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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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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Our holiday to Cornwall

We have just got back from a week away in the beautiful Cornwall. We stayed at a John Fowler holiday site in ST Erth near Hayle. Then site was set amongst trees and was a picturesque setting, the grounds were well-kept and it was always very clean. The entertainment was brilliant and the children loved visiting the club house of an evening to enter competitions and enjoy some dancing to the party dances. Joseph was picked for the first time ever to go up onto stage to enter a competition sadly he didn’t win as he had to run out to the audience and gather certain items and he was too slow to get back to the compere but he was chuffed to pieces with his certificate he received which now has proud of place on his bedroom wall. Jak won the talent contest for singing he had in the bag though as there was no other child that entered lol. Our accommodation was adequate, very clean and big enough for all of us plus we had an extra bedroom to store all of our luggage i The sofa could have been a better one but we wasn’t going to be staying in the chalet too much as we planned on spending our days out visiting beaches and local sea-side towns.

Day 1 – It was Oliver’s first birthday, we celebrated with friends who moved to Cornwall two years ago. Oliver opened his present’s with the help of his older brothers. Once settled in to our accommodation I took the boys up to the club house where they enjoyed some party dances, Oliver spend the whole evening just running around the dance floor following all of the lights and walking in between people’s legs.

Day 2 – We visited one of the local beaches at Godrevy which is next to a national trust walk. It was Olivers first time on a sandy beach, he wasn’t sure at first of the feel of the sand on his bare feet but soon got used to it and spent the whole time walking around on it. He wasn’t too keen on building sand castles but the boys sat down with him and had a little play. Jak and Joseph found some rocks to climb on and went off exploring with their dad, they soon came back with lots of stories to tell. There was lots of rock pools to splash about in as they found the sea water just a little too cold (they forgot their wetsuits).

We treated the boys to a nickerbocker glory each as they had received such good school reports, it was Joseph’s first time in eating one, he did well but unfortunately didn’t finish it all and left it for daddy to finish it off.

Day 3 – Daddy got slightly burnt the day before so we had a day out of the sun Firstly the boys enjoyed a craft session on the holiday site where they got to do lots of painting, they had a play in the park and then we got into the car and off we went to St Ives where we walked around the cobbled streets looking in the shops, listened to the many artists singing songs and playing musical instruments and sat next to the harbour and enjoyed an ice cream. The boys enjoyed playing in the sand while Daddy and I watched the seagulls pinching food from everyone sitting down eating their lunch, it was very funny they definitely know what food they want. We had a lovely walk from the harbour to the beach, where the boys found some rocks to climb on.

St Ives Bay in the background

Day 4 – We decided to spend the day at Sennon Cove, which isn’t too far away from Lands End. We found a lovely spot near some rocks, knowing how much the boys have been enjoying playing in the rock pools and how much they like to climb. We set up the beach tent, which i would advise anyone to have they are brilliant when it comes to wanting some time out of the sun. The boys spent the day building a sand castle and making friends.

 

After we had spent a few hours at the beach we drove round to Porthcurno which was about 10 minutes away to see the theatre in the cliffs, Minack Theatre. We wasn’t sure what to expect but when we got there we was very surprised to find the most beautiful scenic views of the beach down at the bottom and a very spectacular theatre that was built by one extraordinary woman, Rowena Cade. Not only is it a spectacular rocky theatre with an emotional story but it also has gorgeous gardens to look at too.

In the evening we met up with some friends for a fancy meal in a lovely restaurant that was attached to a farm. Before dinner we walked around the farm to look at the animals and had a stroll through the PYO fields. After dinner we went back to the holiday park and the boys enjoyed some more dancing.

Day 5 – Today we went back to Porthcurno Beach as we liked the look of it so much from the day before when  we visited the theatre. To get to the beach from the carpark there is a short walk down a sandy pathway and then some stone steps. We had to carry the stroller down the steps and just at the bottom before you stepped onto the sand there are some big rocks, as we was carrying the pram down i slipped on the rock and fell whacking my back onto the stone step. I was very embarrassed as it had happened in front of a beach full of people. It took me a few minutes to pull my self together (and straighten up my skirt, which was now half way up my stomach), the lifeguards were very helpful and came over to help me. Apart from a very bruised bottom and a sore wrist i was fine and ready to enjoy the day ahead of us. The water seemed to be warmer here and the boys enjoyed having a splash in the sea, Jak spent time body boarding, Daddy went off for a long swim and Oliver and I played in the sand, burying my feet.

Jak Body boarding

It was the talent competition in the evening at the holiday site and Jak had entered himself into it. He sang his little heart out and won first place (he didnt have any competition as no-one else entered), he now has to go back to Ilfracombe in November to enter the park finals. Lucky boy!

Day – 6 Daddy went off for a few hours for a cycle ride, he has entered himself into a triathlon in September in London and has been training for months for it and the holiday away wasnt going to stop him from getting some training in. The boys and I went for a walk down into Hayle and had a look around the shops and i treated them to a toy each, Jak bought a sticky alien and Joseph chose a Thomas the Tank engine character. We had a lovely walk along the river and Once Daddy was back we all went to a town called Helston in the car, where there was a lovely little park for the boys to play in just next to a lake and i went off into the town and had a little mooch around. Back at the holiday site and it was Joseph’s first time ever to be picked to go up on stage without his brother to participate in  children’s competition where they had to run out into the audience to collect specific items, Joseph didn’t win but received a certificate for taking part.

Jak being silly

Day-7  This was our last day before we left for home. Jak went off with Dady and some friends they made for some go karting which was just down the road in St Erth and Joseph, Oliver and I went swimming in the parks swimming pool. It was only small but just right for us and wasnt busy at all. Oliver loved it and cried when i had to take him out. It was our last day on the beach today so we went to a beach down in Hayle. It was quiet and was a very big beach with lots of little caves to explore.

 

My favourite picture of Oliver

It was the opening ceremony night for the Olympics so we watched it on the television screens on the holiday site in the Bar area. I dressed Oliver up in his Team GB outfit and we enjoyed the ceremony with friends who we had met whilst on holiday.

Day 8 – It was the day of leaving and heading home but not before we dropped by to Newquay for a little walk and the chance to buy some Cornish Pasties. It was sports day in the harbour and Daddy entered the mens swimming race where he came first.

Daddy in the lead

We all had a fantastic holiday and can not wait to go back next summer but this time for 2 weeks as 7 days just isn’t enough time to do everything we wanted to do. Next year i’m hoping to go on a boat trip down the river Falmouth, visit Eden and spend the day in Padstow.

Tahnk you for reading my post, hope you have enjoyed it 🙂

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