When I was a child my view of holiday parks was totally shaped by Hi-de Hi and my Grandad’s memories and I thought they looked great fun. Su Pollard had lived on my Grandad’s road so we had to watch it every week and cheer when we spotted her. She used to admire Grandad’s fishing hat (an old yellow and brown striped tea cosy) she was never best known for her classy or subtle fashion sense.
My grandad would tell me about going as a child every summer to a holiday park and taking part in knobbly knees contests and talent shows. In his stories the sun always shone, his dad always dropped the icecream and they were always enormous, he always won the best sandcastle competition and made loads of new friends. I have to say I thought his holiday parks sounded brilliant!
My first experience of a holiday park was a few years ago when funds were tight and the children were small. The holiday camp we chose was by the sea had it had an indoor heated pool and on site entertainment. Everything we needed was right there for the sunny days (and Grandad did you fib?) for the not so sunny days too.We had a magical time , everything was just so ‘easy’.
It was a far cry from Hi de Hi but there was some brilliant shows for the kids in the evenings. There were also discos, a circus, and yes a talent show too , though our kids were way too shy to enter but they loved watching. It provided safe, fun and no extra expense evening of entertainment for the kids. The staff were really friendly and fun too. There were so many activity options: aerobics, assault courses, tennis, soccer , painting anything you possibly think of really to keep kids amused, Have to say I was very pleasantly surprised.
At Richardson’s Holiday Parks you can even take your dog which is fabulous if yours is one of the family. It really is a place for the whole family with bingo for the older generation and Elle the Elephant and Ritchie the Monkey (the mascots) leading the way for the kids.Holiday parks really are about bringing whole families together and you see generations of families coming together for a bit of fun and relaxation. I think that’s great.
After our first experience of a holiday camp we have never looked back and we have been to several over the last few years.Last year we just had a long weekend away at one and we had so much fun. Because they are in the UK your travel time needn’t gobble up a day of your holiday at either ed and so short breaks are a viable option. Your kids don’t arrive jet lagged and cranky and you can definitely hit the ground running.
Most of all I think the reason I like holiday camps is because you get such good value for money at holiday parks and you don’t have to keep putting your hand in your pocket to entertain the kids.