Family Travel Times

Family Travel Times: June 2003

Sunday, 15 June 2003

A family holiday at Sandy Balls in beautiful Dorset (June 2003)

My daughter squealed with delight as the waves rushed over her legs. I'd never heard her so excited before. She was having the time of her life.

I honestly hadn't expected too much from our week's holiday at Sandy Balls.

With a name like that, it sounded more like a Carry On film than a week's vacation. I was wrong. Sandy Balls far exceeded my expectations. It couldn't have fitted the concept of a family friendly holiday any better.

It's hard to know what to do for a holiday once you have children. Old favourites -quiet hotel,beautiful beach and good night life - go out of the window. You want facilities, especially safe ones, on tap, a pleasant room to spend all those holiday evenings baby-sitting and, if at all possible, the luxury of not having to share quarters with your offspring.

It should also not be too expensive. Once you have a child,money magically becomes tighter.

Sandy Balls,deep in the New Forest, came up trumps on all those counts and more. Within 120 acres of parkland are about 80 lodges and 50 caravans, with plenty of room for campers. The resort can hold a maximum of around 5,500 visitors in peak season -and offers an abundance of activities for children.


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