Snap Shots from an 11 year old

What happens when you give a camera to a Tween?

This is exactly what i did In the summer. Jak was nearly 12 and is just getting into photography.

We was staying at a Haven caravan site in caister, our caravan was pretty close to the grassy sand dunes and on the other side was a lovely wide beach. Jak went off one morning with the camera in hand and came back with these fabulous shots

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Photos by Jak Wright, 12

What do you think? Will he cut it as a Photographer

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Roller Disco at Combe Haven

There are two things that my boys love to do and that is physical activities and dancing …. At Combe Haven both of these have been combined to create a Roller Disco.

Combe Haven is a Haven holiday site on the south coast in West St Leonards, not far from Hastings.

On site they have a huge indoor sportsdrome where you can have Archery and fencing lessons, and also experience an indoor disco with a twist.

Each session lasts for 45 minutes and costs £4 for two people.
That’s 45 minutes of falling on your bottom, testing the resilience of your knees and pure laughter. Skates and protective gear are provided upon arrival.

You are bound to come away from the experience with many funny memories and a few bumps and bruises. It’s funny how you can fall over on roller blades, laugh about and just get right back up without thinking about the damage you have done to your legs and arms. Lol.

My boys absolutely love the roller disco and a trip to Combe Haven isn’t complete without having a taste of the roller disco experience.

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Excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken on my iPhone and the room is dark with flashing lights.

With the pop music pumping and the disco lights flashing away, Joseph decided to do a dance to the song, Timber.

Joseph learnt the dance in his theatre group that he attends, I think he looks so cute trying to balance and dance at the same time

On the other hand, Jak, takes it quite seriously and tries his best to skate around the hall without falling over.

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The boys thoroughly enjoyed boogieing on down to the latest tunes whilst whizzing around on wheels. Well maybe not quite Whizzing…. More like rolling.

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We’re looking forward to our next holiday to the site next year as the boys will have their friends with them to show off some moves that they have perfected. Jak even plucked up the courage to skate backwards 🙂

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Combe Haven Where Dreams Are Made #review

As a family we love to go on caravan holidays in the United Kingdom and we have been to quite a few Haven Holiday Sites in the past but have never stayed at Combe Haven until a few weeks ago when we visited the site for the weekend. As a Haven Ambassador we was invited along to Combe Haven to experience the holiday site and what it had to offer

What makes a holiday for us:

  • Good evening entertainment
  • A good selection of play areas that are safe to play in
  • Excellent tasty, healthy food
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • A nice size swimming pool
  • Location and setting of the park
  • Day time activities
  • A clean picturesque park

We was booked in for the weekend, arriving on Friday and departing on a Sunday but due to work we would have to leave on Sunday evening!

Combe Haven is roughly 62 miles away from where we live In London and even though we drove down on a Friday (leaving at 5.00) we arrived in good time, only taking us 1 hour and a half to get there. The park was easy to find as we put in the postcode into our satnav, although we did nearly miss the entrance as the site is just off of a residential road. Driving through the gates we were directed to a car park where we could park the car and walk just a short distance to the reception where we would pick up out keys to the caravan. The ladies in the reception were friendly and offered us lots of information, including a welcome pack, an entertainments guide to what was on and a map on which we was shown where our caravan was (lucky for us not too far from all of the action)

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The caravan that we was in was a prestige caravan, located in valley view, we couldn’t park outside of our caravan (which is something that we would have liked to do) but the car park was only a short walk away and there are pavements to walk on that take you from the car to your van.

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The caravan had a picnic bench just outside near the door, on a patio, which was perfect to sit down and enjoy a spot to eat and drink and look out to the views across the valley.

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The caravan was wide and luxurious (i do believe that it was a new version) it was very spacious and stylish with lots of lovely interior fixtures and fittings. At the front of the caravan there were two big wide doors that opened up, which was lovely to have open on the last day when the sun was shining.

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All of the rooms were light and airy and the furnishings were modern. The caravan was fully equipped with everything that you would need to make your holiday comfortable, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, gas fire in the lounge, central heating through out, TV and DVD player, bed lined and pillows are provided with the beds already made upon arrival, microwave and a lovely big fridge freezer. The caravan really was special and definitely home from home.

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Once we were unpacked and the boys had a game of hide and seek in the caravan, something that they always do when we first arrive on a holiday, we sat down and had a look at the entertainments guide. Dad and Jak were very happy to see that Karaoke was on Friday and Saturday evening so we all got changed and walked the short walk down to the entertainment complex.

