We've just returned from a last minute offer over the half term holidays with our two girls (11 and 10). We've stayed in a Partridge which turned out to be reasonably clean but basic.
Check-in was very quick, I was handed the key, cards for electricity meter and an envelope with information, that was it - not the warmest reception I have experienced in my life !
There were a few cobwebs on the ceiling but bathroom, floors and kitchen were clean. We were a bit surprised to find all linen in big bag on the cooker. I'd missed that they didn't mention "beds made up on arrival" for this park on the Hoseason's website, this is something I'd just expect in any kind of 5-star accommodation. There were exactly 4 spoons, coffee spoons, forks and knives, likewise one piece of all other dinner ware per person but plenty of pots and bowls and one pan. No cooking stick at all and also no ladle, so if you want to make soup or sauce you better your own.
Our suitcase was too large to fit under the bed so we had to keep it in the wardrobe, where it took more or less all the space.
Our biggest issue with the caravan was that we had a corner plot that came with almost no parking space at all and we had to leave our car half parked on the already narrow road in between the caravans.
Most of the entertainment was great and especially the kids enjoyed it a lot. We stayed over Halloween and the show was great. Keith Harris and Orville were especially funny and the family band that played last Thursday was surprisingly good for a caravan park (didn't catch their name). On the downside the "Meat Loaf" was a disaster and the "Summer Sizzler Show", especially the "Mexican" who kept screaming that he wants the audience to give him "the clap", was so not funny and bad that it was almost painful to sit through it. Gents toilets in the bar were so dirty and smelly that the husband rather walked a bit to use cleaner one.
The swimming pool is fantastic and our children spent hours in the water. The playground is equally good, shame it did rain that much so the girls didn't get much chance to use it (not the park's fault of course !)
Food outlets - OUCH ! The take-away's around the show bar are, with the exception of the shellfish, not only overpriced but also slow and the food is oily. The staff urgently needs training, nobody can expect from a customer to wait 20 minutes in temperatures just above freezing for a piece of fried chicken from the "Americana" bar. Pizza smelled lovely but was a small lake of oil. We didn't try the fish&chips due to the long queue that didn't seem to move and the doner kebab had such an oddly pale colour that we gave it a miss.
The mini market is extremely overpriced, never had fresh rolls or croissants and generally didn't have much to offer. All not an issue - a cheap and cheerful ASDA is just down the road. Don't waste your money in the park, stock up there - Tesco and Sainsbury are also just minutes away if you prefer them. You'd be nuts to waste your money in the park for mediocre, overpriced food !
We only tried the breakfast at Reedcutters restaurant which was nice but would benefit from being and "all-you-can-eat" - at least it would stop people from loading their plates that high that normal patrons feel sick just from looking at the mountains. They also seem to be constantly out of fried eggs, so expect to queue quite a bit. Decor of the restaurant was nice but you'll probably have to threaten the staff with a whip to get a smile.
The amusement area offered the usual penny machines but also a small bowling alley that the girls loved. We didn't try the hire shop, sports bar (pool and sky TV), mini go kart or kiddie club.
One of the big bonuses is that the park is so close to central Great Yarmouth. You've got the beaches and the broads and lots and lots of attractions right in front of your doorstep so getting bored would is almost impossible to do.
All in all we liked the trip and for max. a week it is fine. For a longer stay I'd prefer something that is a bit better equipped. We've had a really cheap last minute offer so I really can't complain about the price and what we've got for it but if I'd paid somewhere in the range for £600 - £800 for the week I'd probably be spitting fire now. With the exception of the entertainment team all staff urgently need training, the quality of the food is not up to standard, security in the amusement during the evenings is hardly ever around and dirty, smelly toilets are a no-no.
5 star ? Not quite, but could be with a bit of effort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vauxhall Holiday Park is part of Parkdean Resorts and Great Yarmouth's only five star holiday park. The park offers holiday home accommodation, chalets and you can also bring your own tent or tourer. The park also boasts glamping with their new Camping Mega Pods The indoor water world, adventure play area and entertainment are all INCLUDED in the price of your holiday, along with much more! Vauxhall is a great location to explore Great Yarmouth and the Norfolk Broads. Vauxhall Holiday Park is proud to be a tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vauxhall Holiday Park Hotel Great Yarmouth
- Vauxhall Holiday Park Great Yarmouth, Norfolk