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Glamping for your Park – Tipis for Sale

Glamping for your Park – Tipis for Sale

Our annual installation of new tipis means you can take advantage of our special offer to buy a Glamping Tipi of your own from last year’s stock. Used for one season only, these fabulous tipis are available for just £195 each, normally £600.

Tipi For SalePinewood Holiday Park are selling these stunning Tipis.

They have a great themed holiday park and are looking at selling last years tents off ready for new replacements this year.

So if interested please get in touch with them.

Don’t miss this great offer

Call 01723 367278 or email:


Park Holidays UK in party spirits at 25-year milestone

Park Holidays UK is promising an air of celebration across all of its parks this summer as it marks 25 years of providing happy holiday memories.

Events planned throughout 2014 will include free entertainment with an anniversary theme, plus many special holiday offers in the run-up to the main summer season.Park Holidays UK

These currently include short breaks from £69.00 – a price not wildly different from holiday costs in 1989 when the company opened its first park in Rye, East Sussex.

By contrast, most other prices since then have soared – for 25 years ago, a litre of petrol cost just 50 pence, a pint of beer about the same, and the average house price was £36,000.

Park Holidays UK director Tony Clish says that his group has helped to create a present-day golden age of low-cost park holidays by raising standards and increasing visitor numbers.

The Southern England company today owns 23 high quality holiday parks in seaside locations from Devon in the West to Suffolk in the east – and plans to continue expanding.

The formula of providing superior accommodation and leisure facilities, says Tony, has broadened considerably the appeal of park holidays, so enabling prices to be kept down.

And it’s not only families renting holiday homes who have benefitted. Demand from buyers of caravan holiday homes, Tony reports, has also increased dramatically over the years.

This has strengthened the group’s buying power, and fully furnished and equipped holiday homes made specifically for Park Holidays UK today start from just £6,995.00.

As part of celebrations for its quarter-century milestone, the company has this month declared that it will pay buyers’ 2014 pitch fees on many of its currently available models.

According to Tony Clish, Park Holidays UK has been one of the principal forces for transforming the image of Britain’s holiday parks industry:

Park Holidays UK“Twenty five years ago, low prices often meant a rather average standard of accommodation and a rather unremarkable line-up of facilities and attractions,” he said.

“Our philosophy from the start was to invest substantially in our parks, providing the best possible accommodation, leisure opportunities and entertainment almost regardless of cost.

“We believed this would help expand dramatically the appeal of our product – and as each newly acquired park in turn proved that point, Park Holidays UK continued to grow.

“The group’s commitment to fair pricing and first-class surroundings is still the same today, and I’m certain that there are still many chapters of our success story yet to be written!” added Tony.

Details of the latest anniversary offers, both on holidays and holiday homes available to buy, can be found at

Sandy Balls Holiday Park Offers

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Book your 2014 Holiday by February 28th and save 10%!

It doesn’t matter if you’re after a summer holiday in the sun or a cosy break in the winter months, Sandy Balls has the accommodation and facilities to make your 2014 holiday one to remember.

Book online and quote EARLY14 to take advantage of this great offer.

Whether you’re looking for a touch of peace and serenity or a holiday full of fun and activities Sandy Balls Holiday Village is renowned for both!

With a new experience for every season enjoy one our activities or simply experience the tranquillity of the New Forest as you tuck yourselves away in your luxury Lodge or enjoy a wonderful walk down magical paths between the trees.

Book your holiday today!

February Half Term.
Get away this half term and enjoy the wonders of the New Forest from within Sandy Balls!

To ensure there is never a dull moment and to keep both children and adults entertained we put on a range of activities and the Woodside Inn hosts free entertainment throughout half term.
In the week you can get creative, stay active, explore or enjoy fun in the pool with our fun activities schedule.half_term_breaks_498x262px

Every evening of half term a different act will be taking to the stage to put on a show for all guests who attend. You can enjoy Deep Red, Damian Jay, Terry Nash as Meatloaf and more of the South’s very best performers. To view all the entertainment visit our events calendar.

Valentines Break in the New Forest.
Treat a loved one in 2014 with a romantic trip to the New Forest this valentines day.

