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10 best Haven holiday parks, as recommended by parents

Want a good value UK holiday that the kids will love? Looking for a handy base close to a beach? A Haven holiday park break might well be the answer. Here’s the cream of the crop, as recommended by Mumsnetters.

By Jenny Elliott | Last updated Oct 19, 2023

Best Haven Holiday parks UK

Haven’s holiday parks offer great value caravans and large luxury lodges, making them an excellent option for families that don’t want to spend their break squeezed into a hotel room (or stood in an airport queue).

The self-catering accommodation is handy for preparing snacks and money-saving meals (although the onsite child-friendly restaurants mean you can also take a well-earned break from cooking when you want). What’s more, the sites have a huge choice of family-friendly facilities, like pools and playgrounds, making them some of the best UK holiday parks for families.

With 38 different sites to choose from, we’ve put together a roundup of the best Haven holiday parks in terms of facilities and location, as tried and tested by parents. So, whether you’re travelling with energetic tots or adventurous teens, you’ll know which park will suit your brood. Just bear in mind, if you want the very best deals, it's worth booking well in advance.

We've also got handy guides to the best holiday parks in Scotland, the best holiday parks in Wales, the best holiday parks in Devon, the best holiday parks in Cornwall and the best Parkdean Resorts holiday parks, as well as destination inspiration for UK family holidays and the lowdown on the best UK beaches to help plan your next escape. All our family travel pieces feature tips and advice from parents that have been there, done that and posted their recommendations on the Mumsnet holiday forums.

Best Haven holiday parks at a glance


Best overall

Haven Hopton Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

What we like
  • Close to the beach

  • Dog friendly

  • Covered outdoor pool

What we don't like
  • Main entertainment venue gets very busy

What Mumsnet users say
travellingraspberry · Stayed + rated
"On the beach, good facilities, and plenty of things to do nearby. Great Yarmouth is just up the road with arcades, model village, Sea Life Centre etc. There's also Africa Alive, BeWILDerwood and Pleasurewood Hills not far away."
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Our verdict

It’s little wonder Haven Hopton is so popular with Mumsnetters. This well-maintained, dog-friendly holiday park is not only close to plenty of fabulous family attractions, but it also sits opposite a lovely, sandy beach on the scenic Norfolk coast.

And there's no shortage of entertainment at the park itself. Kids will have a blast swooping down the water flume in the indoor pool, and there’s an outdoor pool for summer days too. And while tots will love the playground and crafting area, older kids will no doubt be fans of the archery coaching, junior Segways and minigolf course.

Nearest train station: Great Yarmouth station (6.5 miles)


Best for amenities

Haven Devon Cliffs Holiday Parks, Exmouth, Devon

What we like
  • Large heated pool

  • Loads of on-site activities including golf, climbing and segways

  • Close to a Blue Flag beach

What we don't like
  • It's Haven's biggest park so may feel a little overwhelming for some

What Mumsnet users say
glitterelf · Stayed + rated
"Devon Cliffs is a lovely big park with a gorgeous beach and lots of attractions locally too."
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Our verdict

Haven Devon Cliffs is the largest Haven park and also offers one of its best selections of evening entertainment, onsite restaurants and family-friendly fun.

There are slides in the indoor pool and a big heated pool outside. And should anyone still have energy to burn after all the splashing about, the site features an adventure golf course, climbing wall, nature trail and mini aeriel adventure course.

Some caravans and lodges are dog friendly, and some come with terraces from which to admire the sea views. You’re a stone’s throw from one of Devon’s best Blue Flag beaches, and should you fancy picking up a couple of souvenirs, the pretty towns of Exmouth and Sidmouth are a short drive away.

Nearest train station: Exmouth Station (3 miles)


Best Haven holiday park in Scotland

Haven Craig Tara Holiday Park, Ayr, Scotland

What we like
  • Huge indoor pool and waterpark

  • Gorgeous views of the Isle of Arran

  • Dog friendly

What we don't like
  • Activities often get booked up early

What Mumsnet users say
Mrsdavegrohl · Stayed + rated
"The kids love it, cheap, cheerful and clean. The pool is also one of the best Haven have."
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Our verdict

One of the big draws of this good value Scottish holiday park is its huge indoor waterpark, with flumes, waterfalls, lazy river and a three-lane racing slide. Not that the fun stops there; Haven Craig Tara also has an adventure village, where young-thrill seekers can climb, ride Segways and clamber across inflatable obstacle courses and mini-aeriel runs.

