'The Sun' Caravan Holiday
Now we love to board a plane and jet off somewhere warm and sunny. But equally we love to head out and explore the Great British countryside. So, when we had the opportunity to head to North Yorkshire, it wasn't to be passed up.
We didn't have any involvement in the booking process for this trip as it was part of 'The Sun newspapers' £15 holiday' campaigns. We stayed over a weekend for 3 nights at Park Dean Resorts' Cayton Bay Park.
Cayton Bay has a beautiful secluded beach located just across the road from the Park Dean Resort. There are two paths down to the beach and both are very steep, which is fine on the way down, but a little more arduous on the way back up!
The beach has everything you want. A small cafe if you fancy an ice cream or a brew and a bacon butty. There's a lovely stretch of golden sand - and if you're a dog lover / owner the beach is popular for dog walkers. At the far end there are some rocks, so if you want to go in search of some crabs, then fill your boots. There's even a surf school when you can hire a board or sign up for lessons to catch a few waves.
Cayton Bay is also a great place to explore nearby seaside towns of Whitby (about 45 minutes drive), Scarborough (10 minutes), Filey (10 minutes) or Bridlington (25 minutes) as well as the North Yorkshire Moors. We spent a day in and around Whitby, including visiting award-winning restaurant Trenchers (see review here).
There's also a really lovely coastal walk along the cliffs (with a well marked pathway) and some great views (a bit like the photo above).
Now I'm usually more of a king-size bed, complimentary toiletries kinda girl so some would find it surprising to spend time in a self-catering static! We stayed in an eight-berth static caravan. To be honest, with four adults it was sufficiently spacious, anymore and I think my claustrophobia would have set in.
Lounge / Dining Area
The dining table sat 4 comfortably and we could easily have made room for a couple more but to get 8 people around the table would have been (in my opinion) impossible. The lounge area had two fixed sofas (which obviously could be transformed into additional beds) plus a flat-screen TV. Clean and functional is the best way to describe it.
There's everything you need. Plenty of plates, glasses, cutlery. A gas hob and electric oven and also a microwave. Don't forget things like washing up liquid, tea towels etc. as they're not provided. If you do forget anything there's an on-site shop but the prices are eye-watering.
Bedrooms & Bathroom
There were 3 bedrooms. One double which had an ensuite toilet / wash hand basin. It also had a hairdryer (result!). There were then 2 additional twin rooms (not suitable for 6' giants) so ideal if (like us) you've got vertically challenged relatives or young kids.
The main bathroom had a shower, which was a good size. A little reminiscent of the types of showers you get in gyms. Don't get any ideas of luxury rain showers.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, procedures and facilities have changed. There are no soft furnishings in the room (no cushions) and things like lamps have been removed.
Check-in and check-out procedures have also changed. A couple of days before we were due to arrive an email was received with details of your allocated caravan. You then just turn up at the static anytime after 4pm - so no queuing in reception areas. Check out was just as efficient. Simply send a text to advise you've vacated - and that's it.
If you have linen provided, you do have to strip off your beds and put it all in a bag. In fairness, it's the least you can do for the cleaners.
All in all, it was a pleasant getaway. The downside of caravan life is that there's not great sound-proofing (which if you snore like me can be embarrassing).