Last week we spent 5 gorgeous days at Perran View Holiday park, with John Fowler holidays. Just 2 miles from Perranporth beach, John Fowler holiday park Perran View had so much to keep us and the kids busy for the full 5 days. The park has lots of play spaces, a swimming pool- with lots of fun water activities including Zorbing and Aqua Gliders, outdoor sports courts, BMX track and (holiday favourite) a crazy golf course. There was an amusement arcade and a superb kids club, with Foxy!
We arrived at the park a little later than planned at 7pm, due to several service station pit-stops, so our first impressions of the Perran View holiday park were brief, and in the dark, as we were desperate to get settled into our accommodation, and eat.
The park’s reception was well signposted and easy to find, and is just a brief walk from the main car park. The reception area is welcoming, and so was the receptionist. She handed me my keys, a huge welcome pack, containing park information, booklets and leaflets on local attractions and even money-off vouchers for various attractions and events. A lovely idea, when welcoming new guests looking for fun things to fill our days.
Our accommodation was easy to find, thanks to staff showing us the apartment location on the park map. We were pleasantly surprised with the size of the apartment, with large rooms (1 double, 2 twin rooms) and all areas looked clean and well kept. The accommodation smelt fresh, carpets spotless, no dust and immaculate fridge, microwave and oven. The kitchen was fully stocked too with cutlery, crockery, and utensils. We just had to bring a tea towel, something I wish I had known earlier. oops!
There was a TV in the living room that was wall mounted, for safety and out of children’s reach. A great selection of freeview channels were available including CBBC and CITV for older children and CBeebies for pre-schoolers. There was also a DVD player built in to the TV that was very easy to use, Just in case you wanted to bring some DVDs for rainy days or just to keep the kids entertained while you packed up your lunch boxes. We also found a clothes airer (perfect for drying swimming costumes), an ironing board, iron and hoover!
Our visit to the entertainment areas of the park were very pleasurable. All areas were non-smoking, in the dining and family areas. All tables were showing menu’s and were clean and easy to access, with room for pushchairs and highchairs if needed. Buggies and pushchairs could be safely stored in a couple of large open spaces, by reception and at the back of the club room, but it was no problem at all to bring buggies to your table within the whole area of the entertainment areas, ideal if you had young sleeping children.
Food is served daily from 5:00pm- 9:00pm from Chef’s Corner, and all food was available to eat in or take away, back to your apartments if you wished to and served in a takeaway bowl and plastic cutlery. Ordering food was easy with a purposely dedicated ordering area between the reception and club room. A chalk board clearly displayed specials / extended ranges and prices, and high chairs were easy to access. The highchairs were actually brand new and only just been delivered to Perran View!
The menu had burgers (100% beef, Chicken or Quorn choices available) and you had lots of choices if you wanted to add any extras or sides. There were larger dishes advertised for those wishing to share a meal, Baked Jacket potatoes with a choice of cheese, beans, and chilli con carne toppings. A range of curries, all served with rice or chips and naan bread. There were 9 main courses to choice from, 2 of which were vegetarian options. 12” pizzas and a wide range of side orders. I though the food was cheap, but lovely none the less. great for families on a budget, who needed something quick to refuel.
The kids meals, called ‘Foxy Boxes’ were large portions and well worth the £2.99 all were priced at. Inside the box was the child’s chosen meal and an excellent quality toy- a travel sized game, from a series of games. My girls were given snakes and ladders and noughts and crosses. The boxes were bright and colourful with little puzzles that could be played on the side of the boxes. There were ice cream puddings for the kids (one even came with a toy) and apple pie, ice cream or chocolate cake for the adults, although child’s portions of these were also available. The menu also states that all meals served, to the best of their knowledge, is free from GM food products, some products may contain traces of nuts. I would have liked to see some more healthy options on the menu, but the staff were happy to cater to requests so I felt that I could have asked, should I felt the need to. Baby food and milk could also be warmed at request to staff.
