The news is flooded with cancelled flights, flight delays, lost baggage, and airport mayhem! So we’ve put together our top tips on how to avoid airport chaos this summer…
- To avoid cancelled flights, don’t book a flight at all. Hop in the car and drive to your holiday destination in the UK. Get turquoise waters and Sandy beaches on the south east coast of Scotland.
- Opt for a holiday closer to home and you won’t experience any flight delays at all! You can drive to scenic destinations all over the UK in a few hours, and avoid all that waiting around! With a staycation you can start enjoying your holiday from the moment you arrive. Our parks are perfectly positioned in stunning areas across the UK, so you can get the much needed holiday feeling without going abroad.
- Another benefit of a UK staycation is you can pack as many shoes, clothes and other belongings as you like and you won’t have to worry about it getting lost. There’s no need to panic about not having your swimming outfit all week, because your luggage stays with you on your journey to a holiday park!
- To avoid airport chaos, avoid the airport altogether and opt for a UK holiday at a Verdant Leisure park. With beautiful seaside resorts, countryside retreats, hot tub lodges and more to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice here in the UK.
Skip the airport crowds, delays and queues this summer and discover some of Scotland’s hidden gems. With spectacular scenery, sandy beaches and fantastic views off the beaten track, you can truly escape this summer with no worries on holiday.
If you’re a castle buff, you’ll be in awe of Culzean Castle on the West coast of Scotland. Boasting spectacular architecture, this castle is a 16th century masterpiece, and looks like it’s come straight out of a fairy-tale. Legend has it, its home to around 7 ghosts including a piper and a servant girl! Located just a 50 minute’s drive from Viewfield Manor Leisure Park, it’s a fantastic castle to explore.
2. Isle of Arran
Explore the Isle of Arran this summer and hike up the beautiful hidden gem of Goatfell. The Isle of Arran is a beautiful island just off the west coast of Scotland, so another amazing day trip when on holiday at Viewfield Manor Leisure Park. Catch the 55-minute ferry from Ardrossan, for just £5! Next, take the bus to Arran Brewery, which is at the start of the trail up Goatfell, and you can hike to the top and take in the fantastic scenery of the Isle of Arran, right across to the mainland Scotland.
3. Tay Forest Park
Tay Forest Park, home to some of Scotland’s best loved viewpoints and the countries tallest trees, you can see for miles across the Perthshire highlands. Just 15 minute’s drive from Erigmore Leisure Park, you can discover true beauty at this wonderful hidden gem in Scotland.
4. Cove Harbour
Cove Harbour is a charming and idyllic spot, well worth a visit when on holiday at Pease Bay or Thurston Manor. Cove Harbour is a true hidden gem in Scotland, as it’s only reachable by walking through a tunnel, that’s carved out of the cliffside. The perfect peaceful spot to spend a few hours, with your pets and family, soaked in rich history it’s a must see.
5. Calder Mill Waterfall
If you love waterfalls, you must check out Calder Mill Waterfall, a beautiful, peaceful place to visit in west Scotland. The perfect spot for a dip and a swim on a glorious summer’s day, and just over 20 minutes away from Viewfield Manor Leisure Park.
6. Fast Castle
Are you a fan of castles, and also love amazing views? You need to visit Fast Castle, just 15 minute’s drive from Coldingham Bay and Scoutscroft Leisure Parks. The ruins of Fast Castle sit on a steep slope on the south east coast of Scotland, Berwickshire border. Visit this place as the suns going down, for the most perfect glistening golden glow across the sea from the castle ruins. This spot is truly one of the best of Scotland’s hidden gems.
Easter Holidays in the UK
Are you and your family on the hunt for a well needed Easter break this year? Look no further than our selection of the best destinations for Easter holidays in the UK. Make unforgettable memories in some of the most beautiful locations.
Devon Family Holidays this Easter
Are you wanting an Easter family holiday in the UK, that feels like you’re abroad? Take a trip to North Devon, voted one of the best destinations for family holidays in the UK. Golden Coast Leisure Park, in Woolacombe is your go to holiday park. You can choose from so many different accommodation types, from caravans to villas to apartments.
