Campsite & holiday park reopening dates following PM roadmap – Center Parcs, Haven & more

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Campsite & holiday park reopening dates following PM roadmap – Center Parcs, Haven & more

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his “roadmap” out of lockdown on Monday, signalling the start of UK travel within a matter of months should the Government be content with Covid data at the time. As a result, many campsites and holiday parks are gearing up to reopen their doors.

Center Parcs

Prior to the announcement, Centre Parcs had set out an initial reopening date of March 7 at the earliest.

However, following Boris Johnson’s speech, the family holiday provider issued an update to its website.

“Following the Government announcement on their roadmap for re-opening society over the coming weeks and months, we are planning to reopen our UK villages and welcome our guests back from April 12,” said Centre Parcs.

“We are planning for this date and working through the detail to understand exactly what this means for breaks from April 12 onwards.

“Please note that any plans are subject to Government giving the go-ahead to move to this next step of their roadmap, which they intend to confirm by April 5.”

The new reopening date will apply to all holiday villages including Sherwood Forest, Eleven Forest, Longleat Forest, Whinfell Forest and Woburn Forest.

“For guests due to visit on breaks prior to April 12 we will make contact via email over the next few days with instructions on how to cancel activities and restaurants and how to reschedule or cancel,” it continued.

All customers who are impacted by park closures will have the option to change dates with a £100 discount, or cancel their trip and receive a full refund.

Parkdean

Parkdean Resorts across the UK remain closed amid the ongoing national lockdown.

The staycation provider has yet to announce a preliminary reopening date, however, it has assured it will contact any customers who may be impacted by cancellations.

Customers who are hit with cancellations will be offered a voucher towards a future booking or a full refund.

“Please be assured, that if your holiday becomes affected by any further government updates or advice, we will contact you,” states Parkdean.

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Pontins

Pontins has yet to announce when it will reopen parks following the PM’s announcement.

However, the holiday park did update its website with information for guests.

A statement on the Pontins website reads: “We are currently working through the latest government announcement and how this will affect the re-opening of our Parks.

“We will be posting an update in due course.”

Previously, the holiday park had aimed to welcome back guests at the end of March, though given the April 12 “from” date, this will no longer be possible.

“Due to the high volume of enquiries and limited resources, we will be in touch with anyone affected as soon as we can so please bear with us,” states Pontins.

Hoseasons

Following the PMs’s announcement, Hoseasons issued an update to its website.

It has set out how specific rules may impact customers with plans in England, Wales and Scotland.

For customers with holiday plans in England, holidays will be cancelled up to and including April 11.

The website states: “During national lockdown and in Step one, holiday accommodation is not permitted to open in England.

“We have emailed all customers with a booking in England that are due to travel on or before April 11 2021 with their options, which include the choice of a refund or a voucher of the amount paid for the booking. Please refer to that email to make your choice.”

However, from April 12 all self-contained accommodation will be permitted to open up, therefore some customers will be able to enjoy their holiday.

There may be some amendments to their plans, though.

Hoeseasons explains: “In Step two, self-contained accommodation will be permitted to open and single household parties will be permitted to travel.

“We have emailed all customers that we believe are affected by this rule with the option to reduce party size or cancel for a refund or voucher.

“If you have not received an email from us, and you are unable to use your booking in compliance with the household restrictions or updated government guidance, please contact us to discuss your options, which will include the choice between a refund and a voucher of the amount paid for your booking.”

It continues: “In Step three, domestic overnight stays will be permitted provided that the party size is no greater than six people (from up to six households) or is no more than two households (of any size).

“We have emailed all customers that we believe are affected by this rule with the option to reduce party size or cancel for a refund or voucher.

“If you have not received an email from us, and you are unable to use your booking in compliance with the household/party size restrictions or updated government guidance, please contact us to discuss your options, which will include the choice between a refund and a voucher of the amount paid for your booking.”

Customers in Wales will have their holiday cancelled if it was due to go ahead on or before March 12.

Hoseasons has assured it will email options to guests, including the choice of a refund or a voucher of the amount paid.

“If you have a booking on or after 13 March 2021, rest assured that we will be in touch with the options available to you closer to the time,” adds the holiday provider.

Holidays due to go ahead in Wales are cancelled up to and including April 25.

Impacted customers will be contacted and offered the choice of a refund or a voucher of the amount paid.

Customers due to travel after April 26 will be contacted nearer the time.

Camping and Caravanning Club

The Camping and Caravanning Club has a number of Club Sites across the UK.

Following the latest announcement, the firm updated its website to confirm some sites will be able to open from April 12 at the earliest, though certain sites and facilities may remain closed until May.

For England, it states: “Our earliest opening date will be April 12. We are currently clarifying guidance but it is likely that as part of this opening phase we will not be able to open facility blocks. Campers will need to have their own self-contained toilet facilities, until the 17th of May at the earliest.

“If we are unable to open facilities until May 17, then our Ready Camp Safari Tents and Pods will not open until this date, again at the earliest.”

In Wales, the earliest reopening date will be April 1, in Northern Ireland April 1, and Scotland parks are likely not to reopen until Easter.

National Trust Holidays

National Trust Holidays has yet to set out a new reopening date following the Government’s latest announcement.

Previously, the holiday firm has said it would keep accommodation in England closed until March 7, 2021.

However, the travel firm has assured it will contact guests who are impacted by any cancellations.

On its website, National Trust Holidays states: “If you have an upcoming booking for a holiday cottage, campsite, bunkhouse or bothy that is affected by guidance issued by the government and devolved administrations, please be reassured that we’ll be in touch with you to discuss your booking options.

“If you need to change or discuss your booking, please get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity. For campsite bookings, please get in touch with your campsite directly.”

Holidays in Wales remain on hold until March 14, 2021, and in Northern Ireland until March 31, 2021.



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