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Holiday parks - Is there anything nicer than Butlins but naffer than Center Parcs?

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SindyTellsMe Mon 04-Jul-11 19:08:05

I'm looking for somewhere family-friendly with lots of activities on-site that isn't as chaotic/unhealthy as Butlins, but not quite as pleased with itself (and its prices) as Center Parcs.

Any ideas?

NandH Mon 28-Oct-13 12:37:29


must remember to check dates!!!

NandH Mon 28-Oct-13 12:36:32

Sandy balls is brilliant!
There's also a park in the new forest that has a handful of lovely lodges with hot tubs, the parks facilities are dated though so you'd have to venture out for activities, its reasonably priced too, think its called oakdene.

givemeaclue Mon 28-Oct-13 08:14:01

Thread is 2 years old, presume op has booked a holiday now!

paneer Sun 27-Oct-13 23:55:26

bluestone is brilliant

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sat 26-Oct-13 20:28:18

Haven Burnham on sea was much nicer than it sounds!

It was right next to the beach and the facilities were great! We paid extra for a decent caravan and we loved it.

We did Hoseasons pre children and I wasn't impressed. They were smelly, damp lodges. We always did it on the cheap though, I'm sure if you pay a bit more the accommodation would be less stinky! It was 12 years ago too.....

Damnautocorrect Sat 26-Oct-13 20:12:40

I was going to suggest bluestones as well

stella69x Sat 26-Oct-13 18:24:45

If you are looking at the SW as a destination, John Fowler holiday parks are worth a look I have found their accommodation has more kitchen equipment than haven.

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MugglesandLuna Tue 06-Sep-11 11:04:51

We went on a John Fowler holiday too (although it was in 2005). It was grim.

sandyballs Mon 22-Aug-11 21:55:47

Def sandyballs, so lovely. Been about 10 times, hence the nickname grin. haven church farm also ok, one of their best ones near chichester.

CDMforever Mon 22-Aug-11 21:46:50

Also Potters is good. Food is FAB!

CDMforever Mon 22-Aug-11 21:44:53

Check out Crowhurst Park in Battle, East Sussex.
We've just got back from a 4 nite stay in a pine lodge for £589.
Really quiet considering it was the middle of the summer hols, no clampets, gorgeous pool, grounds.
Booked through Hoseasons.
We've done both Butlins and Center Parcs, Crowhurst is nearer the classier Center Parcs end but at half the price.

year2mum Fri 19-Aug-11 20:52:35

Ribby Hall (10 miles out of Blackpool)is a great park - it is in the Hoseasons brochure or look at their website and book direct. Much nicer than Haven though pricier.

youarekidding Mon 08-Aug-11 20:51:19

Sandy Balls is brilliant - I love it there too as does DS. They have nice lodges aswell as caravan and pitch options.

Also look at Freshwater beach holiday Park in Burton Bradstock Nr Bridport. It does mobile homes and has a new indoor pool and bowling lane built this year. Lots for the family to do during day too outdoors so not one of those holidys that is entirely weather dependent.

Try and look at Shorefields as well. Although I think they may be upper price bracket?

pointydog Mon 08-Aug-11 20:45:23

I've stayed at Ribby Village (fnar) near Blackpool and it was rather nice. Good accommodation, activities and parks.

blowthewindsoutherly Mon 08-Aug-11 20:30:06

Sandy Balls, seriously, I love it there.

Or Bluestone?

DOLLYDAYDREAMER Mon 08-Aug-11 20:26:43

we have visited HOBURNE NAISH a couple of times - they have caravans, & chalets but also some fab luxury lodges. its a great site , well spaced out with pools & entertainment club & family restaurant. Its definately not butlins but smaller & much friendlier. its on the coast near the new forest, not far from Bournemouth. i think it is in the Hoseasons book but you can book with them direct. its a privately owned group of sites, there are another 2 nearby but i think they just have caravans.

IloveDMs Thu 28-Jul-11 22:26:32

I have been told Potters in Great Yarmouth is good.

happyhorse Fri 08-Jul-11 17:00:23

Hmmm, well I stayed in one of the Butlins hotels and the food was very disappointing - 101 things to do with turkey on the cheap. Also a very strange selection of Chinese/Indian/roast type food but nothing that you could really make a complete meal out of without ending up with very strange assortment. But as you said, kudos to Katie smile

If you fancy North Norfolk then take a look at Searles. We stayed there earlier in the year and it's definitely a happy medium between Butlins and CP.

SindyTellsMe Wed 06-Jul-11 16:18:35

By the way we are actually Butlins premier club members and have had some happy times there. Unhealthy was more about food choices, although I must admit there was an improvement last time we went (memories of DH going to the Annabel Karmel stand in the food court and claiming our toddler wanted seconds!)

SindyTellsMe Wed 06-Jul-11 16:12:43

Katie, kudos for popping up! smile

WeAreButlins Wed 06-Jul-11 12:47:46

Hi there. I saw SindyTellsMe's comments about Butlins being chaotic and unhealthy so just wanted to pop by to address them.

We know our resorts can be busy during school holidays, but we've addressed this in recent years by providing more open spaces where you can relax and unwind and we've invested millions in improving the landscaping and overall appearance of our resorts.

As well as this, all 3 of our resorts are right on the beach, so if you don't find a nice spot on the grass to take some time out, you can always grab your bucket and spade and make the short walk to the seaside. If you have tots, I'd also recommend coming along during term-time as things are always less busy and there are shorter queues for things like rides and shows.

In response to your comments about being unhealthy, I wanted to reassure you that we have very strict procedures in place to maintain high levels of cleanliness and hygiene at all times. In our guest satisfaction survey, 90% of our guests rated the cleanliness and hygiene on resort as 'good', 'very good', or 'excellent' and we're obviously looking to improve on that each month.

I hope you don't mind me dropping by - I just wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that as a company we understand the concerns mums have when bringing their children on holiday and that we do everything we can to make our resorts a safe, fun and clean place to holiday together.

Katie @ Butlins

allthefires Tue 05-Jul-11 13:55:59

We have stayed in lots of sites! Currently on one now. Its a john fowler and a bit shabby. All haven sites in south west are okay. Best one -devon cliffs.

if any one knows a private owner please pm me. We are wanting to go back next year.

laurz75 Tue 05-Jul-11 13:40:16

Park Resorts in Shanklin, IOW was absolutely HIDEOUS - do not go there!

laurz75 Tue 05-Jul-11 13:38:15

I agree that Butlins is chaotic but it doesn't have to be unhealthy!?
My family went last year and my dc still talk about it now.

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