We have just returned from our very first family holiday in what truly felt like a home away from home at Park Resorts Landguard Holiday Park in Shanklin on Isle of Wight. Myself and my partner knew we just needed a little break away and booked our Monday-Friday break at the end of August. Due to late booking we were required to pay off our holiday in full and the entire break including cancellation cover cost £177 in a Gold Plus Caravan – the park offer Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Accommodation in 2 or 3 bed sizes as well as luxury lodges and a touring and pitching area. I was very happy with the price we paid as when searching for our holiday saw just how high a price you can pay in peak times and as we had the chance to upgrade to a Gold caravan it made the break feel a little bit more luxurious.
One of the perks of upgrading is an earlier check-in time of 1.30pm rather than 4pm for the Bronze caravans. We didn’t have very far to travel as we live in Hampshire however we were travelling on foot by train and ferry so being able to have a bit more flexibility on which time we could check in was ideal. For those travelling by car the park offer a free ferry crossing during particular times of the year which is ideal for families however it would have been nice to take advantage of this ourselves.
Shanklin was very easy to get to as it is a straight through train from Ryde straight off the ferry down to the last stop. The holiday park is a ten minute walk from the train station however there are taxi’s available from the pick up point outside the station. I believe the park offers some caravans for dogs too.
Upon arrival at the park, we checked in around 3pm on the Monday, and the reception staff were incredibly welcoming and helpful pointing out where everything was and how to find our accommodation. We were handed a little envelope full of information about the park and our stay as well as our facilities passes which were included in the price of our holiday. We were also told we could use the park next door’s facilities, named Lower Hyde, however throughout our stay didn’t feel the need to go over and stayed within our own resort.
Walking into our caravan was lovely. It was a fantastic size and featured a lovely warming electric fire place, television with freeview and really comfy seating for the three of us to snuggle up together. There was also a good sized dinning table and fully equipped kitchen with gas oven. The entire caravan was immaculate in terms of cleanliness and we were really impressed. Our beds were made up for us on arrival and there was plenty of storage for our belongings. Due to the amount of travelling we had done on the first day we didn’t really do much other than grab some dinner at The Granary restaurant in takeaway form. The takeaway menu was a little bit limited to burgers and hot dogs but after speaking with the server and chef there we found out that he could do a few more things from the main menu if that is what we wanted as well as anything on the childs menu. A meal for the three of us cost just over £16 however there were plenty of deals available on offer for families including three courses for £12 and feed a family of four for £30 including meals and drinks. There was also a small convenience store on site which was quite expensive but had all the necessities you would need. We grabbed a couple of things but had noticed there was a Lidl a short walk away and a large Co-op Supermarket a little further down the road so we knew supplies would be easily accessible.
Throughout our stay we made good use of the indoor heated swimming pool every day. It wasn’t particularly large but being October and the park not in peak season we either had the entire pool to ourselves or shared it with one or two other families so there was plenty of space to swim. There was also a small paddling area attached to the pool and a water slide as well as two lifeguards around each time and a small bar area for non-swimmers to relax. The pool changing rooms were clean and lockers provided to keep belongings secure. The pool also had a variety of child swimming accessories on sale including swim nappies, goggles, rubber rings and swim vests.
The evening entertainment was particularly good and even with a small amount of children they still had a full entertainment schedule which started at 5.30pm with Funtime. This was specifically for the children and included games, arts and crafts, toys and a special story from one of the Sparkle Krew which is Park Resorts mascots. Evie really took to Sparkle the female rabbit and was really excited when she found out she would be coming to read a story after meeting her when we checked in. The resort have the soft toys of the characters on sale and so we have come home with our very own Sparkle. We also took part in the Linked Bingo which was good fun and very fast paced. Both myself and my partner won on the Holiday Flyer ticket on consecutive nights.
I have to say the staff at Park Resorts Landguard were fantastic, especially Sarah and Harriet who we seemed to see the most of. We have had a fantastic holiday and we will definitely be returning to Isle of Wight next year for hopefully a more summery holiday. The weather might have been a bit miserable but our stay at Landguard is full of wonderful memories. I recommend this park for any family looking for a great family holiday as the park has plenty to see and do for all ages. The Park is very close to the town centre and a short walk to the seafront. I have nothing negative to say about our entire stay on the Isle of Wight and look forward to returning soon!
For more information on Park Resorts or if you’re looking to book your own break away and please take a look at their website www.park-resorts.com