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Nestled at the foot of the beautiful Dovestone Reservoir, Dovestone Holiday Park borders the Peak District National Park and is just 3 miles from the Pennine Way, offering that quintessential relaxing break.
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Being on the doorstep of The West Highland Way, Tyndrum is the perfect place to set up camp, stretch your legs, recharge and reconnect with the stunning Highland scenery.
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Ashby Woulds Lodges and Spa is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, an exclusive collection of exceptional boutique lodges in an idyllic waterside setting overlooking a swathe of unspoilt Derbyshire countryside.
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Ashby Woulds Retreat is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection and boasts exclusive adult only boutique lodges, nestled in an idyllic setting overlooking the Derbyshire countryside.
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Nestled away in the Derbyshire countryside, Beechwood Park complements a tranquil setting with a base for exploration, creating a perfect retreat for couples and families seeking to escape and relax in a rural idyll.
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Overlooking a private lake, Colliery Lane Lodges is a collection of bespoke lodges in a peaceful rural setting providing easy access to the Peak District National Park.
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Darwin Forest a multiple award-winning park, including “Best of Britain” and holder of a host of eco credentials is part of our magnificent collection.
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Discover the epitome of luxury lodges and tranquillity at our newest addition to the prestigious Magnificent collection, Knights Lodges.
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Landal Darwin Forest is part of our Go Active Breaks Collection, nestled in stunning woodland close to Matlock and Bakewell on the edge of Derbyshire’s breath-taking Peak District.
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Escape to Sandybrook Lodges, where luxury accommodation meets the tranquillity of the Derbyshire countryside.
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This small, tranquil, adult only park offers luxurious Peak District breaks with a hot tub.
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Rivendale Lodge Retreat is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection.
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Sandybrook Lodges is part of our Evermore Collection and is set in the former grounds of a 19th century manor house, close to the picturesque market town of Ashbourne.
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peak-district Park & Visitor Guide

Embark on a journey to the Peak District, where rugged landscapes meet quaint villages and adventure awaits at every turn. Here, foodies can savour local Derbyshire fare, from hearty Bakewell Puddings to the crumbly peaks of a freshly baked Derbyshire oatcake. Thrill-seekers can tackle rock climbing or explore underground caves, while families find joy in cycling the Monsal Trail. Did you know the Peak District was the UK's first National Park? Opting for a family break at a UK holiday park in this region offers a blend of freedom and comfort, with the great outdoors as your backdrop – it's a home away from home amidst nature's playground.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Peak District?

The Peak District is a gem for family breaks, offering breathtaking landscapes and a rich tapestry of cultural heritage. In 2024, look out for the new adventure playgrounds opening at some parks. The area is known for its vibrant festivals, such as the Buxton International Festival and Bakewell Show.

Why a holiday park here? It's about the freedom to explore the great outdoors with the comforts of home at your doorstep. The Peak District's unique blend of rugged moorlands and quaint villages offers a distinct experience compared to urban hotels.

If you're visiting Peak District with kids

Absolutely, the Peak District is a playground for kids. They can explore caverns, cycle on family-friendly trails, or get hands-on at interactive museums like The Heights of Abraham.

Why a holiday park? It's a safe environment where kids can make friends, and parents can relax knowing facilities are designed for families.

  1. Weather-appropriate clothing
  2. Sturdy walking shoes
  3. Swimwear and towels
  4. Sunscreen and hats
  5. Backpacks for day trips
  6. Outdoor toys and games
  7. First aid kit
  8. Travel guides and maps
  9. Camera or binoculars for wildlife spotting

Pet Friendly Peak District Adventures

The Peak District welcomes pets with open arms. Many pubs, like The Old Nags Head in Edale, allow pets. Remember to keep dogs on leads around livestock and wildlife.

Dog walking ideas in Peak District

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Mam Tor Circular Walk 3 Hilltop Views S33 8WA
Dovedale to Milldale 3 River Valley DE6 2AY
Padley Gorge Trail 2 Woodland S32 2HY
Chatsworth Estate Walk 4 Country Estate DE45 1PP
The Roaches 4 Rugged Moorland ST13 8UB

Dining at the park, or heading out

Holiday parks often have on-site dining, convenient for families. The local cuisine includes hearty dishes like Derbyshire oatcakes and Bakewell pudding. For a family-friendly pub, try The Church Inn in Chelmorton. Couples might enjoy The Peacock at Rowsley for a more intimate setting.

