St Audries Bay Holiday Club8.5
Views, glorious views…the area surrounding St Audries Bay Holiday Club near Minehead is the setting for right Somerset sights: the park is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the Quantock Hills, is on the Somerset coast steps from the beach and has views across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Bring your camera.
St Audries Bay has been family-owned and run since 1933 and has picked up a goodly handful of awards along the way, so it’s safe to assume they know what to lay on for campers of all ages whatever the weather: among the options on offer are tennis, boules, fishing, an adventure playground, pool with sauna, and games room with video games, snooker and pool tables.
Entertainment is laid on during July and August, and restaurant and bar meals, takeaways and tipples are available during these months in the Sundowner bar. Or head off site instead: once you’ve hiked the Quantock Hills, both Bridgwater and Taunton are on the M5 15 miles away and Exmoor National Park is nearby.
Pitches at St Audries Bay are spacious and level with electric hook-up and are a short distance away from the toilet and shower block with free washrooms.
Tourist board rating
Pick up a safari tour at Dulverton or Dunster to see Exmoor’s wildlife in sit-down style, or take to your feet or wheels to explore the park’s walking and biking routes. Going there by night? Exmoor National Park is the first designated International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe: watch the stars twinkling at Haddon Hill or Wimbleball Lake, the first designated Dark Skies Discovery Site on Exmoor. The country park at Wimbleball is worth hanging around for a day or two too: it’s managed by the South West Lakes Trust and has an activity centre, trout fishery, bike route and nine-mile lake walk.
Minehead nine miles away from St Audries Bay has a couple of record breakers: it’s the starting point of Britain’s longest walking trail, the South West Coast Path, and it has the country’s longest standard gauge heritage railway, West Somerset Railway, starting at its station and running just over 20 miles to Bishops Lydeard. And it’s also where you can drop the kids off at the Minehead Eye’s indoor skate park, internet café, free workshops and roller discos: kids aged eleven and over can spend the evening here on their own with parental permish.
For smaller Somerset campers, Burnham-on-Sea and Brean are just along the coast for donkey rides and beaches, with the Animal Farm Adventure Park and the Brean Leisure Park nearby. Weston-super-Mare is also within easy driving distance and has miles of clean beaches, refurbished pier, a SeaQuarium, more donkeys and Britain’s only helicopter museum: give it a whirl.
From Weston-super-Mare, wander inland near Wells to spot the witch of the Wookey Hole Caves, one of Somerset’s most famous attractions, or to Cheddar to Gorge on cheese, go strawberry hunting and hiking on the Mendip Hills or snap more Somerset views from the Lookout Tower outside Cheddar Gorge. Both Bristol and Bath are within a couple of hours’ drive from Minehead for day trips, with Cardiff reachable from Bristol in less than an hour.
There are several other Somerset essentials to see within driving distance: cider farms at Taunton and Washford; two vineyards at Bridgwater; the Blackdown Hills to hike after the Quantocks, and famous Glastonbury and its abbey about forty minutes’ drive away.
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- Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (18.7 miles)
- Millennium Stadium (20.5 miles)
- The Cardiff Story (opens April 1st 2011) (20.6 miles)
- Coleridge Cottage (5.3 miles)
- Dunster Castle (7.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Holford and the Quantocks (2.8 miles)
- Wimbleball Lake - Haddon Hill - Wimbleball lake (12.4 miles)
- Haddon Hill - Bury - Wimbleball Dam - Haddon Hill (13.2 miles)
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83% would recommend this site to a friend.
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Great place on the beach. 27 Apr 2014
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This site is just lovely - very friendly staff , great fun for all , 23 Apr 2014
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this site was a very nice site to stay on 23 Apr 2014
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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
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Hard standingsMax. motorhome length: 12.0 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Small (11-25 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Watchet: Railway Station Coach Stop — 2.8mi
Williton: The Egremont Coach Stop — 3.1mi
Dunster: Dunster Steep Bus Stop — 7.6mi
- Train stations
Bishop's Lydeard — 9.7mi
Bridgwater Rail Station — 12.6mi
Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea Rail Station — 12.9mi
- Ferry ports
Minehead Harbour — 9.2mi
Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 12.2mi
Barry Waterfront Ferry Terminal — 14.7mi
Cardiff International Airport — 14.9mi
Bristol International Airport — 27.7mi
Leave the M5 motorway at either Junction 23 or 25. From junction 23 follow the A39 through Bridgwater towards Minehead, and St Audries will be signposted on the right, about 15 miles from Bridgwater.
From Junction 25 follow the A358 through Taunton to Williton, then follow the A39 towards Bridgwater. After about 3 miles, St Audries Bay will be signposted on your left.
Distances by road: Cardiff - 87 miles, Bristol - 60 miles, Reading - 135 miles, Nottingham -194 miles, Liverpool - 233 miles, Birmingham - 137 miles.
By coach or rail
The National Coach Company provides a regular service to both Minehead and Taunton. The nearest British Rail station is at Taunton connecting with a regular bus service direct to Williton. We can arrange for a taxi to collect you from Taunton or Williton at an extra charge.
Permitted arrival/departure time
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|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||10 p.m.|
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Payment on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
Please note that limited opening hours for the on-site bar and restaurant are in operation outside July and August. At other times throughout the year the bar and restaurant will be open on weekends and for special breaks only.
The swimming pool is open all year round.
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Arrive:Fri 3 May 2013
Depart:Sat 4 May 2013
Max. persons: 4x
Dimensions: Max 8.0m x 12.0m (26.2ft x 39.4ft)
Ground type: Grass
Our spacious site has been terraced to provide level pitches.