Friday, 20 August 2010

Holiday Review - Warden Springs, Park Resorts

Warden Springs,
Park Resorts
Isle of Sheppey

This was a last minute holiday for me and my four children.

My Mum had booked a caravan for the week and my sister and her family, who originally were to be holidaying with Mum, unfortunately couldn't make it, so we stepped in to replace them.

Mum has been on many a Park Resort holiday in her time, but this was my first time.

After the long drive down from Norfolk, we entered a somewhat grotty, small looking camp. Although the grey, damp weather didn't help matters.

Caravans were placed haphazardly, some laid up on bricks to prevent them from sinking into the ground.
The reception was small and despite us being the only people in there, we were rushed through our 'greeting' and hurriedly told where our caravan was situated.

Upon finding our caravan, we found it to be clean and spacious. However we soon realised that it lacked certain necessities, like a working can opener, a vegetable peeler and oven essentials like a second rack or any baking trays!

We walked the 3 minutes to the park shop and were extremely disappointed to find that it was no bigger then our caravan kitchen/dining area and stocked very little!
When we asked where the nearest supermarket was, we were informed that it was over 13miles away in Sittingbourne, back across the Sheppey Crossing on the mainland.

A little frustrated, we decided to head out to the on park restaurant for dinner instead.

The 'restaurant', and I put this in inverted commas, as it was actually a small kitchen located to the side of the bar in the main entertainment area (which again was incredibly small)
The music was blasting out from the in house DJ, Carl (one of only 2 'Funstars') while we were trying to eat.
The food was overcooked , tasteless and very pricey.

The call for Bingo went up at about 6.30pm, they asked for interested participants to raise their hands.
Mum was very keen, but when only 3 hands raised, Carl announced that they needed at least 11 people over the age of 18, in order to play.
We looked around the room in astonishment, there were clearly less then 11 people in the room and the majority of them were obviously under the age of 18years!
And thus the trend was set for each night of our weeks stay..

The children's 'Sparky's Funtime' entertainment didn't start until 8pm every night, which I personally thought was very late. Although the children enjoyed it, each night they were forced to play the exact same games, which was painstakingly brain numbing for us parents.

We managed to find Tesco Supermarket in Sheerness on the Island, after googling the area and calling their customer services line to make sure it was an actual supermarket and not an express store (Thank you Tesco!)

We visited the nearby Leysdown and spent some time on the beach there, before the immensely quick tide came in!

We also took a tour of Sheerness' high street and had a bit of retail therapy. The nearby McDonald's sheltering us from a freak rain storm!

Overall the experience was enjoyable, but you make the holiday what it is, luckily, or else, you would be hugely disappointed with this particular park.

Notice that I didn't mention swimming?
That is because there was only 1 pool, which was outdoors, and tiny!
We did not use this during our trip.

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