Over the Easter bank holiday weekend we were kindly invited to review Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire, one of six holiday parks owned by Away Resorts. As we thoroughly enjoyed our seaside break at one of their other sites, Barmouth Bay, last June we jumped at the chance and immediately went online to check out the lakeside country park.
We were so impressed with the facilities listed on the webpage that we decided to make it a big family gathering. We invited along my parents in their motor home and my sister with her three kids. As you can imagine with 5 kids ages 6 and under, it wasn’t a relaxing four days but it was great fun and very memorable! Here’s how we got on…
Review Tattershall Lakes – First impressions
We literally got stuck straight in checking out one of the many activities offered at Tattershall Lakes – Raft Building. Within ten minutes of arriving we were poolside in bathing suits listening to one of the Entertainment team explain the rules of our raft race competition!
Suitable from 5+ so perfect for Charlie and my niece. They both absolutely loved coming up with genius ideas to make a raft out of barrels, wood planks and rope. Of course my husband couldn’t stand back and let them build their version, (which would have sunk in seconds!) but instead put his engineering and knot tying skills to good use.
After a fun hour in the pool with the big kids we joined up with my parents, who looked like they were in need of a strong drink from looking after baby and two toddlers! We checked in at the park reception, grabbed our keys and entertainment guide and went to check out our home for the weekend.
Accommodation – Review TriBeCa caravan
Away Resorts have just launched a brand new style of caravan, named the TriBeCa. We were delighted to be the first people to stay in one over the Easter launch weekend. We had excitedly checked out the ‘caravan’ online in anticipation of our visit however, nothing could have quite prepared us for how wowed over we would be by the décor and facilities of the luxury mobile home.
Here is a short tour around the TriBeCa which I took as we first arrived, (and before the kids had the chance to make themselves at home!)
What we loved about the TriBeCa
First and foremost the luxurious feel of the caravan… The spacious master suite with bath tub was a huge hit with my sister and I. We loved the dressing table area and freestanding wardrobes which definitely beats the typical squished wardrobe space you normally get when staying in a caravan. The kitchen was also really well thought out for families with dishwasher, microwave and retro style fridge.
The private hot tub was a big hit with Richard. Although I’m not sure being in the hot tub with four excitable kids was the relaxing experience he had hoped for!
For the kids the highlight was definitely the bunk bed room with three beds, (two on the top and one on the ground with den area,) with a TV on each level. The plan had been for Charlie and Harry to stay with my mum and dad in their motor home to make space for my sister’s children to sleep in the bunk beds. I clearly hadn’t thought this plan through very well. From the minute my boys saw the TriBeCa, and particularly after they had seen the TV’s in the ‘den room’, (promptly referred to as the ‘coolest thing he had ever seen!’ by Charlie,) there was no option but to use the sofa bed in the front room, so they could stay in the caravan with us.
Example prices of the TriBeCa – Without private hot tub off peak (12th May for 7 nights) – £369. Peak season (28th July for 7 nights) – £1055. With private hot tub off peak (19th May for 7 nights) – £546. Peak season (28th July for 7 nights) – £1,554. The TriBeCa can sleep up to four adults and three kids, (using sofa bad in front room).
Review Tattershall Lakes – Activities & Entertainment
We were really impressed with the activities and entertainment on offer at Tattershall Lakes. I’m always dubious when a holiday park claims to offer something for all ages but my fears were unfounded and we were absolutely spoilt for choice. We could have literally gone from one activity to the next during our four-day stay.
As it was the Easter weekend and therefore peak season there were three play activities daily for kids, (two free activities and one paid activity i.e. pottery painting £5) and between three to five adrenaline activities daily (i.e. raft building £4). The evening entertainment commenced at 7.30pm with bingo, before family fun at 8.15pm followed by some form of entertainment, (comedian, or quiz night or karaoke).
Our only criticism of the evening entertainment is that for young children it started too late. We stayed around the family fun session one evening and the kids enjoyed it for maybe 20 minutes before we had toddler meltdowns and had to leave. We also would’ve loved to have experienced the outdoor cinema. (The Good Dinosaur was showing whilst we were there,) but again it just started way too late at 8.45pm. There was no way we could keep our little ones up until nearly 11pm. We did however make up for it by trying out all the water and land based adrenaline sports.
Tattershall Lakes is aptly named after the various lakes dotted around the country park. One of the lakes is reserved for water skiers, another for jet skiers, another for wake boarders with a huge inflatable aqua park and I also spotted a quieter fishing lake.
It was good fun to watch the water skiers and jet skiers. If the weather had been a little warmer Richard and I would have joined them, instead we took full advantage of the water sports activities offered indoors at the pool.
My favourite water activity was the Water Walkerz. I shared a short video on Instagram of Charlie and I having a crawling race after failing at grasping the knack for walking on water. (It’s a lot harder than it looks, I got into a standing star fish position many times but as soon as I attempted to move a leg I fell over!)
