Family Fun at Ruda Holiday Park, Croyde Bay, Devon
Hey there, how’s it going? Are you longing for a summer holiday?! After all the snow last week, I can’t wait for a bit of warmth. If you want to see some of our snow fun, take a nose on Instagram 🙂
Today on the blog I’m sharing with you the fun we had at Ruda Holiday Park in Croyde Bay, Devon. We stayed at the park for seven nights last October during half term. And we had a fantastic time. The weather wasn’t amazing but it was lovely to get away from the same old. I love taking a blogging break too, and generally enjoy chilling out in the holiday home!
Ruda is located on the west Devon coast (EX33 1NP) right at the top near Ilfracombe, Croyde and not far from Barnstaple. There really is one road in and one road out. You get to know Saunton and Braunton very well. Braunton seemed to get gridlocked at the end of the day when we were heading back to the park.
The park is a short walk (five minutes?) from Croyde beach. It’s lovely and the sand seems to span for miles and miles. It was cold though!
Cascades Tropical Adventure Pool
There is a pool onsite which has a smaller area for kids, and then a deeper pool with rapids. There are free arm bands to pop on little ones. The only downside with the pool is that you have to pay extra to use it. This has never been the case at other holiday parks, like Haven and Ladram Bay. It just seems a bit odd that if you’re a guest, you have to pay extra. Fortunately we rented a caravan where the owner is part of the owners club. We had passes for the pool so didn’t need to pay more.
Obviously I didn’t take any pictures while swimming but have a look online to take a peek.
The pool was fun and perfect for b. The toddler pool had some small slides which he enjoyed, and he could stand up with no problems.
The park has facilities which are typical of most holiday parks. You’ll find arcades, evening entertainment, an onsite shop, a play ground and an indoor soft play area. There’s a bar/restaurant onsite, as well as a good old fish and chip shop. We ate in the Coast Bar & Kitchen and the food was nice. Typical pub grub to be fair. It was busy though – but what can you expect during half term ey?!
Our absolute favourite pub was The Thatch in Croyde. It would be walkable but little man tends to whinge and the weather wasn’t great.
The Thatch was so warm and cosy and we enjoyed lunch, as well as two dinners here!
They are family friendly, with colouring, and a menu for kids.
The evening entertainment was your typical fun for the kids. We always take B along as he says he wants to have a dance. And guess what, he never flipping dances. Towards the end of the week we didn’t bother going. I’d rather chill at the caravan with a glass of wine, rather than battle my way through a gazillion kids!
The only reason b enjoyed going to the evening entertainment was because we got him a slushie!
Ruda is ideal if you want to try surfing or body boarding. They have a shop where you can hire everything you need. It’s safe to say we DID NOT go surfing. Ha – I don’t even swim well and mr D hates the sea. But yeah, if surfing is your thing then Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands are ideal.
Things to do in the Area
My favourite was Watermouth Castle. It was super quirky and the gardens were beautiful. We also had a fun day at The Milkyway. It was perfect because it pretty much rained all day and most of the rides and attractions were indoors.
Play and Fish
There are some fishing lakes at Ruda too. Even if you’re not into fishing, it’s nice to walk around on an evening!
B loved the play park too.
Our holiday home was lovely at Ruda. It really was home from home and we had everything we needed. We rented it privately through Mr D’s work. Here are a few pics of the inside. The caravans are so modern these days, with heating throughout.
The kitchen had everything we needed.
And our bedroom was comfy and warm.
Have you been to Ruda Holiday Park? It’s smaller than some of the larger Haven parks we’ve been to. I liked that though as it meant we didn’t have to trek miles on an evening with little man. If you’re looking for a beach break, away form it all then Ruda is ideal!
Disclaimer: There is none! Just an honest write-up of our holiday in North Devon!