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We recently had an amazing break in the Netherlands, using Eurocamp sites as our bases for the trip. For our first week we stayed at Beekse Bergen Lake Resort – and a perk of staying there was free entry into the next door Speelland Attraction Park and Beekse Bergen Safari Zoo. Here’s what we thought of Speelland…
What’s there for the kids to do?
Speelland translated is literally ‘Play Land’ and it has lots of different things on offer to keep the kids busy – Finn and Lola really enjoyed it. We visited twice during our stay, spending longer there the first time as it was a super quiet weekday. It was much busier when we visited at the weekend so we didn’t stay as long – so you might want to time your trip accordingly as it seemed popular with the locals enjoying weekend fun.
Here were some of their favourite activities…
The flumes were super welcome as it was around 33 degrees when we visited during a September heatwave! There were various water-based activities, including the water slides, pedalos and other water play equipment.
Speelland is located on a large lake, and it offers a sandy beach and park area where you can swim, play and enjoy the water. Unfortunately, there was a problem with a type of algae making people sick when we visited so we couldn’t swim – but it would have been amazing had we been able to have a refreshing dip in the gorgeous lake on such a hot week.
There was a fantastic slide into the lake, on a raft type thing, but unfortunately this was closed due to the quality of the water. But there were lots of other things to do there, including bouncy pillows, mini-golf, bouncy castles, trampolines, ride-ons, motor go-karts (though these weren’t open when we visited) and bumper boats.
What facilities are there?
There’s a restaurant on site, and the prices were reasonable – we didn’t purchase actual food, just ice-creams but they were inexpensive which was good to see, as prices at attraction parks can often be super over-inflated.
There was plenty of picnic bench seating, but you could also sit on the beach area or under the trees for shade too, so you could easily bring your own food. There were several blocks of toilets, and also lockers should you want to pop your things in there to avoid carrying them around, though the site isn’t huge.
They have tons of parking for Speelland and the Safari Zoo, but there is an additional cost for this. We walked from the resort or took the free land train to get there, which was super handy as the resort was huge and it was quite a walk! During peak times they also offer a boat service.
Is it good value for money? (And money saving tips!)
If you stay at the Beekse Bergen Lake Resort for 3 days or more then you can visit Speelland, Beekse Bergen Safari Park and several other attractions as many times as you like – without spending a penny! So, it’s a fantastic offer if you can get these places included for free. We had a fun, action packed holiday on a small budget.
However, you can also visit Speelland if you’re in the area, without staying on the resort – tickets are around £10 per person. Though the site is more geared up for younger kids, and it’s not a massive place, £40 for a family of four would definitely make this a reasonably priced day out. Our kids had a great time, and were kept busy for hours.
View their website for current opening times and prices: www.beeksebergen.nl/en/prices
And if you fancy a free visit, and would like a brilliant place to stay, check out my review of Beekse Bergen Lake Resort – it was honestly one of the best trips we’ve had, and the kids would have happily stayed for longer. I’d highly recommend a Beekse Bergen holiday!
Useful information for your visit…
Pets: No – guide dogs only
Parking: Yes, but charged
Facilities: Restaurant, parking, toilets, picnic areas, swimming
Address: Beekse Bergen 1, 5081 NJ Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.