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Im looking to go on a british Holiday This Year What do people suggest Butlins, Haven, Pontins??

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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Because of money etc, etc im looking to take the family on a good old fastion british holiday and proberley go to a pontins, haven or butlins but i dont really know which to pick as it been a few years since i went on this type of holiday .

Im looking for somewhere on the south coast can anyone recommend a park/place ??

* (NB : Please don't offer private rentals to the OP as its classed as self promotion, thank you)
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3 Likes #1
They are all sheet....cruppy accommodation, naff food, sad entertainment and rip off prices when you get there......avoid at all costs.....take your family abroad it will cost you less... ;0)

Edited By: rob585 on Jan 27, 2011 15:00
1 Like #2
If your looking down south I would suggest newquay although I have never been myself.
#3
rob585
They are all sheet....cruppy accommodation, naff food, sad entertainment and rip off prices when you get there......avoid at all costs.....take your family abroad it will cost you less... ;0)


Couldn't have put it better myself.
#4
And abroads not Rob !
#5
dc7911
If your looking down south I would suggest newquay although I have never been myself.


Newquay is terrible! It's turned into stag/hen do central! There's even a Gentleman's club in the middle of the town, which when taking the kids round the shops, it's not something you want to drag them past. It's like Birmingham Broad Street.
Newquay used to be a lovely place to go on holiday but it's just changed for the young tourists.

I'd suggest Wales if you wanted somewhere nice, but it's obviously not on the south coast pmsl. This isn't self promotion as I wouldn't offer for you to stay there, but my nan's got a caravan in Aberystwyth and it's quite nice there. It depends what you're looking for though as if you stayed around that area, you'd have to do a lot of driving to take the kids to places like farms and day trips out.

I'd agree with someone who said going abroad would probably work out cheaper. My friends went to Newquay last year with their kids, they don't drive so got the coach (half price thanks to me :D ) and it cost them about £2000 for a week- including their accomodation and food. They had to pay for taxi trips to take the kids places, and to go and get food. They came back and moaned like mad about Newquay and how downhill it had gone.
#6
Pontins is like Hi Di Hi, great for a dirt cheap or free holiday as a base as people say but not much in the form of entertainment, not sure about Butlins but the entertainment has good reviews from what I heard(and bad reviews of course) as for Haven it hasnt got much for adults apart from cheesy cabaret in the evenings or local bands.

Its true that in events like Easter or middle of summer it costs about the same to go abroad but you can get cheap deals other times of year.
#7
I know its expensive but I dont think abroad is cheap anymore either but at least you have the sun there , been to Aberystwyth very nice place.
banned#8
My son really loves Haven. I can't really knock it for kids, sure I'd personally prefer to go abroad but that's just not as much fun for him.
banned 1 Like #9
If you're a chav, go to any of the ones you mentioned.

If you want something a little better, TRY HERE

My folks used to own the apartment with the turret within the castle and I can tell you it's the best holidays I have ever had. Scenery is amazing and Perranporth beach is awesome.

http://images.francisfrith.com/c10/450/09/86723.jpg
#10
JonnyTwoToes
If you're a chav, go to any of the ones you mentioned.


I can see why people would associate Pontins with chavs as it is tatty and they give out loads of free holidays but Butlins and Haven for chavs? No way not with those prices.
banned 1 Like #11
ryouga
JonnyTwoToes
If you're a chav, go to any of the ones you mentioned.


I can see why people would associate Pontins with chavs as it is tatty and they give out loads of free holidays but Butlins and Haven for chavs? No way not with those prices.


I'm not insinuating chavs are poor. Usually the exact opposite is the case. But 'holiday parks' with a 'club' is essentially chav city.
2 Likes #12
We have done Haven for past 3 yrs, We go in May so get a fab price, This year we are doing the same week but in tenerife, my god when people say its cheaper to go abroad do not listen!!

We usually pay about £175 for a 3 bed deluxe holiday home in haven with central heating for 5 days. then obviously petrol and spends.

