As our regional blogs come to a close, Tom Proctor takes us through Yorkshire’s finest! A region not best known for its weather, but, as witnessed in the recent City of Culture 2017 draw, a region of culture, beautiful scenery, history, good grub and friendly folk. So… over to Tom! “The often-parodied Yorkshire accent truly is a wonder, much like most of the Yorkshire countryside; famed for its beauty, greenery and stunning landscapes. Throw into the mix some scenic moors and untouched Dales, and you have yourself a great holiday! Not the country walker type? Fear not; Yorkshire is full of vibrant towns and cities, with interesting history, as well as a dash of culture thrown in. Don’t forget your camera, there’s a tonne of stuff to snap! So, let’s discover Yorkshire: Best for lunch: Head to Beverley, a small pretty market town, famous for its Minster. Beverly looks like it’s walked straight off a postcard, with its cobbled streets, markets and fields of grazing cows and wild deer. There’s lots of shops, tea rooms, bars and restaurants so don’t eat too much at breakfast! If you’re more of a thrill-seeker, put your money where your mouth is and check out the racecourse, not far from the town.
We love to hear the stories of our long-standing owners so today we’d like you to meet Mavis and John Hughes!
The Hughes have been caravan owners since 1970 at Haven’s Primrose Valley Holiday Park in Filey, Yorkshire. After a visit to the Blue Dolphin Holiday Park (then named Dennis’ Camp) with John’s uncle and aunty in 1969, they went over to see Primrose Valley and decided to buy a caravan there. Back in 1969, there were only enough pitches for the caravans there so the Hughes couldn’t buy one until the end of the season when a spare site could be made!
I asked Mavis what’s changed in the time they’ve been owners at the park and she told me, “now we have electricity! And water in the caravan; it used to be an outside tap but we were lucky – our van was right next to the tap! There were also no inside toilets. It was, essentially, camping!”
Celebrating 44 years of being owners on the park this year, Mavis told me how they used to and still do enjoy the park.
“We didn’t go in the clubhouse when we first had the caravan as the kids were too small. We’d stay on the playground or go on days out. As the kids grew up, we have lovely memories of making friends in the clubhouse – we’d go in big groups at the weekend, as many as 20 of us – and […]
The Daybreak team came to Primrose Valley with Laura Hamilton (also presenter of Fort Boyard and A Place In The Sun) on July 26th – and what a morning! It was the end of a long week for the ITV crew who had spent the week discovering what is great about holidaying in Britain and they chose Haven to be the grand finale.
They arrived the day before to check out the hot spots on park where they could film and made all the practical plans (like which way the camera would be angled based on where the sun rose) and we decided on the fun and games we would do with our holidaymakers and owners … oh and not forgetting what time to arrange the bacon butties for the crew!
It was an early start getting up at 5am, literally as the day broke, and what a gorgeous day it was too. Our hardworking FunStars had been on stage until 1am but even with only a few hours sleep, they were as bright as ever – encouraging everyone to join in with the activities. The park team set to work setting up the stage for Same Difference Pop Academy and the gunge tanks. By half six around 100 holidaymakers and owners had arrived and willing volunteers were found to be gunged. By 7am there was a run through with all the camera angles and various different activities and by 7.40 […]
Dotty Morrison is a Haven owner at the owner’s only park, Far Grange, in East Yorkshire. We caught up with her to find out the perks of being an owner. How long have you been an owner with Haven? We have been Haven owners for 12 years – we spent 11 years at Thorpe Park, Lincolnshire, and then we moved to Far Grange last summer. We wanted to move to Far Grange as my hubby loves the golf course (I like the clubhouse — the breakfast is great and, that way, I don’t have to cook!) When do you visit your holiday home? We visit most weekends and in the school holidays we take the grandchildren. They love it; there are plenty of things to do to keep them entertained. What’s the best thing about being an owner? The site is very well looked after and we have a lovely, generous private plot. After a hard working week, we love the tranquillity and can chill out.