“I love it here – I don’t have a care,” said nine-year-old Nicholas as he set off for his umpteenth game of crazy golf at Haven’s Lakeland holiday park. And happy kids make happy parents, right?
In these stressful times of less cash to splash and lengthening airport delays, there’s never been a better reason to holiday in Britain.
The Lake District certainly ticks lots of boxes on our vacation wish list with stunning scenery, excellent restaurants and friendly, helpful folk.
Thanks to the lady in the National Trust shop in Grasmere we discovered two recently opened properties, Wray Castle – where author Beatrix Potter and her wealthy parents spent her summers – and Allen Bank, former home of poet William Wordsworth. Located at Flookburgh, overlooking Morecambe Bay, Lakeland is the perfect base from which to explore with Windermere a half hour’s drive away.
We stayed in a well equipped three bedroom Deluxe Plus caravan with bright and breezy beach themed décor, bags of natural light and ample storage space. We all slept soundly and had plenty of energy for busy days ahead.
Activities in the great outdoors feature heavily – the park has a nine hole golf course and offers coaching sessions including archery, fencing and football – and there are also heated indoor and outdoor pools.
Entertainment for all ages runs throughout the day in the Live Lounge and we enjoyed an excellent value evening meal in the Mash and Barrel lounge, which also serves breakfast and lunch. My fisherman’s basket was overflowing with cod fillets, plaice goujons, battered prawns and chunky chips.
The extensive menu features traditional favourites, grills, pasta and plenty of choice for kids. It’s worth saving room for a dessert - you’re on holiday after all!
June breaks cost from £199 for three nights for a family of up to six people in Superior accommodation.
For more information and to book visit www.haven.com or call 0871 230 1900. The Lakeland park also offers touring and camping areas. For details, visit www.haventouring.com or call 0871 230 1933.