Kids in their summer holidays get bored very fast. A recent survey by Nationwide Building Society showed the summer holidays cost the average parent an extra £1,000 per child. What to do here is an option for your kids if you are staying in Norfolk, England United Kingdom here you will get an indoor water park, a pier at Great Yarmouth, Slides at Vauxhall Holiday Park, clean beach at Great Yarmouth and that too in your budget. I am sure your kids are surely going to love it.
The school bell rings one muggy afternoon in late July and the nation’s children burst out of the school gates fizzing with excitement and energy.
Roll forward 24 hours and you’re at: “I’m bored. Mum, I’m really, really bored. Dad, I’m sooooo bored. What are we doing today?”
The problem with most of the things you could be doing that day or any day of the six-week summer holiday marathon is that they’re going to cost. Usually, a lot.
In these tough economic times thousands of families have been unable or unwilling to shell out on a big family holiday, either abroad or in Britain. But the harsh reality is that staying at home isn’t a cheap option, either. A recent survey by Nationwide Building Society showed the summer holidays cost the average parent an extra £1,000 per child. Which is where, here comes the drum roll, the self-catering holiday park comes in.
We opted for Vauxhall Holiday Park just outside Great Yarmouth, Norfolk – and everyone loved it.
It was about a 20-minute walk, five-minute drive from the town itself, close enough to be able to pop in if necessary, far enough away to feel like a self-contained holiday destination.
And despite all my efforts to encourage the kids – two, five and seven – to leave the park to “go and see things”, they weren’t having any of it.
Why visit the spot that inspired Dickens to write David Copperfield when there’s a Splash Zone? Why visit the Nelson Museum when there’s a climbing wall and paintball? Duh! It’s not unfair to say Great Yarmouth has seen better days. Daniel Defoe, who knew a fair bit about travelling, recorded it in his travel journals as “a beautiful town”. That was presumably before the 99p shops and tattoo parlours moved in and the recession drove out lots of the other local businesses.
But there are still quaint corners to be found in Great Yarmouth, and its greatest draw for holidaymakers remains its Golden Mile, lined with amusement arcades, cafes and restaurants from which its two fabulous piers jut out into the North Sea like long tentacles of fun.
For generations it has been synonymous with good old-fashioned seaside trips, and that remains the case today.
The Pleasure Beach offers endless entertainment. Entry is free but you won’t escape without shelling out a whole lot of cash on the rides. Beyond the caravan park and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk has plenty to offer. Some of these can be eye-wateringly expensive, although nothing is cheaper – or better – than a day on a beach with a picnic.
But in these hard-pressed times there’s much to be said for the holiday park if you can find one with enough activities to keep your kids occupied and you relaxed.
You pay your money up-front but then sit back in the knowledge that if the kids are having a good time you’re not going to be constantly shelling out on day trips and other activities.
My kids, like virtually every child at the site, were obsessed with the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, suitable for all ages and with the emphasis firmly on having fun in the water.
There were also go-karts, an outdoor multi-sports area, trampolines, outdoor and indoor play areas and a club where kids could do painting, puppet making and a host of other arty activities.
There were also organised events, from teddy bears’ picnics to dance contests. Mine weren’t old enough for it but for the too-cool-for-school 12 to 17-year-olds there was also The Hideout Club, which put on sport, music and dance.
For adults there was a gym, beauty treatment facilities, coffee shops, a good quality restaurant and a variety of evening entertainment options.
And, of course, being self-catering there was always the option of staying in your caravan, knocking up a bit of pasta then sitting outside watching the sun go down with a quiet beer for a fraction of the cost of eating out.
A holiday park offers quality, clean and comfortable accommodation and a whole range of activities for the entire family, without breaking the bank of mum and dad. So for anyone trying to beat boredom on a budget – this comes highly recommended.