“ South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5BB Tel: 01485 534211. „
We went to Searles for the August bank holiday weekend.The caravan was a Royal Plus ,it was a bit tatty in places but it was less than a minute from all the amenities.Yet we were never disturbed by any noise from the club.The shows they put on were really good and much better than some I had seen at other parks.We had a lovely carvery meal on the sunday and it was good value too.This park does not hassle you to buy things for the children like some other holiday companies do.There is a large shop on site with some good priced pocket money toys for the kids,however there is a large Tesco just down the road.The weather could have been better but we all had a great holiday and would go there again.
Don't arrive hoping to have a pitch for a night or two if you are under 25. you will be turned away and have to look for an alternative site!
2010 will be our sixth year at Searles Holiday Park, each time staying in Park accommodation. We initially chose Searles as most of their accommodation has gated outside decked area - with an autistic child having the gate has made all the difference in us being able to relax a little on holiday. This year he will be 9 when we holiday so the gate can't physically retain him but acts as a boundary - vital for a child with sensory dysfunction.
We have stayed in a variety of accommodation. The first year we stayed in a Coastal Cottage which is at the lower end of their range. The accommodation was spacious and we particularly appreciated the fact the children's bedroom and bathroom were at the opposite end of the accommodation to ours with a central living space. The cottage was clean and comfortable and conveniently located for amenities. The maintenance team were very good when my son was a little heavy handed with a kitchen cupboard door!
We have stayed in both 4 and 6 birth lodges. They too benefit from having two bathrooms and a gated decked area but have more internal space - like being in a bungalow rather than standard holiday accommodation. The lodges furniture and fixings were showing their age but were comfortable and adequate.
Last year we chose a Country Cabin, part of the prestige accommodation range. Smaller than the lodge, the accommodation had a better standard of fixtures and features and plenty of storage space. The wood effect flooring was ideal for brushing sand out of and the bedrooms were plenty large enough.
Searles has all the facilities you need for a family holiday on site, the shop is a good size and reasonably stocked selling local produce and fresh bread from the local bakery. It is a little expensive but with a Tesco directly opposite the gates and a Sainsbury's in town there are alternatives.
The two, fenced off, play park areas are on sand. There is a stream running through the site and ducks wander freely around the park searching out friendly visitors to feed them.
My daughter has attended tennis coaching and golf lessons with the on-site pro which she enjoyed and at £5 for a two hour session we considered very reasonable. She enjoys the club house but it doesn't suit my autistic son. The club can get very busy at night and finding seats can be a problem. The pool is a huge favourite with both my children, in bad weather the inside pool can get very busy and numbers are limited so there can be a long wait. The outdoor area is very good with plenty of grassed area to sit around the pool. Use of the waterslide is controlled and limited to 15 minutes in the hour but monitored by the excellent lifeguards.
For adults there is a gym available at a daily or weekly rate and spa facilities.
The park has WI-FI available; although we were warned that some units struggle to connect this has not been a problem when we have stayed and is very reasonably priced at about £20, per PC, for the week.
The onsite hire shop provides a vast variety of bikes / family pedal cars which take over the site but not in a negative way. There are options for all families, even ours! The Land Train provides a fun way to travel to town or the lighthouse.
Searles is conveniently located, a couple of minutes walk to the beach. With beach as far as the eye can see it is easy to get an empty area by heading away from Hunstanton. The beach is exposed and there is always a breeze so a wind break is a good idea. The beach area has everything you would expect of a seaside town; small shops, fairground, fish and chips and pony rides. There is a Sealife Centre on the front that is very autistic friendly. The town itself is small and has mostly bucket and spade type shops but does have a friendly theatre that shows the latest cinema releases and has summer family shows.
Searles provides a quality family holiday experience; it is friendly and clean and has a good overall attention to detail. It is possible to visit Searles and not use the car throughout the week although there is plenty to do if you fancy exploring further.
Hot off the press - As from April Searles will have 6 brand new units that will accept dogs. They will have hard flooring in the sitting room and an external shower for the dog. The local beach accepts dogs if you turn left out of the site away from the main resort. There are exclusions, dogs considered to be from dangerous breeds will not be permitted.
i have been on holiday to searles 3 times now,and have booked again for next year.
the staff are very friendly and the accomodation is second to none,the lodges are stunning and the site is spotless and very well looked after.
its just a few minutes walk from the beach and there is a lot of attractions in hunstanton to visit,sandringham estate isnt far where there is a lot of woodland to roam around which is great to let the kids burn off some energy and norfolk lavendar and heacham is just up the road.and the fair ground is along the beach front.
there is a great deal of history around hunstanton and some lovely scenery around.
the hunstanton town is about 20 minutes walk from searles and in actual fact there is a land train that you can catch at searles reception wich only costs £2 per person return while children are free.