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We walked past an outdoor multi-sports court, a lovely little play area set within sand and the outdoor pool, which may i add that the bowl slide looked amazing.

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We were a bit hungry so we sat down in the Mash and Barrel and ordered a family combo to share and an extra plate of chips, we had to wait 15 minutes for our order so i took the boys next door into the live lounge where they showed off their dance moves until it was time to go back for some food.

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Family Sharing Combo Tower £13.35
Prawn and filo twists, barbecue chicken wings, lightly
dusted calamari, crispy whitebait, potato wedges with
melted mozzarella, rustic garlic bread and tortilla chips;
served with sour cream, sweet chilli and barbecue sauce

We had a mini feast and it was enough to fill our bellies up. You don’t have to eat at the Mash and Barrel as there are other places to eat like Papa Johns Pizza, Burger King and a Spar shop that is open daily, stocked with lots of food at generous prices.

We made our way down to the Saxon Bar where the karaoke was, this is also the place where the indoor soft play area is and the bowling alley. While dad and Jak enjoyed a good sing song I sat down and watched the younger two boys playing in the soft play. It is advised that the area is for under 6 only but on a few occasions it was missed by the arcade attendant that some of the older children had got into it, once informed by other parents he was soon over throwing them out of the area. The soft play is quite small but ideal for the younger ones.

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Jak singing on the karaoke

We love the idea of a Karaoke, sometimes we have visited other parks and although it was on the entertainments guide they never had it, Dad and Jak love to sing so it kept them busy for a while. It was a late night for us and we all attired back to the comfort of our caravan for a peaceful night sleep. Oliver had been provided with a bed guard (which can be hired from the site for a price) he chose to sleep in a bedroom with Joseph, Jak had his own room and Dad and I had the luxurious double bed at the back of the caravan which had an ensuite toilet.

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Bradley and Rory getting comfy for the night
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hahhh!

After a very comfortable nights sleep (even Oliver slept through) we woke all fresh ready for the day ahead. We had a sport and splash activity pass which we could book onto 6 activities with, there is a full list of activities that you can book here With a selection of fun sports to choose from like roller blading, archery, fencing, pool party and Aqua gliders, it wasn’t easy for the boys to choose what to try out.

They eventually opted for aqua gliders, rollerblading (which is 2 for 1) aqua jets, turbo paddlers and fencing

Their favourite fun and games activity by far was the rollerblading disco, it was their first time at it and yes we did have lots of tumbles but it was all fun. All i could hear was the boys giggling away at each other when the other fell over. The rollerblading along with the fencing, archery and easy gliders are all set in an indoor multi sportsdrome, which brought back memories for Paul as he been here as a child and he remembered the rollerblading with his friends. With the music pumping and the lights flashing, the roller disco was a hit with all ages, it certainly was a very memorable 45 minutes. The boys came away with a few bumps and bruises and a fabulous memory that they won’t be forgetting (maybe just like their dad, they will return when they are older to sample the roller disco again)

Jak really enjoyed the aquajets and Joseph liked the aqua gliders, each activity lasted for 30 minutes and they were something that they had never done before, so it was great seeing them sample new things. Joseph did two activities in a row in the water and the only problem was after having lots of fun on the aqua glider and then going on the turbo paddlers, he found it a little boring as they didn’t go as fast as the gliders and you had to move the handle to turn the wheels, the faster you pedal the further you go in the water. He was quite cold from being splashed by the lifeguards with water and i think that he maybe lost some of his energy as he decided to get out of the pool early.

All of the activities need to be booked in advanced from the swimming pool reception, some activities have an age restriction on them but are available from the age of 4 upwards. A level 1 activity pass costs £40 for 6 activities and a level 2 pass costs £75 for 12.

Oliver is only 2 so he couldn’t join in on any of the activities so we took him to Rory’s adventure playground, this play area is amazing and the children could spend all day in there without getting bored, with so much to do and play on.

There was also many activities planned by the funstars throughout the day and into the early evening, like Z-stomp, Puppet show, imagine with Anxious, but as we only there for two nights and one full day we didn’t have time to experience them, although the boys did participate in an arts and craft session where the children got to make a hat from the materials provided by the funstars and once done they were all invited to stand up on stage to show them off to the adults.

