Our first caravan family holiday at  Haven Blue Dolphin holiday park in Filey | what it is like, days out and park facilities


Last March, we went on our first Family Haven Holiday in Filey. We got a cheap deal and headed off to Blue Dolphin park, in Filey with Eric who was 6 months old at the time. We have since been back to Haven in Filey but we stayed at reighton sands park, read about that here.
Why we chose Blue Dolphin

Simply at the time of booking this park came up as the cheapest. We were able to book a week self catering in a standard caravan for under £100, which included use of all the facilities.

We don’t drive and Blue Dolphin is easy to get to by public transport. We got a train from Sheffield to Filey and then a quick bus journey to outside the park. Blue Dolphin is close to Filey train station (2.7 miles) so a taxi would be around the same price.

We had never been to a Haven before as a family and we didn’t know what to expect, but found it was good value for money, facilities clean and a great variety of things to do, and the location of the park for local days out was excellent.

All of the days out we did we used public tranport, the buses were just outside the park.

On the park

The park was basic but had all the facilities you need for a family caravan holiday. The entertainment complex had swimming, bar and showroom, arcade, bar/pub and restaurant with outdoor seating, playground, paint pot studio, soft play, shops and fast food.

All facilities were clean, the staff were always friendly. The Brigghouse restaurant was big, modern and had a games area. We ate there a few times, the food was really nice. Our caravan was small but we didn’t need more space for just the 3 of us. Unfortunately the caravan wasn’t clean on arrival, but this was soon fixed. It was also really cold, but staff brought over 2 heaters. It was fine as a base and somewhere to sleep, we didn’t spend much time there.

There was a busy schedule of family activities during the morning and afternoon, with entertainment in the evening. As Eric was so young, we didn’t participate in many of the activities but there was lots to choose from!

They are completely free. There’s an app you can download which has a schedule for every day which I found handy as we always lose papers, etc.

We did the puppet show, a crafts morning and water confidence. I can’t wait until we visit again in a few months time as  Eric will really be able to take full advatange of the activities.

Haven Blue dolphin the brigghouse restaurant
The Brigghouse

Haven blue dolphin Bedroom in the caravan
Bedroom in the caravan

Haven Blue dolphin breakfast entertainment
Breakfast entertainment at the Brigghouse

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Haven Blue Dolphin

Haven Blue dolphin baby in the showroom
Show bar

Haven blue dolphin puppet show
Puppet show

Haven Blue Dolphin soft play
Soft play

Haven Blue Dolphin Arcade

Haven Blue Dolphin
Feeding the ducks in the morning

Haven Blue Dolphin
Cliff top walk

In Scarborough we spent the morning exploring the sea front, rode the cliff lift finicular, and went to Sealife centre. We were going to check out Peasolm park but we didn’t have time. Hopefully next visit!


Scarborough beach family

Scarborough sealife centre
Sea life centre


A lovely small village, Filey is a great seaside family location if you want something quiet and secluded. It is clean, picturesque, quiet and has a beautiful seafront and nice beach. We got the bus from our park to Filey train station and walked to the beach from there to explore the area, but there was also beach access a 10 minute walk away from our park.

The beaches were sandy and clean. In Filey, we also went to Filey bird garden and animal park. With a variety of exotic birds, outside areas, nature and animals, it would be great for toddlers.

filey beach
Filey beach

Filey bird garden and animal park
Filey bird garden and animal park

Filey bird garden and animal park
Filey bird garden and animal park

Filey beach
Filey beach

Filey beach haven blue dolphin family holiday
First time on a beach!


In Bridlington, we browsed the shops, arcades, seafront and caught a land train. The land train destination was Sewerby hall and gardens. A fantastic place… Beautiful country house surrounded by gorgeous sea views, museum, zoo, cafe, gardens, activities. And the prices are really reasonable!

This was the highlight of the whole trip.

bridlington seafront arcades

Sewerbyhall and gardens bridlington
The view is amazing from Sewerby Hall

ASewerby halland gardens bridlington
Sewerby Hall

Sewerby Hall & gardens zoo
Sewerby Hall & gardens zoo

Sewerby Hall & gardens zoo
Sewerby Hall & gardens zoo

Sewerby Hall & Gardens in Bridlington
Sewerby Hall & Gardens in Bridlington

Sewerby Hall & Gardens in Bridlington
Sewerby Hall & Gardens in Bridlington

land train at bridlington
Land train along the sea front

We had a lovely time and it was definitely good value for money. We have since been back to Haven and stayed at a different park; Reighton Sands. Watch our video and read about that here!

Have you been to a Haven? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

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    1. hey! we just decided when we got there, based on the activity schedule which we didn’t know until we arrived, and partly, the weather! we wanted to try and plan the nicest days for the seaside, and didn’t want to miss any good kids activities on the park. 🙂 x

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