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Long before the cheap package holidays to the Spain and Greece the most popular break in the UK was to a holiday park. There are currently a range of holiday parks you can find in the UK that offer,

  • caravans
  • camping
  • touring
  • chalets
  • lodges

The first major chain of holiday parks in the UK were created in 1936 by Billy Butlin. With his first park opened in Skegness. Butlins also introduced the UK to the famous Redcoats. The aim of holiday parks like Butlins is to offer guests entertainment, great facilities and an atmosphere of fun for family and friends. New high end holiday parks such as Center Parcs have also opened in the last couple of decades.

 Recommended Resources
  • Butlins - Offer families and adults a variety of holidays and weekend breaks.
  • Haven Holidays - Offer UK family holidays, with 21 fun packed Parks.

  • Center Parcs - Offer parks in Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Oasis Whinfell Forest in Cumbria, Elveden Forest in Suffolk.
  • Hoseasons Holidays - Offer lodges and parks for self catering holiday rentals in the UK.
  • Parkdean Holidays - 20 holiday parks.
  • Pontin's - Find their latest holiday deals.

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Park - Cala Gran near Blackpool

My family and i have been going to the Cala Gran for the past 4 years now. It is usually the main holiday for the family each year, and in the past we have all found the Cala Gran to be very enjoyable. Unfortunately we will not be going again nor will we entertain the idea of going to this disgusting camp/complex again. We booked a week from Saturday 13th Auguist to Saturday 20th August 2005 in Fir Grove number 22.We stayed for 4 days and left. The first day whilst i was collecting the caravan keys, the reception staff were argueing with a very irate woman over booking in that day into what was described, as a caravan not fit for a dog to stay in. Not what you really want to here on arrival. The first evening consisted of our children feeling scared in the main entertainment room due to a brawl between two adult females which resulted in one female being bottled around the head and the other so drunk she was led out of the complex. The injured woman was medically assisted and her head bandaged whilst an ambulance was called. The second day our children went swimming unfortunately having to return to the caravan as the pool was closed due to someone toileting in the water. During the evening we witnessed many young under 18 year olds drinking alcohol in the bars and also wondering about the camp drunk as skunks shouting out abusive language and generally being a nusence. In the arcades my husband actually was banged into by what he described as a drunk teenage girl. The third day, for a treat we dined in the aqua bar, our meals consisted of a half cooked steak and ale pie, luke warm jacket potatoe and garden peas one could only describe as bullets. Once again the children could not go swimming as the pool was closed as someone yet again used the pool as a toilet. It was open later on for aqua jet riding which our children went in for but were turned away as this activity was fully booked up all week although no signs or adverts were around saying this activity was pre booked. Our children went over to the entertainment complex on Wednesday 10th August at 5.30 pm. Within half an hour both came back very upset and my son aged 12 and disabled, his face was covered in blood, his lip split open and chin very bruised. He had been assaulted by a 13 year old lout in the outside play area. Our 9 year old daughter had also felt this louts hand, as he was not satisfied by assaulting our son he had also punched our young daughter. I immediately went across to the complex and seeked out security at the front entrance.I might add that there was 1 lad whom said he was security, also checking passes and reception problems amongst all else. I then proceded into the outside play area where i found a cala gran staff member sitting by the bouncy castle. I asked her about this incident and she told me that she had seen everything happen and when i asked who did it she pointed this 13 year old lout out to me over in the corner. All i got from him was a mouthful of abuse and foul language and distress.Finally security arrived in the form of 1 young man and 1 older gentleman.They escorted this lout out of the complex and we rung and reported this assault to the police. We were very very upset and our two children were very upset and frightened with there ordeal and the fact our son needed to go to Blackpool A & E for emergency treatment. Later on in the evening the police did come and we reported the incident to which we were given a crime reference number and the lout in question was seeked out. What really bewildered us, was the fact the police officer said that the Cala Gran had gone down hill, with under age drinkers, assaults and roberies, to which in 2 weeks she herself had attended 4 times in the last 2 weeks. This is disgusting, if we had known this before hand, we would definately not have holidayed at the Cala Gran especially with our chiildren. Staff wise, we feel that from previous experience of holidaying at this camp it has gone to the dogs, especially with staffing. We saw 1 security man in a security van patrolling the camp, i saw him passing our caravan at least every 4 hours or so, and we saw no security inside the bar areas or in the complex, bar staff and camp hosts seem to be handleing rowdy patrons etc. We really feel let down by the Cala Gran this year and i personally feel terrible as this holiday was a much welcomed break for me with doctors orders attatched so to speak. I and my family are more than reluctant to make blackpool our 5th holiday.

User - Liz

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