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WHAT A CHILL OUT, NOT THE WEATHER I HOPE!
Newquay Holiday Parks (England)
Member Name: nayland
Newquay Holiday Parks (England)
Advantages: Fresh air & countryside, 3 miles Newquay sandy beaches and of course Cornish Pasties!!
Disadvantages: A steep entrance but once up the top pretty well wheelchair friendly
I thought I would write this review for selfish reasons, as this Holiday Park was our fortnight summer holday for many years many years ago!!
We first started going there in the mid Eighties and what a lovely place it was to go. We went back to this Park about 6 years ago and apart from the Park getting bigger with static caravans and the eating area changing it was much the same.
On entering the Park you will see that there is a very steep hill that you have to climb to reach the Reception. On your right as you go up the hill you will see a very green pitch and putt which is quite difficult to play on, but is great fun. The views from here are spectacular across the Cornish countryside as you can see forever, sometimes watching a tractor many miles away ploughing it's fields.
This isn't just a static caravan park as you can take your own caravan, motorhome or tent. ( we have done both static and tourer over the years with both being very enjoyable!). They have the usual pitches with electric hook-up, but also some star pitches that have the electric hook-up plus a water supply and a drainage system for showers & sinks. This all being on a hardstanding. You can also park your car next to you which is very handy so you don't have to unpack straight away. We have been to some in the past where you have to move the car once set up.
There are 2 shower and washing blocks which when we went was extremely clean and tidy. They kept on top of it all day as some people can be messy with toilet paper being screwn all over the place ( I wonder what their homes are like!!!).
The static caravans are lovely as well with being well layed out in little groups. You can go for a budget caravan which will be quite basic or for a more up market luxury one ( which is what we have, well we are on holiday!!) that is wider, has double glazing and full central heating with a gas fire in the lounge area ( I know, central heating and it's your summer holiday, but you are in the UK remember!!). Also it has DVD player, freezer, iron, hairdryer and a hoover, I'll get hubby to use the hoover as he never does it at home and I'm supposed to be having a break from all that housework.
Once settled in and unpacked the next thing to do is to go down to the swimming pools. There are 3 which are fantastic. My daughter actually learnt to swim here many years ago. The first pool is of an oval shape and used to be a lot deeper with two slides at one end. They have now made it a lot less deep and have got rid of the slides, probaly something to do with health and safety spoiling our fun. My kids had many a great day going down the slides, which were not very tall in the first place and also diving under the water to retrieve something they had thrown down to the bottom of the pool.
The 2nd pool is again of an oval shape and has had a 200ft waterslide put in over recent years that had been cleverly built into the hillside which makes it great fun for everyone. All 3 pools are well heated and kept clean to a high standard. The last pool is the toddlers pool, which is shallow and safe for little ones that are just getting used to the water for a first time. This has a tiny tiny slide for little ones as well. At one end you will find a decking area with a chalet that sells ice creams and cold drinks ect.. I don't know about now, but many years ago they used to have these thick red plastic mats that you could lay on ( these were free to use!!) which isn't to good if sunbathing as a towel would be needed as you would sweat buckets. The kids loved these as when getting out of the pool and dad saying no towels until you have run round the pool and dried off a bit ( are all dads like that ??) they used to lie down on these which were lovely and warm. They have fond memories of these even now when talking about past holidays.
After all the fun in the pool it is time to have a bite to eat I believe that they have now built a new eating area last year so cannot make a comment about this as I haven't seen this yet. They did used to do good food though and hopefully that hasn't changed. Many a time in the Eighties we would go and have an Egg Burger ( fried egg on a quarterpounder with a cheese slice yum !) You don't seem to get these anymore, it all seems like baguettes, panini's or nacho's ect...
After a little afternoon nap it is time to get ready for the night time entertainment which is great. This is held in The Venue which is a large
clubhouse which has something for everyone to enjoy. It starts the evening by entertaining the children with the Max Million Club with games and competitions. Followed by the usuall holiday park Bingo
( it amazes me how many people play especially the men!!). They then usually have some sort of live entertainment in the form of a Cabaret, Band or Comedian. Where this is part of two other Parks, they used to alternate the acts around the different Parks to play on different nights.
Some of the acts were very good indeed and very entertaining to watch.
They usually have a resident band as well.
What I miss about these holidays now is when we went in the very beginning in the Eighties you would pack special clothes for the evening.
The kids would put on their new clobber and I would get dressed up, even hubby would put on some smart clothes as did all the other campers. Nowadays nobody seems to bother as they wander over in there shorts and flipflops, vests and beachwear. I still pack a couple of nicer things to wear ( high heels ect..) in the evening, but I never seem to get the chance to wear them as nobody else has and I would stand
out of place!! .......I'll have to start going on Cruises now !!!
There is a laundrette that is open 7 days a week, a self serve shop that can be a bit on the pricey side as with most of the parks. The younger children have a soft play area with ball pit, slides ect.. While the older children and adults have the amusement arcades with dance mats, air hockey ect..... There is also an outdoor adventure play area with monkey bars and the usual play swings ect..
This Park is 3 miles from surf city Newquay, which is the most lovely place, but not in the height of high season as it can be very busy and packed with a lot of groups of young men and women who can be a bit on the noisy side turning Newquay into the UK's own version of Ibiza.
On a brighter note Newquay with it's beautiful golden sandy beaches, wonderful cliffs with huge caves in them carved out and the fantastic crystal clear blue sea on a sunny day I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world, I love Newquay and think not enough people go there
to find out what a lovely place it is!! Just pick the right time !
The Newquay Holiday Park ( it used to be known as Newquay Tourist Park) has received a Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award for many years now. This Park opens 1st May - 20th September 2009.
Well I hope that I have given you an insight to this lovely Holiday Park and you go and have a wonderful time like we have had many times in the past!!
Summary: I would definitely recommend the Holiday Park to everyone !!
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