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YOUR REGION-BY-REGION GUIDE TO A GREAT BARGAIN HOLIDAY; Superdeals give you a lucky break.

WITH our fantastic holiday offer Great Britain has become Great Bargain.

And in order to help you choose where to enjoy your lucky break we have produced a map showing the locations of the 51 holiday parks in our deal.

Each park is numbered. Use the symbols on Page Three to find out the facilities offered by the park that you're considering.

We've divided the country into 10 areas. If you're undecided about where you would like to take your holiday then our descriptions of tourist attractions in each area may help you.

You can choose from 51 parks throughout England, Wales and Scotland. They are divided into 10 areas: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Isle of Wight, Sussex and Kent, East Anglia, the east coast, Scotland, the north west and north Wales and mid and south Wales.

Remember that you must include four choices of holiday parks on your application and they do not have to be in the same area.

Once you've decided where you'd like to take your holiday you can fill in the booking form on Page Eight.

AREA 1- CORNWALL

WHAT better place for a sunshine break than Cornwall?

It has the longest coastline of any county in England and is famed for its surfing beaches, rugged cliffs and breath-taking scenery.

St Ives is a Mecca for artists and art lovers alike. Its cobbled streets lead to gloriously quaint galleries where locally-produced paintings and pottery are displayed.

It that's not your cup of tea, the local cuisine never fails to please.

The unmistakable aroma of Cornish pasties steams through the air and tempts your tastebuds at every turn. And talking of steam - the St Ives model railway is a fascinating adventure for young Thomas the Tank Engine fans (and no doubt dads too!).

It features a superb set of narrow-gauge tracks and railway memorabilia.

Further up the coast, Bude boasts Britain's answer to Australia's Bondi Beach.

Crooklets Beach attracts hordes of surfers and fun-seeking families alike, as can be shown by the shop fronts groaning with buckets, spades and surfing gear.

This magical corner of south-west England has something to offer everyone. What will you choose?

AREA 2 - DEVON

SUN-SEEKERS and swimmers love the beaches at Blackpool Sands, East Portlemouth and Bigbury Bay.

The sea there is as clear blue as it comes and it would be tempting to spend every day of your holiday lapping up the rays. But Devon has far too much to offer the adventurous holidaymaker.

South of Dartmoor lie the South Hams, a natural holiday resort. Its estuary towns of Totnes, Dartmouth and Salcombe are steeped in maritime history, and boat-building and fishing are still a way of life.

To the west of Salcombe, around Bigbury Bay, quaint villages of chocolate- box cottages and thatched pubs nestle in the countryside. North Devon is as tempting as the clotted cream they serve for tea. Barnstaple boasts a 14th Century church with a twisted spire, there's the irresistible charm of Clovelly and the vast expanse of smooth sand at Woolacombe.

A visit wouldn't be complete without a trip to Hangman's View, where the scenery is as dramatic as the name suggest.

Or take a trip to Lundy, a real puffin island, to really set your spirits soaring.

And for Jurassic Park fans there's also the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park in the popular resort of Ilfracombe.

AREA 3 - DORSET

BOURNEMOUTH is as close to Baywatch as many of us are likely to get. A pioneering safety scheme operates along the seven-mile stretch of sand, where beach patrols and trained lifeguards keep a watchful eye - they even advise on suntanning.

Blooming flower beds, a modern shopping centre and a free festival in the nearby New Forest throughout August make the resort irresistible.

In Dorset's county town - Dorchester - culture and history are the watchwords. There is a permanent memorial to the Tolpuddle martyrs, set up by the TUC in the Old Crown Court. It's a splendid recreation of how the court looked in 1834, when six farm labourers were sent to Australia for forming a trade union.

Kids will love the town's museums. At the Tutankhamun Exhibition there's a re-creation of the Egyptian boy king's tomb and treasures, while the dinosaur museum features fibre-glass monsters and interactive games and videos.

If you prefer getting your hands dirty, why not try fossil-hunting in Lyme Regis? The experience is guaranteed to make you feel younger.

AREA 4 - ISLE OF WIGHT

NESTLING in the English Channel, what could be a better holiday choice than the Isle of Wight? So near yet so far away could be its motto.

A short boat trip will take you to this refreshingly mild and sunny little island.

From traditional seaside resorts such as Sandown and Shanklin, to the bustling town of Ryde where the old and new blend to perfection, it offers a wealth of variety for holidaymakers.

In Newport you'll find a busy market town at its brightest and best, while a few miles away there's the contrast of Cowes, where world-famous yachting festivals have added a truly cosmopolitan touch. The village of Brightstone is set amid flower-strewn fields between forest and sea. A visit there gives the perfect excuse to stop for a tempting cream tea.

A wealth of activities to suit all tastes will keep young and old entertained. Angling, bowling, fishing, ice-skating, mountain-biking and bird-watching are some of the most popular pastimes on the island.

