Haven Primrose Valley holiday park in Filey is somewhere we have been before in previous years and I knew we would have to go back one day. Out of all the haven holiday parks we have been to before I really like primrose valley, especially for the facilities, beach, pools and activities. In September we went back to Primrose Valley for the second time. I booked for 4 nights and via sun holidays (getting the codes from a Facebook group). At £9.50 per person (including both children, as it’s a minimum of 4 to book) plus passes, service charge and extras the 5 days came to around £110. An absolute bargain for what it was.
Compared to our holidays in the past, though, this time it needed to be accessible. I haven’t always needed a wheelchair / scooter but I do at the moment, so I contacted haven to ask them about the accessibility of the park. I was really impressed actually, especially because the staff sorted out an accessible caravan for us. 😀
Accessibility at Primrose Valley
Instead of a normal standard, the accessible caravans are deluxe, with a ramp, easy access doors, wet room and wider space inside the caravan for a wheelchair. Even though the caravan was an upgrade from the one we had booked, they honoured the price. I was really grateful for that. We took the mobility scooter and it fit in the caravan fine; we stored it in the spare room overnight. Much better than worrying how we were going to get it in and out all the time.
I knew it was going to be a bit different at haven this time around because of the mobility issues so I was prepared for that. I was expecting not being able to do everything and have limited access to the beach. Usually for us the beach is the best part about the holiday, I love spending time digging and paddling with Eric but ultimately i knew that wasn’t going to happen this time. It wasn’t too bad though, I was able to get down to the beach from the new entrance at Seabirds complex as it had a ramp, and then used crutches a few steps into the sand, but it was unsteady and difficult to do.
It wasn’t the most comfortable to sit on the beach (I only have one hip!) but I wanted to do it for the sake of Eric, and he loved it even though it wasn’t like it usually is. It’s great there is an accessible ramp down to the beach, though, as not all holiday parks have that. When there is a will, there’s a way! 🙂
In terms of getting around the caravan park, that was never a problem. I found it to be accessible everywhere and I saw other guests using mobility scooters, too. I went in all the facilities, pools, bars, arcade, Starbucks, etc., with the scooter and found the whole site to be accessible. It was great.
Our holiday was jam packed of activities. This was new to us… previously when we have been to haven before we sometimes book one or two activities but this time we filled up our schedule with them! I love the nature rocks activities and the ones for under 5s are free. The majority of the activities we booked were free in general, with the exception of some craft based ones and aerial adventure. Would I do them again? Hmm, yes probably, but not all of them. Though it was really good to try them all out and Eric enjoyed being busy all the time.
We were constantly on the go throughout the entire holiday… rarely spent time inside the caravan. The park has so much to do and we don’t drive so we didn’t leave the site. If you did drive there’s loads to do nearby as well as on site, plenty to keep everyone busy. I wanted to try and fit in as much as we could in the 5 days we were there. I think we did alright!
In between all the activities we were at the caravan eating or sleeping. We didn’t eat out, I find the food on site not great in general and to save costs it’s much cheaper to cook in the caravan. Also having self catering facilities always means you can prepare packed lunches or snacks so we usually took something out with us. We are picnic out maybe twice, it was cold one day so we ate it inside the bar area where the entertainment is for evening – there was nothing on and the lights were dimmed but it was fine to just eat out lunch before going swimming. We were in between activities so it made sense to stay on the complex.
These are all the activities we did…
Seaside squad sand art – This was at the paint a pot place in the main complex where the arcades are, I think cost £5. Eric chose what character he wanted to do and the sand bottles were all provided for us on the tables. He loved it and spent ages doing this.
Fossil hunting on the beach – Free activity with Nature Rocks, again the ranger was amazing. Ollie and Eric went to do this one together as I wouldn’t have been able to join them on the beach but I’m definitely doing it next time.
Nature rocks creature creations – a free, cute little crafting activity making octopus creatures with recycled plastic bottle and craft bits like eyes, pipe cleaners, stickers. The ranger was really enthusiastic and great with the kids.
Nature rocks grass heads – this was a paid crafting activity, using the same sort of things as we did for the creature creations but instead of using a plastic bottle for the animal body, we used a plant pot and soil to create a creature head. The ranger was very interactive and this activity lasted a good 45 mins.
Nature rocks pond dipping – Free activity on a few times a week, we have done this one before. Eric loves it – the nets and everything is provided and it’s a relaxed activity. The kids just go dipping in the pond and there’s a ranger on hand to answer any questions and encourage them to find things.
Sensory tots – A basic and free activity in the sports hut at lakeside. It was just lots of sensory toys in a circle for little ones to play with for around 30 mins or so. it could have been better.
