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Seaview holiday park in Weymouth belongs to the Haven chain of resorts. As a child I spent every year at Butlins ( which coincidently are Havens big brother , owned by the same company ). However as an adult when I've been looking around for somewhere to take my own children ( I have four of them for my sins! ) Joseph who's 14 , Declan who's 12 , Caitlin who's 10 and 6 month old Jessica , I've found Butlins just too pricey.
Haven have been a grand alternative. You don't have Red Coats here , you have 'Fun Stars' the staff are overwhelmingly helpful and manage to walk around with a constant smile on their faces.
Weymouth is a beautiful seaside town with a fantastic beach and a well equipt town center. Situated in Dorset there is plenty to offer outside of the resort which is walking distance from town. Some of the local attractions include
Weymouth Sea Life Park & Sanctuary
This delightful town is home to no less than three Haven resorts , Seaview , Littlesea and Weymouth Bay. All three resorts are close to each other and each offers a slightly different stay , Seaview for example is the quietest of the holiday camps. Weymouth Bay has the most entertainment but if you stay at Seaview you are able to use Weymouth Bays facilities too which is great.
In all camps there are swimming pools both indoor and outdoors, sports facilities and entertainment venues. The clubs in the daytime run activities for children of all different age groups and put on events to keep them happy. In the night time parents and youngsters can go to the indoor venues and have a drink or two whilst watching some live entertainment and the children get to have a dance at the discos put on for them by the ever happy Fun Stars and Rory the Tiger ( I swear the 'tiger dance' song will drive you crazy! ).
The one annoyance for me is the Arcades which you have to walk through to get to the entertainment centre club so there's no avoiding them and which the children found completely addictive , this resulted in me putting my hand in my purse several times an evening! At least you know they cant wander too far though as the site has security staff on all the main doors to keep an eye on things and as a company Haven only allow 'family' groups on these holidays so you're guaranteed not to be caught in the midst of a bunch of drunken yobs ( unless you count us parents! haha )
There are a choice of restaurants at each site offering everything from basic bar snacks to a full menu , however if you just fancy some fish and chips whilst your enjoying your evenings entertainment you can buy those inside the venue and eat them at your table , lovely! Your accomodation is self catering of course and there is a shop on site that offers all the essentials you might needlike bread and milk .There are supermarkets just up the town if you'd prefer to do your own cooking whilst away.
Accommodation is basic but comfortable in the form of mobile style caravans and you can pick a 'standard' through to 'prestige' caravan, although we have always just gone for 'standard' and its been fine. We feel we really don't go on holiday to sit in the accommodation anyway! Regardless of the standard you choose all accommodation comes with
Fully equipped modern kitchen
Shower & Toilet
Pillows & Duvets
Free Gas and electric
Not that I think you would want to or have the time (but who am i to judge?) there is also Wifi internet access everywhere on site including your accommodation. Oh and I should add that should you wish to stay using your own motor home or even in a tent that's OK too!
All in all this is a fantastic value for money holiday. The children are safe and entertained , giving mum and dad a break, its exceptionally reasonable price wise and the website always has lots of last minute offers on. Check them out here www.havenholidays.co.uk
*you can find this review under my name Xonica on Ciao also*
I remember the cottage in Tubbercurry, Co.Sligo, Ireland. It belonged to my grandparents, where my family and I visited two or three times a year. This took place between 1970 to 1987.
It was big, but cold at night and sometimes spooky. We used to have a wash at the old kitchen sink, because there wasn't a bath. Of course, there was a toilet downstairs. It was always so scary at night, when you crept quietly down each step and failing when both feet touched a creaking floor board.
There were two rooms downstairs. One bedroom and the kitchen/diner. The kitchen/diner overlooked the long garden, where my grandad would grow cabbages. Everyone seemed to gather there in the evenings. I remember the fun and games we all had in that room. Gran used to get the draught board out or the playing cards, and we would play for hours. If we weren't playing games we were having a sing-song and dance, which was fun.
My cousins from Sligo would come to visit us and we would all have a laugh. Meal times were a fiasco. There was no such thing as having a cooker then. My mother would cook on the range. It was filled with coal and gave out warmth and comfort.
There were only two comfortable armchairs in the room. My grandad would sit in one and gran would sit in the other.
The long wooden table gave at least ten places at each meal time. I remember the hot mash, bacon and green cabbage that was served onto our plates. We sneered and turned up our noses. We would try our best to get away without eating, but my mother would never give in to our moans. Eventually, we would eat every last bit off our plates, if we wanted to go outside and play some more in the fields across the road. Thats where we could run and play with the other kids.
There was the time, when my grandad brought in some rabbits for dinner. He hunted them with dogs and then brought them home. He prepared them by skinning them and then he would give them to my mother to cook. That had been the most awful day of my life. I had refused to eat it, but my mother made me by saying I would not be allowed to go outside and play. My stomach had turned sick at the sight of it on my plate.
That was my last happy day there, because the next time we visited, was to attend my grandmother's funeral, which I have never forgotten. I have not been back there for eighteen years. Of course, it would never be the same again, as this cottage has now been sold.
