holiday park in France(17 Posts)
Want to drive for summer hols due to cost of flying and looking for a good holiday park or villa complex
Range of kid ages - 1 year to 14 years
Thinking of center parcs France but are there any other good holiday parks/ villas complexes that are in driving distance of Calais?
Watching with interest as need similar! We were looking at other European centre parcs but am now confused by huge amount of reviews. We drove a LONG way last year and to the Vendee the year before. It is so much cheaper than any other option isn't it?
Pierre et Vacances which are related to CP are smaller complexes but pleasant if basic accommodation. Belle Dune is within an hour of Calais, has a pool complex and within walking/cycle distance of sandy beach.
How many hours is your idea of driving distance? 3 to 4 would get you to Paris area or Champagne. 5 to 6 and you could push south to the Vosges.
Would you consider the big camping parks? They're often not really camping but provide lots of accommodations from tree houses to wooden 2 story lodges, with all sorts of mobiles in between.
Have a browse of sites like, the map seraches are god for inspiration.
Also look at the Europe parks on the Hoseasons website. Hoseasons are part of a group with companies like Landal so you can book them through hoseasons.
We drove to Landal Greenparks - Het Vennenbos, which is similar to Center Parcs (although I've never been to Center Parcs) in the Netherlands from Calais last year.
Look at Venue holidays. They are similar to Eurocamp but better value. We go to Berny Riviere which is just north of Paris but they also offer camps all over France.
We stay in a static mobile home which is lovely and clean and has good cooking facilities. You also have a nice decking area where we sit and have dinner and a few drinks in the evening. The campsite is amazing for children and relaxing for adults. There are play areas dotted around, a lovely man-made beach with a fresh water lake for paddling, a boating lake, go karts, bouncy castles, trampolines, bungee trampolines, soft play, indoor and outdoor swimming pool with slides and toddler fountain area, laser quest, bowling, crazy golf and more. My boys love it and it is such good value. We are going for 3 nights May bank holiday time and it has cost just £125!
Pink thanks so much for the tip - have found a nice site in the Vendee and we're staying in a tent much like the eurocamp ones. Only it's £520 for 7 nights rather than £780.
I was looking at the site in the Vendee - it looks lovely.
We have always used Venue and been very impressed with our accommodation and the staff. The tents look good - they even have all kitchen facilities including a cooker! Hope you enjoy your break. Are you going in the summer?
Last week of july. Been to that area before and it is beautiful. And we can afford to get the fast ferry because venue are such good value. Almost identical set up to eurocamp.
Fantastic. I am tempted to try the Vendee site myself now!
Yelloh campsite are great. It's s French company and the sites are really nice. Clean, nicely laid out and spacious. The prices are much better than eurocamp or canvas too although those companies quite often use the Yelloh sites.
I could have written your post champagne!! We always use venue holidays and have stayed at Berny rivière twice! We were so lucky to have our accommodation right next to the swimming lake there (something to request if you ever go again)!
We also recommend yelloh villages - we stayed at Les Mouettes a few years ago, which is really close to roscoff and ideal if you can do a Plymouth-roscoff ferry. Venue don't have accommodation there anymore unfortunately, but it's worth a look anyway.
Not quite France but a few years ago we went to one of the Dutch Centre Parcs - which are cheaper than the French ones (I think the Belgian ones are cheaper too). We also went for the last week around our Bank Holiday weekend - Dutch kids go back to school a week earlier than ours so it wasn't in Dutch peak time which also helped.
The one we went to was Het Heijderbos - we drove from Calais to Ypres, stayed overnight in the Novotel (right off the main square, got a great deal, didn't include breakfast but there's a bakery over the road so we bought
way too much plenty of yummy stuff and ate in our rooms for about a fiver compared to expensive hotel breakfasts. Ypres is a lovely town to walk around (dc were about 3 and 6 at the time) - small enough to be walkable, a nice main square with plenty of history, plus all the WW history which they were able to appreciate a little (and have come back to as it's turned up in their syllabuses at school). Or you could do it in a 3.5 hour drive from Calais - but because of the distance we'd done before Calais already that day we wanted to have a break.
The CP was great - the favourite bit was the second dome they had that was as big as the swimming pool one but with what's probably described as a tropical jungle themed climbing/exploring/adventuring thing going on - caves, streams, tropical plants and animals, rope bridges, zip wires, treetop walks, sand, climbing stuff (adult sized rather than soft play kids stuff but kids could do pretty much all of it with a bit of adult help if needed). Just like you'd expect the jungle zone to be like on the Crystal maze! It's the only CP with that but there's one in Belgium that has something similar, think it's got a shipwrecked pirate theme. Have been eyeing it up - not least as it's closer than the dutch one!
I've never been to a CP here but there, there weren't any chain restaurants, it was all their own things. There were also plenty of smaller play parks for the younger ones, the pools were nice and there was a scuba area that looked good for the older ones (needed to be a confident swimmer for it). Of all the holidays that the dc have been on, that's the one that they would most like to repeat!
Best of all - despite being much further to drive to than a UK CP, involving a ferry crossing and two additional overnight stops at hotels to break the journey up - it was still significantly cheaper to go to Het Heijderbos than it was to go to a CP in the UK the same week.
We have had accommodation right near the beach area at Berny Riviere too, StompyFreckles. It's great, isn't it? We have been to Berny 4 times now as my boys love it so much. We are booked for May bank holiday weekend this year so will phone and see if we can request that again.
Zipzap - good to hear positive reports about Center Parcs Europe. We are trying the one in Belgium (De Vossemeren) with the big pirate ship play area this summer. We are going last week of August as it worked out much cheaper. A VIP lodge cost us just £399 for a 4 night break, whereas the same break here was working out £1000!
Sorry not been able to reply (lots of sickness in the house this week!) but thanks so much for all the recommendations, am going to check them all out
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