We love a Haven holiday and this has got to be the best one we’ve stayed at so far. At Primrose Valley Haven Holiday Park there was SOOO much to do, fantastic play areas, 2 swimming pools, loads of free entertainment and it was very good value for money. Spot on location in Filey, YO14 9RF, really close to Filey town centre and train station making it easy for those without a car (like us!) and a stones throw from the beautiful Yorkshire coast.
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The holiday park is the flagship one for Yorkshire and having been to 3 other Haven holiday parks I was really excited to see what this one was like compared to the other, smaller park like Reighton Sands. Let’s get into it… 🙂
Review: Haven Primrose Valley Holiday Park, Filey
Review: Haven Primrose Valley Holiday Park, Filey
Price and how we got there
This time we went booking direct with Haven and for us 3 in March just after they opened for the season we bagged a Deluxe caravan for under £200 for 7 nights. This included entertainment passes so was a real bargain. Getting to the park was easy even without a car with a train journey direct from Sheffield and then a taxi to the park. We usually get a bus (which calls into all the haven parks) but Primrose Valley is so close to Filey it worked out cheaper to catch a taxi!
Arriving at the park was interesting because as soon as we got out of the taxi I saw some entertainment going on and there was a real atmosphere. Definitely not a quiet park and already I saw lots of things to do near the reception like a play area, bar, Starbucks coffee and shops.
The play area right outside the reception is really handy for check out/check in because this is so boring for little ones, we just killed some time here before checking in which we were able to do a bit earlier. They even moved our caravan to be closer to the main complex after we mentioned not having a car. I really appreciated this and thought it was brilliant customer service. 🙂 Our caravan ended up being no more than about 6 minutes away which was perfect.
The caravan was a new Deluxe, I thought we had booked a standard Deluxe which do not have heating, so they must have given us a free upgrade or something! The caravan was similar to that of a New Standard but wider and had tons of storage.
Coat racks, walk-in wardrobe, cabinet in the kitchen and bookshelves above the bed are just a few examples of bonus storage which I hadn’t seen before in our previous holidays at a haven park. The caravan was really homely because of this and meant we could just put away all our things out of the way leaving it less cluttered.
Park facilities & entertainment
Primrose Valley has looooads to do, really, you can’t be bored. You can definitely tell it’s the flagship Yorkshire park from the facilities. There are two complexes, the main one which has the FunWorks and a new Lakeside Complex where most of the sports and activities are. Plus a funfair!
The lakeside complex was my favourite, it was so clean, modern and had really great play areas. We really enjoyed hiring a pedal boat on the lake, NatureRockz activities which are free; we did bug hunting and paint a pot, swimming at Lakeside and the playground with sandpit.
Entertainment is all included with passes which come free when you book direct with Haven, so as standard things like children’s activities for under 5’s are free (crafting, music, messy play, NatureRockz), evening entertainment, access to FunWorks, arcades, indoor play and lakeside, plus swimming.
There were two pools at Primrose Valley; the adventure pool in the main complex that has a newly refurbished heated pool with indoor splash zone plus outdoor splash park. The Lakeside Complex has smaller pool with indoor and outdoor slides, but was much quieter and ran the pool activities, too. We preferred this one because Eric doesn’t like busy pools and can get overwhelmed easily. I loved having the choice, too.
Evening entertainment was great, too. It does get a little repetitive during the week but on weekends an extra bar opens, there’s more shows and generally more going on. Eric likes the characters and you can’t go wrong really as it’s all free and included. Every night was tots disco, a character (seaside squad) show with singing and dancing and then an extra show after either live games or singing/dancing, plus a late show suitable for adults. At the weekend I thought the MoTown show was really good and the live comedy. Not bad for free, to be honest!
Day trips and beach access
The Haven parks in/near Filey are really convenient for those without a car. There’s a seaside bus which stops at all the Haven parks and goes from Scarborough to Bridlington, so that’s two days out just with one bus route (obviously you would need two days to do both!). We typically do both on our holiday there, plus a walk into Filey and stay the rest of the break on the park. There’s definitely enough to do at Primrose Valley to keep you busy plus those 3 day trips.
If you do drive there’s lots more to do in the area all within short distance, such as day trips to Hull and Whitby.
On this holiday we went into Scarborough for a day and paid a visit to the Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Art Gallery. Both only a couple of quid and had lovely gardens to explore between them. In the Rotunda Museum we saw fossils, dinosaurs, treasures and the Skeleton of Bronze Age Man. Fascinating to say the least and it was brilliant to add a little bit of history and culture to our seaside trip! Eric liked the Rotunda Museum. The rest of the trip we stayed on the park which considering we were there a week; I’m surprised we didn’t get bored! But there was so much to do.
Beach access from the park is really easy; not 100% direct but only less than 10 minutes stroll on foot, to the left of the park following the cliffs until you reach a slope. The beach is lovely and clean, sandy and there’s a great short walk into Filey.
Now I’ve been to Primrose Valley park I wouldn’t go back to the others as this one had way more to do, is perfect for families and had everything we need. I loved the location, the beach access, the Lakeside complex with choice of swimming, the activities and playgrounds. Eric had more than enough to do and compared to some other parks we have been to, he would never get bored.
The park was clean, safe and felt modern throughout. I liked the option of Starbucks Coffee, places to eat and 2 bars at the weekends. And although the park is really big, I didn’t feel like everything was miles apart, either. Considering so much of it was included in our holiday cost it really was worth it and I would definitely go back again. 🙂
Oh and top tip, definitely download the Haven app whilst you’re there as it has all the schedules and what’s on so you can easily plan your days.
Read about my alternative top choice for a Haven Holiday at Thorpe Park, Cleethorpes here.