I remember the day my gran died, because they had a wake in the room she had passed away in that night. It was a horrible thing to do, but it was traditional and a kind of respect for the person that had passed on.
In a way it was a frightening experience for me and my brothers, because we hadn't witnessed anything so sinister in our lives before.
The next day was the worst. Especially, for me. When I walked into the hallway passing the room where my gran had been laid to rest, I felt a strange feeling of lurking in the corridor. It was like a shiver that ran through my body. Something was there watching us. I knew who it was. It was my gran, watching over us as usual.
That night, when I had gotten into bed, I thought I was asleep but then I looked around me and there I saw my gran all lit up. She was like a bright illumination in white. To this day, I can still not tell whether it had been a dream or a real experience in seeing a ghost of someone very close that had recently passed away. The one thing I am certain about and that is the experience of seeing a ghost in Ireland, because I have been told that there are lots more in these Irish lands.
This has also been posted to www.ezinearticles.com using my pen name Dee Lake.
Scarborough is in my opinion the best seaside resort in the UK. I've been there about 30 times and it still hasn't lost any of it's magic for me or my family.
If like me you have kids, then I would highly recommend Scarborough. I tend to find that it the kids are happy then it makes for a more enjoyable holiday. Obviously the beach is a big attraction. There is a big park called Kinderland where you pay to get in, but once you're in everything is free. In Kinderland there are lots of activities for kids from the usual playground attractions to crazy golf, go karts, giant chess and draughts, an indoor soft play, roller skates, canoes and family boats and a giant water slide plus lots more.
Peasholm park is really lovely. Again it has canoes and family boats for hire although you can get a ride round the lake in a boat called The Swan Princess. Putting is on offer in Peasholm park and there is also a kind of floating bandstand in the middle of the wee lake where they regularly have someone playing the organ. This is really soothing and relaxing on a sunny day whilst you can enjoy your ice-cream or ice-lollies bought from the shops in the park. Peasholm park is also lovely to have a wee stroll round.
At night Scarborough has lots to offer from restaurants to cinemas to family shows at the Spa Theatre. The front is ideal for strolling along at nigh and is beautifully lit up. There are plenty of kids rides interspersed with lots of wee shops. The fish and chips are to die for as are the hot doughnuts.
The only thing that I could say against Scarborough is that it is quite hilly although that has never put us off going there.
Holiday Rep.Does it sound glamourous? All the days out in the sun,nights out with other reps and friends.Not so! The true life of a holiday rep is: Endless hours spent at the airport waiting for delayed flights after being picked up at 01.00. Probably not getting back to your room until 08.00, then welcome meetings start at 14.00. Dealing with complaints about everything from peeling paint to dirty rooms. Running away from clients to protect yourself when they get violent because all your rooms are full and you cannot move them instantly. Comforting clients at any time of the day or night when fatal accidents happen or even natural deaths. Organising the bodies to be flown back and helping relatives get earlier flights home. Helping clients who have been assaulted or raped, taking them to the medical centres to be checked by a doctor,then to the police station. (these nearly always happen at night). Normal everyday duties like transfers to the airport. Delivering departure details.Ensuring minor and major repair jobs in accomodations are taken care of without delay. Have one day off a week and even then you may have to attend pool parties etc in the evening. You get less than £10 daily, (try living on that) and live in accomodation without any cooking facilities. Try your best to sell excursions (to earn a bit of commision) to unhappy guests who don't really want to listen because they want to complain. If your thinking of doing it, think hard!!!
This is situated in the beautiful region Jura. It is set around a lake, which has it's own beach, with refreshment facilities. The water is beautifully clear and as well as swimming you can take boats and pedaloes onto it. The site itself has a real european flavour; when we were there most of the other clientele were Dutch. The facilities are first class, and most are built in one central area; washing machines/driers, a shop stocked with basic provisions, the bar and restaurant area were very popular and overlook the pool complex. There is also a playground for older children. The pool was very cold during our stay, so we preferred to swim in the lake. Tents are situated near the above facilities in either rows or groups and the Keycamp mobile homes were set on the upper terraces, and area called 'panoramic'. If you are disabled or infirm you would need to drive to the top as it is a steep climb.
We've all seen the offers in the papers - collect so many tokens and get a holiday for £15.00 per person, but what sort of holiday do you get? The answer is simple - brilliant value for money at a reasonable price. Last year we booked a holiday through one of the Sun offers - it worked out at £15.00 per person. You have to pay a minimum of £60 - equivalent to four people going, then add on the price of your gas, electric and entertainment. We went to Great Yarmouth, a family of three in a nice caravan fully equipeed with tv, fridge, microwave etc. The caravan was a comfortable size for the three of us, and even though it was early in the season, the park had all the facilities we needed, play area for the kids, clubhouse for the adults, shop, laundrette etc, and was right noext to the beach. I would definetly recommend collecting the tokens next time you see an offer like this - it's a great way of having a four night break away at a fraction of the cost if you booked with the site operator yourself. The park we were on was with Haven, and we saved over £150 on accommodation prices by using the offer. The only downside is the choice of areas - you give four choices of parks and four choices of dates, but you may end up with something different depending on availability, so you need to be a bit flexible.