If you’re holidaying in Britain, there’s one thing you are never guaranteed - and that’s the weather.
Readers of a certain age will probably have unhappy memories being cramped in a tiny caravan, cooped up for hours on end playing cards while the rain hammered down on the roof, making the slightest shower sound like a monsoon.
Fortunately, trips to the toilet block, lugging water bottle and fruitless hours trying to light the gas are very much a thing of the past when it comes to caravanning, even if the rainy days aren’t.
And nowhere more so than at the ever popular Primrose Valley near Filey on the East Coast which is still serving up the quintessential British holiday but without all the hardships of years gone by.
Luxury is very much the order of the day and on a recent four night break, our luxury lodge in The Lakes section of the park was a real home from home.
Beautifully decorated, spacious, comfortable and warm with all mod cons, just staying in would have been enough to wind down, relax and soak up the peace and quiet and sweeping views of rolling hills leading down towards the sea.
But holidays, especially with youngsters in tow, are all about fun, fun, fun and cramming in as much as you can in just a few short days, which is exactly what was on the agenda as we were handed out welcome pack outlining a host of activities, fun and games for youngsters of all ages.
My two lads Luc, 10, and Alexei, eight, are more often than not keen to make their own entertainment rather than follow a structured programme of events, so we set about exploring what was on offer.
The park is huge - and on several occasions we made use of the go-karts to get around - although dad was often lagging far behind as the boys raced ahead on their vehicles in search of more fun.
The central hub is where its all at - you can while away the hours in the Funworks amusement arcade, a glittering, shining, colourful and noisy oasis of rattling coins and wide-eyed youngsters trying their hand at winning prizes - my eldest certainly had a knack at scooping goodies on the grabber machines.
But there’s so much more to discover at Primrose Valley - there are two amazing swimming pools to enjoy for starters, with flumes, water features and loads of splashing and smashing fun to be had.
Outdoor sporty youngsters will love the ropeworks and high wires course, while the funfair, motorised go karts and crazy golf will also keep the youngsters busy when the invetiable “I’m bored” chants start coming in.
Naturally, if you want to get off the camp and explore, you’re ideally situated, with Filey, Bridlington, Scarborough and Whitby and their sweeping sandy beaches all within easy reach.
Of course, when you are living a hectic fun-packed schedule, you need food to keep going and Primrose Valley has plenty of options when it comes to filling up.
On several occasions we opted for the West Pier burger restaurant, which as its name suggests, offers the traditional burgers and fries at a very reasonable price in a nautical setting. Papa Johns pizza takeaway offers a quick and easy option when you want a quick bite, while the Mash and Barrel with its sun terrace, was the perfect place to kick back and tuck into a belly-busting carvery at the end of a long day.
For fantastic family fun, Primrose Valley is one happy valley with miles of smiles, all day every day.
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Haven is offering a four night self catering holiday to Primrose Valley holiday park, near Filey in Yorkshire - prices start from £535 per family. Price is based on a family of six sharing standard accommodation and includes kids clubs and family entertainment.
To find out more about this holiday or to book visit www.haven.com or call 0871 230 1900.