Golden Coast Leisure Park is 5 minutes from the beach, with spectacular views across the North Devon Coastline, and stunning hidden coves like Barricane Beach, you will definitely feel like you’re abroad here.
Not only is the local area beautiful, but the park has so many fantastic facilities and attractions to keep the whole family occupied, including indoor and outdoor pools, pool inflatables, a wave surfer, and a variety of bars and restaurants. There’s also a dedicated hands-on entertainment team, ready to create fantastic memories with you and your family all day and night. From just £173 2 guests can stay for 3 nights in a Shoreline Apartment, arriving on 22nd April. Does that sound amazing? Book here.
Northern England Family Holidays
If you’re looking for a family holiday in the North of England, you should look at Riverside Leisure Park. Located in Northumberland, in the lovely town of Wooler. You and your family will be surrounded by glorious greenery for woodland walks. Not only is it located in an area with so many amazing things to see and do, but Riverside has also got a dedicated entertainment team, ready to provide hours of entertainment for the family. Check out what’s on at Riverside here.
The park is bursting with entertainment and fantastic facilities. Including play areas, indoor pools, bar and restaurant, games rooms and so much more. Being just a short drive to the coast, you’re getting the best of both countryside and coastal, on a family holiday at Riverside this easter. What’s more, you can book a family holiday from just £165 arriving on 25th April for 4 nights.
Scotland Family Holidays
Travel just that little further north, and you can have a wonderful Easter break in Scotland. Thurston Manor Leisure Park in Dunbar is an action-packed holiday park with plenty of activities and adventures to have by all the family.
Nestled in the countryside, but also just a short drive to the coast. In just under 10 minutes, you can be at our sister park Pease Bay Leisure Park, situated right on the beach, it’s truly a hidden gem.
Thurston Manor Leisure Park has an array of fantastic facilities for all the family, and an even better entertainment team ready and raring to provide you and your family with tonnes of Easter memories.
This Easter, all our action-packed parks have a jam-packed entertainment plan for all the family with plenty of easter activities. Including, Easter egg hunts, Easter crafts, competitions and egg drops. What are you waiting for? Book your action-packed family holiday this April here.
On holiday at Pease Bay – an inside look
When you think of a beach holiday, what do you imagine? Your feet buried in the sand, the sound of waves crashing against each other with the whistle of the wind in your ear? Being on holiday at Pease Bay can offer you just that and more.
Verdant Leisure offers fantastic experiences, not just for our customers but for our team too. Living in these challenging times people need to escape the busy stresses of everyday life and retreat to a place where only that moment, there and then, matters.
William from Head Office recently visited Pease Bay Leisure Park for a short break. Upon arrival, the Pease Bay team were nothing but helpful and friendly and after a long drive it was quick and easy to get settled into the accommodation, plan out the evening and enjoy some food at the Smugglers Bar. Enjoying some pepperoni pizza and a few drinks was the perfect end to a long day. The service was excellent with a friendly team who are more than happy to chat at a moment’s notice.
One of the highlights of staying at a Verdant Leisure park on the Scottish coastline is the ease of access to tons of local area attractions. The big one being Edinburgh, only a 40 minute drive from Pease Bay, so you have the opportunity to visit one of the most stunning cities in Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the attractions that people flock to, a piece of history only a short drive away seems completely worth it, don’t you think? You can tour the castle at your own pace, browse in numerous gift shops and take in the culture of traditional Scotland. With views stretching out across the whole of Edinburgh, it’s like something out of a romcom, or a 19th century war movie, some people take it differently…
Edinburgh is also home to the only zoo in the UK to host giant pandas! Edinburgh zoo is a fantastic day out for people of any age, who doesn’t want to watch a panda up close! You can grab a bite to eat and find the perfect gift for someone special in the gift shop, there is a huge range of animal related gifts including plushies, keyrings and even Lego models of your favourite zoo guest! William ended up taking home a Lego model of a red panda, he named it ‘Pabu’.
