Happy hellish holiday

Is this hell, or is this a holiday camp? – my happy hellish holiday

Is this hell, or is this a holiday camp? Welcome to my happy hellish holiday. I love great british holidays. It’s all I’ve ever really known aside from a med cruise we took to celebrate getting my first job. I’m about to share with you my warped and twisted view of my surroundings at a british holiday camp. On this occasion we visited Haven, and it was amazing. They all pretty much follow the same script though. Enjoy.

It’s like something out of any sane person’s nightmares. Kids running at you from different directions as if running from an incoming asteroid. Taking it in turns to scream and cry. Or so it seems on face value. You can’t hear them as their screams are drowned out by the sound of cheesy pop tunes from the 90’s. All the classics are their. Steps, Busted, Cotton eye Joe and 5ive. Ah gotta love the dance move era. It’s a total cheese fest.

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The kids have been on the go all day. Like greyhounds in the race trap, that caravan door bursts open at 9am and they are off. Park, swimming, beach, amusements, repeat on a loop until one by one they flake out.

But what are they running on? Never you fear, here in hell they have an endless supply of fruit shoots, slushies, chips and nuggets, all washed down with a bucket of candy floss and a bag of sweets. Your kids will be on the most epic sugar rush and you’ll be there to take the tantrums and meltdowns as the rush wears off.

happy hellish holiday

But what about you, poor naive parents? Who innocently booked this ticket to hell thinking it would be fun. Heck they sold it to you as a holiday! Never fear, after spending a restless night sleeping in a freezing caravan on a mattress filled with rubble, you will be feeling on top of your game…..no? This is where your resistance to alcohol disables and you suddenly feel the urge to down pints of cider and glasses of wine. After watching the kids eat their body weight in nuggets, burgers and chips, you can’t bear the sight of anymore. So your food sustenance shall be Sahara nuts and krax snax crisps.

Joking aside, we’ve just spent a blissful week in a prestige Caravan at Haven Doniford Bay in Somerset. It was incredibly amazing to say the least and my satirical observations were made whilst slightly tipsy.

happy hellish holiday

What are your experiences of holiday camps? We all know there’s a little bit of hell in there somewhere. Don’t we?

Checkout the haven site now. We booked using The Daily Mail Β£15 holidays and upgraded to a prestige on arrival. Vouchers can also collected for cheaper holidays from The Sun on the Β£9.50 deal. Both tend to be term time though. Haven, Doniford Bay

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45 thoughts on “Is this hell, or is this a holiday camp? – my happy hellish holiday”

    1. Yeah I always used to go as a kid. It feels the same to me. But they don’t do the “haven holiday song” or the “tiger tiger Tiger tiger tiger tigerrrrr cluuuub” song lol.

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    1. Ah they really are great. I genuinely enjoy the whole concept. Just dawned on me how crazy it all gets once the kids are all feeling tired and overwhelmed lol.

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  1. Ive got to be honest, we spent every summer holiday growing up on a campsite, either in a caravan, in an awning attached to a caravan or in a tent…as soon as i had the choice of where to go and what to do as a holiday I kissed the idea of camping goodbye….even now and then when i feel nostalgic and id love for Arthur to experience it one day, my husband cant stand camping so i think id have a fight on my hands #kcacols

    1. Oh I really don’t think I’m a camping kind of girl. A caravan is really my limit. I love my memory foam bed at home far too much and struggle to find a comparison on holiday, hence the mattress full of rubble comment lol

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  2. Never been to a Haven, though I did go to Butlins when I was a kid. Don’t remember much about it though. It was in Skeggy. It rained. Other than that I’m at a loss. Maybe we’ll take Snappy to a holiday camp. It’ll be a good experience for my American wife too. #kcacols
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  3. We’ve done holiday camps for the last four years and they’ve been great, but also had their hellish moments too! This year we are renting our own private cottage, I feel like I need a break from the chaos of a holiday camp for one year at least! #kcacols

    1. That’s a very good analogy. I love a good analogy lol. I’m totally into gin with sparkling water and elderflower or lime cordial. Cousin in law got me onto it. It’s hydrating as well as good at taking the edge of the craziness lol. So no hangover ;p

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    1. Oh no you really must. There’s a good time to be had by all. It’s just fueled by all the naughty things in life lol

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  4. To be honest holidays anywhere with kids are kind of the same, well the meltdowns are anyway! A mum at school summed it up perfectly same parenting sh*t just a different postcode lol!! #KCACOLS

    1. Yep lol. The first time I went on holiday as a mum I was like “shit” this isn’t a holiday anymore. Everything was just ten times harder because we had to cart everything with us. As he gets older it’s getting easier so hoping that it only improves over time. Definitely need a different definition for the term ‘holiday’ when young kids are involved ;p

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  5. Haha – I’ve never been to a holiday camp. I’m not sure how well I would cope as I’m not a very participation orientated person, but I can see why people like them! #KCACOLS

    1. Oh no! Book a girlie break with a fellow mum and just you and the kiddies. Or a female relative. Or book one as a surprise for your hubbie. I bet he’d love it. There are a lot of independent companies out there now too. I’m itching to visit Bluestone in Wales. That looks like an amazing site. As does Ladram Bay in Devon. Both on my to do list.

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    1. Yes we are the same in terms of exploration. We tend to use caravan, holiday camps more as a base and just utilise the evening entertainment. Centreparcs is different. We tend to stay on site as there is more to do throughout the day and it’s cost so much to be there we want to get our monies worth lol.

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  6. No word of a lie, I’m actually writing this from a Haven caravan in Weymouth πŸ˜‚ and God am I already feeling the pain. At least it’s only for a week then I can go back to normal life πŸ˜• #kcacols

    1. Lol. See I genuinely enjoyed it. I don’t think the post has come across just how impressed I was with the site lol. It’s literally just the concept and the hilarity of the kids all having breakdowns because they majorly excited but completely shattered and totally overwhelmed. All whilst the parents are living and praying they they go home feeling like they have had some kind of holiday when in truth that’s never going to happen when you have little ones lol.

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  7. Sounds like you had really great time! I’ve never been in caravan and I don’t know how it looks like to be on caravan holidays but my friend is doing it every year and she loves it
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