Our friends could easily afford to stay in hotels, but they have always preferred campsites and we could never understand why.

I’ve looked online at a few of them, and a couple of weeks ago we decided to give it a try, mainly to see what our little Granddaughter Isabella thought of it.

The prices are very reasonable, with accommodation and the use of all the park’s facilities included.

parkholidays-1284-mediumWe chose Marlie Holiday Park at New Romney in Kent. It was a convenient location for exploring an area of the South Coast that I didn’t know at all, although it’s only a couple of hours’ drive from our home in Sussex. So even if we didn’t like the Park, we could go out every day.

It was easy to find, and the Receptionist was friendly and helpful, checking us in even though we were early.

The caravan was perfectly acceptable. The lounge/kitchen area was as large as a hotel apartment, light and comfortable.

There were three bedrooms which were as big as some cabins on cruises. But the beds were very narrow. I’m not particularly overweight but a lot of people would find it hard to sleep in such a cramped space.

parkholidays-1289-mediumThe bathroom had a spacious shower in it, and there was another toilet next door.

It was easy to park, right outside the caravan, which made loading and unloading simple.

Most of the guests were caravan owners. They were all very friendly and would chat as they passed us.

Some of them were dog owners. There are dog walking areas around the Park.

As I’m used to hotels, I hadn’t packed enough, so we drove to Hythe to buy washing-up liquid, towels, toilet rolls, and a few other necessities that weren’t supplied. Then we went on the long, sandy beach at Dymchurch. It was absolute seaside perfection, and well-looked after.

parkholidays-005-mediumIsabella made her first sand castles, and there were plenty of shells for decoration.

In the evening, we took little Isabella to the bar where the ‘entertainment’ was.

Loopy the Rabbit was played by a different member of the staff every evening. They had no script and just stood around waiting for inspiration. But Isabella was spell-bound!

Then it was the Tots’ Disco, for the under fives.

Sadly some of the children were over five, and dashed around bumping into the little ones while their parents sat drinking and texting on their phones. And the staff weren’t trained or strong enough to gently stop them and tell them to be careful. Shame.

But there was a great atmosphere in the bar and everyone mixed together.

There’s an excellent, varied menu and the prices are reasonable too. The food looked really good, although we didn’t have time to try it.

You can have half a chicken with chips, etc for £7.95, Sirloin Steak £12.50, A curry for £8.75, Chow Mein or Sweet & Sour Chicken, £8.75, pasta, pizzas, all-day breakfasts, or much more.

On Saturday morning we took Isabella to watch Loopy the Rabbit standing around for half an hour, then we went on the Hythe and Dymchurch Miniature Railway.

parkholidays-042-mediumYou can buy a day’s ticket so you can get on and off as many times as you want to. But it’s not cheap!

We went up to Dungeness, then back to Dymchurch where we got off and wandered around the historical village. Then we had fish and chips which was huge and delicious, with thin, crisp batter on fish straight out of the sea.

Back in the caravan, Isabella loved the fitted sofas and played for ages on them. She ran up and down across the room, and there were no neighbours to hear her!

Sunday morning was warm and sunny. We drove to the beach where parking was free on Sundays.

Again, everyone who we passed made eye contact and said Good Morning.

Isabella had great fun in the play area there. It was clean with a fence round it.

Daughter Rana and Isabella had to go home, but Hubby John and I had another night there, and drove home slowly on Monday, stopping to explore the amazing area of Dungeness.

See my article about it;

I asked Hannah, the General Manager, why people should go to Marlie Holiday Park?

She said it has a great Community Spirit.

It’s very quiet in the daytime as not many holidaymakers go there. It’s mostly owners, but some of them rent out their caravans to cover their expenses.

(It was very quiet at night too.)

Park Holidays has 23 Parks, with more to come.

They’re at the lower end of the budget because they believe that every family should be able to afford to go on holiday.

There’s a Manager on duty all the time, plus a Warden and two Security Guards at weekends.

Quite a few of the staff sleep on the site too.

Would I go on another caravan break? Yes, definitely! It’s a great, affordable way of exploring the UK and Europe, stopping for a night or two.

You can criticise a few points, but it’s a very stress-free break.

We paid £148 for 4 days and 3 nights in a caravan that could sleep 8.

That’s less than £10 per person per day!

Marlie Holiday Park

Dymchurch Road

New Romney


TN28 8UE

0843 178 7021

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.