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- Award-winning secluded park, family-run for over 40 years
- Spacious pitches, dog walking area, playground and family golf course
- Spotless warm amenities with free hot water
When a family spends forty years building their site to the highest standards, there might be an award. Or two. Or three. Or…OK, you get the picture...
Developed by the Franks family over forty years from open meadowland to an award-winning secluded park, Oakdown Touring & Holiday Caravan Park at Sidmouth has been lauded with all sorts of accolades, including plenty of gongs for cleanliness, green credentials and even its spotless loos.
The family's knowledge of what makes a campsite work is all over the park, like the sparkling clean showers, in warm shower blocks with lashings of free hot water and a free hairdryer in each; roomy pitches, playground with climbing frames and play tower, family golf course, maps and books of local walks available at reception, and a dedicated dog walking area on site for furry campers.
For tuck, the Oakdown café sells tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as freshly cooked breakfasts and toasty breakfast paninis, and there's also a shop with essentials, daily papers and camping stock. A supermarket to stock up at is five miles’ drive away, or the staff can recommend local pubs and restaurants if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking.
When exploring off site, the Sidmouth Hopper bus runs from the park on a daily basis during season - and is free of charge too.
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However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Sidmouth: Triangle Bus Stop — 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Seaton (Devon): Sea Front Bus Stop — 4.8 miles
4.8 miles Exeter: Airport Terminal Bus Stop — 10.5 miles
- Train stations
Honiton Rail Station — 6.3 miles
6.3 miles Feniton Rail Station — 7.3 miles
7.3 miles Whimple Rail Station — 8.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Exmouth Ferry Landing — 12.3 miles
12.3 miles Topsham (Turf Lock Ferry) Ferry Landing — 12.6 miles
12.6 miles Topsham Ferry Landing — 12.7 miles
Exeter International Airport — 10.5 miles
From M5 exit at junction 30 signposted Exeter. Follow the A3052 eastwards through Newton Poppleford and continue to Sidford. Proceed for another 1.5 miles towards Lyme Regis and take the second Weston turning at the Oakdown sign on your right.
Based on the East Devon Heritage Coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the area around Oakdown has walks, wildlife, history and geology galore. Stretches of coast here and along the Weston Valley are managed by the National Trust and there’s easy access to the tors and Bronze Age features of Dartmoor National Park.
Historic villages are all around for sightseeing, traditional pubs and the essential Devon cream tea: Branscombe, the longest village in England, has a working Victorian thatched forge, a Norman church and a drive-on beach, or there’s the shingle beach and caves of Otterton’s Ladram Bay, home of the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve.
The fishing village of Beer is five miles away with huge quarry caves to explore, gardens and a model railway at Pecorama, sea fishing from its sheltered shore or just picking up a fresh catch from the fishermen on the beach. Not that you’d get back to base and pretend you landed the haul yourself…
Sidmouth has its famous Folk Week to bop along to in August each year; between sets, wander down the Esplanade from the red cliffs to Jacobs Ladder Beach, amble around the nineteenth century Connaught Gardens – with more music at the bandstand in the summer months – or take in the spectacular view towards Salcombe Hill after clambering up Peak Hill Slope.
The village of Sidbury is in the Sid Valley a few miles inland from Sidmouth and has an Iron Age fort, a working watermill and a Saxon crypt at St Giles Church.
Day trippers are spoilt for choice too: start off in the historic city of Exeter with shopping, museums and its famous cathedral as well as Bicton Park Botanical Gardens to sink down and relax in. The watersports centre of Exmouth has its Country Life Museum and is one of the several Devon gateways to the Jurassic Coast for fossil-hunting and coastal clambering: hire a bike in the town to go along the seafront and up the Exe estuary to Lympstone, or explore the estuary by taking a tram from Seaton along the River Axe.
Junior campers can fly high at the adventure areas at Crealy Adventure Park between Sidmouth and Exeter, with farm animals and pony rides for when they’re back down to earth.
If they’re still equinely inclined, the famous Donkey Sanctuary is a short walk from Oakdown and there’s pony trekking available at Farway.
- Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (3.2 miles)
- Crealy Great Adventure Park (10.3 miles)
- The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens (13.5 miles)
- Branscombe: the Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge (2.1 miles)
- Shute Barton (6.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.