Distance from York: 42.2 miles
Blue Dolphin boasts panoramic sea views and spacious grassy touring areas, with 210 pitches including electric hook up. They also have a range of modern, well-equipped caravans to suit every family and budget. On site there’s a big multi-lane water slide, a modern restaurant called The Brigghouse and two family ShowBars.
Some Mumblers have commented that this park is outdated and prefer some of the other Haven parks in Yorkshire. It is also noted that this park does not have direct access to the beach. However, there are also lots of recommendations for this caravan park in our chat group so here’s what some of the Mumblers who love this park have to say:
“Soft play and swimming through the day, plenty of parks and of course the amusements and activities in the clubs. She absolutely loves it. Definitely recommend.”
CK Apr 18
“We usually go to Blue Dolphin, slightly smaller park so easier for little legs (ours are 3 & 1).”
RM, Apr 18
“It’s a lovely site. Loads for the kids to do. I’ve been twice with similar age kids and they loved it.”
AH, Jan 18
Gristhorpe Bay, Filey, YO14 9PU
T: 01723 515155
Distance from York: 103 miles
This is where Butlins all started back in 1936 but a lot has changed since then! You’ll find some lovely restaurants and a beautiful blue flag sandy beach right on your doorstep.
“We’ve been with our 2.5yr old and it’s great. I would always go for fair ground or gold as the others you don’t get towels or housekeeping (good when you’ve got little ones in nappies). We did the food dining option as it works our cheaper.”
HH, Jan 19
“We’ve been to tots week for last 2 years and it’s really good, all aimed for under 5’s. Shows included Justin, Teletubbies, Mr. Maker, Mr. Men to name a few…All the fairground rides are included too and the swimming is really good.”
AP Jan 19
“We preferred Butlins as entertainment is much better and there is always something for the kids to be doing. We upgraded to gold apartment as reviews for silver weren’t great. Also If you’re going peak time I would recommend getting fast track passes.”
KF, Jan 19
Distance from York: 39.8 miles
Situated close to Scarborough, this holiday park includes the Waterworld fun pool with flume and a range of activities to enjoy. Caravans and lodges are available to hire as well as touring pitches for tents.
It is worth noting that there is a very steep road followed by steep steps to the beach.
“I’d definitely recommend Cayton Bay.”
RM, Jan 18
“We love Cayton Bay for a weekend.”
KB, Aug 18
Mill Ln, Cayton Bay, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3NJ
T: 01723 583111
Distance to York: 93 miles (Whinfell); 67 miles (Sherwood Forest)
Whether you’re trying one of the many activities together, eating together at our range of restaurants or relaxing together in your open-plan accommodation, everything at Center Parcs is made for families.
“Centre Parcs have highchairs and cots provided in your accommodation and you can hire a pushchair to save on space. We did Whinfell at 16 months and he loved it.”
LH, Aug 18
“We love Center Parcs & would really recommend it. Obviously it is a lot of money but there’s a reason for it. So much to do and see, beautiful landscape, the swimming pool is brilliant and lots of activities.”
T: 03448 267723
Distance from York: 145 miles
A holiday park situated in Northumberland offering caravans, lodges and touring pitches.
Please note from their website: “From now until 1 June there will be some refurbishment taking place on park, which will mean that there’ll be a temporary entrance into the complex, a reduced arcade area, and the Burger King and Papa John’s Pizza will be closed. All other facilities will be open and available as usual.”
“We had a lovely stay at Haggerston Castle near Berwick.”
NL, Apr 18
“Great location for exploring the local area and the activities on site are fab for the kids.”
LAR, Apr 18
“We did Haggerston Castle in October had a fab time. Went to Edinburgh for the day, only 1hr drive and Seahouses one day too. Would definitely recommend.”
RH, Jan 18
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2PA
Distance to York: 133 miles
Kielder Water & Forest Park is located in the North East of England near to the Scottish Border. Within the site there are many attractions such as Kielder Observatory and the holiday park Kielder Waterside. The area is run by the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust.
“I went to kielder water and it’s was amazing! We had a hot tub outside our log cabin, and there’s an indoor pool onsite and a treatment parlour, I had a massage. Gorgeous place loved it!”
SMR, Jul 18
“Highly recommend Kielder water in Northumberland. We went last year and booked again.”
CR, Jan 19
Kielder Waterside, Hexham NE48 1BT
T: 01434 251000
Distance to York: 78 miles
With an abundance of activities available on site, from tennis, mini-golf, footpaths and cycling trails to Bodyzorbing, archery, Waterwalkerz and snorkelling, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Younger children can go wild in the Little Monkeys indoor play centre, while the Activity Den hosts pool tables and a games room ideal for older kids.
“We went to a log cabin at Darwin Forest in the Peak District last year. Would def recommend, lots to do on site and nearby.”
SB, Mar 18
“We did a week in Landal Darwin forest last October. Lovely lodge with full kitchen, heating etc, park has a small indoor pool and a great soft play (you pay for entry but it kept kids entertained all day the day it rained!) Plenty of outdoor space too. It’s smaller than Centre Parcs but we had a fab and very relaxed week!”
