Earlier this month we spent a lovely weekend at Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire. It’s somewhere that we’d heard lots of good things about but had never been ourselves. We were very excited to explore and to check out their brand new facilities, following a huge transformation in the summer.
Tattershall Lakes Country Park is located in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside and is just under two hours drive from us in Sheffield. It’s owned by Away Resorts Holidays and has recently undergone a £5.5 million transformation. The park’s new facilities include an indoor Splashzone, private beach and a lakeside sky bar.
Chief Executive, Carl Castledine – whose grandfather founded Britain’s first ever holiday park – said they were redesigning the caravan and glamping experience for today’s modern guest.
He said: “We’ve always been very proud of Tattershall and all of our parks and we’re even prouder to be investing more into the industry. We have worked hard to design something different that reflects the way today’s visitors live – and relax.”
As the name suggests, Tattershall is set around a beautiful lake which means there’s lots of water activities to take part in. It’s a very peaceful place, perfect for relaxing and escaping the hustle and bustle of city life.
Something I really liked about Away Resorts Holidays is that they are dog friendly. Our four legged friends are welcome in most of their accommodation, which I think is great! All they ask is that dogs are not left unattended in your accommodation at any time.
There’s lots of different accommodation options at Tattershall Lakes including caravans, lodges, safari tends, camping pods and of course camping and touring. There’s even hot tubs at some of the lodges and caravans!
We stayed in an eight berth luxury caravan which was really nice and very spacious. The caravan was modern and we felt very at home there during our stay. We even received a welcome pack on arrival which included all the essentials, even a bottle of prosecco!
As we entered the caravan we were straight into the kitchen/dining area which included crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, fridge freezer, oven, microwave, kettle and toaster.
Leading on from the kitchen was a spacious living area with TV and DVD player and a very comfortable sofa. Double doors lead out on to the decking area which included outdoor furniture.
Towards the back of the caravan were the bedrooms and bathroom with shower. The master bedroom even had an ensuite and a TV. There was also two twin bedrooms. Our beds were made on arrival and pillows, bed linen and towels were included.
Things to do
Entertainment passes are provided when you book through Away Resorts and this gives you access to the park facilities, evening entertainment, kids activities and more. As I mentioned earlier, Tattershall Lakes recently underwent a £5.5 million refurbishment project to include an indoor Splashzone, private beach and a lakeside sky bar.
The Splashzone was brilliant for the kids, they thoroughly enjoyed it and would have happily spent all day splashing about in there. Next to the Splashzone was the swimming pool, which is quite small so you do have to book a slot. We didn’t realise this when we arrived and found that unless you book first thing in the morning it gets booked up. This meant that we missed out on swimming on the first day, but we did manage to book a slot on the Sunday.
The new beach area is great for the children. It was a little too cold for us to fully appreciate it while we were there but I can imagine in summer it would be lovely to relax on the sand while the kids slash about in the water.
The children really enjoyed the arcade which we spent time at each evening. To be honest I think I enjoyed the arcade just as much as they did, you really can’t beat the 2p machines!
As well as the arcades, swimming and private beach there’s a fantastic childrens playground at the main complex. There’s also a few smaller play areas dotted around the park which is ideal if you don’t fancy walking over to the main facilities.
There’s lots of family friendly evening entertainment at Tattershall Lakes including kids disco, bingo, cabaret acts and even an outdoor cinema! You can find out more about entertainment at Tattershall Lakes here.
Food and drink
Holidays at Tattershall Lakes are self catering so if you don’t want to eat out, you don’t have to. But if you do, there’s a few options to choose from. On our first evening we decided to eat at The Propeller Kitchen which was lovely. There’s a great kids menu there and the prices were reasonable.
On the Saturday evening we went to The Spitfire Bar for food. I had the halloumi burger which was amazing and again there was a good kids menu available. This is where the main entertainment stage is too so you can get a table right by the stage ready for the kids disco.
And then there is the new sky bar – Bar 49 which is fantastic and definitely one of my favourite things about Tattershall Lakes. You get amazing views out over the lakes, it’s the perfect place to relax with a cocktail. As well as drinks they also serve nibbles such as garlic tiger prawns, mini burgers, chicken wings etc.
There is also a takeaway menu available at The Spitfire Bar as well as a mini supermarket that sells all of the essentials should you find that you need anything during your stay.
We had a great weekend at Tattershall Lakes and would definitely recommend it for a family break. There was always plenty for the kids to do, they were never bored that’s for sure! The new Splashzone and sky bar were the highlights for us and really do set Tattershall Lakes apart from other similar holiday parks. Our accommodation was great too – modern, spacious and clean.
To give you an idea of price, for a family of four for three nights in December, in a luxury caravan you would pay £179.20, which I think is really good value considering this also includes your entertainment passes.
The only negative for us was the fact that you have to book to go swimming. This meant that if you didn’t get there for 8:30am in the morning to book a slot, you wouldn’t be able to swim that day. I don’t think this was made clear. However, Tattershall Lakes are opening a brand new outdoor swimming pool in 2020 which sounds amazing and should solve this problem. We can’t wait to check it out!
Find out more about Tattershall Lakes and other Away Resorts holiday parks here.
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*Disclaimer – We were kindly gifted our accommodation at Tattershall Lakes in exchange for this review, however all opinions are my own*