Devon Cliffs holiday park with Haven – the easiest family holiday you will take

Waking up to the view of the waves crashing into the beach from the comfort of my bed made me realise the long drive to the south coast had been utterly worth it.

This year we chose Exmouth in Devon for our family staycation, where we arrived to sunshine after leaving behind a rainy Hull.

Whilst Sandy Bay would make a dreamy picture-postcard setting for a relaxing lazy holiday, we were actually there for an “all-action” holiday with the kids.

We were staying at the Devon Cliffs Holiday Park – one of the region’s finest all-action resorts. And with such stunning views, it was hard believe it was a caravan site we were staying on.

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The view of Sandy Bay from Devon Cliffs holiday park

Haven Holidays

As a family we love our static caravan holidays and find Haven holiday parks by far the best. As soon as you drive in you instantly get that holiday feeling.

Haven has everything covered. The breaks are all about spending quality time with your family, which is exactly what we did, making memories.

I’ve stayed on numerous caravan parks up and down the country with various companies, but none seem to do it as well as Haven Holidays.

Whether you want to camp or take your own caravan, or stay in a static home, Haven have something for everyone. There are 36 parks in seaside locations around the UK to choose from and they’re all rated so you can choose from a quiet secluded site to an all-action adventure park and everything in-between.

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The best thing about Haven is that there’s plenty included in your break too so you don’t have to spend a fortune searching for activities to keep the kids amused. Everything is on your doorstep, available on site.

On arrival you will be given a welcome park complete with park map and a what’s on guide which outlines everything which is going on during your stay. It couldn’t be easier.

Access to the pools is included so you can swim as many times as you like, and at Devon cliffs the indoor pool has three slides and a designated toddler play area and there’s also two outdoor pools newly refurbished for 2017.

Being in the outdoor pools in the sunshine was like being abroad – without the stress of airports and delayed flights. The kids loved splashing around and the adults even got a bit of time to laze on the sun loungers.


All the Haven parks have Nature Rockz activities, which aim to teach survival skills. These include shelter building, bug hunting, bird food making, fire lighting and building bird boxes and are all included free of charge.

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The pools at Haven’s Devon Cliffs holiday park

There are some really great shows including wrestling, the pantomime and creepy crawly shows which are all free.

There’s also dedicated theatre company performers who get the kids involved and host the entertainment with everything from tots discos to karaoke, bingo, game shows and later in the evening there’s live music, bands, artists and comedians.


If you still want more after paddling in the sea, building sandcastles, skimming stones, kite flying, playing in the amusements and taking part in all the free activities and entertainment, there’s also plenty of paid-for activities you can choose from.

The highlight at Devon Cliffs is the aerial adventure course – an incredible rope course high up in the treetops.

My six-year-old son loved the climbing wall and my ten-year-old nephew loved taking part in the aqua jets class in the indoor pool.


All four children enjoyed the inflatable pool party and there’s also everything from fencing, archery and segways to football, target shooting and adventure golf.

All ages are catered for and many activities have different sessions for each age group. As all parents know, if the kids are happy, we are happy.

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The inflatable pool party and climbing wall at Devon Cliffs holiday park

Devon cliffs is also one of only a few Haven sites in the UK that can offer watersports training and hire. From its Beach Club you can learn to windsurf, paddle board, kayak or body board in the sea.

I recommend buying an activity bundle before you go and using the Haven app to pre-book your activities. You can do this seven days in advance of check in. That way you can have a bit of an itinerary and also, you may find if you leave it until you arrive that all the activities, especially the free ones, are all fully booked.

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The beach at the Devon Cliffs holiday park

The caravan site

Devon cliffs is by far the best Haven park we’ve been to and it’s easy to see why it’s award winning. There’s round-the-clock entertainment, plenty of activities, the pools are brilliant and the location is superb.

A particular highlight this park has to offer is the dining experience you’ll get at the South Beach Café, which offers a stunning view from its location high atop the cliffs.

With fresh ingredients and produce delivered straight from local suppliers, it’s not average pub-grub you might expect from a caravan park eatery. We ate there on our last night and the meal was superb, comparable to any top restuarant.

