Hayling Island has some points going for it with others making it not so good.
On the good side our caravan was near new and immaculate - only 'complaint' was the cooker wasn't self igniting.
The staff were very helpful on arrival and on other occasions. The site was also very clean all over.
There is entertainment on the site and we went to 2 of the bingo sessions which was fun - but there were only about 30-40 people in a room for 200, top prize of £66.
This was one of the downsides with there being no atmosphere. We're not nightlife hawks, but it made the place seem 'dead'.
The camp people who looked after the kids were very good as well, but there were few kids for them to look after, and I think that made it difficult for them.
We had our 6 yr old G/Daughter with us and she loved the 'Crazy Caves' room where she could have a slide, jump on a room full of balls etc.
The biggest down for the site is that there's no shop, so if you need something like matches to light your cooker, or find you've forgotton to bring bread etc, it means a car trip. The nearest shop is about half our walk away. We found it strange for such a large site to have no shop.
The location is not the best either being about a mile from the seafront, again another car journey.
Another point was there were loads of posters and leaflets inviting you to buy your own caravan, and when handing in keys at end ( with a 50% deposit ). My wife was made to wonder if they were trying to sell off all the caravans, and lots seem to be privately owned already.
Hayling Island has no sandy beaches, and a local warned us that the currents can be dangerous.
If your into kite surfing its great. ( there's a live webcam if you look up Hayling Island surfcam. )
For anyone interested in railways Hayling island has a seafront railway as well, but all in all its not really what we'd call a holiday resort.
To sum up the site is clean etc but without a shop and its location lets it down
Stayed here for short break over children's half term holiday. We stayed here as it was close to home but we need to escape for a few days, without too much driving.
On arrival warm welcome and shown map of site.
Found accommodation with no problems.
We had a very nice van, had all mod cons you'd expect in a modern caravan. Also had some things I'd not expect to find, these included microwave, sandwich toaster and decent hoover( we've previously only had rubbish hoover or a broom)
On site entertainment was ok, the main problem was the lack of guests for the poor man to entertain. I'd say the club was never more than a quarter full on any of the 3 nights we visited. I feel in season it would be a problem to accomodate if the site was full.
They had special offers in the bar, which helped save a few pennies.
Also on site was a restaurant we didn't sample anything from here so can't comment, but we did feel it was on the expensive side.
Pool was ok, it was only ok as it was one depth through out. But this would be a bonus for family with young children. In the same area was a paddling type pool and out door pool and a jacuzzi. We didn't use the paddling or the out pool, but we used the jacuzzi. Was very relaxing. They allow children from the age of 12 to use the jacuzzi, so my boys used one for the first time and loved the experiance. There is a lifegaurd on duty at all times. There is a small viewing area. Like the club it was not crowded whilst we was there, but in season I think it may struggle with crowding.
Also on site was a small gym and soft play area, we didn't use either. But did peek into the play area several small children having a whale of a time.
The one thing this site didn't have was a shop. Nearest shop is a small Tesco, about 10 mins easy walk away, 2mins drive. Seemed overpriced as they only had a very small selection of stock. There is a huge tesco at the Junction of the M27 where you turn off for Hayling Island.
You can walk to the seafront in about 15mins. We didn't do this, we drove, as I have a bad knee. Several carparks, but one offers you tokens to the same value as the parking for the rides. This proved useful for us as the kids snapped up the tokens!
Short drive takes you into Portsmouth and all it offers including the designer shopping outlet Gunwharf Quays.
This site would make a useful base for exploring the area but I doubt we'd visit again. The lack of a shop was a major down side for us and also we live close enough to visit the area on day visits.
The site was easy to find, on the main road, but saying that there wasn't any noise at night from the road. There was a bus stop across the road from the site entrance which went right into Havant, a lovely little town! Portsmouth is also just a 10min drive and its a great city for shopping, sightseeing and the historic dockyad is well worth the admission price!
The staff at reception were always helpful and cheery, the security staff were always on the door at night which made us feel a bit safer leaving the club late at night.
The entertainment staff were fantastic, always making sure that you were enjoying yourself and always willing to stand and talk to you. Would recommend this site and would return again.
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