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Fort Holiday Park

Sandown, Isle of Wight

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Fort Holiday Park is a well-run family holiday park situated on the eastern side of the Isle of Wight. The park is in the town of Sandown and is within easy walking distance of all of the excellent facilities that can be found in the town, including the local beach, zoo, a dinosaur museum, and a brilliant traditional pier.

The park puts a lot of effort into conserving and maintaining the environment of the local area, which has been recognised by the park winning the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award for Ten consecutive years.

Fort Holiday Park has a selection of 45 holiday homes available for hire. Some of these are basic models, while there is also newer and more luxurious holiday homes to stay in, and the different prices of the various accommodation reflects the differences between each. When the weather is acceptable they are happy for you to make use of their barbecue facilities completely free of charge (£10 refundable deposit for utensils).

Although this park is popular for families and couples looking for a break, there are also options for one-night stop-overs, for example if you are just visiting the Isle of Wight during a wider tour of the south of England.

There are a number of amenities to be found around the park, and a games room can be enjoyed at a small fee. Children can enjoy an adventure play area and wide open spaces safely as the park ensures guests park their cars away from the site itself.

Whether you are spending time on the Isle of Wight or looking to discover more of southern England, Fort Holiday Park is an exceptional choice of location for either an overnight stay or a longer break, perfect for the whole family.

Ferry deals available with Both car ferry companies
Red Funnel from Southampton £56 to £127 depending on time of year and times Wightlink from Portsmouth of Lymington £54 to £132 also depending on time of year and times

Park is next door to a bus stop for the No. 2 and 3 buses from Ryde,

Open from:
1st March to 21st October

Disabled access, Family park, Pets not allowed, Children's play area(s), Laundry, LPG stockist, Sanitary block(s), Take away food, Visitor parking, Wireless internet, Bar, Restaurant

Fort Holiday Park amenities include table tennis, games rooms (charges apply)
Picnic tables, BBQ’s, extra showers and a Bathroom are also available for FREE.

45 Holiday homes (for rent)

Nearby attractions:
Beach, Boat launch, Cycle hire, Fishing, Golf, Sailing, Swimming (Indoor), Swimming (Outdoor), Sports Ground, Water Sports, Internet Access, Games Room, Gym access, Snooker/Pool, Sauna, Leisure Centre

We are within easy level walking distance of all Sandown's facilities and beach, including Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Museum

Isle of Wight Zoo,
Dinosaur Isle,
Amusement arcades
BBQs on site

Fort Holiday Park (www)

Avenue Road
Isle of Wight, South East England
United Kingdom
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Overall rating

4.0 stars

Based on 6 review(s)


3.0 stars

As we write this review we are sitting in caravan 24, which unfortunately (and this is something we were unaware of at the time of our booking) is located immediately adjacent to a public skatepark and car park.

We have two young children, 4 and 7, and we have to say we feel it ought to have been highlighted to us that this caravan, or indeed any on this side of the site, were wholly inappropriate for young families. We now understand (but only from reading reviews after we became dissatisfied) that the skate park is shut at 9pm as a term of its planning permission. Whether or not that is true (and the noise on Saturday night does cause us to doubt that), the fact remains that the noise from the skatepark is likely to be unacceptable to all but the mindlessly drunk or terminally deaf. It is certainly impossible to get children to bed before 9pm and the prospect of eating outside is not a pleasant one.

Turning to the van itself, the presence of green mould on the exterior did not fill us with confidence and the interior -though generally very clean - was heavily populated with spiders and cobwebs near the roof and especially in the skylights (which were quite filthy). We also discovered a grape on the floor under the table; presumably a parting gift from the previous incumbents.

The van is pleasant but feels very dated and should really come with a health warning for anyone over 6'3". As a 6'7" occupier, I was unable to stand up straight in much of the van, leading to an uncomfortable back and lack of willingness to spend too much time there.

On a more positive note, the owners are friendly, the location very convenient for all local amenities and there is a good deal of investment in evidence across the site, though not universally. We have eaten twice in the adjoining Caulkheads pub, where residents of the site enjoy a discount, and the food was good, with a home-cooked feel.

Overall, whilst we have enjoyed our stay to date, we would be unlikely to return unless we knew the skate park's opening hours had been restricted to, say, 7pm.


5.0 stars

we have stayed at Fort every year since 2007 for three weeks. The site is well laid out and maintained.We have used different vans, all were clean, some had minor defects which were reported and rectifid.The staff were always helful and friendly. I would recommend a visit to any one.


4.0 stars

We stayed at Fort Holiday Park for 4 nights in an Excaliber 8 caravan, the site is very well kept and the caravan well equipped & clean. There is a games room on-site which our kids made use of and also the owners of the site now own the adjoining pub which caters for families. (the food is very good and reasonably priced with an extra 10% discount for people staying at Fort Park) The caravan park is ideally located in Sandown (walking distance to shops & beach and all other attractions). We thoroughly enjoyed our break and will definitely book againFort Holiday Park, Sandown, Isle of Wight


5.0 stars

My wife and I first visited Fort Holiday Park in 2003. It was pot luck as we saw a small advert in the paper. What we found was a lovely, peaceful site, very close to beaches an all amenities. We fell in love with the IOW and particularly Fort straight away. Since the we have holidayed at Fort about a further 10 or 12 times. Our 2 sons and their famolies also love it. The staff are always very friendly and helpful. If you do have any problems and report it to the staff it is put right as soon as possible.
We now visit Fort Holiday Park at least twice a year. Jane and David, long may you cotinue to provide excellent holiday accomodation.
Fort Holiday Park, Sandown, Isle of Wight


4.0 stars

We have just come back from a weeks stay at Fort Holiday Park and would highly recommend it as a fantastic get away for all the family. We have been regular visitors to the Isle of Wight and stayed in different places but there really is no comparison. It is situated very close to Sandown high street, the beach, the park, golf course, amusements, etc. There really was something for everyone. On the days we didn't want to go exploring, the site itself had plenty to entertain the children; it's own well maintained play park, football area, games room. While the children played us adults enjoyed sitting out and lighting up the BBQ.

The caravan we stayed in was basic but clean and well maintained; having seen the brochure and website I knew what to expect and it actually exceeded my expectations.

The staff were friendly and helpful when we had any questions or problems - all we had to do was ask. We can't wait to go again and will definitely be booking for next year.
Fort Holiday Park, Sandown, Isle of Wight


3.0 stars

We had a 2 week stay at this caravan site in August 2007 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.There was plenty for the children to do on site.The site is very close to all amenities and would definately recommend this park to anyone. Some caravans are older than others but we have not had a problem with ours.The staff are very friendly and always happy to help.We are also going on holiday there this year in August 2009.
Fort Holiday Park, Isle of Wight