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    English Tourism Week – 29th March to 6th April

    Experience English Tourism Week

    English Tourism Week 2014 takes place from 29th March to 6th April, so get ready to celebrate this event and visit different regions in England. Its a chance to see  England’s stunning scenery, take part in exciting events and view fascinating attractions.  Plus His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is to be Patron of English Tourism Week for the next 4 years giving English Tourism Week a real Royal factor!

    Haven have 35 parks dotted all around the coast so why not come and stay with us holiday park this English Tourism Week?We have plenty to offer to keep your little ones entertained whilst you sit back and relax and it’s a chance to have some family fun! We have parks in different regions around England including Northumberland, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Norfolk, South East England, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and Blackpool and The Lakes.

    Worried about which park to visit in these regions? Worry no more as we have done all of the hard work for you and searched for all the exciting activities and attractions in a few of these regions so all you have to do is look through and pick the region with the perfect activities and attractions to suit your family! Lauren, who visited Haven HQ on her work experience, picks out all the best bits below:

    Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    We have a selection of five different Haven parks for you in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire – Primrose Valley, Blue Dolphin, Reighton Sands, Thorpe Park and Golden Sands. There’s plenty on offer in the local area around these parks so why not pack a bag, grab your flip flops and head down to the coast this English Tourism Week.

    A bit of sweet tooth? Head to the John Bull World of Rock to see the working sweet factory and learn how rock, fudge, biscuits, toffee and chocolate are made. Is this factory sweet enough to tempt you? Why not treat yourself and indulge in some chocolates and sweets and you can even make your own personalised rock to take home to your friends! Head down there for the daily deals and grab yourself a bargain on any sweets or chocolates that take your fancy. There is a total sensory experience where you can touch, see, hear, smell and taste, this is a unique experience and one to remember! Prices are dependent on the time of visit and if you choose to take part in any of the activities whilst on the tour such as making your persona rock then these activities are just £1.00 per person.

    Looking to try something different and unique? Why not try out The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary it offers a unique experience where you can walk through two acres of sand dunes, only fifty metres from the sea and see some of the most stunning wildlife in the country. This is the ultimate experience for you and your family if you are interested in wildlife and looking for that something a extra to make your holiday one to never forget. Admission prices vary depending on the age of the child and family tickets cost just £18.00 based on a family of 4.

    Pleasure Island Family Theme Park, a fun-filled theme park which will  be sure to tire the kids out (always a bonus!).At Pleasure Island Theme Park there are theme park rides, family shows and even character visits. There are many attractions including an amazing sea lion show and a fascinating parrot show. There is also a kiddie zone for the little ones with a lighthouse, flying elephants and a mini pirate ship! This Theme Park offers everything that you would be looking to keep the whole family entertained. The normal admission price for a person over 1 metre is £19.50 and anyone under 1 metre goes free! There are also family tickets available which are £72.00 based on a family of 4

    Learn all about Scarborough's famous Rock (source

    Learn all about Scarborough’s famous Rock (source


    Famed for its Historical value and beauty Norfolk should probably appear next to English Tourism Week in the Dictionary. Plus, lucky Haven fans, we have four parks all within driving distance of Great Yamouth – one of England’s biggest and best seaside resorts.

    Great Yarmouth
    Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson is Norfolk’s most famous son ( so famous they regualry call themselves Nelson’s County on the signs coming in) and you can learn all about him at Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth, discovering his story and connection with Norfolk. Nelson’s Monument is also one of the Seven Wonders of Norfolk – why not make a game and find all seven!

    Bure Valley Railway
    Running through the heart of The Norfolk Broads, the journey begins at Aylsham ending at the capital of The Norfolk Boards, Wroxham.  Running along side the track is the Bure Valley Path so if you fancy a walk its a beautiful scenic track, with the luxury of leisurely ride back on the train if you don’t fancy the walk back!

    Learn all about one of England's greatest writers at Dickens World (source

    Learn all about one of England’s greatest writers at Dickens World (source

    South East England

    There are four different fantastic parks to choose from in South East England and these are The Orchards, Allhallows, Combe Haven and Church Farm. Get out in the South East this English Tourism Week and try something new, different and exciting.

