FunStars are a huge part of every Haven holiday – providing the iconic evening entertainment that generations of holidaymakers know and love. Lots of our younger guests leave Haven wanting to become a FunStar when they’re older! But who are the FunStars and what do they get up to on the park? We’re here to spill the beans on everything – even how to become one yourself…
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 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, now 13, won Devon Cliff’s Haven’s Talented Seaside in 2012 and has since been the leading man in Scouting for Girls and […]
We are so excited about our summer musicals that are touring our parks during the school summer holidays. Our in house creative team have been working hard to put together two shows that will amaze and entertain the whole family!
The journey started way back in March where we held castings for the performers in our exclusive summer musicals. We saw over 500 performers for the shows who were put through their paces in multiple rounds of auditions in order to secure their parts.
So what are these musicals all about I hear you cry??
Cinders – The New Musical
This is a contemporary take on the classic pantomime Cinderella. Join Cinders, Buttons, Prince Charming and the evil step mum Cruella for a side splitting carry on that will have all the family in stitches. Just like any other Pantomime the show is in two acts and features lots of audience interaction so our audiences will get that true feeling of being at a pantomime with lots of other surprises in store too. Cinders has an elaborate stage set that transports the audience into a not too distant world that will no doubt be familiar to them.. You’ll see what we mean when you see the show!!
Clockwork – Music, Mystery and Illusion
With our brand new touring spectacular Clockwork; there is no time for the ordinary. You will be transported into a world of twisted reality where time and clocks are the new gods! […]
Over the winter months, our Ents team handpick the finest entertainers from around the UK to be FunStars. These 300 talented performers get a chance to do everything from being game show hosts and leading messy morning sessions in the kids clubs to starring in the evening shows singing and dancing. Our FunStar team are a core for much of the activity and entertainment which goes on at a Haven park. We love to catch up with past FunStars, see how our current team were influenced by their past trips to Haven and how the children who visit our parks dream of growing up and being one! Past Chris Wright, an auctioneer, was a ‘Havenmate’ back in 1991 at Riviere Sands after his mum pushed him to audition, as she and his dad met on a holiday park in the 60s! ‘It wasn’t a job, it was a way of life. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love. I got to be a celebrity on a small scale, and learnt an enormous amount. The real benefit is how much character it gives you. After a season or two you can walk into any job facing the public. I can still do bits of the party dances! I doubt I could get through an entire song but at the time we were as smooth as a polished Ferrari!’ Present Gracie Zimmermann, a current Haven FunStar, told us her highlights of her [...]
I’ll set the scene: it’s a beautiful sunny day in Hastings; the lifeguard’s cleaning the outdoor pool, the owners’ team are having a BBQ, there are kids eating ice cream outside the Mash & Barrel and Christopher Maloney is in the live lounge performing an incredible sound check.
As a huge X Factor fan, I was excited to meet scouse Chris, so between autographs and photos with the 2012 finalist, we managed to get a quick interview.
Check it out below!