Coast vs. countryside? Our definitive guide will help you choose the perfect location for your holiday home

Choosing your perfect holiday home is a big decision and we are here to help you decide which is the ideal location for you and your family. With 11 parks across the Scottish Borders, North Yorkshire and the North East we have a range of locations to suit all needs.

Are you dreaming of having a sandy beach on your doorstep or do you prefer to be surrounded by rolling hills and peace and quiet? We have something for everyone here at Meridian Parks.



If it is a stunning seaside location you are looking for, our Lizard Lane Holiday Park is in a prime coastal spot in South Shields with a sandy beach right on your doorstep and spectacular elevated sea views from your holiday home. Do you dream of getting up early to see the sunrise at the coast or take a refreshing dip in the North Sea?


If you are into watersports South Shields Surf School offer SUP, surfing and rock pooling for the kids. South Shields also boasts its own sailing club and has a pier renowned for great fishing.

Family fun and food

Good old seaside fun can be had by all ages making sandcastles and paddling on the beach. Traditional fish and chips and fresh seafood is on tap with Colmans Seafood Temple and Latimers  a stone’s throw away from the park. Young and old can indulge in an ice-cream at the award winning Minchellas ice-cream parlour  and while away the hours in the arcades and fairground. If you are looking for a traditional seaside resort, our coastal retreat has it all.

Find out more about our Lizard Lane Park here


The great outdoors

Do you dream of escaping to a holiday home in the countryside and relaxing and unwinding from the stresses of everyday life? Our peaceful countryside locations in Teesside, Yorkshire, County Durham and the Scottish Borders are surrounded by an abundance of stately homes, streams and waterfalls, picturesque landscapes and endless walking and cycling routes. Just a short drive from our River View and Winston Bridge Parks is the spectacular High Force waterfall. National Trust favourite Fountains Abbey can be reached easily from Burtree Lakes Holiday Park and if you are looking for a bit of history Beamish Museum can be easily reached from Allensford Holiday Park.


Being in the country gives you an opportunity to be closer to nature and lots of our guests bring their cameras and binoculars to make the most of spotting the local wildlife such as red squirrels and deer. Getting out into the countryside for a walk in the fresh air can also contribute to your wellbeing and reduce stress levels.

Country walks and hearty food

We have a variety of countryside locations and styles of park. Whether you enjoy going out for walks followed by popping into a country pub with a roaring fire and hearty pub food, cycling and returning to watch entertainment on site or just relaxing on your private decking area with a glass of wine accompanied by views over rolling hills and trees, there is something for everyone at our parks. Our River View Leisure Park has an on-site pub with a varied entertainment program and live music most weekends.

Best of both parks?

Perhaps you’re looking for the best of both worlds when it comes to your holiday home location? Some of our parks are located in the country but the coast can be easily accessed on a day trip in under an hour.

Are you still undecided? Arrange a visit to one of our parks and our friendly staff can show you around and provide you with more information on the specific park. You can view all of our parks here.