After a day of exploration of the local area, you get the chance to come back, relax and unwind by the sea. An on park shop allows you to get all the ingredients you need to make the perfect meal while you stay at Pease Bay, whether it’s beans on toast or something fancier you’ll have all the facilities you’ll need to ensure you go to bed with a full belly and a smile on your face.
So, when we ask you again what you think of when you dream of a beach holiday, we already know your answer, Pease Bay Leisure Park.
If you’re looking for a by the sea holiday then Pease Bay is the park for you, but did you know that Verdant Leisure offer a range of holiday types to suit everyone? We have action packed, escape & unwind, and boutique retreat holiday parks to make sure you have the holiday best suited for you!
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Last minute dog friendly holidays in the UK
Are you searching for the perfect last minute dog friendly holiday in the UK? Want to enjoy a break with the whole family, including your furry best friends? Then one of our Escape & Unwind, Boutique Retreat or By The Sea parks could be the one for you!
Leave no pet behind…
At Verdant Leisure, we understand that pets are a big part of the family, and we want you to be able to enjoy a holiday without the worry of leaving your pet behind. All our parks offer superb pet friendly accommodation, from Glamping Pods at Queensberry Bay to Luxury Spa Lodges at Erigmore, you don’t have to settle for less when booking pet friendly accommodation at Verdant Leisure! A UK staycation also means that there is no long-haul flight or the need for pet passports! Fancy a last-minute break? You’ve got it!
Enjoy a perfect holiday with the whole family
Families, couples and of course, your pets, will love the award-winning beach at our By The Sea park, Pease Bay Leisure Park. Its breath-taking location with direct beach access makes it the perfect pet friendly coastal destination. Relax to the sound of waves, enjoy sunset walks across the golden sand or enjoy a drink outside Smugglers bar. The local area also boasts a number of pet friendly places for you to explore too!
Our Escape & Unwind parks are ideally located across Scotland and northern England, giving you the freedom to choose the perfect location for you and your loved ones. Choose from Viewfield Manor in the stunning Ayrshire countryside just 20 minutes from Robert Burns Country in Ayr and only a short drive from beaches such as Irvine & Troon beach. Or if you are looking to holiday on the south east coast of Scotland, then Coldingham Bay & Scoutscroft Leisure Park are both a must visit! With woodland walks and nearby Coldingham Bay beach, you’ve plenty of places to explore with your dog! If you’d prefer a holiday in the heart of the Durham Dales, then check out Heather View! With an abundance of countryside walks you can marvel at waterfalls, rivers and stunning views with the whole family.
Searching for a luxury retreat? Then look no further than our Boutique Retreat parks, Queensberry Bay & Erigmore Leisure Park. Located overlooking the Solway Firth, Queensberry offers a unique holiday experience. You can relax at The Sandpiper Café Bar and take in the views from the sun terrace with your pets! For those looking for active days out, there are fantastic walking routes, coastal paths and even golf courses, right on its doorstep. Erigmore in the heart of Perthshire, boasts a dreamy woodland setting, surrounded by flowing rivers and tranquil lochs, with plenty of pet friendly walking trails nearby. After a day of exploring nearby towns such as Pitlochry and Dunkeld, nothing beats relaxing in your own private hot tub whilst your pooch chills out in front of the electric fire!
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Dog friendly days out in Scotland
Our parks offer pets welcome accommodation with lots of dog friendly days out nearby.
A great place to start is the beach, where your four-legged friend can chase balls, have a dip in the sea or enjoy a long sandy walk. Choose from these stunning beaches near our parks:
- St Abbs beach, Berwickshire
- Eyemouth beach, Berwickshire
- Pease Bay beach, Berwickshire
- Coldingham Bay beach, Berwickshire
- Belhaven Bay, East Lothian
- Yellowcraig beach, East Lothian
- Whitesands and Barns Ness beaches, East Lothian
- Tyninghame beach, East Lothian
- Queensberry Bay, Dumfriesshire
- Irvine beach, Ayrshire
- Saltcoats beach, Ayrshire
- Troon beach, Ayrshire
If you and your pooch prefer the countryside, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the areas surrounding our parks. Visit Kelburn Castle and Estate near Viewfield Manor. It offers dramatic walks through the estate covering over 3,500 acres. There are waterfalls, deep gorges, wild flowers and ferns, shrubs and trees offering a beautiful wild landscape with views over the islands of the Firth of Clyde.
