Our Week in Selsey with Seal Bay Resort

I was looking for somewhere to take the children away to over the Easter holidays that wasn’t too far to drive from us and I came across the recently renamed Seal Bay Resort in Selsey near Chichester. We are fans of a mobile home style holiday because as a larger family they are usually well set up for us to have our own space and all be together and there seemed to be plenty to do, so with only a couple of weeks until the children broke up, I booked our stay.  Ed unfortunately had to work, but my sister had volunteered to come with us and the children were so excited to spend some quality time with her.

I had seen that Seal Bay was big, but I hadn’t realised it was quite so huge, with over 3,500 mobile homes across three sites that were all linked by a complimentary bus service.  Our three bed caravan was on the White Horse Site, only metres from the new White Horse Complex which had an outdoor pool and splash zone, a huge arcade, bowling alley, soft play, restaurant, pottery painting shop and a massive theatre which had bingo and shows on every night.  The children would have happily spend all day in the arcades and we attended the silent disco by the outdoor pool mid week which was a big hit.

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The busiest park was West Sands, which is right on the seafront and you find yourself on the beautiful pebble beach as you step out the door.  The complex here also had a huge arcade and theatre as well as the indoor pools (which included a pool for lanes, a shallow kids pool, a beach pool and two water slides), a gym, restaurant and café, crazy golf, a wave rider and more.  

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During our stay we tried out the Cove club for kids where the children got to take part in crafts as well as go on an immersive adventure (Sophie was the team member running these on our trip and her energy was incredible).  We also watched the ‘Fun Factory Live’ each evening which is an interactive show and all four of my big kids were at the front each evening hoping to get called up for the games.  Every evening there was a fun filled line up including ‘Bonkers Bingo’ and musical shows.  The Rock Show was a highlight of the week for all of us and we were so impressed with all the entertainment.  Every caravan park we have stayed at has had entertainment for children (and adults) but I was blown away with the quality at Seal Bay with so much to see and do.

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During our stay there was an Easter circus which I had booked and the children found it hilarious.  I didn’t think it was as impressive as other circus shows we have been to, but the two clowns were brilliant and the focus on humour definitely engaged the children more.  There was an adult only circus available too but we didn’t visit that.

I had made a list of things to do in the area but other than the day we had booked to go to Southampton (around a 45 minute drive) to do the Ninja Warrior course, we didn’t want to leave the park!  There is plenty to see locally though including Chichester town, Arundel Castle and the South Downs National Park.

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I didn’t take nearly as many photos as usual to share, but you can see more of our adventures over on this Instagram Highlight.  It was Rex’s first holiday and I think he loved it!
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A few bits of practical information

  • There is a shop on site but there is also an Asda (and Costa) three minutes drive from the park if you want to fill up the fridge.
  • The swimming pool requires one adult per child for under 1s and one adult per two children for under 10s (we may have added a few months on to Archie’s age as I was confident he is a capable swimmer).
  • They don’t sell food in the theatres but you can bring in your own food. We ordered from the fish and chip shop and the Papa John’s situated just outside the main complex doors and could take our dinner in to the table with us.
  • There was a big screen outside the restaurant/bar when the football was on if you don’t want to miss your game (West Sands)
  • We found three playgrounds in total, one on our site near the circus, one on the West Sand’s site that was at a bus stop and the largest one was down by the playing fields. They weren’t all obvious on the map.
  • There are so many activities you can pay to do as extras.  Some sounded brilliant but on a budget trip (or if you have lots of children and don’t want to pay out) you can find so much to do without spending too much extra. Everything is bookable through an easy to use app.
  • This advice does not include the arcades.  We spent all our money there as you have to walk through them to get to everything else!
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