Unless you've been living under a rock, you will know we had our first little holiday last week! It was really nice to spend some quality time as just the 3 of us and not have boring old chores to do. We were very lucky that we got our holiday in exchange for a review for Parkdean, you may have seen me tweeting the hashtag #homeoraway and this is because I wanted to keep it in context with a campaign they have going on at the moment. It's a quiz called homeoraway that asks the user to guess which images are from the UK and which are from abroad, the highest scorer wins a 7 night break at any Parkdean park of their choice. If you fancy have a go yourself, here is the link.
What we packed.
I think I was actually very good with my packing and I tried to only take what I knew we would need/use. I found I wasn't so worried about forgetting something because in the worst situation, I knew there would be a supermarket or high street near by where I could get it from. When going abroad it's not as easy to find what you're looking for, especially if you're specific about brands etc. Although we did pack a whole range of clothes and the only thing about the UK is that the weather is unpredictable.
The Park itself.
Activities on site.
Trips we went on locally.
Entertainment on site.
The entertainment is something we didn't really experience much of. Sienna was a bit too young, we did take her to see Sid and Lizzie one night and she was in her element however, she was a bit too young for us to leave her so I was darting about all over the dance floor getting in peoples way! She also kept trying to get onto the stage with them, haha! Sienna also still goes to bed really early, she loves her sleep and gets very grumpy if she is up too late so we were back in the caravan by 8pm most nights! We also didn't use any of the kids clubs but from what we did experience and see, they are brilliant and we can't wait to take Sienna back when she'd a bit older to fully enjoy and remember it.
Oh, the food. The food was all so delicious, we are big foodies and like a whole range of foods so we ordered something different every night at the Polkerris bar. My favourites were the prawn curry with singapore noodles and the Salmon and prawn béarnaise. We were so surprised with the quality of the food and the prices are really good as well. We didn't have one bad meal or dessert which is high praise indeed! The service was also excellent and everyone was so friendly, approachable and efficient. For breakfast, we ate in the First Bite Cafe and again the food was great, although we did have a little problem with the Cafe being cash only..! We were out most days for lunch but we did eat in the Venue bar once and it was really yummy! The Chef was also great and accommodating as they normally stop serving lunch at 2pm, but we arrived at around 2:10pm and he said he would put it through for us. We did find the fact that everyone stopped lunch at 2pm a bit awkward as after a massive fry up we weren't hungry until 3pm but then there wasn't anything open. I definitely prefer the UK food to anything abroad!
Our overall experience.
We all had such a great time and can't wait to go back. Even though we have reviewed this, we would have been more than happy to have paid for this holiday ourselves and have already spoken about going back next Summer, hopefully with baby number 2 in tow as well, however old he/she may be! I' much more confident and happy with keeping my kids in the UK and if you get lucky with the weather like we did, you can truly have a fantastic holiday. Thank you so, so much Parkdean for having us and see you next year! :)
To see all the pictures and videos from the holiday, check out my Pinterest board below!