When it comes to booking a family holiday, we all like to spend more time together with our children, grandchildren and those we love and less time doing all the mundane tasks we have to do at home.
Often with self catering holidays one of the first things you need to do is make up all the beds in your accommodation. Or you need to bring it along with you, taking up space in the car, and then the washing machine goes into overdrive once you get home getting it all clean (not to mention the cost!).
But that is now a thing of the past at our holiday parks in Devon where bed linen is now included in all our caravan holidays, holiday lodges, self catering villas and apartments when you book your next holiday directly with Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.
You might be picking up the kids up from school and heading to the seaside for a cheeky escape from the normal routine of work-school-homework on one of our term time short weekend breaks… then if you arrive late the last thing you want to be doing is hospital corners before putting the kids to bed ready for tomorrow’s active adventures.
But if you’re arriving in the day, then here’s our top 6 ways to make the most of your extra free time:
1. Be first in the pool
You know you’re on a family holiday when you take that first dip the pool. It’s a great way to let the kids let off steam after being cooped up for a bit in the car on the way here. The heated indoor pools at Twitchen House and Woolacombe Bay, part of that Park’s huge redevelopment for 2016, both have separate swimming pools and shallower toddler areas with fun water features as well as spectator’s areas too if you just need to chill. And they both have outdoor pools with a flume, Woolacombe Bay has a paddling pool whilst Twitchen House has an exciting SplashPad children’s outdoor water play area. There’s a toddler paddling pool
in the indoor pool at Easewell Farm and Golden Coast has a total of five pools, 2 indoors and 3 outdoors, for maximum water fun choice.
A top tip is to pack your swimming gear separately or at the top of the case so you can dive straight into your holiday… unpacking can wait too!
Oh, it’s worth mentioning too that our indoor pools are open until 9pm too so even if you arrive later in the day you still start your UK family break with a splash.
2. Get a head start
If you really want to perfect your surfing skills while you’re on your North Devon holiday, then make a beeline to the Wavesurfer at Golden Coast. It’s our unique surfing simulator where 60,000 litres of water rush every minute over a curved surface you can use to surf or body board on. But when everyone else sees it they’ll want a go too, just because it’s pretty darn awesome. So get on early in your holiday to give you more time to practice or to have another go. We’ll supply the wet suits, just bring a towel and your swimmers.
3. Strike! Well, no work anyway
This is proper bowling. You know the sort, the big ones with really heavy balls, skittles and shiny wooden lanes that you normally go to for a special family treat or birthday party. But ours isn’t in the middle of an industrial estate and hard to get to so you have to make a special trip… it’s part of the family entertainment centre at Golden Coast. It’s built by Brunswick and has 8 full length lanes, but because it’s really good it can get quite busy. So head in to book your lane as soon as you arrive, even if it’s for later on in your Woolacombe holiday. And a really good bit of advice, you can pre-purchase a bowling voucher for £12 which gets you a lane for an hour as well as a tempting saving off the pay-as-you-go price.
4. Gone to the beach
If you want to look your best before hitting Woolacombe Beach, it is voted Britain’s best beach don’t you know, then get the authentic West Country surf look at our fully stocked Surf Shop, located just in the reception area at Golden Coast. It’s where you’ll find our range of unique Woolacombe Wave hoodies as well as beach wear and kit. You’ll also find surf boards, body boards and wetsuits for both sale and hire too, it really is your one stop shop. That leaves even more time for seaside fun!
5. Let your creative juices flow
You’ll find dedicated pottery painting studios at Golden Coast, Twitchen House and new for 2016 also at Woolacombe Bay. Ceramic painting is pretty trendy right now and you can get right into the holiday mood by switching off from work, sitting around the table as a family and creating some memorable masterpieces. There’s paint to, paint fun! We’ll then glaze it for you as a great keepsake of your holiday, but it takes a bit of time to bake in the kiln then cool down – we can always post it to you but if you get in early at the start of your holiday then you can pick it up before you go home (but boo, we don’t want to think about home time just yet!).
6. Explore your surroundings
Each of our Parks is really pretty, and at Golden Coast we even have our own trim trail with some obstacles to tackle on the way down. But if you just want to stretch your legs or you’re on one of our pet friendly holidays in Woolacombe then your dogs might welcome a stroll. Wander through the woods at Twitchen House to award-winning Combesgate beach, take the famous Tarka Trail which runs right next to Golden Coast, and Woolacombe Bay is our closest holiday park to dog-friendly Woolacombe Beach. Or join the South West Coast Path part of a huge network running right around from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset and on the way it goes through Devon and Cornwall – and Easewell Farm too – so we don’t suggest doing all 630 miles before dinner.
One thing’s for sure, we’re set in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the National Trust does a brilliant job of looking after the lush green countryside that borders each of our Devon holiday parks.