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There was some very creative hats (which i’m sure the parents did), 3 winners were picked for creativity and colour and of course it had to be a Frozen hat that won lol, who doesn’t like Frozen! My boys enjoyed getting messy with glitter and glue and Oliver learnt how to use a pair of scissors correctly (he just cut everything up)

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In the evening we had dinner in the Mash and Barrel, we chose to eat from the Curry buffet that was on special that evening

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Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka, Madras, Vegetabke curry and Pilau rice

The food was lovely but not spicy enough for me, although perfect for the boys.

To sum our weekend away in this post has been hard as we did so many things and there was so much more that we didn’t get to explore on the park and participate in, like pitch and putt, nature trails, outdoor multi-sports court

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We will definitely be returning to this site in the future, especially in the summer so we can get to sample that brilliant outdoor space bowl, the park is clean and the staff are friendly and helpful.

We came away from our mini holiday with some special memories, want to know more about this holiday park or other Haven sites? Take a look at www.haven.com

The price of our 3 night break costs £254.50 which was in May Prices will vary throughout the year and you will be looking at paying roughly between £750-£1100 for a weeks holiday depending on the standard of accommodation during the Summer holidays.

We was supplied with a weekend away, including the activity pass and £4o vouchers to spend in the restaurant for the purpose of this review. We was invited along as we are Haven Ambassadors. All pictures and opinions are of our own.

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Vote for Haven in the Tommy’s Awards 2014!

Haven has been nominated again for a Tommy’s Award for Best Holiday Provider!

The awards celebrate ‘individuals and organisations which make a difference to the lives of families all over the UK’ and Haven are very excited to be nominated so please do vote for them!

Do you have tots and toddlers and are wondering what Haven has to offer? Check out our Summer holiday to Perran Porth here

There’s loads of fun to be had at Haven parks for tots, with activities from storytime to interactive music making fun with the characters NEW for 2014, Or how about Rory’s Punch and Judy – with a modern twist – and Character breakfasts so you can meet Rory, Anxious and the crew?

With dedicated Toddler areas on some parks in their swimming complex and free Water Confidence lessons, make this a holiday to remember with the kids as they take to the water for the first time! For those at the next level, there are Learn2swim and Learn2bike sessions where our sports and leisure team help your youngsters become more confident. And, there’s a variety of free ‘mini’ sports for under 4s to learn new sports, such as archery, fencing and tag rugby.

Please read one of our previous posts about Why We Love Haven Holidays

Check out more on the website here.

Voting for the Tommy’s Awards opens on Tuesday 14th January and closes on February 18th. For every vote cast, Bounty will donate £1 to Tommy’s and, by choosing your favourite, you will be entered into a draw to win a Peppa Pig VIP Experience – ooo!

Vote now for Haven by clicking here.

This post is shared as part of being a Haven blogger 

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Why We Love Haven Holidays

Every year we holiday in Great Britain and we always go to a Holiday Park. These type of holidays are ideal for our family as there is something to suit everyone. With our children ranging from 2 to 11, they are never short of anything exciting to do!

Maybe I am slightly biased with preferring to holiday at Haven as I used to work at Blue Dolphin in Yorkshire when I was 19, I did two summers there whilst I was studying at University and made some fabulous friends, of whom some I am still in contact with now. I always wanted to work at a holiday site, ever since i watched Dirty Dancing lol, My experience was nothing like the movie, No one stole my heart, but i liked the idea that I was part of making someone’s holiday a special one.

The eldest favourite part of a Haven Holiday is the evening Disco where he gets to dance and enter the many children’s competitions that they have to offer, he always likes to make friends and once he does I never see him. He meets up with them throughout the day, either at the multi sports pitch where he kicks about a football with them or at the park where they play add.

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The middle boy also likes the evening disco, he loves to get dressed up into his special going out clothes (dickie bow and all!) But most of all his top most favourite thing ever about holidaying at a Haven Holiday site is to meet and greet Bradley Bear! He has a Bradley teddy bear that we bought on his first ever haven holiday which he sleeps with every night and on every holiday Bradley has to come with us.

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The youngest loves the whole experience of sleeping in a caravan, as soon as we enter our new holiday home he runs off in search of somewhere to hide, opening up every door and cupboard and telling us what he sees. He also likes to run around the club house with his light up toys and can always be found on the dance floor strutting his little moves.

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Dad likes to spend time with the boys in the swimming pool and to explore the area that we are holidaying in. He particularly likes the sites in Cornwall and Wales.

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And me, well i just love to see the smiles on my boys face when they arrive on their holiday, them smiles stay until the very last second of our time away and then we do get some tears as they never want to leave, but they are happy tears as they are coming away with some wonderful memories.

