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I stayed at Doniford Holiday Park with my best friend and 2 very young daughters on my £9.50 sun holiday in June 2010.
On arrival it was packed with people bustling and cramming in the central entertainment suite to get their keys, linen and welcome packs so we visited the resturant for a bite to eat. The food was edible but it all seemed a little microwave in a pot type grub. Once we had finished the queue was totally gone so I would recommend this method to anyone visiting and doesnt like queueing because the arrival time is the same for all.
We were given a small but quite luxurious caravan 4 minutes stroll from the central entertainment. I had ample room in a quiet area. It had gas hobs and oven, lovely shower, fridge,sofa bed, two bedrooms, 5 of so hangers in the wardrobe and shelving. No freezer or microwave.
There was ample room for the 4 of us but I would say not fit for more than 2 adults and 2 children. The beds were pretty uncomfortable and by the end of the 4 days took its toll on us adults but you kind of expect that i think. The linen was not great there is no poppers or seal on the bottom of duvet covers so the duvet falls out and my friend had hair appear as she unwrapped it fresh from the poly bag. So if you can manage to bring your own linen I would recommend it instead of paying like we did. Pillows and duvets were already there as we arrived. There is not really a great deal of room for a travel cot so be warned.
The Holiday park itself had a central entertainment unit had Spar shop, resturant, arcade, entertainment suite, swimming pool and toilet facilities. The park is set alongside cliffs and seaviews, There was a park, go karts and a laundry room.
The spar is extremely expensive as you'd expect and it has the basic holiday survival foods but nothing fancy and basics like bread sell out quick. Also the shop seems to close whenever it fancies.The resturant was pretty cheap but the food was fairly poor. The arcade is ample and well kept, The entertainment is not as good as a butlins I would say but good to kill some time. The pool itself was nice not hugely big but semed to be big enough to cater for the visitors. The facilities in the pool area for toddlers were shameful!!the nappy changing facilities were broken the door does not close once the changing bed is down and yet you are not allowed to wear shoes into the area because it has been newly refubished and the nearest toilet to the pool is through the arcade! not well thought out I would say.
The park is too big for toddlers. don't forget to grab tokens from the shop and some powder before you head over to the laundrette. It doesnt take tablets and some of the machines in the laundrette are useless.
The play clubs for children are 4 and 5 years plus so don't bother taking a toddler I would say. The local shopping is great and definately pop into Watchet Harbour,the little museum there is fabulous.
Think I have covered all the bases.
what a winner at 97 calories per smoothie lolly!
If you like solero ice lollies you will be a fan of these beauties!
I invited a friend and her son over for the afternoon and they have won them over too!
I am trying to loose weight post baby and needed something as a treat that could keep the food lover in me at bay without the weight gain.
These are scrumptious! They smell exotic and just like fresh mangoes. These lollies are fresh tasting, rich in flavour, slightly grainy like genuine mango texture.
They are a good size and refreshing after a good meal or even as a snack. despite the size they vanish in seconds with me haha.
Only 3 in a box and for a woman with a big appetite they dont last long.
£2.39 a box at ocado although until 21/9/2010 ocado have them on offer, buy two boxes and save £1. It still works out a little pricey but when you consider the price per individual ice lolly in a store or from an ice cream van then it is worth stashing a box in the freezer.
apart from the wrappers the packaging is recyclable so big bonus because I one of those converted people who hates masses of useless packaging and waste.
I was absolutely compelled to write this review I visited Doniford on my £9.50 sun holiday in June 2010 and on our last day before the journey back we thought we would kill a little time in Watchet Harbour. We noticed the Watchet Museum right in the harbour and decided to take a peek.
There is a step at the entrance and the building appears rather small. The admission is free of charge but if you visit there is a donation box on the way out.
right from the moment you enter you are bombarded with amazing eye catching artifacts and information. It is packed with facts and history about Watchet and the events and discoveries made around the local harbour towns and villages. There are pieces of ship, bells, authentic captains hats, fossils among many other items.
Considering my friend and I are 25 year old sun worshippers who usually stroll on by, we were astounding by the depth of the history of Watchet and the quality and quantity of the artifacts and informative details.
for something we thought would take just 5 minutes tops we easily spent half an hour.
I absolutely recommend this Museum.