Outdoor Family Adventures

The Peak District is home to outdoor centres like Peak Pursuits, offering activities from canoeing to high ropes. Prices vary, but a family of four can expect to spend around £100 for a day's activities. Most centres are seasonal, with fuller schedules during school holidays.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Bakewell Monday Market Outdoor Market Local Crafts & Food DE45 1DS
Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop Farm Shop Artisanal Produce DE45 1UF
Hathersage Swimming Pool Shop Specialty Shop Swimwear & Accessories S32 1DU
David Mellor Design Museum Designer Shop Homeware & Cutlery S32 1BA
The Village Green Gift Shop Unique Gifts & Souvenirs SK17 8ES


Top Parks for 2024 in Peak District

Darwin Forest, Derbyshire

Driving Distance: 18.22 miles / About 28 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Darwin Forest, a Go Active Breaks Collection member, is an award-winning holiday park set in the enchanting woodland near Matlock and Bakewell, on the edge of the Peak District. It offers a plethora of activities and luxurious facilities amidst the tranquillity of the forest, perfect for family getaways that balance adventure with relaxation.

For the kids - Children are spoilt for choice with the Little Monkeys indoor play centre, the Activity Den featuring pool tables, air hockey and an arcade, and outdoor activities such as mini-golf, archery, and bodyzorbing. The Trim Trak obstacle course and orienteering offer great family fun, while the woodland walks provide a chance to explore nature.

What's on-site? The park boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, Evolution Health and Fitness with a gym and spa, offering beauty treatments for those looking to indulge. Dining options include Foresters Bar and Restaurant and Explorers Café. There's also a shop, launderette, and Wi-Fi access. The park ensures entertainment for everyone with its extensive list of facilities.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Alton Towers (about 45 minutes drive) for thrilling rides and Chatsworth House (about 20 minutes drive) for a more serene experience. The Heights of Abraham (about 30 minutes drive) offers cable car rides and cavern explorations, while Mam Tor and Bamford Edge (about 40 minutes drive) are perfect for hiking enthusiasts.

Accommodation options: Accommodation ranges from the Chatsworth Elite Vogue lodges, perfect for couples, to the Haddon Classic Skyline lodges suitable for families of four. Pet-friendly options are available, ensuring your furry friends can join the holiday fun.


Sandybrook Lodges, Derbyshire

Driving Distance: 25.57 miles / About 37 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 2 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Sandybrook Lodges offers a serene escape in the former grounds of a 19th-century manor house, near Ashbourne. With its historic pinetum and woodland walks, this Go Active Breaks Collection park is perfect for couples and families looking to enjoy the southern Peak District's natural beauty and local attractions.

For the kids - The park features a toddler's playroom and an outdoor children's play area, along with activities such as archery, crossbow, and mini-golf. The indoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi add to the family-friendly amenities.

What's on-site? On-site facilities include the indulgent sauna, plunge pool, and jacuzzi (for over 16s), Wi-Fi access, a games room, and a woodland walk. For those looking to stay active, there's mini-golf and archery, with equipment hire available.

What's nearby? The Tissington Trail (about 15 minutes drive) offers walking and cycling paths, while Dovedale stepping stones (about 20 minutes drive) provide a picturesque spot for a family outing. For thrill-seekers, Alton Towers is just 12 miles away (about 30 minutes drive).

Accommodation options: The park's accommodation includes contemporary lodges such as the Kedleston Elite Vogue, with luxurious amenities like spa baths and saunas. Though this park does not allow pets, it's ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway.


Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest, Nottinghamshire

Driving Distance: 38.74 miles / About 1 hour and 8 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest is a magical retreat located in the legendary Sherwood Forest, offering a variety of outdoor activities and a rich natural environment. It's an excellent choice for families and couples looking for an adventure amidst the lore of Robin Hood.

