If you’re considering booking a short UK break in the near future, here’s our top tips to save money at Haven.
Spring is in the air, the weather is getting warmer…and with any luck, our thoughts can turn to enjoying a well deserved break away soon… (from April 12th at least!)
Consider the dates
This is an obvious one, but the school holiday times are going to be the most expensive. If you have children below school age, then booking outside of these times will definitely save you money.
However, there are other ways to get round this if you have school age children. If you are not travelling too far away, a Friday to Monday break in term time could be feasible. Often people will opt to travel straight from the school pick up on Friday afternoon, and return late Sunday evening – or even Monday morning – in time to get the kids into school!
Another way to potentially save is if you live in an area that has different school holiday dates to the rest of the country – or at least to the area you are planning on visiting. Often regional differences in school holiday dates – such as 2 weeks at Whit – can get you a bargain break! It’s definitely worth checking before you book.
Get an extra discount with Kids Pass
Kids Pass currently offer a Haven discount when you click through to book from their app. This is can be used on top of any other discounts or offers from Haven, so is well worth doing. Melissa saved £50 on her last Haven break using Kids Pass!
Plan your meals
Without wanting to sound boring – as this is a holiday after all – a bit of simple planning can save you a few pounds. We’re not talking about planning out exactly what to eat and bringing it all to cook from scratch – unless you wanted to of course!
In our experience, the on-site restaurants at Haven can vary from being really good to average and over priced, so you may not want to eat there every night. Similarly, the onsite Papa John’s takeaways are more expensive than those off site.
If you are visiting an area you have never been to before, do a bit of research to see if there are any family friendly pubs or restaurants nearby as an alternative. If so, you can then check if there are any discounts or offers, such as kids eat free, that would not be on offer at Haven.
It’s always worth packing a few essential groceries rather than relying on the onsite shop – or again, do your research and check if there is a supermarket close to site where you can pick items up on the way for cheaper.
Food Items we always take to Haven:
- Tinned tuna for sandwiches
- Items for a cooked breakfast – sausage, bacon, eggs, beans etc
- Snacks such as crisps, pasta & sauce packs, biscuits
- Sauce – e.g. tomato ketchup
- Evening beverage of choice!
Of course, you don’t want to end up taking too much if you are planning on eating out!
Be prepared with pool floats / beach items
These can be some of the most overpriced items on site and in beachfront shops, because of course it is a supply and demand issue. A quick visit to a discount shop such as B&M or Home Bargains before you go can save a fortune on those items you know your kids will be bugging you to buy for 3 times the price!
Top tip: Onsite gift shops full of plastic nick nacks and sweets are another money drainer, and one children are drawn to like bees around honey! Let the kids pick a few cheap bits in Home Bargains beforehand, with the understanding that they won’t be buying anything in the gift shop…(it’s worth a try surely!)
Take advantage of free activities
One of the biggest additional costs to any family break can be paying for day to day activities. The costs can soon mount up especially when paying for a large family, which is why basing you days around the free activities on offer is a great way to save money at Haven.
If you’re based at one of the many coastal parks, then a trip to the beach is a no brainer – and totally free! You can always take a wander into the town, or
If you’ve purchased your holiday through Haven, this likely includes the Fun Pass as part of the price which gives you access to the pools, arcades and entertainment venues. A trip to the onsite swimming pool is always a winner – our favourite Haven water park is Hafan Y Mor in North Wales.
It’s also a good idea to research the area before you go and find out what’s in the locality for days out so you can budget the cost and possibly find discounts beforehand.
So there’s our 5 tips for ways to save money at Haven. Got any others? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!
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