Haven’s family offering in Poole, Dorset

School runs, after-school clubs, housework… it is all never-ending, isn’t it?

I am always on the go and my head literally feels like it is spinning around sometimes. Being a mum is hard work, being the one in charge all of the time – I just want to press pause and get some time to enjoy the moment.

Our weekends are always spent together, we make sure that we don’t book too much in so that we can spend precious time together as a family. But sometimes there is only one thing for it …. we need to get away.

Haven recently got in touch to see whether we would like to work with them, to find out what we look for in a family holiday with young children. I love to offer an opinion, so was excited to see what they had in store for us all.

I’ve only ever been on a Haven holiday once, as a child. We love going away as a family, and the girls love staying in a caravan, so off we went for a weekend at their Poole park.

We arrived late on the Friday night and went straight to our caravan. Such a lovely size, with a living area and kitchen diner at one end, and a long hallway with the rooms either side up the other end.

All of the rooms were made up with seaside coloured duvet covers, which is a lovely touch. There is also plenty of storage space in each room which was brilliant. Plus – our room had its own toilet! Bonus!

After making ourselves at home, we ordered Pizza from the on-site Papa John’s (they deliver to your caravan) and then headed to bed, ready for a busy day on Saturday.

A day of activities

We woke up bright and early, had a fry-up in the caravan and then headed on out to our first activity – Nature Rockz.

Each Haven site has a ranger, who will guide you through various activities in their wooded area. Such a great idea and gets you outdoors in the fresh air!

First up was a nature walk, something the girls love to do back at home. They found fox footprints and their burrows – totally made their day!

The girls also got to join in a fantastic activity – so simple but so effective! Simply fill up an old stocking with grass seed and compost, shape it into an animal and voila!

They used acrylic paints to turn it into their very own grass-head creature!

Nothing says childhood more than a bit of grime under their fingernails – I love that Haven is all about getting kids back to nature and that the whole family joins in too.

It was then time to explore the park and first stop was the crazy golf. Gracie is competitive like her dad and so took the whole game very seriously!

As always, Wills was just happy on the swings.

We spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach, collecting shells and trying to find crabs. I wish I’d planned it better and taken their wellies with us – definitely something to remember next time!

That is the great thing about Haven, their locations are all based at the seaside and come rain or shine, there is always fun to be had.

Gracie’s finds

The afternoon was a little more chilled, with the girls taking part in a pottery painting session at Pick and Paint.

They both love this sort of thing, such a lovely activity to try if it is too rainy for being outdoors.

After all of the sealife we found at the beach, Mr F decided that dinner at The Harbourside restaurant was in order.

He had mussels for starter – not something I have tried before but he loved them! If you are a seafood fan then you’ll love it!

The evening was rounded off with some entertainment from the Sea Squad – the Haven mascots. The whole evening was for the family as a whole, which is different to anything we have been to before.

Time to go home…

After a busy Saturday, we wanted to be a little more chilled on the Sunday. We had a slow start (with another fry-up) and then got ourselves ready for swimming.

You can see the pool from the Mash and Barrel restaurant and at first glance it looks as though there is just one area. In fact, there is a baby splash-zone and a second water slide to enjoy.

As long as your child is over 1m in height, they are able to go down the slide and my girls absolutely loved it! I lost count the number of times they went up and down!

Before it was time to go, Gracie wanted to have a go on the bungee trampolines. I caught this amazing shot as she bounced high into the sky – she had so much fun!

We came home having had lots of family time, having enjoyed being by the sea and having experienced a new type of holiday. Haven is a great option for families wanting to escape normal routine and spend quality time together – with the added bonus of being by the sea.

What sort of thing do you look for in a family holiday?

This post is written in collaboration with Haven. All words and thoughts are my own. 


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Katy is a wife, mum of three and professional blogger. Her blog, What Katy Said, aims to inspire other mums to get organised and make the best out of every day.

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