Caravan was a Kestrel. Smaller than we are used to (we knew that on booking - only 2 bedrooms rather than 3) but immaculate. Nice shower - powerful but slippy. Great cooker. Could have done with better knives. Having a music system that pipes music into each room is a great idea but totally useless for me as it was CD only and had nowhere to plug an ipod into. I haven't had CDs for years! TV signal was variable - but we weren't there to watch TV.
Park - much of the park is tourers. I do go camping but don't think I would here - it seemed very cramped and packed in close together. Perhaps its just personal preference. The static caravans were also packed in - I'm sure they are legal and safe - just seemed packed in. The site is nice - but not many big open spaces.
The toilets for the tourers near the main complex stunk.
Pool is great. They swim test kids before letting them go on the big slide as the landing pool is deep. This is a great idea but apparently many parents get stroppy and argue with the lifegaurds over this. It was very hot but outdoor pool was far too cold to use which was a shame.
There are a couple of soft play areas for which its parents responsibility to supervise - they don't of course. My kids are small and a couple of times I had to step in and stop violent behaviour from older kids who shouldn't even have been on there. Apart from one occasion I was the only parent even bothering to supervise my kids on the soft play - and this was before peak season so probably worse over the holidays.
AMusements are ok - lots of them give those ripoff tickets as prizes to exchange for cheap crap. Bit of a shame as the kids all fall for it and think they are doing well when they end up with 100's of worthless tickets with which they buy cheap plastic rubbish.
We ate in the main restaurant - very nice pub type food - if a little pricey.
Evening - Evening in the Regency room - hmm... Mixed bag really. There were fancy dress competitions which we did not know about in advance so couldn't enter - shame. The email we got a couple of days before going *could* have informed us of this. There was a magician for the kids who was fantastic towards the beginning of the week. Kids were howling with laughter. 30 minutes a night with Louie the lion. Other than that - mostly left me cold. Glow in the dark puppets were good for 10 minutes - but went on for nearly an hour. I did buy the DVD - the kids loved them - I'm not the target audience. Lee Evans tribute seemed popular.
Generally, compared to other parks I have stayed at - it all kicked off an hour later than usual at quarter to 7. There was much less entertainment aimed at toddlers. I would prefer a toddler show, some dancing then some older stuff. Instead we got a couple of dances, a talent show or something similar, Louie the lion then something else. Seemed a bit haphazard and not really catering towards its young audience.
Location - great. close to Yarmouth.
We spent lots of time at Gorleston beach - lovely beach - far better and less commercial than Yarmouth.
Food - chippy, pizza, coffee shop, shellfish, kebabery (closed for the week), American takeaway.
It was ok but not great.
Chippy - long wait - seemed to cook things an order at a time. Took 25 minutes rather than the 10 they said then messed up my order and wanted me to wait another 15 minutes!
Pizza - took 20 minutes rather than the 10 they said, burnt part of my order then made me wait another 15 minutes. Pizza was lightly cooked at best and not very nice.
American place seemed ok - no long wait and edible.
Bar - prices were ok - similar to South East pub prices. Staff were many, not very busy and helpful.
Gift shop - there is the obligatory shop selling character toys.
Payments - annoyingly, in several places where you spend a significant amount of money (the photo-shop (£30) and the gift shop in the corner of the Regency room (£30)) - they only take cash. I expect to be able to pay with a card for this amount of money.
Crazy golf - was fantastic and cheap at £3. The one on the seafront in Yarmouth is not as good and costs £7.
Bike hire was fun and the man working on it was great.
Overrall - far better than many parks I've seen. I would recommend if staying in a static caravan. If camping you might end up close to the entertainment complex or near the road and suffer with noise - best to make a request when booking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vauxhall Holiday Park is part of Parkdean Resorts and Great Yarmouth's only five star holiday park. The park offers holiday home accommodation, chalets and you can also bring your own tent or tourer. The park also boasts glamping with their new Camping Mega Pods The indoor water world, adventure play area and entertainment are all INCLUDED in the price of your holiday, along with much more! Vauxhall is a great location to explore Great Yarmouth and the Norfolk Broads. Vauxhall Holiday Park is proud to be a tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner. ... more less
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