Written on: 27/07/2012
We have had mixed experiences with Haven in the park, we love Rockley Park, Golden Sands and Wild Duck but the Orchards at Clacton was appaling. This was our first trip to Thorpe Park and I have to say Thorpe Park is fantastic the best Haven we have been to yet and it has replaced Golden Sands as our favourite.
The park was very large but at no point did it ever feel crowded or busy. There was loads to do far more than we have ever seen at every other park and a lot of it was free and what was not free was certainly offering good value for money. The food etc also had a good variety of outlets on offer and was reasonably priced. It was very well maintained and extremely clean, the beach is literally on the park and was a lovely clean and sandy beach which the children absolutely loved. The pool was large and very clean, with a childrens water slide, with a lazy river and several more whit knuckle water slides outside.
The touring area itself was fantastic lots of water points and power to every pitch that I spotted, plenty of shower blocks which were always spotless throughout our stay (which is something coming from a man who has a thing about shared showers). We were allowed to drive around and pick our own pitch and the pitches themselves were extremely spacious and with tarmac tracks around the campsite.
There are two shops on site which although fairly small were very well stocked at not massively over priced, and the largest Tesco I have ever seen in my life is just two minutes down the road.
But what really made the holiday for us was the staff. Every single person and I mean everyone from the touring warden to the life guards at the pool the guy in the bike hire shop the fun stars and the security literally all of the staff were fantastic really top notch and they really made our holiday particularly the children's. One thing that really stood out for me was we did have one minor issue not anyones fault but the staff bent over backwards to sort it out and it was resolved within a matter of minutes. The other thing was the fact that the security at night on the door asked my children which adults they were with before they let them leave the funworks. That to me was absolutely fantastic as it meant that we were confident to let the children have some freedom in the complex which we all enjoyed.
We will be returning to this park again later in the season if you are going to Haven for the first time try this park you certainly will not be disappointed.
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