It may be the last thing that most of you fancy doing on a Saturday night but as my six year old is in school the only way that we can afford to have a visit a decent holiday park in the school holidays on the budget we have is to do this.
We've used the sun holiday deals on a few occasions before, having a weekend away at one of our favourite Haven parks ( Hafen Y Mor on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales ) and also managing to grab a midweek break in the summer holidays in 2012 to visit Craig Tara in Scotland!
Both these trips cost us less than half of what they would if we had booked with the park directly, even though we paid the luxury supplement to upgrade!
As we had booked before we had a priority booking reference that enabled us to book online a day earlier than anyone who was booking for the first time, but from reading the forums and past experience I knew that the site was likely to be live from the night before and it was just a case of waiting for someone to post the final code!
At around 11pm last night the code appeared on the forum and the rush to book started, they don't make it easy on you as you have to enter a minimum of three dates and three parks before it will reveal availability. As we were restricted to school holiday dates ( pretty much Easter and May half term) this took a while.
We had decided to visit Cornwall this year, I've never been before but my husband had spent some of his favourite childhood holidays there and held fond memories of these. We wanted a Haven park as we have good past experiences of these, know they have minimum standards of facilities and a variety of activities for the whole family.
After a lot of fiddling it became apparent that we just weren't going to get anywhere in the areas we wanted for Half term so settled on dates during the Easter holidays instead. As the drive to Cornwall from Manchester is quite a journey we knew we wanted to go for seven days which means booking two consecutative trips.
The parks we had settled on were Haven Perran Sands and Haven RIviera Sands, both were really appealling to us as they were in beautiful locations and Perren Sands had come highly recommended by friends.
We couldn't seem to get consecutative availability at one of these parks so have booked 3 nights at Perran and 4 nights half an hour down the Cornish Coast at Rivera, this will mean packing up and moving half way through our trip but it gives us the advantage of experiences two different but both very popular parks!
As my mum is coming along with us we decided to go all out and have opted for the luxury plus upgrade,
We have paid £180 now and worked out we'll have another £100ish to pay to cover entertainment passes, service charge and linen.
For a whole week in a luxury plus caravan for three adults and two children in Cornwall during the summer holidays I'm really pleased with that! It's just over half of what it would be too book direct with Haven.
So are you looking to books discount holiday for your family this year?
If you've booked before and have a priority booking code then go to www.ukholidaysinthesun.co.uk and book now using the 2013 sun holiday codes of NEON KITE LOOK GOOD ABLE ECHO GONE RACE SHOW and PS61.
If you are a first time booker then you will need to wait until tomorrow but my advice would be to try first thing! First time bookers need to go to:
If you like the idea of a bargain break but are fond of comfort and little luxuries then don't forget the luxury or luxury plus upgrade options for £4 and £8 respectively! If you want to bring down the costs even further the linen and entertainment passes are option and if you book for certain term time dates you can get the passes for free!
If you are a first timer and are disappointed with your choice tomorrow, why not consider booking a weekend somewhere not too far away? You still get a nice little break that will cost you less than a couple of nights in a hotel and you will then be able to take advantage of priority booking next time! It's worth considering!
Good luck and hope you get the dates and location you want!
Do let me know if you manage to book!
So all I need to do now is plan our holiday activities! I really want to visit the Eden project while we're in Cornwall, what other trips or days out can you recommend? I'd
love to hear your suggestions!