This year decided to go to tenerife as a treat and change for kids.
You have airport parking, petrol to airport, holiday cost us £1300 for the 5 of us, spends, kids passports ( obviously one off for 5 yrs ) travel insurance. Its just added up.

Will still try and do it again next year. But Haven is great for the kids, Mine have always loved it.
1 Like #13
Blackpool.
1 Like #14
If you have youngish kids I would think about somewhere in Dorset as the beaches are really good, and if you get decent weather then making sandcastles and going in the sea is a cheap enjoyable way for kids to spend the day.
Weymouth is probably cheaper than Bournemouth, and has stuff to do and places to visit nearby.
banned#15
beth3735

We usually pay about £175 for a 3 bed deluxe holiday home in haven with central heating for 5 days. then obviously petrol and spends.


Would like to know what a 'Haven Deluxe Holiday Home' looks like.
1 Like #16
JonnyTwoToes
beth3735
We usually pay about £175 for a 3 bed deluxe holiday home in haven with central heating for 5 days. then obviously petrol and spends.
Would like to know what a 'Haven Deluxe Holiday Home' looks like.

Well go take your snobby bum down there and look!
2 Likes #17
How about drive over to europe? somewhere on the coast of holland is only about 3-4hrs drive from calais, or somewhere else in france. It will be alot cheaper than having a holiday in England and the Weather should be slightly better
#18
master_chief
My son really loves Haven. I can't really knock it for kids, sure I'd personally prefer to go abroad but that's just not as much fun for him.

Same here - we've done Haven over the years as well as a lot of holidays abroad and Haven is the only one that gets mentioned all the time by the kids. They love it. If you ever decide to go to Haven then definitely spend that wee bit extra and go for a Prestige caravan. They're always the brand new models and immaculate as most of them are privately owned. Don't ever go for the standard or deluxe etc as that what folk complain about - the mess, the stains etc as you can take dogs into them. Plus because they're the cheapest option I think crowds of folk rent them between them so you can imagine the state of them. Haven't done Pontins (nor would I want to really) and haven't been to Butlins since the 70s but would imagine it has changed greatly lol.
1 Like #19
JonnyTwoToes
beth3735

We usually pay about £175 for a 3 bed deluxe holiday home in haven with central heating for 5 days. then obviously petrol and spends.


Would like to know what a 'Haven Deluxe Holiday Home' looks like.


I have been in silver Haven chalets before, cant remember how many levels they had but they had obv gold silver and bronze but then there was sub categories in them, I remember the chalet being in a victorian style and only decorated the year before with a large tv and newer and better elecronic items
banned#20
beth3735
JonnyTwoToes
beth3735
We usually pay about £175 for a 3 bed deluxe holiday home in haven with central heating for 5 days. then obviously petrol and spends.
Would like to know what a 'Haven Deluxe Holiday Home' looks like.


Well go take your snobby bum down there and look!


Eh? Who's a snob? Just because I don't want to holiday in a caravan makes me a snob?
banned#21
ryouga
JonnyTwoToes
beth3735

We usually pay about £175 for a 3 bed deluxe holiday home in haven with central heating for 5 days. then obviously petrol and spends.


Would like to know what a 'Haven Deluxe Holiday Home' looks like.


I have been in silver Haven chalets before, cant remember how many levels they had but they had obv gold silver and bronze but then there was sub categories in them, I remember the chalet being in a victorian style and only decorated the year before with a large tv and newer and better elecronic items


I guess it's about personal choice then.
#22
beth3735
We have done Haven for past 3 yrs, We go in May so get a fab price, This year we are doing the same week but in tenerife, my god when people say its cheaper to go abroad do not listen!!We usually pay about £175 for a 3 bed deluxe holiday home in haven with central heating for 5 days. then obviously petrol and spends.This year decided to go to tenerife as a treat and change for kids.You have airport parking, petrol to airport, holiday cost us £1300 for the 5 of us, spends, kids passports ( obviously one off for 5 yrs ) travel insurance. Its just added up.Will still try and do it again next year. But Haven is great for the kids, Mine have always loved it.

