Monday, 27 August 2018

Staycation: Chapel St Leonards

We have just got back off our jollies and I must admit I do love a good British holiday. We spent a fun filled week at Skegness well Chapel St Leonard's, in a static caravan just us four. We booked our staycation through Hoseason's and got a fab deal, £340 for the week in a 6 berth static caravan with passes included to the local club where we could visit the entertainment on and evening and also use the swimming pool for free aa well as the kids soft play area. The campsite we stayed on was very basic but it was close to local shops and attractions which was perfect for us the bonus was it was also just a stone's throw away from the beach.

Just outside of our campsite we had many things to keep us entertained the main one being the amusements. We favoured a particular amusement arcade Bibby's this is because you could collect tickets while winning sweets and toys from the 2p machines. During the course of the week we saved up our tickets that we won so that when it came to redeeming them at the end of the week the kids could both get a decent prize, Jared chose a Tonka helicopter and Hot Wheels car and Eryn got some Shopkins dolls and a baby doll in a ladybird suit. Along the road there were plenty of cafe's offering a range of foods and ice creams or if you fancied cooking in the caravan you could pop into the shops and purchase something. There was a pub which offered children's entertainment which we visited the entertainment for kids wasn't that great it just seemed to be more of a distraction so the parents could do a little less parenting whilst drinking. There were some arcade games to the end of the room and the kids entertainment was a disco with colouring competitions and a game of musical bumps. If I had the money and the resources I would seriously consider setting up children's entertainment as I do like this is something that is lacking in the area yet having said that I would visit the area again but I would maybe go elsewhere for evening entertainment as a family.

The club that we had access to was a bit of a walk away but with (Golden Palm) entertainment on a night we took a walk down. Liam and I both agreed that the children's entertainment wasn't that great and the nights we went when the entertainment ended it seemed to be just followed by games of bingo. On the nights we went down after the entertainment had ended Jared and Eryn played in the soft play area where there was also a mini disco and an entertainer who would do the odd party game, Jared played a game of pass the parcel one night and won the main prize of sweets and a balloon. As our passes entitled us to one free swim session a day we went down to check out the pool, we had been advised to get there early because the queues can become long and the pool only has capacity for 150 people. Once inside the pool I immediately noticed a splash zone which was next to the baby pool which had a mini slide. The main pool was a decent size with the deep end not being too deep as I could easily stand up in it, there were two slides which Liam enjoyed going down neither myself or the kids used them. If you don't fancy joining in in the swimming then there are plenty of tables and chairs and even sun loungers that you can relax on whilst watching family swim, you can even grab a snack from the snack shack. As well as snacks being sold they also sold a variety of inflatable toys. We bought some inflatables from the shop inside which I thought was really well priced, £2.50 for a crab ring for Eryn and £4.50 for a big ring for Jared.

As mentioned the beach was extremely close to us and we spent some time playing in the sand and splashing in the sea. The sand was a bit sharp with plenty of shells for the kids to find (we have a bucket full). On our first visit there seemed to be many ladybird families on their holiday enjoying the beach as we did get covered in them. I have never seen so many in one place in all my life. While Jared preferred to splash in the sea Eryn just wanted to dig in the sand and fill and empty her Peppa Pig bucket. On the Sunday my friend came over from Kings Lynn and after a disaster day trip then the kids entertainment being cancelled we went to the beach, it was a good choice too. This time while me and my friend had a catch up and a few drinks Liam took the kids down to the sea where they found more than just shells, my friends daughter had caught a crab in her bucket and told us they had seen Jellyfish. Having only seen Jellyfish in an aquarium I had a walk down to the sea and sure enough they were there. This got the kids excited and made us glad we chose to sit on the beach.

We have been looking at booking next year's holiday and would love to go back to the site again as we had everything we needed so close to us and the kids really enjoyed it. The site was quiet and clean and had plenty of shops nearby and a laundrette. Even though the kids entertainment wasn't very good know that we could find alternatives to do on an evening as there are plenty of places that we didn't get round to exploring.

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