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Waverley Park Holiday Centre

East Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Waverley Park Holiday Centre on the Isle of Wight offers holiday caravans for hire, self-catering apartments to rent and also welcomes motorhomes and touring caravans and tent campers. This is a lively full-facility campsite and holiday park near Cowes, the world famous sailing capital of the island.

Visit the Isle of Wight for timeless English seaside holidays and a destination that's small enough to explore from end to end in a week. That's if you want to leave the campsite at all. With so much on offer at Waverley Park you could spend your entire holiday here, enjoying total relaxation, entertainment and leisure facilities in the most southerly outpost off England's South Coast.

With its views of the Solent, the bar and restaurant is a welcoming sight, and the venue for some of the park's events. The summertime entertainment programme features live bands, discos, bowling and bingo aimed at the whole family.

There's a heated outdoor swimming pool at Waverley Park, open from Whitsun to September, for you to use when you aren't off for a dip in the sea. Another lovely spot in the park is the children's play area, because parents or grandparents can sit on a terrace overlooking the play equipment and supervise them in comfort. Each summer there's also table tennis and a games room for children to enjoy at the park as well.

There are free hot showers in the washroom all year round and laundry and dishwashing facilities are also available at the park.

If you're taking your own tent to Waverley Park, you'll find a lovely grass camping field with a few mature trees dotted around, no marked pitches, and views of the sea.

There are also marked out hardstanding serviced pitches, which have been levelled and drained and offer electric hook ups, mains water supply and a drain for grey water on each pitch.

There are also all-grass serviced pitches, which have electric hook ups, water and a grey water drain. These pitches are ideal for caravans with awnings or anyone who wants all the services on their pitch.

Holiday caravans for hire at Waverley Park come in several sizes and all the names are inspired by Osborne House, Queen Victoria's summer residence, which is very near here. Victoria is a three-bedroom static caravan that sleeps up to six people and has its own shower room and separate toilet, with wash basins in each. The kitchen is well equipped and there's a lounge-diner.

The largest static caravan for hire is Osborne, a four-bedroom static caravan with a lovely light lounge, that sleeps up to eight people.

Albert is a two-bedroom static caravan sleeping up to four people. In this smaller caravan the shower is in the bathroom, not separate. Beatrice is another two-bedroom static caravan sleeping up to four people. There are five new Beatrice caravans with double glazing and central heating, which are available to hire all year round.

At Waverley Park there are also three self-catering apartments for hire. Two of them sleep eight people each, while the other sleeps five people.

There are many great reasons to visit the Isle of Wight for your holidays. If you like sailing or watching yachts in action, Waverley Park would make a great base for any water-themed holiday. Watch the Little Britain Challenge Cup Regatta in Cowes in early September, the Gaffers Festival (a regatta you can see from Yarmouth harbour and its Tudor castle) or go to Cowes Week in August and enjoy live music and see plenty of exciting sailing in the lively waters of the Solent.

Visit Osborne House to see the marvellous lifestyle of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children, who loved escaping to the island for their seaside holidays. Walk from the house, through the beautiful grounds and mature woodland, down to the private beach for ice-creams and see an antique Victorian bathing machine and a Victorian puppet theatre.

If you like castles, go to the centre of the island and explore Carisbrooke Castle, where King Charles I was once imprisoned. It has protected its residents from French raiders as well as the Spanish Armada. And if you have children with you, don't miss the donkey centre within the castle, where you can watch the donkeys being fed and and groomed. This magnificent fortress is now managed by English Heritage.

Many exciting events take place on the Isle of Wight, such as the spring Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Bestival music festival and the Isle of Wight Festival.

As far as permanent tourist attractions are concerned, The Needles Park is well worth a visit. Go to the Battery to find out the crucial role The Needles played in Britain's defence in World War II and in earlier centuries. Enjoy the fairground attractions and food outlets around the car park, then take a scenic chair lift ride from the top of the cliffs to the bottom, or walk down to the beach at Alum Bay, famous for its multicoloured layers of rock. Take a boat ride from the beach to get a really close look at the iconic Needles – the row of jagged-tooth rocks sticking out into the Solent.

