“ Thirsk racecourse caravan club site.Thirsk, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1QL Telephone: 01845 525266 Opening Dates 25/03/2011 to 03/10/2011 „
Thirsk is a small yet beautiful market town with cobbled streets and quirky tea rooms, it hosts a traditional market on a Monday and a Saturday and is extremely popular with bikers of the area who congregate on weekends in the centre. The town has numerous little streets spreading form the main centre which contain all you would need to live there, banks, small supermarkets, takeaways but also has specialist shops such as an old sweet shop. There are numerous pubs literally just a couple of doors apart and 2 playgrounds for the little ones one of which is along a stream. I think Thirsk is a beautiful setting and even when there are lots of people visiting it always seems peaceful.
From being little my parents have always owned a touring caravan so I have had many dealings with this caravan site, one year my Dad towed the caravan to the site for myself and my husband so we could have a little break and even though Thirsk is only about 30 minutes away from our home it was a welcome break. The caravan site is easy to find and is set opposite Tesco and next to Lidl so you won't have a problem if you forget anything. The site is also net to the racecourse and surrounded by trees around the opposite side making it feel rather secluded.
On driving onto the caravan site there is a small car park to your left and a concrete pathway leading up towards the office where you will find a large sign advising you to stop whilst you book in, as with most caravan club sites you cannot arrive before 12pm and you must have left by 12pm on your last day. My first impression of the site is clean which I think is because you are greeted by bright green grass surrounded by the dark green leaves of the surrounding trees. The stewards Bernard and Glynis are always very helpful and make booking in very easy, they always reserve a space close to the toilets for my parents as they are disabled and they really make you feel they would go the extra mile for you. Once you have booked in you can go and choose your pitch and then just tell the stewards which number you are at although if you want to use a satellite dish like my parents have you shouldn't pitch under the trees around the outside as the signal is not very strong.
The site is generally open from the end of March to the end of October which I think is good timing as the site is not hard standing so you would find it very boggy through the winter months. To stay on the site you have to pay a site fee of £4.75 per night and then £4.10 per adult and £1.45 per child so for our family of four a night away coasts £15.85 which I don't think is bad for a family of four for a night and you have all your home comforts within your caravan.
There is one main building on the site which houses all of the facilities, I find this is ideal as with some sites I have stayed on you have different facilities in different places which means having to trek from one to the other. Outside the building is an enclosed caravan and this is where the stewards stay so they are always on hand if you have any problems and they are always friendly even when things go wrong like when my husband boiled the kettle without checking what else was running and tripped the electrics.
Within the building you find male and female toilets although you need to be aware that they do close for cleaning which seems to be at a quite inconvenient time, the females are between 11am and 11.30am which is close to when you have to be off the site. There is also a laundry room and vegetable preparation area along with a selection of leaflets about what you can visit in the surrounding areas which is how we found out about Monks Park Farm. There is a disabled toilet on the outside of the building and you are given a key for it when you first book in if you are in need of it.
The site is always clean and tidy and the grass is always kept cut short, there are two taps for your water supply meaning that no matter which end of the site you are at there is a water supply close by which is always good as you don't want to trek miles with heavy water. The bins are kept near to the main building slightly to the rear so the smell (inevitable) isn't too strong and doesn't interfere with your stay. The stewards go out of their way for you and I think it is a shame that this is their last year on this particular site. The site only has 60 pitches and a few tent pitches making this a small and friendly site and we have noticed many regulars some of which my parents have even now made friends with. This site is well recommended and I would happily stay there again.