And with it being on the park, you can enjoy a drink or three and walk or stumble back to your caravan at your leisure without the need to move the car. Everything is on your doorstep.

The caravans

There’s a wide range of choice of caravan to suit every budget at each park in the UK. We stayed in a three-bedroom “platinum” caravan which can sleep up to eight people.

The caravan was superb and luxurious. The cozy, roomy lounge with sofa and two chairs was seperate to the kitchen and dining area and there was plenty of room for myself, my parents, my two children and my niece and nephew.

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Our caravan lounge – look through the windows and you can see the sea and the bay in the background!

The location was perfect, we had private parking and our balcony overlooked the sea giving us simply stunning views.

Inside it was extremely modern throughout with attractive furnishings making it home from home and had everything you could need, including a TV in the master bedroom and a full size fridge/freezer.

Our beds were made up for arrival so there was no work to be done on arrival and we also had towels waiting for us.

Remember things like tea towels, bin liners, a bath mat, dish cloth and washing-up liquid. That’s the stuff I usually forget on a self-catering holiday. However there is a convenience shop on site and a Tesco just down the road, so you’re not far away if you need to buy anything.

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Lewis on our caravan decking overlooking the sea

The surrounding area

We could have spent our entire stay on the caravan site because there is so much to do, but you can’t travel all that way and not explore the local area. You won’t be stuck for things to do because the list is endless.

We had a great day at Crealy Adventure Park which is about a 40 minute drive from Devon Cliffs. It’s great value because a day ticket is valid for seven days so you can go as many times as you like.

We also had a day out with Stuart Line Cruises sailing from Exmouth on an hours’ trip to Topsham. Once there we looked around, visited riverside pubs and our round-robin ticket included a return trip via train. We then got the open-top bus back from Exmouth which drives through the caravan park.

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Me and my son Oliver on the boat trip with Stuart Line Cruises

World of Country Life – an indoor and outdoor adventure farm park is also worth a visit and is right next door to the caravan site. There’s plenty for kids to do come rain or shine.

There’s also The Donkey Sanctury, Exmoor zoo and Powderham Castle nearby.

Also, you can’t go to Devon without having a cream tea either and we found a beautiful thatched cottage just outside the caravan park for ours.

How do I book?

To find out more about Haven Holidays, or to book visit or call 0333 202 5305.

If you want to enjoy that holiday feeling all year round you can become and owner at any Haven park. We used to be owners at Thorpe Park in Cleethorpes and there were so many benefits, including an owners only lounge and owners only changing rooms. At Devon Cliffs the owners even got their own pool, gym and spa! #myhavendays

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Oliver and Jasmine at the indoor pool at Devon Cliffs holiday park



HAVEN: Thorpe Park caravan park, Cleethorpes

THEY SAY: Round-the-clock family fun from dawn until dusk. Our breaks are about spending quality time with your family.

WE SAY: A fantastic well-kept holiday park, right on the beach. Plenty to do for all the family and lots of places in the local area to visit too.


CHILDREN love caravans.

It doesn’t matter how many all-inclusive foreign holidays we go on, or how many luxury hotels we stay in – the excitement for my two when I tell them we’re going to stay in a caravan is unstoppable.


After grabbing their sleeping bags (saves making the beds), they love choosing their bedrooms and fighting over which bed to sleep in. It’s fun, fun, fun all the way and as a family we love it.

One of my friends laughed when I said I was off in a caravan – reckons it’s not something he could imagine me doing. Granted I like my luxuries, but there’s nothing wrong with staying in a caravan. I draw the line at a tent, but if there’s heating and a shower I’m there.

We’ve got a static van, (loving named the tin box) at Thorpe Park in Cleethorpes and despite the fact we go several times a year, the kids never get bored. The holiday park is one of 36 Haven parks nationwide.

It’s a very well kept Haven park so you can be assured of a decent level of service. You can book your accommodation direct with Haven or use a private owner to rent from.