If your children love dinosaurs, download the Dinosaur Island Trail app and go for clifftop walks discovering Dinosaur-themed 'Meteorites', a series of rock-encased information points, each one featuring a different dinosaur. visit Blackgang Chine Fantasy Park at Chale for full-sized dinosaurs in a theme park.

If you prefer to see live animals, head to Sandown Zoo and get up close to seven tigers, some jaguars, lions, wallabies, lemurs, monkeys and animals from Madagascar. Ventnor Botanic Gardens is worth a look, too. Visit the Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the island, and you'll see meerkats, wallabies and penguins and can enjoy 'encounters' with the animals and luxurious Champagne lunches.

The Isle of Wight is also famous for its Garlic Farm, where you can buy smoked garlic and various garlicky gifts.

Make Waverley Park your base for your next camping, motorhome and caravan holiday in the Isle of Wight, or check out the static caravans and self-catering apartments.

Open from:
1st March to 31st October

Facilities:
Pets allowed, Allow rallies, Children's play area(s), Electric hook-ups, LPG stockist, Sanitary block(s), Laundry, Wireless internet, Chemical disposal point, Washing up facilities, Swimming pool(s), Bar, Restaurant

games room


Accommodations:
45 Touring pitches, Motorhome pitches, Tent pitches, Serviced pitches (touring), 45 Holiday homes (for rent), Swimming pool(s), 16 Holiday homes (owned)

Nearby attractions:
Beach, Fishing, Golf, Horse Riding, Sailing, Tennis

Classic Boat museum
Osborne House
Ventnor Botanic Garden
Isle of Wigh Zoo


Waverley Park Holiday Centre (www)

Old Road
Isle of Wight, South East England
United Kingdom
PO32 6AW
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Overall rating

3.5 stars

Based on 2 review(s)

Wales

5.0 stars

Lovely caravan site which is an ideal base for exploring the island, 2 minutes off the ferry for easy access and only a 10 minute walk into Cowes and ideal for Cowes week,

The site is on a hill but caravan pitches have been leveled all with stunning views of the Solant, Nice clean toilets, showers and swimming pool the club house is also very well priced

North Yorkshire

2.0 stars

We stayed here for the first time, but unfortunately will not be returning. We have visited the island on many occasions over the last few years and this was the best site in terms of location, which could not be bettered. The site is on a slope overlooking the Solent and we spent many a pleasant hour watching the cruise ships leaving Southampton and the ferries and sailing yachts going in and out of Cowes. It is very convenient for access into East and West Cowes and to the ferry terminal. On location alone we would recommend the site to anyone, however, to our minds there were a number of disadvantages which will prevent us from returning:

The pitches for the caravans, motorhomes etc, were the opposite way around to any other site we have been on and we had to spin the unit so that the A-frame was at the back of the pitch instead of towards the road as it would be anywhere else. The pitches are a bit close together so this can be a tricky manoeuvre.

The shower block is located at the top of the slope, adjacent to the clubhouse and has facilities accessible for disabled. However, we were pitched as high up the slope as it is possible to be and there is still a considerable walk (up a steepish slope)so not good for my husband to access (he is disabled and has difficulty walking). If you have no toilet facilities in your unit this is a distinct disadvantage, and the people in the camping field at the bottom of the slope had a much longer and harder climb than we had - not too good for the older camper or small children.

The clubhouse had entertainment on every night, which is great for those who want it (and no objection to that at all), however they have a set of speakers on the outside wall of the clubhouse which means that everyone on the site can hear the music blaring out (or whatever else was happening). This got a bit wearing by about 10. 30 and on one night went on until 11. 30 - far too late!

Finally - and this is nothing to do with the running of the site - the site has access at the bottom of the slope, on to the esplanade and walks into East Cowes or to Castle Point and this is really good. However at low tide there is the revolting smell of the seaweed left on the shingle beach and it is rank! It permeates right up to the top of the slope - what it must be like for those on the camping field at the bottom of the slope, I can only imagine.

A beautifully situated site, well run and well maintained but too many disadvantages to our minds so sorry - loved the views and the proximity to Cowes but not much else!