Family Time with Haven

A couple of weekends ago we were invited down to Rockley Park in Poole Dorset by Haven to experience a family getaway. Since going back to work at the beginning of this year after finishing my last ever stint of maternity leave family time is so important to me. I am always looking for new things we can do together as a family and also we try to spend a weekend away a month. When I am looking for a break in the UK be it for a weekend, a week or longer there are a few things which I look for. I am after a location near to the beach, somewhere that allows us to get outside and enjoy the outdoors and a good base to explore the local area. Ideally I would opt for self catering to give us as much flexibility as possible but with a pub or good restaurant nearby for those days when we can’t be bothered. On paper it sounded like Rockley Park ticked all these boxes for us. So what did we think?

Accommodation – Rockley Park

 

The accommodation surpassed all my expectations. I often envisage mobile homes like they were when I was a little girl. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We opened the door into a spacious and well thought out living area. With not one but two sofas, a flat screen TV (much to Monkey’s delight) and a stylish fire. Theres a fully equipped kitchen with a good amount of cupboard space.Three bedrooms, one with a double bed which had its own large corner vanity unit and enough floor space to put up a rather large travel cot. It was also an ensuite which took us by surprise as Monkey discovered it when he really needed to go! Having two toilets with a family can be a life saver. I liked the fact that there were duvets on all the beds rather than just blankets. Water pressure can be a bit of an issue in mobile homes, but the shower was hot and powerful.

 

Patio doors in the living area lead out onto a small veranda with a small table and chairs. It would be a lovely place to sit in the Summer months and enjoy a glass of wine.The accommodation was finished to such a high standard I was amazed and not how I pictured a mobile home. Having stayed on other unbranded mobile home parks and not had this experience before we realised what we had been missing out on with going with a reputable brand.

Activities – Rockley Park

There was lots going at Rockley Park, so much so we were spoilt for choice. Haven have realised that sometimes you need it all there in one place. So not only were we handed a schedule when we checked in but theres also a really handy app which lays it all out for you. We tried out a number of different things during our stay.

 

 

 

 

Our favourite by far was the Nature Rockz session where Monkey got to make an elephant grass head which he painted a metallic blue. We also got to go for a little ramble and look for animal prints in the soil. Getting out amongst the ferns was not something I imagined would be available as an activity. But Rockley Park has its very own rangers, who are fully trained and offer a whole host of different activities for your little ones to get involved with. All of which involve the outdoors.

 

 

 

In the centre we also made use of the crazy golf, bungee trampolines and play area. All of which were a huge hit. Kipper may have fallen in love with his little mini golf club! I had real trouble getting him to leave it at the end of the course. A number of the activities on site are free and a number you will need to pay for. Its possible to get an activity pass which works out great value for money.

 

 

 

 

I also booked Monkey into a Pre Ped session with the most enthusiastic instructor I have ever come across in my life! Neither of us were really sure what to expect but he helped him with his balance before giving him instruction on how to cycle without stabilisers. Monkey is so close to being able to do this, it was lovely to see his confidence grow.

 

Amenities – Rockley Park

Lets start with the pool. There is a slide for all those over 1m in height which ticked Monkey’s must have box straight away. There is also a smaller slide in the pool itself which is good for the little ones, although we didn’t take Kipper on it as I thought he was too little. There is a small splashdown area though with lots of water jets that he enjoyed and he liked playing on the steps which span the length of the pool. Its great that its on site as it means if the weather is bad you always have a fall back plan!

 

There are two restaurants and we were lucky enough to eat in both during our stay. The Harbourside which we enjoyed on the Saturday evening. This is a more formal al carte restaurant which is predominately fish based. Although there are options on the menu if like my husband you don’t eat fish. The staff were brilliant engaging with the children during the meal. There are activity packs for the kids, plenty of high chairs and kid friendly menu options. It felt like grown up dining which is something we don’t get to experience much with the kids. Plus the bonus of s short stroll home.

