I have been a very lucky bunny this year! I’ve had two little holidays with my girls. Park Holidays got in touch with me and asked if I would be kind enough to review their Golden Sands park in Dawlish, Devon. I’d never been to Dawlish so I jumped at the chance!
In terms of getting there, it really couldn’t be easier from Birmingham. Straight down the M5 and then follow the signposts! I had my Sat-Nav on the way there but I really needn’t have bothered. The park is situated about a 5 minute walk away from a Sainsbury’s, so essentials are never very far away; and if you want convenience even closer, there’s a shop next to reception.
The park itself is quite a large one. It’s almost like a little village. It has direct access to the beach, two playgrounds, an indoor heated and outdoor swimming pool, a large, well decorated clubhouse, two laundrettes, and two toilet blocks for campers.
The reception was well staffed with polite, efficient and friendly staff and check in only took a couple of minutes.
I was lucky enough to stay in one of the 2015 Gold Plus caravans which I can honestly say is the nicest caravan I’ve ever stayed in.
We were also provided with bed linen, an essentials pack, a highchair, leaflets of local attractions, a bottle of wine and two Loopy teddies for the girls (one of Park Holidays’ mascots). All the cooking essentials were there, including a full size cooker and fridge freezer. The caravan also had an electric power shower, TV/DVD player and central heating. Phoebe and I decided we could quite easily live in it!
The beds were comfortable and everything worked as it should.
The clubhouse is comprised of a games arcade with various slot machines and arcade games. There is also an onsite cashpoint, but this charges you £1.65 to use it. Little tip from me, make sure you get your cash out from Sainsbury’s up the road instead. There is also a bar, restaurant area and large entertainment seating, dancefloor and stage. The evening staff are equally as efficient and friendly as the day staff and they strive to learn the children’s names.
As at Waterside, the bingo is quite expensive- still fun to play and the link game has some good cash prizes.
Our experience of both Waterside and Golden Sands is very pleasant. Park Holidays are definitely a company worth holidaying with. Nothing is too much trouble and they are obviously striving to give their guests the best holiday experience they can.
Whilst In Devon…
We managed to pack quite a lot into the 4 days we were there, beginning with a trip to Pennywell Farm. This is hands down one of the best farms I’ve visited. Exceptional staff, jam-packed schedule of events throughout the day and plenty to play on for all ages. Phoebe had an absolute whale of a time, whilst Esmé wasn’t so sure. We also took a trip to Dawlish Warren and had fun at the arcade there as well as the amusement park.
Dawlish town is also lovely for a little stroll along the promenade, a play on the beach or a mooch around the shops.
Devon, on the whole, is extremely geared-up for families as well as the older generation. We had a lovely time and can’t wait to visit again!