Down on the Dorset Coast, Sandford Holiday Park has lots of activities for you and your family for a fun, stress-free, and fantastic family break.
There are both heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an 18-hole crazy golf course, wildlife nature trail, a multi-sports court, pedal carts, and themed play parks.
On-site you'll find a handy convenience store, launderette, cash machine and free WiFi on the park, while the Tricks, Treats and Sweets shop will keep those little faces smiling. There are also restaurants and cafes if you don't feel like cooking yourself.
Sometimes it can be difficult pleasing everyone in the family.
Some (me!) would like to camp closer to nature, leaving all the hustle and bustle behind. Others (kids!) certainly love a bit of entertainment and amusements.
And, despite our loving camping in our tent, it isn't always practical. Especially when we have a long way to drive and arrive late at night. Setting up a tent when others are getting to sleep is not good!
So Parkdean Holidays got in contact with us and invited us down to have a look at their Sandford Holiday Park in Dorset. And we were very impressed.
Caravans and Lodges
Dorset is a long way from where we live, and by the time we arrived late on Friday night, it was, well, very late.
This time we were staying in one of their static caravans instead of a tent, so we didn't have to worry about pitching the tent late at night.
The static caravan was very nice and the welcome pack a nice touch. It had 3 bedrooms and 2 toilets and a deck for sitting outside.
After a good night's sleep, we set off to explore Sandford Holiday Park. There are quite a few different types of static caravans and lodges to choose from.
It's quite a big holiday park but didn't feel crowded.
Things to Do
On the park itself, there's a large outdoor swimming pool as well as an indoor one too.
We found 3 parks for the kids to play in.
There was also crazy golf (complete with a crashed plane!), pedal carts to hire, and even pony rides.
Food-wise, there's a small supermarket, takeaway, and a restaurant.
We enjoyed a really good evening meal at the restaurant.
There's also evening entertainment and a bar, and of course, an amusement arcade.
Camping at Sandford
Sandford Holiday Park is really a park of two halves, split between lodges and static caravans, and the camping area.
The camping field is massive! There are plenty of hard and grass standings.
You can find some with privacy bushes between the pitches. Other pitches are on a large flat field. And others are nestled under the trees.
So, if (like me) you like to camp closer to nature, there's a terraced area on the edge of the park next to the fields, where you can camp under the trees. However, if others in your family (kids!) want to go to the amusements, or you want to get a bite to eat instead of cooking, you have that on your doorstep too. :-)
There was also plenty of facilities around the campsite, and the ones we looked at were kept clean and tidy.
Things to do in the area
As nice as Sandford Holiday Park is, there is so much to see and do in this part of the country.
Here are some of the things we did during our short stay at Sandford Holiday Park.
Durdle Door is a must-see bit of nature on the Dorset Coast that's not too far from Sandford Holiday Park.right
If the weather is good you'll want to take your beach things as there are two good beaches to choose from.
Another impressive beach in the area to visit is at Sandbanks.
This award-winning beach has miles of sand.
We visited on a really hot day. Instead of an ice cream van, an ice cream boat turned up, complete with ice cream van music!
I also read that Sandbanks is the fourth most expensive place in the world to buy a house.
Also not far from the Sandford Holiday Park is Corfe Castle.
This a former Royal castle that now lies in ruins atop a hill overlooking the Dorset countryside.
A great place for the kids to explore.
Disclaimer: Parkdean Holidays did invite us to their Sandford Holiday Park. All opinions are our own though.
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Sandford Holiday Park, Poole