When will holiday parks reopen in the UK and can you book holidays there?

The UK is slowly easing its way out of lockdown restrictions, with more of these set to be eased from 4 July.

And as well as giving the green light to pubs and restaurants to re-open, Boris Johnson has also announced on Tuesday that staycations are on the cards, with the re-opening of holiday facilities including campsites and hotels.

All of which is good news for those of us planning a break closer to home this year given the restrictions on foreign travel – but if you were hoping to go to a holiday park will you still be able to?

Here’s what the main holiday park chains have planned…

When will Haven, Butlins and Centre Parcs reopen?

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Haven will be first out of the gate, opening its caravan parks on 6 July in England, on 13 July in Wales and on 17 July in Scotland.

Butlins has said it will reopen its parks on 16 July, while Centre Parcs has confirmed it is reopening all its sites from 13 July.

What rules will holiday parks have to follow?

Boris Johnson previously said of holiday parks and other vacation spots: ‘Provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation including hotels and bed and breakfasts, as well as campsites, as long as shared facilities are kept clean.’

Holiday parks have already laid out their plans to keep visitors safe in the coming weeks, with Haven offering a discounted ‘Haven Hideaway’ holiday which does not include access to any of its pubs, restaurants or other activities such as kids’ entertainment – but does include access to the beaches.

Guests will also be offered a refund if their holiday home is not cleaned to their new standards.

Butlins, meanwhile, has laid out on its website what customers can expect when they return to their holiday parks, with fewer guests than usual, drive-through check-ins, more frequent cleaning measures and social distancing in place.

Center Parcs has said on its website that its measures will include social distancing measures, PPE for staff, enhanced cleaning of general areas and the installation of hand sanitiser in multiple areas of the park.

They also have said they will need to ‘consider how guests and staff move around our villages’ in order to keep interactions with others to a minimum – while some of their facilities will not be available as usual.

Pontins will also be re-opening from 17 July, but on a self-catering basis only – and without the usual entertainment and activities on park.

Can you book holidays to the parks now?

You can indeed, with Butlins now taking bookings all the way into 2021 while Pontins is also taking bookings into 2021 both for its family parks and for its adult-only holiday villages in Sandbay and Pakefield.

Center Parcs, meanwhile, has bookings on its site all the way up to December 2021, while Haven allows you to book up to November 2021.

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