Monthly Archives: November 2013

Anna Duggal

Ever wanted to be one of Haven’s Funstars?

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Now’s your chance!

We are recruiting our 2014 team so scribble down a location, time and date and get down to one of our open auditions this December – see you there!

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Anna Duggal

Haven’s Talented… Nicky Mcdonald & Joe Evans!

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If you’ve ever visited Haven, you’ll know that our fantastic Funstar entertainment teams are always right in the middle of all of the fun! When they aren’t singing and dancing on stage or entertaining you guys with their terrible jokes (!), they’re leading the kids’ activities and helping the rest of the park team out with anything from check-in to charity events.

But at Haven, it isn’t all about being entertained. We love to give you a chance to wow everyone too!

In our ‘Haven’s Talented Seaside’ evening shows, our guests are given the opportunity to sing, dance or joke their way into our hearts in this competition! Throughout the summer, on different Haven parks, there will be individual shows, and then the winners from each holiday park are given the opportunity to compete against one another for the overall title!

We’ve been flicking through our archives and found a couple of faces you might just recognise…

Nicky Mcdonald

Nicky got to the Haven’s Talented Seaside final in 2010 – when he was just 13! The youngster is now performing on The X Factor (and doing quite well, I might add!) and it’s great to see that he has come on so much since we saw him on our stage at Primrose Valley so long ago! We’re #TEAMNICKY all the way!!

 

 

Joe Evans

Joe Evans, now 13, won Devon Cliff’s Haven’s Talented Seaside in 2012 and has since been the leading man in Scouting for Girls and […]

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Anna Duggal

Taking in Devon…

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Buckle yourselves in — our lovely Tom Proctor is going to take you on a rollercoaster ride of things to do in Devon! “Devon’s a county of beauty, wonder and excitement. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze while you’re at the beach; get a taste of the local farmers markets at Dartmoor’s National Park, or check out Torquay’s large, bustling harbour. For the more adventurous, take a splash in the sea along Devon’s Jurassic coastline, have some retail therapy (or just explore) Exeter or go surfing on North Devon’s terrific waves. Either way, there are bags of fun to be had. Head to Plymouth for the ‘Mayflower’. You’ve got the Mayflower Museum, the Barbican’s quaint cobbled quayside and if you want a paddle about, head to the Mountbatten Watersports Centre. Visit the website for more information here. For award-winning restaurants, culture, history and beauty, head to the city of Exeter. Check out the 15th century Cathedral, surrounded by designer shops, lovely restaurants and art galleries. Visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum or go fetch yourself an ice cream and Devon cream tea from the chocolate-box town Budleigh Salterton, only ten minutes away by car.

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Anna Duggal

Things to do in Cornwall

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Fancy a trip to Cornwall? Our intern, Tom Proctor, has been pulling together all of his regional recommendations for you below! “Cornwall’s famous for its dramatic coastline and spectacular beaches and, of course, the little things like Cornish Pasties – loved the country over – and delicious cream teas. There’s probably loads you don’t know about Cornwall as well though, the pounding surf makes for great watersport activities, the many harbours are the best place to sample plenty of fresh seafood and the area is home to fascinating prehistoric remains. Head to the Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps and remember your camera (just don’t lean over the cliff too far, there’s a big drop below!) You’ll get some great views over the huge rock stacks and there are some great walks in the area. Whilst you’re in that area, why not drop into Padstow too – it’s a lovely area for its beaches, boat trips and crabbing. Read more here. Perranporth Beach is another spot to visit for a grand day out. It’s a clean beach with dog friendly areas too so no-one misses out. It’s also a nice spot for a bit of surfing or body boarding, whichever you prefer!

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Anna Duggal

Haven Holiday’s interactive ‘Pudsey around our parks’ 2013 Infographic

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In September, Pudsey Bear went on a 25-day whirlwind tour of the UK – stopping at our 35 coastal holiday parks on the way! The fantastic Haven team and holidaymakers were raising money for BBC Children in Need to help us reach our £200,000 fundraising target.

Kicking off the trip at Haven HQ in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, on the 31st August, Pudsey travelled 2,155 miles around the whole British coastline, travelling by speedboats, trains, horse and carts and fire engines between the holiday parks.

Alongside this event, the parks have been putting on fun days, concerts, bake sales and sponsored Quadrathlons, a Guinness World Record beating the ‘longest ever game of pool’ and teams climbing peaks, such as Kilimanjaro! From this, I am happy to report, we have now flown over the £200,000 target, thanks to the creativity, time and effort and generosity of everyone involved.
To see how much money each park raised and discover who Haven’s top fundraisers were, click the name of each park on the interactive map below. To view the next one, remember to click ‘close’ to open another one. Enjoy![raw]

Pudsey around the parks

Craig Tara
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Craig Tara
£8,210
818 Miles

Removal Van

10th September

Lakeland
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Lakeland
£3,495
994 Miles

Car

11th September

Cala Gran
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Cala Gran
£6,318
1,061 Miles

Park Bus

12th September

Marton Mere
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Marton Mere
£2,777
1,069 Miles

Tractor

12th September

Presthaven Sands
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Presthaven Sands
£3,428
1,161 Miles

Fire Truck

13th September

Hafan Y Mor
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Hafan Y Mor
£7,196
1,226 Miles

Bus

14th September

Greenacres
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Greenacres
£2,057
1,237 Miles

Yacht

15th September

Quay West
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Quay West
£1,586
1,319 Miles

Bus & Speedboat

15th September

Lydstep Beach
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Lydstep Beach
£906
1,375 Miles

Open top bus

16th September

Kiln Park
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Kiln Park
£4,442
1,378 Miles

Bus & Boat

16th September

Burnham on Sea
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Burnham on Sea
£4,691
1,527 Miles

Vintage Car

17th […]

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Naomi Woodstock

I have my RYA Level1 – do you have yours?!

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 I used to go sailing with my dad and, the last time I was left in charge of a boat, I was 14. Between me and my friend, not only did we capsize it but we managed to get the mast stuck on the bottom of the river Thames and my poor dad had to dive into the filthy water to free it!! So when my husband suggested we have some sailing lessons before we embarked on a flotilla holiday, I thought… probably a good idea! Lucky for me, I work for Haven so I  knew we could do this at the sailing school at Rockley park, in Dorset. So we decided to sign up for the RYA  level 1 course and book into a caravan – making a weekend of it. We took the Friday off work and checked in just after lunch; it’s been a while since Rob has stayed in a caravan and he was most impressed by our Prestige caravan with its gas central heating, double glazing and en suite loo!

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