Several beaches seem almost purpose-made for families. West Wight and Colwell Bay are everything traditional British beaches should be.

And they have watersports and lifeguards on tap for those who're feeling adventurous.

AREA 5 - SUSSEX & KENT

IT'S known as London's coast and rightly so. The south-east of England is as diverse as the capital - there's something for everyone.

Whether you explore the Georgian city of Chichester with its famous cathedral (where even the McDonald's has been made to blend in with the architecture) or you fancy the bright lights of Brighton, you can't fail to enjoy yourself.

Met office statistics show that Bognor and neighbouring Littlehampton enjoy more sunshine than any other British resort, so they're just the places for a super summer break.

Top spots for day-trips include Arundel Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Norfolk, and the Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Eastbourne was voted Tourism Destination of the Year by the South-East England Tourist Board in 1997 and won the Seaside Award six years running.

Boat trips run regularly to nearby Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters cliffs. And the sky's the limit for visitors to the Airbourne '98 show.

Brighton's bustling seafront is ideal if you're a pinball wizard or fancy a laugh on the crazy golf course. And there are great bars and cafes where you can sit outside and enjoy the view.

Along the coast in Kent is the heart of the marshland - New Romney, home to the miniature Dymchurch Railway, a big hit with kids.

AREA 6 - EAST ANGLIA

THE Suffolk coast is famous for its resort of Great Yarmouth, a fun holiday destination with the Pleasure Beach as its focus of attention.

In Greater Yarmouth, there are 15 miles of sandy beaches to choose from and two attraction-filled piers.

Felixstowe is the garden resort of the east coast. Its shingle beach and swish promenade will help clear your head of the most stubborn cobwebs.

At nearby Aldeburgh you can watch the fishermen drop anchor and sell fresh fish from their boats.

Inland, why not try a flutter at Newmarket races or visit the Queen's red-brick Norfolk retreat at Sandringham. Several rooms are open to the public and give a fascinating glimpse into royal domestic life.

Back on the coast, Holkham beach is one of the area's finest. The vast expanse of sand is backed by dunes and pine forests as far as the eye can see.

Or why not head out to Bircham Mill? It dates from 1846 and is one of a handful still working in Norfolk.

There's even a bakery on site with an excellent array of freshly baked goodies. How can you resist?

AREA 7 - EAST COAST

THE seductive Geordie accent is enough to attract anyone to the north east of England. But this wonderfully diverse stretch of Britain holds many more treasures.

South Tyneside is Catherine Cookson country. You can visit the birthplace of our most popular female novelist as well as enjoy six miles of coastline, and a wealth of entertainment and heritage.

The castles of Northumberland are a must for family visits. The coast boasts a line of historic ruins built to fend off Viking invaders.

Scarborough is the undisputed jewel in the east coast's crown. Once the summer retreat of Yorkshire's mill-town labourers, it's bold, brash and adventure-packed.

South Bay will occupy the liveliest youngsters with its arcades, fun- fair, burger bars and ice cream kiosks.

Head for the Scarborough Sea Life Centre and discover why seawater is blue or make a splash at Atlantis, an outdoor water park with huge waterslides and a giant spa bath.

And if you've still got energy left, why not try out Kinderland?

An all-inclusive charge gives children access to a boating lake, obstacle course, roller-skating and flume rides. Phew!

AREA 8 - SCOTLAND

NO VISIT to Scotland is complete without a trip round the revamped city of Glasgow. Forget Rab C Nesbitt - Glasgow has been on a roll since the eighties when money was pumped into the city to make it a tourist's dream.

Shopping in Sauchiehall Street or the swankier Prince's Square will satisfy the most ardent shopaholic. And there's a list as long as your arm of other places to visit - the Transport Museum, the McLellan Galleries, the Burrell Collection, the Tenement House and the city's enchanting thirteenth- century Gothic cathedral.

And if one great city isn't enough, head to Edinburgh, where you cannot fail to miss its imposing cathedral which gives outstanding views of the city and the Forth of Firth beyond.

The South East of Scotland is a fisherman's heaven. Discover the Borders and revel in the succession of local festivals that splash colour into this idyllically rural part of the world.

To the North-West, some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery will make you want to run to the hills for all the best reasons. Inverness, the Rogie Falls, Ullapool and the Fannich Mountains are Scotland's gemstones.

And don't forget to sample the shortbread and haggis (not to mention the Scotch) for a real taste of Scotland.

AREA 9 - N.WEST & N.WALES

WHAT could be better than being a stone's throw away from hip, history-soaked Liverpool and just a hop, skip and a jump away from the rural and seaside charms of North Wales?

Liverpool's Albert Dock is a must. It got the blood pumping through the old shipping city after its Eighties revamp and is now one of the country's biggest tourist attractions.

