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Review overview

Location 9.5
Pitches/ Layout 6
Facilities on site 10
Things to do 9.5
Dog friendly 9.5
Cleanliness/ Upkeep 6

Summary

8.4 Review Score For our first time this far up north, we had a great time and realised what a beautiful area this is for touring. In terms of the site, the facilities really do put it the map as a good place to holiday with kids and a good base to explore. I can't help feeling the site has been neglected a little bit and if it had some updates to bring it into the 21st Century then it really could be 5 star. As it is, I'm afraid it doesn't fully deserve that label.

Site name: Flower of May Holiday Park Scarborough

Location:  Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3NU

Date Visited: July 2017

Location:

The Flower of May Scarborough holiday park is situated on the stunning Yorkshire coast roughly midway between Scarborough and Filey. The park is situated just off the A165 which runs down the coast from Scarborough.

  • Less than 20 miles away from North Yorkshire Moors National Park
  • Close to Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington and lots of smaller beach Towns
  • Easy access to site via A/B roads

One thing to watch out for with the location is that there are a few local roads which are not suitable for Caravans. The sat nav seems to like to guide you directly to these roads and the signs to flag that they are unsuitable, are conveniently located halfway down the roads. Makes for a fun arrival or return trip!

Pitches:

The pitches at Flower of May were a bit of a mixed bunch in terms of size, layout and positioning. The site has over 250 pitches for touring Caravans or Motorhomes as well as 70 tent pitches.

Plus points

  • Good variety of pitches with varying setups to choose from
  • Pitches are well away from entertainment and play park
  • Even ground
  • Option of grass and hardstanding
  • All pitches fully serviced

Could be better

  • Flooding was an issue on several of the pitches in bad weather
  • Lack of space between pitches in some areas
  • Pitches are generally dated and not clearly marked out
  • Odd Setup of some pitches, e.g rows of side on pitches
  • Lack of awning space

Facilities:

In terms of facilities, this site is billed as a 5 star site. There are 2 main shower blocks, a large shop situated next to a cafe, fish and chip shop and laundry. On top of that there is then an entertainment block with 2 bars, an indoor swimming pool, as well as an arcade and games room. Just in case any of the kids got bored of all of that, there is a substantial kids play park and Scarborough Fair Museum is also on site. For the dogs they had one of the best dog walks I’ve ever seen on a site. See the overview of each below:

Toilet blocks: There are 2 main shower/toilet blocks at Flower of May. The blocks themselves were well laid out with toilet stalls and wash up stalls to one side and shower stalls to the other. The showers were good, warm and powerful enough and there was a separate changing area with a shelf and hooks to ensure your clothes stayed dry. There were some issues with the cleanliness of the facilities and the fact they needed some updating. The hand dryer spontaneously came on and off all day regardless of if it was being used. The main issue was that the lights were on timers or sensors and didn’t work, which meant if you came for a shower in the evening you would be doing it in the dark. A simple problem to fix but a huge negative for the site not being on top of it!

Shop/ Cafe/ Takeaway: There was nothing to moan about with the onsite shop, it was large and had more than enough supplies for your holiday, even selling a variety of cheeses, meats and also scooped ice creams. The fish and chip shop was also a huge bonus to the site, although portions of chips were small so don’t count on 1 to share. The cafe on site was ok, it served lunches and coffee’s and the occasional cake, when they had any in stock. Again slightly dated and not the cleanest of places to eat but better than having no cafe on site.

Clubhouse/Arcade/ Pool: The entertainment block was more than large enough for the site and had 2 floors with 2 bars, one for adults only. The upstairs adult only bar only opened at certain times, but there was an adult only section downstairs too. The clubhouse did great entertainment for kids at night and was cheap enough to go for a couple of pints during the day. It reminded me slightly of a backstreet nightclub; a pungent smell and a sticky floor but it kept Harry amused while we were away. The arcade was also a great addition to the site on a rainy day and had a fair amount of games to keep kids occupied. Tiny piece of feedback is if you have 10 pence machines then you may want a change machine that gives 10 pences. The pool was also of a fair size and you got swimming passes for discounted rates. I always find that campsite pools look dirty but given the amount of people that are in them at one time, that’s not surprising.

Kids Park:  The kids park was one of the best I’ve seen on a site we have been to. It’s a great size and it has things for kids of all ages. There is even a football area with goals set up on the field. Definitely one of the best features of the site.

Dog Walk This is where the park came into it’s own. You walk up what looks like a back alley passing behind the static caravans past a mini wooded area. This itself was a fair size walk against others we have seen, but you then get to the top and realise it opens onto a vast open field, virtually just above the cliff edge. Not only did it keep Mylo happy and well exercised, it also provided the most breathtaking views of the beautiful Yorkshire coastline. You could walk down a trail from the dog walk to a coastal path which takes you towards Scarborough one way and Filey the other. A great walk, although a bit precarious so dogs on a lead!

Extras: Free Wifi is available on site, although it’s only powerful enough to occasionally get your emails through. Chargeable Wifi is an optional upgrade. Electric was charged on a meter but usage seemed fairly low so don’t go overboard in buying large amounts and if you run out towards the end of the holiday, only go for a £1 top up at a time.

Things to do

Within a 30 minute drive you can visit Scarborough, Filey or Bridlington. Further afield but within an hour you can go to York or Whitby. The beaches in the area are superb and we would recommend the beautiful Cayton Bay Beach, a mere 5 minutes from the park. It’s fully dog friendly and you can go crabbing with the kids. North Yorkshire Moors are on the doorstep about a 20-30 minute drive away if you enjoy walking. For kids, Playdale Farm Park, Flamingo Land, Shire Horse Farm, Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary and Scarborough Fair Collection are all fairly close to the site. Check out some more detail on things to do here.

Dog Friendly :

The site is dog friendly and allows dogs on all pitches. As above, the dog walk area is second to none and keeps your furry pal more than happy, also giving you some amazing views of the Yorkshire coast. Dogs are not allowed on the kids play area or inside any of the facilities but can come to the clubhouse and sit outside with you.

Verdict

For our first time this far up north, we had a great time and realised what a beautiful area this is for touring. In terms of the site, the facilities really do put it the map as a good place to holiday with kids and a good base to explore. I can’t help feeling the site has been neglected a little bit and if it had some updates to bring it into the 21st Century then it really could be 5 star. As it is, I’m afraid it doesn’t fully deserve that label.

Positives: Great location, good dog walk and play area, great facilities.

Needs Work: Pitches and layouts need an update, facilities are dated, drainage is an issue.

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