10 best Haven holiday parks - 2021
There are more than 30 Haven holiday parks in the UK but we’ve picked 10 which we think are the best. We looked at various factors including hundreds of visitor reviews from different websites, as well as facilities and location.
In my view, Haven Holiday Parks are better than most of the big chains of caravan site, although the quality does vary. As a general rule you’ll find they aren’t the cheapest, but they work out as good value if you fill up a caravan or if you can avoid the busiest weeks (see our other tips for saving money on Haven holidays). They are ideal for families who want plenty to do, but are generally less suited for romantic couples looking for silence.
It's worth noting that you can choose whether or not to pay to use the facilities at a Haven holiday park. If you just want a base for exploring and might use the onsite restaurants then I would go for a Haven Stay holiday. If you want to use the swimming pools, watch the entertainment and try out activities then you need to pick a Haven Stay + Play holiday (read our blog about Haven Stay + Play if you're undecided).
For our price comparison we looked at one week in August 2021 and have given awards for the cheapest in our top 10 and for the best value Haven holiday park in Britain.
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1. Hopton Holiday Village – Norfolk
**Winner: best value holiday park**
Hopton Holiday Village is one of the highest-rated Haven holiday parks in the whole country, with an average score of 4.5/5 on Trip Advisor, 4.5/5 on Google Reviews or 8.1/10 on Hoseasons.
It’s a short drive to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk or Lowestoft in Suffolk so there are lots of family friendly attractions nearby.
Hopton is right by a sandy beach and the park itself is well equipped with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, minigolf, tennis courts, fencing and a bowling green. A new 'entertainment arena' opened at Hopton in 2019 with a couple of restaurants as well as soft play.
The other Haven park in Norfolk worth considering is Wild Duck Holiday Park which also gets rave reviews. Both of them are dog friendly holiday parks.
Price comparison: £972 for a family of four for a week in August 2021 (standard caravan). That price was for a Monday arrival, it costs about £150 more for a Saturday arrival. Our prices are based on Haven Stay + Play, which means you can use the facilities. If you just want a base for exploring, you can save some money by picking the Haven Stay option when you book.
2. Hafan y Môr Holiday Park – North Wales
If you want a big and busy Haven caravan park in Wales, I would go for Hafan y Môr Holiday Park which had a big revamp in 2019.
It's got nine restaurants, nine play areas and a big swimming pool with a four lane waterslide. There's also an 'adventure village' called Dragon Lakes which has things like high ropes courses, a boating lake and a sports court. Back-to-nature type activities including treasure hunts, den building, bug hunts and bushcraft. You have to pay extra for some things but Haven activities are usually cheaper than Center Parcs.
Customers give it 4/5 on TripAdvisor whilst it scores a very impressive 4.5/5 on Google reviews.
You can walk down to a (mostly stony) beach and it's a dog friendly holiday park.
Price: £1070 for a week in a 'standard caravan' for a family of four in August 2021.
An alternative is Greenacres Holiday Park, which is another Haven holiday park in North Wales with good reviews. It isn't quite as big but it's well placed for exploring Snowdonia and is has a popular beach, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a ‘splash zone’, adventure golf and other sporty things.
3. Perran Sands Caravan Holiday Park - Cornwall
Haven has got two holiday parks in Cornwall - Perran Sands and Riviere Sands - and to be honest, there’s not a great deal between them. They both get similar reviews (4 out of 5), they’re both by the seaside and they’ve both got indoor and outdoor swimming pools. They both have several places to eat and surf lessons, as well as various sports on site.
My advice for a Cornwall holiday is to think carefully about location. Cornwall’s roads are often slow and blocked by tractors so you are unlikely to be able to explore the whole county if you decide to stay in the remote (but very pretty) southern tip (Lizard Peninsula) or the northern end near the Devon border. A round trip from Bude to Lands End will take you more than four hours – my children get bored of car journeys after about 15 minutes.
