Droitwich Spa Marina

Hanbury Road, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7DU

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Ideal for ...

  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Waterside stays
  • Working farm

Why stay here ...

Nick & the team at Droitwich Spa Marina look forward to welcoming you to their CL in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. The site is ideal for those travelling along the M5. It is only 2.8 miles from junction 5, on a dairy farm and next to a working marina.

We are close to the Droitwich Junction Canal and a short walk to the Worcs/Birmingham Canal. A canalside pub is a short stroll away. There are therefore many walks and cycle rides along the various towpaths – away from roads. Worcester City can be reached along the towpath (approx. 7 miles) and also Birmingham (approx. 22 miles).

Worcestershire has many attractions: The Severn Valley Railway, Malvern Hills, or West Midlands Safari Park, to name but a few, and are all a relatively short distance away. The National Trusts, Hanbury Hall, is only a mile away, with Croome Court another wonderful visit, located just outside Worcester.

The site has hardstanding’s with water points, electric hook ups and lighting on all the pitches, all included in the advertised price.

The Marina showers and toilet facilities are available to Caravaners, for an additional fee which is advertised. The marina shop and office is open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 4p.m. All our staff are on hand to help with enquiries and general information. All bookings are made through the marina office. The shop offers essential supplies, Gas, Elsan Blue etc. Local literature, maps, brochures and pamphlets are available in the office.

Easy access to the CL site is alongside the Marina.

Facilities on site ...

  • Gas
  • Information room
  • Recycling facilities
  • Shop
  • Shower (shared use)
  • TV reception: good
  • Working farm

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Latest arrival time: 8:00 PM

1 acres

Some sloping pitches

Electric amperage: 16

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Lat 52.266103 / Lon -2.124126
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Transport links

  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest train station: Droitwich Spa

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Fabulous stay!

It is unusual for me to write a review of a site. Usually if it’s a great site there are enough positive reviews. If there are negative reviews, we usually choose another site. However Droitwich Spa Marina was exactly where we wanted to be for a family reunion. Prior to the review posted on 28th June we decided we’d book it as the reviews weren’t too bad. First positive on booking, excellent communication and information about our pitch, how to access the site, etc. This excellent customer service, and I won’t apologise for repeating myself, continued for the full 7 nights we stayed on the CL. We were stuck in traffic, we phoned ahead to say we would be late arriving, after the office had closed. We arrived and Marina staff had stayed on to ensure we knew where to go. Rare in our experience! Site is basic, hardstandings are hardcore, any awning etc has to go on grass. Pillar is between two pitches with power for both pitches & a tap (most Club sites you have to walk quite a way for a tap!) Elsan point and grey waste are sited on the small CL so again, not far to go. General waste disposal/recycling is at the entrance to the Marina which is a pleasant walk or can be organised for when going out for the day. We had our pitch from 29th June to 6 July. On travelling we read the damning ‘smelliest site’ review of the previous day and began to wonder if we had done the right thing. On arrival there was a smell of cattle, the hot weather probably not helping, but it was just a rural smell. There is pastureland surrounding the CL and Marina and the cattle during our stay weren’t in the same area each day. With our admittedly limited knowledge of farming we believe muck spreading isn’t done on pastureland so if others had witnessed this, it was done away from the CL site. We really loved this site, tow path walks to Droitwich Spa (about a mile) we were recommended the Gardners Arms on the tow path in Droitwich, (almost opposite Waitrose) it’s a pub & eatery, an experience, do try it! Walking the other way on the tow path the Eagle & Sun, a fifteen minute walk, a good carvery, both of these pubs offer inside/outside space. Sorry this has been a long post but we we had such a lovely stay, in a great place, that we wanted to reassure those, not of a sensitive nature, that it’s definitely worth a try. We will certainly factor it into our future plans.
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Location, location.

