We chose the Star as its nearest to Alton Towers and have just returned from our 3 night stay.
We were a party of 3, booking was complicated due to their system. Unfortunately the 3rd party had a delay in setting off and would be arriving later than expected. When we advised reception of this, their response was curt and unsympathetic and we were told if they did not arrive by 9pm they would not be allowed in and had to find alternative accommodation. We offered to pay, bearing in mind there was two young children and we had already pitched their tent, therefore, it would be a simple matter of lifting the barrier. It was still an adamant "NO, RULES ARE RULES". After much pleading, and our party risking life and limb on the motorway, we were given an extra 10 minutes until 9.10 pm. Luckily they just made it.
They operate a very strict no noise policy after 11pm. We all applaud this, but I have to say I was amazed at the extreme they take this. We sat outside our tent in silence watching the warden patrol the site and actually putting his ear up against peoples tent and asking them inside to whisper! Also, he actually shone his torch inside the two man tent my daughter and friend were staying in. Intrusion of privacy or what!
Site is sloping and the touring field toilets and showers were in a portacabin. They were very clean but space limited and inpractical. Blocks in the caravan field, entry by code available from Reception, were much nicer.
There is no shop on site and nearest is 4 miles away along a very windy, narrow road.
Nice pub nearby, expensive and short hazardous walk. Nothing else to do.
Although only 1.5 miles from Alton Towers, the walk is not to be recommended. The road is narrow, windy and very busy with cars and coaches.
Bus stop is near pub, so hazardous walk again.
No scooters, roller skates etc allowed. Ball games in same field as dog walking.
Grounds are kept pristine. No disposable bbqs allowed.
Barrier is locked at 11 pm (no admittance for guests after 10.50) and opened at 7.45 am (no exit before this time)!
Whilst we all appreciate a well run site, all members of our party felt we were in a prison camp.
In hindsight, as we had to take the car to Alton Towers (£5 to park), we would have chosen a different camp site.
TOO STRICT - I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SITE.