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Summer 2010

A Haven for families with Stena Line

By the Ingram family

Our holiday started with the 4.20pm sailing from Dublin to Holyhead. Our children aged six and one and a half were very excited about being on the boat and once the novelty wore off, were able to amuse themselves in the boat’s children’s room which provided colouring pages and crayons as well as having several wooden puzzles fixed to the wall and a large screen playing cartoons. Once into Holyhead it was just over an hours drove to Prestatyn. The caravan park was located in Gronant and very close to the beach.

Once we had checked in and had received our keys we were able to find our caravan easily as they are all located in little ‘streets’ which are clearly marked.
We were very impressed with the mobile home which was spacious and had a lot of storage. As well as the two bedrooms and bathroom there was a separate ensuite which we found very useful. The kitchen facilities were very good with a microwave and fully functional gas cooker. For staying in the park when the weather is a bit colder, a gas fire is included.

We used Saturday morning to explore our surroundings and use some of the child friendly facilities on offer. Reuben enjoyed the Club R and B kids club which offered team games and competitions. It lasted about an hour and once over, he and Noah headed for the soft play area for a bounce about.
They also spent some time at the open air play park which had lots of seating for parents to watch. After some lunch and some time at the beach, Reuben and Noah enjoyed some of the rides at the park’s own funfair. Reuben particularly enjoyed the go karts while Noah had a spin in the tea cups. There is an additional amusement arcade located inside the reception which is suitable for older children and adults.

Also available is an all weather multi sports court, Pitch’n’Putt and bike hire. Burger King and Harry Ramsdens fish 'n' chip shop is on site, as well as the Oasis Centre where hot and cold food is served all day. Presthaven Sands also has a supermarket including an off license, its own pub called the Anchorage Inn and gift shop.

We decided to dine at the parks Mash and Barrel restaurant which also serves as a lounge and cafe during the day. It offered a build your own burger option as well as child friendly options such as spaghetti, fish fingers and chips. Reuben enjoyed the spaghetti Bolognese while Philip and I went for the build your burger options. We had to return to the mobile home to get the children to bed but the park has a fantastic line up of night time entertainment with family shows, great cabaret and live music.

Overall we found the park to be very child friendly with lots to amuse both children and adults. There is no need to leave the park at all unless you really wanted to which means you can relax much more easily.

Check out the full range of Haven Holiday Parks in the UK or for more information visit, telephone 01 2047733 or visit your local StenaLine office or travel agent.

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