Golden Sands Holiday Park3.9
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You’ll strike gold with a family holiday or short break at Golden Sands Holiday Park, on the doorstep of some of Devon’s top scenic spots and family attractions, a short stroll away from the famous Dawlish Warren beach and nature reserve and with a goldmine of first-class facilities and entertainment on offer.
As it’s a Park Holidays site, Golden Sands is aimed towards making your break as hassle-free as possible: the excellent amenities in this lush countryside location include heated indoor and outdoor pool complexes, a sports area, letting the young’uns go Loopy at the on-site kids’ club, the amusements or the Adventure Land Play Area, and a dining area and takeaway at good-value prices; there’s also a mini mart shop to pick up essentials, and a launderette and washing up area for whoever you can bribe to do the chores.
The clubhouse has free wifi and Sky Sports, with internet (and sports) packages available for a reasonable extra charge, perfect for pool and patio lounging. Guests can also use the facilities at the other Park Holidays site nearby, Dawlish Sands, where there’s an entertainment venue with live acts in the evening as well as an indoor and outdoor pool.
Dawlish Warren and the area around Golden Sands are justifiably popular with families: the beach is safe and sandy, backed with pretty dunes, and packed with good old-fashioned seaside fun - think fairground attractions, crazy golf and ice creams among more - and then there’s the nature reserve, and the spectacular short train journey along the seawall to Teignmouth, for a bargainous £3 (take the line in the other direction and it will bring you to the city lights of Exeter).
As of 2013 Golden Sands has merged with the former Park Holidays site Peppermint Park.
Tourist board rating
Open from 4 Aug to 31 Aug
Dawlish Warren is a safe and clean family beach with all the old-fashioned activities kids will clamour for: Punch and Judy, amusements and crazy golf among the decorative dunes, as well as chuffing along the sea wall on the train journey to Teignmouth or wandering among the wildfowl and wading birds at the Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve.
Slightly further afield there are coastal resorts like Paignton and Torquay, cantering on horseback in Dartmoor National Park and exploring the gardens and history of Devon: the secret gardens of Powderham Castle will keep the kids enthralled, and they’ll also have a swashbuckling time at the Golden Hind, the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s sixteenth century ship moored at Brixham.
Little monkeys will have a Tarzanly swinging time on the zip slides at Exeter’s Go Ape!, and if they’ve still got a bit too much energy for your liking, take them to burn it off with paintball at the Ashcombe Adventure Centre or brave the Maximus rollercoaster at Crealy Great Adventure Park. Once they’re sitting still, it’s time for some peaceful sightseeing while playing the ‘let’s see who can keep quiet the longest game’: the Dartmouth Steam Railway and cruises along the River Dart are both recommended to keep even little people spellboundingly quiet.
Or you could just pack everyone up and head out of Golden Sands to see where your feet or pedals take you: this area of the country is renowned for its walking and cycling routes, whether you’re cruising along the coastline, foraging through forests, ambling through the area’s villages or making your way around spectacular Dartmoor.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
|Dawlish Coryton Cove
East Devon, Devon
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- Crealy Great Adventure Park (7.9 miles)
- Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (9.3 miles)
- Living Coasts (10.0 miles)
- A la Ronde (3.9 miles)
- Compton Castle (10.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Exmouth, Geoneedle, Coast Path and Knowle Walk
- Teignmouth - Smugglers Coast (3.9 miles)
- EXE ESTUARY (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 16/01/2003) (5.5 miles)
- Teignmouth - Smugglers Coast (3.9 miles)
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Seasonal pitchesMax. motorhome length: 6.0 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Very large (over 200 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Dawlish Coach Stop — 1.2mi
1.2mi Starcross: Rail Station Coach Stop — 2.2mi
2.2mi Exmouth Bus Station — 2.5mi
- Train stations
Dawlish Warren Rail Station — 0.6mi
0.6mi Dawlish Rail Station — 1.1mi
1.1mi Starcross Rail Station — 2.2mi
- Ferry ports
Exmouth Ferry Landing — 2.0mi
2.0mi Starcross Ferry Landing — 2.2mi
2.2mi Teignmouth Ferry Landing — 4.2mi
Exeter International Airport — 9.5mi
From most parts of the country, take the M5 motorway to Junction 30 at Exeter. Follow the directions for Dawlish on the A379 which will take you through the villages of Kenton and Starcross. Continue on the A379 until you reach the edge of Dawlish, at which point you will see Dawlish Warren signposted to the left, just before Marine Garage, a Texaco service station. Follow the road into Dawlish Warren, past the Mount Pleasant Inn and down a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill, follow the road around to the left and continue past Gerald’s Supermarket. You will then see the entrance to Golden Sands Holiday Park on the left-hand side.
Do not book to Dawlish Warren but to Dawlish where there are taxis and a bus service to the park.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||noon –||11 p.m.|
Reception is unmanned after 6pm. Please call the park using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation so information about your pitch can be provided.
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
Cancellation by you
Should you need to cancel your booking, you must advise us using the telephone number in your confirmation email and then confirm this cancellation in writing to us, by post, fax, or email quoting your booking reference number. Your cancellation will only be effective as at the date we receive your written confirmation. Our cancellation charges are those detailed below.
Cancellation charges as a % total cost:
Period before arrival date (excluding credit card charges)
30 - 22 days: 50% balance of payment
21 - 15 days: 60% balance of payment
14 - 8 days: 80% balance of payment
If you need to cut short your holiday after it has commenced, we regret that we are unable to refund any monies paid.
Cancellation by us
In exceptional circumstances, we may have to cancel or change some aspects of your booking. If we do so, we will tell you as soon as possible prior to your holiday date and you may choose to either:
a) Accept the changes offered by us
b) Receive a full refund
c) Accept an alternative holiday with us at the same price
We do not pay compensation in circumstances where we have to cancel your booking including those arising from Force Majeure. Force Majeure means circumstances beyond our control including (but not limited to) industrial disputes, natural disasters, fire, technical problems, bad weather and acts of government.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Golden Sands Holiday Park will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days before arrival then the balance will be taken immediately.
If you need to contact Park Holidays UK please allow up to 24 hours for your booking confirmation to come through.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro
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Arrive:Tue 2 Jul 2013
Depart:Sun 7 Jul 2013
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