Returning to Landguard, Park Dean Resorts

Landguard Holiday Park is a Park Dean Resorts caravan park in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. Its next to a larger holiday park, Lower Hyde, and staying at one or the other enables you to use the facilities of both parks. This is the third time we have stayed with Park Dean Resorts after our trip to Mullion Holiday Park, Cornwall last year.

We first came to Landguard in October 2014 as our first holiday as a family of three and thought it would only be appropriate to have our last holiday as a family of three here now I am pregnant. Shanklin itself is a beautiful town and one I can’t wait to bring my baby boy to in the future.

Arriving on Isle of Wight at Ryde Pier Head Train Station to alight for Shanklin and then progress to Landguard Holiday Park

Getting To Landguard Holiday Park

We arrived by public transport and the Wightlink FastCat Ferry service which was very simple. I believe booking a holiday on the Isle of Wight through park dean resorts can also get you free ferry returns for a car but not for foot passengers. If you are going by train and on foot like us, I would recommend purchasing your tickets straight through to your destination as this then includes FastCat ferry from Portsmouth Harbour. We booked our tickets a month in advance using a family and friends railcard which cost us £108 for a return including our ferry crossing. This was from our home all the way down to Shanklin rail station which is an absolute bargain.

Hazel Caravan Landguard Holiday Park, Isle of Wight

From Shanklin rail station you can cross over the road to the map and then down the stairs on the right. This will bring you in front of Lower Hyde park. To continue on to Landguard holiday park keep walking right and across the zebra crossing outside Lidl. There is a public footpath and bridle way just next to turning to Lidl and you can walk down here to access the holiday parks. It’s approximately twenty minutes walk from the station to Landguard holiday park reception which isn’t far but when the path is not really suitable for wheelchairs or prams. Sometimes there are taxis outside the train station or you can book one. A taxi ride from Shanklin sea front to Landguard is around £5 so I imagine from the train station to Landguard holiday park the taxi fare is around the same price.

Check In at Landguard holiday park

Check in is from 4pm however you can arrive early and start using the facilities. You can leave a mobile number with reception who can give you a call if your caravan is ready early. We arrived around 3.30pm and we were able to collect our caravan keys straight away which was great. There are car parks available to use close to the park entrance and further on in for some of the other holiday homes as well as near the lodges. There is a pitching and touring area too and a separate drive and reception just to the left of the main holiday park entrance.

Check in at Landguard holiday park was straightforward and we were given a pack of information, a map to our caravan and a key.  We also arrived in the heatwave of early July 2018 and we were able to hire a fan for a £10 deposit. This was brought over to us around an hour after checking in however we did find keeping the doors and windows open helped cool the caravan down really quickly. The staff at reception are friendly and really helpful.

Our Hazel Caravan at Landguard Holiday Park – new for 2018

We like having a little extra space in a caravan and often paying a bit extra can really make a huge difference. We paid around £250 for our four night break in a Hazel Caravan at Landguard which is brand new for 2018. We were all really impressed with the comfort, stylish and spacious caravan which included all the things you would need for a family break. I’ve written a more in depth post about our caravan and included a video tour in another post.

hazel caravan landguard holiday park seating area

Food and Drink

As we were only having four nights at Landguard holiday park we decided to not to a big food shop and instead got a few snacks and basic essentials for the caravan. I was trying to look for the menu online but struggled to find it so took a few photos to help others. I like to know the cost of the food on site and the type of food offered. The menu is, of course, likely to change but as of summer 2018 this is the menu on site at Landguard holiday park.

Landguard Holiday Park Menu

Landguard Holiday Park Menu

Landguard Holiday Park Menu

The first night after a long day of travel we went to the Boathouse restaurant on site. Sadly, the meal was really disappointing for the £40 we paid. We ordered a sharing platter as a starter however this ended up coming with our main meals which was fine as we were looking happy to share anyway. However, this resulted in my main meal being missed. The food wasn’t very appetising and really put us off eating there for the rest of the break.

Landguard holiday park food

landguard holiday park food sharing platter

We did, however, try again on the Wednesday night as there was a curry night option. This was a curry and a Cobra beer or soft drink for £10.95. Again, for the quality of the food, it wasn’t perfect but it was better. We both had a beef madras curry and Evie had a chicken mayo wrap for £2.95.

landguard holiday park kids chicken mayo wrap

landguard holiday park beef madras

Landguard Holiday Park Entertainment

I love holiday park entertainment and I was so impressed with the availability of entertainment for children and adults. On the first night we walked up to Lower Hyde for the evening and just stayed for the children’s part of the entertainment before walking over to Lidl for some snacks and then heading back to our caravan.

On the second night we headed into Shanklin for dinner and then got a taxi back to Lower Hyde for the evening entertainment only to be told that it had been replaced by the football as England were playing. Now, I don’t really mind that it was changed but I wish we had been told before hand as we probably would have stayed down at the seafront. The park troupers children entertainers were offering to take the kids out to the multi sports court for a game whilst parents watched the foodtball however with Evie being under 8 one of us would have had to go and watch. Evie didn’t want to play so we ended up spending a bit of time in the arcade before heading back down the hill to Landguard holiday park.

We then went to the entertainment lounge to watch the football whilst Evie joined in with the arts and crafts going on and played in the park as we could see her easily from our table. I usually can’t stand football and this is the second time I’ve been Pregnant during a World Cup. Adam isn’t a supporter either (thankfully!!) but we both got caught up in the atmosphere during a really tense game between England and Columbia. I even found myself spontaneously cheering along.

After the match we stayed on to play the Retro Game Show in which we won first prize. However, being pregnant I exchanged my bottle of bubbly for another prize and Evie got a signed certificate from her favourite bunny from the starland krew Sparkle.

Pipsqueak the mouse landguard holiday park kids entertainment

For the third night we stayed at Landguard holiday park for evening entertainment where Evie played some games with Pipsqueak the mouse before heading outside to the park again with some friends. We took part in the TOP 5 quiz game and again won first place with 65 points. It was good fun and we walked away with some headphones. We then stayed on for a bit of a sing along before walking back to the caravan and getting to bed.

For our last night we decided to stay put at Landguard holiday park again for the evening. This time the Park Live event was from sleight of hand comedy magician Mark James and he was really great. It was nice to see something a bit different on our last evening and he gave us all a great laugh. I love seeing comedy shows when I’m on holiday, they’re great entertainment and offer something completely different than the usual singing and dancing. It was a great atmosphere in the room with everyone laughing along.

Landguard Holiday Park Facilities

Landguard holiday park is quite small however being able to use the facilities of both parks at no extra cost gives you a lot of choice. We mostly used what was on offer at Landguard because the walk up hill to lower Hyde was a bit much for my seven month pregnant self to handle every night. There is an inside and outside swimming pool, on site shop, laundrette, restaurant, show lounge and two play parks for children. It’s around a 30 minute walk down to the seafront or £5 by taxi where you’ll find plenty of things to do in Shanklin.

lower hyde swimming pool that guests at Landguard holiday park can use

One of the Pools at Lower Hyde holiday park that guests at Landguard can use

 

landguard holiday park play area

Overall we have really enjoyed our week away and have come home feeling refreshed. A week away was just what we all needed to recharge and spend some quality time together as a family. Hopefully over the summer holidays we can get out for a few days but this has been a great break away as our last holiday as a family of three.

Here’s a little holiday vlog of our week on the Isle of Wight and staying at Landguard Holiday Park in Shanklin

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