Thursday, 27 July 2017

Our Staycation Pontins Camber Sands

We've not be long back from a last minute holiday that we booked to Pontins Camber Sands. Now one the things I know you shouldn't do when you have booked a holiday is look up reviews. This was a big mistake, as it made me worry about what we had booked, as the reviews were so bad. I wanted to share with you our experience of staying with Pontins and what we got up to on our week away. 

A holiday is what you make it.  The apartment that we stayed in was ok,from the reviews that I had read a lot of people were saying that they had broken beds and there wasn't a good enough amount of kitchen equipment. For us the apartment we stayed in had none of these issues. We did however feel that the apartment we stayed in could have been cleaned a whole lot better. 

When it came to the things to get up to at Pontins I have nothing to compare it to as we have never stayed in places like Pontins, Butlins, Park Resorts before so have no idea what the others are like.  

We visited the arcade quite a bit the 2p machines are far too addictive! We ended up collecting enough tickets to get Blake a few little prizes from the prize shop. Blake was even getting involved with using the 2p machines and going on a few rides. 

There was also a soft play area which Blake wasn't too keen on however there were two parks on site that Blake loved. The first was the Jurassic World which had many dinosaur models dotted around with 2 different slides.

There was also a park not far from the bar where the floor was all sand and the slide was on a large pirate ship. I can say that this park was definitely a hit with Blake.

They also had entertainment which we ended up not going to as Blake hated the loud noise which was a shame. 




Food wise it was expensive, the food was good but definitely not worth the price we paid. The on site shop is also pretty pricey too so it's worth heading into Rye or Hastings to find a supermarket instead. 

We got up to quite a bit outside of Pontins too and headed to Rye one day to see what they had there. Unfortunately Rye Castle and a National trust house we had planned to visit was closed.  So we ended up going to a local church and climbing up to the bell tower and in Stuart's case the roof. This was then followed by a lovely lunch a cafe called the Fletcher's which we full recommend the sandwiches were so good. 


On another occasion we visited Camber Sands beach. On holiday visiting the beach and eating fish and chips is a must. We had a lovely time at the beach, Blake ended up getting into a puddle fully clothed and looked a right mess afterwards. However it was lovely to see him so happy and making memories. 





We also headed to Hastings one day where we ate lunch at Eat @The Stade this was again a lovely meal. Stuart and I both went for the ultimate burger which had, cheese, bacon and loads of mushrooms with a side salad and chips. We then visited the Bluereef aquarium which Blake loved and then headed to get some ice cream which again is a must when on holiday. 







So overall we had a lovely holiday. Have you ever been to Camber Sands? Or maybe you have stayed with Pontins before? I'd love to know. 

21 comments:

  1. We have never stayed at Camber Sands but it sounds a lovely place to visit. I'm glad you had a lovely time x

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  2. This looks great my kids would love it

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  3. It sounds just like the type of holiday we used to go on with Mum & Dad...although that was mainly Bognor & Clacton's Butlins. Seems not a lot has changed but that's not a bad thing..I remember those holidays very fondly - warts an'all. Will definitely take our little fella on some. x

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  4. Il be honest I've read other reviews and they have really put me off. Thanks for showing a balanced view point!

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  5. Did you take any photos of the accommodation? I've never heard a good word about it and I didn't like to say that to you before you hit back! Mich X

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  6. So pleased you enjoy your stay in this part of the world. We are just down the road in Bexhill. Hastings is a great town and Rye is stunning.

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  7. Looks a fab trip. I agree the 2p machines can be addictive!

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  8. Looks like a lovely holiday. I have never been to Camber Sands before. We use to Love Pontins at Blackpool. We use to go every year when the kids were little. They loved it. Brings back memories when I seen the chalets :)

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  9. Not been here or to any other similar places. I always worry about being able to go off site and do other things! We love 2p machines...

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  10. Reviews after all are based on personal opinion so I am glad that you enjoyed your staycation. Shame that some of the attractions that you wanted to visit were closed x

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  11. Blake looked serious in the arcade. I'm sure you all had fun!

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  12. It look super fun, glad you didnt worry & went ahead, making memories :)

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  13. I definitely agree that a holiday is what you make it. We often travel on a budget and a lot of the reviews aren't great, but we always think for the price people can't expect The Hilton now can they?

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  14. I have not stayed with Pontins before and it is a shame that the apartment wasn't very clean - that puts me off more than looking outdated. Glad you had a great time despite this

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  15. Never stayed there but I really want to visit Camber Sands, looks a lovely beach

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  16. No I have never been to Pontins - we have been to Haven a few times and quite like those. We don't do the entertainment either, there's never enough seats unless you go really really early and there's kids just wandering about everywhere so I find it difficult keeping an eye on ours unless they are sat with us the whole time.

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  17. arent those 2p machines just perfect for the rainy days when you cant get out onto the beach! we save 2ps all year in a special Giant Winnie the Pooh and he is ceremonially emptied the day before we go on holiday- it is a tradition and the children count them out into bags for the holiday! The rubbish we win but it is cheap entertainment as we dont have to keep cashing up the holiday money into 2ps!

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  18. Great blog

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  19. I SO want that ice cream! looks like a lot of things for the little ones to enjoy

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  20. Looking through these pics brings back summer. We are hoping to visit Camber Sands next year, it isnt too far from us and it looks fun

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