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A good family packed holiday
Beverley Holidays (Paignton)
Member Name: Tea65
Beverley Holidays (Paignton)
Advantages: Lots to do for the family, nice location
Disadvantages: Some kids activities you have to pay for
My husband and I discovered Beverley Holidays purely by accident; we had been looking for a location to take the children too having previously been disappointed by Wall Park, which was formerly Pontins.
We have been twice now, the first time was just before our eldest started school and this year we have been during the Easter holiday and we have now seen the park at both busy and quiet periods.
Beverley Holidays is family run going back three generations and originally started out as just a few caravans and has now been going for 50 years.
The company state that they pride themselves on giving customers a wonderful holiday with wonderful views over the English Riviera. Beverley Holidays have been awarded many awards over the years.
There are three Parks all within close proximity to each other as well as some lodges; the complex itself is not that far from the beaches at Goodrington.
Beverley Park - This is the premium one and the park we have stayed at on both occasions, it is the biggest and is suitable for caravans, touring caravans as well as camping. On this site there are numerous things for people to do and is popular with families.
Ashvale Park - This one is the middle one and is just a caravan park and many people that stay on this side use the bars and entertainment on the Beverley Park.
Marine Park - This one has caravans and is suitable for touring caravans
As Beverley Park is the one we have stayed at I will be reviewing this one and will attempt to document our time spent there.
Booking your holiday is an easy process, this can be done via the website, via telephone or you can request a brochure and fill the form out in the back. Both times we have made the arrangement via the telephone. If you have a child under 3 they go free.
Once you have booked your caravan the company take a booking fee of £70, this is taken off the final total cost of the holiday and they will either e-mail you confirmation over or send a letter to you in the post; the confirmation then outlines your holiday, what you have paid so far and what remains to be paid and by what date as well as the usual Terms & Conditions.
When you arrive at Beverley Park, you go through an automatic barrier with the crazy golf to the left and follow the road round to your left to the car park. Once parked, you can follow the directions to the reception building.
The building where the reception is situated also hosts the arcade, that has the doors shut I should add, the Waterfront Café, the entertainment room, bars & children's room.
Checking in is a very easy and painless process, the reception people are very friendly and helpful and once they know who you are locate your caravan key and hand you a pass for your car and passes for the entertainment, i.e swimming pool, childrens room etc. The kind staff then directs you to where your caravan is located and where you can park your car.
The caravan we stayed in was Crystal Cove, which sleeps four and has a picnic bench outside. The caravan isn't like the old style you remember, this has a fitted kitchen, fridge, microwave, heating throughout, television and in the case of the last caravan a DVD player.
Full bedding was included and the caravan was cleaned to a very high standard.
The main lounge/diner was very spacious and gave the kids plenty of room to play with their toys that we had brought.
The bathroom had a huge shower cubicle that could have easily fitted two adults in and the shower itself was reasonably hot. This too was immaculately clean.
Both of our children shared a room, the bedroom had two shorty beds side by side and although there wasn't much room to move, the kids were only sleeping in there so it wasn't a problem.
Our bedroom was of a reasonable size with a double mattress and quilt, from the wardrobe in this room the controls for the heating could be operated, the heating was a pushbutton timer that you could set for 2 hours, 4 hours or 6 hours and was warm enough to heat the whole caravan and at times we didn't even have the heating on.
Exploring the park
Once we'd unpacked, it was time to explore, something the kids love to do.
First of all is the playground - The playground is unsupervised and is a little outdated but both my children were hard to prise away from it. As you enter through the gate you are greeted by a big climbing frame with two slides, cargo net, bridge and rope ladder.
There is also a swing set for older children and a single one for babies/toddlers; there are the usual sit on toys that rock back and forth as well as a cheese bowl thing that spins round...this is a lot of fun for the kids.
As you work your way around the playground you find a smaller climbing frame for the younger children and next to that behind the big climbing frame is a small slide for the younger children.
Coming round from behind the big climbing frame you are or rather were greeted by a round about, this had been removed the second time we were there and I am unable to say if it had been replaced since.
Next to that is an older kid's assault course, which many adults had a go at and failed...me included. Next to that and in front of the big climbing frame is a twister climbing frame, which is metal with a cargo net on it which spins round.
There is wood chip as well as grass and plenty of seating
From the park we walked up towards where the reception area is and to your right you notice the big outdoor pool, there is a café building here as well and that holds the soft play area too.
Next to that is the indoor swimming pool and fitness suite - This we used quite a bit; as you enter the building you are greeted by vending machines and seating area and reception desk, the people at the desk ask you if you have your passes before they let you through. Ahead of you is the male and female changing rooms, to the left is the entrance to the swimming pool and to the right is the door to the outdoor swimming pool.
The female changing room is rather limited on space for changing and at times was crowded.
The indoor pool was quite good and at times was warm. The was a sauna and a Jacuzzi and where the pool is, was a door to the fitness suite.
As you come out of that building, directly in front of you is the building that contains the reception, arcade, Waterfront Café, children's room, upstairs restaurant and entertainment room with bar. The café or arcade room we never explored so I am unable to say whether they are any good or not.
The Children's Room is situated at the end of the building; here children have access to films, books, a blackboard on one wall, Lego, play food and kitchen, colouring and drawing. There are certain things that you have to pay for here for example painting a small box was £2, face painting was £2 and there was a different payable activity each evening.
The restaurant/bar at the top of the building had an outside seating area; there was plenty of seating both inside and outside. The food was of a high standard and the alcohol was reasonably priced.
The entertainment in the evening was good, they always had a disco on for the children about 7pm with a family quiz shortly after and then cabaret after that.
Other things to do
There was a shop on the complex which was handy if you forgot anything or just wanted a treat.
We didn't explore the crazy golf however but did see quite a few families playing whilst we were there.
Price and Location
We stayed in the Crystal Cove caravan and self catered for the four days we were there, the cost for four days was £335, which we thought was very reasonable. They offer quite a few discounts, so it is worth checking those out before you book.
The Holiday Park is located in Paignton which is close to many other attractions and places of interest.
Should you wish to contact them details are as follows:
Telephone: 01803 843887
Address: Beverley Holidays, Goodrington Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7JE
Summary: Good place with lots to do, well worth a visit, not hyped up like the other parks