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It is not yet clear when UK travel will be given the green light. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to announce his “roadmap” out of lockdown on Monday, February 22.
Until then, holiday parks and campsites across the country have set out preliminary reopening dates.
Here are the latest updates for holiday parks, including Butlins and Haven, as well as some campsite specialists across the UK.
Butlins made the decision to further prolong its reopening date from February 28 to March 14.
The holiday provider said this was due to “uncertainty” around when the ongoing national lockdown may end.
A statement on its website reads: “Due to the uncertainty around when we can reopen and how long it will take to get our resorts ready to welcome guests back, we’re sad to say we will be extending our closure to the 14th March.
“As always, we’ll be in touch via email, SMS or letter to discuss your options.”
Customers will be given three options which they can select via the Butlins website.
The first of these is to move their holiday to a different break in 2021.
The second will allow customers the flexibility to move their holiday to a break in 2020.
Customers who do not feel ready to book a new trip will be given the option to claim a full refund.
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Haven made the decision to close its holiday parks early before the end of the 2020 season in Scotland, England and Wales in light of Government restrictions.
Though the holiday provider has initial plans to reopen in March, this is dependent on when the Prime Minister gives UK travel the go-ahead.
“Our parks are now closed to holidaymakers for the season and will re-open in March,” Haven explained in a statement on its website.
“We will continue to provide updates in relation to how coronavirus may affect any 2021 breaks, however, we hope you understand that this will be dependant on the Government guidelines nearer the time of re-opening.”
Haven is updating its website when new information is available, customers are advised to routinely check.
Parkdean Resorts across the UK remain closed amid the ongoing national lockdown.
While the staycation provider has not yet issued an update as to when holidays may resume, it has assured customers will be contacted if their plans are impacted.
Anyone whose holiday is cancelled 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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Upon the news the UK was entering its third national lockdown, Centre Parks closed all of its holiday resorts.
These closures were then extended on February 3.
Parks will open from March 7 at the earliest, though this is dependant on Government updates and guidelines.
A statement from Centre Parcs explained: “Following recent indications from the Government that restrictions will continue into March we have made the decision to extend the closure of all our UK villages until at least 7th March 2021. Our priority continues to be the safety of guests and staff.
“We will continue to monitor government announcements closely and will be ready to welcome our guests back when the time is right and with all the appropriate measures in place.
“All guests impacted by the closure period will receive an email from us February 3 with instructions on how to cancel activities and restaurant reservations and how to reschedule with a discount to the value of £100 or cancel with a full refund.”
The extended closure is applicable to all resort locations including Sherwood Forest, Eleven Forest, Longleat Forest, Whinfell Forest and Woburn Forest.
Customers with travel plans after March 8 are directed to the Centre Parcs website, where new updates will be issued for customers.
“Government COVID Alert/Tier levels may change and rules and advice are constantly under review,” a company spokesperson previously explained.
“Guests must check government information themselves to understand any changes or new rules prior to visiting Center Parcs, booking a new break or when considering a date change or cancellation of an existing booking.”
On January 6, Pontins made the decision to “Delay the reopening” of all of its holiday parks.
Currently, it is aiming to welcome back guests at the end of March 2021 if it is safe to do so.
“As always the health and safety of our guests and staff will remain our main priority and these are the actions we, unfortunately, need to take,” reads a statement on the Pontins website.
“We are hopeful for better times and we look forward to welcoming you back to our Parks at the end of March 2021.
“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.
“We would like to thank our guests for their continued support throughout these unprecedented times and we hope to see everyone again very soon!”
Park Holidays has not yet indicated an exact reopening date.
A spokesperson told Express.co.uk the holiday provider is still taking bookings from March 5 onwards.
The park initially closed in November and December due to the ongoing lockdown rules and travel restrictions.
In a statement, Park Holidays said: “We will contact all lead guests impacted with your options, which will include a full refund or the chance to move your break to another date.”
Hoseasons has set out a number of reopening dates depending on which park guests are planning to visit.
In England, parks are not anticipated to open before March 8.
In Wales, parks are likely to remain closed until February 19 at the earliest, and in Scotland until March 1 at the earliest.
All customers impacted by cancellations will be contacted by Hoseasons to discuss their options.
This includes the choice of either a refund or a voucher of the amount paid for the booking.
CoolCamping allows customers to book camping, glamping and caravan holidays from a number of independent providers through its platform.
As a result, many of the parks have set out varying reopening dates.
The holiday provider is keeping its website up-to-date in line with current guidelines and regulations.
Customers are advised to “refer to the UK Government website”.
On its website, CoolCamping sets out the law around camping and glamping holidays in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
It explains camping, caravan and glamping holidays are “not permitted” at the moment.
This includes wild camping in Scotland.
Camping and Caravanning Club
The Camping and Caravanning Club has set out a preliminary reopening date of March 7.
All holidays booked on or before this date are cancelled.
The holiday provider says it will update information in line with any new Government advice which may emerge.
“With the latest Coronavirus restrictions all our Club Sites in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are closed,” reads a statement on the company website.
“Sites will remain closed until at least March 7 and any opening dates for our 14 Club Sites open all year round will be reviewed in-line with the latest guidance.
“If you have a booking you don’t need to do anything, our team will be in touch to help you rearrange or offer a full refund.”
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays has set to plans to keep parks closed until March 7 at the earliest in England and Wales.
In Northern Ireland, holidays will remain off until March 5.
“Following government guidance in England, we are closing all holiday accommodation from 31 December 2020 to 7 March 2021 inclusive,” reads a statement on the National Trust website.
“Following government guidance in Wales, we are closing all holiday accommodation from 20 December 2020 to 7 March 2021 inclusive.
“Following guidance from the Northern Ireland Executive, we are closing all holiday accommodation from 26 December 2020 to 5 March 2021 inclusive.”
It continues: “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.”
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