I get a little excited by the arrival of a new Haven holiday park. Sorry about that.
The latest Haven caravan holiday park is called Haven Skegness Holiday Park. It was previously called Richmond Holiday Centre, which established a good reputation amongst visitors over more than 50 years.
You can now book Haven Skegness Holiday Park for 2023 holidays whilst 2022 holidays are still under the Richmond Holiday Centre name.
Here's our guide to reviews, facilities, location and cost.
Where is Skegness Holiday Park?
Alright smarty pants, I know it's in Skegness but whereabouts?
Haven Skegness Holiday is about one mile from the seafront. That's quite unusual for a Haven resort as lots of their holiday parks are right on the beach.
However, Skegness isn't really laid out to allow for lots of seafront caravan holiday parks. Butlins - which is currently owned by the same company as Haven - is on the beach but most Skegness caravan parks are set back a bit.
You can walk to the seafront from Haven Skegness Holiday Park in about 20 minutes or drive in about 5 minutes. Parking on the seafront can get a little competitive and expensive in summer.
The location is a good one for Haven, as it doesn’t already have a holiday park in Skegness. Its other Lincolnshire resorts are Haven Golden Sands in Mablethorpe and Haven Cleethorpes Beach (previously called Haven Thorpe Park).
Another point worth mentioning is that Haven Skegness Holiday Park is a reasonably good choice if you don’t have a car. The railway station at Skegness is only six minutes walk away from the entrance, or perhaps a little longer if you're dragging six bags and three children.
Of course, you’ll need to walk to the beach but it’s not impossible, as long as your children won’t whinge too much about a 20 minute walk.
What reviews does Haven Skegness Holiday Park get?
It's early days for Haven Skegness Holiday Park so the best indicator is the reviews given to Richmond Holiday Park.
As of September 2022, Richmond Holiday Centre achieved 4.5/5 from 1300+ reviews on Google Reviews and 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor from 700+ reviews. On Hoseasons, it scored 8.9/10 and on Facebook it scored 4.8/5 from 130+ reviews.
These are truly impressive scores for a holiday with a good range of facilities.
We’ve noticed over the years that the highest rated holiday parks tend to be the quieter ones which don’t have swimming pools and activities for families. This might sound the opposite of what you’d expect but my theory is that there’s less to complain about if you are just providing accommodation.
Anyway, we’ve looked at review scores for all of Haven’s holiday parks and Richmond Holiday Centre's scores compete with the very highest rated Haven resorts. The highest scorers tend to be Haven Lydstep Beach Holiday Park in Wales (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor) and Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park (also 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor).
It’s a little early to say if Haven will be able to maintain the high scores, but Haven has a reputation for investment in its parks to let’s hope so.
How big is Haven Skegness Holiday Park?
Haven’s Skegness Holiday Park is a mid-sized to larger sized resort, compared to other Haven resorts. It’s got about 700 ‘pitches’ which includes a mix of touring spaces and static caravans.
For comparison, we reckon that the largest Haven resorts are Haven Devon Cliffs which has around 1250 caravans and Haven Hafan y Mor in Wales which has about 1370 caravans and 75 pitches for tourers.
Some of the smallest Haven resorts include Seaview Holiday Park in Dorset and Lydstep Beach in Wales. We reckon that Haven Seaview has about 60 touring spaces and 260 static caravans and lodges.
What facilities are there at Haven Skegness Holiday Park?
I would put Haven Skegness Holiday Park in a mid table position in terms of the range of facilities on offer to guests. The caveat is that Haven may well add more facilities in the coming months and years.
The swimming pool at Haven Skegness Holiday Park is a good size and is indoors, but it is a straightforward rectangle of water rather than a waterpark. Some Haven holiday park swimming pools have multi-lane slides and flumes. If that’s a priority, take a look at Haven Hafan y Môr in Wales, Haven Craig Tara Holiday Park in Scotland or Haven Seashore Holiday Park in Norfolk.
Haven Skegness Holiday Park has a playground, a toddlers’ play area and a sports court as well as a couple of restaurants, a fish and chip takeaway, an amusement arcade and an entertainment room.
Will there be lots of changes at Richmond Holiday Centre now that Haven has bought it?
We don’t have specifics yet, but we do know that Haven has "further investment planned" and that they "will look to build on the work of the previous owners together with the learnings taken from improvements made across the Haven portfolio" (that’s according to the Haven website).
Another post on the Haven website promises that there is “loads to be announced as we move closer to the 2023 holiday season.”
We've also spotted another indication that there are big changes and upgrades planned at Haven Skegness Holiday Park.
The resort is closed from now (September) right through until early March 2023. That's a lot longer than other Haven holiday parks close for in winter and suggests that they are going to be busy onsite.
How much will holidays at Haven's Skegness Holiday Park cost?
Haven has now opened bookings for Skegness Holiday Park (formerly Richmond Holiday Centre) for 2023.
We've done a few searches to get an idea of prices. We looked for the price for a family of four, staying for a week and found that the lowest price available was:
What's the accommodation like at Haven Skegness Holiday Park?
The first thing to refer to is those glowing reviews mentioned earlier. Many of them praise the quality of the accommodation.
We don't know how many caravans Haven plans to replace or refurbish but we do know a few details.
The caravans at Richmond Holiday Centre included two bedroom caravans and three bedroom caravans. The two bedroom models sleep six including two in the lounge and the three bedroom model sleep eight including two in the lounge.
Some of the caravans at Haven Skegness Holiday Park are allocated as dog friendly.
The Haven caravan grading system has five levels to it, but they currently only have the three lower levels at Haven Skegness Holiday Park (Saver, Bronze and Silver). This may be because a caravan has to have a certain range of things to be classed at a higher level with Haven. If they have taken over a site, they may need to make some upgrades to tick their own boxes.
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