There was a medium sized indoor pool and sauna room for visitors to use, free of charge. The pool was attended by a security guard during open hours. The main pool had varying depths, from shallow to deep but there was a separate paddling pool, for young children. The pool was pleasantly warm and the kids were very happy splashing and having fun in a safe pool. There was a superb range of pool activities regularly throughout the week, including water Zorbing, and canoeing. These too, were free of charge. Private male and female changing facilities were available with great showers, cubicles, clothes pegs and nappy bins all inside the changing rooms. By the poolside was a separate sauna room within the pool area for adult use only (A nice luxurious treat and 5 minutes peace and quiet!) and the room was regularly checked by the pool attendant who’s seat was next to the door to the sauna so they could monitor who went in and out.
On site there was a lovely range of outdoor activities to keep the family busy. There is a BMX track, tennis court, crazy golf course, Basketball hoop, goal posts, volley-ball/badminton net and ping pong table all for free use, all very clean and in well order and easy to access.
The children’s play area was situated in a large green play area of the park. The park is aimed at older children from 6 years up, but there is a small climbing frame and slide for younger children to join in with the fun. I found it wonderful that the play park is surrounded by a high fence and there is a gate with a catch on, to ensure child safety, and just by the park was some picnic benches for those who wished to eat outside and watch the kids play safely. Also in the play green area was the sport nets and goals, which could also be easily seen from the picnic benches, meaning big kids and little kids could all play in the same area and parents could watch them all without worrying. Dogs were not allowed into the play areas nor was smoking.
The shop was easily found, situated right next to reception and stocked lots of family essentials such as toiletries, food, drinks, various cooking and cleaning utensils and lots of toys, souvenirs and games for the children. All items were reasonably priced and not too expensive at all. Alcohol and cigarettes were being sold but were out of view and reach from children. There was a wide range of magazines and newspapers for adults and children, with magazines for kids suiting all ages, perfect for raininy days or stocking up on car activities before the long drive home.
There is a large laundrette on site, next to the shop that was open for long hours, and all pricing was clearly displayed. There were large and small washing machines and tumble dryers available. The laundrette was clean, any dangers were signed and fire extinguishers were easily found. Washing powders could be purchased from the on-site shop if needed.
At 6pm the evening entertainment began with the Foxy Club. 2 great entertainers played simple games with the kids (our daughters took park in hide and seek and a chasing game) with small prizes for the winners and introduced one of the characters (Foxy fox, and friends). Music was played for the children to dance on the dance floor (They felt so grown up!) and were able to take requests. Our 3 year old asked for Our House by Madness, and they made sure that it was the next song to be played, it made her evening and she was so pleased. There is a quiz for all the family to take part in, with prizes to be won and Bingo is played for the adults, and children’s bingo cards are available for small kids prizes. The evening entertainment goes on until around midnight, with adult entertainment including a game show and live cabaret. The entertainers were great fun, and very welcoming. The kids all seemed to enjoy their presence and were received well by all. A superb night of entertainment that the whole family truly enjoyed.
There was a large stage and by the DJ decks was a shop selling lots of Foxy Club merch all at reasonable prices for the kids to choose a souvenir to take home. Soft cuddly toys, character back packs, inflatable pool toys, clothing items and even comfort blankets for babies (to list just a few items). There were plenty of outside toys too to keep the kids amused on site in the outside play areas.
On the park map, supplied in the welcome pack the following numbers are listed: Taxis, Perranporth surgery, NHS dentist, Vet, Garage, Red Cross, Police, AA and RAC. The reception staff were good with local knowledge and could easily tell me where the nearest A&E was and where to find the closest petrol garage and superstore. I would have liked this information displayed in accommodation or front of house to be accessed at all times in an emergencies.
There is park information found in the welcome pack giving useful information on fire assemble points, maintenance, parking, security, lost key policy, pets and vacating accommodation.
To book a holiday with John Fowler, more information can be found here. We stayed at Perran View, just one of the 14 parks situated in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
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