Saturday, 26 August 2017
Golden Sands - Haven Review and Special Thank You to Edgar's Gift
A few weeks ago we had a much needed family break to Mablethorpe. We have been away with friends since Callie was born but this was the first time we had been able to get away just the 4 of us. This break was made even better for us in that it was organised for us by the wonderful people at Edgar's Gift, a charity that supports young adults affected by cancer and their families.
Despite Joe's speedy recovery post op, the past year has really taken its toll on us all as a family and Edgar's Gift recognise that the psychological recovery can sometimes take a lot longer and families still benefit from ongoing support. The charity has a caravan on Golden Sands Haven in Mablethorpe and were kind enough to let us stay for the weekend. Here are some pictures of the van itself.
We hadn't visited the area before but the site was perfect for a weekend getaway and the Lincolnshire coastline is really lovely. The caravan itself was beautiful, I would say it is the nicest caravan we have ever stayed in and it would be comfortable for a larger family too as we only used 2 of the 3 bedrooms. Ted loved watching the DVD's while Callie had her naps and discovered Aladdin for the first time!
We went to the Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary which was right next to the caravan park and was much more than just a seal sanctuary. There was a dinosaur fossil walk through caves which took you back in time through all the prehistoric eras and Ted really enjoyed learning how the dinosaurs eventually became extinct. We saw Gibbons, Lynx's and lots of beautiful birds. If you are ever in the area it is well worth a visit. We also took a walk in to Mablethorpe although there was a small land train that did the trip every 30 minutes for about £2 per person. We walked 8 miles that day and Ted was a trooper, we did however make a swift exit from the beach as a huge storm rolled in and made it back to the caravan just in time!
We also took a trip over to Skegness as I have never been and thought it was probably worth visiting. Not sure I will be making a hasty trip back as it wasn't really our cup of tea. Joe called it Basingstoke by the Sea but I would just say it is like Great Yarmouth that has been neglected for 20 years. Everything just needed a bit of TLC and on the day we visited it was just very crowded. We did however find a little place to eat called The Clock which was a nice traditional seaside restaurant with a sea view and great chips.
The shop on the caravan park was quite expensive despite our 15% owners club discount (another perk from Edgar's Gift) so we ended up eating in the on site restaurant or ordering Papa John's (the Hawaiian pizza is heavenly!) which wasn't so good for my waistline but when on holiday and all that!
On our final day we went for breakfast and the kids were super excited to meet Rory the Tiger and Bradley Bear! Look at Callie's little face. The breakfast was delicious and Ted got a huge bowl of porridge with syrup, his favourite! There is nothing better than seeing the look on your children's faces on holiday and knowing they are making memories to last a lifetime.
As with most Haven sites the arcade and funfair were a buzz of excited children and parents wishing they hadn't introduced them to 2p machines but it was all good fun. There was a soft play and swimming pool on site but the weekend flew by before we had a chance to visit them.
We had such a nice break and are so grateful to Edgar's Gift for inviting us to stay. We hope they are able to continue to support other families long into the future!