 

There is also a pub called the Mash & Barrel which we also ate in for lunch. I was most impressed by the large range of vegetable options for the kids and the vegetarian meals in general. Although it was pub food there were some nice alternatives on the menu. In the Summer I can imagine sitting outside next to the pool and enjoying the atmosphere.

 

There is also the Live Lounge which is where all the entertainment happens, both during the day and in the evening. Theres also a shop on site selling essentials and all important bucket and spades and all the necessary crabbing apparatus for a successful fishing trip.

Location – Rockley Park

When we are looking for a holiday location we try to select somewhere which allows us to visit attractions in the local area. Rockley Park has a beach which has lots of opportunity to go beach combing on one side and crabbing on the other. Monkey had a brilliant time find crabs and winkles. Kipper enjoyed digging in the sand. It was so relaxing just spending a couple of hours enjoying the water. The kids seem the most happiest when they are on the beach which means we are too. Placed near a nature reserve there are a number of country walks and trails which you can take and that we would have done should we have more time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We really enjoyed our time at Rockley Park and would love to go back to explore the area more. It turns out that Haven have the prefect recipe for a family getaway and more than ticked all our boxes. You can watch our adventure on a little video I put together below, if you enjoy it please can you give me a thumbs up:

 

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We were invited to Rockley Park for the purpose of this review and compensated for our time. All words and opinions are my own.

72 Comments

  1. November 1, 2017 / 6:05 am

    What an adventure! And now I really want a giant chair in my backyard! #BloggerClubUK

  2. November 1, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Fab photos. It looks like you had a great time. I used to love holidays like this as a kid! #bloggerclubuk

  3. November 1, 2017 / 7:42 am

    Sounds like you had a fab time. We love Dorset and try and get down once year. Normally just outside Christchurch

  4. November 1, 2017 / 10:14 am

    That looks like a lot of fun. I saw you were there from Instagram. We went to Centre Parcs in Holland which was amazing and one place I would recommend to families with little ones. I have never been to a Haven site but they look like a really great holiday. #bloggerclubuk

  5. November 1, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Looks like a great family time away! #BloggerClubUK

  6. November 1, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    This looks like a great place for a holiday. I didn’t realise that they did so many activities. Your crazy golf photos are so cute! #BloggerClubUK

  7. November 1, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Looks like a great location! We had a Haven caravan for the past 6yrs and just gave it up this year, so many memories there, the kids were really sad to say goodbye! #BloggerClubUK

  8. November 1, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Sounds great. Our son loves crazy golf so it would be a definite hit! #BloggerClubUK

  9. November 1, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    This looks amazing! I love all the outdoor activities and how good is that little wooden tipi! I completely
    understand how important family time is as a working mum. glad you had fun #bloggerclubuk

  10. November 2, 2017 / 9:31 am

    We have yet to go to a holiday village getaway like this but it looked great especially the accommodation. #bloggerclubuk

  11. November 2, 2017 / 11:39 am

    What a lovely break, its been ages since I was in Poole! Embarrasingly we haven’t even taken Mia away other than the odd weekend and she is now 4! With my partner working away and working for himself, its a bit tricky and we are now expecting baby no.2! I really want to go away so hopefully next year, a holiday like this would be perfect for us all! 🙂

    #BloggerClubUK

  12. November 2, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Looks lovely, I’ve found over the years that as long as you get a good ‘caravan park’ they work out very well indeed and are lovely stays #BloggerClubUK

  13. November 2, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    I love the look of the nature park! My father-in-law owns a caravan and I was shocked at how palatial they can be these days! A far cry from my childhood caravan holidays haha! #bloggerclubuk

  14. November 2, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    This look incredibly family friendly, I can see my pair loving this #bloggerclubuk

  15. November 2, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Holiday parks are fab for families with young kids, we’ve found Haven always have great facilities. Now our boy is 17 we don’t go anymore, so make the most of your fun, growing up really does go fast.

