A Family Holiday with Haven Holiday Park

Going on a family holiday is never easy, especially when you have a small army of children! We wanted to go somewhere relatively close-by as well as being super fun for the kids. We decided on Blackpool and for the first time, staying at a Haven holiday park. There are two Haven holiday parks in Blackpool and we chose to go to Marton Mere. It felt like the perfect place to spend our first family holiday together. 

After we clicked that all exciting “Book Now” button it was holiday time before we knew it! It came round so incredibly fast and the kids were beside themselves with excitement. I used to live in Blackpool myself, so I was keen to revisit the place, myself. 

A short flight and a train ride from Manchester later, we arrived! And even though it was raining – we didn’t let that deter us from being excited about being on holiday together. The reception staff on site where so lovely and really helpful when we checked in. 

Kids on swings in BlackpoolAfter we unpacked everything into our caravan, the kids could not wait to have a good look at the park. In all Haven parks, you can find the giant deckchair – which it’s almost like a rule to have your photo taken on it – so that’s just what we did! 

Haven Marton Mere deckchair

As with all holidays, the days go by far too fast. We had sunshine {it was glorious} and got to know the Marton Mere holiday resort park, really well. We also had fun exploring the park on the family karts that you can hire. 
During our stay, we had some activity passes to use and the kids loved picking out the fun activities they could do. Ellie loved having a go with archery – as did the boys. Jacob was a little tiny for this one, but he was allowed to have a go anyway. It was so cute seeing the bow almost as tall as he was! 
Overall, the park was lovely. It was clean, thriving with busy families – much like our own! All having their own Haven adventure. We caught sightings of wild bunny rabbits, ducks wandering the park – it was lovely. You got a real sense of countryside at Marton Mere! 
Our accommodation was also great. It was clean, a great size – three bedrooms – although the only issue we had was that there was no room for Annabelle’s cot. She had to sleep in the kitchen because there was no room for the cot in either of the bedrooms. It was a bit annoying if I’m honest, but nothing major in the grand scheme of things. 
We celebrated my birthday while we were away and for that, we ate out at The Boathouse. The food was delicious! Every single one of us cleared our plates – and for me to say that about the kids, is a big feat! It had a really lovely atmosphere too. So if you’re ever in Marton Mere Haven holiday park – be sure to eat there! 
We enjoyed being able to do our laundry on site. Annabelle was still in nappies at the time, and because she wore cloth nappies, this was a huge help. The opening hours were great for the launderette too and we could have a wash & a tumble dry done within the hour. So our holiday wasn’t being eaten up by laundry!
Overall? We had a great time. And our first family holiday together went amazingly and we had not even taken off from Manchester before the kids wanted to know when our next holiday would be. I’d love to take them to another 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.



  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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