1 March 2016

Park Resorts | Cayton Bay Holiday Park

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts,

As a Yorkshire family, there is nothing we love more than exploring our glorious county in search of those little gems that show just how beautiful our little part of the world is. The North Yorkshire coast provides many locations and views to admire, but my most favourite place of all, the place that is just perfect for us, is Cayton Bay.

It's like a gem of a place, nestled in-between the famous resorts of Scarborough and Filey, and has a magnificent wide sweeping bay that is a an area of unspoilt natural beauty, and a beautiful place to explore, no matter what time of the year you decide to visit.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts,

Just a couple of minutes walk away from this beach, is the wonderful Cayton Bay Holiday Park which is a Park Resorts all action Holiday Park. A couple of week back, we were lucky enough to be invited to Cayton Bay, for our own little UK break and to give our opinion on everything they have to offer there.

Offering fun and adventures for the whole family, Cayton Bay Holiday Park has an indoor Waterworld Fun Pool with water-jets, slides, fountains and flume, all-weather multi-sports court, an adventure playground, volleyball and basketball and a crazy golf course just to name a few activities that you can embrace.

We packed in secret and the boys didn't find out that we were going until it was time to set off to the train station. They were totally ecstatic at getting to have our own holiday during the school break and we all couldn't wait to get there for some much needed family time.

Arriving at 1.30pm for checking in with our Gold grade break (check in times differ depending on holiday grade) we were greeted by the lovely staff who explained where everything was and marked out the exact caravan we would be staying in, on a map of the site.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Caravan,

Each part of the site has different names (like street names) to make them easier to find, We were in Elm. The receptionist explained the way to get there when following the road around and also pointed out that you could get to it quicker if walking over the grass, although it has been muddy with the recent Yorkshire floods and so to be careful if we were to cut across.

Getting to our caravan, I was pleased to see that there was a path all the way along to the steps of our caravan. Apparently, these have recently all being installed, since the floods, to make it easier to access everywhere without having to walk across the grassed areas. This also meant that there was random mounds of soil about the place where they had been digging up, although a tractor was coming around during the week taking this away.

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Our Gold Grade Caravan
Then we got inside and oh my gosh! I have never seen such a beautiful caravan before. The livingroom was huge and house a long sofa area, a dining table, a stunning electric fire (which was turned on so that the caravan was toasty warm on our arrival) and a flat screen television that had an inbuilt DVD player and Freeview.

On the dining table there was information about the caravan, how to change the heating, use the fire, pull out the sofa bed, as well as a card with the cleaners details and some complimentary coffee, tea, milk and sugar sachets. I thought that this was a great touch as it meant that you could sit and have a nice cuppa before getting on with the unpacking!

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Caravan,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Caravan,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Caravan,

The kitchen area was just off from the livingroom and was uber modern. Gas cooker, toaster, kettle, microwave and a good sized fridge freezer for us to use. As well as all cutlery, plates, cups, ovenware, pans etc, everything you would need in a kitchen.

There was also. ample storage for any food that we brought which I thought was great as it meant that we could buy a couple of freezer bits for meals throughout the week.

I noted how clean the kitchen was, with all utilities being just-washed and not a mark on the cupboard units or the oven. It was immaculate to look at and even came with a sweeping brush, dustpan and mop and bucket, just in case, like us, you like to leave the caravan as clean as you found it when arriving.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Caravan,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Caravan,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Caravan,

A door closed off the rest of the caravan from the main livingroom and kitchen section. Down the hall was 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a second toilet. The master bedroom had a double bed with shelves at either side. A double wardrobe with sliding door to save space from having to open it outwards and a small make-up table with footstool and mirror.

The second and third bedrooms were similar in size and what they included. 2 single beds and a shelf in between with a wardrobe to store clothing in. If I was being a stickler, then I would say that there could be a little more storage for foldables. We struggled to find places to store underwear and anything that couldn't be hung in the wardrobe and think this could be remedied by having some shelves at the bottom of the wardrobe space.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Caravan,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Caravan,

The shower room had as you'd expect, a shower, sink and toilet, with the added bonus of having a heated towel rail which made for a snuggly comfort when getting out of the shower. The shower was larger than a usual caravan one and had a very high powered shower head which altered to go lower for kids and reached to the ceiling, which was great for my very tall husband.

