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24th November 2015 | UK Holidays

Parkdean Pictionary

Parkdean Pictionary

You may have seen our fun picture quiz recently on Facebook and Twitter. Want to find out how you did? Here are the answers…

Sundrum Castle

Sundrum Castle Pictionary

You couldn’t be nearer this piece of Scottish history at Sundrum Castle Holiday Park. It was built by relatives of William Wallace, the freedom fighter better known as Braveheart, and is still lived in today. Although it’s rarely open to the public, there are plenty of other nearby attractions to visit. The historic town of Ayr is just four miles away, or spend a day at Culzean Castle which is a 30-minute drive to the south. Set on a rugged cliff-top, it’s one of Scotland’s most popular attractions with beautiful gardens to explore (or play in), and a stunning 18th century interior.

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Less than nine miles from Southerness Holiday Park, this ruined 13th century abbey is a must-see. Built of sandstone, it’s got a stunning reddish-pink hue, but that’s not what gives it its rather lovely name. That comes from Lady Dervorgilla of Galloway, who was so distraught when her husband died in 1268 that she had his heart embalmed and carried it everywhere with her. She also founded the abbey, and is buried here with the heart still clutched to her bosom. But don’t let all this romance fool you, the abbey’s history is steeped in enough violence and intrigue to win over even the most reluctant teenager, as it played a part in the bloody 14th century wars of independence between Scotland and England.

Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth Castle Pictionary

Our Challaborough Bay Park is just 21 miles away from this fantastic day out. Dartmouth Castle has been described as one of England’s most stunning attractions – and as you approach it by boat from the town’s harbour you’ll see why. It sits right on the waterfront at the entrance to the Dart Estuary, surrounded by wooded hills. Climb to the top of the gun tower for great views, then head to the lower floors to explore the underground passages and find out how the harbour was protected in war time (clue: by stretching a massive chain across the estuary). For wildlife lovers, there are also great walks around the estate’s coastline and woods, with opportunities to spot birds like oystercatchers, herons and mute swans.

Bigbury on Sea Beach

Bigbury on Sea Beach Pictionary

When you’re staying at Challaborough Bay Park, this is the next bay along, so you can be there in less than 10 minutes. And although we can’t guarantee any giant berries, we’re pretty confident you’ll have a great time on this beautiful and unusual beach. It’s surrounded by shallow waters and rock pools, so little ones will be in their element paddling and exploring. For older families or groups of friends, there are plenty of water sports on offer, like kite-surfing or paddle-boarding. But what makes it really stand out is Burgh Island, linked to the mainland by a causeway. Walk there at low tide, or hop on the ‘sea tractor’ when the tide’s in, to look around the place that inspired Agatha Christie’s Evil Under The Sun.

Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay Pictionary

OK, so there’s a rogue ‘B’ there to confuse you (Baby / Bay – it’s close enough!) but as the name suggests this is the local beach at our Holywell Bay Holiday Park. And what a bay it is. Stretching for a mile, the golden sands give way onto grassy sand dunes, offering it a timeless, unspoilt feel. The clear waters are great for swimming and surfing (there are lifeguards from May to September). For the adrenalin-addict, there’s also the chance to try coasteering – exploring the bay’s coastline from the sea. You’ll jump off mini cliffs, clamber over rocks, explore sea caves and maybe even swim with seals.

Cornwall Surf Academy

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Yes, it’s time to make a splash. Who could come to Cornwall and not try its local sport? The Cornwall Surf Academy makes it easy – it’s right on the beach, just a short stroll from our Holywell Bay Holiday Park. Book in as a group, a family or individually and you’ll get taught the basics by fully qualified instructors. From the best way to stand on the board to how to catch a wave, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a day in the waves, whatever the weather. Even better, you’ll be practising on quiet beaches thanks to the Academy’s links with The National Trust, so you’ll avoid the surf-traffic of nearby Newquay. Gnarly, dude.

 

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