A camping pod, woodland walk, table tennis tournament, and breakfast brunchies – sound intriguing? Read on to hear about our brilliant stay at Forest Glade Holiday Park!
Welcome to Forest Glade!
I arrived at Forest Glade Holiday Park on a very sunny Saturday afternoon and I immediately got a good feeling about the site. I was greeted warmly at reception and given the keys to my home for the night. I had arrived on my own and had plenty of time to explore before Nathan joined me later after work. I made my way to the camping pod to see what it was like and settle in.
There are two camping pods on the site and they are super cute! They are situated in their own little separate area, near the entrance but away from the bigger touring and tent fields. They felt relatively private and as no one was occupying the one next to us it felt more secluded and quiet.
The pods have a little entrance area with two clever storage compartments – great for storing food or shoes etc. Inside, there is a double mattress at one end of the pod, with two single mattresses on either side. There’s plenty of space for four people to sleep and would be ideal for families. You have to take your own bedding and pillows but that was no drama for us. We slept pretty well and were warm enough. The mattress could have been a bit thicker which might have made it comfier but it’s kind of what you expect and it’s nice it’s provided and you don’t have to faff around bringing blow up beds or anything.
Also inside is a folding table should you want to eat inside or play games, a kettle and dustpan and brush. The pods also have mains electricity and lights which help a lot when you travel with a gadget man! Inside lighting means you don’t have to stumble around in the dark when it’s time for bed and can sit inside once the sun has gone down outside. Find out more about the pods and last minute booking deals on the sites Twitter page.
Outside the pod was a picnic bench and space for a BBQ which we utilised (I say we, Nathan always does the BBQ cooking – it’s such a man thing right!). We had burgers and ciders which went down a treat! We love toasting marshmallows too – it never gets old!
I enjoyed sitting outside in the sun, reading my book and munching on the Forest Glade fudge!
Facilities, Fun and Fudge!
The site has good facilities which are only a short walk from the pods. The toilets and showers were clean, had hot water and weren’t busy. There’s a laundry room too and separate facilities for the disabled and those requiring baby changing.
There’s plenty to do on site and I really enjoyed exploring what was on offer. An information room houses lots of leaflets for local attractions and maps for those who fancy a walk. There’s also a book exchange too in case you want to relax with a good novel.
For the children there’s a wildlife room – this has lots of information on local wildlife including flowers, birds and bugs. Children can enjoy picking up some information on wildlife trails and bug hunting expeditions. Colouring in and activity sheets are provided too so there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained!
If that’s not enough then there is a really fun looking children’s play park. It looked really safe and well maintained and I saw lots of children enjoying it. The site boasts a swimming pool too, so if you visit then don’t forget your costumes! We didn’t use the swimming pool as we weren’t really there for long enough but I did see lots of children having fun and splashing around. The pool didn’t look the biggest but looked more than adequate for a quick dip to cool off in this very hot summer heat. Be sure to check out the pool and other great pictures of the park on the Forest Glade Instagram and Pinterest feeds!
One facility Nathan and I did take advantage of was the games room. The games room consisted of some arcade type machines, a pool table, air hockey and table tennis. There was also a soft play area for little ones too.
We played quite a few games of pool and competed in our own mini table tennis competition – you’ll be glad to know I won!
We put all our remaining change in the toy grabber machine but narrowly missed out on winning a toy – it was so close! If we hadn’t run out of change I’m sure we would have won it eventually! I like to think the toy was left close to the edge and that someone will go along a win the toy soon!
The site is in a brilliant location – you feel like you’re right in the countryside and there are lots of woodlands to explore should you wish. I spent a while walking around the woodland and watching to a group of boys making friends whilst building a den and playing hide and seek. I almost wanted to join them as it sounded so much fun! I had to stop and remind myself I was 28 years old and joining their games probably wouldn’t have been appropriate!
There is a cute wildlife pond and I sat watching the ducks for a while! You can find a cute little video of the ducks on the Forest Glade Youtube page – seems I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed watching them!
There’s an onsite shop which was well stocked with all the holiday essentials as well as penny sweets (an essential in my eyes), Forest Glade branded fudge (another essential) and other souvenirs. Of course, I had to but my sister a pencil to add to her collection!
In case you don’t fancy BBQing or cooking your own food (you’re on holiday after all!) then there’s a small takeaway service available. The menu and prices seemed very reasonable and if we had been staying more than one night I’m sure we would have been tempted to order something for dinner. I liked the fact people were asked people to bring their own containers to serve the food into – it helps to be environmentally friendly and keeping the costs down.
Despite not ordering any dinner food we did treat ourselves to a breakfast brunchie – yep I’d never heard of one of those before either! You can order breakfast brunchies and other pastries the night before and then collect them in the morning. I was certainly intrigued to see what a breakfast brunchie consisted of and tasted like! We were pleasantly surprised in the morning – a breakfast brunchie was basically a pastry filled with all your breakfast foods including bacon, egg, sausage and beans – it was pretty tasty and unique!
Location and Pricing!
The holiday park is located in a beautiful area of Devon near Cullumpton. It’s not far from the Blackdown Hills; an area of outstanding natural beauty and easily reached from the M5 in both directions. You are advised to be careful what direction you take when getting to the park as there are some smaller narrow lanes and a steep hill if coming from the direction I did. If you are coming with a large campervan or caravan then you advised to go a different way and Forest Glade handily provide directions on their website. There’s plenty nearby to explore including walks on Exmoor, visiting the Jurassic Coast and family days out at Diggerland and Crealy Adventure Park. A short drive along the M5 will take you to the city of Exeter where there are lots to do.
Prices for the pods range from £33 to £40 per night depending on what time of year you visit – I personally think this is a bargain! You can check availability on the website and find out more information about the site on the Forest Glade Facebook page.
We really enjoyed our stay in the camping pod at Forest Glade Holiday Park. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the site had really good facilities – we especially liked the games room and the breakfast brunchies! The site is in a great location and there is plenty of woodlands, countryside walks and local attractions to explore. We would really recommend giving the pods a go and would love to return one day! Thanks to everyone at Forest Glade for hosting us!
***Our one night stay at Forest Glade Holiday Park was provided to us on a complimentary basis in return for this review. All thoughts, opinions and pictures are entirely my own***