Family Fun at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, Bude, Cornwall
Hey there and welcome to the blog. We hope you are all well and looking forward to summer. Which is well on the way! To get you in the holiday mood we’re sharing our recent stay at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park in Bude, Cornwall. We had a fantastic time at this site and can’t wait to show you some of our photos.
Widemouth Bay Caravan Park is part of John Fowler Holiday Parks. If you’re not familiar with John Fowler, they operate a number of parks throughout Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. We had a brilliant stay at Trelawne Manor in Looe last year. We love a caravan holiday so when John Fowler invited us to stay at this park, we were really excited to go!
It’s no secret, we absolutely LOVE Cornwall. The beaches, the miles of coastline, the quaint little villages and seaside towns. Yep, Cornwall is one of my favourite places to take a holiday. And it isn’t far from Weston-super-Mare either. It took us around 2 and a half hours, with a stop off at the National Trust property, Killerton House.
The caravan park wasn’t difficult to find and using the postcode and Sat Nav, we had no problems at all. The park is set in 50 acres of beautiful grounds and has everything you need for a fun-packed family holiday. Let’s start with where we stayed for the weekend.
The site offers lots of accommodation options to suit every budget. There’s a range of caravan models to choose from, offering either two or three bedrooms. If you prefer to bring your own caravan or tent then there are over 100 touring pitches too. Plenty of space and gorgeous views. We stayed in a three bedroom, platinum plus caravan. This is the most spacious and luxurious caravan the park offer. The three bedrooms certainly come in handy now that we have Lewis. I much prefer to put him down in his own room, in his travel cot. I don’t trust B not to wake him.
Spacious, Open Plan Living
The caravans have an open plan living space, comprising lounge, kitchen and diner. The kitchen is well stocked with crockery, utensils, pots and pans. It also has a microwave and dishwasher. The microwave was handy because we’re bottle feeding and use a steriliser.
The dishwasher is a nice addition too. However we forgot to take any tabs so we ended up washing up after all. There is a handy welcome pack to greet you when you arrive. You’ll find a dish cloth, sponge and bin liner, as well as tea and coffee sachets. It would have been useful to have a couple of dishwasher tabs in this.
We had glorious weather during our stay so there was no need to use the central heating. If you are staying during the colder months though, this will come in handy. There is central heating throughout, a fire in the lounge and double glazing. Long gone are the days of cold caravans!
After a busy day exploring, you’ll want a comfy bed to rest your head. The platinum caravan we stayed in has one double and two single rooms. We put B in one of the singles and Lew in the other. The beds can easily be moved to accommodate a travel cot.
All bed linen is included and beds are made up upon arrival. The caravans don’t come with towels so you do need to pack these. Remember to pack swimming towels too. If you’re going away soon, have a look at our handy packing list here.
Enjoy the Views
The view from the caravan was beautiful. Rolling, green hills and blue sky. There is a small decking area to the side of caravan, complete with rattan garden furniture. We spent every evening sat outside, enjoying a drink or two once Lew was in bed.
Overall, this accommodation is perfect for a family of four needing a bit more space. Once Lew is older, he and B will definitely share a room and we can go back to a two bed. The only downside to our caravan was no parking outside the property. We had to park at the bottom of a hill and walk up. It wasn’t a huge deal but a bit of a faff with the pram and all the bags. I do like to have a space to the side of the caravan for convenience. I noticed though that most of the plots didn’t come with parking spaces. To note, there is plenty of parking, just not right outside the caravans.
At Widemouth Bay Caravan Park there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained onsite. We were fortunate to have two days of glorious sunshine during our stay. If it does rain while you’re there, don’t worry as there’s plenty to do inside too.
Take a Splash
There is a heated indoor swimming pool which we made use of while on our holiday. B absolutely loves swimming and Lew enjoyed having a splash around too. The pool is a good size and starts off about one meter deep, sloping down to two meters.
Around the poolside are a number of chairs and loungers which made changing Lew a bit easier. I find it easier to lie him down on a towel rather than squish into a changing room.
The pool is open daily from 10am with a break between 1-2pm. There are a number of water activities you can book too – zorbs and aqua gliders.
Get some Fresh Air
If the weather is dry then the kids will love the outdoor play area and crazy golf. Just pick up the clubs and balls for free at reception.
There’s also a huge playing field behind the main entertainment complex. Me, Lew and Daddy enjoyed a cheeky drink in the sunshine while B ran wild on the field.
When B was younger, he used to love the disco and character shows when we were away. Now he likes to go to the disco because it means he gets an ice slushie! We took the boys to the disco on Friday night and B was more content to sit and observe. Lew seemed to enjoy the music and lights, even though he was hanging and ready for bed.
B and I popped down again on the Sunday evening at 6pm and they were playing a number of games – hide and seek, and then tag outside. B enjoyed having a little run around.
After the kids disco and entertainment there’s bingo and a full program which goes on right up to the 11pm. We were in bed by ten most nights!
I almost forgot to include the arcade – another of B’s favourites. You’ll find a number games, two pence machines, grabbers and whackers. Basically a load of things designed to empty your pockets of all your change! I think it’s time B did some jobs for pocket money!
Food and Drink
When we go away we tend to pack a few essentials and then pop to a local supermarket to stock up. At this park you’re lucky as you have a couple of options in Bude which is around 5 miles away. You also have a MACE shop onsite with all the essentials too – bread, milk, butter. They also sell a few toys, trinkets, gifts and sweets.
If you really can’t be bothered with eating in then you can order food at the bar in the main entertainment complex. The menu is varied, offering things from snacks and jacket potatoes to burgers, salads and pizza.
The bar is well stocked with a wide range of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. B just loves getting an ice slushie on holiday. I think it’s literally his favourite part!
The entertainment complex had a nice atmosphere. Not too busy, very clean and plenty of tables. There’s an outside veranda too which overlooks the playing field.
The park is situated at Widemouth Bay which has a wide, sprawling beach. From the coast road we could see the waves crashing onto the shore. It would be a surfers dream I’m sure. I am not a surfer, or a swimmer for that matter. I’ve never been a huge fan of the ocean. I don’t mind it from afar but going into the water, no thanks. At the top of the hill from the park there is a well located pub and restaurant – The Widemouth Manor. We stopped here on the way back from Bude and had a drink. It would be walkable from the park but all uphill. Definitely not something I’d fancy doing with the pram.
Bude is about five miles up the coast and you have Boscastle, Tintagel and Padstow to the south. It’s a fab base for exploring wider Cornwall.
We’ve been on loads of these types of holidays and when comparing, I really loved this park. It’s smaller than many we’ve been to but it had everything we need and would want from a holiday. B had a fantastic time in the pool and playing golf. The caravan was warm, comfy and clean, and we had a great day out in Bude. This park, in my opinion, has everything to offer families with young children who want something a bit more relaxed and easy going compared with the larger, busy parks. One massive bonus for me was it was quiet on an evening. We could sit on the decking, enjoy the view and relax while the kids went to sleep. Perfect.
Disclaimer: We were invited to this park for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.