Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park: Review

At the end of August, we went on a brilliant UK holiday to Devon with my parents and stayed at Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park. My parents took pity on us as we weren’t going to have a holiday this year and they kindly invited us to come on theirs. I jumped at the chance and we spent some time discussing how we could meet the needs of three generations during a week’s holiday. I think I can safely say my parents make the most compromises!

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Why Woolacombe Sands?

Having decided on a holiday park with activities on site for the children (in case it rained all week!) we looked at various holiday parks and what they had on offer. We decided to book with Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park; it is a smaller holiday park which offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit most budgets. It has ample of activities available for children and adults to get involved in. It is only a 10-15 minutes’ walk from the beach and the holiday park isn’t so big that my parents would be overrun by children.

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After literally squeezing as much as we could in my dad’s car, we made the long journey to Devon and made it in one piece to Woolacombe Sands (My husband could only make the second half of the holiday so laughed us off as we were packed full to bursting knowing he’d have a quiet journey down!)

 

As soon as we arrived, we were given our key to the caravan – we were lucky enough to be upgraded to one of the Atlantic Platinum 3 bedroom caravans which has its own private decking and space for two cars to park outside. The caravan was really lovely; it was beautifully furnished, had ample cooking and eating space with a separate lounge for relaxing in. It is so very different from the caravans I fondly remember from my childhood.

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The Accommodation

Not only does the Platinum caravan offer lots of space, it is fully central heated and double glazed keeping you snug and warm on chillier nights. The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, microwave, full sized cooker, kettle and toaster so you can eat in without having to worry about how you’re going to cook for 6 people. The kitchen was really big and open plan to the dining area which meant you weren’t tucked away by yourself when cooking.img_7352

Included in the lounge was a flat screen TV and a DVD player so you could take your little one’s favourite DVD and know they’ve got something to watch while you tidy up after dinner. We took our Kindle Fire Stick knowing that the children would be in bed by 7:30pm so we wanted to have some films to keep us entertained. We did pay for the wireless code so that we could make use of the Fire stick and stream films but the signal was quite poor most of the time which caused issues logging in. This is a shame as it meant lots of films stopped playing halfway through. This was one of my only negatives about the whole park though (and that’s not really the end of the world!)woolacombe

The Platinum caravans have one double room, two twin-bedded rooms and a pull out double bed-settee in the lounge, sleeping up to 8 people (maximum 6 adults) – all with duvets & pillows. We decided to give the children a room each so they didn’t wake each other up and my husband and I slept in the lounge. Had Benjamin not needed a travel cot (or woken regularly through the night), I would have put the two children together and utilised the third bedroom. As it was, the space worked well though and you’d have more than enough room for 8 people providing none were in cots.

Spectacular Views

Aside from the accommodation itself, the views from the caravan were truly breath-taking. You had both gorgeous countryside and beautiful ocean views from our caravan and the sunsets were stunning too.img_7797

As the beach was just a short walk away and the UK’s number 1 beach (although not hugely buggy friendly!) we would tend to go to the beach in the morning and head back to the holiday park in the afternoon to make use of the heated swimming pools, kid’s clubs, crazy golf, children’s play park, bouncy castle, arcades and UV Disco bowling! We only used the indoor swimming pool as the outdoor one was always busier and with smaller children, they enjoyed the space and warmth inside. Isabella enjoyed the UV bowling but I think older children might be a little disappointed as it’s only two lanes and not what I’d consider a full length bowling alley.img_7544

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There is a licensed clubhouse and food bar with good nightly children’s and adults entertainment. We would go up to the Woolly Bear club after dinner each evening and the children would love running around, dancing, joining in with any games and watching the talent show. We didn’t ever stay for the adult entertainment as we would go and put the children to bed.img_7460

Friendly Staff

The staff were always very friendly and accommodating; nothing was ever too much trouble. My one small criticism though would be that the younger children seemed to get passed over during a lot of the evening entertainment. As much as the young ones tried (3-5), the older children would inevitably get picked for all events. We didn’t ever stay too long so it didn’t make a huge difference to us but when we were there, you could see the disappointment on the really young ones’ faces.

The little convenience shop was perfect for our week’s holiday. There was plenty of choice available to ensure a variety of meals could be cooked in the accommodation and the prices weren’t excessive either. Of course you could also buy all of your Woolly Bear paraphernalia there too.

Overall we had a brilliant stay at Woolacombe Sands. The location is perfect and the holiday park is small, friendly but with ample activities on offer. The site and accommodation were spotlessly clean. If you are looking for a UK destination for your next holiday, I would certainly recommend Woolacombe Sands.img_7843img_7601
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