A Family Holiday with Haven Holiday Park

Going on a family holiday is never easy, especially when you have a small army of children to take along, like ourselves. It was a decision we would’ve loved to have to jumped on and been able to pay for there & then, but it wasn’t. So we weighed up our options, locations around the UK {we’re not big abroad lovers – in truth the quicker & easier a place is to get to when you have kids, gets our vote!} & finally, how much {ball-park figure!} we’d need to save.  

Finally, we fell across a Haven Holiday Park! Bonus part? They even had one in Blackpool, which not only did I live in for several years {never knew they even had a Haven!}, also my Ellie & Jacob have family there too. So it seemed like the perfect place to spend our first family holiday. It fell neatly into our price range and after a few months of saving, we got that bad boy booked! 


It was all very exciting with a side order of ‘OMG’ rolled into the moment, as we clicked the ‘BOOK NOW’ button. Then it all came reality once the confirmation booking dropped into my inbox. The saving/booking of our flights/train tickets swiftly followed & it seemed our first family holiday had been officially booked! Now all we needed was for June to hurry up! However a month or so before our holiday I was given some amazing news from Haven themselves and given an Ambassador role for my trip! OMG!


Then out of the blue {and quicker than we thought} the morning of June 9th sprung on us. I woke the children up at the ungodly hour of quarter to 5 in the morning. But with smiles spread across their sleepy faces they got ready and off to the airport we went. That feeling of ‘have I forgotten something?’ plaguing me the entire way! Thankfully I hadn’t!  

Eventually, shortly after lunchtime, we arrived at Haven, HURRAH! It was raining and the children did poke me to say “Mummy, didn’t you check the weather?” but after an hour of being there the sun shone and it stayed strong throughout our entire stay. The park itself was so much bigger than I had imagined and really attractive too. The reception staff were so lovely as we checked in, asking how our travels were, where we travelled from and to enjoy our stay.

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Once we unpacked and found our bearings around our new home for the next seven nights, we noticed the sunshine had come out in full, so we decided to do some adventuring!
 

We found a GIANT Deckchair that just had to be tested out. It was so super comfortable that we could’ve happily just chilled out there for a while longer, enjoying the sunshine.

 

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We followed the map, kindly given to us by the reception girls and we found this adorable little wooden park down by the estuary. It was so peaceful down there. Nothing but birds song filling your ears and the curious chatter & giggles of children playing.
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Haven-Holiday-Blackpool

We were so privileged
 to watch Mummy Swan waddle in from the water and to our surprise, she was quickly followed by a troop of little cygnets! All cute, waddling quickly and super fluffy! 

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One, in particular, came so close to us and just sat down. So we all sat very still and just admired the little beauty {of course Mummy taking a few ninja snaps!}.
 

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As the days fluttered by we got our teeth into the Marton Mere holiday park and all she had to offer. We hired some family karts…
 

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When it came to using our activity passes, one thing that got the children down was the fact that they weren’t able to partake in activities together, due to the age gaps. Either the 5 & 8yr old could do things together, or the 11 & 8yr old…either way someone was always going to be left out and none of them liked that idea. Archery was the one thing they could just about do together….so they got stuck in…
 

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The bow was taller than little Jacob, the poor kid has his Mummy’s imp genes! But the activity coordinator
 Steve was really good with him and helped him out lots. 

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As the kids would be shooting targets and having fun in their archery lessons, I spied Annabelle & Daddy having a sweet little slice of quiet time together, picking daisies and watching the wild bunnies bouncing in and out of the bushes.
 

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We had fun in the park, which is out the back of the gorgeous Boathouse Restaurant.
 

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Haven-Holiday-Blackpool
Haven-Holiday-Blackpool
The park was really lovely. Clean, thriving with other families having their own Haven adventure, but the highlight for me personally? Seeing wildlife everywhere. Bunny rabbits wandering around, resting underneath caravans and bouncing out of bushes. It was such a delight to be surrounded by that, as you felt a real sense of the countryside which when you’re from a City, is something you don’t get much of. 
 
