The V Family Trip to Dawlish Warren in Devon
Since having E the V Family haven't had a holiday so we were all really excited to be going on a short break to Dawlish Warren in Devon.
We stayed at the Welcome Family Holiday Park in one of their Casafina Lodges. We were supposed to pick up the keys at 4pm on Monday but when we arrived at 3pm our keys and linen were ready and waiting for us. The lodge was close to all the activities and we were able to park our car right outside which is always a bonus when you have children.
Inside our lodge I have to admit that I was a little disappointed, not at the lodge itself because it had a beautiful layout and even a welcome tray containing ingredients for your first holiday cuppa and biscuit. It also had free wifi which gets a big thumbs up from an addicted blogger. But I wasn't impressed with how it had been cleaned, the floor was laminate and as soon as I took my shoes off I could feel how bitty it was, this is not good when you have a crawling baby with you so hubby used the carpet sweeper that was provided to sweep up as much as he could but it still wasn't great. After about half an hour of crawling round E had really dirty hands, knees and feet so it was clear that the floor hadn't been washed either!
One more little moan before I share all the happy moments of our holiday - there were plug sockets everywhere (lots within E's reach) and not one had a cover to protect little ones from sticking their fingers in them. Now I would have thought being a family park this would be something they would have thought of but maybe I'm just being too safety conscious. Anyway we immediately went out and bought some, along with bread, milk and other essentials, so we could relax and enjoy the rest of the week without worrying. After our shopping trip we had a quick peek at the entertainment for the evening then went out to get dinner because we were all pretty shattered after the long drive.
On Tuesday (our first full day there) we visited the on-site park then headed to Dawlish Warren Beach, it was so close to where we were staying that it was an easy walk to get there. There were beach shops and amusements and a lovely coastal walk that led all the way into Dawlish itself although we only walked about halfway because the kids were getting hungry.
The railway line runs alongside the coastal walk which entertained E immensely, she loved waving at the trains as they went past!
We headed back to The Boathouse for lunch because it had a play area and great views over the water. Unfortunately the play area was a bit too small for T and N but it would be great for younger children.
Then we went back to the park to go swimming and had a great time, the swimming pools (yes there were more than one) and changing rooms were well kept even though we didn't really need to use them as our holiday home was so close by that we were able to wrap our towels around us and run straight back!
On Wednesday we went to Quaywest in Paignton. I just have to mention how cheap the car parking is, we paid £2 for 4 hours because that was all we needed but it was only £3 for 24 hours!! In our area it costs around £2 for just 1 hour so we were really impressed with it, little things and all that.
The kids played crazy golf...
And they dug a big hole on the beach...
We had an amazing lunch at Inn On The Quay, a Brewers Fayre restaurant, then we went to the park for some more playing and finished our visit off with some bumper boat fun...
We also saw the steam train...
Thursday came along too quickly and we started our day by playing football and basketball at the on-site sports area, even N likes football so lots of fun and exercise was had by all.
There was also a crazy golf course on-site so that was where we headed next, we never use score cards when do things like this purely because it saves arguments, our two are super competitive and I just can't stand the trouble it causes.
It was quite a windy day but we still went to Paignton beach, E stayed warm in her pushchair, hubby and I got doughnuts and coffee while the older two played on the beach.
This is where I was playing around with the camera filters on my iPhone so most of the photos from here have a different tone.
Next we went to the Bear Feet Play Centre in Newton Abbot so that E could have a bit of exercise and stretch her legs, she had so much fun in the baby area and the older two enjoyed the bigger climbing frames and ball pits so it was a successful stop for all of them!
On Friday, before we returned home, we stopped off in Dawlish because we just had to see the famous black swans - my mum had repeatedly reminded me about them so we couldn't leave without seeing them.
We discovered that Dawlish is also the home of Gay's Creamery which sells the most gorgeous hot pies, sausage rolls, bacon baps, clotted cream, jams/chutneys amongst many other things. We all enjoyed what we bought and afterwards T said he wished we lived nearby so we could have one more often!
Overall it was an enjoyable holiday, we were lucky with the weather and it was a much needed getaway for all of us. We also had lots of fun and tasty experiences. We would definitely go back to the area for future holidays.
Have you been to Dawlish Warren? What did you think?