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Visitor Reviews - Lower Lacon Caravan Park

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Lower Lacon Caravan Park
Soulton Road
Wem
Shropshire   (Browse area)
SY4 5RP   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01939 232376

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Pitches: 270
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 141 Reviews
              7/10 from 141 Reviews


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Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lucas 5 reviews from this member

Just spent 4 nights over the bank holiday weekend. This was our first visit to Shropshire. When I booked the pitch there was only large pitches left with electric so I was happy to have one, I asked about check in and was told because we were on the dearer pitches could check in early at 9am or stay late on last day until 5pm. We arrived at 12.10pm to avoid the rain which was forecast for the afternoon. Checked in and looked at the ticket to see that we had lost the late check out due to arriving 50 minutes early which was not mentioned on check in so was quite disappointed that 50 minutes early meant losing 5 hour late departure!

We found the site just like many reviews - staff were friendly, driving up through the site we saw all the scruffy unkempt caravans, some looking like they had never been stayed in for years and some looking like they brought their whole home contents with them. The trees overpower this central area and I would recommend not staying on these pitches even though the main pool area was close.

The other side of the trees the pitches were set in little bays not bad apart from the scruffy caravans dotted about. The big field near the play area was good but non electric and we never looked at the purple or rally field behind the pigs. The orange field at the very top was our field. It was like 2 different camp sites. This was a lovely field, well laid out and flat, nice people, no trouble, no dogs and a mixture of units. 2 lovely fields to either side for playing etc and some animals to feed with your left overs. Main toilets were a long walk but there was a small block behind Jakks for this field which was adequate but didn't have a shower. It wasn't a problem to walk to the main block.

The cafe/takeaway was right at the entrance to this field as was jakks barn, you could hear the live music from here but it wasn't a problem. Yes it was a fair walk to reception/shop/pool but it didn't bother us and it was good exercise. The only problem we had was the distance to the play area for our 2 boys (age 6 and 10) and we did let them go right down there and play on their own (which I'm sure some people would find alarming but we like our 2 boys to have as much freedom as possible when camping as they don't get it where we live) as the site seemed very secure with automatic card barrier and cctv It would have been good to have a play area up this end for the children.

Jakks barn was nicely done out and had modern toilets and bar, I couldn't find any fault with this facility just the entertainment was a bit ropey but my 2 boys enjoyed it. The shop was well stocked and very reasonable for a camp shop and not overpriced. The pool was lovely and warm and I did swim in it but it didn't look appealing to some due to the unkempt edges and greenish looking water but the grassy surrounding areas were well kept as were the seating areas and it was well fenced and a sun trap, polo was also arranged on Sunday afternoon. 2 pints lager and lime cost £6. 40 which seemed pricey. There was a burger/chip van open during day for snacks which seemed popular.

Overall I would return and would only stay in orange again. Owners need to look at the layout and maybe put all the long termers together, redesign some of the main camping areas and definitely cut back some of the over imposing trees, some areas just seemed so cold and unappealing around here it made me shudder.

We have been campers for 28 years and visited many sites in the UK and Europe and know what makes people want to return and was is appealing.

Shrewsbury and the surrounding area was lovely.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Wards world 2 reviews from this member

Just got back from a fantastic 5 day break at Lower Lacon with my Husband and 16 year old son and his 17yr old mate.

This is a large park and despite it being Bank holiday weekend at no time did it feel packed. The 2 toilet blocks are large enough to cope with the amount of campers and were cleaned regularly. Always toilet tissue and plenty of soap in the dispensers no matter what time of the day or night we used the facilities.

There is plenty to entertain both young and old alike, We never saw my son other than at feeding time!

No problems with the dog - she loved the dog walk round the perimeter of the park.

The reception staff, warden and shopkeeper were very friendly and most helpful. We found the shop to be well stocked and well priced.

We will most definitely be visiting again.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bournster 13 reviews from this member

Having been our second visit to this site we were very pleased by the reception/shop/bar staff being as helpful as they could be and these alone would make us return for that reason but.

Some areas of the park do seem to of been 'let go' since last year. Although the staff did their best to keep the toilet blocks clean you can not stop some peoples behaviour.

The caravans that are sited for 12 months (as mentioned in another review) really do need to be thrown off as some of them are a disgrace to look at (some owners do look after theirs but they are sadly in the minority),

Paying for hot water to wash your dishes is still an issue with us as we visit plenty of sites and this one is unique for us and it was pointed out last year but the management see fit to keep this charge. The washing up sinks are also too close to the elsan disposal point and at one time this point had spilt/overflown and the dirty water had gone down onto the pathway to the sinks!

The play area is a decent size for the kids and it does keep them good but again it is in need of updating.

There are two clubs on site (the windmill and jakks), there is 'entertainment' in the form of what is called a disco and groups on sporadically but at best this is a very poor attempt and in need of a good review by site management, especially seeing as we were there in the main school holidays so it is assumed that this is also the best entertainment of the year! We noted that on certain days (even on school holidays) that Jakks was closed, the problem here is that children are not allowed in the windmill in the evening so where are families supposed to go then! luckily this did not happen to us but did happen to friends of ours who stayed on for a couple more nights!

