We booked late only a week before we came for a long weekend. As a family we had not been to Dorset before and we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The kids enjoyed the places visited, Swanage was a good base as it was central to access Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Studland and Corfe. The area is great and reasonably easy to navigate to, not many problems parking, food was mainly fish & chips but we also found alternatives. Our accommodation was in swanage bay view holiday park, on arrival we found our caravan wasnt actually what was discussed with the person when we booked. We specifically asked if the park had areas around the caravan for the kids to play, there was no chance of this as the caravans were on small plots. We also were informed that the caravan would be 14ft wide, ours was 12ft wide which to be fair didnt really matter but as with the central heating we were mis-informed when booking. We stayed in a brand new (platinum) caravan and it was nice, comfortable and with everything we needed in relation to cups, saucers, kitchen utensils etc. The main issue for us was the exterior area, what little space we had wasnt really safe for the kids, paving slabs lifted and not replaced, weeds and generally not what you would expect when you pay nearly £400 for three nights. The swimming was also very expensive at £17 for two adults and 4 kids, and the pool attendants seemed a little over-zealous with no balls or even jumping into the pool permitted. The health & safety police were well and truly on duty! The park and clubhouse were very clean though. In summary, we had a great time, i dont know we would return to this park but it does have its advantages, especially for those without kids.
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