Back in May, we went on a little mini-break to Haven Berwick caravan site in Northumberland, about an hour away from Newcastle. We were not going to have a holiday this year as we moved late last year and we knew we would not be able to afford a holiday so we booked a little UK min break instead. We booked about six weeks in advance on the Haven website and for a four-night mid-week break in an upgraded three bedroom deluxe caravan, it was only around £160 for the five of us.
We have never taken the little two on a caravan holiday before, in fact they had never even set foot in a caravan before so it was a huge adventure for them. I have such fond memories of spending my summers as a child at my grandparent's caravan which they had at Berwick and then at nearby Wooler when I was grown up, I loved staying in the caravan and I was hoping my children would love it as much as I did as a child.
Getting to Berwick is really easy you just follow the A1 and there is also a bus and train station just a ten-minute walk from the site. As we had a Deluxe caravan we could check in from 3pm, checking in was really quick and straightforward and we were soon on our way to our caravan. The caravan was spotlessly clean when we arrived and really spacious, it had a double bedroom, two twin bedrooms, a bathroom with shower and toilet, a separate toilet, fully stocked kitchen area and a large lounge/ dining area with TV. All of the beds were made up on arrival and it was in a really nice quiet area, it was a five-minute stroll to the entertainment complex and you could see the sea from the lounge area.
We were soon off exploring the site and heading to the onsite Spar shop to stock up on some essentials for our stay. I always expect onsite shops to be really expensive but it was not the case at all, everything was around the same price as my local Spar shop and it was really handy for stocking up on milk and juice. It also had a gift shop at the back selling a range of Haven products and seaside essentials like buckets and spades and fishing nets. They also have an onsite pottery painting store, the onsite entertainment complex which has a fish and chip shop, amusements, Briggs of tweed bar/ restaurant, show bar, indoor and outdoor pool and small play park and sports area.
The site is really well maintained too with little wooden sculptures dotted around and well-maintained lawns and flower beds. It really is a very family friendly caravan site. The thing I really liked about this caravan site is the location, it is right on the beach - although be warned you have to go down some very steep steps to get there.
It is also just a ten-minute walk into the historic market town of Berwick which is such a lovely place to visit, it is also close to Seahouses and Lindisfarne and not too far from Scotland and Edinburgh. It really is the ideal location for exploring the local area.
On our first night we ordered a Lebanese takeaway and oh my gosh it was delicious! I highly recommend it if you visit (we found it on Just eat app and ordered the family box for around £20 and there was so much food the five of us could not eat it all). We visited the onsite fish & chip shop another night but I found this really expensive with very small portions and it was not very nice, I really would not recommend it. We also ate out in Berwick one night and we visited the onsite Briggs of Tweed another night which was typical pub food but it was good value and we also visited for breakfast.
We spent our day times going swimming in the mornings in the indoor pool which the children adored, it was just a small pool with a deep end, children end and a slide but it was ideal for young children. I enjoyed sitting in the bar with a coffee each morning catching up on emails (free wi-fi) whilst the other half and the children went swimming as I could watch them through the glass panel.
Each afternoon we would go for an explore either to the beach, into Berwick or following the castle walls and coast to the local play park. Every evening we would head to the amusement where the children had great fun playing in the arcades on the 2p machines.
We visited the show bar each evening for the mini disco and Sophia adored the Fun Stars and Seaside squad, especially Anxious the elephant while Jacob loved Rory the tiger. Each evening Sophia was first on the dance floor and first in the line to get her photos taken with the characters. She had the best time ever.
We all really enjoyed the little break and the four days whizzed by so quickly. It was so nice to actually spend some quality time together as a family and Haven holidays are perfect for young children under 5. My children still ask to go back to the caravan now five months later as they enjoyed it that much.
Before we went I was a little unsure if I would like a caravan holiday and it sounds awful to say this but I was a bit worried it would be full of rough families drinking and kids running wild. However it was not like that at all, it was a really nice, friendly site and I would go back one day. We are going to Majorca on holiday next year but I think we will also book another little Haven mini break too as we all had such a lovely time.
Have you been on a Haven holiday before?