(If you click on the links in blue it will take you to the websites of the places we visited).
We spent 3 nights at Devon Cliffs the other week, in a caravan, the 7 of us. Paige sadly isn’t yet well enough to travel any distance which is why it was just the 7 of us.
The site was very pretty and we almost got a sea view which was fab (we could see the sea from our van), the only downsides really was that we had to sleep in the living room of the caravan and the smell of damp was overwhelming and the other slightly of putting element were some of the other holiday makers, wandering around the park swigging from cans of larger
We chose that site because it was handy for lots of places in Devon, was beach side and had a large indoor pool as well as outdoor heated pools (in case it rained all weekend)
We couldn’t get in our van til 4pm on the day we arrived which wasn’t brilliant when you have 4 children and a 2 year old with you, but we made the best of it. We had lunch at the South Beach restaurant which was stunning. We had wondered why it was so quiet until we saw that one plate of fish and chips was £16! Don’t get me wrong the food looked great but that was still extortionate in my opinion. Most people with families who go to a sea side caravan resort don’t expect to pay £16 for 1 plate of fish and chips, especially on the lunchtime menu.
Our van was in a nice location, just 2 vans back from a sea front view and in quite a peaceful position. We had a bbq on the first evening with a disposable bbq I’d taken.
The next day we went to the World Of Country Life, if you go to Devon i can’t recommend this place enough, it is fantastic. Great value for money and so much to see and do. We had toddlers up to teens with us and ALL loved it there. It has a mock up of streets with houses, shops and pubs from bygone days, lots of undercover play places. Soft play, a huge wavy slide, bouncy castle, a full size pirate ship and small prison all set on sand! Go carts, trampolines and more. Then the usual animals and trailer ride and better still you could actually get in with the animals in their enclosures. The children got to spend time with a baby deer, to feed lambs, stroke baby goats, walk the goats, hold a baby owl and watch some ferret racing!
Unlike at a lot of places the Cafe there was very well priced too, a huge relief when you take 5 children in to eat
It was an excellent day and worth every penny
The next day we went to the beach for the morning (until it rained) and then we made our way to the swimming pools. The pools were great, lots to keep all ages happy and the outdoor pools and seating areas were lovely too. Only one complaint there and that was that only 1 hairdryer worked, for a whole holiday park that’s not great. The changing rooms were very spacious and clean though at least Also the children also all enjoyed some inflatable fun sessions there which were great.
On our last day, the day we were heading home we took a detour and went to Becky Falls somewhere I’d been many times in my childhood and remembered loving. It hadn’t lost it’s magic and our kids loved it every bit as I had all those years ago. They bounded through the woods, enjoyed scrambling on rocks, filling their cards with rubber stamps at the stamping posts. We all had a wonderful day there. They have goats, rabbits and some exotic animals there now too and if it rains a lovely barn where children can sit and entertain themselves with arts and crafts. There’s also a great cafe there where we enjoyed a lovely lunch and a devonshire cream tea before it was time to head home. Becky Falls had also proven itself to be worth every penny We hired a backpack for £1 from the shop for Ben but he spent all of 5 minutes in it, even he loved every minute there running through the woods, it was a magical day.
We’ve been home a week now and Ben is still asking where Devon and our caravan has gone It was brief and fleeting but a lovely change of scenery and pace. I’m hoping the children will have some lovely memories. Paige couldn’t have shared Becky Falls (not wheelchair friendly) but I wish I could have shared the farm and sea views with her. Hopefully another time. Below are some of our pics.