Reviewed by Stella Young
Since starting our family, we’ve traded in our Canaries holidays for caravans. A bit of a come down you would think, but to be honest, we absolutely love it and so do the kids. We have a 4 year old boy, and 2 year old twins, and we’ve been on numerous Haven breaks since we had them. Our trip to Marton Mere has been our biggest adventure yet though. A whole week away, rather than the usual short breaks we take a bit closer to home. We love Blackpool, we love caravan holidays, so what could be better than a caravan holiday in Blackpool?
We found the park quite easily and followed the sign posts for check in. There was a small queue as you would expect, but there was plenty staff on hand, so didn’t have to wait too long. We were given a pack with maps and information about the park and entertainment, and directions to our caravan.
Our caravan was Highgrove No. 1, which was fairly close to the reception/bar etc… Always a bonus when you have young children. We quickly set about unpacking, while our kids ran around excited in the caravan, exploring their new home for the next week. We had booked a 3 bedroom Prestige van, which was nice, although slightly dated compared to some we’d stayed in on previous trips, making me wish I’d paid the extra £35 to guarantee a 2014 model. But we had nothing to complain about. Due to being tired from journey, variable weather, and waiting on other family to arrive, we spent a lot of time in the caravan over the first couple of days, and felt completely at home in our new environment. One small complaint about the caravan would be the size of the fridge freezer, although the freezer compartment was probably ample, the fridge was tiny which we struggled with.
The park itself was immaculate, no litter lying around, and there were constantly gardeners at work keeping everything trim and tidy.
Marton Mere Holiday Village is situated around 10 minutes’ drive from the main attractions in Blackpool, and a regular bus service operates from the park.
Activities – There is a vast choice of activities available on the park to suit different age groups of children. These are all detailed in a booklet you are given when you check in, colour coded by age group and a cute paw print to indicated whether it’s a character activity, after all, we all love a bit of Bradley Bear! There are also additional activities you can book which are payable, such as aqua gliders, learn2swim, kart hire and pic n paint pottery. There is an indoor pool, and also an outdoor splash area. This was perfect as this forgetful mum left her swimming costume at home, but my toddler twins were happy to play in the splash area while I sat supervising in the outdoor patio seating area.
Food and drink – Marton Mere has recently refurbished their bar area, fresh and clean with a nautical theme. We had a light lunch there one day, kids had sandwiches and drinks, myself and hubby opted for ham and cheese/tuna and cheese melts, also with drinks. The total bill came to around £25, which I felt was quite reasonable and good value for money. There was also a fish and chips cart within the complex and a well-stocked Spar shop if you forgot or run out of anything. Also a short drive from the park, all the family favourites, such as KFC, McDonalds, Subway and Pizza Hut, if you fancied eating out or having a takeaway in your caravan.
Entertainment – Evening entertainment kicks off at 5.30pm in the show bar with bingo ticket sales, for over 18’s only. Eyes down at 6pm for cash prizes. Then 6.30pm it’s time for the kids to all pile in for Go Tots fun and dancing. This is followed up with a show by the Seaside Crew, and there’s a chance to queue to have photos taken with the characters. There is a live act on most evenings, although we didn’t get a chance to see any of these due to our children being young and needing to go to bed.
Launderette – Going for a week and don’t fancy packing a week’s worth of clothes? There is a launderette situated beside the shop. I purchased tokens for a jumbo wash, soap powder, and tumble drier token which cost £8.50, this was plenty to wash 3 days of clothes and towels for a family of 5, the wash itself took 30 minutes, and tumble drying 20 minutes. Well worth the money, especially when you come home and don’t have a week’s worth of washing to do.
Would we go back? Absolutely, I was all set for booking to go back next year, but husband wanted to go somewhere different, so I booked for Primrose Valley in Yorkshire. Receiving a massive 50% discount for booking almost a year in advance. Seems such a long way off at the moment, but we also have a short break booked at Craig Tara in Ayrshire in September, yep we LOVE Haven!
A massive thumbs up and 5/5 from the Young family!
For more information, to make a booking or to request a brochure visit www.haven.com/martonmere or call 0871 230 2760.
Marton Mere Holiday Village. Mythop Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 4XN | 01253 767 544