Our 1 bedroom Hazel Hideaways offer the perfect way to escape and enjoy something special. Overlooking stunning scenery nestled on the southern border of the estate you can enjoy a weekend of peace or use it as a base to explore further.

Alternatively our 4 and 6 berth lodges are perfect for family breaks so no one is left behind. We have activities and entertainment scheduled over Valentines weekend keeping everyone entertained.

For more information and ideas for ways to treat a loved one visit Valentines Break in the New Forest

Lee Valley What On

What’s on


As winter draws closer to Lee Valley Park, we’re still filling your days with events and things to do! Don’t let the shorter days stop you from getting out and about. As well as our events,there’s loads of other things to take advantage of like our cyclingand walking routes throughout the park.

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‘Up North’ on Two Wheels
Sunday 3 November 10:00 – 16:00
Starting at the WaterWorks Centre

Grab your helmet and get on your bike to join us to explore the north of the park. Ride a circular route via Tottenham Marshes and River Lee Country Park with regular stops for refreshments along the way. Pop into Lee Valley White Water Centre for some lunch and watch the action at the British Open Canoe Slalom event. Booking is required for this event.

orange_read_morebuttonPremier and British Open Canoe Slalom Competition: Sat 2 – Sun 3 November
09:00 - 16:00 Lee Valley White Water Centre

FREE_clearA Walk in the Park: Sun 3 November
10:30 – 12:30 Starting in Fishers Green car park

FREE_clearA Walk on the Wild Side: Sun 3 November
10:30 – 12:30 Starting at WaterWorks Centre

orange_booknowbuttonA History of Tottenham Marshes: Sat 9 November
19:15 – 21:30 Tottenham Marshes

FREE_clearBecome a Dragon Finder: Wed 13 and Wed 27 November 
10:00 – 15:00 WaterWorks Centre nature reserve

FREE_clearSpecial Olympics: Sun 17 November
11:00 – 17:00 Lee Valley Athletics Centre

santa_christmas_long_2013Christmas is coming!
Start preparing for a magical and fun filled Christmas in the Lee Valley. Book today for:
orange_booknowbuttonFarm-tastic Santa at Lee Valley Park Farms
14, 15, 21 & 22 December

orange_booknowbuttonSanta Cruise at Broxbourne Riverside Moorings
20 & 21 December

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21 December


Waveney River Centre Offers 2014

New Brochure and Loyalty Rewards

Our new brochure for 2014 is out and – if you’re on our mailing list – will be on your doormat any day. If you’ve not received yours then please contact us to request a copy, or you can download it from our website.

What’s new for 2014?

  • All inclusive lodge holidays – everything you need is in the price you see. Gas & electric, linen & towels, swimming, WiFi – even use of our ferry to Carlton Marshes is included in your holiday. This could save you up to £145 per week.
  • Lodges with hot tubs – you asked, we gave in! Two of our lodges now have private hot tubs for a truly relaxing experience at any time of year.

    Waveney River Centre Holiday Lodges

    Waveney River Centre Holiday Lodges

  • New look Waveney Inn – a new bar & restaurant and a new management team – ready to welcome you with a locally sourced menu and a great atmosphere (opening late March 2014).
  • Escape Pods – Eddie’s Camping Pods have been a big hit this year and there’ll be more for 2014 – it’s glamping at its best!

Eddie’s rewards

Our reward scheme not only rewards your loyalty as a returning customer with a 5% discount from your holidays, but you get credits every time you refer a friend who books a Waveney River Centre holiday. You can use your credits as payment for future bookings with us – so if you refer enough people, you could have a free holiday!

Here’s how it works. We’ve given you a unique promotional code – EDR-NIBL22053 – which you can use on our website to get your 5% discount. Now for the clever bit. If your friends use this code then not only do they get 5% discount from their holiday – but you get the same amount credited to your EddiePot! The more people who book from your recommendation, the more credits you earn, and the closer you get to your free holiday. So get sharing!

We hope you enjoy the new brochure and are inspired to plan next year’s holiday. As always you can book online using our website, or call our friendly team on 01502-677343.

VW Shows and Events

Throughout the year there are many VW meets and shows to visit.

