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Behind the scenes with the Haven FunStars!

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…

First things first… what is a FunStar?

The first thing you’ll notice at Haven is that FunStars are the life and soul of the park. Their job is to bring fun, laughter and entertainment to all our holidaymakers and our visitors will tell you they do a fantastic job. In fact, during our 34 week season they entertain over 3 million guests, which is no mean feat!

What’s more, each and every one of them is dedicated to making your holiday great. After all, singing, dancing and making your holiday special is what they’re all about.

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Top-class family entertainment every night

Our FunStars are real busy bees! From morning til night they offer a jam-packed entertainment schedule – with kids clubs in the daytime and taking to the stage in the evening with live shows and star performances.

Start your day with a delicious character breakfast – a very special way to start the day with your favourite Haven characters and FunStars – but it’s the evening when the real fun starts with shows like FunStar Rockstar (ready to rock with all your favourite anthems) and Live@ (Live Lounge style acoustic performances).

And if your kids are aspiring FunStars, there are plenty of ways for them to get their five minutes of fame. Show off your talent in our Haven’s Talented Seaside talent show or pick up some top tips from the experts at our Pop Academy Master Class with X Factor stars Same Difference.

We’ve got some new activities for little ones this year including Anxious’ Sensory Morning for babies and Ned’s Tots and Tunes for toddlers, as well as Mini Stompers (think Zumba for kdis!) and of course the brilliant Seaside Squad shows with Rory and the gang. During the school holidays we really step up our entertainment schedule with an exciting line up of shows too including Cinders – The New Musical, and Summer Mania Wrestling!

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Becoming a FunStar

Ever wondered how FunStars become FunStars?

Well, we need hundreds of FunStars to keep the guests in our 35 parks entertained so each year we run a recruitment drive to discover Haven’s next top talent at www.funstartalent.com. We hold auditions up and down the country to find the very best singers, dancers, presenters and entertainers. Our FunStars are beginning their training this week in preparation for when our parks begin opening mid March – we’re so excited for the best season yet!

To prove they’ve got what it takes, aspiring FunStars need certain special qualities. Above all they must be fun – that’s absolutely vital. Secondly, they must be able to sing, dance, act and present. In other words, they need to be really multi-talented!

Many of our FunStars will tell you that it’s the best job they’ve ever had – some of them were even inspired to become one on their own holidays at Haven. Nathan, a FunStar at Craig Tara had this to say about his job:

“I’ve always wanted to be FunStar, ever since I was very small. We used to go on family holidays to Primrose Valley every year and I just remember seeing the FunStars (and Havenmates!) and wanting to do what they do… wanting to be on stage and performing!

For me the best thing about being a FunStar is knowing that you are making memories for families. I love all the aspects of my job, especially singing in the show team but there’s nothing more rewarding than getting to know a family and giving them the best holiday I can.

If I was to describe my job in three words they would be: rewarding, amazing and as Rory the Tiger… says tigertastic!”

And to prove just how talented our performers are, some of them go onto really big things – did you know Duncan James from Blue was once a FunStar?

Well now you know!

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