Alternative Active Holiday Breaks to Center Parcs in the UK

Center Parcs is one of the most popular lodge holiday choices in the UK with thousands of people choosing to stay every year.

With these alternative accommodation choices you can choose to stay on a three, four or seven night break for a very reasonable price. The selection of alternative holidays within this article gives you the chance to spend a week away in great places perhaps for a lot less than you might think. Check out these fantastic holiday lodge and log cabin holiday locations across the UK and find your perfect active holiday self catering break at a very affordable price. In total there are 18 fantastic active lodge holiday parks with a wide range of facilities from swimming pools & tennis to hot tubs and spa & beauty and a great alternative to Center Parcs.

Bainland LodgesBainland Country Park – Lincolnshire

Enjoy some time away in this rural log cabin retreat in Lincolnshire. Great on site facilities make this the perfect place to come away with family and friends. Indoor heated swimming pool, spa bath, cycle hire, clubhouse,bar/bistro, adventure playground & much more. 16 accommodation choices including bungalows, lodges & cottages. Weekly prices range from £259 to £755, look out for the short breaks and weekend getaways.

the-bay-3The Bay – North Yorkshire

Fancy a seaside retreat near Whitby in North Yorkshire? If so then The Bay is just what you are looking for, and a great alternative to Center Parcs. Enjoy a wide range of facilities including an indoor heated pool. Loads of classes include swimming lessons and there is a gym, beauty therapies and treatment rooms. Enjoy fishing, golf, tennis and a wide range of sports and leisure pursuits. Prices from £255 to £699 for the week.

Brynteg Lodges in GwyneddBrynteg – Gwynedd

Relax in the foothills of Snowdonia National Park and choose from a range of luxury holiday lodges and static caravans. This is an active lodge park with a massive range of facilities including an indoor tropically heated pool with a children’s pool. Loads of water based fun and games, bistro, country club, brasserie and much more. A great place for all the family to stay and a wide range of short breaks and holidays starting from just £219.

cheddar-woods-2Cheddar Woods – Somerset

Somerset is always a popular place to come away on a holiday and Cheddar Woods is a perfect choice at a fraction of the cost of any Center Parcs location. There are over 10 lodge accommodation styles and some have hot tubs. During the day you can relax and let the family enjoy a wide range of pursuits and activities. Highlights include the indoor swimming pool and separate children’s pool. Treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and bar, restaurant and brasserie. Pool table, Go Juniors club, outdoor adventure play area and much more! Weekly prices from £365 to £879. Great value holidays.

crowhurst-park-lodges-1Crowhurst Park Lodges – Sussex

Fancy some time out on the South Coast? If so then this active family friendly holiday lodge retreat has it all with a fantastic range of lodges sleeping four or six people. The park is not short of facilities with a wide array of choice from the indoor heated pool to restaurant, snack bar and coffee lounge. The kids will love the games room and amusements, adventure playground and water based fun. Most of the facilities are included in the price of the holidays and a weekly stay here will start from £439 and range to £1249.

Devon Hills Holiday VillageDevon Hills Holiday Village – Devon

This superb holiday lodge park is on the English Riviera and has a fantastic location outside the popular seaside resort of Paignton. Lots of accommodation options from the luxury holiday lodges to bungalows and static caravans. Enjoy the wide range of extra facilities including the indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room & gym. Children are well catered for with lots of activities, clubs and facilities. Many of the facilities are included in the price of holidays and weekly stays are from £299 and range to £749.

finlake-lodges-10Finlake Lodges – Devon

One of the most popular holiday lodge destinations in Devon and set in over 130 acres of fantastic countryside but only a short drive from the coast & beaches and the ever popular Dartmoor. Over 25 accommodation choices and some with private outdoor hot tubs. Facilities include and indoor heated pool and outdoor heated pool with giant water slide. Gym, tennis courts, bar, restaurant, kids fun and activities and plenty more. Fancy a stay here? will set you back less than Center Parcs with weekly prices from £249 to £969.

great-glen-water-park-16Great Glen Water Park – Scottish Highlands

Take some time out to explore Scotland from this beautiful holiday getaway in the Northern Highlands of Scotland. On the banks of the Loch the lodge and cottage accommodation have lovely views and are luxurious & comfortable. Check out the superb facilities including the indoor swimming pool, sauna & spa bath. Mountain biking, water sports including canoeing and kayaking, bar, restaurant and much more. A perfect place to chillout and relax with family or friends and with superb prices from £349 to £929. Great value holidays all year around.


