Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Weekend Getaway at Weymouth Bay Haven!

Over the Half Term, I booked a last minute holiday at Weymouth Bay Haven. Having never been there before, and only going locally to Rockly Park Haven site, I was not sure what was in store, Because I had been disappointed with Rockly park the last few times I had been. Sitting at home in the week wondering what to do during the half term, then seeing a small amount of cash in my bank account, made me look into traveling to weymouth - having only been there a handful of times in the car, I was unsure how near it was or if it was simple on the train. I looked at a range or b+b's and hotels in weymouth, but didnt really think they would be suitable for Leo to stay in. He needed something where he could be himself (loud, have fun and be on the go) - Having ADHD can be very un predictable. In the end I found myself heading for the Haven site, and found a cheap holiday for £219.


 The only annoying side for me, is the fact that being a single mum, i always have to pay for a family! - this adds up to crazy prices for 2 people! So I managed to book a 3 bed carvan for £219 - I added on my mum and stepdad aswell as Leo and I , just in case they wanted to attend. I then packed, and headed to the train, which was simple and easy - having a family and friends railcard meant the single journey was £11.20 for Leo and I, It took about 40mins to get to weymouth. Once at weymouth we were able to get a taxi just outside the station which took us to Weymouth Bay it was just over £8 to get there.

On arrival we checked in, and we were offered for someone to collect our bags, as we were walking, we waited for about 5mins then decided to walk, because was not worth waiting 20+ mins, it was about a 10min walk away, which is ok, would of liked to be near because of leos disability and walking issues at times, but luckily he didn't have any problems with his mobility on this brake.

The caravan its self was a ok size, I had not noticed that i was meant to take the bed lining, as did not see it showing on the booking,  so had to make do that night, because did not have a spare £9 to buy any, so we used other duvets and pillows, on the mattress. - We simply went in chucked our bags in and headed out again- as we arrived late about 6pm.

We  headed to the local field which was a short walk from the caravan and leo enjoyed playing at the park, which offers 4 swings, a seesaw, slide and climbing frame,a mini roundabout, sandpit and a football pitch and goals, (Again this is something rockly park does not offer other than a small amount of sand on the beach and 2 swings) I then had a message from a friend, who happened to be at weymouth bay again she had booked last min with her family for £239 , however she was alot closer to the resort!

 About 10pm I meet up with them at the bar, while the children played in the play area and we enjoyed a chat and a few drinks. However while we were there on the first night, Leo was punched in the face by another Holiday maker, in which i did not step in, but asked him and my friends child to get security, which came, but told the children to play in different area's - he did not get the childs parents and inform them! - I then made a written complaint leaving my carvan no and my mobile number, within 30mins of it all happening. We stayed there till after midnight, then Leo and I headed back to our carvan - which I must say was very scary as was very dark and not many lights! Saturday Morning, We woke up around 10.30 and headed to the local shop and ended up paying £30 for some basic food, ie milk, bread, butter, cheese and ham. (I managed to pack some bits but not alot) and we went back to the caravan, which is where I found the huge infestation of ants! They were all over the kitchen, lounge including the furniture and ceiling, I then noticed they had put a note on the info sheet with check in details, and said about keeping it clean and they may be able to do something if we informed them! - It was impossible to sit down because the place was crawling and they were going onto our skin! - Having made a quick bite and sitting in the bedroom where it seemed ant free, we headed out for a while to the park. I managed to book Leo into the Saturday afternoon archery which I think was about 1pm and cost £8 (which is £3 more than at rockly park) Leo spent half a hour playing mostly on his own - as was just him and another family of 3 playing. In the end leo got a Bradley Archery badge which he loves!
 My mum then arrived and we headed back to the caravan, my mum then saw the infested carvan and was not happy, so she took us up to the reception to complain, she ended up having to talk to the security Gard called Johnathan who then managed to move us into a cottage. - Having not stayed in the cottages before but seen them on the Haven website, I would say that this is the best accommodation to stay in. Even though moving to the cottages meant we were even more further from the park, and right next to a church - which made it even more scary walking home, the whole layout and feel of the cottages where much better for a large family, Meaning that there was more space, you were able to relax and it felt more of a holiday home, ideal for the longer holidays.



 The Cottage was very well decorated, had bed lining and a nice bath with over head shower - only thing is with people unable to step into the bath, they may be unable to wash. There was nice wooden doors, and beams- It looked to be a converted stables with about 6 cottages. There is parking and a picnic bench outside. Also it is a short distance from a shop and fish and chips (off site) - You are located just outside the gates to Weymouth Bay, with small cottages of residential across the road - Its all very private looking! - Have seen these for about £300- £500 for the weekend which is a great price!

We enjoyed a rather, expensive pappa johns from the show bar, which they cooked it all fresh in about 15mins, however Leo did not like the margarita as he could not taste the tomato sauce, which did seem to be lacking. - Which is a shame.

We enjoyed some of the shows while there, but didnt see too many because Leo and my friends kids preferred playing outside in the dark, even after 10pm - 12pm , which meant us mummy's and daddy could sit under the warm heated lamp outside and keep a eye on them, while having a drink. It was a shame the food finished in the bar early (by 9) because we would of loved some food while sitting out there other than the pizza.

Over the next few days, I enjoyed some time in the swimming poole and the Crazy river  - which is a mini water poole, like a river with jets that push the water and you along - this is outside. With the weather being so nice, it was nice to get into the warm water and be pulled along by the floats or without as there was not enough to go around. It also enabled those who were not swimming to sit outside and watch, The swimming poole itself was all one depth, making it easy to keep a eye on the kids and not worry about them going into the deep end! Also meant swimmers were not crowded around one end of the pool!

We were able to enjoy the fun inflatables, which was a big bouncy castle water float obstetrical course which meant the boys could run about and have some fun, while I kept out of the water and watched!

I booked Aqua Jets for Leo to enjoy which again was £8 but seeing as the other person did not turn up, he was the only one in the pool, and I was able to take some great pictures (Weymouth Bay allow pictures with permission) 


The weekend was fun and I hardly spent any money in the arcade because Leo was having so much fun playing with the other children watching some of the shows, splashing about it in the pool or hitting the pool table late in the evening!

 I would love to go back to Weymouth Bay, but this time take a look at the sister site SeaView which allows you to use their poole and facility's. Id also love to attend the Sea Life center (Not being able to drive means it costs £8 each way in taxi fair plus entrance fee) - However there is a bus just outside the park entrance so you could easily get a bus to explore Weymouth!

As much as I enjoyed my stay, and I am very impressed with the security gard Johnathen, I am not happy with the indecent of Leo being punched in the face! I asked Leo to inform the security team, because I did not feel happy approaching a child and telling them off for punching, or approaching the parents! (If this happened anywhere else, the child would be asked to leave or parents informed) - However this was not the case, the security spoke to the child and told all the kids to play on opposite sides of the play area. (Leo and his friends were playing man hunt, Leo ran past this other kid, and stopped to look for his friend which my friends child, then this "horrible" child, punched him in the nose between the eyes) - This should of been delt with, and I feel it was NOT!

I wrote a complaint on the paper, along with my number and caravan number (this happened on friday arrival night! ) Saturday when asked at reception about it about 11am, was told they would get the security manager to call me! - Again never happened, nor have i had a call in the week after the holiday! - Which too me is not good enough!

If your reading this Haven - Then hope you can do more about this behavior - at least take the child to the parents and inform them there child his hurting others! - this child was un supervised and in your t+c children should be at all times!

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