DECEMBER could be one of the busiest months of the year for UK holiday parks after hundreds of families have had their hopes for a November break dashed.
The new lockdown means that parks have cancelled all November holidays, with the new rules in place until at least December 2.
However, Park Holidays UK director Tony Clish says that many guests have opted simply to delay their stay, and are now looking at December breaks.
He explained: "We're finding that a large number of couples and families are asking if they can time-shift their break until December – and we're happy to make the changes without cost.
"Added to the high volume of existing bookings we already have, I think it's likely that December will be as busy as high season across our parks.
'"Under our coronavirus guarantee, customers can book with confidence because we promise a full no-quibble refund if they are forced to change their plans."
"It's great news for everyone, including Britain's tourism economy, but it means people will need to be fast on their feet if they want to enjoy an escape next month."
He added that some parks have already nearly reached capacity.
Instead of closing after the October half-term, 13 of the group's 30-plus parks are this year continuing to welcome guests until the week before Christmas.
Despite the heavy demand, says Tony, off-season prices will apply during December, and guests will stay in luxury lodges and premium grade holiday caravans.
The holidays are all being offered on an "accommodation only" basis with many of the parks' usual facilities remaining closed or operating on reduced hours.
Tony added that there will be a "very relaxed atmosphere" across the parks, something families will be needing, as well as quieter roads and tourist attractions.
Four-night breaks in December start from £99.00 for up to six people, and the company's coronavirus guarantee will apply to all bookings.
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