A few weeks ago now I travelled down the road to Whitley Bay Caravan Park to spend the day with Rachel, Rhi, Laura, Alison and Craig for a mini "bloggers holiday" organised by the gorgeous Beca. Now Whitley Bay is my local beach, so the caravan park isn't somewhere I was likely to visit before. So spending the day there was a great way to spent a rather warm October day.
The park itself is in the perfect location of just being on the border between North Tyneside and Northumberland, with the freedom to travel up or down the coast as you please. Situated right next to St Mary's Island with transport links into Newcastle and beyond its the perfect place for a getaway.
When I was younger we had a touring caravan so I've spent a lot of time on caravan parks, however my experience of them generally was a field and a few washing facilities. However the Whitley Bay site houses only static caravans but comes equipped with its own swimming pool, restaurant, entertainment venue and amusements amongst other things. I must say I was really impressed with their facilities, if I had the money to buy myself a caravan there I would happily do so!
We had a really good lurk around different models of caravans, slowly getting larger and fancier and ended in a huge one that is so fancy you're not allowed to call it a caravan, its a lodge! I really enjoyed this part of the day as I really love nosing around houses and looking at interiors, so this was right up my street. After our grand tour of the park we settled down into the restaurant where we got to sit and chill out for a little while and enjoy a meal courtesy of the holiday park. I opted for a southern fried chicken burger and a slush, I couldn't help myself. The inner child took over and I spent the rest of the day with a blue tongue.
With our time at the Holiday Park complete we had a wander down to the beach for a mooch about and then up to the lighthouse, where a wedding was in tow (felt a little like we were gate-crashing it) and had a poke about the rock pools. Sometimes it takes events like this to just remind you of how nice your local area can be, the sun was shinning, I spent the day with a great bunch of people and I came home with a goodie bag full of sweet treats from Lottie McPhee's Cupcakes and Made Cafe.