I stayed at Rockley Park for my holiday this summer. It wasn't terrible but I know for sure that I won't be visiting this place again. This is a caravan park primarily aimed at those who are looking to have a Haven holiday.
So the story begins: we wanted to a week of Summer at the beach. It was nearly last minute so a lot of the best hotels and places to stay had all been booked up. Suddenly, we found someone who was privately renting out a caravan at Rockley Park. It was in Poole (where we wanted to visit the beach), so since this was our first caravan holiday, we were naive and booked it.
It wasn't until I did a bit of research alone that I realised that there was pretty much nothing nearby other than a FunWorks centre which I believe is part of the Haven holiday package for adults who enjoy karaoke or kids who want to play around. Oh, unless you want to count the rocky sandy ground which they have named a 'beach' which is a short walk from the caravan park. It's really not a beach, just an area for water sports fans to launch off.
For our entire holiday, we used our car to get around everywhere because there was just nothing to amuse ourselves with. I was gutted, especially as all my friends had been on holidays where they were a small step away from the gorgeous sands.
On a more positive note, the caravan park is very close to a Spar store which means that you can easily stock up on food and drink and any other necessities.
Also, the caravan was a decent size. The toilet room did smell a little though and it felt a little sickening at times.
I advise you to take your own cutlery instead of relying on the ones provided. Not hygenic at all.
Overall, I did have a good holiday but it was because we went to other places which I enjoyed. Rockley Park was not a great place to stay and I was glad to be out of there.
Visited Rockley Park in August this year. Do not visit this site if you have teenagers as there is nothing to do on site apart from visit the clubhouse. The shows are not really what teenagers are looking for. Do not accept a caravan on the Oaks. Our van was approximately 12 feeet from mainline railway and trains started at 6.00am and finished at midnight!! Noise was horrendous. Take-away food overpriced and poor quality. The van was clean but bed was so bad you could feel the springs through the mattress. Booked through Haven and felt it was really poor value. Supermarket very expensive - we shopped at supermarket in Poole.
Great site, great location, well signposted - well equipped site with a very modern playground, and lots of activities for the kids as well. Entertainment was well thought out for all ages, we couldn't fault the effort and commitment of the staff and performers.
All the amenity buildings were well maintained and cleaned, althought the shower temperatures were a bit erratic!
Me, my wife and our two (under five) kids had a great time there July this year, and Sandbanks beach is unbelievable if the weather's right - better than being abroad.
I'd recommend it as a family site - just don't go camping there! The website doesn't tell you that the camping field is off the back of the main site, cut off by the local public footpath which connects two of the rowdiest council estates you'll ever come across! I was advised not to visit the local shops by the site security guard, and he was smaller than me!
Otherwise fabulous, we're going again but we'll book into a static caravan next time.
We visited Rockley Park in August 2003 and booked a caravan through Hillary Morris Caravans. It was an absolute scorching week temperatures around 32 everyday. The facilities at the Park were very good and everywhere was clean and tidy. There was nightly entertainment and with three children we did not have to go out looking for things to do in the evening, so we could have a drink and let the kids enjoy the shows or play on the amusements. The food at the restaurant was relatively reasonably priced, probably £1-2 more for a main meal than Brewster type pub food. If you wanted something a bit better you would need to travel out into Poole or Bournemouth. The beach adjacent to the Park was not the best in the area, although clean with a small beach café. For excellent beaches try Poole Sandbanks, the excellent beaches of Bournemouth or the National Trust beaches of nearby Purbeck. To summarise, the holiday park is an all inclusive entertainment package for families. It?s clean, not tacky and excellent for children. It?s located in an area convenient for travelling to Bournemouth, Poole or Purbeck (easily got to by a 100 yard car ferry from Poole, Sandbanks, but get there early to avoid long queues). In 2002 we went to Hoburne Naish, located the other side of Bournemouth near to Christchurch. Both parks are similar in many respects. For us Rockley Park had the slight geographic advantage (closer to Bournemouth & Purbeck) but Hoburne Naish had the advantage of the more spacious Swiss Style Lodges for hire, although somewhat more expensive.