For that reason, I’d pick Perran Sands which is fairly central to the county without being in touristy Newquay itself. You could just about visit any part of the county in a day (at a stretch) and you’ve got a load of family friendly attractions in Newquay, which is only a short drive away.
Riviere Sands doesn't allow dogs, so that might be the clincher for some people.
Price comparison: £1419 for a family of four for a week in August 2021 in a standard caravan.
4. Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park – Devon
There’s only one Haven holiday park in Devon, but Devon Cliffs is a decent one (4 out of 5 on Trip Advisor, 4.5/5 on Google Reviews, 8.3/10 on Hoseasons)
There's a good-sized indoor swimming pool with waterslides, as well as a couple of outdoor swimming pools, a high ropes course and a segway course (two wheeled balance thingys). It’s near to the descriptive Sandy Bay and you can do watersports on the beach.
Other activities include bowling, archery, minigolf, pottery painting and playgrounds (you pay extra for some activities).
The location is convenient, in that it is only a short drive from the M5 and is near to Exeter, Sidmouth and Seaton which all have plenty of touristy things for a day out.
As you'd expect from Haven, there's a good range of accommodation, including caravans which are 'standard', 'deluxe', 'prestige' and 'platinum'. Personally, I think of them as bronze, silver, gold and platinum, which gives an idea of what you are getting for your money.
Price comparison: £1285 for a family of four for a week in August 2021 (Devon Cliffs 'standard caravan')
5. Doniford Bay Holiday Park – Somerset
Doniford Bay gets much better reviews than Haven’s other Somerset holiday park at Burnham on Sea. TripAdvisor reviewers gave it an average of 4.5/5, putting it in the top 4 Haven parks at the time of writing (Lydstep Beach Holiday Park in South Wales and Norfolk’s Wild Duck Holiday Park and Hopton Holiday Village also averaged 4.5 out of 5).
It doesn't have as many activities as some Haven resorts but got an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. The outdoor pool was refurbished in 2017 and has a four lane waterslide. It's also got a zip wire and climbing wall, crazy golf, tennis, pottery painting, archery and a sports court. There are a couple of places to eat out.
As the name suggest, it is right on the beach. I'd say the beach is one for exploring and searching for shells rather than one for swimming and sandcastle building.
Price comparison: £720 for a week for a family of four in August 2021 in a standard caravan.
6. Rockley Park - Dorset
There are four Haven holiday parks fighting for attention in Dorset. Rockley Park, Littlesea Holiday Park, Seaview Holiday Park and Weymouth Bay Caravan Holiday Park get similar reviews and all have indoor swimming pools and entertainment. They’re all in the bucket-and-spade town of Weymouth, except for Rockley Park which is nearer to Bournemouth.
Rockley Park just about edges it on the reviews (average of 8.4/10 on Hoseasons compared to about 8 for the others when we checked) which is why we’ve included it in this list. Personally, I prefer Bournemouth to Weymouth (or Wey-biza as we used to call it) but Weymouth has loads for families to do and it’s also centrally located for exploring West Dorset which is lovely. It's the area around where Broadchurch was filmed.
Rockley has got three outdoor play areas, water sports, beach access, adventure golf, a climbing wall, a sports court and four places to eat and drink. There are also lodges if you want an upgrade.
Price comparison: £1039 for a week in a deluxe caravan for a family of four in August 2021
Seaview is the Dorset holiday park with glamping options, such as safari tents for those who like the feel of a chill wind blowing up your trouser leg.
7. Lydstep Beach Holiday Park – South Wales
Lydstep Beach Holiday Park is Haven’s best holiday park in Wales according to customers with average reviews of 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor or 4.6/5 on Google reviews. However, you'll find it gets booked up quicker than most and it is much smaller than other Haven resorts in Wales, such as Hafan y Môr Holiday Park (see number 2).