Gurnard Pines – Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has it all with great countryside and superb coastline with lovely beaches. Enjoy some of this on an active break at Gurnard Pines, forget about Center Parcs when you have some fantastic facilities and great accommodation from £245 to £695. Plenty to keep you entertained when you are back from your day out and this includes the 25m indoor heated pool, outdoor heated pool & the children’s pool. Top up the tan on the sun terrace and work up a sweat in the gym and fitness studio. Soft play areas and kids playground and games ensures this is a family fun park. Prices range from £245 to £685 per week and there are plenty of short breaks & weekends.

hengar-manor-country-park-1Hengar Manor Country Park – Cornwall

Take some time out to discover Cornwall. Relax in your own private outdoor hot tub, stay in comfortable and well presented holiday lodges. A fantastic 35 acre park setting with so much to do there will never be a dull moment. The indoor 25 metre swimming pool with slide and poolside patio is fantastic. The list of activities is so extensive and includes fishing, fencing, bike hire, restaurants, bars and par 3 golf (among much more). Fancy staying near Bodmin in Cornwall then this is the place for you. Prices from £179 to £756 per week, great value and what more could you want? Just as much as Center Parcs.

hunters-quay-16Hunters Quay – Argyll & Bute

Enjoy a very relaxing stay at this fantastic lodge and caravan active break retreat in Argyllshire. Superb contemporary holiday lodges with balconies and great views are dotted around this Loch side park. Great facilities including two indoor heated swimming pools, gym, entertainment, sports & lots of leisure pursuits. A stay here can start for a week away from just £299. Great value holidays throughout the year.

kielder-water-lodges-1Kielder Water Lodges – Northumberland

The Kielder Forest & Water is one of the most beautiful areas in Northumberland and you can explore from this superb lodge park retreat. Relax in the indoor heated pool & sauna, enjoy a wide range of entertainment and let the kids explore with great forest walks, cycle trails, nature trails and over 27 miles of lakeside shoreline. There is so much to do here there will never be a dull moment and if you fancy a night off the self catering check out the Gastro Pub and bar. There is plenty of fun to be had and great accommodation and fantastic prices from £427 to £1245 per week.

lochgoilhead-lodges-1Lochgoilhead Lodges – Argyll

Spend time at this lovely leisure resort in Argyllshire and have natures playground on your doorstep and loads of fantastic facilities. There are over 20 accommodation options including static caravans & lodges. When you stay here you get a pass which gives you use of the indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa bath, steam room, golf, table tennis, badminton & more. There is plenty of evening entertainment, bar/grill and a bistro. Lots of activities and facilities the whole family or your friends will love. Very affordable holidays with weekly prices from £397.

oakdene-forest-3Oakdene Forest Park – Dorset

Within the New Forest National Park in Hampshire this superb lodge and static caravan park is somewhere you will love to stay and spend time.  There are 15 accommodation choices and something to fit all budgets. Facilities are great with an indoor heated swimming pool which has a 34 metre flume! Add to this the choice of other facilities including an Elemis Day Spa, sauna, steam room, spa, entertainment, kids clubs & much more. This really is the all round holiday lodge getaway and fantastic prices too starting from an unbelievable £479.

piperdam-lodges-2Piperdam Lodges – Cornwall

This is a truly stunning setting and is surrounded by over 500 acres of beautiful countryside and is a superb place to relax on holiday, short break or weekend away. Inside the grounds there is a superb golf course, a massive 40 acre lake, and loads of great facilities from the adrenaline packed to the more serene. Relax in the fantastic lodge accommodations of which there are 12 styles to choose from in various sizes. Weekly accommodation prices are from £329.

piran-meadows-1Piran Meadows – Cornwall

Piran Meadows is the ultimate in active holiday getaways and this park has it all with an indoor heated pool, beauty treatments, gym classes, bar, restaurant & more. Family orientated as well and has a junior activity programme, climbing wall, horse riding, fencing and much more.  The accommodation is comfortable and well presented and consists of a range of static caravans and lodges. Enjoy some time away here and prices start from just £445.

sherwood-castle-holiday-forest-3Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest – Nottinghamshire

A little bit of something for everyone at this lodge park. A choice of holiday lodges sleeping up to four or six people and weekly prices range from £289 to £905. This is the perfect base to explore Sherwood Forest and facilities make this park stand out from the crowd. Enjoy time out in the indoor heated pool & spa, lots of sports and leisure facilities, places to eat and great fun for the family. Certainly enough here to keep everyone entertained and no need to pay the high prices of Centre Parcs.

talacre-beach-10Talacre Beach – Flintshire

Flintshire in Wales is a wonderful place to take some time out and enjoy a holiday at Talacre Beach has it all. This active lodge park is somewhere you will always have something to do and the highlight is the indoor tropically heated swimming pool.  There are plenty more facilities besides and this includes a sauna, steam room, gym, entertainment venue, active kids club and lots of sports and leisure pursuits. All this you might think comes at a price, but you can stay here from just £539 for the week and less for short breaks & weekend getaways.