Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pottering in the Pool; Escape ... to the North-East Coast

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pottering in the Pool; Escape ... to the North-East Coast

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LAST February, when I booked this holiday, Scarborough and July seemed like the perfect recipe of weather and destination for a great summer holiday.

Little did I know it was going to rain non-stop from April.

So, I have to admit, when I took my daughters - two and four - for a week at Park Resort's Cayton Bay complex I was quite apprehensive . . . after all, it's difficult enough as it is to keep kids entertained but, when the weather's bad, it's even more so.

I needn't have worried though, because there's plenty to do whatever the weather, both at the resort and in Scarborough.

Situated about four miles outside of the town near the village of Cayton, the Park Resorts complex has everything you could need for a family holiday.

Our accommodation was a spacious and well-appointed three-bedroom silver caravan that had a large lounge-diner with enough seating for a family of at least six, plus some friends too.

It also had a galley-style kitchen with microwave and cooker, plus all the cooking equipment you could need while you're on your break.

Where the resort really scores, however, is with the entertainment complex at its centre.

Outside, there's a great play area for kids of all sizes that has everything from swings and slides to a five-a-side football pitch and a mini golf course.

Indoors, there's a mini supermarket, a bar which serves a good selection of meals, and the Oasis Showbar, running everything from discos for toddlers to cabaret for a family audience later in the evenings.

But there's lots to do in and around Scarborough too, and we spent the holiday trying to guess which part of the day would actually be sunny enough for us to venture outside.

Just down the road from Cayton Bay, in Cayton itself, is Playdale farm. Opened up to the public about two years ago, this is a great place to let kids interact with a variety of animals.

As you go in, you can buy bags of feed and then enter a covered area with pens, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with animals ranging from sheep and donkeys to llamas. …

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