So we recently went on Michael's first holiday to Haven Orchards at Clacton on Sea. I booked it via The Sun newspaper so it was reasonably cheap and we got the train down there. Dan could not come with us sadly so my mum and younger brother Ben joined us for the 5 day break.
I was very pleased with it all. I did not know what to expect having never visited a Haven site before. It was clean, had modern caravans that was reasonably sized and equipped with all we needed and lots on site. We went swimming, visited their playground, and spent our nights at the entertainment complex. The site was however not near the town centre and as no one drives, we had to get the bus each time we wanted to visit the beach or the town for shopping. It is when you travel outside London you appreciate how cheap TFL is!
Michael had a blast, he loves swimming and loved the Haven characters. I said I was not going to buy any of their merchandise but of course I did, he now has a pink elephant bear and a DJ Ned cup. Every night the characters put on a little show for the younger children and then a show later in the evening for the adults.
We had lots of fun on our break and will be booking up to go next year. It's perfect for us, it's very toddler friendly and easy enough for us to get to.
The only negative was Michael was so excited by it all that he was running around like Usain Bolt and being a little too much at times. Luckily he adores Ben, so he was able to keep him entertained some times so I could sit down for a while without having to chase Michael around!
It was great to get away for a couple of days and see Michael really enjoy himself. I really would recommend the site if you are looking for a cheap but enjoyable break away with a toddler.