The CaravanTimes guide to the top 10 best dog-friendly caravan sites

Your next holiday should include every member of the family
Your next holiday should include every member of the family

Wednesday, 12, Aug 2015 11:56

by Jessica Almeida

Why leave your dog at home bring when you can bring it on your next family holiday? CaravanTimes looks at some of the best dog-friendly sites across the UK

To many, a dog is more than just an animal, it is a member of the family. You wouldn't leave a family member behind on a family trip, so why leave your dog? Many families take their pets with them while caravanning, but the problem is some caravan sites don't allow pets. CaravanTimes has taken the initiative to compile a list of the top ten dog-friendly campsites so you don't have to. So read on to find out our top ten best dog-friendly caravan sites.

Thetford Forest

Located on the edge of Britain's largest lowland pine forest, the Camping and Caravanning Club's Thetford Forest is ideal for those wanting to explore Norfolk's towns and cities. The local area is perfect for walking and cycling and has many trails designated for dog walking. There is an abundance of outdoor actives and members and non-members are welcome along with motorhomes, trailers and tents - and of course our four-legged friends.

Reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with many visitors heaping praise on the great dog exercising areas throughout. The site has been described as nice and quiet which is perfect for a dog's first caravanning experience. And, with so many returning visitors, this site is a top choice for dog owners whose furry friends are welcomed free of charge.

For more information on Theford Forest click here.

Dunstan Hill Campsite

Dunstan Hill Campsite is located in an area that is best known for its beautiful views and beaches. Situated just a mile from the North Northumberland Heritage Coast, this site is a great place to adventure out into the 'castle coast'. The bonus part of this site is the pleasant woodland walk near the beach, which is a wonderful place to walk your four-legged family member. The site welcomes caravans, trailers, motorhomes and tents.

Guests say the campsite has many points of interests for all ages and is popular among those who like to take their dogs with them on holidays since there are many areas your dog can explore. Dunstan Hill is perfect for every member of the family especially your dog.

To find out more about Dunstan Hill Campsite click here.

Normans Bay

Normans Bay site is a great retreat for those who enjoy walking and exploring all nature has to throw at them. The site, located in East Sussex, is just a stone's throw away from a dog-friendly beach - ideal if your pooch enjoys chasing the sea. Meanwhile, facilities onsite include all the essentials and allow caravans, motorhomes and trailers with its all season pitches. The area is steeped in history and is surrounded by a lot of places where you can discover an abundance of history.

Reviewers say the campsite is very friendly and welcoming and it is a very well kept dog-friendly site. With little to complain about, the site is sure to be well received by every family member, especially dogs.

For more information on Normans Bay click here.

King's Lynn Caravan and Camping Park

Situated on the edge of North Runcton, Norfolk, King's Lynn Caravan and Camping Park is an eco-friendly site that has all the amenities needed for a well deserved holiday. The campsite is very welcoming of all kinds including families, motorcyclists and student groups, but most importantly it's dog-friendly. There are many on-site attractions and many nearby leisure activities for everyone.

With high-rated reviews, guests state that this campsite is a perfect getaway for a nice relaxing weekend, featuring well maintained pathways and open areas perfect for dog walkers.

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Crows Nest Caravan Park

Located between Scarborough and Filey, award-winning Crows Nest Caravan Park is a great place for your dog to feel as free as a bird. Not only is it perfect for your furry friend, but this park has everything you are looking too. Able to accommodate tents, touring caravans, motorhomes or campervans, Crow Nest Caravan Park provides activities for every member of the family.

If that doesn't sounds good enough guests rate this park highly, with 85 per cent willing to recommend this site to a friend and 83 per cent indicating they would stay at Crow Nest Caravan Park again. Guests were pleased with the efficiency of the staff and mentioned that a number of personal touches made them feel like they were at home.

For more information visit Crows Nest Caravan Park's website here

Stowford Farm Meadows

Stowford Farm Meadows is one of the few campsites in Devon that is open all year round, which means it is never a bad time to visit. The park welcomes dogs with open arms within its superb rural setting and is sure to be the best spot for your next adventure into the great outdoors.

Stowford Farm Meadows is an award winning touring site and well received among caravanners and campers. Well worth the money, many guests enjoy the area owing to the location being set directly within the centre of the park - an ideal opportunity to explore the many restaurants, pubs, play areas, and leisure activities to boot.

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Dornafield Caravan Park

Five star multi award winning park, Dornafield is also located in Devon between Torquay, Totnes, Newton Abbot and Dartmoor. It is affiliated with The Caravan Club and is a member of the Best of British group. After you have relaxed and recharged you and your dog can explore everything the site has to offer, from beaches to restaurants, the site has it all, including two spacious off-lead dog exercise areas.

Guests have previously commented on the friendly staff who are always on hand, remaining knowledgeable and passionate about their home county and willing to help to no end. Those who intend to only stay for a short period, often find themselves returning to Dornafield Caravan Park for an extended break time and time again.

If the awards this park has received don't express you, then check out the site for yourself. Visit now for more information.

Thriftwood Holiday Park

Located within easy reach of London, Thriftwood Holiday Park is situated in the picturesque village of Stansted, Kent. Owners of the park have made it their responsibility to create a five-star park to be proud of. Whatever you are looking for in a holiday you are bound to find it here. This family-friendly and dog-friendly park offers a variety of activities including a play-park, arcade, swimming pool and other on-site facilities.

Guests admire the friendly, willing-to-help staff who are on hand to make your stay as easy and comfortable as possible. Taking notice of the ideal locations, guests have expressed their thoughts on the beautiful views Thriftwood Holiday Park has to offer time and time again.

Check out the picturesque view for yourself and visit for more details.

Stanwix Park Holiday Centre

Geared towards families, this Cumbrian coastal park offers a great number of facilities to keep everyone - including your furry family member - entertained. The site accommodates caravans, motorhomes and tents all year round. The site has also featured in many other publications as a top park, so we can't all be wrong!

Guests describe the park as a "beautiful hidden gem" and state that it provides everything you are looking for when it comes to planning a perfect family holiday. A majority of visitors say that Stanwix Park Holiday Centre is well worth a visit.

To experience the fun yourself click here.

Plassey Holiday Park

Plassey Holiday Park is a perfect getaway for those who are accompanied by a furry friend. This site is dog-friendly and even has a specific dog exercise area where they are permitted off-lead, with an additional three miles of nature trails dogs are allowed to enjoy on-lead. Located in the beautiful Dee Valley, in North Wales, the site is home to a retail village with 20 independent boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops too, so if you're also looking for a spot of retail therapy, you really can't go wrong.

Popular among families, the park's guests say it is a favourite for every member of the family. Guests describe the site as first class and a delightful place that is easily accessible, leaving very impressed and claiming that they will return.

If you are interested in finding out more about Plasey Holiday click here.

Next time you plan a family holiday, save the kennel costs and bring your pooch with you. With these top ten caravan sites to take dogs to, there is no reason why your furry family member should stay stuck in the kennels when it's time to relax and explore pastures new.

If you think we're missing somewhere you think deserves to be on the list, let us know below. We'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

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