The future of summer holidays remains up in the air with the Government still advising people shouldn’t yet book a break.
But it looks like staycations could be possible this year as the vaccine roll-out continues to target more people.
as foreign holidays will rely as much on the situation abroad as they do in the UK, if anyone is looking to book a holiday probably the safest route is to go for a staycation.
Most of the major UK holiday travel firms have in place cancellation guarantees – meaning if your break can’t go ahead because of Covid rules you should either get your money back, or get to book at another time.
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis says it may not be possible to get your money back if you book a break now which doesn’t go ahead – so make sure you check all terms and conditions.
The Echo has rounded up the latest booking and opening information available from UK travel giants.
All UK villages are currently closed until at least March 7, which will be reviewed following the next update from the government.
Centre Parcs’ website says: “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.
Center Parcs Longleat, UK (Image: Publicity Picture)
“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.”
Those impacted by the extended closure will be contacted by the company with instructions on how to cancel activities and restaurant bookings and how to reschedule with a discount to the value of £100 or cancel with a full refund.
Pontins has made the decision to delay the reopening of its parks until the end of March 2021.
In an update on its website, Pontins wrote: “Due to the government’s recent announcement we are incredibly saddened and naturally disappointed to announce that we will be delaying the re-opening of all our holiday parks.
“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.
“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!”
Parkdean is already offering Easter holiday, as well as summer breaks, which can be refunded completely if bookings are disrupted by coronavirus under the company’s ‘Covid promise’.
A note on the Parkdean Resorts website says: “In these uncertain times, you can be sure of one thing – you can still book a Parkdean Resorts holiday with complete safety and financial peace of mind.
“Our promise protects both you and your money. We guarantee you can book with confidence.”
Haven holiday park Hafan y Mor, north Wales (Image: Birmingham Mail)
Haven is due to reopen in mid-March and is now taking bookings for spring 2021, with prices starting from £49.
The holiday park has introduced a Coronavirus Book with Confidence Guarantee, which means customers who are self isolating, are affected by new government restrictions or just can’t make it to their trip will get a full refund, not questions asked.
According to the Haven Holidays website, 2021 breaks will be “dependent on the Government guidelines nearer the time of re-opening”.
According to the Butlin’s website, the holiday parks remain closed until March 14, due to “uncertainty around when the current restrictions will be lifted”.
A note on the website said: “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.”
Hoseasons is currently accepting 2021 bookings via its website, though its parks currently remain closed due to national lockdown.
According to its website, those with bookings on or before March 7 will be contacted to discuss their options, which include the choice of a refund or a voucher of the amount paid.
Those with bookings on or after March 8 will be contacted closer to the time.
Anyone with bookings for venues in Wales on or before February 19 will receive an email containing your options. The same applies for those with bookings in Scotland on or before February 21.
You can find out more here.
-- to www.walesonline.co.uk