Pet owners vote for parks with the Rex factor

Rex is reprieved from the kennels by growing numbers of UK staycation guests who take their pets on holiday

Rex is reprieved from the kennels by growing numbers of UK staycation guests who take their pets on holiday

Dogs have emerged as the true winners of Britain’s staycation trend with many more Fidos now enjoying holidays on the coast instead of being cooped up in kennels.

That’s the finding of Park Holidays UK which reports that it welcomed more than 5,200 dogs in 2017, and is on target for an even bigger Bonzo boom this year.

Overall, it says, guests bringing pets have risen by over 60% in the past three years – a figure which tops even the sizeable growth in overall visitor numbers

Now the group, which has 26 seaside holiday parks in southern England, has also decided that Rex will no longer have to ruff it in budget Bronze accommodation.

This year, the doors of selected Silver and Gold standard holiday homes are being flung open so that owners and their pets can enjoy their stay in style.

Don't be terrier-fied – you're coming on holiday too

Don’t be terrier-fied – you’re coming too!

Park Holidays UK director Tony Clish said the move is designed to provide a wider choice for the growing number of people who are now opting for a UK holiday:

“Staycations might be providing a big boost to Britain’s tourism economy, but it’s the nation’s dogs which have the biggest smiles on their faces,” he said.

“Many families tell us they hated being separated from their pets when they went abroad, and felt guilty that their four-legged friends weren’t with them.

“But taking a staycation on one of our parks solves this dilemma at a stroke because there’s plenty of room in a holiday caravan for everyone.

“Our holiday parks are also a great place to exercise a dog on a lead as the grounds are virtually traffic-free, and all have nearby countryside and coastal footpaths.

“Dogs benefit as much as humans from a change of scenery, and owners won’t be fretting that their pets are pining for them in expensive boarding kennels far away,” added Tony.

Park Holidays UK accommodated a total of 5,212 dogs in 2017, and says that advance booking figures suggest that both human and canine guests will reach record levels this year.

Dog-owning families can bone-up on current holiday prices – which include many early booking offers – on Park Holiday UK’s website at