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Royal Umpire Caravan Park
Southport Road
Lancashire   (Browse area)
PR26 9JB
Tel: 01772 600 257
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Pitches: 180 & Large Rally Fiield + Camping Pods
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 117 Reviews
                7/10 from 117 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 5 miles   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool 5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding 5 miles   No Cycle Hire   Golf 5 miles   Tennis 5 miles 
 Beach 10 miles   Watersports 10 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport 1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Whitegold 7 reviews from this member

It's not easy to find positive things to write about The Royal Umpire. (But I will start with the Staff, who were clearly doing their best under the circumstances)

Good friendly welcome, good size pitch with minimal traffic, thanks to the layout. Well sheltered by tall hedges, Tarmac access roads and hard standing/gravel. We had a pitch with EHU, tap and drain.

I've never seen so many giant 5th wheelers on one site, and there are very many seasonal pitches that look as if they might be permanently occupied.

So let's move on to the problem areas - and there are quite a list of shortcomings.

There are only two small facilities blocks for a site with over 200 caravan pitches and a huge camping field which could easily take another 200 tents or Motorhomes. I'd estimate there were nearly 100 family tents pitched on the field at the time of our visit.

The toilets were cleaned once a day, but with so many users, it was really a losing battle.

The overall state of the unoccupied (touring) pitches was very unkempt, with weeds, litter and copious amounts of deep gravel/hardcore.

The ornamental garden near the entrance must have been a thing of great beauty at one time, but it now has become a bit of an eyesore, due to neglect.

This is the first site I have ever visited that despite having the customary Rubbish Bin enclosures, with standpipe and grey water drain, actually had no bins whatsoever on site. When we queried what had happened to the bins, we were told that a new recycling facility was in construction, and all waste was to be placed in the 6 standard household Blue wheelie bins in the visitors carpark. Although these were apparently being emptied several times a day, they were always permanently full to the brim every time we took waste to them. We brought our rubbish home to recycle.

Other reviewers have mentioned the '2 for 1' Pub across the road, which we didn't visit - however we did find an excellent Pub - The Rose and Crown - less than 10 minutes walk (turn left at site entrance and follow the main road). Also worth special mention is the Independent Off-Licence at the Texaco Garage opposite the Rose and Crown, a fine selection of mid range wines and craft beers at very realistic prices.

All in all, the Royal Umpire needs plenty of TLC, and although the camping field might suit large family gatherings on a budget, it really doesn't deserve the 7/10 UKCampsite rating it currently holds.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Kensingtongreen 49 reviews from this member

Large site - very convenient for M6. Suited us for an overnight stop but earlier comments of loud groups of 'regulars' are well justified even on a Thursday!

Very efficient staff / welcome.

The 'most photographed village in Lancashire' (Croston) is over - rated in our view.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: John,mel,3kids! 5 reviews from this member

Just returned from royal umpire and we have had a great weekend, toilets and showers we great for tent campers, play area was good, washing up facilities were under cover and also ideal.

We had an electric pitch which was surrounded by seasonal caravans, all seem friendly enough.

The kids enjoyed the park and the inflatables were a bonus.

Large pub/ restaurant a 5 minute walk away.

If you don't want electric there is a huge field where you can pitch anywhere you like, lots of water points too.

Would return without hesitation

Date of Visit: March 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: John giddins 1 review from this member

Arrived at the site, polite helpful staff. Toilets were very clean, (important), because it was during the week, could pick our pitch. We got a great price on the pitch as it was Monday to Friday. We would certainly visit again. There was a downside as hens would roam the site from a neighbouring farm along with the cocks which would start crowing at around 5-00am, every morning, and after complaining we were told that nothing could be done as they fly over the fencing and wonder around.

Date of Visit: December 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: JACRM 31 reviews from this member

Stayed here over new year, booked as part of a group on deal, and other family members stayed in one of the glamping pods.

Rather large site with lots of fully seasonal caravans.

Clean toilet block and cleaned regularly.

Good pub for food just over the road.

Date of Visit: October 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Glynnwi 4 reviews from this member

My 2nd review here goes;

Called in to check availability, found the site receptionist very, very helpful. And followed up with good comms after booking.