For the kids - Young adventurers can enjoy the animal corner, bug hotel, bird feeding wall, and an array of outdoor activities. The park also features a swimming pool, perfect for family fun.

What's on-site? The park includes woodland trails for exploring, as well as facilities for swimming and other outdoor activities. However, note that there are steep gradients and steps, making it less suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

What's nearby? The RSPB Visitor Centre in Sherwood Forest (about 10 minutes drive) and Rufford Abbey Country Park (about 15 minutes drive) are close by, offering educational and historical outings for the family.

Accommodation options: Accommodation ranges from the cosy Sylvan Pet lodge for four to the spacious Forester 4 Spa Pet lodge for six, with options for those bringing pets. Some lodges feature hot tubs for an extra touch of luxury.


Silver Trees, Staffordshire

Driving Distance: 54.71 miles / About 1 hour and 22 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 5 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Set in Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Silver Trees is a peaceful holiday park with its own nature reserve. It's ideal for those seeking a quiet retreat and the chance to observe wildlife, including wild deer, in a natural setting.

For the kids - While the park is more focused on nature and tranquillity, children can enjoy the great outdoors with cycling and walking opportunities.

What's on-site? Facilities include an indoor heated pool (bookable by the hour), tennis courts, and a launderette. The park's focus on conservation and wildlife makes it a unique choice for nature lovers.

What's nearby? Birches Valley Visitor Centre (about 10 minutes drive) offers outdoor activities, while the town of Rugeley (about 15 minutes drive) provides shops and pubs for a change of pace.

Accommodation options: Accommodation includes the Blackberry caravan and the Fawn View Lodge, both offering comfortable stays for couples or small families. The park does not allow pets, ensuring a tranquil environment for all guests.


Family Days Out In Peak District

The Peak District is a gem for families staying at holiday parks in the area. It's packed with attractions that cater to all ages, from thrilling theme parks to tranquil nature reserves. Here's the lowdown on the top spots to visit.

Alton Towers Resort

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check the website for details
  • Prices: Online discounts available, starting from around £34 for children
  • Postcode: ST10 4DB
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site, charges apply

Alton Towers is the big cheese of UK theme parks. It's perfect for thrill-seekers with rides like The Smiler and Oblivion. Younger kids will love CBeebies Land. To beat the queues, consider splashing out on a Fast Track pass. The Scarefest event around Halloween is a real treat if you're into that sort of thing.

Phone number: 01538 704096 | Web: www.altontowers.com


Chatsworth House

  • Opening Times: Generally 10:30 am - 5 pm, but check ahead
  • Prices: Family tickets start from around £23
  • Postcode: DE45 1PP
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, included in ticket price

Chatsworth House is a stunner, and not just for the architecture. The gardens are a blast for kids, with a maze and a farmyard. Inside, the art collection is impressive. They've got a playground and a farm shop that sells top-notch local produce. It's a bit pricey, but you get a lot for your money.

Phone number: 01246 565300 | Web: www.chatsworth.org


Gulliver's Kingdom

  • Opening Times: Mainly weekends and school holidays, 10:30 am - 5 pm
  • Prices: Online booking recommended, starting from £18
  • Postcode: DE4 3PG
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site, charges apply

Gulliver's Kingdom is tailored for the little ones, with rides that won't terrify the tots. It's set on a hillside, so be ready for some uphill walking. The Log Flume and the Chairlift give you great views of the Derbyshire scenery. It's less hectic than bigger parks, which is a bonus for families with young children.

Phone number: 01629 580540 | Web: www.gulliversfun.co.uk


The Heights of Abraham

  • Opening Times: Daily from 10 am, but check for seasonal changes
  • Prices: Family tickets around £50, includes cable car
  • Postcode: DE4 3NT
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Matlock Bath, pay and display

The Heights of Abraham isn't just a cable car ride – though that alone is worth the trip. At the top, there are caves to explore and play areas for the kids. The views are epic, so bring your camera. It's a unique mix of adventure and scenery that you won't find at your average holiday park in the Peak District.

