Eurocamp Holiday Review: Duinrell Theme Park Resort, Wassenaar, South Holland, The Netherlands

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Looking for a fun family holiday to The Netherlands on a budget? This Eurocamp Holiday Review is all about Duinrell Resort (in Wassenaar, South Holland, The Netherlands). I’ve included our experiences, details about the Eurocamp accommodation, photos from its very own theme park, details about the waterpark, driving time from Calais, the closest airport and everything else that you need to know about this fun resort!

Holiday: September 2023 (Updated January 2024)

Duinrell Resort

In September 2023, we took our annual road trip – this time we stayed in Paris for a few days to visit Disneyland, then travelled to The Netherlands (booked through Eurocamp) to split the rest of the holiday between Lake Resort Beekse Bergen and the infamous Duinrell Resort.

It was a very active holiday, and we arrived home shattered, but the kids absolutely loved it!

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What was the Duinrell Resort and theme park like?

The Duinrell Resort is part of a theme park so it’s a huge site, with a waterpark and outdoor pool too, and loads to do. The rides are completely free, included with your stay, and it was just a short wander from our accommodation to the fun part! It was handy to be able to come and go as we pleased, and head back to the mobile home for lunch and a rest before we went back again.

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There were tamer rides, like these water bumper cars and the toboggan run (which my two loved so much that they went on it continuously for hours!), as well as thrill-seeker rollercoaster rides! There’s a real mix of attractions at Duinrell, making it a great place for children and adults of all ages.

Duinrell Theme Park Resort, Eurocamp holiday review, the Netherlands, frugal mum child on toboggan run, photo

Duinrell Theme Park Resort, Eurocamp holiday review, the Netherlands, frugal mum children on rollercoaster, photo

Visiting out of season, it wasn’t very busy (there were a few school trips around with younger kids) so there were very short queues and the kids were able to go on what they wanted easily and over and over again! It’s not on the scale of places like Disneyland, but it’s a good theme park with a range of rides to suit everyone.

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The play area was brilliant too – and the site has relaxed vibe. They even have fairground bits like Dodgems – there was a lot on offer to keep the kids entertained. And, with it all included in the price, they can enjoy their favourite attractions as many times as they like.

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Our only niggle was that the rides closed at either 4pm or 5pm each day, and there didn’t seem to be any other entertainment on offer in the evenings. I don’t know if this is standard, or because we visited out of school holiday times, but it seemed like a pretty early closure time and cut the days quite short.

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What was the Duinrell Resort waterpark like?

The indoor waterpark and swimming pool at the Duinrell Resort was absolutely amazing – it had something crazy like 15 waterslides, including a drain one, dingy rides, flumes and an extreme slide where the floor comes out from underneath you! There was also a slide area for younger children, a jacuzzi and a main swimming pool.

(I couldn’t photograph the pool from inside but the big, covered flumes in the pic below are the ones for the indoor pool.) Being out of season, the pool area was practically empty when we visited, but I imagine it would be very busy and popular at peak times. Unfortunately, the waterpark is not included in the cost of the Eurocamp trip, but you are given half price entry codes on arrival – making it €10pp. This is for a 2 hour slot, plus 30 mins changing time.

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It was good value – given how much was on offer at the pool it was definitely worth the additional cost – so make sure that you visit the waterpark at least once during your stay. But it was annoying to have to leave the pool (which the kids could have happily stayed at so much longer!) when there was hardly anyone using it. Also, though the kids would have loved use the waterpark every day, because of the cost we opted to only use it once.

The outside swimming pool wasn’t on the scale of the indoor waterpark but it had a few slides, and was cheaper at €5pp for four hours. The weather had cooled down by the time we got to the Duinrell Resort so we didn’t use the outside pool but it would be great for a hot day.

Something to note: The pool slots need to be booked in advance via a link on the voucher, and can be done so the day before.

 

Local Area:

What is there to do near Duinrell Resort?

We only had a few days at the Duinrell Resort, which we thought was the perfect amount of time for what was on offer at the resort. Because we didn’t have long, we didn’t explore the local area but we have been told that there are some beautiful beaches a short drive away – perfect if you’re visiting over the summer months.

It was about a 90 minute drive from Eurocamp’s Lake Resort Beekse Bergen – which we loved – but even if you don’t stay there I would highly recommend a day at Beekse Bergen Safari Zoo, which is just such an amazing place to visit and without a doubt the best zoo that we’ve ever visited.

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Beekse Bergen Safari Zoo, the Netherlands, boat safari with frugal mum child husband, review, photo, eurocamp holiday

Beekse Bergen Safari Zoo, the Netherlands, walking, drive through safari, review, photo, frugal mum, eurocamp holiday

From Duinrell Resort you can also visit Rotterdam, which is around 40 minutes away. And, Amsterdam is an easy motorway drive – around 45 minutes drive away. We hired bikes to cycle around the city (everyone cycles in the Netherlands!) – though it’s not a massive place and there aren’t lots of particular sights to see, it has a nice vibe. Filled with bridges and canals it’s a pretty place, and home to Anne Frank’s hide-out house, which we were keen to visit.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, frugal mum children by canal, photo, eurocamp holiday

For family city break money saving tips, check out my article: How to have a European city break with kids on a budget!