First you need to decide which van to stay in. There’s something for all budgets so you can take your pick from a standard, deluxe, prestige, summer house or platinum van, with either two or three bedrooms to sleep up to six people. Alternatively you could book a pitch and bring your touring caravan or tent. Check-in times vary depending which caravan you go for, but timings are between 1pm and 4pm.

INFO: Travel cots are available to book but are designed to go in the main living room and do not fit in the bedrooms.

If you book directly with Haven the fun passes for all your party are included in the cost of the accommodation. If you book with a private owner the passes will need to be purchased from the reception.


Although you can still access the caravan site including all caravan areas, a large park, two fresh-water lakes, the golf course and access to the beach without the fun passes – they are needed to be able to enter the main complex where you can participate in the kids’ clubs and get unlimited access to the swimming pool, amusements, parks, activities and evening entertainment.


Inside the pass zone, the main outdoor area is a lovely huge open space with parks, trampolines, sand areas and outside seating. You can enjoy a drink from the bar whilst sat outside in the sun whilst the children play which is really relaxing you for and fun for them!



With these passes there’s a variety of daily Haven activities included at no extra charge – for example mini archery, fencing, make a mess craft sessions, baby sensory classes, quizzes pop up theatre and discos. They’re all run by the funstars team who are lively and friendly with the kids.

TIP: Download the Haven app to keep up to date with the daily activities.

Haven also run tons of additional paid-for activities on site including pool parties, the zip wire, the climbing wall, nature classes, fencing, archery, biking, mini golf, water walkers and swimming lessons, to list a few.

Water Walkers and the trampoline.

TIP: You can book your activities online before you come under ‘My account’ in your holiday confirmation online.

Oliver loves the turbo paddlers. The 30 min class is £4 and is taught by an instructor who is in the pool with the little ones. They play games and learn how to manoeuvre them across the pool. The pool is closed during the sessions so the kids (no more than eight) have it to themselves.FotorCreated

In the passes area there’s also a mini fairground which you can buy tokens for and pay for each ride, including helter-skelter, dodgems, bouncy castle and a few smaller rides individually.

Indoors the pool is a big part of the complex and is a massive fun pool with indoor slide, baby pool and Jacuzzi. Outside, when it’s warmer the lazy river is open, along with the outdoor tube slides and there’s plenty of sunbeds too.


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Outdoors pool fun!

There’s also a big amusements hall, a soft play area, the showbar for the evening entertainment and a large bar/lounge/restaurant area which has been refurbished for 2016.


The whole park is flat so it’s pretty easy to get around, but there is a land train which goes around the site and there are also bikes you can hire. On a recent trip my sister and I had the best laugh trying to transport four kids with us at the back pedaling. *Shout out to the kind bloke who pushed us up the hill when we started going backwards!*


The beach is accessible from directly from the site. It’s just literally sand and sea but is fairly private and only used by Haven guests. If you want to be on the seafront near the amusements, shops, bars and cafes you will need to go into town which is less than ten minutes away by car.

You can also visit the main seafront via the open top bus which comes onto the Thorpe Park site.

On site there’s a Spar shop, but not too far down the road is a massive Tesco Extra if you wanted to do a big shop whilst you’re here.

Don’t forget their scooters for getting around!

INFO: There’s free Wi-Fi in the Carousel Bar

There’s also plenty to do in the local area making it the perfect base for day trips. Pleasure Island Theme Park which is just a stone’s throw away, as is the Jungle Zoo and Cleethorpes Light Coast Railway. On the seafront there’s everything you would expect including amusements, the pier, a massive beach, cafes, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.

A little further up the road in Lincolnshire is Hall Farm Park, Rand Farm Park, Woodside Wildlife Park and Pink Pig Farm. Not too far are also the cities of Lincoln and Hull which are both worth a visit.

You could easily spend a week away at Thorpe Park with all the activities and events on-site, plus visits to Cleethorpes and other local attractions.

You can also get day passes for Thorpe Park if you’re not planning on staying over.


  • Reviewed April 2015



LOCATION: Thorpe Park Holiday Park, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, DN35 OPW

OPEN: The park opens from March 31 until October 1.

PRICES: Vary depending on length of stay and time of year. Check website.

CALL: 0333 202 5256