We had so much fun at Ladram Bay Holiday Park!
Yay! We finally managed to go on holiday to Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Devon! The last month has been super stressful. If you’re a regular blog reader – hi mum – then you know that my husband snapped his achilles last month. We had to cancel our main family holiday to Menorca and we’ve all been sat at home feeling sorry for ourselves.
But we did it! We managed to get away for a long weekend to Devon! The journey from Weston-super-Mare is not far at all really. Down the M5, off at junction 30 and about 20 minutes down to the coast.
We arrived just before 2pm and our caravan was all ready. And what a fantastic place to spend the weekend! The view is amazing. See for yourself here:
Luxury for the weekend!
Our caravan was perfect for a long weekend break. They’ve come on so much since we went on a caravan holiday back in 2007. That caravan was cold and mouldy. I’m pleased to say this wasn’t the case with our Ladram Bay caravan.
It’s as modern as you can get with central heating, double glazing and carpet. The master bedroom has an en-suite which is very handy.
Little man had his own bedroom and we hired a bed guard so I knew he wouldn’t roll out.
We had everything we needed in the kitchen, although we ate out most of the time, enjoying the view at Pebbles Restaurant. We did enjoy a few drinks on our decking though – and with a view like this, it would be rude not to!
Today on the blog I’m going to share with you 8 reasons why Ladram Bay Holiday Park is perfect for a family holiday.
Grab a cuppa and a cake from the Beach Shack and enjoy sitting on the front and watching the waves roll in. The Beach Shack is ideal come rain or shine with ample seating indoors and out. They stock loads of beach items too so if you’ve forgotten your bucket and spade, you can pick them up here.
The beach is absolutely beautiful and definitely somewhere you want to head to if the weather is dry. It’s accessed down a slope and fortunately the hubby could navigate his way down on crutches. There are lots of picnic tables all along the front so we parked him up here with a coffee while me and b went off to explore.
The beach is pebbly but don’t let that put you off. I actually like pebbles because it means we can throw them into the sea and hunt for cool stones and shells. Sand is so overrated – it gets everywhere! The tide times are published opposite the beach shack so if you time it right, you might get a bit of sand to dig in.
We were lucky enough to see a few boats and kayaks pass too. We even saw the fishermen launch the boat a couple of times. Because the ramp was then clear, b loved sliding down it!
If you’re not familiar with this part of Devon, Ladram Bay sits along the Jurassic Coast. This area is renowned for fossils, and if you have time and patience, you might find some! The beach is enclosed in it’s very own little enclave and exclusive to guests of Ladram Bay Holiday Park. It really is perfect.
If you want to explore the bay then you can do so by boat or kayak. I’m not a huge boat fan to be honest and what with J and his crutches…we stuck to the beach!
The Pebbles Restaurant
I don’t know about you but when I’m on holiday, I can’t always be bothered to cook and wash up. For this reason we visited the Pebbles Restaurant a few times for dinner. They serve breakfast as well from 9am and offer a Sunday Carvery from 12pm if you really don’t want to cook!
The menu is varied with a good selection of veggie options too. Although I went for my typical scampi.
B had a kids meal and enjoyed his honey roasted sausages. You can see below that the portion sizes are really generous! Daddy had to help B finish his chips.
The view from Pebbles is great and if the weather is good, there is loads of seating outside to enjoy the view.
Making a Splash in the Swimming Pool
I won’t lie, I’m not a keen swimmer. I don’t like the changing rooms, I always find the pool cold and I hate hate hate getting changed again. When the hubby snapped his achilles, I knew swimming duty would be down to me. So off b and I went for a swim and it was actually really fun. And I’m not just saying that. I genuinely really enjoyed playing in the splash pool with B. We had a really fab time together.
When you enter the swimming complex, there is a large café and seating area. I could have brought J and parked him here to watch but he stayed at the caravan. B and I went through to the changing area and you’re immediately prompted to take your shoes off. I LOVE this for so many reasons. There is nothing worse than getting changed in a cubicle covered in mud and grass.
