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Monday, 28 September 2009

101 reasons to holiday with Haven

FOLLOWING the Met Office’s false hopes for a ‘barbecue summer’ there seems little point in seeking their advice for the Autumn weather report.
Haven Holidays are offering their own advice when it comes to choosing a break. They say ‘rain or shine there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied on all 35 of our family holiday parks. And at less than £25 per person why stay at home when you could be on holiday having a good time?’
In fact they are so confident in their prediction that there is plenty to do whatever the weather that they have compiled a list of 101 things to do on a Haven holiday when it’s raining. The list ranges from watching a pantomime to having a manicure and includes activities that will appeal to couples, families and children. Suggestions include ‘Family it’s a Knockout’, all-weather bowling greens, Aquacise sessions in the swimming pools, Wake and Shake to get you up and moving in the morning, kid’s clubs, darts, pool, and Annabel Karmel’s Creative Kitchen sessions for tots – as well as nightly entertainment with music, dancing and cabaret.
And of course, if it’s sunny you can enjoy all the outdoor options Haven offer from tennis to golf, horse-riding or fishing – as well making the most of beaches, resorts and visitor attractions that are pleasantly quiet at this time of the year.
Best news of all is the prices. Four night mid-week breaks in October start at just £99 for a family of four – that’s less than £25 per person! Prices are based on ‘Superior’ accommodation and are available from October 12th at selected parks in Norfolk, Combe Haven near Hastings, Devon Cliffs on the World Heritage Coastline and Perran Sands on Cornwall’s glorious North Coast. Weekend breaks from October 9th are available from £129.
For immediate bookings and more information click on www.haven.com or call 0871 230 1900. Facilities vary by date and from park to park and may be subject to extra charge, so check the website for details.
101 Things to do on a Haven park when it rains:
1. Indoor FunWorks Amusement Arcades
2. Heated Indoor Pool Complex’s some with flumes and slides
3. Relax in the Jacuzzi
4. Refresh yourself with Sauna
5. Massages for over 16’s
6. Enjoy a soothing facial
7. Try a Nail Treatment of your choice.
8. Experience Shower – a monsoon shower with different gradients and aromas
9. Fun Kiddies Pools for the little ones
10. NEW Water Walkerz – The Human Hamster Ball
11. Turbo Paddlers – The Pool Pedalo
12. Fun Inflatables – A bouncy castle on water
13. AquaJets – fun sized power submersibles
14. AquaGliders – mini motorised pool Inflatables
15. Water Tots – confidence building for pre school children.
16. Low impact fitness sessions with Aquacise
17. Surf Rider – multi activity teaching programme
18. Chaos and craziness with ‘Family It’s a Knockout’
19. Visit our Luxury Spa Complex’s with treatment rooms
20. All weather bowling greens
21. Watch the kids go crazy in the Children’s Indoor Fun Palaces
22. Indoor SportsDromes for all ages
23. Challenge a family member to a game of Table Tennis
24. Roller Disco – A fun fitness activity for all the family
25. Roller Extreme with tuition for beginners
26. Pilates sessions for over 16’s
27. Show off your skills at the all weather Multi-Sports Courts
28. Little Cub’s Kids Club for 1-4’s
29. Club R&B for 5-11’s
30. T-Co Zone for 12-16+ age groups
31. The FunStars are always around when you’re not sure what’s on and where
32. Enjoy Live Music throughout the season
33. See the top acts at our Cabaret shows
34. Grab a bite and a coffee at the Café
35. Soak up the great family atmosphere at our ShowBars
36. A wide variety of Restaurants on site
37. Get the Family motivated with Kids Alive Wake & Shake sessions
38. Go for gold with New Character Olympics
39. Look out for the special Character Birthday celebrations
40. Every day there is a whole range of Games & Events
41. Start the day with a Character Breakfasts
42. Keep the kid’s entertained with a choice of Pantomimes
43. Join Bradley Bear and friends for a Teddy Bears Picnic
44. Wrestling – action not to be missed
45. Laugh along with the top Comedy and Variety Shows
46. Surf the net with Haven WiFi
47. Get your evening meal delivered to your Holiday Home with Papa Johns Pizza
48. Music, dance, it’s all here at our Multi-Level Entertainment Venues
49. Big Green Weekend – with various indoor and outdoor activities
50. Learn2Swim led by qualified instructors
51. Buy souvenirs at the Box of Tricks Fun Shops
52. Visit our all-in-one Lounge, Bar, Café, the Mash and Barrel
53. Grab a continental coffee from Starbucks
54. Sit back and enjoy the various Stage Shows throughout the season
55. Join the adventure with Zoo Troop Kids Wildlife Conservation Show
56. Play a friend at Pool
57. Try your hand at Darts
58. Indoor Soft Play Areas for the little ones
59. Live Lounge – family entertainment for Free
60. Dine with the family at Sonny Jim’s Buffet & Grill
61. Sample our Traditional Fish & Chips
62. Challenge the family to a game of Mini Ten-Pin Bowling with Bowlingo
63. Get involved with Annabel Karmel’s Creative Kitchen
64. Be amazed by the breathtaking Circus Circus – on tour throughout the Summer season
65. Boogie on down with Disco Decades
66. Stock up at our convenience store
67. Pick up that cheeky red or crisp dry white from our Off License
68. Get you fresh bread and cakes from our on-site Bakery
69. Get to know your favourite Haven Characters with Meet and Greet
70. Experience a song and dance extravaganza with the Summertime Show
71. The best bands live forever with Band Mania
72. Don’t miss Professor Schloops and the Sherbet Blast Machine Show
73. If you are feeling fit, why not work out at the gym
74. Feel like you’re flying with our New Power Fan
75. Play Family Prize Bingo any night in our ShowBars
76. Have you got what it takes to enter our Haven’s Got Talent Competition?
77. Get the family involved in the activities with our Great Family Escapes
78. Trade your pin badges at special organised events
79. Give Table Tennis a go
80. Curb your hunger in Sonny Jims
81. Get up close and personal with the animals at Zoo Lab
82. Get some ‘me time’ in the Steam room
83. Take a dip in the Spa bath
84. Go to the Zoo Troop Prom between 19-23 October
85. Get your washing done on a rainy day at the Launderette!
86. Reinvent yourself with a stylish haircut at the Salon
87. Treat the kids to a Burger King!
88. Hunt your family down with Laser Battle!
89. Play a game of Air Hockey
90. Enjoy the luxury of the Owners Lounge
91. Strut your stuff on the Dance machines
92. Listen to a Story with your favourite character
93. Get involved in the Cheerleading Workshop
94. Don’t miss out with Indoor Crazy Golf!
95. Win a pile of coins in the penny cascade!
96. Curl up with a book in your cosy Holiday Home
97. Buy a DVD in the Shop on Park
98. Watch the latest Sports on the Big Screen
99. Ride a virtual motorbike in the FunWorks
100. See Rory defend his realm in 'Rory and the Dragon'
101. Watch out for Ned's Party Dance Show


