We have stayed at this site many times, as we live locally, and up until now we have always had a great time. However on this occasion, I felt as if the site's recent featuring in various guidebooks and newspaper reports has maybe started to impact negatively on it.
For the first time ever, we were told exactly where to pitch our tent - hmmmm. We were told that we could park our car in one of the parking areas near the tents while we unloaded, but that we needed to move it to the field next door afterwards as they were expecting an influx. Everyone else had ignored this, so we did too, especially as said field is also labelled as a child play area. Didn't see a huge influx of unparked campers needing our space.
Next issue - people have commented on the wardens enforcing the rules too strictly - I wish! The people next to us stayed up til past 12.30 drinking on the first night. Not being really unruly, just a bit loud. Next morning, a couple of our tent pegs were missing. The second night, they were drinking and talking even later, waking us at about 1.15am by shouting. There was a lot of flapping outside our tent and next morning we found that about half our pegs, including most of the ones pinning actual poles down, had been taken. Glad the weather wasn't worse or we could have been in real trouble. Someone's dog had also weed down one corner of the tent - don't know whose for definite, but this group had a dog. Did the wardens ask them to be quiet after 10.30? Not that I'm aware. Now I know you can get unpleasant people anywhere,but this was the first time it's happened to us here. Hopefully just a one- off!
Other than this, the site hasn't changed a huge amount in years really, and the toilet and shower block is OK, but as others have said, it's beginning not to be adequate for the number of campers.
Another odd thing was that only half the site appeared to be being used for some reason - meaning that campers were pretty close together - the other half is more sheltered and often preferred by people without children. Don't know what was going on there.
Also, now that the site team have little off-road buggies, they seem to be forever driving round the site, either showing in newcomers or just generally patrolling. This is quite irritating.
So, all in all, changes there have not been for the best, and this wasn't my favourite visit. That said, it's a fabulous location, the kids love playing on the playground and especially in the muddy pond, pitches are pretty level, facilities are adequate, its not too midgy and where else do you get your own miniature train stop?
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.