Our History

When our parents opened a field to visiting campers in 1943 nobody could have foreseen the success of Ladram Bay. Since then we’ve become one of the largest family-owned holiday parks in the UK, won a range of awards and welcomed more and more people each year to our five-star park.

As a family-run park we understand what families want from a holiday and we go to great lengths to deliver it. Everything we do has the Ladram Bay touch: warm, welcoming and personal. Whether you’re escaping for a weekend break, coming to enjoy a fortnight’s summer holiday or buying your own Holiday Home, you’re guaranteed a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Ladram Bay Experience

Our range of accommodation runs from camping pitches and glamping pods to Holiday Homes, apartments, and Luxury Lodges complete with hot tubs. It’s all nestled on the cliffs of Devon, with an incredible ocean view and direct access to a secluded, private beach.

Fun for all ages is never far away. The whole family can enjoy our indoor, heated swimming pool with dedicated kids’ pool. Indoor and outdoor play areas mean that, whatever the weather, the little ones will have somewhere to play. Our beautiful beach, the perfect spot for relaxing and taking in the views, offers a range of water activities. Tuck into tasty food made with locally-sourced ingredients at Pebbles Restaurant, and when the evening comes you can enjoy a range of live entertainment at the Three Rocks Complex. It’s all right here.

If that’s not enough, the local area is full of great days out, all within easy reach of the park. A stroll along the beautiful Jurassic Coast in either direction takes you to picturesque Budleigh Salterton or Sidmouth. Hop in the car and the historic city of Exeter is a short drive away. Just beyond Exeter lie the rugged wilds of Dartmoor.

Whatever kind of holiday you want it’s yours, and we’re here to make sure you enjoy it. Book today and find out for yourself what the Ladram Bay experience is all about.

Family history

Great things often have small beginnings and we’re no exception. Back in the 1940s our park was tenanted farmland that was worked by Frank William Sydenham Carter, or FWS for short. During the summer he would let occasional campers pitch up in a field that overlooked the bay, providing fresh milk and eggs as well.

Pretty soon FWS realised that his land could provide extra income in the lean post-World War II years, and so he began to develop a proper campsite. With the help of his wife, FWS grew Ladram Bay to incorporate static caravans and a shop.

Come the late 1950s the park was becoming so popular that the workload was overwhelming. To make Ladram Bay a park to be proud of, a manager and extra staff were hired.

FWS carried on leading the park until his retirement in 2006, by which time we had become one of the largest privately owned holiday parks in the country.

With FWS’ son and daughter, Robin and Zoe, now guiding the park, we are more successful than ever as thousands of guests flock to Ladram Bay from across the UK each year. We’re delighted to have won a Diamond award for ‘Family Fun’ from Hoseasons for the ninth consecutive year and have yet again received five-star status from VisitEngland. But it’s not about the awards for us. What matters most is that each guest enjoys the holiday they deserve.