Monthly Archives: July 2013

Madeleine Woodstock

Allhallows: officially a work of art!

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Earlier this year we received an usual request. An artist who had been commissioned to make a film about the Thames estuary had stumbled across Allhallows and wanted to come and film part of his piece on the park. Filming requests are not so unusual but they are normally for hidden camera shows or documentaries…never before had we had a request for a Haven park to be included in a work of art!

 As an Art History graduate, when the opportunity came up to oversee the filming I jumped at the chance. Nikolaj Larsen is a Danish artist living between Paris and London who for the last few months has been travelling up and down the Thames estuary, capturing every aspect of it from industry to leisure. We had a brilliant couple of days with Nikolaj and his co-artist Yonas at Allhallows trying to catch glimpses of sunshine between the clouds. We met with a couple of our lovely owners who bought their first holiday home at Allhallows back in 1988 as an escape from the city. They filmed with Marty, Allhallows’ resident radio DJ, from the top of the fort with amazing views of the river, and around the park capturing the atmosphere and community spirit. From the footage across the two days, 7 minutes will be edited together and displayed alongside the other areas they have filmed.

So there we have it, Allhallows is officially a work of art! […]

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Anna Duggal

BBC Children in Need fundraising fun continues!

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Here at Haven, we’ve been itching our heads and trying to work out the most fun, enjoyable and interactive ways we can raise lots for BBC Children in Need this year.

On some of our parks, they have already been holding sponsored team ‘gungings’, fun days and carnival parades, with Devon Cliffs raising almost £4000 in one weekend and Primrose Valley raising almost £3000!

But don’t worry – you haven’t missed out! There’s loads planned over the coming months, if you’ve booked or are thinking of booking a holiday with us. If you are thinking about visiting Haven over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (24th/25th) why not consider Devon Cliffs, Caister, Allhallows, Seaview, Thorpe Park or Quay West, for starters, who are all holding fun days in aid of the charity; there will be BBQs, family activities, stalls, dog shows (at Thorpe Park) and competitions to keep all of the family busy!

Also, in September, Pudsey Bear will be travelling around the UK coastline, dropping in at each of Haven’s parks. If you are going to be at Haven or even if you live in the local area, come down and see how Pudsey’s travelling to his next park – he is going by lifeboat, fire engine, vintage car and all sorts of other fun vehicles!

We’ve currently raised a massive £90,000 this year for BBC Children in Need – thank you for your support! And be sure to look out for the team’s fun fundraising events in the coming months!

 

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Anna Duggal

Doggy blogger – part 2

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Dyson and Apollo are two of the many dogs whose owners have holiday homes at Haven. Along with their owner Colleen, they’d like to tell you about why a holiday at Perran Sands is so ideal for the dogs and their dog owner needs! Names:  Dyson and Apollo Walker Breed: Springer Spaniels Age: Dyson 10 years old, Apollo 2 years old Park: Perran Sands Likes: Favourite food is fresh cooked chicken but if made to eat dog food it is always Pedigree.  Love Perran Sands for the vast amount of sand dunes and the free run on the beach.  Like to visit Perranporth, Fistral and Mawgan Porth beaches. We own our own caravan at Perran Sands and really enjoy our time there.  It has miles of dunes and grassy hills to walk over with a lovely sandy beach.  On the beach is an enormous drinking bowl — but don’t be fooled, it doesn’t taste very nice so we would advise you don’t drink out of it…

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Anna Duggal

A fun way to make noise!!

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Anyone visiting Devon Cliffs this year?

Why not check out their new scrap musical instruments! Brian O’Brien, the park’s eco-expert tells us all about their new activity.

“The idea came from Hannah, a team member at Starbucks, who had been in a scrap music band. She came up with a lot of suggestions and examples of the types of stuff they used.

I had been developing an area of woodland for families to explore but wanted some interactive things for them to do and this seemed perfect.

After further research I came up with the Xylophone. I found some old metal caravan supports and got my wife, who is very musical, to help me tune them by cutting them to different lengths. The sound is lovely and quite bell-like!

The grounds boys Mark and Tal made the frame and 2 days later they came back with old drainage pipes made into a thwacker, which is played using a flip flop!

Since then loads more team have approached me and before long we should have a Glockenspiel and some metal drums in there too.

The response has been great from all age groups. I had a granddad in there with his grandchildren the other day hopping around on one leg because they had nicked one of his flip flops!

The children love them as you don’t have to be musical to get a good sound out of them!”

It’s great to hear that Devon Cliffs now have even more interactive stuff for families […]

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