All hail the Herstmonceux and Haven Holidays

This blogging lark’s not just for mummys…my Mrs spends ages reading and writing blog posts about being a parent, but because she’s handed over responsibility for sorting our family holiday this year to me, it’s only fair that I get to do the bloggy bit about it too.

So, here goes…

We live in Sheffield and have got two boys. Ryan is 12 and Nick is 14. We do a lot of stuff together. Much like me they’re into football (Sheffield, the mighty Blades), rugby (the Eagles) and messing about with tools in the shed – let it be known that my shed is awesome!

When we’re not playing sport, watching sport or fixing and building stuff, the three of us like a takeaway and some films (pretty much anything with a sword in it).

We couldn’t agree on what to do for a holiday this year so I’ve been put in charge of organising it. The conditions were that I don’t spend a fortune, that I find something we can all enjoy and that it ties in with our annual leave at the end of August.

This is what I’ve booked, and for this, I am giving myself a royal pat on the back.

On Thursday 22nd August, we’re driving down to Sussex to book into our caravan. I got a good deal online with a summer holidays deal at Combe Haven Holiday Park. It’s near the coast and is just a short drive from Brighton and Chichester which are said to be great for shopping, markets and arty-farty stuff – this is something the Mrs will enjoy.

On Friday 23rd we can relax on the campsite in the morning, go for a big breakfast in the Mash and Barrel restaurant, get in a round of crazy golf or maybe have a kick about or a game of five-a-side. But, in the afternoon, we need to take a drive into the town of Battle to pick up our costumes from the Fancy Pants fancy dress shop, because…

On Saturday 24th August we’re going to Herstmonceux Castle for a medieval festival. Me and the boys will be dressed as knights and my wife will accompany me as a fair maiden (if I can drag her away from the on-park spa).


This medieval festival goes right through the bank holiday weekend and has jousting, archery, hog roasts, battles with armies a 1000 strong, jesters, minstrels, falcons, horses, a medieval market and a beer tavern or two.

It’s just a short drive from the campsite so we can head back to our castle (caravan) at the end of each day.

We’ve got two days on the Haven park after the festival to just do regular holiday stuff; swimming, bowling, having a barbeque, visiting the beach and in all likelihood, making fools of ourselves on the dance floor of an evening.

So that’s it, my first attempt at sorting a family holiday which keeps everyone happy is all sewn up for the August bank holiday at Haven. I’ve written my first “daddy blog” and think I’ve done a pretty good job all round. Now I’m going back out to the shed to see if I can make myself a bow and arrow while the boys are working on designing a family crest.

It’s going to be a geekfest and might just be the last time I’m ever put in charge with booking the family holiday. Still, get in touch via the comments below and I’ll try to check back in and let you know how it goes.

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