Sandwich Leisure Park, Sandwich

Being conveniently situated for most of Kent’s beaches and historic Canterbury, the award-winning Sandwich Leisure Park appeals to couples and families alike, says Lynne Walker 

The site 
Sandwich Leisure Park (five-star rating and David Bellamy Conservation Award) is one of our favourite sites and we’ve returned nine years running. The staff always provide a friendly welcome. Entry is via a security barrier that features number plate recognition. The site is big but homely, approximately 200-plus pitches, all flat, lush and grassy and of ample size for most units. All pitches have a 10A electric supply, a water tap and a night light. The huge shower/toilet block is worthy of its Loo of the Year Award. A heated modern block, with spacious cubicles, clothes hooks and seated areas for changing – these are the nicest we have seen. Always immaculate and no queuing even at the busiest of times! Family bathrooms and facilities for the disabled campers are also available. This site’s kitchen comprises two microwaves, extra washing-up areas and free use of three large fridge freezers for freezer blocks. There are also several clean, modern, washing-up blocks and a laundry room with machines and tumble driers – tokens from reception. A stunning modern play park with seated areas proves very popular with the smaller ones but can get a little busy in full season. An ice cream van visits daily throughout the site during the main season. There’s a no cycling policy throughout the site. 

The area 
The park is located a few minutes’ walk from Sandwich, the medieval town and port. it boasts many beautiful old buildings. Attractions include curio shops and a twice weekly market. Sandwich is also a Cinque Port, offering a rich history and a wealth of things to experience that includes the Kent and East Sussex light steam railway, castles galore and the ports themselves. It is an amazing place for families to explore so why not try: 
• White Mill Rural Heritage Centre. 
• Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust 
• A boat trip with the Sandwich River Bus to see seals and other wildlife. It also visits the Roman Fort below. 
• Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre; an English Heritage site 
• Canterbury – offers much more than its superb historic cathedral that’s well worth a visit. 

Eating out 
Local produce abounds and it is worth exploring the delights of the Sandwich pub and restaurant scene. For more traditional food there’s a fish and chip shop a fiveminute walk from the site and the usual variety of kebab houses and take-aways. Essentials can be obtained from the nearby well-stocked Co-op.

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