The pool area is in need of maintenance but does serve it's purpose although once again the owner was too strict to rules and on the one day we had bad weather while their it did not open until late on (about 3ish), the weather brightened up so we took our little girl down, she enjoyed it but the pools closing time is 5pm, the warden at the time left it open longer but then the owner came in, promptly told the kids that were in to get out and put the covers on straight away! I can assume that the warden got a bit of a roasting for that one.

Now after all that, I appreciate times are difficult but if you run this kind of business then you do have to make the extra effort to make people want to come back, thankfully there are plenty of eateries in the town which is only 20/30 min walk from site.

There is a large co-op in town and parking is free for the first hour. The train station in town is the best way to get to shrewsbury as two adults and a child (with railcard) is less than £8 return and less than 15 min journey.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Blodwyncamper 1 review from this member

We are new to our campervan and the staff could not of been more helpful, felt safe (only me and two children aged 5 and 9) as a warden drove around in evening/day time.

The Children loved the swimming pool and play park, found the loos always clean and was happy to use them.

We defo go back again in fact the children are begging to !

The animals were lovely, even the dog enjoyed the dog walk around the edge

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fatface12 1 review from this member

We stayed at this site for 3 nights at the end of July due to us being let down by another site at the last minute. We booked the day before arrival and the service offered on the phone by the friendly reception staff was a reflection of the standard of service offered by all the staff we encountered during our stay.

All staff were an absolute credit to the park from the reception staff, shop staff, wardens and cleaning staff in the toilet facilities. On arrival we were booked in quickly and shown to our pitch by a warden and briefed on site layout and rules etc.

We were staying with 2 other families and we were all located together without being charged extra which some sites do. The field we stayed in was very well drained considering the rain fall in the previous weeks and there was no issues pitching all 3 tents.

The excellent shop is very reasonably priced and offers a good range of goods including very fair priced beers and wines.

The toilet facilities were clean but basic my only complaint being that there was no mop and bucket for campers to clean up after themselves which always creates a better environment as it is impossible for the cleaners to keep on top of the facilities especially with large amounts of kids on the site.

The site has plenty of activity for kids of all ages and plenty of open space for ball games.

My only real gripe would be that on entering the site and driving around to the tent field you pass some long term stay caravans with dirty awnings which are quite off putting on first sight and spoil the look of a very pleasant site which we will certainly be visiting again.

One final point is the excellent warden service that patrols day and night to maintain a quite site when it gets late. Our party stayed up until late each night to enjoy the good weather and noticed anybody that was noisy after 11 was approached and reminded of the noise rule which made for a busy but quiet site for all to enjoy.

We stayed on site for most of our say but anybody who likes a barbecue should visit the excellent butchers in wem high street for some outstanding sausages and burgers.

Well done Lower Lacon we will be back later in the year.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Shazzle-dazzle 1 review from this member

We visited Friday 13th July, two families, one in a tent one in a folding camper.

On arrival we were told due to bad weather they had moved us from the Purple area to the Red area as our original pitch was water logged due to the horrendous July weather. The new pitch was also fairly water logged and took some moving about on it to find a decent 'not too water logged' part in order to put the awning up (due to recent changes for breathable only groundsheets it means the damn water just seeps through on wet ground!).

We were allowed to 'spread' over our two pitches which was great - but ground very hard - several pegs broken - however, wardens on hand to give us a couple of spares from their buckets.

Electric hook up point was located near the bushes - which was a worry that our extension wouldn't reach - luckily it did but I do think you need to bear in mind you may have to trail your leads a bit of a distance.

Staff were lovely - very very very helpful and friendly.

We simply cannot praise the people on this site enough - absolute credit to the park.

The park - we did find areas of the park needed tidying up a little. It would look better if the bins were enclosed behind some fencing / wooden enclosures to keep them out of site of public view, the grass edges towards the bushes needed proper strimming down, just very overgrown and 'weeds & nettles' in lots of areas which kinda spoilt it a little.

Agreed with the comments on the 'seasonal' pitches too - some of the vans here look like they have been left standing for too long and they DO let down the overall impression of the park - many owners have gone to lots of trouble with their 'areas' with pot plants & lovely outside spaces and others don't appear to have been back for months on end - I do think it would help if they was a 'set' level of upkeep required on these pitches - and if they start to fall into dis-repair then something should be done.

Overall we found the showers to be clean and warm - under floor heating wouldn't go amiss though.

The take-away we used on the Friday was ok.

The pool we used on the Saturday morning - again areas here which needed attention - some small amounts of maintenance works on the missing tiles. Cracks and general weeding of the area (it was mowed while we were there) would make a real difference.

Crazy golf - looked like a bit of a pressure washer on here would make a real difference as it looked 'dirty' and unwelcoming, hence our kids didn't want to use it.

Play area - small but adequate.

Animals - a nice touch for the kids - smaller ones loved them and paid them frequent visits.

10p for hot water - we have never had to pay for hot water before - and were a little 'put out' by this - and you only just get a sink full for your 10p too - I would suggest that in this day and age in order to bring it inline with other sites that this is looked at and hot water given free of charge.

The washing up area would benefit from a bit of cleanup too - cobwebs and general 'debris' around the rafters etc - something we wouldn't have noticed had it not dropped down into the washing up - but generally these areas are a tad neglected (although sinks kept clean enough).

Overall we will use this park again - hope for better weather next time so we don't suffer with wet ground as much (not the parks fault) - But once again a HUGE well done to the staff for their very pleasant and helpful approach to everything.

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