Phone number: 01629 582365 | Web: www.heightsofabraham.com


Peak Wildlife Park

  • Opening Times: 10 am - 5 pm, but can vary
  • Prices: Family tickets start at around £30
  • Postcode: ST13 7QR
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free

Peak Wildlife Park is a hit with animal lovers. You can get up close with lemurs, penguins, and wallabies. They're big on conservation, which is a nice touch. The walkthrough habitats are a brilliant way to see the animals without bars in the way. It's not massive, so it's a good half-day trip if you've got other plans.

Phone number: 01538 308880 | Web: www.peakwildlifepark.co.uk


Crich Tramway Village

  • Opening Times: 10 am - 5:30 pm, but seasonal variations apply
  • Prices: Family tickets around £40
  • Postcode: DE4 5DP
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free

Crich Tramway Village is a quirky day out. You can ride vintage trams all day for the price of your ticket. There's also a recreated period village to explore, complete with old-time sweet shop. They host special events like WWII reenactments, which are a blast. It's a bit niche, but if you're into history or trams, you'll love it.

Phone number: 01773 854321 | Web: www.tramway.co.uk


When you're planning your family getaway, remember that holiday parks in the Peak District offer a brilliant base to explore all these attractions. They're usually kitted out with plenty of facilities, so on days when you're not out adventuring, you can still have a fab time.

FAQs

This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a blend of outdoor adventure and homely comfort. Holiday parks in the Peak District, like Rivendale Lodge Retreat or Ashbourne Heights, offer a mix of lodges, caravans, and sometimes glamping options. You'll find on-site amenities such as playgrounds, swimming pools, and eateries. It's a relaxed setting where nature meets convenience, perfect for families looking to explore the countryside.

What should I pack when visiting Peak District?

Pack for the unpredictable British weather! Bring waterproofs and layers for hiking, plus comfy shoes. Don't forget swimwear for the park's pool and a camera for those stunning Peak District views. If you're self-catering, check what's provided in your accommodation, but essentials like tea towels and a good book for cosy evenings are a must.

Is Peak District a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, the Peak District's charm isn't seasonal. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often cheaper rates. Wrap up for winter walks or enjoy the autumnal colours. Many parks, like Landal Darwin Forest, offer year-round facilities, but always check seasonal opening times for local attractions.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, hot tubs are thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked between guests for your safety and comfort. Parks like Longnor Wood Holiday Park, which cater to adults only, pride themselves on maintaining high standards. So, slip into that bubbly bliss with peace of mind.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in the Peak District are pet-friendly, understanding that dogs are part of the family. Places like Pomeroy Caravan Park welcome your furry friends, but always check the park's pet policy before booking. There might be additional charges or specific pet-friendly accommodations.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

Booking activities varies by park. Some, like Peak Gateway, might require advance booking, especially during peak times. Check the park's website or reception for activity schedules and booking procedures. It's often best to book ahead to secure your spot, especially for popular activities like bike hire or guided tours.

Are there any child-friendly activities within the holiday parks?

Most definitely! Holiday parks in the Peak District cater to kids with playgrounds, sports courts, and sometimes even organised activities and clubs. Landal Sandybrook has a soft play area and a games room, ensuring the little ones are entertained come rain or shine.

What dining options will we find at the holiday parks?

You'll usually find at least one on-site restaurant or cafe serving up hearty meals. For example, Rivendale Lodge Retreat has The Puddled Duck, which offers a tasty menu. Many accommodations come with fully-equipped kitchens, and local towns like Bakewell have supermarkets for all your self-catering needs.

Is there WiFi available, and is it free?

Yes, most holiday parks provide WiFi, often free in public areas. In your accommodation, WiFi might be included or come at an extra cost. Signal strength can vary due to the rural setting, so prepare for possibly slower speeds than you're used to. It's a chance to unplug and enjoy the surroundings!

What emergency services are available on-site?

Safety's a top priority, so you'll find staff trained in first aid and emergency procedures at all reputable parks. For serious concerns, the nearest hospital or emergency services are in towns like Buxton or Chesterfield. Always familiarise yourself with the park's emergency protocols and nearest medical facilities upon arrival.

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