UK holidays: What new lockdown rules mean for camping and caravan breaks

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Caravan and camping holidays afford a high level of freedom to holidaymakers. However, as the UK government clamps down on travel will this liberty continue? This is the latest travel advice.

Unfortunately, under new lockdown rules, all travel is prohibited, no matter what your accommodation type.

“Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed,” states the government.

“This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.

“There are specific exceptions, for example, if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes, but this means people cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.”

The lockdown is currently due to last until December.

Campsites and caravan parks will be closing down during this time.

The Caravan and Motorhome Club explained on its site: “Following the UK Government announcement which will place the whole of England into a countrywide lockdown, it is likely that the Club will have to temporarily close its network of campsites in England from 6pm on Wednesday 4 November until the Government advises that we are able to reopen them (currently forecast for the beginning of December).

“The temporary closure also applies to our Certificated Locations and Affiliated Sites.”

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All Camping and Caravanning Club sites will also shut.

“England sites will be closed from Wednesday, 4 November (last overnight stay Tuesday, November 3) until December 2,” said the club.

“Following that period, only our year-round and extended season Club Sites will re-open, though that is subject to further local lockdown measures or extended national restrictions.”

Camping and Caravanning Club teams will be in contact with affected customers to re-arrange bookings or offer full refunds.

Holiday parks such as Center Parcs and Butlins are also closing sites.

Center Parcs is closing its UK villages from Thursday, November 5 until Friday, December 4.

Impacted holidaymakers can get a refund or change dates with a £100 discount.

Butlin’s has closed its resorts from Monday, November 2 until Thursday, December 3, with the same cancellation options as above.

Parkdean Resorts is also closing all of its England parks from Thursday, November 5.

Guests will be offered three options; a full refund, a 120 percent holiday voucher of total holiday value paid (up to £150), or to transfer holiday dates to another date within 12 months of the original departure.

Haven has closed both its parks in England and in Wales from Monday, November 2 until the rest of the 2020 season.

Hoeseasons has not yet specified whether bookings will be cancelled but if bookings are axed you can transfer your holiday with an e-voucher.

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