We are 2 adults and an 11 yr old boy and were the only tent people on the site. The tent area is the furthest away from the amenities but it's a nice stroll, though quite far back again. This did mean we were in the quietest part of the site, which is big. The grounds are lovely, very well kept and clean. The toilet block is heated which was a joy on particularly chilly nights. The tent pitches are sort of 'pitch where you want' in the defined area but you can have an electric hook up so obviously would need to be near those if needed. We chose a site on the top of the small hill so we had a good view but boy was it rocky! It bent our heavy duty pegs.
It was a particularly quiet time of year due to the weather I'm guessing. It stopped throwing it down long enough for us to get the tent up and all through the night but being on the hill it drained well. Even the bottom of the hill wasn't soggy. The pool and cafe were popular and a bit too busy for me on night one but the 'boys' enjoyed the pool every day. I went once and it was very nice and not too crowded for the 7-9pm swim.
We ate at the restaurant after doing a long walk in the surrounding area and it was manna from heaven. Very nice food and not too pricey.
The shop is very handy and very well stocked. Heavy duty tent pegs, milk, bread or everything you might need to cook a family dinner.
The staff were very friendly and pleasant. I turned my ankle on our way to eat one evening and the staff brought me ice and a first aider!
The site felt safe enough for our son to go off by himself to any of the play areas or have a run. There were lots of children on bikes. Many, many people had dogs and were on the whole responsible about picking up after them. Although I can't vouch for the specific exercise areas as we didn't walk that way.
There are many public footpaths around the area and a 30 min drive gets you to Windermere where there is a great little motor museum and cafe and bus to catch the lake cruise. Had I remembered we would have taken the guided walk across Morecambe bay.
The staff were again very helpful when our car battery was dead and attempted a jump start.
I suspect this site gets very busy during peak times, so there would be lots of children to play with. But, we prefer quieter times / smaller sites. We may come back and use a static caravan later in the yr when we take our new dog away, but it isn't the cheapest place to stay in a tent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holgates Silverdale is set just south of the Lake District in the beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is Silverdale and Arnside. A park for all your needs we accommodate tourers, campers, glampers and static owners. A large park which still manages to feel intimate we pride ourself on not only our location but our customer service. A large pool with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi are perfect for relaxing in and our cafe and bar are open from 9am til late and we serve food until 9pm. We are open all year round for camping, touring and if you own a static you can come all year round too! It's the perfect park for all the family so book now to come see the magic that is Holgates Silverdale ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Holgates Silverdale Holiday Park Lancashire