It’s got an indoor swimming pool, which is essential for dreary days. There is also kayaking on the nearby beach, a climbing wall, fencing and a few other things to do.
It’s right by the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path which is a real bonus, unless your children are of an age where they will complain relentlessly about walking.
Lydstep Beach is the only Haven holiday park in our top 10 guide which doesn't accept dogs (which is a good thing or a bad thing depending on your point of view!)
Price comparison: £1222 for a deluxe caravan for a week in August 2021 for a family of four (standard caravan not available as it had sold out)
8. Haven Seton Sands Caravan Holiday Park – Scotland
**Winner: cheapest holiday park**
Our only Scottish entry into this Haven top 10 holiday parks guide is Seton Sands which is on the east coast, about half an hour from Edinburgh. It averages 4/5 on TripAdvisor, 8.4/10 on Hoseasons or 4.3/5 on Google Reviews, which is above average for Haven parks.
There’s a 9 hole golf course at Seton Sands, whereas most holiday parks just have crazy golf. There is also an indoor swimming pool, an adventure trail and other activities including fishing, golf, archery and soft play.
If you want to explore, it's a couple of hours to Scotland's main national parks, such as Loch Lomond or the Trossachs. On the plus side, it's very near to the beach on the East Lothian coast.
Price comparison: £549 for a week in a standard caravan for a family of four in August 2021.
9. Lakeland Leisure Park – The Lake District, Cumbria
Haven’s only Cumbrian holiday park isn’t right in the heart of the Lake District, but it’s only a 20 minute drive to Windermere or half an hour to Coniston.
Reviews of Lakeland are solid at 4/5 on TripAdvisor or 4.3/5 on Google reviews. It’s certainly a decent base for exploring one of the nicest parts of England.
The park itself has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a 9 hole golf course and an ‘aerial adventure’ course as well as bowling, tennis courts and an adventure trail. Other activities include a football academy and pottery painting, though you do pay extra for some things.
It's got coastal walks near the park, but it doesn't really have a beach where you can go for a paddle.
In our comparisons it often comes up as one of the best value Haven holiday parks in the UK.
Price: £569 for a week in a standard caravan for a family of four in August 2021.
10. Thornwick Bay Holiday Village – Yorkshire
Thornwick Bay in East Yorkshire is Haven's newest holiday park (it opened in 2016). It gets an average score of 4 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, 4.5/5 on Google Reviews or 8.7/10 on Hoseasons.
It's got an indoor swimming pool which won an award when it opened. It doesn't have an outdoor pool (let's be honest though, Britain's weather is not ideal for outdoor swimming pools). There are loads of things to do onsite, including archery, fencing, painting and sand art. Some of the activities cost extra, but you can get bundles which make it a bit cheaper.
They also put on kite flying and birdwatching activities, although I can't imagine my four year old keeping quiet enough for the latter...
Price comparison: £706 for a family of four in a standard caravan for a week in August 2021. That price is based on arriving on a Friday. Arriving on a Saturday was about £100 extra.
Price comparison of 10 of Haven's best holiday caravan parks
Our price comparison looked at the cheapest caravan available for a week in August 2021 for a family of four, excluding any optional extras or upgrades. We searched in November 2020.
From cheapest to most expensive:
From cheapest to most expensive:
- Seton Sands – Scotland - £549 **Winner: cheapest holiday park**
- Lakeland Leisure Park – The Lake District, Cumbria - £569
- Thornwick Bay – Yorkshire - £706
- Doniford Bay – Somerset - £720
- Hopton Holiday Village – Norfolk - £786 **Winner: best value holiday park**
- Rockley Park – Dorset - £1039
- Hafan y Môr Holiday Park – North Wales - £1070
- Lydstep Beach Holiday Park - South Wales - £1077
- Devon Cliffs – Devon - £1285
- Perran Sands - Cornwall - £1419
Images are from Haven. Review scores are correct at the time of typing.