Park Holidays UK into extra time as World Cup fever grips

Back of the net: holiday bookings are up 20% on last year's figures during the four weeks of the Fifa World Cup

Back of the net: holiday bookings are up 20% on last year’s figures over the four weeks of the Fifa World Cup

Footie fans are showing the red card to their bosses and taking additional time off to enjoy the World Cup, according to Park Holidays UK.

It says that holiday bookings during the tournament, which kicks off on 14 June for four weeks, are up by just over 20% compared with the same period last year.

But, says the group, later summer bookings are as buoyant as ever, suggesting that many people are taking an extra break to cheer on the England squad.

Park Holidays UK director Tony Clish confirms that the company is going all out to create a festive atmosphere of football fun at its 29 parks in southern England.

Not a footie fan? Parks also score with other attractions

Not a footie fan? Parks also score with other attractions

Large flat-screen TVs will bring live action screenings of around 50 world cup matches to its bars and clubs, along with soccer-themed quizzes and competitions.

Because the World Cup is taking place outside the school holidays, says Tony, holiday prices are especially keen across all types of its accommodation.

Week-long stays in the period from mid-June to mid-July can still be booked from just £199.00 for a family of up to six people in a fully-equipped holiday home.

There is, however, no question of side-lining any holiday guests who might be less keen on the football feast being served up by Park Holidays UK.

They won’t have to suffer any penalties, says Tony, because while soccer-passionate partners get their fix, the group’s parks offer plenty of other attractions.

The leisure facilities include swimming pools and outdoor and indoor play areas, plus a day-long programme of activities and games for youngsters of all ages.

Each member of the family will, in addition, be provided with a free entertainment pass which includes entry to evening cabaret shows featuring professional acts.

Tony does suggest, though, that families keep their eyes on the ball when it comes to availability.

There would not normally be a risk of the group’s parks having to hang the “no vacancies” sign up before high summer, he says, but this year could be different.

To secure a place within the premier league of parks before the whistle goes, pay a visit now to the group’s website at, or call 0343 178 7070.