Ten Reasons to Visit White Acres
During the recent Bank Holiday weekend we were invited to go on a holiday with Parkdean to their White Acres site near Newquay. We had a fantastic holiday and here are our reasons why you should stay there….
1. The Accommodation
You have a choice between lodges and caravans. We stayed in a Tregone caravan which sleeps 6-8, having a double bedroom, two twin rooms and additional sleeping space in the living room area which was ample for our family of four. The caravan, like many others, had double glazing and central heating, bedding was provided and the beds were already made up for us – really helpful when we arrived after 10pm with two sleeping children. The kitchen was well equipped with gas cooker, grill, microwave, fridge/freezer and all the utensils you would need for a self-catering holiday. Some of the lodges also have en-suites and washing machines – definitely worth considering for a longer stay!
2. Outside Play Areas
There are lots of small play areas spread out around the site, so that regardless of where your accommodation is, there will be somewhere close to keep the kids busy. The Galleon play area is the largest. With a large Play-Galleon, surrounded by sand and with areas to climb on, explore and slide down this will keep the kids entertained for a while. Next to it there is also another climbing frame for smaller children, a dinosaur slide and a small crazy golf course.
3. Indoor Play Zone
The Play Zone is a large indoor playroom with a small soft play, ball pit and area for younger children, a much larger soft play area with ball pit and slide, a huge blackboard space and tables and chairs for drawing and a little lending library. Plenty to keep the kids happy if the weather isn’t too good. There are also sofas for parents “watching” their kids play.
4. Indoor Heated Pool
If soft play isn’t your thing, there is always swimming. At White Acres there is an indoor swimming pool, with a separate toddler pool which was heated so was a really pleasant temperature. At certain times, there were other activities held at the pool such as inflatable kayaking. For over 16s there’s also a sauna and Jacuzzi.
There are two kids clubs at White Acres: Star Landers for pre-school to age 10 and Freestyle for ages 10 to 15. In the evening, the Lakeside Club has live entertainment from the Parkdean Troupers as well as live music, comedy, talent shows and bingo. There is also an amusement arcade. At one point I found Rich and the girls huddled together at a 2p machine with a tub of 2 pence pieces (only £1 worth apparently!) and all three of them were feeding coins into the 2p machines. Shortly afterwards they came away with two “Frozen” key rings they had won. These were treasured souvenirs for Freyja and Emily, although I am not sure what a 4 and 1 year old are going to do with a key ring each!
The Polkerris Bar, Pizzeria and Grill offers a range of different foods to cater to all tastes and diets – including a choice of several vegetarian meals. The children’s menu was split into one for older children and one for the little ones. Freyja and Emily were able to create their own meal with mix and match options to meet their individual preferences.
The kitchens in the accommodation are well equipped for self-catering and there is a small supermarket (with bakery and off-licence) on site as well as larger ones within a few miles. But, if you don’t want to cook, there are plenty of other possibilities on site. There is the Polkerris Bar, Pizzeria and Grill, and a Lounge with a Bar and Costa Coffee (and free WiFi). You can get a takeaway from the “Catch of The Day Fish ‘n’ Chip shop” and all day breakfast and snacks at the “First Bite Café” by the lakes.
White Acres is very popular with anglers. It has 13 coarse fishing lakes stocked with Carp, Catfish, Perch, Roach, Tench, Rudd and Bream, with some of the lakes having wheelchair-friendly pegs. Most of the accommodation has tackle lockers and there is also a tackle shop
8. Friendly, Helpful Staff
All the staff we met at White Acres were really friendly, however, I was particularly impressed with one particular member of the security team. When we arrived at White Acres, the reception was closed, so I found a member of the security team who was expecting us. He sorted out the key to the caravan and a map of how to get to it. With it being dark at this point he insisted on driving over to our caravan so we could follow behind him without getting lost. He also checked that all was OK with our central heating and that we were happy with the caravan before he went.
9. The Site Itself
White Acres is set in 184 acres of beautiful countryside. Even if you are not staying in one of the lakeside lodges, you are likely to have a lovely view from your accommodation. The girls were mesmerised when they woke up in the caravan on our first morning. They were pressed up against the window of the caravan spotting ducks, seagulls and a rabbit running around on the grass a few metres away from where we were staying. It was a foggy morning, and as the fog lifted, they got more and more excited as they spotted the lakes and the full extent of the site. You can easily walk round the site – even enjoying the Wildlife Nature Trail should you wish or just enjoy a picnic near one of the lakes.
10. Nearby Attractions
Whilst there is plenty to do on site, there are lots of other attractions close by to explore, making White Acres an ideal base for enjoying North Cornwall. Obviously there are the Cornish beaches – Newquay is about 5 miles away, but there are lots of other family friendly attractions to cater for all ages and different tastes. For animal lovers, there is Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium, The Screech Owl Santuary and Dairyland Farm World. If plants are more your thing, there are the beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan and the enormous, iconic biomes of the Eden Project to explore. We opted for Crealy Adventure Park. Here they had rides (suitable for kids of all ages and dads who are still kids at heart), a huge soft play area, outdoor play areas and a variety of animals to see and pet.
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at White Acres in exchange for an honest review, but as always the opinions expressed in this post are our own. We would thoroughly recommend a family holiday at White Acres and would definitely holiday with Parkdean again.