Before the summer school holidays hit, my big sister, my 3-year-old niece, my 7-month-old nephew, my eighty – something-year-old Nan and I all enjoyed a mid-week break at Holiday Resort Unity in Burnham on Sea, Somerset. It was quite the week filled with fun, memories and even a fall resulting in a trip to minor injuries! The less said about the later the better!
Our Holiday Home
We stayed in a 3 bedroom caravan which we were all really impressed with. We had to take our own towels and bed linen but apart from that the caravan had everything we needed and included a shower, two toilets, basic kitchen appliances and a large TV.
My nan used to own a caravan in Hythe, Kent and my sister and I have many fond memories of summer holidays spent “down at the caravan”. We had been looking forward to going away with my Nan in a caravan again and this time bringing the next generation of my niece Orlagh and nephew Cillian.
The site has lots to do and we made the most of the amenities on offer and the surrounding area. Orlagh loved spending time at the children’s play park which was just a short walk from our caravan. Cillian enjoyed chilling on the swings whilst Orlagh and I spent a good while climbing the frames and sliding down the slides.
Orlagh wanted me to go down one of the slightly bigger slides with her and so with her on my lap we slid down together, getting stuck halfway resulting in me grazing my arm on the plastic! I really am too big for children’s slides! Nanny sat and watched on as we enjoyed messing around and having fun together.
There’s a cute little farm onsite too complete with goats, rabbits, horses and chickens.
Orlagh enjoyed trying to touch all the animals and Cillian sat in his car sea simply chilling and smiling away!
Also on the holiday park site is an amusement arcade; great for spending a while frittering away Nanny’s pennies and watching the delight on Orlagh’s face when she won tickets out of the machines. Bless her, she won enough to get herself a little Peppa Pig ring at the amusement ticket shop and she wore it the rest of the holiday with pride.
One evening Orlagh and I went to the amusements on our own to give Nanny and Sarah a little break before dinner. We were both equally delighted when I put a pound into one of those grabber machine thingy’s and actually won a soft toy! That never happens! Orlagh loved it and cuddled it in bed each night for the remainder of our time on holiday. This made me a very happy Auntie!
Food Glorious Food
Whilst we did cook a few dinners at the caravan we visited the onsite restaurant RJ’s Venue which sells American style food one night. We treated ourselves to burgers and chips all round, although didn’t think too much of the evening entertainment and left after Orlagh enjoyed a round of duck-duck goose with the other children.
On our final night, after the children were tucked up in bed, we ordered a take away from the in site’s Chinese which was super tasty and a real naughty treat!
The holiday park is brilliantly located right opposite Brean Sands beach.
With a 5-10 minute walk from the caravan, we were on the wide sandy beach enjoying a traditional British seaside picnic.
It was really rather windy during our visit and we ended up with sandy sandwiches and very windswept hair; but we enjoyed it all the same!
Nanny enjoyed watching us head down to the sea and getting covered in sea mud which was rather unexpected and rather messy! The beach wasn’t very busy on the day we visited, probably because it wasn’t the school holidays yet and a little overcast – perfect for us to explore it without the hoards which I liked. I can imagine it would have got really busy in the summer holiday months – it’s so perfectly located next to the holiday park!
Brean Leisure Park
At one end of the holiday park is Brean Leisure Park – this consists of a theme park, golf club, waterpark, gym and indoor soft play area. We spent an afternoon at the Brean Theme Park where there were thrills aplenty. Nanny stayed at home (she had fallen and injured her foot by this time so we thought it best she rest!) whilst the rest of us enjoyed a low cost and not too busy afternoon at the theme park.
We got Orlagh a kiddie’s wristband which saw her enjoy lots of little rides, slides and laughs. We also got some tokens which meant Sarah and I could take it in turns to ride on the slightly bigger rides with Orlagh. We had so much fun, Orlagh was so brave going on what I thought were some pretty big rides for her age and she did so with such confidence! She and Sarah even went on the little rollercoaster which was great! The funniest ride I went on with Orlagh was probably the cowboy horse ride which for some reason was just hilarious and I was giggling the whole way round!
It wasn’t too busy when we visited and so we didn’t have to queue for any of the rides and I think we really got use out of Orlagh’s wristband.
We topped off the afternoon with post theme park ice creams before heading back to the caravan to check on Nanny and tell her about our theme park adventures!
One morning we decided to take the children to the Brean Splash Waterpark – basically a swimming pool which has a large outdoor area with slides when the weather is good. When we visited the weather wasn’t that great and so the indoor children’s area was being used – this saw us playing with the water guns, water fountains and Orlagh repeatedly going down the water slides for what seemed like a good few hours. Cillian enjoyed a little dip in the baby pool too and we all enjoyed our swim.
We also visited Brean Play – apparently the region’s largest indoor soft play area. Here we enjoyed the 3 different play areas and Nanny watched on as Orlagh led Sarah and I around the different zones tempting us to bounce on the trampolines and slide down all the slides.
Again, I was so impressed at how much confidence Orlagh had enabling her to go off on her own around the larger play area, even when there were groups of older children. Nanny enjoyed sitting with a Starbucks cup of tea whilst watching us all laugh and play together – such nice memories for all of us.
The rest of our little holiday was spent playing with the copious amount of toys Orlagh and Cillian had brought from home, chilling out playing cards and chatting about fond memories of days gone by. Orlagh enjoyed getting Nanny to play shops, mums and babies and reading story books.
I think we all thoroughly enjoyed our little trip, I know I for one really loved spending some much quality time with Orlagh and Cillian and this meant a lot to me given I don’t get to see them as often as I would like given how far apart we live. It was also nice to spend more time with my big sis and reminisce with her and Nanny on our childhood memories. We wanted to ensure Nanny had a lovely trip (!) away with us all and got to spend some precious time with us. I think we achieved our goal!