Nothing beats the simple pleasure of eating an ice cream by the sea and feeling the sand between your toes. For many of us it’s a childhood memory, those days we used to race the sun as we tried to tackle our favourite flavour before it melted in the heat. Just like building sand castles and drinking lemonade on a deck chair, a few scoops of ice cream in the perfect cone is an essential part of a beautiful beach holiday. Whatever the weather, with the kids on holiday, enjoying sharing this sweet treat with your family is a chance to pass on a British Summer tradition. Why not create this precious memory with your own children? Something for you all to treasure forever. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of some popular spots for ice-cream fuelled family fun, all well within reach of your favourite Parkdean Resorts holiday park.
Croyde's Ice Cream Parlour
Nearest Park - Ruda Holiday Park
This ice-cream parlour is conveniently located just ten minutes from the local beach and just twelve minutes from Ruda Holiday Park with its wide range of facilities. A location like this gives you plenty of time to get the ice creams in and the kids settled on the sand. Famous nationwide, delicious Devonshire ice-cream is a sweet and creamy treat for the whole family. To top it all off there’s something for everyone with their range of toppings including 100s and 1000s, sugar coated nuts, and chocolate strands. A charming Devonshire village, Croyde also offers you a wide range of family activities for before and after you’ve had a few scoops. Fancy a splash of action? There are a number of surfing schools based here for older kids and adults. If you prefer a more relaxed activity why not take a walk and take in some of the North Devonshire Coastline. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has easy access routes available, so the whole family can enjoy a wander. More relaxed still, you can enjoy a drink in one of Croyde's cheery beer gardens or pull up a deck chair at the Croyde Deckchair Cinema.
Alonzi's Harbour Bar
Nearest Park – Cayton Bay
Just a short walk from Scarborough beach is Alonzi’s Harbour Bar. This ice cream bar isn’t just retro-styled, its post-war vintage appearance is authentic as is the ice cream making culture. The appearance and décor have been immaculately preserved since 1945. This authenticity runs through the ice cream itself as well as its surroundings. The business is still in the family and marries its ice cream making heritage with more local ingredients. They are reported to use Scottish seaweed as a thickener instead of gelatine. Something that seems ever so poetic for a seaside bar must taste good. The diner recently celebrated its 70th anniversary and holidaymakers keep coming back for a good reason. You can stay and soak up the atmosphere or you can take an ice cream ‘to go’ and head straight for the sand. When it comes to taking ice cream away, the bar is famous for its big cones, packing what looks like impossible amounts of sweet frozen dessert into huge cornets. Whatever you go for you’ll want to repeat this seaside tradition as often as you visit. Scarborough has plenty of attractions to keep you occupied and if you’re staying at Cayton Bay Holiday Park, we think the kids will agree that a trip to this award winning parlour should be part of your day’s plan.
Nearest Parks - Thorness Bay, Lower Hyde, Landguard, Nodes Point
Sold around the island, Minghella's have achieved the feat of creating 230 varieties of ice cream and sorbet - without the artificial flavourings and colourings. This range of choice will surely be enough to keep everyone, especially the kids, quiet while they focus on the task at hand. Minghella's ice cream is available at various beach spots around the island allowing you to make a meal out of the most beautiful coasts the Isle of Wight has to offer. Alternatively, you can go straight to the source. Accessible from all Isle of Wight holiday parks, the Minghella's farm shop hosts customers at the home of their sweet treats. There's plenty to do on the island, with a whole host of events and attractions for all ages. But don't forget to grab some ice creams and a few deck chairs to enjoy some peace and quiet at one of the Isle of Wight's many beaches.
Notarianni Ice CreamNearest Park - Glasson Marina
Known for its Pleasure Beach, pier, amusements and of course, the Blackpool Tower, Blackpool is an institution of the British Summer beach holiday tradition. If you're staying at Glasson Marina Holiday Park this seaside destination is worth the day trip out, just for the fun family time you can enjoy with your loved ones. Because this is an Owners only park, owners can start to plan their holidays around trying the different speciality wafers and cones. Naturally, you'll want to ride the rollercoasters and play some of the arcade machines, but a seaside ice cream is a must. Notarianni is renowned for putting a large dose of its Italian heritage into fabulous ice creams. They have earned national press attention for their quality vanilla ice cream. The family have been trading delicious ices from Waterloo Road since 1937. Once you've selected your cone and speciality wafer, it's just a one-minute walk to the promenade to get those toes back in the Blackpool beach sand.
Nardini's of LargsNearest Park – Wemyss Bay
More of a river view rather than an ocean scene, Nardini’s still looks out onto the picturesque pebble beach at gorgeous Largs Bay. The cafe is literally across the street from the promenade which edges the Firth of Clyde, meaning you will definitely be able to reach the beach before the ice cream melts. Established in 1935, and rejuvenated in 2008, they serve gorgeous cornets to take away from their selection of 32 flavours. The gelato chefs make the delicious desserts by combining fresh Scottish milk with double cream on site, bringing the traditional Nardini’s recipe to life with modern technology. Take your pick from more traditional flavours like delicious vanilla and scrumptious strawberry. Or sample some of their more novel, but no less tasty, daily delights, like Turkish delight and jell bear. Largs Bay makes a great day trip if you are exploring the beautiful coastal waters the region has to offer. Even better, it's only a 15-minute drive from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park. Located in such profoundly beautiful settings this is a family memory to create and repeat whenever the sweet tooth kicks in!
If you like to add a touch of town life to your beach break why not take a day trip and grab an ice cream at Cadwaladers? In 1927 they began serving their secret recipe for vanilla ice-cream and the key ingredient still hasn’t been guessed or revealed. They have put that recipe to work for you and now provide a full range of flavours, some that change daily, including vegan-friendly sorbets and gluten free cones. Once you have all figured out your own combination of cornet, ice cream and topping, it’s time to step outside and enjoy some sea air with the whole family. With so much choice why not make some of these new flavours part of your family’s seaside holiday tradition. The good news is you can visit one of Cadwaladers locations in Cardiff Bay or Tenby so if you’re enjoying a break at Trecco Bay or Pendine Sands Holiday Parks, you’re within a 30-minute trip of ice cream heaven. Both cities have a great range of attractions for the whole family to enjoy on a day out. Of course, when the time comes, you’ll know the arrangements for that all important ice cream break is taken care of.
So there you have the scoop on six of the best seaside spots for holiday ice cream treats. If you’ve been staying at a Parkdean Resorts Holiday Park and have your own recommendations and photographs of beachside ice cream fun, why not send us a picture on Facebook or Twitter? Hash-tag the name of your park and then add #beachicecream