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Hearing really baaaaaad things about a Haven site called Cala Gran near Fleetwood and we're booked to go in two weeks..........any MNetters been?

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Doodle2u Mon 06-Jul-09 20:52:46

So, we're skint but thought we could manage a week in a caravan. Chose a Haven site on the basis the children would love playing with other children around the site, ride their bikes etc and a bit of a swimming pool would be a bonus.

Booked Haven's Cala Gran but typically, only AFTER I'd paid for the damn thing, did I start to hear bad stories about it.


cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 20:54:01

Cala Gran? That sounds Spanish.

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 20:54:56

We went to a Haven once and it was a bit loved it though.hmm

Doodle2u Mon 06-Jul-09 20:55:27

Aye - i think they called it that to 'posh' it up a bit Corny. [eek]

Doodle2u Mon 06-Jul-09 20:56:24

Which one did you go to and how rough are we talking here? Will I have all four wheels on me car at the end of the week?

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 20:58:19

I don't really like caravan sites so I was biased anyway. Quite a few people sat round drinking Stella for breakfast. My ds's thought it was brilliant and went on about it for ages. It was a good laugh really.

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 21:00:17

It was near Morecombe - Blue Dolphin (I think.) Everyone I spoke to was really nice. I just don't really like caravan parks. (uptight emoticon)

eandh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:15

we went to haven called rockley park in dorset the other week was lovely, very clean caravans, fantastic site (own beach/watersports) evening entertainment was great (although think that one is a 5* site)

Lilyloo Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:31

Haven't been to this particular one but have done other Haven holiday parks.
They very similair to Butlins / Pontins. I would reccomend getting the better standard of accomodation.
We just tend to use it as a base and have days out away from the site.
However ds uses the sports facilities and dd loves the character entertainment so we do a couple of nights in there.

TBH i think it's a matter of personal preference. My dc's always enjoy themselves so for that reason we return to these type of holiday parks for a cheap break.

Doodle2u Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:49

Well I was thinking I could put up with it if the children had a great time Corny - to be honest, I want to go to a nice villa in Corsica with it's own heated swimming pool but we haven't got a pot to pee in this year and I didn't want to spend a week in a tent - we do that nearly every other weekend as it is!

Doodle2u Mon 06-Jul-09 21:03:07

Thank you Lily and e&h smile

Northernlurker Mon 06-Jul-09 21:04:13

Look the important thing is to get a break and you're right the kids will love it. Just go with the flow, plan some excursions off the site and accept that maybe it's not going to be your dream break but it is a break and a change is as good as a rest and all that!

If it is a bit rough - well that's an opporunity for you and your dh to eavesdrop on other people's rows and embrace your beer drinking, hog roasting souls grin

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 21:04:39

Yes I really shouldn't have posted all that should I Doodle. hmm sorry - I'm just all in a dither with the fonz and all that.

Phoenix Mon 06-Jul-09 21:05:21

I've been to Cala Gran twice. The last time was about 3yr ago. It's no worse than any other Haven site i've been to. It will be fine

GrimmaTheNome Mon 06-Jul-09 21:08:01

You mentioned bikes, but not how old your kids are... there are some good off-road cycle paths in the Lancaster/Morecambe area which isn't a million miles away from where you'll be.

Lilyloo Mon 06-Jul-09 21:08:08

Doodle dd is pining to go back to 'pontins' despite she being lucky enough to have had two holidays abroad in the last two years.
It makes me grin that her favourite destination is pontins grin
Have yet to break it to her that we are going to be camping this year rather than pontins!

If your dc's enjoy it you will. I find copius amounts of wine enables me to see the entertainment through dd's eyes wink

Doodle2u Mon 06-Jul-09 21:09:51

Corny - what you on about? There was nowt wrong with what you posted?! Don't suppose you fancy a day out to Fleetwood with the children in two weeks, do you? I'm on my own on this holiday for the first 4 days! DH coming up later in the week.

Northern - You're right and I like your thinking. Phoenix - thanks for that, no worse means not soooo bad, right? grin

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 21:10:01

If you are near Morecombe we found a fabulous surfy beach when we went. We spent hours there each day.

Doodle2u Mon 06-Jul-09 21:11:08

Grim - they are 8 (DS) and 6 (DD). DD is a lazy beggar but a flatish route would be OK.

Doodle2u Mon 06-Jul-09 21:11:55

Lily - case of wine just been added to my packing list. Will one case be enough?

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 21:11:57

When are you going Doodle?

Doodle2u Mon 06-Jul-09 21:13:31

Monday 27th july - children finish school on the Friday before. Will be there Monday to Thursday with just me and them and then DH is coming up on Thursday night.

Phoenix Mon 06-Jul-09 21:15:47

Doodle i enjoyed it and would go back (if it was cheap wink). I've been to Havens plenty of times on those £9.50 Sun holidays The kids will love it

Leslaki Mon 06-Jul-09 21:16:19

Add another case just in case the entertainment is spectactularly bad grin!! There will be dodgy moments and people, but sit back have a drink and laugh!!! Kids will love it!

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 21:18:04

Thanks for the invite Doodle! I don't really like driving on the motorway but may try to be brave. smile

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