All have their unique draw to visitors. Some are small and some larger.

The one thing I can shout about is that they all are friendly fun and family orientated.

Its a great place to meet friends whether your a VW enthusiast or just a Wanna-be VW owner just come along and breath in the amazing atmosphere.

Daytime is spent looking around the show and taking a look at the amazing exhibits. So much love and admiration goes into the Show and Shine sections.

Its a wonder how long and how much hard earned cash goes into the oldest of vehicles.

There is always a great selection of VW vans cars and trucks, T5 the newest of the VW’s down to the Split Screens which are the most well known due to adverts on TV and many of the stars now owning their own Splitty as their known.

All are known by name which is very endearing.

I myself own a T4 which is my best friend and love most dearly. People say about selling it or hiring it out but he’s mine and I love him his name is ‘Teddy’

he’s kind reliable and always gets me to where I need to go and to me very handsome.

Let us know about your VW and why you love it so much?

In 2 weeks time we will be attending the VW Busfest in Malvern this is the largest VW Show in the UK I must say I am very excited about having a stand at the show. We will be selling some nicknacks there so come along either for the day or why not have a great weekend break away. Camping is still available I believe.

If not there is plenty of camping available in the area here are just a few places to consider

Malvern 5 mile radius search 

Ledbury 5 Mile radius I recommend Woodside Lodges

Hereford 5 Mile radius I recommend Lucksall

Here are a few pictures to tickle those taste buds.

August Bank Holiday Camping

August Bank Holiday falls this weekend from the 26th  – 28th August. Its is the second Bank Holiday in August and the last one before the schools go back in September.Beach Campsites

We have been extremely lucky this year with the UK heatwave and the exceptional good weather.

This has made camping, glamping and touring  especially in the UK great fun for children and adults alike.

There are many choices on how to spend your holiday  in the great outdoors and there are many cheap campsites to choose from.

Camping at the beach dogs allowedIf your looking for beach campsites then I suggest looking towards Cornwall, Devon, Hampshire down south and maybe the Pembrokeshire Coast, Gwynedd with the stunning Scenery and amazing walks. Norwich and the Norfolk Broads a beautiful destination.


Dogs WelcomeMost parks these days allow dogs and pets. Please only exercise on the designated area’s.

The school holidays can be extremely noisy  and kids darting around here and there. Kids will be kids but not everyone enjoys the little terrors so maybe a nice Adults only park is the one for you.

Fishing and Adventure holidays are becoming more and more popular these Cotswold Water Park Gloucestershiredays and the Cotswold Water Park and the Cotswold Folly Farm offers a great escape and something for all the family to do.


Simply the Best | Acorn Farm Touring Park

Simply the Best!

8999_C470_IMG_01_0000_max_620x414I have never been one to post comments on websites coming from the hospitality industry you have a tendency to not always like what people say, but as soon as we arrived at the Acorn Farm Touring Park, I wanted to tell everybody just how nice this place is. My husband and I picked the site from a website. We got the contact information for the site and called to make a booking well this was 2 weeks prior to us wanting to stay, at which point we had not even got a caravan, I explained this to Alan on the phone and he said it was not a problem, he did not want a deposit and said if we had to cancel it would not be a problem just give him a call and let him know, he was so nice.
We got a caravan it was all packed and ready to go on the Saturday morning it took us 7 hours to get there traffic on the M5 was a pain, but it did not matter we were on holiday. I called Alan to let him know we were on our way but running late and he said not a problem. Alan then called me back to give me directions as we had the caravan and if you follow satnav it can take you down some roads that are not good with a caravan.
Acorn Farm parkshots 017We arrived at last they say first impressions count well it’s true the village of Dalton is beautiful and the Park was quiet and peaceful just what we needed. Alan came straight out to us with a lovely welcome, he was chatty, helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
I as a child spent a lot of time camping with my family but I don’t ever remember the facilities on any of the places we went to being nice, the facilities on the Acorn Farm are fantastic clean, new , well-appointed and as much hot water as you could ever need, with a power shower to die for.
On our first night we went to the local pub for dinner which was at the entrance to the park, they do a filled loaf, it is out of this world I have been in the industry for best part of 30 years and have never had food like it, it was fantastic, we ate there 3 nights and had it all 3 times. The locals are all friendly and helpful the shop has pretty much everything you could need.
The best holiday I have had in a long time.