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, frugal mum children and husband cycling, photo, eurocamp holiday

 

Was the accommodation good?

We booked with Eurocamp but the resort has lots of their own lodges too. We booked an Azure Lounge (known as Comfort Plus / Premium from 2024) – the only difference from a standard Azure really being the comfy outside seating area. This mobile home seemed very new and it was all clean and lovely inside – it was very quiet too considering that we were at a theme park!

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The staff were all really helpful and friendly, and when we arrived at the site at 11.30am our accommodation was already ready so the lady at Eurocamp reception had someone bring the key so that we could get in straight away. (I must add that to make the electricity work you’ll need to put your key into a plug-type area by the door – they forgot to tell us that but luckily we figured it out pretty quickly!) The opening times for the shop etc were stuck on the fridge which was very handy.

Duinrell Theme Park Resort, Eurocamp Azure Lounge, the Netherlands, Premium accommodation, mobile home, photo, frugal mum review

The only annoying thing about our accommodation was that though it had a dishwasher (bonus!) it was in the spot that the oven would usually be! They replaced this with a microwave / combi oven but it was too small to cook a whole family meal. We got around this by using the hob instead, and it was fine as we didn’t stay for long, but it would have been a pain had we spent a longer amount of time there because we always self-cater to keep costs down.

For more info on the accommodation options, and to find out what to pack / what’s included, read my post: Eurocamp holiday reviews: Which accommodation should I choose? What’s included?

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What facilities are on site at the Duinrell Resort?

The shop on-site was large and well stocked but it was pretty expensive for most things – though the fresh baguettes were reasonably priced for a cheap lunch. Luckily, there was an Aldi just a 6 minute drive away from the site, so we avoided the on-site prices and did a full shop there which was priced similarly to our usual shopping back home.

We were able to park directly in front of the mobile home we stayed in, making it easy to load and unload the car of luggage and food shopping.

Eurocamp mobile homes are not equipped with TVs, unless you hire from their top range, so it’s handy to take a tablet or laptop with you with some movies for when you want a quiet evening.

All of the Eurocamp reps we met on our trip were friendly, helpful and spoke (or were) English. We didn’t eat in the restaurant, but we did get chips from the take-away area. We found the food huts in the theme park pretty reasonably priced and we were so impressed to get Mr Whippy ice creams for €1.50 which is cheaper than at home!

TIP: You need ID cards at the site (though no-one ever actually asked for ours) so pre-print passport size photos for these as they’ll staple them to the passes, and it’ll save you paying to have the photos done on-site.

 

How much does a Eurocamp holiday at Duinrell Resort cost – was it good value for money?

For us, a 3 night stay at the Duinrell Resort at the beginning of September in an Azure Lounge mobile home (now known as Comfort Plus / Premium for 2024) was just under £200 – which we thought was great value given that the theme park is included – those type of days out on their own can be close to that price without accommodation.

Duinrell Theme Park Resort, Eurocamp holidays, the Netherlands, rollercoaster photo, frugal mum review

The resort was good fun, the kids really enjoyed it and it kept them well occupied. I think 3 days here was the perfect amount of time to enjoy what’s on offer without it becoming too repetitive. (Though the kids would have been happy to stay for a week!)

The Duinrell Resort is an easy 3 and a half hour drive from the crossing at Calais, but if you’d prefer to fly then Rotterdam airport it just 22.5km away. After transfers, this holiday would definitely be doable without a car, if you’d prefer not to incur rental costs. If you’re looking for a holiday with lots to do, The Netherlands is a great place to visit.

If you are opting for a road trip, check out my article: Family road trip essentials: 13 things to pack on a road trip with kids to make sure that you have everything you need for stress free travel before you set off. If you’re new to road trips, this article is a great place to start: How to road trip on a budget around Europe – the ultimate family guide!

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As we home educate the kids, we are fortunate to be able travel term-time which is a great money saver, but if you’re restricted to school holiday dates then look for May half-term getaways – they’re always so much cheaper than the summer holidays!

But, having said that, affordable school summer holiday travel is possible – I went hunting on the Eurocamp website and found 35 family holidays under £1k! (There were more but I ran out of steam! 😂) So if you do need school holiday dates – this article is a great place to start: Budget Family Summer Getaways: July & August school holiday deals under £1000!

For more information, and to check prices for your dates, click here to check out Duinrell Resort on the Eurocamp website.

 

To find out more about Eurocamp and how to save money on your holiday check out:

Check out my article: The Ultimate Eurocamp Holiday Guide – and money saving tips!

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Or read my blog post: Why do we use always Eurocamp to travel in Europe with the kids?

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Still need help deciding where to stay?

Check out my full reviews of the other campsites that we’ve visited, just click through below:

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping Village Valle Gaia, Tuscany, Italy

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Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping La Chapelle, Argelès-sur-Mer, Roussillon, South of France

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Travelling on a budget? Check out:

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Ready for an adventure? Head to the Eurocamp website to create your perfect family summer holiday.

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