Close to our south east Scotland parks is Pease Dean Nature Reserve. This 3 mile walk usually takes around 2 hours and follows the Southern Upland Way. There’s fantastic views of the coastline and it’s managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Alternatively, visit John Muir Country Park, which offers relaxing walks with stunning views across to Bass Rock and the Forth Estuary.
There’s a number of brilliant walking routes for you to enjoy in Mabie Forest, situated around 20 miles from Queensberry Bay. This beautiful woodland sits between Dumfries and New Abbey and is a must if you’re staying on park.
You’ll find plenty of castles, ancient fortresses, and ruins across Scotland. Why not take your dog exploring the grounds? Here’s some near our parks:
- Culzean Castle & Country Park, Ayrshire
- Tantallon Castle, East Lothian
- Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
The freedom to escape at a moment’s notice.
This year more than ever, Britons are choosing to holiday at home and rediscover everything that is great about the UK. Imagine if you could enjoy holidays with family and friends, whenever you choose, in your favourite spot of Scotland or North East England. That’s the beauty of holiday home ownership with Verdant Leisure! This year, we have seen a huge increase in the number of people joining Verdant Leisure as holiday home owners. What’s more, a number of these customers have had no experience of holiday parks in the past. So, let’s explore swapping overseas breaks for a UK holiday home from home.
Travel less, relax more
First up is the time spent travelling, which most of our customers say is very important to them. Typically, our customers live within a 90-minute driving distance of our parks. This means they can escape to their holiday home after work on a Friday, with no airport lounges, flights, or transfers to worry about. Our parks are ideally located within 90 minutes of major cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle making it easy to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. If you don’t have work commitments, you can choose to holiday at a moment’s notice when you own your own holiday home, and our customers love that flexibility.
Location, location, location
For us, this is a key factor when choosing the location for your holiday home. It’s important that you find a location that you and your family will love for years to come. That’s why we believe that anyone thinking of holiday home ownership at our parks would benefit from joining us on for a park tour. It can be difficult to choose the perfect holiday location without seeing your options first hand, so a park tour allows you to explore the park, spend time in the local area, enjoy the facilities, speak to existing holiday home owners, and meet our team. When you choose your perfect location, you have peace of mind that it will meet your expectations every time you visit.
So much beauty to explore
We have lost count of the times when our customers have said “It’s like a beach in the Caribbean” when talking about Pease Bay. The “We have the best of both worlds” is another common phrase amongst our existing holiday home owners and that’s exactly what our parks offer in terms of coast and countryside. Riverside is in the heart of Northumberland, on the edge of the national park – it truly is a walker’s paradise. Yet, just a short drive away is the stunning North East coastline with white sandy beaches such as Bamburgh. There is so much to see and do in the areas surrounding our parks, each time you visit can feel like a new holiday experience.
Your dream home from home*
When you own a caravan or lodge, you can make it into the perfect retreat so there are no unexpected surprises when you plan your holidays. Long gone are the days of cramped spaces with limited facilities. Today’s caravans and lodges offer modern spaces with home from home features such as double glazing, energy efficient heating systems, modern kitchens, and mod cons such as USB charging points as standard. Higher specification models provide walk in wardrobes, utility rooms, full size baths and washing machines. The UK’s leading manufacturers provide a range of models to suit every taste and budget. It’s then down to you to add your personal homely touches to create a place you’ll love to escape to.
