Top indie parks set to reveal their winter wonderlands

Park visitors can enjoy winter star spotting at West Bay in Bridport, Dorset. Photo: James Loveridge

A GROUP of independent holiday parks rated among the UK’s finest are preparing to showcase “secret Britain” to their guests this winter.

The Best of British consortium says that many of its members have made plans to welcome couples and families right through to December and beyond.

And awaiting them, they promise, will be the thrilling spectacle of Britain’s coast and countryside wearing winter colours and emptied of summer visitors.

“Almost everyone was robbed of their spring breaks this year, but winter is going to be payback time,” said James Loveridge of Highlands End Holiday Park in Bridport, Dorset.

“Demand has meant that we will be staying open until the end of December for holiday home rentals, and right throughout November for motorhome and touring guests.

Spend winter days having fun finding fossils on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset

“We’re delighted as I think we’ll see many people becoming overnight converts to a rarely-glimpsed side of our county at its most calming and tranquil.”

Highland End is one of the 50-plus holiday parks belonging to the Best of British group, all of which are independently owned and offering verified top quality standards.

Located throughout England, Wales and Scotland, many have taken the decision this year to remain open beyond their usual autumn shut-down.

“A lot of our visitors in summer were new to staycations, and clearly loved the experience as they are now booking return visits later in the year,” said James.

“What they will be discovering is a gorgeous secret Britain which you can have all to yourself, and not feel you are have to compete with other visitors.

“Here in Dorset, for example, are lovely beach and cliff-top walks, as well as inland paths through the countryside, which all have a special quality out of the main season.

“We’ve also a host of memory-making experiences on offer, from fossil hunting to winter storm watching or simply stargazing at Dorset’s famous dark skies,” added James.

He said that Highlands End, like other Best of British parks, will be offering holiday homes to hire which are designed for four-season use with full heating and insulation.

Also likely to be continuing in popularity over winter are motorhomes which many people rented for the first time this year, and enjoyed the freedom they brought.

James said that local businesses in areas served by Best of British parks would also be likely to welcome the extension of the holiday year into winter.

“The spending of holiday visitors helps to keep a lot of enterprises afloat, and they were deprived of this income during spring’s shut-down of parks.

“Although it will be impossible for us or other businesses to recover those losses, it will be great to see our visitors making the most of Britain in its winter finery!” said James.

There is more information about Best of British holiday parks at – and Highlands End Holiday Park’s website is at

Motorhomes are especially popular this year, and perfectly snug for winter. Photo: James Loveridge