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Haven - Family fun
Golden Sands Holiday Park
Member Name: takeachance
Golden Sands Holiday Park
Advantages: Good beach location, great pool, family fun activities
Disadvantages: Cold at night as no heaters in the bedrooms!
We booked a last minute Bank Holiday break at Golden Sands, Haven Resort in Mablethorpe. Booking just six days in advance we still managed to find a bargain on their website of a 6 berth Fri - Mon Bank Holday break for £149.
3 nights accomodation, entertainment during the day and all evening at just £25 a head, to put it into perspective.
We found the location very easily as it was well sign posted before reaching Mablethorpe. Checking in was a doddle and it literaly took us three minutes to check in and take our keys.
Finding our caravan proved a little more difficult, mainly due to me holding the site map upside down methinks!
Actually once we'd found our number it was quite nicely located only a short four minute walk from the shops /arcades/ entertainment and a mere seven minute walk to the pool.
Anyway back to the caravan. It was only a Standard that we had paid for so we weren't expecting too much but were actually pleasantly suprised. The van seemed fairly new and clean and the floors were vinyl - Yippee - I cant stand other peoples dirty carpets full of stains and pet hairs !
A six berth consists of two bedrooms, 1 double with an en-suite toilet (but no sink) and a twin. The other bed is a bed settee in the living area.
The bathroom had a decently powered shower sink and toilet and I must say looked clean enough to use straight away.
The living area as mentioned consisted of the bed settee as mentioned, a table and benches, a large wall mirror, a small tv, a gas fire and a partitioned kitchen area which included gas oven and microwave. There was enough crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils for the six of us.
We werent planning on spending much time in the van, it was simply somewhere to lay our head so we were suitably happy with the acommodation. Friday night we went straight out to find some tea on-site.
At this site there is a fish and chip shop, pizza takeaway, spar shop and an on-site pub with full pub menu for adults and children.
During our stay we tried the fish and chips and ate at the pub, both of which were good.
I must also mention the 4-5 odd leaflets we were handed for various Indian and chinese restaurants that delivered to the site. We did attempt to order an Indian on one occasion but were told that the wait would be an hour.
During the day there was plenty of entertainment for all ages. From indoor craft / activities and games to more adventurous outdoor activities all on site. Some activities were free and others ranged from £3 - £10+.
What we soon discovered was that alot of these activities were fully booked by Saturday.
We did manange to book the children into two paid activities. Power jets in the pool area which at £3 for 1/2 hour were fantastic fun and were available for ages 4-8.
The second activity was only for the older child. Rope walking was for ages 8+ and I must admit was very scary! My 9 year old neice was a fantastic sport and completed the course but I must say that as a spectator my nails suffered!
It didn't really matter that we couldnt get into any other activities as we used the free pool daily. I must say it was one of the nicest pools for families in a resort like this that we have ever seen. Its a beach pool and even at the deepest end is only 1.2 meters. The long water slide was a huge hit with the children too. My only gripe would be that there are only 6 showers for all to use and there was a queue every day. There are also only 2 hairdryers available to use but Im assuming the lack of facilities is because everyone is under a 10 minute walk from their van.
There are also bikes to hire on site and a free indoor play area which was very convenient to pop into whenever a storm cloud passed!
The evening entertainment started at 6pm with a character show which I must say was extremely loud. THe younger children ( 4 and 5) in our party enjoyed this every evening but it was a little young for the 9 year old although she was soon tempted down to the dance floor with the disco and party games. The staff are really good with the children and try to include as many as possible.
Next up was the obligatory Family Bingo! This really is just a bit of fun with prizes ranging from sweets to stuffed toys.
As well as all the activities on site the park is well positioned a short 5 minute walk across the road from the beach. The beach was clean and absoloutely full of shells which kept the girls busy for hours.
The only thing that really let us down was the typical British weather and we are now counting the days to our holiday to the Meditteranean !
Summary: It is what you make it!