Archive for February, 2016

On-going major investment at Lakeside Holiday Park to make your caravan holiday in Somerset even better in 2016!

23 February 2016

new_caravans_at_lakesideAt Lakeside Holiday Park, we are continually striving to make your holiday experience even better year after year. During this current closed-season period, we have invested over half a million pounds into making improvements, expanding facilities and adding new holiday homes, to help make your 2016 holiday one to remember!new_mulberry_caravan_lounge_at_lakeside

New Caravans
There are 8 brand new Puffin Plus letting fleet caravans and 5, top of the range Osprey 6 & 8 berth caravans being added to our range of accommodation this year. The Osprey vans have gas fired central heating and double glazing while the Puffin Plus vans have background heating and double glazing as standard.

new_playground_development_at_lakesideBrand New Kids Play Area
Part of the major investment programme at Lakeside this winter is one especially for the kids! We have an exciting new, state of the art, under 10’s Play Area being installed just a few paces from the ‘Sail Loft’ and ‘The Boathouse’.

New apparatus includes:

  • HUGE nautical themed abstract multi-play unit
  • Merga Tripod group swing
  • Sherwood Play Boat – including a large sand pit inside the hull ‘cargo’ area
  • Roxy Jeep 4-seater spring ride on
  • Modern version of the traditional See-Saw
  • Mekkar twirl roundabout
  • 8-seater circular table & seating units

All of the play apparatus is created using a mix of durable materials and fabricated to the highest standards, and the table / seating units are wooden and made here in the UK.

The Play Area is being relocated next to the swimming pool terraces and replaces 4 caravans. In return, we have created 5 new caravan bases where the old Play Area was – sounds simple but there’s a significant amount of work that goes into achieving this – most of which is underground and out of sight.

Once finished, the brand new Play Area will be finished off with security fencing, turfing and specialised rubber matting for kids to bounce on! All we need now is for it to stop raining so we can have it finished and up and running in next to no time.

The Lakeside Beer Garden
We are in the process of adding a new outside beer garden and seating area – perfect for mums and dads to relax while keeping one eye on the kids having fun.

The total value of what we’ve put into the new Play Area and Beer Garden is upwards of £200K, and it’s definitely something pretty special!

We look forward to welcoming you to Lakeside over the summer season, and we hope you enjoy all the new additions.

If you’d like to know more or indeed would like to check availability for your 2016 holiday or short break, please call us on 01278 792 222 or click here.

Explore 1600 Years of History at Dunster Castle

02 February 2016

17915_Dunster CastleDunster Castle with it’s working watermill and fabulous gardens is a rare treat for the whole family, and provides something a little bit different for a day out near Lakeside. Less than an hour’s drive away, the Castle – open from the 5th March – has a long and fascinating history.

It was originally a fort on top of the Tor back in the 5th Century, before the first Castle was built from timber in the 11th Century. Over the years, it grew and was expanded upon until the end of the 14th Century, when the Luttrell family bought it, and it remained within their family for 600 years.

Visiting today, you can get a real feel for the lengthy and impressive history surrounding Dunster Castle. It’s medieval gatehouse still remains, as does the tower – albeit being somewhat ruined now. (There have been some tough battles fought at the grounds).

Atop the beautiful wooded hill, there are exquisite views of the Bristol Channel, the Quantock Hills and the moors of Exmoor. As you look around at these sights, you will understand why this dramatic location was fortified in the Anglo-Saxon era. It’s quite the vantage point. As you head down the South Terrace there is a touch of the Mediterranean with a garden filled with fragrant Hyacinths and a wooded pathway leading to the River Avill and its diverse range of wildlife.

Onsite, there is a functioning watermill which operates throughout the year and on Wednesday 9th March visitors will be able to catch it in all it’s full, working glory. The Mill is open between 10am and 5pm and entry is free. Later in March, on Friday 25th from 10am to 6pm, is the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. Follow the garden trail and solve the clues to claim your Egghead prize. (Entry fee for the trail is £2.00 per person). On Saturday 26th March, there is an archery and pistol-shooting event happening between 11am and 4:30pm. For just £4.00, you can get either eight arrows or 10 pistol shots – although you may of course want to try your hand at both!

Even without any scheduled events, the immense beauty of Dunster Castle and its grounds, coupled with the intense history of the place is well worth the visit.

Finally, along with the Castle, gardens and special events there is a lovely little shop selling locally made gifts. You could also visit Dunster Village nearby for more shops and places to grab a bite to eat. Parking is available just 300 yards away from the Castle, and costs £2.50 for a day (free for members with a car sticker on display). There are also toilet facilities on-site.

If you’re planning a visit, you can call ahead (at least a week in advance please) and order a picnic from one of the five menus available – all of which include vegetarian and gluten-free options. The fee for visiting the whole property is £10.30 for adults, £5.15 for children, and £25.70 for a family pass, however if there is only one adult in your family group, the fee is £16.50. If you wish participate in Gift Aid, a slight extra charge of 10% on the fees is added – this allows the National Trust to then reclaim tax on the entry fee – and invest more into the visitor experience.

If you only wish to visit the gardens, admission is £7.20 for an adult, £3.60 for a child, £18.00 for a family (£11.30 for a family with one adult). Group rates are available for visits to the entire property, and a garden visit on its own, plus if you have a valid West Somerset Railway ticket, there is a discount available when your ticket is produced upon purchasing.