Primrose Valley is a Haven holiday park is located close to Filey in North Yorkshire. We have stayed there a couple of times and as one of the largest Haven sites in the country, you really don’t need to leave the site to find things to do. Read on to find out more.
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Primrose Valley Review
The first thing to note when booking a Haven holiday is that you have two options. You can book a holiday directly through Haven or you can book through a private owner. All the accommodation options on-site are static caravans and there is a good range of styles and quality available. We have stayed both with Haven and with a private owner.
We would now only book through Haven. Why? Firstly because the private van we rented wasn’t very clean. Haven do strive to maintain a high level of cleanliness and the van we rented through them was pretty much spotless.
The second reason was that with a private rental you can’t book any activities in advance and you can only purchase and book with your leisure passes on the day of arrival. That meant there were no swim slots left for us nor were there any tables left to reserve for the entertainment. Activities were also pretty limited. Had we known this when we booked we would have stuck with Haven.
The only thing we could prebook when renting privately was our meals in the lakeside restaurant. Most of the on-site activities require you to have a Leisure Pass (can be included with Haven, extra with a private rental). Many of the activities have a small additional fee but many such as the two pools and entertainment are included. You don’t need a Leisure pass for the fairground nor the laser tag but as these are privately owned they have a separate cost.
With Haven, you can currently book a Stay and Play package that includes their Leisure Passes. Or you can book a Stay package if you’d rather not use their facilities and would rather explore the local area. They also have a touring and camping site, although this is quite close to the main road.
Primrose Valley Things To Do
As mentioned above there is plenty to keep you busy at Primrose Valley. Indoors there are two heated swimming pools. The main leisure pool is over in the main complex. It’s got a relatively big pool, a splash area, slides and other fun things to play on. There is also a pool with a slide over in the Lakeside area which also has an outside pool. This pool is a lot smaller and is usually much quieter.
To find your way around the park Haven now have an app. This is also how you book most of your activities but most can be booked in person. Our favourite place to eat is the Lakehouse bar and restaurant. The pizzas here are excellent. They have reduced the menu down a lot since covid which is a shame but hopefully, a wider selection will return soon. They have tables inside and outside and prebooking is recommended.
Also on-site there is a Papa Johns pizza takeaway, Mash and Barrel bar and restaurant, sweet treats, takeaway fish and chip shop, convenience store and a laundrette.
The Lakeside Area
Our favourite park is over by the lakeside, the last holiday we had we didn’t even venture over to the main complex. There is also direct beach access although this is very steep and dogs are welcome on the beach, but not during the summer season.
Just outside the Lakehouse restaurant, there is a small play area for kids including a slide and a sandpit. There are plenty of tables outside and there is usually a family-friendly film playing on the outside screen.
Also in this area is the privately-owned Crazy Combat. You don’t need to prebook although they generally run in sessions when there are enough players. You purchase lives rather than time. My son LOVED it and went in twice during our stay. It’s basically Laser Tag in a wooden fort type building and so long as your kids can carry the laser gun they can play.
There’s plenty of other things to do in this area. The funfair has a 9 hole crazy golf course and a few family-friendly rides, plus diesel-run go-karts. You pay for most of these activities by purchasing tokens. Everything is fairly priced.
Also in this area, they have two relatively new adventure courses for the kids. There is a mini-adventure course for 2.5 – 6-year-olds. There is also a higher and longer course for children age 7 and over (height restrictions apply) plus a climbing wall. There is a charge for both.
On the lake, they have pedalos, boats and watersport activities such as canoeing and paddleboarding. They only seemed to be hiring out pedalos when we visited. There is a charge for all these activities and the pedalos didn’t need pre-booking.
If that still isn’t enough choice for you the Lakeside is also where you can hire out pedal trikes to take around the park. Plus they have a sports activity area where our son once tried an archery session for younger kids. They have plenty of other activities that you can pre-book on and some of them are free.
Funworks Entertainment Venue
As mentioned above the main pool is situated in the main hub which is the Funworks Entertainment venue. Most of the places where you can purchase food and drinks are here. This is also where you will find the daytime and evening entertainment. There is usually a pretty busy schedule with something to suit all ages.
The venue has a large arcade with a variety of 2p slot machines, fruit machines, grab machines and more.
There is another outside play area and there is apparently a third play area although we’ve never found it.
We also had a go at paint a pot on one of our holidays. We booked a sand bottle making session. For £5 we spent about 45 minutes putting coloured sand into a bottle. It was good fun and a great keepsake.
They do state that you can fish. We did and caught nothing, we didn’t even get a bite which was a shame. Primrose Valley Haven also has a multi-sports court, a tennis court and pool tables.
If you do ever want to venture off-site there is plenty to do in the area and there is plenty of inspiration to be found via our website.
Primrose Valley Haven FAQ & Further Information
Address: Primrose Ave, Primrose Valley, Filey YO14 9RF, North Yorkshire
Category – Holiday Park – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
There are numerous facilities including restaurants, pools, lake activities, laser tag, fairground, crazy golf, sports and more.
When are they open?
They are open for most of the year but they do close over winter.
Is there food available?
There are plenty of places to purchase food and drinks.
Is there parking?
All accommodation has its own parking space.
Are they dog friendly?
There are some pet-friendly caravans although do be aware that many of the indoor places don’t allow dogs.
Are they accessible?
Information on accessibility.