DP, Sept 18
Darwin Forest, Two Dales, Matlock DE4 5PL
T: 0345 498 6200
Distance from York: 96 miles
Come to Limefitt Holiday Park near Lake Windermere and you’ll discover a relaxed park within some of England’s most beautiful scenery. It’s perfect for walkers and a great base for exploring the towns and villages of the Lake District. Located in the pretty Troutbeck Valley, the Troutbeck mountain beck passes right through the park.
“Pub and playpark on site.”
HB, Apr 17
Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1PA
Distance from York: 92.5 miles
Haven holiday park offering touring, camping and well-equipped caravans for hire. A large park with lots of activities and an outdoor pool. Grab some peace and quiet by the coarse fishing lake or visit the seal sanctuary just across the road.
“It’s great, lovely staff throughout, plenty to do on and off site. Our children love it there and ask to go every year, we’ve been the last 4 years running.”
LL, Apr 18
“Love the seal sanctuary which is walking distance, train into Mablethorpe, there’s also a park with a paddling pool, hire boats etc and not far to drive to Skegness.”
SA, Apr 18
“It was fantastic. Lots to do around the local area too for day’s out.”
DR, Jan 18
Golden Sands Holiday Park, Quebec Rd, Mablethorpe, LN12 1QJ
T: 01507 477871
Distance from York: 41.7 miles
One of the biggest Haven holiday parks which includes two indoor swimming pools with slides and an outdoor heated pool. There’s a lake for kayaking, pedalos, paddleboarding and a fishing lake. Close to Filey, Scarborough and Bridlington for days out. Touring pitches available as well as well-equipped modern caravans.
What Mumblers say: This site is recommended frequently. When comparing to other Haven sites some prefer the pool here for young ones and like the larger size of the site with plenty to do. On the flip side some find this site too big and favour the smaller sites such as Reighton Sands and Thornwick Bay.
“Primrose is excellent for young children they have everything, we couldn’t fit everything in last time we went there was so much to do. Plus 10 min walk down beach to Filey and there’s a bus to Scarborough that picks up in the park itself.”
AL, Apr 18
“We went to primrose and plenty to do especially for that age (3yrs).”
LD, Apr 18
“We like primrose valley the best, there’s lots to do there and you don’t have to spend loads.”
ACT, Apr 18
Primrose Valley, Filey YO14 9RF
T: 01723 513771
Distance from York: 44.2 miles
A smaller site with indoor and outdoor pools and a winding lazy river. 9 hole golf course, pitch and putt and direct access to the beach. Touring pitches available as well as well-equipped modern caravans.
What Mumblers say: Many Mumblers favour Reighton sands for the younger children as it is smaller and quieter with a tractor to the beach. Others prefer the larger sites such as Primrose Valley for more activities.
“We love it. Only small but the kids think it’s brilliant.”
HT, Aug 18
“Although Primrose is brilliant I found it to big and busy with my then 2 year old. Prefer Reighton as still plenty to do but smaller complex so on an evening he was so much easier to keep an eye on.”
NR, Apr 18
“Lots to do. Food in on site is lovely. Good night entertainment. Tractor ride down to the beach. My boys 4 & 5 love it.”
KLL, Apr 18
“Nice beach and a lovely site. Swimming pool is a nice size too and the amusements are small with a soft play area.”
SR, Apr 18
Reighton Gap, Filey, YO14 9SH
T: 01723 890476
Distance from York: 107 miles
Open 365 days a year and in a world of our own, surrounded by countryside – you’ll love our location within easy reach of Blackpool and our five-star facilities. There’s so much to see and do here and and we’re all waiting to welcome you.
“Second Ribby Hall – we’ve been twice now and booked a third visit for next year, we regularly go to Centre Parcs too. It’s really good value for a few nights away and really lovely.”
CP, Nov 18
“Ribby Hall is really good and Blackpool near by.”
JSG, Aug 18
Ribby Road, Lancashire, PR4 2PR
Distance to York: 107 miles
Leave the hustle and bustle of the real world behind and soak up the excitement, fun and relaxation that await you. Water-ski, wakeboard, jet ski or fish your way around beautiful waterscapes. You can also enjoy an aqua park, pool and a splash park for kids, crazy golf, a gym, bars and family restaurants.
“We recently went to Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire. Lovely site with activities for little ones but also lots to visit nearby like a farm and zoos.”
LCK, Jun 18
“Tattershall Lakes is lovely.”
JS, Jan 19
Sleaford Road, Tattershall
T: 01442 508850
Distance from York: 50.5 miles
The newest Haven site which includes heated indoor pool with water slides, activity barn and fishing lake. The Thornwick Bay Theatre Company provide the evening entertainment. Accommodation consists of caravans, chalets and touring pitches.
Another favourite with Mumblers:
“Completely geared up for kids, great pool with slides, daily activities (some free), evening entertainment (kids disco, pantomimes etc), amusements and small soft play area (free) on site, with pub restaurant, show bar, convenience store, fish & chip shop. Beautiful beaches too.”
CD, Jul 18
“I like Thornwick Bay best as it’s only a short walk to Flamborough Head.”
MT, Apr 18
“Thornwick Bay fans here. Fairly newly done so really nice and clean and fun indoor pool great for that age (ours are 3 and 7) .”
DR, Apr 18
North Marine Rd, Flamborough, YO15 1AU
T: 01262 850369