Savvy mum books £ 99 last minute family holiday on her doorstep and has the best time

We’re all feeling the pinch right now. Bills, the weekly shop, childcare costs –everything is going up.
But I’m sure I’m not alone in still wanting to have nice days out and treats for the family despite having less money in my purse each month?

So two weeks ago I found myself browsing for a little family getaway for us, not really expecting to actually find and book anything –but, you know, it’s always nice to look. My husband and I had already booked a week off work in March And as excited as I was for this (I wasn’t at all) I wondered if we just might find a better way of filling our week.

I knew we had some decent looking little holiday spots along the East Yorkshire coast so I thought I’d have a look at what was available close to home first. and a three-year-old in the back is never an exciting one so finding something close by would be an added bonus-and obviously cheaper on fuel.

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I started by looking at the Haven website where I found three caravan sites all along this same coast line. I’ve been to Haven sites as a child, I know they’re reputable and I’ve always loved a caravan holiday so I had a look at what was on offer.

After narrowing my search down to Primrose Valley –the biggest of the three with a fun looking splash pool that I knew the kids would be all over, I couldn’t believe the prices that were coming up. For just £ 99 we could get a four-night self catering break in a caravan and access to the pool and all the entertainment facilities.

Georgie and Alfred Hemmingham on their holiday.

I was sold. And funnily enough my husband didn’t take much persuading to postpone clearing the loft to go away on a family holiday for that price either.

Here’s a roundup of what we did and how we kept the costs down.

Food and drink

We took food with us for picnics to save money.
We took food with us for picnics to save money.

As we couldn’t get checked into our caravan until 3pm I did a quick Aldi shop before we went and stocked up on everything we would need. We had breakfast in our caravan every morning and I took stuff to make up packed lunches too.

We mostly ate out in the evenings –we were on holiday after all. But I made sure to take plenty of’fun’ snacks and treats for the kids to save us buying anything from the shop on site during our stay other than a milk top up.

Things to do

There was so much to do on our holiday.
There was so much to do on our holiday.

I appreciate we were extremely lucky with the weather during our trip, however even if the weather had been bad I truly believe we’d have still managed to keep ourselves busy. The site had so much for young kids, from playgrounds dotted around the site , to the big arcade area, a soft play and of course the splash pool –which we went in every day!

There are loads of extra activities you can pay to book onto too but we didn’t feel the need to do anything else. The site is also right on the beach and in the summer there’s a outdoor swimming pool too.

With everything we had to do on site we were all happy and I’ve not even mentioned the entertainment. From 9.30am daily there were free shows and activities for the kids to join in with in the main live lounge. And in the evenings there was more with a great variety of entertainment each night.

The accommodation

The caravan was spotless and very prompt.
The caravan was spotless and very prompt.

With it costing just £ 99 I’m not going to lie I didn’t have high expectations for our accommodation. We’d booked the’saver’ caravan which was meant to be two bedrooms –and sounded very basic. But as long as it was clean then I was confident it would be alright as a base.

Well, I couldn’t have been more impressed with what we got. I actually think we were perhaps upgraded from the saver caravan as the one we were given was in fact a three-bed, with en-suite in the master bedroom and a seated lounge dining area.

In terms of cleanliness, it was absolutely spotless. And we had everything we could possibly need for our stay. One small concern I did have about staying in a caravan in North Yorkshire in March was how cold it would be at night.

So with this in mind I packed extra blankets and enough hot water bottles for each of us. But actually, it wasn’t cold at all because the caravan had central heating that kept us toasty all night.

Overall, we had the best time away. The fact it was so cheap probably meant our expectations were low to begin with but honestly, what an amazing treat that was for less than one hundred pounds?

I would absolutely recommend holidaying in this country –especially if you have little ones and I would also recommend staying closer to home where possible and looking for last minute deals.


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