I'm interrupting my IG feed of lovely scenic views to share this video of my son and I racing Waterwalkerz at Tattershall Lakes over the Easter wkd! 🤣💦 I gave up attempting to walk on water after many, (MANY!) failed attempts and just crawled instead! We stayed at the holiday park for four days and crammed in as many of the activities on offer as we could. We had a fab time raft building (ours fell apart, we seriously need to work on our knot tying skills😂), chasing each other around an island with laser guns and learning how to use aqua jets (hand held motorised jets that pull you through the water!) We will definitely by returning to #tattershalllakes @awayresortsholidays ❤️ Although next time in the summer so we can try out the water sports on the lakes! #familytime #watersports #familyholiday
Richard, my Dad and I also joined in the Easybreath Snorkelling and Aquajets session. This activity was for ages 8+ and attracted mainly teenagers. Although we were the only three adults in the pool we had a blast playing games hosted by the friendly and energetic Entertainments team. The last game involved racing across the pool in relays with an aqua jet, (a hand-held motorised jet). If you ever get the chance to try this activity I can throughly recommend it! The three of us came away with huge grins on our faces.
Land Based Activities
One of our highlights was racing Body Zorbs and bouncing into each other. (Although I tried and failed to knock Richard over and instead ended up on the floor in a very unladylike manner trying to get back on my feet!)
Laser tag was also a big hit, Charlie and my niece, loved running around the private island shooting their lasers and joining in the games. (Although as you can see from this photo the big kids thoroughly enjoyed it too!)
What is particularly great about Tattershall Lakes is that you don’t have to pay out for any activities, (or food) if you are trying to save the pennies. Our five kids were quite happy playing at the lake side beach, splashing around in the sprinklers and exploring the new playground. (These are all free facilities in an enclosed safe area which was great for letting our two little toddlers have a little freedom, whilst we sat eating at one of the many picnic tables enjoying the peace!) The swimming pool was also free and our kids loved the 2p slot machines in the arcades which cost just a couple of pounds to entertain them all for a couple of hours.
We felt the bookable activities were very reasonably priced. The Raft Building for example was only £4 per person, with the most expensive activities we took part in being the Laser Tag and Hover Board which cost just £8.50 per person.
Review Tattershall Lakes – Dining Options
Last year Tattershall Lakes received a massive £8 million investment. Half of this money was spent on a swanky entertainment complex called The Merlin, which includes a bar called the Spitfire and a large dining area with (much to our boys delight,) a life-size replica of a Spitfire suspended from the ceiling.
We dined once at the Spitfire to celebrate Charlie’s birthday and enjoyed our meal. The kids roast dinners in particular were great value for money. The staff were also really friendly, even when we started rearranging the furniture and decorating with balloons and birthday banners!
Top tips for a family holiday at Tattershall Lakes
Expect traffic around the park. Unlike other similar holiday parks which allow cars to be used for unloading/loading only, Tattershall Lakes permit cars around the park at anytime. We took scooters for the kids to scoot from the caravan to the entertainments complex but we had to be really careful when they were using them as there were a lot of cars about.
Save yourself the hassle of packing food in your car and book an online food delivery to have delivered direct to your caravan. We booked ours through Tesco’s. It arrived just as we checked in and it was great to have all the kids favourite foods for picnics, etc. We found the onsite grocery shop convenient for topping up and buying forgotten items but obviously it was more expensive and didn’t offer as much choice as a supermarket.
Book a private pool party! We didn’t do this but I wish we had. The pool and outdoor hot tub is available to book in the evenings for just £75 an hour, (or just £50 for pool only). I personally think is a great price for a private pool party.
Local attractions – We didn’t venture off the park as there was so much to do, (and we couldn’t drag the kids away from the new playground!) If you are looking for nearby attractions however check out Tattershall Farm Park, Tattershall Castle (owned by National Trust), Lincolnshire Wildlife Park and for a day at the seaside – Skegness.
Introduce yourself to the Entertainments team when you arrive. They are all really friendly, helpful and great with kids. (They knew all of our kids names within a day of us being at the park). They will give you some great advice re: booking the best activities etc.
Summary Tattershall Lakes Review
We loved our four-day Easter break at Tattershall Lakes. We felt the holiday park offered good value for money, the staff all genuinely seemed to love their jobs and we were blown away with the adrenaline sports offered. (The activities bore no resemblance to the egg and spoon type activities I used to run when I worked as a Ent’s officer for similar parks in my 20’s!)
We had a crazy busy weekend cramming in as many activities as we could because we love to introduce our boys to new activities and sports. It’s worth baring in mind though that the country park also offers lots for families who like to take it easy too including feeding the ducks, taking long walks and chilling out down by the lakeside beach. We would love to return to Tattershall Lakes when the kids are a little older to try the inflatable aqua park which looks great fun and experience the outdoor cinema.
I think I’ve covered everything in this review but if you have any questions please just leave a comment below, I am happy to help!
Other reviews of Away Resorts holiday parks
Barmouth Bay Review from our visit last summer
Tattershall Farm Review by mum of three Samantha (North East Family Fun). Local attraction located close to Tattershall Lakes.
Another Tattershall Lakes Review by mum of three Karen (Mini Travellers).
Whitecliff Bay Review by mum of two Jo (Kiddie Holidays)
Whitecliffe Bay Review by mum of one Ting (My Travel Monkey)
Disclaimer – We were kindly invited to stay and review Tattershall Lakes by Away Resorts. We were also provided with complimentary activities in return for this article. All opinions are, as always, my own. All photos copyright Travel Loving Family.
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