Enjoy a February break with the Caravan and Motorhome Club
With Valentine’s Day and half-term around the corner, why not plan a UK adventure with the Caravan and Motorhome Club or Experience Freedom this February? The Club’s vast network of campsites and Experience Freedom’s range of glamping options, mean that there is something to appeal to all everyone.
Here are the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s top picks for families and couples this February:
Great for families
Bustling Brighton has the best of both worlds – an exciting city and luscious countryside. The spectacular countryside of the South Downs provides visitors to the area with a huge number of walking and cycling trails. A stroll across the pebbly shores of Brighton Beach is great for blowing out the cobwebs. Above the beach, Brighton Palace Pier brings hours of fun to both big and little kids, and kids will love a visit to SEA LIFE Brighton, where they can spot over 3500 creatures. In the city centre, the twisting alleys of the Lanes make for a shoppers’ paradise, with a range of independent boutiques, vintage shops and high-street staples.
Treat the kids to an exciting stay in an Airstream at the Brighton Club Site. Iconic Airstreams are a fun glamping option for families looking to head out on a trip but don’t have their own ‘van. Airstreams comfortably sleep up to four people, and come equipped with cooking and entertainment facilities, as well an en-suite. What’s more, families don’t need to be members of the Caravan and Motorhome Club to book their Airstream stay!
Kent’s miles of coastline, countryside and delightful towns make it the perfect fit for a family break this half term. In good weather, kids will love racing along the shore at one of the many gorgeous beaches Kent has to offer, including Whitstable and Broadstairs. Kent’s coast also boasts a number of impressive restaurants, where families can relax by the sea with a delicious meal. Inland, the 900 year old Leeds Castle makes for a thrilling day out. During half term, it will be running a Half Term Explorers event with special puzzles, challenges and plenty of prizes to be won!
Stay at the Bearsted Caravan Club Campsite in Hollingbourne, Kent, which offers visitors a tranquil inland location that’s great for exploring the varied Kentish coast. The charming seaside towns of Margate, Whitstable and Broadstairs are a drive away. Miles of beautiful Kent countryside surround the campsite, giving families the chance to also enjoy the beautiful nature that gives the county its nickname, the Garden of England.
Leafy Buckinghamshire is bursting with attractions to keep little ones busy during the February break. The Roald Dahl Museum is an excellent family attraction that holds regular events based around story-telling, theatre and creativity. Bekonscot Model Village in Beaconsfield reopens at the beginning of half-term. Comprising seven miniature towns, miles of model railways and little gardens, this charming model village is great for families. If the weather is good, a boat trip down the Thames or a visit to West Wycombe House are great ways to make the most of a sunny February day. Buckinghamshire is also close enough to London so that if a dreaded rainy day hits, families can explore the capital’s ever impressive museums.
Stay at Wyatts Covert Club Site. The site is perfectly located for families, due to its proximity to Legoland Windsor which is celebrating ‘Brick Week’ during half term, with plenty of fun family activities to enjoy.
Newport & the Wye Valley
Weather in the UK in February can definitely be somewhat changeable, which is why Newport is a great break for this time of year. On bright, chilly days, there are a number of great little market towns in the surrounding Wye Valley waiting to be explored. Abergavenny, known as the food capital of Wales due to its world-class lamb, beef, cheese, fruit, veg and beer and cider, is a marvellous stop for foodies looking to pick up delicious produce for a romantic meal in their ‘van. There are also plenty of great walking routes through the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On rainy days, visitors can explore the mansion at Tredegar House, or drive to the Welsh capital, Cardiff, to visit the National Museum.
Stay at the Tredegar House Country Park Club site. Nestled in the heart of this country park with an ornamental lake on site, this romantic spot is perfect for couples looking for a romantic Valentine’s stay.
Picturesque Cambridge, known for its superb historical buildings, quaint backstreets and the leafy green banks of the gorgeous River Cam, is the perfect couples escape this February. The city’s rich history comes alive on a walking tour of its world famous university, and there is nothing more romantic than a chauffeured punting trip for two down the Cam. Beyond the city, the pretty Cambridgeshire countryside has plenty to offer visitors. There is a range of walking routes through the beautiful marshy fens of rural Cambridgeshire, and cycles. The Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits are also a popular spot for exploring due to the many birds who nest there.
Stay at the Cambridge Cherry Hinton Caravan Club Site. With easy access to the nearby chalk pits, and a bus or car journey away from the bustling city centre of Cambridge, there is plenty to keep couples busy on a Valentine’s break. Charming local spots including Audley End House and the Cambridge University Botanic Garden are also perfect for a romantic visit.
For something a bit different, why not book a glamping break in the Cotswolds for two? With miles of lush countryside broken up by honey-coloured villages and country-homes, there’s plenty to explore. Visit some of the best pubs in the UK, wander through ‘wolds’ or enjoy pottering through lively market towns. Those looking for a romantic evening of dinner and dancing could attend the Valentine’s Evening Cocktails, Champagne and Dancing at Blenheim Palace, or for an intimate affair cosy-up at AA Rosette The Mulberry Restaurant.
Cosy up in a glamping pod at the Moreton-in-Marsh Club Site. A stay in a glamping pod is the perfect way to get back to nature without the need for your own unit. Well-insulated and equipped with everything couples need for a romantic weekend away, including cosy bedding, en-suite facilities and appliances and utensils for simple meals (hello breakfast in bed!)
For more information on the Caravan and Motorhome Club, please visit www.camc.com