Ashcroft Coast Holiday Park
Ashcroft Coast Holiday Park
Isle of Sheppey
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Although this is one of Parkdean Resort's smaller sites, (compared to the likes of Camber Sands), Ashcroft Coast is Park Resort's "flagship" park for the island and has been rated a 4-star resort.
It is also the ONLY Holiday Park on the island to have both an indoor and outdoor heated pool!
Because of its layout: there's about a half-mile "driveway" through farm-land from the road to actually reach the site itself - Ashcroft Coast is a very child-friendly site, where your children can be safe and secure but still have a sense of independence with being able to "play outside" without constant supervision (and gives the adults a well deserved rest!)
Ashcroft Coast is a very peaceful and quiet site, and amongst the surrounding fields of sheep and horses, even has wild peacocks roaming around - you may hear them "wailing" in the mornings!
You'll see plenty of wild rabbits around the site and there's also two resident ducks who'll quite happily wait for your toast crusts... (as well as the constant tap-dancing sea-gulls - not advisable to feed them or you will end up with a flock on the roof!)
The site has stunning views across the water, where the Thames Estuary meets the sea and from the back of the bar area, you'll be able to see across the water to the twinkling lights of Southend seafront!
The site offers plenty of various clubs and activities for the children during the day, starting at 09:30 every morning, but please be aware that any child under the age of 12yrs will have to be accompanied by an adult.
There is a fully enclosed children's playground at the rear of the entertainment complex and a mini crazy golf course alongside, (£1.50 per person, unlimited play) and go-karts can be hired from the pool area, (£5 deposit per kart: £3 for 30-mins or £5 for an hour.)
There is also an all-weather sports court, where various activities are arranged by the sports coaches.
There is evening entertainment every night within the entertainment complex, starting off with the "obligatory" bingo at 6pm - Ashcroft also plays the "linked-bingo" games, which are played within all of the 72 Parkdean Resorts Holiday Parks - so there are some big prizes to be won!
Ashcroft Coast has a simply FABULOUS Entertainments team for the 2017 season, with Dylan, our new Entertainments Manager, who is joined this season by Troupers Josh and Charlie.
The Entertainments programme is packed with Star-Trouper events, outside cabarets, singers, comedians, bands, magic shows - you name it, Ashcroft has got it!
The evening kicks off with the children's "Madness'N'Mayhem" and party dances, with the more "adult" entertainment following. Every night the disco runs 'til late.
Details of each week's entertainment schedules are displayed in the bar area of the entertainment complex, be sure to check so you don't miss out!
The programme does run on a seasonal basis - so expect more events during peak seasons, but there is still entertainment every night from March 14th through to October 30th.
Please be aware, you will need to purchase "Entertainment and Facility" passes to be able to take advantage of the evening entertainment on offer! You will not be able to enter the Entertainment Complex after 6pm without a valid pass.... regular spot checks are carried out each evening by the security staff and you will be asked to leave if you cannot produce a valid pass.
"The Boathouse Tavern" bar and restaurant within the main entertainment complex offers food to eat in, or take-away.
Breakfast is served between 09:00-11:00am, lunch from 11:00am-2:30pm and dinner from 2:30-8:00pm. (Be aware these times may vary depending on season, but will be displayed in the bar area.)
Various cooked "snacks" are available through the evening until around 9:30-10:00pm and there are vending machines just full of crisps, drinks, sweets and anything else full of E-numbers!
Debit and credit cards are accepted within the complex and there is an ATM within the bar area (be aware, it does charge for withdrawals!)
Ashcroft Coast is the ONLY Holiday Park on the island to boast both an indoor and outdoor heated pool!
Both pools are just 1 metre deep throughout, which makes it a very safe environment for the younger swimmers.
The indoor pool has an integrated hot-tub.
The outdoor pool is seasonal - opening on May 22nd through to September 7th.
Fully qualified lifeguards are always in attendence.Please be aware, any child under the age of 8yrs, or a non-swimmer under the age of 14yrs will need to be accompanied by an adult in the water.
A maximum of 2 surpervised children per adult is permitted.
There are various water events on offer, from water-walking, to scuba diving, pool kayaks etc (small charge is applicable.)
You will need to purchase "Entertainment and Facility" passes to be able to enter the pool complex.
New for 2017: Wi-fi is available across the site through Parkdean Resorts at a small fee.
Basic supplies are available to purchase from the small site shop, within the reception area: so do make sure you take note of opening times! (Displayed on the main entrance door.) It is not a huge shop - so you are best not relying on it for your main "food-shop" during your stay!
There are plenty of "CostCutter" types shops within a few minutes drive of the site and all the usual high street shops can be found in Sheerness. There's a Tesco superstore + petrol garage in Sheerness and a Morrisons superstore + petrol garage at Queensborough. Directions to all of these are at the caravan.
The site also has a launderette open daily. Current charges are £6.50 for one wash and dry.
Ashcroft Coast is pretty remote!
It's strongly advised to have your own transport, as most surrounding attractions are a drive-away.
Details of public transport can be found here.
Ashcroft Coast is about a 5-min drive from both Eastchurch and Minster villages, around a 10-min drive from Leysdown and about 15-mins from Sheerness.
The beach at Ashcroft Coast is no longer accessible from the site, due to the steepness of the cliffs.
The nearest beach is at Barton's Point which is about a mile and a half away from the site.
There is a beach at Leysdown, along with a seasonally opening funfair, cafes and plenty of amusement arcades!
Sheerness also has it's own beach, plus a large children's man-made sand-pit with various playground equipment in it (years ago it used to be the town's boating lake!)
If you're feeling brave - there is a nudist beach just past Leysdown!