Budget Family Holidays at Haven Parks

Written by Karen Bryan

With UK household budgets being tightly squeezed by tax hikes, rising fuel and food costs and wage freezes, you may be asking yourself if it’s sensible to splash out on a Summer holiday? This is particulary true for families with kids, as holiday prices can go sky high during the school holidays. One of the ways to save is camping in the UK, but we all know how dodgy the British weather can be. Booking a holiday abroad, where the weather is more reliable, can cost thousands once you add on peak season flights. I think one of the best budget family holiday options is staying at a UK holiday park. I believe that if you make the most of money you can enjoy some travel and leisure while still keeping a tight rein on spending, as long as you look for the best value deals and are realistic in your expectations.

We were fortunate that we lived in Scotland when our sons were young. As the Scottish school holidays generally started at the end of June, I was able to bag some bargains at holiday camps in England during the first two weeks of July. I found the holidays at Haven parks to be good value for money, as entertainment was included in the price. Our sons loved the kids club and most Haven sites had very good indoor swimming pools. I found that we were able to relax if our sons were happily occupied. Now while I admit that going to Haven holiday park is not the sexiest of options, it’s a good money saving choice.

Another advantage of taking a holiday in the UK versus flying is that you can take a lot more luggage, whether you travel by train, coach or car. We used to drive to the camps and to save more money, I’d load up the car with non perishable food items in case there wasn’t a cheap supermarket close to the park.

I had a quick look at prices (on 6 March 2012) for a 7 night stay at various Haven parks starting on Friday 20 July 2012.

  • Blue Dolphin, near Filey, Yorkshire £648 – 3 bedroom superior caravan sleeping up to 8
  • Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland £701 – 3 bedroom deluxe plus caravan sleeping up to 8
  • Wild Duck near Great Yarmouth £543 – 2 bedroom standard caravan sleeping up to 6

Haven Holidays Cashback

You can get 5% cashback on Haven Holidays if you book through the link on TopCashBack.co.uk. It’s always worth doing an online search for Haven discount vouchers and codes, as saving money on your booking price is always a better option than waiting for cashbacks.