In addition to the lively activities, there’s also the tranquillity of Ayrshire’s coastline close at hand. Plus, you’re next door to the Heads of Ayr Farm Park and a 30-minure drive from grand Dumfries House, with its gardens, adventure playground, maze and small farm.

Nearest train station:  Ayr Station (4 miles)


Best for kids of all ages

Haven Golden Sands, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire

What we like
  • Right on the beach

  • Next to a wildlife centre

  • On-site fishing lake

What we don't like
  • Quayside restaurant often gets booked up

What Mumsnet users say
Onebabyandamadcat · Stayed + rated
"We spent ten days at Golden Sands in Lincolnshire this summer. It had loads on and was really clean/didn't feel too crowded."
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Our verdict

As the names suggest, Haven Golden Sands sits on a beautiful stretch of the Lincolnshire coast, making it ideal for little sandcastle builders. It’s also just down the road from the highly rated Lincolnshire Aquapark for some exhilarating splashy fun.

Still, there’s more than enough on site to delight kids of all ages. Both indoor and outdoor pools have thrilling slides. Plus, there’s a new adventure village, which includes bungee trampolines, a giant jumping platform and an aerial adventure course. And for more relaxed entertainment, there’s a fishing lake, as well as outdoor play areas.

Nearest train station: Skegness Station (19 miles)


Best Haven holiday park in Yorkshire

Haven Primrose Valley Holiday Park, Filey, Yorkshire

What we like
  • On-site lake for watersports

  • Fun multi-lane water slide

  • Close to Filey Beach

What we don't like
  • Some caravans are a little dated

What Mumsnet users say
Rainbowb · Stayed + rated
"The swimming pool facilities are fantastic, and the beach is beautiful."
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Our verdict

If you’re looking for a brilliant family base on the pretty Yorkshire coast, Haven Primrose Valley ticks all the boxes. This large park features outdoor playgrounds and crafting opportunities for little ones, as well as tennis courts, archery and an aeriel adventure course for older kids. Then, of course, the two indoor pools and outdoor heated pool are bound to be crowd-pleasers – and come with slides, fun fountains and a paddling pool.

There are plenty of places to eat, including holiday favourite, fish and chips. However, you’re also a five-minute drive from Filey, with its ice cream parlours, cute cafes and variety of restaurants. What’s more, the thrills and spills of Bridlington and Scarborough are just along the coast.

Nearest train station: Filey Station (2 miles)


Best small park

Haven Lydstep Beach Holiday Park, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

What we like
  • Small and quiet but still plenty of activities on site

  • Charming New England-style clubhouse

  • Well placed for day trips including Tenby and Oakwood Theme Park

What we don't like
  • WiFi signal is poor

What Mumsnet users say
Cheeseandlobster · Stayed + rated
Lydstep Haven in Tenby is amazing!
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Our verdict

Located on a sandy bay, this smaller holiday park is ideal for families looking for a quieter base in this beautiful part of south Wales. Not that the more relaxed pace here means a lack of facilities: there’s still a playground, a climbing wall, a small arcade and an indoor pool. Plus, tweens and teens can try their hand at sea kayaking.

For day trips, you're spoiled for choice. Tenby is a great place for a potter, with indie shops, cafes, a castle and winding lanes. Meanwhile, kids will adore spotting the animals at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo or riding the soaring rollercoasters at Oakwood Theme Park.

Nearest train station: Tenby station (4 miles)


Best for traditional seaside fun

Haven Weymouth Bay, Weymouth, Dorset

What we like
  • Indoor and outdoor pools plus a lazy river

  • Scenic rural spot

  • Handy bus service for trips to Weymouth

What we don't like
  • At least a 20-minute walk to Bowleaze Cove

What Mumsnet users say
CupcakeEater · Stayed + rated
Close to the beach and loads to do in the surrounding area.
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Our verdict

Sitting just north of the traditional seaside town of Weymouth and close to a nature reserve and sand and pebble beaches, this Haven holiday park is ideally located for a child-friendly break in Dorset.

On the site, families will love drifting along the lazy river, which links a good-sized indoor and outdoor pool. Active kids will also jump at the chance to scale the new climbing wall and aeriel adventure course. Back at ground level, there’s a playground, a mini golf course and a nature trail. Hire a bike and spend some time exploring the romantic Jurassic coast.