You're so right on that - it's not that cheap to go abroad anymore. Apart from what you have to fork out to get there it's also not so cheap to drink/eat either any more. Especially juice for the kids which is where all the cash goes - we can get a pint for a euro but it costs triple that for a coke!
#23
And "chavs'" dont go abroad I suppose !
banned#24
dc7911
And "chavs'" dont go abroad I suppose !


I never said that. Just saying that *CPHD is a lot higher in places like Haven/Butlins etc

* Chav Per Holiday Destination
#25
JonnyTwoToes
beth3735
JonnyTwoToes
beth3735
We usually pay about £175 for a 3 bed deluxe holiday home in haven with central heating for 5 days. then obviously petrol and spends.
Would like to know what a 'Haven Deluxe Holiday Home' looks like.
Well go take your snobby bum down there and look!
Eh? Who's a snob? Just because I don't want to holiday in a caravan makes me a snob?

You have a mega problem with Chavs don't you?? Maybe you are obsessed! All your posts either belittle people or just rant about chavs, benefit grabbers and all the likes!
#26
Your not a polatician are you Jonny ? lol
banned 1 Like #27
beth3735

You have a mega problem with Chavs don't you?? Maybe you are obsessed! All your posts either belittle people or just rant about chavs, benefit grabbers and all the likes!


I think that's a little unfair.
Just giving the OP an option other than chav holidays. Not sure what your problem is.
banned 2 Likes #28
dc7911
Your not a polatician are you Jonny ? lol


Do you mean a politician?

No.
1 Like #29
A good 'old fashioned' British holiday = B&B at the seaside or camping.
Camping would be cheaper if that is the main criteria but you would need to be prepared to forego certain comforts or all comforts if the weather is bad. :D
#30
Thank god for that !
#31
I went to Haven in Tenby last year, luckily the weather was fantastic.

The beach was lovely and everyone there was so helpful!
I would highly recommend as long as you go for a new caravan :)
banned 1 Like #32
dc7911
Thank god for that !


No such thing.
1 Like #33
lol next you will be tellin me theres no Santa Claus .
banned#34
dc7911
lol next you will be tellin me theres no Santa Claus .


I wish I was 100% sure that you are being facetious.
[mod][Moderator] 1 Like #35
Avoid Newquay, I grew up there, it used to be fab, but now like a previous poster said, it is just one big stag/hen destination, full of drunken idiots and smells permently of wee in shop doorways. Paignton is quite a nice place for kids, has nice beaches, a huge zoo, a steam railway, boat trips, amusements, a pier etc, Torquay is nearby and Crealy adventure park within travelling distance, Exeter and Plymouth both within travelling distance for shopping ( though Torquay town centre is quite good ).
2 Likes #36
Do you not see people drinking on the beach on holiday thinking they are models when they clearly are nowhere near good enough looking, or getting drunk and going to hospital.

I havent been to a beach resort abroad but if the tv shows are anything to go by there is a fair share of "chavs" abroad.
2 Likes #37
If one good thing has come from this thread its I know to avoid Newquay.
#38
Im not sure what to do this year with regards to holidays. Usually go over to Spain but due to cost have been tempted to stay in Uk. The trouble withe the Uk parks is the price. All the attractions are expensive and the weather is not usually very good. I live in Devon and have used John Fowler, Parkdean and Haven before. All the sites are the same in my opinion eg the vans and the entertainment. Its the food that is usually different. Im sending the family down to Hale in Feb half term and it cost me £120 for 4 nights. I would have paid more..... Ill get some links for the firms. If you want any advice about sites in Devon pm me and ill be happy to help.
[mod] 2 Likes #40
Guys, thanks for your input and thoughts on 'chav holidays' but can we keep it on topic please and help ViperKeith.

ViperKeith, I would avoid Pontins - went there for a weekend break a few years ago and left after first 2 hours. Friends say Haven is OK though.

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