  16. November 3, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    beautiful photos. we love haven and go on regular holidays with them as we find it to be really affordable and we are on a budget. we just went to haven Thorpe park in cleethorpes for a long weekend for my sons birthday, it was the best one we have been to so far. earlier in the year we went to reighton sands in Filey {Yorkshire} and last year blue dolphin {Filey}. we hope to try some more out this year.

  17. November 4, 2017 / 9:14 am

    This looks like a lovely holiday and your holiday home was so spacious. I like the sound of the location with nature reserve, beach and the ranger activities. Fab beach photos too! #CountryKids

  18. November 4, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Looks like the kids had such a good time, great that there were so many different activities for them and you can’t beat a UK beach #BloggerClubUK

  19. November 4, 2017 / 11:40 am

    This looks like a fabulous place to escape with the family, I’m nnot one for camping so have always steered clear of caravans like this, clearly I can rethink my aversion. I’m impressed by how much there really was there for you all to enjoy, the idea of an app to tell you when Activities are occurring is a great idea. I bet the boys loved it, being so close to the beach with other activities on your doorstep too.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  20. November 4, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    This looked like such a lovely family weekend away together, giving you that all important family time. Lots of fun things to do as well #countrykids

  21. November 4, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Looks so much fun! I do love Dorset although we haven’t visited in a while. I’ve always loved those over-sized deck chairs. I saw one in Norfolk but T absolutely refused to have her photo taken in one! 🙁 #countrykids

  22. Margaret Gallagher
    November 5, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Amazing place to stay
    Not been for years -maybe I’ll see you there in 2018

  23. A.E. ADKINS
    November 5, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Ans a great time was had by allA

  24. A.E. ADKINS
    November 5, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    And a great time was had by all!

  25. Kerry Kilmister
    November 5, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    It looks like you had a lot of fun! I love the photos

  26. fiona waterworth
    November 5, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    It looks like you had a lovely break, we keep looking at haven for a holiday but have allways been a bit dubious about them being as good as they say

  27. Amy Wright
    November 5, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Wow, it looks like you had a fab time – I would love to take the kids to Haven

  28. Anthony Harrington
    November 5, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    great pics, looks like a good family resort

  29. Sidrah Ahmed
    November 5, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Wonderful place to take the family

  30. Jo
    November 6, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I’m going to keep this place in mind for next year. I agree about staying at unbranded sites which is what we do. It’s only when my brother took his family away on holiday to a site like this that I realised we are missing out, there’s so much for kids to do at these places that you don’t get on the sites we go to

  31. November 6, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    It’s great that you have discovered a wonderful retreat for families. I’m a tad concerned my youngest would try eating the sandy beach! #bloggerclubuk

  32. November 6, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    We’ve only heard great things about Rockley Park by Haven and Poole is just an hour away from us! Might visit it next year! Thanks for the review! Popping over from #CountryKids x

  33. Kellie McIntyre
    November 6, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    I’ve never been to Haven, more a Butlins type of girl but your review has made me think differently! I wil def be checking out the prices!

  34. Ashleigh Allan
    November 6, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Sounds like fun eith plenty to do

  35. becki gates
    November 7, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    we love visiting haven, we take the kids each year and are never disappointed

  36. November 8, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    It looks really nice. I’ve not stayed in a caravan since I was about 12, and they’ve certainly changed. #countrykids

  37. Sarah Austin
    November 9, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Love crabbing on the beach with the kids!

  38. November 10, 2017 / 10:12 am

    I’ve never stayed at a Haven holiday park but it looks like you had a great time on your stay at Rockley Park. I’m quite impressed at the caravan – much better accommodation than I would have expected. Love the mini golf and Monkey’s elephant head 🙂 #countrykids

  39. ceril roberts
    November 12, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    This looks like an amazing place with loads of things to do for younger children and older one’s. I like the idea of staying in a caravan or chalet better than a hotel as the adults can chill out in the evenings.

