THEY SAY: Round-the-clock family fun from dawn until dusk. Our breaks are about spending quality time with your family.
WE SAY: A fantastic well-kept holiday park, right on the beach. Plenty to do for all the family and lots of places in the local area to visit too.
CHILDREN love caravans.
It doesn’t matter how many all-inclusive foreign holidays we go on, or how many luxury hotels we stay in – the excitement for my two when I tell them we’re going to stay in a caravan is unstoppable.
After grabbing their sleeping bags (saves making the beds), they love choosing their bedrooms and fighting over which bed to sleep in. It’s fun, fun, fun all the way and as a family we love it.
One of my friends laughed when I said I was off in a caravan – reckons it’s not something he could imagine me doing. Granted I like my luxuries, but there’s nothing wrong with staying in a caravan. I draw the line at a tent, but if there’s heating and a shower I’m there.
We’ve got a static van, (loving named the tin box) at Thorpe Park in Cleethorpes and despite the fact we go several times a year, the kids never get bored. The holiday park is one of 36 Haven parks nationwide.
It’s a very well kept Haven park so you can be assured of a decent level of service. You can book your accommodation direct with Haven or use a private owner to rent from.
First you need to decide which van to stay in. There’s something for all budgets so you can take your pick from a standard, deluxe, prestige, summer house or platinum van, with either two or three bedrooms to sleep up to six people. Alternatively you could book a pitch and bring your touring caravan or tent. Check-in times vary depending which caravan you go for, but timings are between 1pm and 4pm.
INFO: Travel cots are available to book but are designed to go in the main living room and do not fit in the bedrooms.
If you book directly with Haven the fun passes for all your party are included in the cost of the accommodation. If you book with a private owner the passes will need to be purchased from the reception.
FUN PASSES AREAS:
Although you can still access the caravan site including all caravan areas, a large park, two fresh-water lakes, the golf course and access to the beach without the fun passes – they are needed to be able to enter the main complex where you can participate in the kids’ clubs and get unlimited access to the swimming pool, amusements, parks, activities and evening entertainment.
Inside the pass zone, the main outdoor area is a lovely huge open space with parks, trampolines, sand areas and outside seating. You can enjoy a drink from the bar whilst sat outside in the sun whilst the children play which is really relaxing you for and fun for them!
With these passes there’s a variety of daily Haven activities included at no extra charge – for example mini archery, fencing, make a mess craft sessions, baby sensory classes, quizzes pop up theatre and discos. They’re all run by the funstars team who are lively and friendly with the kids.
TIP: Download the Haven app to keep up to date with the daily activities.
Haven also run tons of additional paid-for activities on site including pool parties, the zip wire, the climbing wall, nature classes, fencing, archery, biking, mini golf, water walkers and swimming lessons, to list a few.
TIP: You can book your activities online before you come under ‘My account’ in your holiday confirmation online.
Oliver loves the turbo paddlers. The 30 min class is £4 and is taught by an instructor who is in the pool with the little ones. They play games and learn how to manoeuvre them across the pool. The pool is closed during the sessions so the kids (no more than eight) have it to themselves.
In the passes area there’s also a mini fairground which you can buy tokens for and pay for each ride, including helter-skelter, dodgems, bouncy castle and a few smaller rides individually.
Indoors the pool is a big part of the complex and is a massive fun pool with indoor slide, baby pool and Jacuzzi. Outside, when it’s warmer the lazy river is open, along with the outdoor tube slides and there’s plenty of sunbeds too.
There’s also a big amusements hall, a soft play area, the showbar for the evening entertainment and a large bar/lounge/restaurant area which has been refurbished for 2016.
The whole park is flat so it’s pretty easy to get around, but there is a land train which goes around the site and there are also bikes you can hire. On a recent trip my sister and I had the best laugh trying to transport four kids with us at the back pedaling. *Shout out to the kind bloke who pushed us up the hill when we started going backwards!*
The beach is accessible from directly from the site. It’s just literally sand and sea but is fairly private and only used by Haven guests. If you want to be on the seafront near the amusements, shops, bars and cafes you will need to go into town which is less than ten minutes away by car.
You can also visit the main seafront via the open top bus which comes onto the Thorpe Park site.
On site there’s a Spar shop, but not too far down the road is a massive Tesco Extra if you wanted to do a big shop whilst you’re here.
INFO: There’s free Wi-Fi in the Carousel Bar
There’s also plenty to do in the local area making it the perfect base for day trips. Pleasure Island Theme Park which is just a stone’s throw away, as is the Jungle Zoo and Cleethorpes Light Coast Railway. On the seafront there’s everything you would expect including amusements, the pier, a massive beach, cafes, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
A little further up the road in Lincolnshire is Hall Farm Park, Rand Farm Park, Woodside Wildlife Park and Pink Pig Farm. Not too far are also the cities of Lincoln and Hull which are both worth a visit.
You could easily spend a week away at Thorpe Park with all the activities and events on-site, plus visits to Cleethorpes and other local attractions.
You can also get day passes for Thorpe Park if you’re not planning on staying over.
- Reviewed April 2015
NEED TO KNOW…
LOCATION: Thorpe Park Holiday Park, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 OPW
OPEN: The park opens from March 31 until October 1.
PRICES: Vary depending on length of stay and time of year. Check website.
CALL: 0333 202 5256