the actual resort has entertainment each night which has a slot for the children first so they can see cherry the chipmonk and his friends,there is an indoor play area,and an outside park and golf course,also has an indoor swimming pool with jacuzzi,and outdoor pools with slides,also a hire shop where you can hire pedal cars for a bit of fun!!
there is plenty of places to get food whether you want to eat in the restaurant or take it back to your holiday home,which include a fish and chip shop,italian restaurant,american diner and the in house restaurant,all of which are good value and superb quality food.
there is a supermarket on site that has everything you could wish for,and tesco is a 5 minute walk away also.
to be honest though the accomodation is so nice and all centrally heated that staying in of a night is just as enjoyable as going to the club.
last year we went for new years eve and they put on a spectacular fire work display it was a lovely stay.
i have yet to have a bad stay there,and couldnt fault anything
"Searles Holidays and Leisure Resort is a UK Family Holiday and Caravan Park based in Hunstanton on the Norfolk Coast. Established for over 50 years.
Ok I have stayed at this resort over 10 times, I have found that it is one of the better Holiday parks especially if you have a family. The whole experience is always a good one, with the park having great facilities, perfect scenery and fantastic staff.
Hunstanton's location makes it the perfect place for exploring the surrounding coast and countryside of North and West Norfolk. Some of the great experiences that you can encounter include visiting places such as:
Sandringham House, Holkham Hall, Both of these are not just beautifully presented properties but also are full of information regarding their History of.
Norfolk Lavender at Heacham , You will not be able to mistake this place as before you reach it you can smell the aroma of the Lavender and as you drive up to this all you will see is a carpet of purple. They have different areas you can visit where you can purchase all types of Lavender. This is one not to be missed.
Hunstantons Sealife Aquarium, Opening times are from 10am, They also have a restaurant which does great food. The Centre is an all weather attraction housed totally indoors. It is also Wheelchair accessible.
At this particular Centre they have successfully created a Seahorse breeding programme. Other Exhibits are Deep Sea Wrecks, Great Yarmouth Harbour, Sea Life Nursery this is where the injured animals are treated, it is very interesting to see what efforts go into looking after such animals. Touchpool, Fishermans Wharf, Island of the Gods and the Lost City of Atlantis.
RSPB reserves at Snettisham and Titchwell plus much, much more.
The accommodation at this Holiday park varies you can either choose:
Touring and Tenting,
All these are offered with variety of upgraded Accommodation. We particularly like the Lodges, as these are exquisitely made and offer a high standard of amenities.
Some of the facilities include such things as Golf, Tennis and even two fishing lakes which are stocked with rudd, roach, tench and carp up to 18lb. So could have a great day here you can purchase full day, half-day and hourly tickets are available, with the lakes open daily from 8am. (rules and conditions do apply)
There are two swimming pools one indoor and an outdoor pool. The indoor pool is heated and also consists of a children pool, Jacuzzi and sauna and is open throughout the season. The outdoor complex consists of a large heated pool plus two children's pools and is open between May 19th and September 11th 2006. For the serious swimmer, hour-long sessions of lane swimming operate when the outdoor pool is open. (Lane-swimming times as stated at pool). Leisure complex/swimming pool: Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult (18 or over).
You can also hire bikes from the Hire shop located on the Parks premises, Bicycles are available by the hour or by the day and bikes suitable for adults and children are available.
Entertainment includes specialist activities for children, these are different each day. They have a mascot who is called Sidney the Sealion who appears through out the resort. The activities include things such as quizzes, sports games also my daughter actually entered a Talent Competition when we went and become Miss Searles Runner-up. She absolutely loved doing this and the staff Where fantastic.
There have different clubs for the different ages which are:
Captain Willies Activity Centre
Searles Kids club is set for the 8 13 year olds (this is run through the summer Half Term and Summer Holiday periods)
The older age group 14+ are able to use all of the leisure facilities on site including the swimming pool, golf course, fishing, tennis courts and hire shop without the supervision of an adult
There are plenty of choices when you come to this Holiday Park, there is the Fish and Chip shop, the Waterspouts Café, The Country Club, The Plaza Café, The Plaza Food Court and also the Mariners Restaurant. You can also go to the supermarket to purchase your own food.
If this wasnt enough you can also visit Reflections Hair & Beauty Salon which is located within the park. So why not treat yourself! This is quiet new at the park, but has many differnt offers including Tanning Sun Shower, Manicures and pedicures, you can download a price list from the site before you go.
Ok there is so much more to this Park including an arcade, outdoor play area, Laundrette. Take a look at the website below for more information.
To find out more information please visit www.searles.co.uk.
Searles Leisure Resort
Fax:(01485) 533815 "