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Park Resorts Cayton Bay Caravan Park (Scarborough)
Member Name: masterchef98
Park Resorts Cayton Bay Caravan Park (Scarborough)
Advantages: Great location, plenty of on-site faciilties
Disadvantages: Long queues at check-in, dirty swimming pool and changing
I've just come back from a midweek break at Cayton Bay with my partner and nearly 2 year old son, and we've had a fantastic holiday.
I planned the trip around visiting Bempton Cliffs (between Filey and Bridlington) to see the seabirds and was looking for somewhere in the area to stay. I had some Tesco Clubcard vouchers and saw they could be used at Park Resorts which was how I ended up booking a caravan here as a base.
The park is very easy to find, just off the A165, the main coastal road. Upon arrival it was not so easy to find the check-in, as I went to reception, got directed to the entertainment centre, only to find that the road was blocked by a static caravan being unloaded so then had to find another way round to it. When I walked into the bar (leaving my partner and son parked outside) my heart sank at the sight of about 100 people sat around with forms and two staff at a desk with no customers. After a minute I realised that I had arrived at 3.50 and check-in for the standard (bronze) accommodation starts at 4pm. As i had booked the silver accommodation I was able to check-in from 2.30 so fortunately I was able to walk past all these people (now glaring daggers at me) to check-in, then walk past them all stood in a long queue again on my way out with a tremendous sense of relief that we hadn't arrived ten minutes later - I would definitely advise you to consider the various check-in times when planning your arrival.
We then went to our caravan which was easy to find and there seemed to be plenty of space for parking. Luckily we were on the edge of a block so could park right next to the caravan to unload, but if you are in the middle you will have to carry stuff a bit further from the car - only a minute's walk. Unless, of course, you consider yourself to be too important to abide by the rules of no cars on the grass and just drive right up to your caravan's door and continue to park there for the rest of your stay because walking a few metres is beyond you.
The caravan was nicer than I remember them being when I was a kid. It was dated and not the height of luxury or comfort but it was OK for a few days and more spacious than I expected. It was fairly well-equipped but you have to bring your own bath, swimming and tea towels (I think I took 20 towels in total!) and washing up stuff. We also found that there were no baking trays when we came to cook our supermarket Chinese and were a bit worried about the plastic trays near the open flame of the gas oven but we lived to tell the tale.
We didn't get too much use out of the entertainment centre. The outside playground was nice and had a variety of climbing frames etc for younger and older children. The indoor soft play area was nice too and larger than I expected (remember your little one's socks) and was just off the restaurant bar so the children can entertain themselves while you're waiting for your food. The menu was typical of a chain pub where everything has been heated up from the freezer and not very impressive or very cheap but was OK for one night. There were the typical choices for kids of fishfingers or pizza and chips and also a choice of Annabel Karmel meals, we went for the fish pie for my son which he devoured.
We didn't partake of the amusement arcade at all, we went in the showbar for 10 minutes just after 6 for the little kids disco but nothing was happening (it was the week before half term so will probaby be different in school holidays. We went in the pool one day, it was full of sand, kids and inflatable balls and rings, changing facilities are just a few cubicles around the side with no proper seat, shelf or hooks, so incredibly difficult to get changed in without getting all your belongings wet and dirty especially with a toddler in tow. Maybe I shouldn't have expected anymore from a caravan park swimming pool, but it rendered it pretty much unusable for us.
There is a shop which sells some gifts and very basic groceries and is priced at typical corner shop prices. I think there is a Morrisons and Tesco not too far away (by car) and we drove to Sainsburys in Scarborough to get our shopping.
Venturing out of the park (which we did a lot) there is a lovely bay a few minutes walk away, Scarborough is 10-15 minutes drive in one direction, and Filey about the same in the other direction. Flamborough and Bridlington are also easy drives away so there is certainly no shortage of things to do. Although they are all seaside places there are lots of other attractions to visit if its not quite the weather for the beach all day, especially if you like animals.
Summary: Park itself is OK but not fantastic, but it makes a great base.
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