  40. john prendergast
    November 13, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    It looks like you had a fab time i love the big chair photo

  41. Tracy Nixon
    November 16, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    You look like you have an fabulous time! Beach hols are great for kids!

  42. Jessica Woods
    November 17, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I’ve not been away for years this looks like a great place to go to next year x

  43. MANDY DOHERTY
    November 20, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    My daughter and her husband took the grandchildren to Haven in Lincolnshire earlier this year and said it was fantastic for the children and the staff were very helpful. Looks like you had an amazing time at the Haven you visited

  44. Nancy Bradford
    November 30, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    This looks like such a great place to bring the kids. So much to do.

  45. Laura Corrall
    December 2, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Looks amazing there. Looks like you all had a great time. Love playing mini golf with my little girls. We’ve never been to a haven, but after seeing this I really want to go as I think my girls would love it.

  46. Susan B
    December 3, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Thanks for the review and pics. I had never really thought about Haven Holidays but there is obviously more to them than I thought. Love the pic of the little golfer.

  47. Rachel Butler
    December 3, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    It looks like you all had a wonderful adventure! xo

  48. Kayleigh Watkins
    December 3, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    We have never stayed at a Haven resort, it looks like lots of fun, and you all really enjoyed your break, with plenty of activities for you all xxx

  49. Jo Hutchinson
    December 3, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    What a wonderful adventure, I love the giant deck chair.

  50. Tee Simpson
    December 3, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    We love going to Haven so much fun

  51. anthony harrington
    December 13, 2017 / 8:22 am

    certainly looks like there is a lot of things to see and do looks like a fun time!

  52. Leila Benhamida
    December 13, 2017 / 9:19 am

    I never been to an Haven Holiday but it looks great. Accomodation looks comfortable. Love the outdoor also.

  53. Bev
    December 13, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Looks like a great adventurous place to stay!

  54. A.E. ADKINS
    December 13, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Looks a great family break with so much to do

  55. Lyndsey Cooksey
    December 13, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Sounds like a great holiday! Your photos are brilliant too. We love Haven, we are campers ( have know to have a caravan towards the winter) and our favourite place is Lakeland but also enjoy Green acres. There is do much to do isn’t there, crazy golf is a favourite game for my daughter!

  56. Kev Cannon
    December 19, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    I stayed here years ago and it was excellent – it looks like it has improved as well over the years

  57. Dean T
    December 21, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    Havent been to a place like this since I was a teen , used to love them as long as the weather held up. Never been to this place though!

  58. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 23, 2017 / 5:37 am

    We love a Haven Holiday especially Craig Tara.

  59. Anthea Holloway
    December 23, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Rockley Park is very near to where I live and it has always been a favourite with our family!

  60. paula cheadle
    December 24, 2017 / 1:04 am

    looks like you had a great time, we love going on Haven holidays

  61. MANDY DOHERTY
    December 25, 2017 / 11:17 am

    My daughter and her husband took the grandchildren to a Haven and said it’s a great place with lots to do

  62. Ali Fanstone
    December 25, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    I will have to take a look at Haven this looks so much fun

  63. December 26, 2017 / 7:04 am

    wow what a great post loving the fact there so much to do

  64. caroline tokes
    December 26, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Never been there but looks like you had a fab time

  65. Stevie
    December 26, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    That chair is huge. I’d love to get my nieces on that mini golf course.

  66. Hayley Colburn
    December 26, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    We have stayed with Haven for the past couple of years and I must say theyve got much more activities than they used to have, my kids had a fab time too

  67. Sheila Reeves
    December 26, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Love that they have such great activities for children, love the nature aspect of these too

  68. JUDITH LUSCOMBE
    December 26, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    My partner, myself and our two little boys stayed near there in Christchurch years ago and it was a lovely area. Its great to have happy memories of family holidays.

  69. sandy ralph
    December 26, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    oh we have been there too a few years ago its so wonderful in dorset

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