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    The Hughes story…why they decided to buy a caravan

    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!

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    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 have a dance and a laugh. The live bands were great.

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    “Nowadays though, there are loads more facilities for owners with the lounge and fun classes and activities. I like to go to the flower arranging group. Now we live 5 minutes away in Filey so we let out our caravan and go in just for the odd days and for weekends – I like to go and see my friends on the park that I’ve had now for 18 years and we like to take walks on the beach with my dog.”


    Being a caravan owner with Haven offers different holidays and memories for every family. It’s lovely to see how the Hughes family’s use of the park and facilities changed as their family grew up and their wants and needs changed. Have you ever thought about buying a caravan? For more information, click here