A BREAK FROM EPSOM
Posted by Devenia Besant on 09 Apr 2018
Anyone that knows me will vouch for this but I am way more at home in my high heels whether it be on the school run, at a meeting and on the beach it’s flip flops but when Epsom based Jonathan Timpson told me he had just bought a holiday home in Wells-next-the-sea in the lovely Norfolk I decided to take the plunge, dust off my sparkly wellies and book a few days away for us (a family of 5) at Timpson Towers at Pinewoods Holiday Park, our first UK break since being a family of 3 over 10 years ago!!!!
So here’s how it went – we arrived late Easter Monday and was presented with an immaculate, comfy, warm and welcoming caravan with enough space for us not to want to kill each other! The caravan has two bedrooms, two bathrooms (an ensuite for the master bedroom), a comfortable lounge with a cosy fireplace and modern kitchen/dining space. Although self catered we were presented with a welcome basket that included; bread, jam, butter, tea and coffee. Once we had settled and unloaded the car we took a walk into Wells for dinner – this is a 15 minute walk along the coastal path or a 2 minute drive where there is plenty of paid parking available.
Alternatively there is small almost “toy” train which ferries passengers between Wells and the site for £1.50 – something the little ones would definitely enjoy.
Wells is a pretty little fishing village with a lovely peaceful feel about it, there are no chain stores, plenty of families with their dogs and what seemed like ducks everywhere – we even caught a pair sitting outside a café minding their own business, its that laid back. Having had a chance to familiarise ourselves with the area we settled on eating at The Golden Fleece, a welcoming dog friendly eatery which had a great children’s menu. My husband and I had fish and chips and most importantly a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc much needed after the drive (this place looks great for brekkie too – for a fry up and not for wine obviously!), we then walked (hopped and skipped) the 15 minute walk back down to the caravan pretty much ready to jump into bed.
On Tuesday morning our youngest two had a lovely surprise finding two ducks right on the doorstep and enjoyed giving them some breakfast, that along with about 50 seagulls who got wind of it. We popped to nearby Fakenham to stock up on essentials at Tesco’s (this is about a 20 minute drive) although there is a shop on site and also we later discovered a much closer by a Co-Op literally 5 minutes drive from the site. On our return we took a walk down to the arcade where the kids had fun spending their pennies on all the machines they could manage. By the arcade there is an Ice Cream parlour and also an indoor play area and for kids like my eldest who like to scoot there is also a small skate park nearby.
We also had the chance to do some crabbing which the kids have wanted to do for years yet for some reason we just never have got round to it – you can buy the crab kits and a bucket in the local shop and other than that you just need some bacon or something tasty – there is always plenty of families crabbing along the seafront and whilst they get clever and drop off when bringing them in we still managed to catch a few.
That evening we took a walk down to the beach (this is only 5 minutes away) hoping for some seal spotting and we were not disappointed – 3 wild seals just dozing on the beach in front of us, quite special to see and a lovely memory for the children. Keeping to some Besant tradition we decided to opt for a Chinese takeaway for dinner followed by Paddington 2 on the DVD player – perfect.
On Wednesday we headed out to Pensthrope Natural Park, this was in Fakenham so only a short drive. Simple things spoil us when living near London and on the way we spotted a Barn Owl – now that doesn’t happen in Epsom does it?!!! At Pensthrope the kids enjoyed the outdoor play area even in the rain (thank goodness for my sparkly wellies) and the indoor play area too. My husband particularly enjoyed the wildlife spotting – they have every different species of Water fowl going along with Red Squirrels (we only saw the captive ones), Flamingo’s, Crane’s – you name it. We took picnic food with us but there was also plenty available to buy on site (the hot choc was delish) and if you wanted to you could stock up beforehand at the nearby Morrisons. We spent a good few hours here and again the kids had fun buying something with their pocket money in the gift shop, you can find out more about the park here.
We headed home early Thursday morning and to sum our break up, it was great to have a few days away in the school holidays in very homely accommodation, the kids loved having a caravan holiday and Jonathan was great in making sure we were happy and had all that we needed. A break here would be really suitable for those with young kids and dogs too as the restaurants and shops are very dog friendly, there are great walks and dogs would also absolutely love the beach. To be honest if you were a couple and wanted a break from the hustle and bustle, this place would be suited to you too.
Of course there were many more things to do than we did and Jonathan has stocked the caravan with many brochures, leaftlets and discount vouchers.
You can read more reviews about Timpson Towers on the Facebook page and Epsom and Epsom Families blogger Samantha Hicks will shortly be returning from there so look out for her review on the Timpson Towers page very soon.
Lastly and a big massive WHOOP I’m very pleased to say I’ve arranged for one lucky family to win a break away to this fabulous place that sleeps 6 in July pop over to the Epsom and Ewell Families Facebook page for your chance to enter.