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UK Great Places: Why Woolacombe in Devon Ticks All the ‘Fun Family Holiday’ Boxes!
#WoolacombeBeach was not voted the best #beach in #UK for no reason. Its golden beachline sets the perfect backdrop and it also has a #BayParkPool, #SurfingSchool, #HorsebackRiding and tons of restaurants and café nearby.
Why Woolacombe Beach Really has it all
It may have taken its time, but recent years have at long last seen a rather important message hit home for holidaymakers from the UK – you don’t have to leave the UK to have a genuinely fantastic family holiday.
Now more than ever, families are discovering and re-discovering the true joys of the British Isles having for so many years simply assumed that the only good times to be had could be found abroad.
In fact, such is the appeal and magnetism of certain UK hotspots that they’ve managed to gain international acclaim and are drawing in spring and summer sun-seekers from all over the world.
And when it comes to ticking all of the most important ‘family fun’ boxes, it’s hard to think of anywhere better than Devon’s own Woolacombe.
Woolacombe Beach and its Beauty
What Makes Woolacombe so Special?
Well, the simple answer is a lot of things, but it’s fair to say that the number-one draw above and beyond everything else is the natural wonder that is Woolacombe Beach. And it’s not as if it’s just a matter of opinion for some either – Woolacombe Beach was recently voted ‘Best Beach In The UK’ by Trip Advisor readers. What’s more, it’s also appeared in a variety of world-renowned publications including The Independent, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail, having been singled out as one of the very best family beaches in the whole world.
Woolacombe Beach was recently voted ‘Best Beach In The UK’
Which Prompts the Obvious Question – why?
Well, for one thing Woolacombe Beach is blessed with mile after mile of soft golden sand, along with sublime swimming and surfing opportunities that are suitable for kids and adults at all levels.
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There’s a huge resident contingency of rock pools to explore when the tides are right, the natural scenery on all sides is quite frankly breath-taking and even in the midst of the summer when things are at their busiest, you’ll still easily find plenty of space for you and the kids to relax.
Of course, local authorities are fiercely proud and protective of their glorious assets so it’s no surprise that the beach is kept spotlessly clean. In fact, the only sore point ever mentioned by those visiting the place is that the car park just behind the beach is borderline extortionate.
it’s no surprise that the beach is kept spotlessly clean.
It’s all for a worthy cause of course,but for the sake of saving every penny for maximum family fun, the best advice is to make sure you and the kids stay somewhere close enough to the sands to never have to bother with the car at all.
Accommodation Close to Woolacombe Beach
By a sizeable margin, the closest accommodation to Woolacombe Beach that’s guaranteed to tick every family fun box and more is Woolacombe Bay Park.
Superbly located, always a winner with families and surprisingly affordable, Woolacombe Bay Park represents the perfect base for a dreamy Devon getaway.
Here’s a quick video to give you a little teaser:
As you can see, the location of Woolacombe Bay really is something else. Commanding incredible views over the three-mile stretch of golden sands and out toward Lundy Island, there simply isn’t another holiday park in Devon that offers these kinds of views.
Just as soon as you catch your first sunset, you’ll know you made the best possible choice!
Great Family Facilities
Some parks were adapted to meet the needs of families and young children – Woolacombe Bay Park was built from the ground up with family fun in mind!
To say there’s ‘something for everyone’ just doesn’t do the park justice as no matter what it is you’re into or your age, you’ll find dozens of wonderful amenities, facilities and entertainment options to keep you busy night and day.
Woolacombe Bay Park was built from the ground up with family fun in mind!
The heated pools
Sea view adventure golf course
Safe play areas for kids
A 9-hole family golf course
Multi-use sports field
Bonus for the Grown-ups & Other Facilities
For those looking to really indulge their cravings for life’s little luxuries, why not pamper yourself with a spa beauty treatment, book yourself in for a professional manicure and round it all off with a dip in the indoor hot tub?
Every night, the park bursts into life with an array of wonderful entertainment opportunities for the whole family, while the three daily kids clubs keep the youngster in the thick of it all throughout the day.
Along with a series of caravans boasting unbroken sea views, the site offers ample space for camping, a fantastic farmhouse with its own outdoor hot tub and a contingency of seaside themed luxury apartments.
And if all this wasn’t enough, those staying at Woolacombe Bay Park are also free to use the facilities and amenities of their other 3 holiday parks in Woolacombe, Devon – Easewell Farm, Twitchen House and Golden Coast.
Ever fancied trying your luck on a surf simulator? Now’s your chance!
Other Things to do in Woolacombe
Take in the sights of the local area and bathe in the true beauty from horseback, with a little help from Roylands Riding Stables.
Pros will be in their element. For kids and newbies there are many schools to choose from including Woolacombe Surf School.
Play a round or two at Willingcott Valley Golf Course which is famed for being as stunningly beautiful as it is challenging.
Devon's Finest Bars, Cafes and Restaurants
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the following top-rated cafés and restaurants really are the cream of the crop for families, you’ll love their food and atmosphere!
Barricane Beach Cafe – Take in the sunset as you dine on fantastic food.
Bar Electric – Possibly the best burgers in the region, definitely the most fun!
Eddy’s – A marvellous taste of Mexico to add even more sunshine to your day.
The Captains Table – Amazing seafood and a gorgeous view over the bay.
GJ’s Dutch Pancake Bar – Undoubtedly, the best pancakes you’ll ever taste…Heaven for kids!
Woolacombe Bay Pizza Company – Let’s be honest…who doesn’t love great pizza?
Nearby Things to do
If you plan on straying from Woolacombe for an afternoon or even an entire day, be sure to make time to check out at least a couple of the following nearby highlights!
Exmoor Zoo – You’re never too old to love a good zoo and Exmoor’s is a genuine gem!
Exmoor’s is a genuine gem!
Mortehoe Museum – From tractor rides to hands-on exhibits, this place was built with kids in mind, so take them and have a blast together!
Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park – Gorgeous gardens, wild rides and even a water show…what more could you ask for?Your kids will love it!
Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park
Ilfracombe Museum – From stuffed centipedes to mounted Bison heads, a quirky museum, worth a visit!
Quince Honey Farm – Come meet the local bees and find out just how the sweet stuff gets made!
Lynmouth Cliff Railway – Spectacular views from one of the world’s most famous railway routes…absolutely unmissable!
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park – Kids + Dinosaurs = Good Times for All!Fill your day with adventure fun and nature!
Ilfracombe Aquarium – Explore the delights of the deep blue without getting wet!
As you can see, the Woolacombe area, not only is perfect for a family holiday, but its surroundings have so much more to offer, for both adults and kids.
A Beach is not only a place where to swim or lay down in the sun, there are really many other factors to consider, and Woolacombe with its many amenities and spectacular views should definitely be on your wish list if you haven’t visited it yet!
So, what do you think about this fantastic area of the UK? Do you have any more tips or places worth seeing in the surroundings? Leave me a comment below!