Wednesday, 19 August 2015

How Good Is Ribby Hall Village?

I’m easily amused, yet ridiculously difficult to please at the same time.

When it comes to holidays, particularly those taken within the UK, I have a short but very optimistic wish list.

The first and overriding problem is I’m not very good with people, or more accurately put, at sharing space with other living creatures.

So at the busiest times of the year (school holidays) I yearn for a peaceful place.

Straightforward enough, but conversely I want loads of facilities and attractions to keep my family and I entertained.

Hmmmm, the term inversely proportional comes to mind.

Despite my inability to deal with other human beings we try to include popular  holiday destinations like Blackpool amongst our summer holiday ventures, and this year was no exception.

We’ve stayed in holiday parks and hotels near Blackpool before with varying degrees of success, but none I’ve ever gone back to.

The kids were so impressed with their room they put their own stuff away.

Where Is Ribby Hall Village?

This time we stayed at Ribby Hall Village, a mixture of privately owned caravans, holiday cottages and lodges very near Kirkham and about a 10 minute drive from Blackpool.

And I think I may have found the answer to my annual holiday quandary.

We went with family, and in total there were four adults, two kids and a toddler sharing a three-bedroom cottage.

It had everything we needed, it was peaceful and ideally located on the village.  Only a short walk to all the facilities, and positioned as such to enjoy a virtually private picnic terrace leading on to the parks lovely nature trail.

The only quickly remedied hiccup was a missing grill for the cooker, which was replaced shortly after a call to the park’s reception.  We may also chose accommodation with a dishwasher in the future to reduce the amount of manual labour required on holiday.

Our nephew reluctantly sharing his lunch.

What Can You Get Up To?

There was something for everyone on the park.  The various kids play areas catered for all ages, as did the indoor pool and slides.

We enjoyed a family battle over the miniature golf course, took a bike ride together around the park’s nature trail, and made the most of the bar & grill, excellent café and park shop.  And of course we went and used the indoor pool a couple of times.

Bikes for a family of seven cost less than £20.

And despite it being busy, there was never much of a wait for anything, nothing felt hemmed in or anywhere near unpleasant or anything like over capacity.

Being so close to Kirkham meant we could pop to a supermarket for provisions, as well as taking our pick from a variety of local takeaways.

This is of course on top of the park’s Bar & Grill, Tapas restaurant, shop, Pappa John’s takeaway and Starbucks.

My wife and I also had a round of pitch and putt on the very well maintained course.

The Ribby Hall Village Pitch & Putt course suits both beginners and experts.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more relaxed, yet entertained, on a holiday park.

There’s also a hotel and spa on site, which the girls enjoyed an evening stint at during one night of our stay.

We didn’t get to see much of Ribby Hall Village’s evening entertainment.

Though we did see some of it on the first night, and all three of our kids enjoyed a little boogie on the dance floor with Cyril the Squirrel (despite me constantly asking Cyril to show us his nuts) we generally spent cosy nights in our cottage.

Who needs Cyril the Squirrel when you've bought your own entertainment.
All this within striking distance of the bright lights and attractions of Blackpool.

We love the Pleasure Beach, but it was also really nice to come ‘home’ to the peace and tranquillity of Ribby Hall Village at the end of a long day.

The serious business of miniature golf, again less than £20 for six players.

Would We Return?

We’ll definitely be considering staying at Ribby Hall Village again, and the reception staff were really helpful on checkout, I enjoyed discussing the best options with them for a possible return to celebrate a significant family birthday sometime next year.

I think a return is highly likely.

My newest mug.

We stayed with Hoseasons in a Ribby Poppy Cottage at Ribby Hall Village, Lancashire. A three-night short break for up to six people in a Ribby Poppy Cottage costs from £370, a week costs from £539. or call 0345 498 6130. A discounted rate was granted for our stay.