Top 8 ice cream parlours
along the Southern Coast

Ice cream. It’s great, isn’t it? And when I say great, I mean absolutely delicious (unless, of course, there is a marmite flavour out there somewhere…)

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Thinking about it, I don’t actually know a single human being that doesn’t like ice cream. It’s like the little pot or cone of delightful goodness that takes you back to your childhood for a short while. And, let’s face it, it’s really not summer time until you’re sat on the beach having your every move watched by a small family of seagulls, ready to swoop at your much-loved ice cream cone.

 

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Having 30 holiday parks dotted all along the southern coastline, you best believe there are plenty of ice cream parlours to choose from nearby – some people might even say a little too many (of course, those people are crazy). But, fear not, we have hand-selected 8 of the BEST ice cream parlours for you to try whilst on holiday with us.

 
Di Pola’s – Hastings, Sussex

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Di Pola’s – Hastings, Sussex

Di Pola’s is a small, family-run ice cream parlour based in Hastings, just set back a little from the seafront. They offer a large variety of flavours, often creating unusual flavours that fit in with current and seasonal trends (for the recent Royal Wedding, they copied the wedding cake flavours of lemon sponge with elderflower ice cream, topped with white chocolate shavings – yum!) Di Pola’s also offer hot and cold drinks, and other desserts such as waffles. So why not take a trip down in the seaside town of Hastings and give Di Pola’s a try?

Nearby Holiday Parks: Beauport, Coghurst Hall, Rye Harbour, Winchelsea Sands

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The Ice Cream Parlour – Dawlish, Devon

If you’re visiting Dawlish, and love ice cream, you simply have to visit The Ice Cream Parlour. Offering almost 40 different flavours, 6 dairy free sorbets and various cones to choose from (including gluten free), you’ll be spoilt for choice! It’s also just a stone’s throw away from Dawlish seafront, so you can go and enjoy your chosen ice cream flavour along the beautiful sands.

Nearby Holiday Parks: Dawlish Sands, Golden Sands,

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Sundae Sundae – Whitstable, Kent

Not only is this little treasure an ice cream parlour providing an amazing selection of English ice creams, lollies, chocolates and sweets, but, it also sells retro seaside vintage crockery and furniture, a range of buckets, spades and beach toys, so you can take something home to remember your holiday by the sea. Make sure to take a trip down to Whitstable seaside, you won’t be disappointed!

Nearby Holiday Parks: Alberta, Birchington Vale , Seaview,

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Beach Diner – Clacton, Essex

Located right on the seafront, Beach Diner is the ideal spot to take a break from sunbathing and go and enjoy a well-deserved cool down. Offering 22 different flavours of the famous ‘Mr Whippy’ you may even find yourself popping back 2 or 3 times to this much-loved ice cream shop. A family-run business for over 80 years, you’ll feel a real sense of warmth and welcoming at the Beach Diner. Just a short drive away from most of our Essex holiday parks, you simply have to visit Beach Diner during your holiday.

Nearby Holiday Parks: Essex

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Indulge Yourself – Christchurch, Dorset

Located in Christchurch, just 10 minutes away from our Sandhills holiday park, this little gem not only serves up ice cream, but plenty of other delicious desserts, too. The décor from outside to in is very ‘cutesy’ and the walls are filled with a mosaic of different coloured quotes, photos and clocks – perfect for that all important holiday Instagram photo (#weloveindulgeyourself). It definitely stands out next to the other shops on the street, so you can’t miss it!

Nearby Holiday Parks: Sandhills

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The Songbird Ice Cream Café and Creative Space – Hampshire

This ice cream parlour really does go above and beyond being, well, an ice cream parlour. Not only do they create and sell fantastic, imaginative ice cream in all different flavours, they also have the most amazing looking cakes, milkshakes, hot drinks, AND they even cater for… wait for it… dogs! That’s right, dogs. They sell dog-friendly ice cream, and it seems to go down a storm. The Songbird Ice Cream Café and Creative Space is also just that, creative. They encourage creativity through providing colouring books and pens and selling local, small business’ stock.

Nearby Holiday Parks: Hampshire

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The Little Ice Cream Company – Felixstowe, Suffolk

Gorgeous handmade artisan ice cream, The Little Ice Cream Company use fresh milk from Felixstowe’s dairy herd at Gulpher Farm to create their masterpieces. They also offer other fabulous little treats such as pancakes, cream teas, cakes, milkshakes and sandwiches – there’s sure to be something to wet all the family’s appetite. Plus, it’s just 5 minutes from our Felixstowe Beach and Suffolk Sands holiday parks.

Nearby Holiday Parks: Felixstowe Beach, Suffolk Sands

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Fusciardi Ice Cream Parlour – Eastbourne, Sussex

Established in 1967, Fusciardi’s offer 16 different ice cream flavours as well as 14 varieties of sundaes. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can sit out in the sunshine and enjoy your favourite ice cream flavour! Or, if you don’t fancy ice cream (are you crazy?) they also offer hot and cold snacks, paninis, fresh salads and cream cakes. Located on Eastbourne’s seafront, it’s the perfect pit-stop for your walk along the beach, plus, it’s only a 15-minute drive from our Pevensey Bay Holiday Park!

Nearby Holiday Parks: Pevensey Bay

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So there we have it, 8 of the best ice cream parlours across the southern UK coastline. Be sure to check them out if you’re visiting our nearby holiday parks and let us know what you think – enjoy!

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