The changing rooms were clean and tidy and there were plenty of lockers. They take the old pound coins at the mo and a few had new pound coins stuck. Oops!
There are two pool areas. One large, regular swimming pool with a Jacuzzi area and then a toddler splash pool. The toddler pool was great for b and we spent the whole time splashing and playing here. The pool complex was also really warm. This makes a welcome change for me because I usually find I’m freezing when I get out of the water. This wasn’t the case here and B and I even spent some time lounging on the sun loungers!
B loved the little slides and water sprayers. He isn’t so sure on big slides in general but there was a small one in the pool he enjoyed playing on. We went down one of the bigger ones together and got soaked. And he watched me go down a few times on my own!
The toddler pool is a constant depth of about a foot or so – don’t quote me! The water is warm and it was perfect for b to wander around and play freely, witout me worrying he could trip or slip into deeper water. We did venture into the big pool for a “proper” swim. The temperature is cooler than the toddler pool and I found this refreshing and enjoyed splashing about with the little man in the water. Again the main pool is a constant depth of around 1.2 metres.
The pool area also includes a steam room and sauna but I didn’t get a chance to try these out as I was with the little man.
It’s also worth noting the Adventure Golf next to the pool complex – it looks awesome! It comes complete with huge dinosaurs and waterfalls. When we return to Ladram Bay, we will definitely try this out with daddy!
I know, I know, the evening entertainment isn’t everyone’s idea of fun but when you have a little one excited to see Captain Scratch, Pickles the Parrot and Ozzie the Otter then yes, it makes sense to get yourself down to the toddler disco! This starts at half 6 and typically one of the characters comes out at 7.
B loves the characters but as soon as they come out he goes super shy, wants his blanket and snuggles into mummy. I find it a little frustrating because I really want him to let himself go.
I don’t mind taking b to the entertainment because although he sits staring, he says he enjoys it. And mummy and daddy get to have a beer and a wine. There is a little shop where you can buy light up wands and sparkly sticks. B wanted a wand and then spotted another kid with an LED gun. Cue whinging about wanting a gun instead for the whole holiday.
B managed to come out of his shell a little on the last night with some encouragement from one of the children’s entertainers. Hats off to them because they work so hard every evening to keep all the kids amused!
Soft play and Arcades
If the weather is pants, and let’s face it, it often is in the UK, then fortunately there are loads of things you can do onsite, indoors. There is a small soft play which is perfect for little ones, complete with slide and treasure chest lookout. Well placed are loads of comfy seats for the parents to hang out too.
In the same area as the soft play you have an arcade area. This has the typical slot machines and racing games. B loves trying out the racing and motorbike rides. I never put any money in but he enjoys pretending. I did bring a huge box of change with us to use on the two pence machines as b loves popping those down the chutes.
Located in the main complex is also a climbing wall. If you’re looking for something challenging to do then this would be ideal. B is still a little young for this so we didn’t try it out.
Captain Scratch’s Pirate Boat
At the main Three Rocks complex you’ll find the outdoor play area for children. There’s an area for under 7s and then lots of equipment for older kids including wooden rope bridges and climbing frames and a huge pirate ship to climb on and explore.
B really enjoyed pretending to be a pirate on the ship!
Pickles’ Playtime Fun
On our first morning we headed over to Ozzie’s Den for the Pickle’s playtime session. There were a number of activities which b could play with. He particularly liked the giant Jenga – not to play Jenga of course, but to build ramps for his cars!
Everything in one place!
And finally to finish off our Ladram Bay write up – it’s just ideal to have everything in one place! We stayed three nights and we didn’t leave the site once. We had everything we needed from restaurants, the shop, the beach and plenty of activities and things to do.
Have you been to Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Devon? Do you prefer to go abroad or have you since found holidaying the UK a bit easier with little ones? We certainly have since having B – no more long haul for the minute!
If you’re planning a break in the UK then for us, Ladram Bay had everything we needed for a perfect family holiday. It was even relaxing even though the hubby was on crutches and I had to do pretty much everything!
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Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at Ladram Bay Holiday Park. Thoughts and opinions on our holiday are honest and all my own.