of the country, with Overbrook Caravan Park in North Yorkshire and Wayfarers Caravan Park in Cornwall, but both have fun festive light switch-ons nearby.
Overbrook has availability over Christmas (it’s full for New Year) and also for the local light switch-on in the picturesque village of Thornton-le-Dale. The park’s ‘Winter Weeks’ offer runs from 29 October until 1 January, (excluding Christmas and New Year) and the park closes in early January. See Overbrook Special Offers.
There are statics and hardstanding pitches available at Wayfarers Caravan Park near Penzance, which now has a longer open season until 2 January, and has a 5-for-4 nights offer running (excluding Christmas and New Year). There’s plenty going on in the Penzance area, plus the famous light switch on in the quaint fishing port of Mousehole on 16 December. Find out more: Mousehole lights.
Invitation to Christmas on Dartmoor from Woodland Springs Touring Park
Set inside the Dartmoor National Park, Woodland Springs Touring Park has a special offer from 1 October to 1 April, including Christmas and New Year. It’s 7-for-5 nights and there are no charges for dogs or other pets.
There’s plenty going on in South Devon over the season, including Exeter Christmas Market from mid-November, Plymouth Christmas market from 29 November, and the Dartmoor Railway trains to Christmas town plus plenty of walks and pubs to enjoy around Dartmoor. Check out these sites for details: Visit Exeter, Plymouth what’s on, Visit South Devon and Visit Dartmoor.
Victorian Christmas Market and winter offer from Eye Kettleby Lakes Touring Park
Open all year round, Eye Kettleby Lakes Touring Park in Leicestershire is perfect for visiting the Melton Mowbray Victorian Christmas Market – Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December. Get details.
Throughout November and December you can receive a 10% discount on a full service pitch if you stay seven days or more.
Premier Christmas markets and on-site festive fun – Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park
Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park is ideally located for some premier Christmas markets. The first to start is Bristol on 9 November, but for many, the countdown to Christmas really starts with the magic of Bath Christmas Market (22 November to 9 December).
Bath Christmas Market is one of the nation’s most famous celebrations as the city is transformed into a winter wonderland of light and joy with around 175 decorated wooden chalets adorning the square in front of the beautifully illuminated Abbey. See the park’s website page on Christmas markets.
Voted ‘Best Open All Year Caravan Site 2018’, Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park will be lit up with Christmas illuminations from 22 November. There’s always a wonderful Christmas spirit around the park as a prize is awarded for the ‘Best Decorated’ unit – a free 3 night stay. Everyone gets involved and there’s a complimentary bottle of wine for every caravan or motorhome taking part.
Keep up to date with Christmas festival news on the Bath Chew Valley Facebook page.
Wells Christmas Market and North Somerset Carnivals
For a local, friendly festival, the Wells Christmas market is from 19 to 22 December, and Santa’s sleigh will be hauled through Wells by real reindeer on 9 December. Both Wells Touring Park and Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park and make ideal bases for exploring North Somerset.
Some of the most spectacular free shows around are the Somerset carnivals. These are widely recognised as the largest illuminated processions in Europe, with the Wells carnival taking place on 17 November.
At Wells Touring park, you can enjoy 15% off a 7 night stay this autumn (apart from carnival weekend).
Christmas and New Year at Waterrow Touring Park
If you spend the festive season at Waterrow Touring Park, located near the Somerset/Devon border, you can enter a fun competition in aid of Air Ambulance or win a prize for the best decorated caravan or motorhome.
You’re also invited to a New Year celebration at nearby Oake Manor which includes a gourmet dinner, music, fireworks and a piper. A coach service can be booked to and from the park. Stay for a minimum of three nights during the festive period, and you’ll receive a Golden Ticket, which enters you into a prize draw for a 7 night free stay during 2019 (excluding peak times).
More winter offers start from 3 January and finish 21 March. See website for details of special offers.
‘Christmas with a Difference’ in South Wales
This is the first year that Christmas opening is being promoted at the South Wales Touring Park near Llanelli. The park has sent us three favourite ‘Christmas with a Difference’ events taking place nearby, and there’s availability at the park for all of them:
- Llandeilo Festival of Senses 17 – 19 November
- National Trust – Dinefwr Park Christmas Fair – 23 November
- Aberglasney Christmas Fair 30 November – 2 December
Winter offer from Run Cottage Touring Park
New Tranquil Parks member Run Cottage Touring Park has a special winter offer: book 7 nights and get one of them free, or book 5 nights and get one of them half price (excludes Christmas and New Year, and half term). The park is located on Suffolk’s heritage coast, close to the market town of Woodbridge.
Christmas magic in Britain’s best loved city from York Caravan Park
St Nicholas brings glad tidings to York 15 November to 23 December. The city is transformed into a wonderland of glittering lights, with Christmas music and a treasure trove of street markets selling Christmas gifts and seasonal treats. When York switches on its Christmas Lights 15 November, hundreds of decorated Scandinavian style wooden chalets line the streets around Parliament Square, St Sampson’s Square and the Judge’s Lodging for St Nicholas’ Market. See the park’s Christmas markets page.
Newly released YouGov Profiles data on the opinions of more than 55,000 people towards 57 cities reveals that York is Britain’s most liked city. More than nine in ten Britons (92%) said that they like the historic Viking settlement.
A Christmas Raffle is being held for everyone staying at York Caravan Park this Christmas. Every ticket gets a prize, ranging from chocolates to bottles of mulled wine and spirits!
Other Tranquil Parks close to premier Christmas markets
Open until 2 January, Lamb Cottage Caravan Park invites you to experience the magic of Chester Christmas Market which takes place in the heart of the city from 16 November to 22 December.
Manchester’s 9 award winning Christmas markets return from 9 November to 22 December (23 December for the Albert Square market) with an amazing array of food drink and gifts from European and local producers. Gelderwood Country Park is conveniently located 9 miles from Manchester and is open all year round.
Other Tranquil Parks staying open over Christmas and all year
Adult-only sites are generally more likely to open all year round than family sites. The following Tranquil Parks not mentioned above are also open all year round:
- In the South West: Killiwerris Touring Park, Cornwall, and Moor View Park, Devon
- Briarfields Motel and Touring Park near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire,
- Stroud Hill Park , Cambridgeshire
- Greendale Farm Caravan and Camping Park, Rutland
- Daisy Bank Touring Caravan Park on the Wales/Shropshire border
- The Trotting Mare Holiday Park near Wrexham
- Long Acres Touring Park, Brookside Country Park and Wolds View Touring Park in Lincolnshire
While we have made every effort to ensure that details are correct at the time of publishing, our member parks are independently owned and run, and may change their offers at any time. Availability may also change. Please contact individual parks for information.