Friday, 25 September 2009

Enjoy a meal - and stay for free

AN HISTORIC inn which is situated in one of the most idyllic villages in the Cotswolds is offering guests an autumn treat in the shape of a trio of rooms which can be enjoyed for free when a three-course dinner for two is booked in the award-winning restaurant.

The New Inn in Coln St Aldwyns, which dates from the 16th century, has allocated three out of its 13 rooms each evening between Sunday and Thursday which can be used at no cost when two guests make a dinner reservation.

An inviting menu makes the very most of seasonal, local produce and there are regular changes made by the head chef Oliver Addis, whose direction has seen the restaurant win its two red rosettes award.

Oliver began his career at The Lygon Arms, Broadway when it was part of the Savoy Group before heading off to Australia to broaden his knowledge and experience. On his return to the UK he worked at Eastwell Manor in Kent and progressed to South Lodge Hotel – a four red star hotel in Sussex. Oliver joined the New Inn from Fosse Manor where he was sous chef for two years.

Now the New Inn has just been given a place in the Good Food Guide for 2010 which is bound to add to its popularity as the perfect destination for a break in the Cotswolds.

Close to Cirencester, Burford and Bourton on the Water, the New Inn is easy to reach and only a two hour drive from London – a shorter time than when it was built at the time of Queen Elizabeth 1 when she decreed there should be a coaching inn within a day’s coach and horses drive of every major centre of population.

Full details of the New Inn can be found on its website www.new-inn.co.uk

Bargain breaks for October half term

WITH prices from as little as £179 for a family of six a half term break on a Haven Holiday park works out at less than £30 per person.
Haven say, ‘If you’re a typical ‘Mum and Dad with two kids’ family - bring along the grandparents – the accommodation will still cost the same!’
If you haven’t tried a caravan holiday home – or last stayed in a caravan when the water had to be collected from a standpipe - expect to be surprised. Today’s caravans have come on a long way in terms of design and facilities. Expect contemporary styling, a comfortable lounge area with colour TV or DVD player, a well-equipped kitchen (easy to cook for six - or make use of Haven's restaurants, cafe-bars or take-away options), two or three bedrooms, separate shower and loo. Many top of the range ‘Prestige’ holiday homes even include ensuite facilities. There's more than enough space to share with the grandparents.
Haven’s 35 family holiday parks around the UK are in some fabulous locations with direct access to beaches, coastal walks and some of Britain’s favourite resorts.
There’s plenty to keep everyone happy with indoor heated leisure pools, multi-sports facilities and an extensive programme of daytime and evening entertainment. There are kid’s clubs, character shows with Rory the Tiger and friends, pantos, circus performances and evening entertainment designed to please all ages – from family games and contests to stage-shows, comedy, music, dancing and cabaret.
Check out parks with golf courses, fishing, surfing, horse-riding, climbing walls and boating lakes. Facilities vary from park to park so click on www.haven.com for details.
The special £179 half term deal is available at selected Haven parks including Golden Sands at Mablethorpe, Perran Sands on the North Cornish coast, Presthaven Sands in North Wales and Reighton Sands overlooking Filey Bay in North Yorkshire. The price is for a three night weekend break in ‘Superior’ accommodation arriving on October 22nd.
Click on www.haven.com or call 0871 230 1900 for details.