I felt complelled to write this review after visiting Doniford on my £9.50 sun holiday with my 2 little girls and best friend.
We stopped in The Farmers Arms because we had noticed the sign advertising good food. fine Ale. Lovely Garden. Log fires and bar open all day! It also boosts of being in the good pub guide 2008 and good beer guide 2008 also.
We arrived about 6pm one evening hoping for food the sign is clear but the pub is set back from the road a little. We discovered sadly they only serve food between 12 and 2pm then again between 7pm till late and with my girls being very young we decided to go a little further down the road.
First impressions were that it was beautiful.
There is a pretty courtyard garden with umbrellas and benches.
The place didnt seem hugely accessible there was a small step up to the door the entrance to the bar and resturant area is on a sharp angle and we choose to sit in a booth which we had to practically hurdle into it was so close to the table. However there were more accessible seating areas.
The menu looked awesome and the prices were reasonable for the high standard of cuisine on offer, such as, oysters, fish, venison etc.
I did not get the chance to go back but I definately will at some point despite the minor awkwardness of getting in with a buggy.
Whilst at asda online i noticed their 4 for £3 range and came across boxes of nestle mint crisp ice lollies or they are just £1 for a pack of 4 in asda's freezer range.
I would say they are rather like the mint feasts I used to buy from the ice cream van as a child. But for as little as 75p for 4 lollies I feel is a bargain especially with the hot weather we are experiencing in the UK. They are tasty and refreshing. good for a hot day, bad breath and a yummy treat.
They are described as "A mint ice cream and chocolate flavour ice cream with a dark chocolate flavour coating containing a sugar crunch".
These lollies are very delicious however the sugar crunch they describe is not very crunchy in texture, the mint ice cream is very minty great combo with the chocolate coating. However the small section of chocolate ice cream in the centre tastes quite cocoa-like.
I purchased the fabulous Robinsons Select Apple and Wild Blueberry squash from morrisons at £1.59 for 850mls or at their recommendation 17 servings. It is made with no artificial colours, flavours or sweetners.
found at asda and tesco for £1.00 (only until 22/06/2010 at tesco).
This drink is totally devine! It recommends 1 part squash to 4 parts water for the best dilution but I would say you do not need as much as that. This squash is jam-packed full of flavour, you can really taste the blueberries and apple like you have literally squeezed the juices from them yourself! The infusion of flavours is sensational! Some squash drinks can be over powering in flavour but this one manages not to do that.
I heavily reccomend it to you. Even my 3 year old who is so very fussy when it comes to drinking is managing to drink pints of it a day. Which is exactly what you want with the warming weather.
The price is a little high but you are always paying for quality with the Robinsons brand.
So much for your money!
what a great day out!
situated in the new forest, not far from the m27, in a beautifully scenic setting.
when we went 29-05-2010 they had the top gear exhibition, the james bond exhibition, Palace house, Beualieu Abbey, the motor museum and the trucks and troops show. There was so much to do. and it was all really enjoyable even with two children in tow.
They have a good park for the little ones. some pretty reasonably priced food stands to get fast food from. a resturant for a good afternoon tea or full meal. We took our own luch and it was ideal sitting out on the vast grass areas in the sunshine.
You can get hand stamped to go in and out of the complex.
The queue was quick even though we visited in half-term!
We spent a full 6 hours there and flew round the abbey house exhibit.
That is the beauty of their return in six days policy. Once you have brought a full price ticket you can return within six days free of charge. (valid until 31st march 2011)
Definately go and take a charged digital camera
A fantastic interactive display and show about Top Gear at Beaulieu, in the New Forest.
It may only be a short 10 minute video displayed on big screens but it is well worth visiting. The display of wrecked cars, stigs suits, The lap time list and the 'cool wall' are displayed inside. Even on the journey into the video show are hularious displays of top gear antics.
The cars on display are brilliant! They have the limos from the celebrity awards show episode, The car James May filled with water and drove round the track among many others.
There are three sections of display cars which are totally authentic ruined-by-the-boys cars and great top gear memorabilia on display.
The only down side is that for safety reasons pushchairs are not allowed into the video dome complex so there is a pushchair bay outside guarded by a member of beaulieu's staff.
Wheelchairs are able to go inside though so no worries there.
I throughly recommend visiting it if you are a fan or even just a moderate appreciator like myself
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