A place for the whole family
Choosing a location that caters for the whole family can be a real challenge when planning your holidays. Grandparents may be seeking peace and relaxation, younger children want lots of action, and don’t forget the dog! When you own a holiday home, you can plan around the whole family, meaning more time to focus on creating memories together. Grandparents can relax on the decking area whilst children splash in the pool, couples can enjoy leisurely walks whilst teens make new friends – we’ve got you covered with park wide Wi-Fi too! Many of our existing customers are dog owners so your pooch is guaranteed a warm welcome when it visits our parks.
Our parks’ season length ranges from 46 weeks to 52 weeks. You cannot use your holiday home as your main residence, but you do have freedom to enjoy endless holidays throughout the season. Weekends, main school holidays, mid-week working breaks, the choice is yours. 80% of our existing customers visit their holiday home every month** to get the most value from their purchase. We work with specialist finance providers that may be able to offer you a payment plan tailored to your needs; you can spread the cost of holiday home ownership.^ With annual site fees from just £2,650†, a holiday home that you, your family and your friends can enjoy throughout the year is a great alternative to overseas holidays.
*Holiday home can not be used as permanent residence
**80% of our owners enjoy a holiday every month. Based on 1072 responses across all parks in our 2020 Owners Survey. Results subject to seasonal restrictions, season varies by park
^Finance is subject to status, terms and conditions apply
If you’re looking for child friendly activities in South East Scotland, you’ll be spoilt for choice on a Verdant Leisure holiday. We’ve listed below our top things to do with kids in South East Scotland.
Things to do with kids in East Lothian
Whether you fancy puffin spotting, wakeboarding, searching for fairies or exploring castles, a holiday at Thurston Manor offers fun for all the family.
East Links Family Park
Located over 20 acres, East Links Family Park is an award-winning family attraction with so much to see and do. Choose from a ride on the train safari, play a round of crazy golf, pet some outdoor farm animals or race on the family go karts. Not to mention the tractors, indoor animal barn and ball blast area, this really is the perfect attraction for things to do with kids in South East Scotland.
John Muir Alpacas
Fancy trying something completely different? How about a trek with an alpaca at John Muir Alpacas? All the alpacas are great fun and each one has its own unique personality. They offer kids sessions and mini treks for families with younger children for reasonable prices, and you can have a picnic in one of their tipi marquees afterwards!
If the sun’s shining and you fancy a family picnic, there’s plenty to choose from nearby. Belhaven Beach offers fantastic views over to Bass Rock and has handy public parking nearby. Or you could try a BBQ at Yellowcraig Beach, which can be booked for small groups, or just enjoy a leg stretch and explore of the woodland, dune grassland and coast.
John Muir Way
If your little ones love exploring, the John Muir Way offers a mix of trails, paths and small roads that you can cycle or walk along whilst taking in stunning views. You can also tie in a visit to John Muir’s Birthplace Museum, as this marks the finish of the route.
Things to do in Edinburgh with kids
Edinburgh is a vibrant capital city located under an hour from our parks in south east Scotland, making it easily accessible for a visit during your stay. With endless shopping and dining opportunities, there’s also plenty to do with kids.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Not far from the stunning Edinburgh Castle, explore five floors of interactive exhibits, there’s over 100 to enjoy! Jam packed with illusions, magic galleries and amazing views of Edinburgh, you’re in for an amazing family experience!
Edinburgh Zoo is location three miles out of Edinburgh City Centre and offers over 82 acres to explore! With over 1,000 rare and endangered animals to see, and a range of activities including educational events and activities, you’ll be spoilt for choice on a family day out at Edinburgh Zoo.
No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle. A historic fortress on Castle Rock, this world-famous icon of Scotland was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. Take a visit and you’ll get to see the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the One O’ Clock Gun, the Stone of Destiny and the National War Museum of Scotland.
We love the coastline near our parks in south east Scotland. With breath taking views and gorgeous clear seas, you feel like you could be a world away as soon as you step onto the beach. Even if your journey has only brought you 40 minutes from home, there is a different world right on your doorstep. The beaches near our Berwickshire parks, Coldingham Bay, Scoutscroft and Pease Bay will offer the ideal spot to relax, walk and enjoy the fresh air.
