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Madeleine Woodstock

A helping hand: budgeting for your family holiday this year

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Last year a study was led by an academic from the University of Sussex which concluded that being outside and by the sea is the place that most people are at their happiest. It’s no suprise really as we know that everyone loves a seaside holiday! Holiday budgeting isn’t easy but we understand how important it is when it comes to planning to take your family away, which is why this year we’ve introduced our easy monthly payment plan.

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Anna Duggal

Your top beaches in the UK!

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We asked you on Twitter and Facebook to tell us about your favourite beaches in anticipation for summer and we’ve compiled the best photos below! Thank you for your amazing pictures! Weymouth Bay What beautiful colours for a sunset… Thank you Kasherelle Knight for the photo. Did you know: Weymouth Bay sits on the Jurassic Coast which is said to be millions of years old.

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Madeleine Woodstock

Things to do in Kent

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Kent is also known as the Garden of England because of the number of green and leafy orchards and hop gardens — but did you know it also has 8 blue flag beaches? There are lots of great family days out around the Kent area, both by the sea and inland. Here are some of our favourites, all within an hour or so drive from Allhallows Leisure Park… Some parts of Knole House in Sevenoaks date back to the 1450s – just before the Tudor era! The grounds have remained mostly unchanged for the last 400 years and for £11.25 for a family you can go for a ramble around the impressive estate — keep a look out for deer! You can go into the stately home for an extra price — visit the National Trust website for more information. (55 minutes from Allhallows) The South Foreland Lighthouse Walk in Dover is a ‘secret’, a 4 mile walk starting at the Visitors Centre, over the white cliffs to the Lighthouse and back again. After the walk it’s worth climbing to the top of the lighthouse to take in the amazing 360° view. For more information on the walk click here. For information and admission prices to the Lighthouse click here. (1 hour 15 minutes from Allhallows)

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Madeleine Woodstock

Things to do in Sussex… Brighton!

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Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to take you on a tour around the UK, dropping into regions which house our holiday parks but telling you about the cities, the events and the things to do off park which make that area worth a visit! Sit yourself comfortably, grab a cuppa and tune in whilst Madi starts us off with Sussex — enjoy! Around an hour’s drive or train ride from Church Farm and Combe Haven Holiday Parks is the fun and vibrant city of Brighton & Hove. It has a long and fascinating past from a sleepy fishing village, to a seaside resort in the Georgian and Victorian eras to the vibrant and cultural centre it is today. Here are our top Brighton tips of places to go and things to do…  The city is full of quirky independent boutiques — whether you’re looking for clothes, toys, presents, furniture or homeware… explore the narrow streets in the North and South Lanes to find yourself some new, old, vintage or handmade hidden treasures. Some streets we’d recommend heading down are… Sydney Street, Kensington Gardens, Gardner Street, Bond Street and Meeting House Lane. The Brighton Pier (formally known as the Palace Pier) provides some great views of the city and beachfront and there are lots of arcade machines to keep kids busy! Walk down to the seafront and turn right towards Hove to take in the views of the sea, the [...]

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Madeleine Woodstock

Imagine – 73 years at Church Farm!

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Last month one of our holiday home owners celebrated a very special birthday. Nina Andrews is an owner at Church Farm who not only turned 91 in July, but has also been an owner at Church Farm since 1940 – that makes 2013 her 73rd year on park! The team at Church Farm never need a reason to celebrate, but this was an occasion they couldn’t resist going the extra mile. Nina, or Nana Moon as she is often known, is a well loved member of the Church Farm community and when it was posted on Facebook that she was celebrating her 91st birthday she was inundated with birthday messages. The team printed them all off for her to read through and she now carries them around with her in her handbag! They went to surprise her at her holiday home with a birthday card, a bottle of Bailey’s (which we hear is her favourite) and an Anxious balloon, and she was absolutely thrilled. We wanted to get to know Nana a little better and gave a member of the team at Church Farm the task of interviewing her for us. Julie works at Church Farm as a Park Trainer, as well as other odd jobs like helping with owner events and last week she was helping a black swan that’s being picked on in the lagoon! Her job involves lots of talking to people, which she is very good [...]

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Naomi Woodstock

UK families plant their feet firmly on British beaches in 2012

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Haven has seen an increase in bookings for 2012 holidays of 10% on 2011.  In a recent survey three out of four families said they re-booked with us because the discounts offered real value for money. Last year was difficult for many British families and some say 2012 will be no different. With this in mind we at Haven have decided to keep thousands of prices at the same level as 2011, add to this our early booking offer means that families can get away this Spring from just £79 per family. That’s cheaper than the average day out at a theme park.

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