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Waterside Holiday Park & Spa
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

We have stayed at Waterside many times over the years; the latest being in August 2011. The whole park is clean and top quality, located virtually on the beach at Bowleaze Cove, 2 or 3 miles round the coast from Weymouth town.
As usual, we hired a caravan from a private owner - this usually works out substantially cheaper for the same level of service - the only slight drawback being the pool, which we had to pay to use as we hadn't booked with Waterside, but it was still miles cheaper to book this way. The site is pleasant and almost completely flat, so getting about is easy enough for everyone. There's a regular bus service that picks up at several points around the site and takes you into the heart of Weymouth; the only downside is that this finishes about 7.00 p.m. even in high season, and the alternative bus service that used to run in the evenings from Bowleaze Cove to Weymouth appears to have been cancelled, so if you don't have a car, getting into and out of town in the evenings is a bit of a pain.
The indoor pool is worth a visit, consisting of a dual-level shallow pool with water slides, sauna and steam room. It can get a bit crowded, but I suppose this is only to be expected in August.
The large entertainment venue across the road from the site (passes included, even for those of us dealing privately) is a fine place to spend a couple of hours at night; the drinks are - unsurprisingly - expensive, and it does tend to get very crowded - there aren't enough seats to go round. They keep you waiting for the entertainment - "it'll be on in five minutes" - yeah right, the longest five minutes you can imagine. The entertainment itself is usually decent enough, but for me there are too many singers and not enough alternative acts (comedians, magicians etc).
The Bowleaze Cove area is scenic and pleasant; views of Portland and Weymouth town are spectacular, and the beach is sandy. There's a small and surprisingly affordable fairground for younger kids, with the obligatory arcade from which I won a cuddly monkey on the grabbers at the very end of our holiday, after a week of trying. Over the hill at Bowleaze is the Spy Glass Inn, which is worth a visit.
Waterside advertises itself as the number one site on the south coast - not sure about that, but it's certainly up with the best I've stayed at.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank wulf64
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

What can I say! This is such a brilliant park and I have been coming here for about 6 years now and I have booked a 7th. It is a great family holiday right by the sea. Very close to the brilliant Weymouth beach. The park is clean and tidy. The whole park is kept neat and I have never had any problem with it at all. The park staff always speak to you in a friendly way and are very helpful. Also, no one can just walk in. There is always someone to take your pass. (which are free) The entertainment, pool and spa are 5 star and are of very high standard and so are the caravans. I have never had to complain about my caravan. Any additional items I have ever asked for has been there waiting. Never had to complain about lake of bedding or crockery. Everything here is excellent and I would recommend this a million times over and I would tell anyone looking for a safe, family holiday to go here any day!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Thankyou so much to all the staff at waterside park, what a fabulous holiday park for all ages.
We will definately be back again and again!
Mr and Mrs Dorey.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

This is a great place for a family holiday by the sea. We love coming to Weymouth and the location is second to none with Bowleaze Cove having stunning sea views.Its also a lovely starting point for a coastal walk. The park itself is clean and tidy and the welcome on arrival is professional and friendly. We chose the park because of the spa facilities and the swimming pool and entertainment for the kids. All of these were great and highly recommended. Accomodation is to a high standard too so all in all we were very happy with our holiday at waterside and would definitiely go again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

This is an excellent caravan park - superb facilities and accomodating staff. The caravan exceeded our expectations. The park is well laid out in a good location with lots to do and see in the area.. We had a great time and will be coming back

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Martin B
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