Visit the Maritime Museum or trace your own ancestral routes in the Hall of Names, a fascinating computerised history shop in the Dock's stylish shopping arcade.

On the way to Wales, why not stop over in Chester? Few English cities are so jam-packed with history - the city centre sits right on top of the ancient Roman stronghold.

Guided tours and open-top bus tours are plentiful - and if you're feeling brave there's even a Ghosthunter Trail.

In North Wales, Rhyl's Sun Centre is an undercover surf extravaganza, whatever the weather.

The beaches are wonderful. From Llandudno to Treaddur Bay, there is something for everyone.

You'll love them, whether you can't wait to get your kiss-me-quick hat on and soak up the sun or just want peace, quiet and glorious scenery.

AREA 10 - MID & S.WALES

TENBY means 'little fort of the fish' - and boy, can you smell those fish and chips.

It is the perfect holiday destination for people who want it all. There's a clifftop esplanade, Edwardian houses, cobbled streets, an indoor market and beaches of golden sand.

The Tenby Museum and Art Gallery holds secrets of its Roman past, while big kids will have the time of their lives at the Ritec Valley Buggy Trails. Anyone aged 14 and up can hurtle along a cross-country nature trail on 200cc all-terrain buggies that are a cross between a motor bike and a tractor.

The Pembrokeshire corner of Wales boasts Britain's only coastal National Park - and it has some of the most sensational coastal scenery in Europe. From Poppit Sands in the north to Amroth in the South, you can trace the stunning coastline and breathe in the wonderful sea air at the cliffs of Castlemartin.

No trip to South Wales would be complete without a peek into its mining past. The Rhondda Heritage Park gives visitors an underground tour with special effects along the way. When an explosion is detonated, there's a loud boom and the ground quakes.

If it's all too much you can jump on a carriage that simulates a runaway tram and make a break for freedom.

KEY TO MAP

Area 1 - Cornwall

1 Crantock Beach Hol Pk, Newquay.

2 Ocean Cove Hol Pk, Tintagel.

3 St. Minver Hol Village

4 Widemouth Bay Caravan Pk, Bude.

5 Bude Hol Pk.

Area 2 - Devon

6 Westward Ho! Beach Hol Pk.

7 Sandaway Beach Hol Pk, Combe Martin.

8 Combe Martin Beach Hol Pk.

9 South Bay Hol Pk, Brixham.

10 St. Mary's Bay Hol Pk, Brixham.

11 Marine Pk, Paignton

12 Falcon Park,

Paignton.

13 Forest Glade Hol Pk, Cullompton

Area 3 - Dorset

14 Chesil Beach Hol Pk, Weymouth

15 Wick Ferry Hol Pk, Christchurch

Area 4 - Isle of Wight

16 Thorness Bay, nr Cowes

Area 5 - Sussex & Kent

17 Sussex Beach Hol Village, Chichester

18 Camber Sands Hol Pk, Camber

19 Romney Sands Hol village

20 St. Margaret's Hol Pk, nr Dover

21 Sheerness Holiday Pk, Sheerness

Area 6 - East Anglia

22 Coopers Beach Hol Pk, nr Colchester

23 Weeley Bridge Hol Pk, nr Clacton

24 Highfield Hol Pk, Clacton

25 Naze Marine Hol Pk, Walton-on-the-Naze

26 Felixstowe Beach Hol Pk, Felixstowe

27 Wild Duck Hol Pk, Belton,

Great Yarmouth

28 Cherry Tree Hol Pk, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth

29 Caister Hol Ctr, nr Great Yarmouth

30 Caister Beach, nr Great Yarmouth

31 Kingfisher Hol Pk, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth

32 Broadland Sands, Corton, nr Lowestoft

Area 7 - East Coast

33 Garden City Bungalow Pk, Skegness

34 Beachcomber Hol Pk, Cleethorpes

35 Barmston Beach, Barmston

36 Cayton Bay Hol Pk, Scarborough

37 Whitley Bay Hol Pk, Whitley Bay

38 Sandy Bay Hol Pk, N Seaton

39 Cresswell Towers Hol Pk, Cresswell

Area 8 - Scotland

40 Erigmore House Hol Pk, By Dunkeld

41 Nairn Lochloy Hol Village, Nairn

42 Tummell Valley Hol Pk, nr Pitlochry

43 Sandylands Hol Pk, Saltcoats

44 Ayr Holiday Centre, Ayr

Area 9 - North West & North Wales

45 Southport, Ainsdale Beach

46 Prestatyn Sands, Prestatyn

47 Presthaven Sands, Presatyn

48 Pwllheli Hol Ctr, Pwllheli

Area 10 - Mid & South Wales

49 Quay West, Dyfed

50 Allensbank Hol Pk, Narberth

51 Pendine Hol Village, nr

Carmarthen
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