It was our first full week in new to us caravan, we booked onto ehu pitch 193 very level with no drainage problems, don't know the amperage but no trip outs and we were trying everything out.

The site appears to be a long term seasonal site with some campers who spend all the time there and look after their pitches and decorate with flowers around their vans, and others who use it just for weekends who leave their moss covered awnings up and tables outside just doesn't look as clean as it could be.

There's a well used playground for youngsters, giant chess and draughtboards, a very well looked after seating garden area,

The showers and toilets are spotless and cleaned each morning, after the state I saw them in early one morning the cleaners deserve a medal. They are locked and you pay a deposit for key and barrier access card which is refunded.

The gas ran out mid week just as reception was closing but receptionist saved the day and meal by hanging on for me to get up there and the replacement was well priced.

There are two pubs close by and petrol station with little supermarket within walking distance, all main shops in nearby Southport, Chorley, and Ormskirk.

Only bad point is the internet connection which is none existent down at the far end of the site, but there is no charge for it, and in the end it helped for a very peaceful relaxing week. And will definitely be returning

Date of Visit: October 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mark and tracy jone 10 reviews from this member

First impression when arriving wasn't too bad (but that was short lived) had to leave a 20 deposit (refundable) for barrier access and key to toilets/showers

Wasn't shown to our pitch, we were given a map which was circled in pen of our pitch number, couldn't find it at first due to the little stakes with pitch numbers on being snapped off! - paid for a hard pitch with grass at the side for the car - thought it was very quiet, well for the first 3 hrs of arriving then car after car turned up! It seems it's more of a residential campsite with every man and his dog (literally) turning up! Kids running all over the place, Dogs barking and the noise continued till well after midnight! One shower block in the centre and one small one near the entrance for the whole of the campsite! really in need of updating. The waste bins was overflowing and rubbish was piling up at the side.

If you want a quiet, relaxing break, then you won't find it here!

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Stevieag 13 reviews from this member

Just made the move to a caravan and wanted a close venue to try out caravanning.

This isnt my first review of this site.

Ive tried three of this owners sites.

Two of them are now for me no nos

The seasonal campers and huge groups let this place down.

They are rowdy until the early hours (2am)

Huge partys of groups on camping site.

This was once the best, could still be if it applied the rules handed to visitors.

Have a good time, but reign it in 12midnight on a friday/saturday.

During the week was fab, quite etc. Friday/sat night too busy.

On plus side the other visitors were all nice, seasonals make you feel like you are imposing upon their site.

If I was the owner id make everybody adhere to the reasonable rules. Section it, busy, quite.

This could be a great site. It has a great kids area, fab loos, and generally great facility and staff.

At to this my pitch was a superior but it stunk of urine all round the fresh water drain and I was next to main drain. The whole area was smelly. I guess that why it was a pitch in between seasonals.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Watercool 1 review from this member

Set in a nice location, can be used as a base for places like Southport, Blackpool, Preston etc

Dogs are allowed on site but we only saw a few being walked, all on leads with only the odd bark now and again. Plenty of kids, which is ok if you have one but could be annoying if you don't.

The campsite is a friendly place, quite a few resident tourers there which actually makes it more of a community and well kept caravans with little gardens. No issues with water or electric hookup.

The downsides for the campsite are the toilets and showers, they were grubby, no sockets, the toilets did not flush, the cubicles were missing locks/handles etc and the showers were literally a trickle. 4 of them in one of the two blocks, not enough.

Also you are only allowed one car on each pitch, even if you have a small caravan and there's plenty of space. Then the car park for the extra cars was full.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Yummymummie 1 review from this member

We left 2days earlier than planned due to drunken night parties at nearby tents until gone 2. 30am. The people in these tents sounded young but were in their 50s and were utter scroats! No consideration or moral values! we wereted money leaving early but 3 hours sleep we cannot function on.

It was a shame as ruined our stay as they were so loud and inconsiderate we could not sleep.

Site itself good, park great and toilets clean. Music in toilets was a great touch.

Would we return?. No because these yobs are not told to stop drinking swearing and shouting middle of night we have never stayed at such a load campsite with so many groups.

I booked what I thought was a family tranquil site.

It is such a shame as site great, staff you couldn't fault and toilets and showers clean

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