    Staying at The Orchards? Why not take your cheeky monkeys to visit Colchester Zoo, a large zoo with themed enclosures that include the Orangutan Forest, Lion Rock and Penguin Shores. Fancy feeding the giraffes or feeding the elephants, well then Colchester Zoo is the place to be. You can have to unique experience of getting up to nature closer than ever before and you can even go on the Madagascar express road train, and whilst your on the Madagascar express road train why not stop off and get close to the lemurs. Do something different this English Tourism Week, stand out from the crowd and do something different to all of your friends! Prices are dependent on the time of year and age of child, and an extra bonus is that you can park all day free of charge!

    West Sussex
    Grab your flip-flops and head for the beach this English Heritage Week. Why not get down to Bognor Regis to enjoy a fun family experience? Bognor Regis is a small seaside town on the south coast of England in the county of West Sussex. It was once originally a fishing village and it has still got fishermen along with an amazing pier with many activities and two green flag beaches. Bognor Regis is the perfect day out for the whole family with plenty to offer so that no one will get board. There is even a cinema so you could grab something to eat and get down to the cinema to see all of the latest releases.

    Dickens World offers a unique experience where talented guides will bring to life the colourful characters in Dickens’ as you walk through the 90 minute interactive tour which will take you through Victorian Streets. You will learn all about Dickens’ life as a young boy through to adult hood. The experience on the tour is to see what Dickens’ saw, smell what Dickens’ smelt and feel what Dickens’ felt. The talented actors and actresses really do bring this tour to life! This tour offers something different that you have never done before and you have the opportunity to experience this. Prices vary depending on the time and age of child. With all this history under one roof it’s the place to be this English Heritage Week!

    Discover the magic and Mystery surrounding in Somerset (source

    Discover the magic and Mystery surrounding in Somerset (source

    Devon, Cornwall and Somerset

    There are 5 different Haven Holiday Parks in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and these are Devon Cliffs, Riviere Sands, Perran Sands, Doniford Bay and Burnham-on-Sea. Devon, Cornwall and Somerset have plenty to offer right on the South West coast which is the perfect place to spend your English Tourism Week! Experience life at the seaside with classic fish and chips and get out and breathe in the sea air.

    Perranporth, Cornwall
    Want to try something out of the ordinary for a normal working week? Then the Blue Reef Aquarium is perfect for you! It is a beach side aquarium with more than 40 different underwater habitats that are filled with exotic species. The whole family can also enjoy awesome talks and feeds happening throughout the day. Ticket prices vary depending on the age of the child and you can grab a family ticket at the bargain price of just £31.50. It’s a great day out at a value for money price.

    Exmouth, Devon
    Crealy Adventure Park is a theme park with plenty of adventure, a range of rides for all ages and many experiences for the whole family. Crealy Adventure Park is the South West’s number one theme park, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to have family fun whilst in Devon. There is also a Dragon’s Kingdom play zone so why not bring your little dragons along to join in the fun. The ticket prices depend on the time of year, age of the child and the size of the family but you are always guaranteed to grab yourself a bargain price if you book ion advance.

    Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
    It would be a sin to visit  Somerset and not witness the beauty and unique quality of  Cheddar Gorge and Caves. Take your kids on the quest for the crystal inside rock formations and inside the caves. Cheddar Gorge is the biggest gorge in Britain with cliffs rising 450 ft! Give your family a great day out and take them on an adventure that they will never forget. The Crystal Quest is an exciting fantasy of heroes and demons or dragon and elves where good triumphs over evil. All the kids love it so why not head down to keep them entertained and let their imagination run wild. There are also other exciting activities so you can spend the whole day here without any of the family getting bored. Ticket prices depend on the age of the child or grab your-self a family saver ticket at just £57.50. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this mystical adventures!


    Why not set sail down Lake Windermere, Cumbria? (source

    Why not set sail down Lake Windermere, Cumbria? (source

    Blackpool and The Lakes

    Blackpool, Grand Theatre
    Fool  the kids in to learning all about England’s history this week by taking them to Horrible Histories Live on Stage. Barmy Britain makes history fun with actors and ground- breaking 3D special effects. You can hear all about the horrible Henries to the end evil Elizabeth and everything in between! Can you survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience? Tickets start from £12.00 for under 18’s with performances on Wed 26th March – Sun 30th Mar 2013.

    The Lakes
    See The Lake District from another view point by hopping on a boat down Lake Windermere . Windermere Lake cruises also offer a range of different packages sure to impress even the most difficult of characters! Prices start from £8.30 and the boats set sail from Bowness.

     So there we are, no excuse not to celebrate all that is English and what we have to offer, right on your doorstep! Where do you think is fantastically English? Let us know in the comments below.