Learn2bike – Not a free activity and it was basic. Just a few balance bikes and pedal bikes in the activity hut (where archery was, below). Not much space to practice riding the bikes, to be honest. We wouldn’t do this one again. It cost around £5.
Mini archery – Free activity and if we had done this earlier in the week, I think we would have booked on another time to do it again as Eric loved it. The equipment was really basic but all the kids just had to fire their mini archery things at targets and then at the ranger!
Aerial adventure – Paid activity, was around £7 for 35 minutes or so. Eric was excited to try but then got really upset when on the equipment because he didn’t like the harness. But I was really proud of him for trying! There’s a bigger course just next to it that even adults can do.
We also went swimming a few times. It’s free to go swimming (with an entertainment pass) as many times as you like. There’s some swimming activities on throughout the day but we just went to leisure swim.
Primrose valley has two pools: the main splash pool and a quieter more basic pool at lakeside. We prefer the pool at lakeside and I found it more accessible.
Lakeside complex is an area of the caravan park that has loads to do. It’s new and does look modern, it’s really great. It’s my favourite part of the park.
There’s an outdoor cinema, funfair and land train, shooting laser range, sports courts and facilities, aerial adventure course, adventure playground and climbing ropes, sand pit, lake and boating facilities, activity hut, restaurant, indoor and outdoor pool. That is just at lakeside, there is the main complex in another part of the caravan park, too. Eric kept asking to go there for the really big climbing rope. It’d be really nice here on a warm summers evening with the funfair, cinema on, and drinks for the adults. Loads of outdoor seating and you could take your own food.
The funfair has just a few rides that are good for little ones, I went on the flying elephants with Eric. Eric & Ollie enjoyed mini golf and the go-karts.
The main complex has shops, arcades, splash pool, small soft play area in the arcade, 2 bars/entertainment halls, paint a pot studio, Starbucks and restaurants. There is a small play area outside by the main reception, outdoor seating for good weather and owners lounge.
We love the beach at primrose valley, in fact all the beaches in Filey we have been to are just really nice. There’s direct beach access from the caravan park, 2 ways… either out the park to the front and along the cliffs, or you can go through the lovely new Sea Birds plot and down a ramp.
I recommend that one as it’s picturesque. I’ve always found the beaches in Filey to be clean, lovely for a walk along the beach and really good for finding fossils. Eric and Ollie did a nature rocks beach explorers activity, it was free, a ranger took them down to the beach to hunt for fossils… they absolutely loved it and Eric came back with pockets full of treasure. 😀
Just talking about this holiday here makes me want to go back already. So many lovely memories were made and despite the difficulties, with my mobility and all, it really didn’t seem to matter. There was something for all of us and even though how busy we were, it still felt quite relaxed and not stressful. I loved that.
We didn’t see much of the evening entertainment as it doesn’t really work with our bed times now. In the past we’ve enjoyed the seaside squad discos, quiz shows and live entertainment, though, and I still would recommend it. The tribute acts I have saw before at primrose valley before were really good and I was singing along!
This time we unfortunately missed the evening entertainment, both of the kids were really tired by half 6 and it was tricky to juggle dinner and bed times around the evening entertainment so we gave it a miss. We did go see the seaside squad for 15 mins or so on the last night and Eric enjoyed the tots disco for a brief time. It’s always fun and all the kids love it… and all the evening entertainment is free.
For the price we paid you can’t beat it. We got so much for our money and the quality of the caravan park is very good. It’s clean, the facilities, entertainment and activities are of a high standard and I didn’t have anything to complain about. I know we are somewhat lucky to be able to go term time and get these prices because it’s off season, but I would still be happy with the price I paid if it was much more. We were never bored and didn’t spend heaps of money, either.
This is our second time staying at primrose valley and it definitely won’t be the last. Next time, we will be spending more time on the beach for sure. There is a nice walk from primrose valley along the beach to Filey which doesn’t take long at all. The scenery is stunning and whatever the weather it’s a lovely walk.
If you have time, day trips to Scarborough and bridlington are fun. We did that a few years ago and really enjoyed it. There’s loads to do in both of those places and they’re not far from the caravan park. If you don’t drive a bus comes into the caravan park that goes to Scarborough or Bridlington throughout the day and it costs something like £6 return.
We had a really fantastic time and I’ll always look back at this holiday with fond memories. It was a first time for us with a baby and with mobility issues but this holiday went as straight forward as it could and everyone had fun. Even Felix got to go to a free sensory tots class to play with some toys, lol, not that he knew but it’s the thought that counts!
If you’ve never been to haven before and are considering it then I’ve wrote a post comparing 4 haven holiday parks in Yorkshire click here to read it.
Thank you for reading 🙂 if you’re still not finished reading about haven holidays, you can read about our last one from the year before here.