Carly Bond

May, 2016:

Great! Yarmouth – Day 7

After another lovely swim and as it was our last day we decided to go to the next beach up the coast at a place called Gorelston.

The beach there was gorgeous, lovely soft sand and it went on for miles. The weather was just glorious too.


Daddy and Grandpa managed to even build a sandcastle before the little man kicked it down, which has to be a first!!

Great! Yarmouth – Day 5

We woke up to another glorious day, but we decided to have a fairly lazy morning and head to the swimming pool for a much longer swim than the other day. The pool facilities at Haven Holiday Village are brilliant. 2 lovely safe pools for our little man to play around in with big changing rooms, making it so easy for us as parents.

After a relaxing morning (including an hour snooze for me), we headed to Lowestoft, which unfortunately disappointed a little. It is very much a busy port rather than a seaside town. The South Beach, however, was beautiful, especially in the sunshine. 


We spent a little time wandering on the beach before we heading back to the holiday village for some more family bingo! 🙂 

Great! Yarmouth – Day 4

Today the sun was shining so we decided to head to the beach for some DIG! 🙂 We travelled the small distance to Great Yarmouth which is literally about 10 minutes drive from the holiday village.

We managed to get parked right on the front where we had a lovely view of the beach. We were able to just come & go from the camper as much as we wanted as we were a few yards from the beach.


We stayed on the beach for about 2 hours which included a paddle in the freezing water, before heading for a wander into town. Great Yarmouth is very much a typical seaside town, a little run down but with lots of amusements and places to keep you entertained.


There looked to be so much more to do in Great Yarmouth that we will definitely be back again if we have time over the next few days.

Great! Yarmouth – Day 3

Today we headed to a place called Somerleyton Hall and Gardens. A stately home 5 miles away from the holiday village. 

It was a lovely big stately home set in a beautiful 5000 acre English estate. The gardens were very well maintained, along with a maze, a parterre, one that was sunken and loads of grounds to run around in. 

The maze is a quarter of a mile to the middle & a quarter of a mile back, although the number of dead ends we went down, I’m sure it was more like half a mile both ways 🙂

We went on the hall tour which took approx 45 minutes, and as it was bank holiday, there was a brass band playing in the marquee, which was a lovely touch.

At the end of our visit we went into the Kitchen Garden Café and had the most delicious scone with the works…it come highly recommended!!!


We got back to the caravan early enough to have a really quick swim. It was so quiet as most people had obviously gone home after the bank holiday weekend. The pool itself was really safe for the little man, where he was able to wander around by himself for the most part. I’m sure we’ll be going back a few more times before the week’s out.

Great! Yarmouth – Day 2

We checked the weather this morning and the forecast was for a day of sunshine, so as we’d spent a day in the car yesterday we decided to spend the morning on the beach. 

It was a little bit windy which meant it wasn’t as warm as it could have been but it was lovely nonetheless, and of course my little man couldn’t be happier digging in the sand and throwing stones into the sea. I even had a little paddle, which was a little cold to say the least.


In the afternoon we had a nice rest (as its so tiring doing nothing :)), followed by the boring job which is food shopping. 

At night we sampled the on-site entertainment which was great for the kids but sadly, we didn’t win anything on the family bingo…better luck next time 🙂

Great! Yarmouth – Day One

The day had finally come where we were heading off on our little family holiday to Norfolk, specifically Hopton Holiday Village near Great Yarmouth.

It’s probably been 35 years since I was in this neck of the woods (yeah I know, I’m really that old) so I was looking forward to exploring a new part of the country with my little man.

The journey down was great. No motorways & lovely countryside, which always looks better when the sun in shining.

We arrived on site mid afternoon to be shown to our, what can only be described as, spacial static caravan. It’s like being in a hotel. TV’s in the room, Bluetooth speaker systems, central heating, hair dryers, towels, so far away from the caravans I remember as a kid.

After the long journey all we were up to was a little wander round the site. We found the clubhouse & the pool which look lovely but more importantly we found the beach. Looked like a good place for a DIG!