Devon (North)
August 19th, 2013

Keeping the kids occupied at the campsite

Whether your planning on visiting a campsite which has lots of activities and organised events or a quiet tranquil site, you can guarantee you are likely to here the famous phrase “I’m bored”. I guess you’ll be taking a range of children’s outdoor games to help relive the boredom, but which are the best to use at a campsite without disturbing others?

Broadhembury Touring Park in Kent From past experiences footballs shouldn’t be used at a campsite, unless there is a specific area or pitch available. You can guarantee that the ball will end up causing some frustration amongst other campers, particularly if you’re at a quieter site.

Racket games are always easy to pack and transport in to the car and require very little room to play with on the campsite. Badminton and tennis are so easy to play and can be purchased cheaply and provide hours of fun for the whole family (I remember using the rackets to create our own band). Although my favourite is Swingball, now this may  take a  little more space up in the car due to its design but there wont be any balls flying around the campsite. Plus it is a great game for adults to play too as I learnt from past experiences last summer  (I was the Swingball king).

We all love playing cards at home, but when we play with giant cards it seems to add that little bit more excitement. If you want to exercise your child’s brain then these are great for playing card games and are so much fun, they can also be used inside if it starts to rain (fingers crossed that it doesn’t).card box

If your at a site with an open area such as a field or close to a beach by all means take along a football but why not consider taking a kite. It’s a misconception that kite flying is just for autumn, why not enjoy it whilst the sun is shining instead of when the weather is gloomy, all that is needed is a slight breeze for basic kites to fly.

So matter what you pack in the boot of the car or take with you on public transport,  make sure you have plenty of fun and relax as you deserve it.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2014

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 

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For the first time in the events incredible 35 year history there is an official Bristol Balloon Fiesta campsite at Ashton Court Estate! The Bristol Balloon fiesta itself is a FREE four day phenomenon and is perfect for families, couples and groups of friends looking for a weekend away with a difference. From the 6am mass ascents and aero-superbatics to fairground rides and the spectacular world renowned night-glow performances, and with camping now available the amusement doesn’t have to end there! It’s just a short walk (15 mins) through the beautiful Ashton Court Estate to our campsite where there’s even more fun to be had; join in with badminton, volleyball, swing-ball and rounders or wind down from all the excitement around our communal BBQs. There is a reason why half a million visitors return to the fiesta each year so don’t miss out!

Campsite facilities include: lovely flat pitches, hot showers, toilets, catering and bar provisions, onsite parking, 24 hour campsite personnel and of course fantastic views of Bristol’s balloon filled skiesBalloon 2

Spaces are filling up fast so book quickly for fun, affordable, fuss free onsite accommodation to experience the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at its best.

Nearby Attractions

Why not make a weekend of Europe’s biggest annual ballooning event and see what else this exciting city has to offer? More than just a harbour town, its fascinating history offers a vast array of culture from museums and art houses, including Mshed and the Bristol Museum of Art and Culture, to an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants! Or if you fancy some peace and quiet try the local forestry commission just a 10 minute walk away – Leigh Woods offers great picnic spots, bike trails and footpaths as well as some incredible views over the Welsh border! From here you can access the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre where you can learn more about Bristol’s most iconic structure and watch the balloons ascend over the city for free! As a special one off the bridge also has a “fiesta trail” well worth exploring!Balloon 3

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for Gromit whilst you’re here! Gromit Unleashed is a public art exhibition across Bristol with 80 giant sculptures to be found! The Balloon Fiesta has its very own black and white striped ‘Grant’s Gromit’ but why not see how many more you can spot throughout your stay?


As part of the estate the campsite is accessible to vehicles via the Longwood Lane entrance of Ashton Court. From the North: Leave the M5 at junction 18 and continue along the A4,  then exit onto B3128. From the M32, again head towards the A4, at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A370, turn left onto the A370 ramp and merge onto Brunel Way, then exit onto B3128.