In the cold, dreary days of January we started turning our minds to summer. We had an awesome summer holiday the year before and looked forward to summer sunshine on a sandy, British beach. Feeling bored of holidays to Caister and the Great Yarmouth area, I started the search for somewhere new. Well new-ish.
I’d been to Hunstanton many times before, climbing over the sandy dunes to get to Old Hunstanton beach is a clear memory from my childhood holidays. I knew it was a family friendly place and, whilst Hunstanton beach is a bit stony in places, there’s fabulous sandy beaches at Old Hunstanton and Holme-next-the-Sea just 10 minutes drive away.
So I started looking for suitable places to stay. There are two main caravan parks in Hunstanton, Searles Leisure Resort and Park Resorts Manor Park which is right next door. We chose Manor Park and booked a platinum caravan for a four night stay. We paid a small deposit and the booking was confirmed via email (no postal confirmation is sent) with the balance to pay 6 weeks before the holiday. Which was our first and only snag, I tried to pay the balance online and the website crashed and said it couldn’t find our booking. I searched on Twitter and I wasn’t the only one who had troubles with the website. So I phoned them the next day, the booking was all fine and I paid the balance over the phone.
Eventually, August rolled around and it was time to pack (Ugh…the worst bit about holidays…packing, and all the washing when you get home!) and we set off for Sunny Hunny. After a 2 hour drive and a stop mid way for a picnic we arrived around 2pm. Check in time for platinum caravans is 1.30pm so in theory the caravan should be all ready for us, and it was. I’m always happy when you can get straight into your caravan and off to the beach. The caravan was gorgeous inside and out.
It was clean, the beds were made and fluffy white towels provided. There was a dining table the whole family could easily fit around and plenty of space for my husband and I to stretch out in front of the TV with a glass of wine once the kids were in bed.
Outside there was decking, a couple of chairs and a table. Perfect for relaxing whilst watching the kids feed the ducks that lived in the duck pond just to the front of the caravan.
One thing that really surprised us, aside from the lovely location of our caravan, was that the site was so quiet! We could walk from one end of the site to the other and only see a few other people on the way. I love peace and quiet on holiday!
Whilst the site was clean and quiet, we found the children’s play area a bit lacking. It looked more geared towards older children, our 7 year old could probably have managed it but our 5 year old couldn’t. The evening entertainment wasn’t to our tastes either as, after a bit of entertainment for children, they started playing bingo. We were stunned when everyone was asked to stop talking for the bingo. The bar and entertainment area was also the only place to eat on site, so anyone just having an evening meal with their family was asked to be quiet whether they were playing bingo or not.
The food was ok, the portion size for the kids meals we’re quite small (ordered smiley face chips with their meals and they only got three each!). They were very helpful with food allergy and intolerance though. I need gluten free food, I ordered a jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw. A waitress came to inform us they’d run out of potatoes. I asked if the salmon salad was gluten free, she went off to check, it wasn’t. How about the naked burger (beef or chicken, with salad and salsa, no bun, no chips)? She ran off to check, “yes it is, but recommend you have the chicken as the beef is cooked on a grill with other gluten containing things”. I was pleased they were so helpful and knew to avoid cross contamination too.
Also on site was a small arcade, there’s more arcades just around the corner from the site, so if you like to spend your evenings on the coin pushers and air hockey there’s plenty of those. Hunstanton also has crazy golf, boat rides and a Sea Life Centre along the seafront. There’s no shop on site but there’s a Tesco just outside the site.
Overall, we enjoyed our time staying at Park Resorts Manor Park. Whilst there was less on site than other caravan parks we’ve been to in the past, the fact that Hunstanton was so easy to get around (no traffic, easy to find parking spaces though many things in walking distance) made it easy to get off site and do things…which is what we were after now the kids are bigger. It was a quiet site and the pretty duck ponds made it feel so peaceful, we felt like we were the only one’s there enjoying time to ourselves by the seaside.
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