I was very pleased with the Gold grade caravan and even more impressed with the fact that these caravans came with radiators in every room (even in the 2nd toilet room) and the windows were doubled glazed throughout. This made for a nice and warm caravan indeed.

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We decided to go for a jaunt around the Holiday Park to see what was there. We passed a cute little park for the kids to play at. Featuring a solid wood climbing frame, with a slide at the end and a smaller version for younger kids, a roundabout, swings and then a huge all-weather multi-sports court at the end and a crazy golf section just off to the left of it.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Park, Cosatto Ooba

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Park,

The Bay View Entertainment Complex
We then made our way through to The Bay View Entertainment Complex which houses all the rest of the activities that are on offer at Cayton Bay Holiday Park. Everything is so easy to locate with the help of the map they give you when you first get here, and all the amenities and activities are marked on the map.

Just to the left of the complex is a Nisa store which offers everything you will need for your stay, as well as fresh and frozen foods, treats and sweets and gifts too. I found it more expensive than what I'd normally pay but not overly over-priced for what you'd expect at a holiday park.

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The Amusements
In the entrance at the Bay View Entertainment Complex is a large amusement area with loads on offer for kids and adults. Small rides, 2p machines, teddy machines, car racing machines and more, loads to choose from.

To say the boys loved it in here is a bit of an understatement. All those lights and the music, the boys were in their element. We spent many a day here, trying to win teddies, totting up our tokens to see if we could collect a toy and trying out some of the racing machines to see if we could get the top scores.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Amusements,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Amusements,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Amusements,

There is something for everyone there, with a little Magic Castle ride for little ones, which Joseph adored playing on, the truck which made loud noises and the motorbikes with revved up a storm. Even I got in on the action, playing on the roller-coaster ride with Thomas.

The only problem being that Thomas didn't win a teddy every time he had a go at the grabber machines, and he didn't appreciate that. He assumed that he would win every time and we ended up with a grumpy bum on our hands ha! He did win eventually though!

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Amusements,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Amusements,

You can then go three ways from the amusement area, to The Oasis Showbar, the Boathouse Bar & Restaurant and the indoor pool.

The Indoor Pool
The pool is amazing, with small slides for younger children and a larger snake slide at the back, a fountain of water coming into the pool from above with little fountains coming up from the floor too. The large pool gave us a lot of space to play in, even when it was busy and even had a warmer small pool at the top of the little slides. This was where all the soft men used to hide in the warm!

With water that was shallow enough that Thomas can stand up everywhere but Charlie needed his armbands to give him support, it is a fun pool that has a lot to offer, with even seating around the sides for those who do not want to swim. (There is a no phones and camera policy in this area which is why this is a stock photo).

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Indoor Pool

The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant
We spent a lot of time at the Boathouse Bar & Restaurant as not only did it serve amazing food but it also had a soft-play centre at the side of the restaurant which meant that the kids could play and run off some steam whilst the adults relaxed with a cuppa or a beer.

It was great food in the restaurant, with loads to choose from. We had scrummy, large breakfasts in the morning, and huge meals in the evening. The food was quite expensive but, if you can in before 5pm, they had some deals on whereby you could get some of the meals on a deal which I liked. The steak and doom pie was a favourite of my husbands, whereas the American style battered chicken burger was mine.

The kids enjoyed picking what they wanted off their very own children's menu and loved the Sparky, Sparkle and Narky themed ice creams for dessert. The only problem that was to be had was that the coffee machine wasn't working for hot milk and so, the usually delightful lattes, were off the menu.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts,

Then it was off to play in the soft-play area. With places to climb, jump on, climb over and slide down, there is so much to do in this area. They even had a little area for the young ones. I just had to go in there too (for research purposes, obviously!).

Charlie loved running around and bouncing down the steps and finding the best hiding places, Thomas on the other hand, loved the super fast spiral slide and couldn't get enough of trying to go down it faster and faster each time. 

I think it's a great extra to have in the restaurant area and keeps the kids occupied whilst the food is being prepared.

