“ Seaview Holiday Park, Preston, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6DZ. „
Back in September I took my then 2 year old twin sons and my younger brother on Holiday to Weymouth. We chose Weymouth as the twins first holiday as me and my brother have been enjoying going there for years with our mum and dad so knew it would be somewhere the twins and ourselves would enjoy.
Firstly though we had to find a place a stay, a bed and breakfast was way too pricey for a weeks stay so we looked into the Haven caravan parks. You can always pick up a Haven holiday brochure from a travel agents, or you can contact them over the phone or like I did by browsing their website online. There are just four Haven caravan parks situated in Weymouth but I wanted something within either walking or bus distance from the main beach/part of Weymouth as I don't drive and didn't want the twins having to travel far etc.
After browsing the four sites I soon knew that Weymouth Bay and Seaview caravan parks were the ones situated closest to Weymouth beach itself. In fact these two Caravan parks were meant to be just 10 minutes away from Bowleaze Cove, which is just the other end of Weymouth's beautiful Beach. Haven's Weymouth Bay and Seaview caravan parks are sister sites meaning no matter which one you book with, you can use the facilities on either park, so you have the best of both worlds. Pricing them both up though I soon realised that Seaview was a little bit cheaper, I'm assuming this is because Seaview is the smaller park so we booked for here. The website provides you with a lot of info about the site even how to get there.
If you are travelling by car the website does provide you with both directions and an address which will probably come in handy if you do have a sat nav. If you travel by Coach the Haven site also informs you that Haven have negotiated a 10% discount if you travel by National Express. Or you can travel by train like us four did. We travelled by train which, including stops and changes it tooks us just under 4 hours to reach Weymouth. The train station is situated in Weymouth, about 3 miles away from the Bowleaze Cove end of the beach. There are taxi's available and they cost roughly £10 to take you from the train station to the actual caravan park reception area or there are buses which stop just 5 minutes down the road from the site.
As you have read so far there is plenty of access to this caravan site and a bit of choice whether you drive or not, you can even walk from Bowleaze Cove etc through a few nature paths and shortcuts, passing through the sister site Weymouth Bay and heading straight into Seaview. These are a little confusing despite the site providing you with a map when you first arrive but once you get the hang of them you soon learn which are the shortest routes to take.
As Seaview caravan park is situated on a bit of a hill when you stand at the main entrance you can see just how small the park actually is. Everything is sign posted though so the reception and restuarant facilities are very easy to find, as well as the exits. When you first arrive at the site you have to check in at the reception, when you book though you are allocated a check in time, depending on the type of caravan you book. If you book one of the more expensive and larger caravans you can check in from 2pm, however the rest allow you to check in at 4pm. The staff at the reception are very friendly and more than helpful if you have any questions too. When you first check in they provide you with your funworks passes, your caravan key/s and a map of the caravan park and they tell you the number of your caravan, which you then have to find.
If you do drive there is a parking space next to each caravan so you don't have to walk miles to find your car each day as it's right next to you.
We stayed in a standard plus caravan, which was very basic but more than adequate for our weeks stay. When walking around the site though you can notice the difference in other types of caravans as they are larger and wider and the decor was probably a little better too. Our caravan was comfy, and large enough for the four of us, it included two bedrooms one with a double bed and the other with two single beds, a shower room, a toilet, a storage cupboard, kitchen and lounge with a gas fire, a TV/DVD combo with freeview also, so I didn't have to miss my soaps lol. Everything was basic and standard, but it was more than enough, it was comfy, and there was enough room for the 4 of us to move about without too much fighting.
You don't just have to stay in your caravan though, you can explore the facilities on the park. In the same building as the reception you will find a spar, which is very convenient, restaurant, the entertainment hall, amusements, a swimming pool, a mini bowling alley and a small softplay area for the children. There is also an outside pool, and a park, which must of been designed for giants as there was no way children could play on it safely it was Massive, everything was too large or too high for children, even for an older child I noticed. Of course though if this isn't for you, you can always try out Weymouth Bay's main building which seemed to a bit bigger. This also includes a restuarant, an entertainment hall, a spar, amusements, small softplay area, a swimming pool inside and out also, the park outside was brilliant and we spent a lot of time there, don't know whether that was for my 2 year old twins or my 16 year old brother though lol. There was also an area of crazy golf, trampolines and a bouncy castle, but you did have to pay a little extra at the pool reception for these. For each park you can pick up a timetable of entertainment, or breakfast times, or meet the character times for the little ones.
As well as enjoying both these parks you can go and explore the rest of Weymouth too which in my opinion is a beautiful places to visit with plenty of things to do or see for all ages.
Seaview is a lovely caravan park to stay in, especially if on a budget like myself. The price was brilliant, especially as I booked early, but Haven are always emailing vouchers and offers over which will come in handy in the future. It has a brilliant location, convenient, easy to travel to and from. There is plenty to do on the park but if it's not quite enough you can enjoy the facilities on the sister park too for no extra cost. There are chip shops down the road, a small supermarket and another spar, so you never have to worry about lack of food, running out of washing up liquid or your essentials either. The caravans are clean, comfy and are a lovely home for whatever the length of your holiday is going to be. I'd be more than happy to stay at Seaview park again and reccomend it to others, whether you are a family, or a couple it accomodates all and there is plenty to do for all as well. It is a lovely park, calm and friendly with a lot to offer - even a Seaview. As our caravan was located at the top of the caravan park, meaning it was at the top of the hill we were lucky enough to wake up to a seaview in the distance every morning!