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This year we visited two Haven Sites; Perran Porth surrounded by the magnificent sand dunes in Cornwall and Golden Sands in Lincolnshire. Haven has 35 holiday parks dotted around the coast, there is a park perfect for you! Our favourite park to visit has got to be Perran Porth, we have been twice now and will be booking again for next summer.

Why we love Haven Holidays

H – Having Fun! Haven Holidays are fun packed for all the family.

A – Awesome! Lots of leisure activities to take part in, they are always lots of things to do like swimming, archery, football, miniture golf and climbing walls

V – Valuable! Create memories that will last forever.

E – Excellent Entertainment! The evenings are full of entertainment put on for you by the Funstars and members of the Seaside Squad and visiting acts.

N – Nothing! Because nothing beats a Haven Holiday

 

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Holidaying at Haven in Perran Porth

This summer we holidayed at a Haven site in Cornwall called Perran Porth, we have been to many holiday sites before which are mostly Haven sites but this one is amazing and never fails to keep us happy.

We love to go on holiday in England, there are many beautiful places to explore and enjoy that we probably have three holidays a year in a camp site, either staying in a caravan or a chalet. As a previous Haven employee i guess i am quite biased as to where to go lol, I worked two summer seasons whilst at University at Blue Dolphin in Yorkshire but weirdly enough as a family we haven’t holidayed there.

We took our holiday during the first week of the summer holidays, Daddy booked it two days before we left and told us that he had got us a chalet to stay in, the cost was £750 for the week which included entertainment passes, not bad for a family of 5! The chalet was a nice little surprise as it was very clean and spacious and we had our own parking space right outside of it, for a standard accommodation it was brilliant! It was situated close to the entertainment complex and among some of the many sand dunes that surround the park.

20130822-120007.jpgThere was a nice little area out the front which was on a slope and Oliver liked to run up and down it but also play in the sand

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We spent one of our days playing among the sand dunes, having running races down them, rolling down them and just walking among them, there lots to explore and right on your doorstep! The sand dunes are huge, the boys loved playing on them, we even saw children using their body boards and sliding down the dunes on them.

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leaping onto the sand

The entertainment was very good and we always found a table to sit whatever time we arrived at the family club house, the only problem was having to walk through the amusements to get to the bar as the young ones just wanted to go off and play on the games instead of going into the Live Lounge, Oliver ran off a few times and after a frantic search i found him sitting on the rides in the amusements. There is a small soft play area in their that the young ones spent a lot of time playing in

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The best part of Holidaying at Haven is the evening entertainment and the kids clubs, Haven is the home to the fun loving characters Bradley, Rory, Anxious, Greedy, Polly and Ned. Joseph’s favourite is Bradley, he has his own little Bradley Bear that he takes on every holiday that he goes on, even to Nannies house. We attended the Meet and Greet Breakfast time which cost us £10, Joseph got to meet Bradley and Polly whilst eating his breakfast off of his very own Character plate, which now has it’s own place along with the cup in our kitchen cupboards at home

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There are free clubs for the children to attend with activities running from morning to night, organised sports, crafts and adventure activities. Jak like to meet up with his friends at the multi sports court where he enjoyed a game of football. There is indoor and outdoor swimming pools which are heated and can get quite busy at times but the children had fun going down the flume and you can also book to do many water based activities but these are at extra costs.

We dined in the beach themed restaurant called Surf Bay one afternoon and booked the campervan to eat in, in the middle of the restaurant is a camper van which has a table inside to dine in. It didn’t cost us any more to dine in it but we did have to book

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We don’t normally enjoy the food that is served up on holiday sites as we are lovers of olive oil and garlic but the food that we ate in the Surf Bar was gorgeous, we ordered the Deli Tapas Board and dined on sunblushed tomatoes, garlic, olives, rock salt facaccia and jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese yummy!

The best part of Perran Porth site is the location, with a short walk down the hill to the beach and walks along the cliff tops to nearby towns, it’s ideal. The views of the beach down below are stunning

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And the waves are ideal for a spot of surfing/body boarding

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On a couple occasions we walked down to the beach later on in the day either to have a walk or to go surfing. With the beach so close we made the  most of it and had fun playing in the sand, Daddy and Jak went for a run along the long beach a couple of times.

With so many things to do at Perran Porth you are never going to get bored

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We had a lovely holiday and will definitely be back next year, the boys made lots of friends and Daddy and I enjoyed watching them having fun.

 

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