Within walking distance of two of our leisure parks, Coldingham Beach, also known as Coldingham Sands, is a must visit for anyone looking to snap that Instagram-esque beach hut photo. The beach is surrounded by grassy banks and has a relaxed feel. At low tide, see what you can spot in the many rockpools, like hermit crab, anemones or more. Visit Scotland has named Coldingham Beach as one of the best beaches in Scotland, placing it as 7 in the top 10!
Whilst not strictly a location with a beach, St Abbs harbour is a must visit for anyone in the area. The harbour is surrounding by stunning cliffs, which are part of the St Abbs Nature reserve. With an interactive visitor centre and miles of coastal paths, the small village provides hours of funs for those who enjoy getting in touch with nature. You can snorkel and fish from the harbour and enjoy a great rib trip out to sea. Wildlife spotted from St Abbs includes guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, shags, seals, dolphins and more. The area was made more famous in 2019 when it was captured for the big screen as New Asgard in Avengers, Endgame.
Just down the coast you will find Eyemouth beach. A popular location for families looking for a traditional teatime treat of fish and chips. The beach is close to a town with many shops, café and a leisure centre. A marine reserve can be found off Eyemouth beach, which attracts many divers from around the world. Seals are a popular visitor to the beach, with many approaching the harbour walls in search of fish and other treats.
Of course, if you are staying at Pease Bay, you don’t have to venture far to enjoy the beach. With its own bay, it often feels like the park has its own exclusive beach for visitors to enjoy. Popular with surfers, families and visitors with dogs, it’s perfect for enjoying your downtime. During low tide the rocky surroundings of the beach offer great rock pooling adventures and a shipwreck to the north of the beach offers intrigue to many visitors.
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Our park Thurston Manor is set in 176 acres of breathtaking countryside, but is under an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and close to the East Lothian coastline. So if you’re up for exploring some beautiful beaches, before returning back to your woodland retreat, Thurston Manor is the ideal holiday location for you.
Well known for its golf courses, Gullane is just a half hour drive from Thurston Manor and boasts a stunning sandy beach with spectacular views. Watch the windsurfers and kites flying if it’s windy, or enjoy one of the many walking routes in the area. Choose from a stroll through the sand dunes or head along to Gullane Point and take in the surrounding Gullane Bay and views out onto the Firth of Forth. The beach is also dog friendly, so the whole family can enjoy a day out, and maybe a picnic!
Milsey Bay – North Berwick
You’ll find the sandy beach, Milsey Bay, at the eastern end of North Berwick. Fun for all the family and dog friendly, you can enjoy walks, swimming, sunbathing or why not explore the rock pools and see what you can find? There’s also a pool amongst the rocks where children can sail boats or just enjoy a paddle! You can enjoy all of this whilst taking in the superb views out over the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock.
With views across the Forth Estuary, Belhaven Bay is perfect for family picnics, sunbathing and walks through the sand dunes and colourful grasslands. A visit to Belhaven Bay is ideal for kite flying adventures or surfing, and is easily accessed on foot along the cliff top walk, or by car via parking at Belhaven or John Muir Country Park.
Surrounded by trees and grassland, Yellowcraigs beach, also known as Broad Sands Bay, offers views out to Fidra Island and its lighthouse. You may also know Fidra Island as the inspiration behind Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. With a pirate theme adventure playground and plenty of walks through the neighbouring forest, along with horseback riding, there really is something to keep the whole family entertained. If you don’t fancy a picnic, why not make use of the BBQ area, just make sure you book in advance. If you’re bringing your four legged friend, you can enjoy a dog walk away from the beach with dog bins provided.
Known as one of the finest in South Scotland, Tyninghame Beach is a long, sandy beach which is normally quiet out of peak season. The walk from the nearest parking is a fair way, but can offer a scenic stroll through an old pine forest. With views out to Bass Rock, you can also spy the lighthouse and accompanying gannets.
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