Camping is back at Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park...sort of!
In 2022, we wrote a blog about the end of camping at the popular resort...before we discovered that it has started again, albeit with limited dates and no electric hook-ups.
The good news is that camping at Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park can be a real billy bargain if you're looking for a very cheap way to visit the Isle of Wight in 2023.
Limited dates at Whitecliff Bay's campsite for 2023
The camping on offer at Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park in 2023 is only available during July and August.
When we checked, it was available from July 1st but seemed to be unavailable for the last week of the school summer holidays in August 2023.
A week was showing as £240 for up to six people on a 10m x 8m pitch. The pitch doesn't have an electric hookup, but it does have a toilet and shower block nearby.
Why is camping at Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park good value?
Firstly, that price of £240 is competitive for camping in August for a family of six. That works out as £5.71 per person, per night if there are six of you. To put it on context, that's about the same as a tub of Lurpak...
Our guide to the Isle of Wight's 20 best campsites found that similar resorts run by Parkdean Resorts charge between £266 (Thorness Bay) and £497 (Nodes Point) for the same dates in August 2023. Admittedly, that price includes an electric hookup. I personally put Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park on a par with Nodes Point Holiday Park based on reviews and location. Reviews for Thorness Bay Holiday Park are slightly lower than the other two mentioned.
Secondly, Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park has a decent range of permanent facilities and summertime activities which are included in the price. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, which you will be able to use for free as well as things like outdoor cinema, a playground and minigolf.
Thirdly, you can get a very good discount on the Isle of Wight ferry if you ask Away Resorts to book it for you when booking your camping. We searched for a return crossing with Wightlink in August 2023 and were quoted £259 on Wightlink's website or £84.46 on the Away Resorts website. That's a saving of £175! The difference won't always be as much as that, but that's a considerable saving thanks for a £240 holiday.
will I spend loads of money once I get to Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park?
You might, but you don't have to.
The beach is very good so if the sun is shining you will spend a lot of time there.
The Isle of Wight also have quite a lot to do for free and some cheap places to eat out.
Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park is in the East Wight, so I would fill your time with free or cheap activities including:
And make sure you check out our popular guide to free parking on the Isle of Wight!
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