We visited Rockley Park for the first time in June this year. 'We' are myself, my wife and three boys aged 8, 7 and 2 years old. We loved it! There were a few minus points which I will touch on but they were far outweighed by the plus ones. The park itself was clean and nicely kept and the staff were friendly. The pools were fantastic, clean and lovely and warm (even the outdoor one). The shop on the park was well stocked and well priced again with friendly staff. The evening entertainment was good and varied with the only criticism being the lack of bar staff meaning an unnecessary wait to be served...acres of counterspace but hardly any staff! The amusement arcade was great but the take away food in there was very very expensive and offered very very low quality food. The food in the other bar looked great though I didnt get to try it. Our caravan hadn't been cleaned properly, if at all and had a horrendous smell and a faulty shower so we were moved. The new one wasn't completely clean but better. I put this down to the fact that the cleaners are paid 'per caravan' so clearly rush the job to get more money. (Rockley staff told me this!!) Overall though we loved the place and have re-booked to go back there in October but this time booked through a private owner (Jennifer Pretty Caravans) and saved a fortune!
ROCKLEY PARK IS SET ON A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION AT THE TOP END OF POOLE HARBOUR IN DORSET AND IS IDEAL FOR TOURING THE WONDERFUL DORSET AREA. I HAVE BEEN AN OWNER OF A CARAVAN AT ROCKLEY PARK FOR NEARLY 5 YEARS NOW AND VERY MUCH ENJOY THE PARK AND AREA. I RUN A WEB SITE FOR THE OWNERS AND HOLIDAYMAKERS AT: www.rockleypark.net AND WELCOME ANY OPINION OF THE PARK. LIFE AS AN OWNER HAS IT'S UPS AND DOWNS AND A TRUE REFLECTION OF THE PARK CAN BE SEEN ON MY SITE
This great British holiday Park we have been visiting for 8 years on the run now. Having 2 children aged 3 and 8, I can't recommend a better place to take them for their holidays. I have been taking mine since they were babies. Rockley Park is in Poole, Dorset, It's a very large park and caters for a range of families, we always stay in a caravan, they are spotless clean, the cleanest I have ever been in, even the bedding is all matching and it really is a home from home, there is even a microwave and toaster, fridge freezer colour T.V., free leccy and gas, hot showers, they are lovely caravans. I would recommend to anyone to stay there The park has an outdoor swimming pool, a heated indoor one, there are free loungers round the pool. There is nightly entertainment which is top class, there is a varied programme of events throught the daytime and evening, the park also has its own motor launching from the small quay at the end of the park
Rockley park is part of the great british holiday company. My family go here for a week every summer, it is located in Hamworthy outside Poole and is well sign posted. The park itself has a very good range of facilities, these include an indoor and an outdoor heated swimming pools, shops, bakery, hire shop, laundry facilities, plus many more. The entertainment is first class and the entertainment team make a huge effort to make sure you are enjoying yourself. There is a nightly entertainment feature and of course there is bingo, there are seperate bars and a nightclub. For children there is the Bradley bear club, lots of laughs for the kids. An indoor and outdoor play area, arcade, plenty of entertainment including circus and wrestling, disco every night for the kids. They love it. Accomodation is very clean and looked after, different size caravans are available plus there are private owners who lease their own caravans out. The cost can be around £300.00 for up to six people. The only let down is you have to buy a pass which are quite expensive, 2 adults and 2 children would cost you around £65.00 for the passes per week. Other than that it is located in a lovely area, with own beach and a boating school. Worth a visit if you want a good holiday. My opinion on Rockley park is very highly rated, I have just returned from 10 days there, and it lived up to all it`s expectations, and the entertainment was out of this world, it was like visiting the theatre every night, the sets were amazing and the kids sat with their jaws on the floor. We saved money this year, we booked privately with hilary morris caravans and saved around £120, and the accomodation was much better equipped including an iron,toaster,microwave, patio and quilts. If you are thinking of going to Dorset then Rockley Park will not disapoint you