Nearest train station: Weymouth station (3 miles)


Best Haven holiday park in Wales

Haven Greenacres Holiday Park, Porthmadog, Gwynedd

What we like
  • Easy access to a gorgeous Blue Flag beach

  • Close to Snowdonia

  • Indoor pool and outdoor splashpark

What we don't like
  • On-site WiFi is poor

What Mumsnet users say
rotaryairer · Stayed + rated
"Greenacres is my favourite Haven site (have been to quite a few) because of its location - so near to Snowdonia. The beach is beautiful with Harlech Castle and mountains in the distance. DS love the railways in Porthmadog and DH loves the secondhand record shop."
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Our verdict

Parents rave about this holiday park in north Wales, thanks in part to its winning location on a vast Blue Flag beach, close to Snowdonia National Park.

That said, the onsite activities are popular too and include the chance to splash about in the indoor pool, charge through the outdoor splash pads and fly high on the bungee trampoline. A large, modern entertainment arena also hosts kids’ activities and spectacular shows.

Nearest train station: Porthmadog station (3 miles)


Best for wildlife

Haven Thornwick Bay Holiday Village, Yorkshire

What we like
  • On-site lake for watersports

  • Well placed for day trips to Bridlington and Scarborough

  • Some caravans offer sea views

What we don't like
  • The Lighthouse restaurant receives mixed reviews

What Mumsnet users say
BettaSplenden · Stayed + rated
"Thornwick bay is really nice."
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Our verdict

Haven Thorwick Bay is set on the Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast, a beautiful and less-visited part of the Yorkshire coast, which has secluded sandy beaches and secret coves, reached via snaking steps.

In early summer, kids can bring binoculars to admire the cute puffins that nest on the cliffs close to the park. Or spend the day exploring the forest and beach at Danes Dyke Nature Reserve. That’s if you can tear them away from all the fun within the park itself, which includes an indoor pool with racing slides and a toddler area, as well as a games arcade and all-weather activity barn. And should anyone fancy a bit more entertainment, there are family-friendly shows for a little pre-bedtime boogie.

Nearest train station: Bridlington Station (5.5 miles)


Best for beaches

Haven Berwick Holiday Park, Northumberland

What we like
  • Well placed for beautiful beaches, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick Castle

  • Indoor and outdoor pools

  • Good for golfers - next to Magdalene Golf Club

What we don't like
  • Parking can be tricky

What Mumsnet users say
Fluffmonkey82 · Stayed + rated
"I have been to quite a few Haven sites, and my favourite is Berwick as it is such a friendly lovely wee park."
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Our verdict

You can’t always rely on scorching heat in rugged Northumberland, but with this Haven park having both indoor and outdoor heated pools, the exact outside temperature doesn’t really matter. And there’s also a games arcade and painting studio if you need to dodge the odd shower.

Of course, being based just outside the charming town of Berwick brings its own attractions - not least being close to many of Northumberland’s wide, powdery beaches and magical castles (Alnwick Castle is a must-visit for Harry Potter fans thanks to its role as Hogwarts in the first two films). Return to watch a show in the onsite entertainment venue, or stroll to the front of the park for a post-dinner paddle in the shimmering sea.

Nearest train station: Berwick Station (0.5 miles)

Read next: The best hotels in Northumberland, according to parents

What’s included in the price of a Haven break?

When booking a Haven break, you’ll see the best rates for a ‘Haven Hideaway’ deal. This price covers the accommodation costs but only allows you to access the onsite restaurants, shops and laundrette.

Most families choose to book the ‘Haven Holiday’ package. This costs a bit more, but the price includes a ‘play pass’ and gives you access to all the onsite facilities. Some of these activities can then be enjoyed for free, such as the swimming pools, playgrounds and evening entertainment. However, there are some additional charges for some of the activities. For example, you will need to pay extra for a minigolf game or archery coaching.

What’s the biggest Haven park in the UK?

Haven Devon Cliffs, within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the biggest Haven park. It’s also a popular choice with Mumnetters due to its heated outdoor pool and gorgeous beachfront location.

What’s the best Haven holiday park in the UK?

It’s a hard call. Each Haven holiday park on our list has a lot to recommend it in terms of family-friendly facilities and location. If pushed, we’d have to say that Haven Hopton is the best Haven holiday park; it consistently scores highly on review sites, is well-located for family days out, plus the well-kept site has an excellent range of activities and an indoor and outdoor pool.

About the author

Jenny Elliott is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Leeds. Her work has featured in publications such as the Guardian and Lonely Planet. She also runs her own blog, The Little Adventurer, where she documents the joys and frustrations of travelling with her two rascals.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there's nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out what family-friendly Haven holiday parks were being recommended.

We then did some online research, looking at which Haven holiday parks in the UK had won accolades or been featured in 'best choice' lists across websites, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best family-friendly Haven holiday parks at the moment.

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