Thought twice about booking having read the reviews but went ahead anyway because of the location - close to the things we wanted to do/see. We received a warm and friendly welcome at the Marina Reception and had no difficulty accessing it. We opted not to pay the extra £10 per night for showers etc. Very overpriced. This site is clearly labelled as a working farm so the tractor working nearby with a muck spreader was not a surprise. The resultant smell was unpleasant for us 'townies' but it is what farmers do at this time of the year when they can get onto the land while it is dry. We learned to live with it for our 3 days. Yes, the C/L is clearly an after-thought, the farm and the canal marina being the main businesses. The site photo shows the hard standings which have been made using re-cycled hardcore. Not very pretty but serviceable. The pitches could have been wider too. Not designed by a caravan-er? A plus is the electric and water supplies to each pitch. We didn't find a grey waste disposal but managed in the traditional way and helped alleviate the prevailing drought in doing so. The toilet emptying point was functional, better than I have seen on other C/Ls, but could benefit from a clean once in a while. A constant low hum of traffic from the M5 some distance away was evident but acceptable and offset by some very green and pleasant countryside. As to location, it was just fine. We cycled into Droitwich along the canal very easily and enjoyed this small town with its history and nice mix of old and new buildings. The National Trust's Hanbury Hall is a reasonable walk/cycle/drive away and worth a visit. So is Hanbury Church with its splendid views and a welcome supply of drinks, with an honesty box. Another short walk/cycle away is The Eagle and Sun pub that offered a very wholesome carvery at a great price. There seemed to be plenty of public footpaths to walk, although we didn't use them. Worcester City is 20 mins down the road and worth a look also. In summary, this is not a five star C/L (and never will be). Perhaps the owner should review the pricing policy for the shower block and ask a more reasonable rate? Despite this, for access to Droitwich and surrounding area it is worth considering, seasonal smells an' all.
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The smelliest site we have ever encountered

I don't know how this site became a certified location. The club should review its vetting procedures. The site itself is a pleasant location and the standard charge is ok but if you want to use the marina facilities then the charge is just too much for the poor facilities offered. The pitches are ok - with water and electricity on a stand by the pitch. Grey water and chemical disposal is close by. BUT The site is located near to a group of farms and the smell from them is outrageous. It is very difficult to stay onsite because of this - it may be because of the hot weather but to me it seemed like a health hazard. I definitely would not recommend this site and would ask the club to review the procedure for bringing on board CL sites - they have failed badly with this one. Maybe they should ask a member to trial run some of these sites before taking them on. Sites like these don't do much for the club image.

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Needs a little tlc

Stayed over a very wet weekend. Although hard standing, could just get van on with step on hard standing..grass very long around pitches....would have made all the difference to our stay if it had been cut. Hard to clean toilet cassette as hose for cleaning badly configured. Everybody on site like us seemed to be using marina facilities for an extra £10 per night, which although the facilities are good seems a bit much on top of £15 per night.. no grey waste disposal. Nice spot to walk/cycle canal.. site just needs some tlc to help out campers.

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Did not enjoy - a few highlights do not outweigh the numerous issues. Felt unwelcome.

Just come back from here and we did not enjoy our stay. The entire caravan aspect of the site seems to be an afterthought, with the focus of the site being on the narrow boats which reside here. I felt unwelcome and unthought about in a lot of respects. First sign of this was when arriving. We pulled up and there was no obvious direction for the caravan/motorhome area. We found a reception building which seemed to be prohibiting our entry stating ‘Access to boaters only’ and was advertising the sale of boats. Despite the sign I entered anyway as there was no one else to ask. This turned out actually to be the correct place to my surprise and the man at the reception booked me in, after some issues finding our booking. I was asked to pay £15 per night, which was less than the agreed £25, so I clarified that we wanted to use the site facilities (toilet and shower block etc) at which point he said it would be £25/night. There was no map available, something I have found at every site previously, but he drew a sketch to indicate where to drive. We drove to the relevant area and found ourselves on an extremely muddy grass pitch. Not really what I was hoping for and not indicated when booking. The electric hookup and water tap at the side of the caravan are fine and very close to you, so no issues there. Shower and toilet block facilities quite good, but again signs indicating “Access for boaters only” in this area. This made me feel quite uncomfortable, I know I’ve paid extra for the privilege of using these facilities but the boat users seeing these signs must think I’m taking liberties. In terms of accessing the facilities I was given a code on a piece of paper to access this area, an investment in a digi-lock would seem to be a good idea as they are currently using something like a padlock that you might put on a suitcase - not illuminated and difficult to operate in the dark, with a sign up saying you must scramble the code after closing the gate. The footpath to/from the shower block from the caravan area, is also very difficult to see in the dark with what I would consider insufficient lighting. Having no map meant we had to figure out waste disposal points ourself (nothing at this site is signposted either) and I never found out where to put rubbish, so I had to use their dog poo bin for our caravan rubbish. This all boils down to poor information - I’ve never had such poor info before! Lastly on leaving, I went to empty out the toilet cartridge and found there was no running water to rinse it out with, not very hygienic. All in all, I would not return to this park and would actively encourage other caravan/motorhome users give it a miss. Narrow boat owners may have a different experience however.
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