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Soft-Play

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Sost-Play

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Soft-Play

The Oasis Showbar
For entertainment for the little ones, the Oasis Showbar houses most of the activities that are on at the evening from bingo and dancing, to fun with Sparky’s Krew and the Teamstar's. With even some sand art and model building going on during the day too.

Although we didn't get to go in and see any of the evening entertainment as, if you follow my social media pages, you will know that Charlie is being referred to Paeds for assessment and at the moment, we are having to stick to a strict routine with regards to his bedtime and how he winds down of an evening.

There is a lot of fun to be had with Sparky’s Krew. With entertainment from Sparky and Sparkle the adventurous rabbits, Naarky the naughty aardvark and Pipsqueak the adorable mouse. Kids can enjoy a delicious breakfast with one of their favourite characters at the exciting Character Breakfast events, take dance classes with Sparky and Sparkle, join in with an evening of fun with Sparky’s Funtime and then settle down for a bedtime story from one of the Krew!

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts,

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts,

We enjoyed lovely walks around the holiday park and the views were amazing. Getting to see out to sea right from the benches we sat on. You can even get down to the beach from here. Cayton Bay beach is a stretch that is so beautiful and yet quite private that it doesn't get busy at all.

There is quite a hill and a lot of steps to get there though so you'd better be prepared when you set off. We didn't get down there this time but the photo right at the top of this post if of the beautiful beach and the amazing view that you can see from there. 

Cayton Bay Holiday Park, Park Resorts, Cosatto Ooba,

To say we had a great time would be an understatement. It was wonderful, it was fun, it was a lovely place to spend some quality time as a family. It was just great to get away with the kids for a few days and take some time out.

We adored our holiday and even spent some days in the seaside towns of Scarborough and Filey with are both close by and I will be showing off our adventures there in another post. But for now, I hope you enjoyed reading about our stay in Cayton Bay thanks to Park Resorts and if you want to find out exactly what entertainment is coming up in future weeks, then be sure to 'like' the Facebook page of Cayton Bay Holiday Park.

And you know what, we loved our break at Cayton Bay so much, that we have booked to go again in May, but this time for a whole week. And I can't wait!

19 comments:

  1. Wow it looks fab. I love a nice big clean modern caravan. It makes it so much easier with kids when it is like a home away from home. Shame you missed the evening entertainment but well done to sticking to your routine. Holidays can be quite disruptive for any childs routine x

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  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. That caravan looks amazing. A real home away from home. x

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  3. Wow! That looks like a lovely holiday! The caravan looked really spacious and how great that it was so warm and cozy! You can tell the boys had a great time - big smiles in every photo. I can see why you're going back! Thanks for linking up with #YorkshireFamily

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  4. It looks like a great break and a nice caravan. And the pool looks brilliant. #triedtested

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  5. those caravans look really nice and roomy! the ones we stay in are never that good! I love that there is an adventure playground too for playing outside!

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  6. It looks like a fabulous place all round for families. I've never stayed in a caravan that warm and cosy!

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  7. Looks like you had a fabulous holiday and nice weather too. Places like this are ideal when you have little children

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  8. Looks like you had a fab time. We've been to two parks, the best one was in the Lake District, it was beautiful.

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  9. The caravan looks lovely and comfy and I like the fact it has a pool and soft play area too if the weather is a bit ropey

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  10. My brother in law lives in North Yorkshire and we're so excited to go and visit this summer and see all these lovely seaside towns that surround the village he's moved to!! Can't WAIT to visit Sandsend, which is a little further up the coast from where you visited!

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  11. I love caravan holidays and this park looks so good. That caravan is huge

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  12. This place looks amazing! I've been put off going to a holiday park by bad reviews of other ones but this looks brilliant xx

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  13. I have had some of the best family holidays on holiday parks. This looks like a fantastic place to stay! x

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  14. Looks like a fabulous place- the caravans are great

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  15. Looks a great place to take my family, thanks so much for the review x

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  16. Never been here before
    Looks lovely and so well kept too

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  17. What a fantastic, It look like you had a wonderful time

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  18. I love static caravan holidays -its great to have a bit of homely luxury but small enough to feel like camping and of course it needs to be close to a beach !

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