The caravan we had was lovely, very modern but the fact that there was no room for Annabelle’s cot in our bedroom, meant she had to sleep in the kitchen. Which I am sure you can imagine, took some getting used too. The kids weren’t too hot on the idea of having to go to bed when Belle was going to bed either {what choice did we have?} but we worked out the kinks and finally, we all fell into the routine and everyone was happy.
 
We sampled the Boathouse for dinner on my birthday evening and I have to admit, the food was divine. Every single one of us cleared our plates! It had a really relaxing atmosphere about it too. Lovely decor, amusements just next door if the kids were wanting to stay occupied as their meals arrived etc. It was a really lovely family place to eat, we really enjoyed it. 

We loved that we could do our laundry on site. A little expensive in my opinion {almost £10 for a wash/tumbledry} and we had a fluffy bummed toddler on board, so we were doing a wash every other day {£30 on washing for the 7 days!}. Opening hours were great though and you could have a wash & dry done within an hour. So really handy, so you’re not sticking around waiting for it to be done! 
 
There was one hiccup that I cannot finish without mentioning, of a fire alarm going off and everyone was evacuated from The Boathouse building inside the Haven holiday park. We were already out the back and our only way out into the car park {fire alarm grouping area I will presume} was through a locked gate. Several Haven staff attempted to open this locked gate and not a single one could do it. It ended up the fire alarm stopped after several minutes, the gate remained locked, a few shrugs from the staff who made attempts and advising that we could now exit via the restaurant. What if there was an actual fire? Why couldn’t they unlock that gate? That to me was very unsettling and something that I could not leave out of my review of the park. 

But overall? The kids had a blast, my darling man and I had a blast and we had a really great time experiencing our first family holiday in Haven. I think next time we’ll visit a different Haven holiday park, but I wonder which one we’ll visit next!

Disclaimer: I was there as a Haven Ambassador and supplied with 6 activity passes to use on site & my family and I paid for the accommodation ourselves. All photos, videos and opinions are my own.

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11 Comments

  1. emma lander
    25/06/2014 / 10:30 AM

    I LOVE Blackpool it is great for kids and it looks like you had fab time. I’d love one of those big deck chairs. Good, honest family fun 🙂 #MMWBH

  2. Mrs Mumsie
    25/06/2014 / 11:29 AM

    So glad you guys enjoyed yourselves! Great post, genuine and honest as always! 🙂

  3. Mummy Tries
    25/06/2014 / 2:20 PM

    Sounds like you had a great time lovely. Must have been nice to have a bit of sunshine too 🙂

  4. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    25/06/2014 / 2:28 PM

    Sounds like you had a lovely holiday! Shame about Annabelle’s vot, we struggled when looking at houses to book to find one where there was room for a cot anywhere other than the living room! Can be frustrating! Glad it don’t put too much of a dampener on the holiday for you 🙂 xx #mmwbh

  5. 25/06/2014 / 2:25 PM

    Looks like you had a great time! x

  6. 25/06/2014 / 3:10 PM

    Awww a nice place to go for a holiday and everyone’s enjoying it with the photos as proof! I want a deck chair like that! #MMWBH

  7. Amy Squires
    25/06/2014 / 5:24 PM

    A little worrying about the fire exit, but glad that you had a lovely time apart from that!

  8. Jenna Michelle Pink
    25/06/2014 / 8:32 PM

    Wow that is quite scary about the whole fire alarm thing isn’t it!

    I am glad you had such a good time, I remember holidays like this when I was a kid. Such happy memories 🙂

  9. Katy Gibson
    25/06/2014 / 8:50 PM

    I would of been really worried about the gate being locked during the fire alarm?!?! And agree with the activities we tend to avoid them when we go and make our own fun or do day trips. Looks like you had a lovely holiday though x

  10. Victoria MyLittleLBlog
    25/06/2014 / 9:09 PM

    i like this huge sun lounger, looks great. And its nice to know that you had a lovely holiday!

  11. Emily Vaughan
    26/06/2014 / 9:39 AM

    I love Haven and have SO many happy memories there are a kid. I even went last year just the other half and I and I loved it just as much! Looks like you had a great time, some great pictures 🙂 xx

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