Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park & District– A Review
Updated: Oct 9, 2019
Is Haven Caister Holiday Park worth a visit?
Located adjacent to the beach at Caister-on-Sea, on the Norfolk coastline and just a few miles north of Great Yarmouth. The Park boasts some fantastic on-site amenities and is ideally situated for visiting numerous and varied nearby attractions and places of interest. The Site offers a variety of options for Caravan rental and a limited amount of Chalet/Deck Houses, so whether it’s a weekend getaway or midweek break you’re after they can oblige. In a nutshell, yes it’s well worth a visit.
So what exactly are the features and facilities which make this an appealing holiday destination? Firstly, as stated above the beach is next door and accessible over, or in certain places through the sand dunes. To coin a phrase it really is just a stone’s throw away. A beautiful long sandy beach which stretches for a few miles and remains natural for the most part. A great place to relax, sun bathe, walk and with the plentiful space available enjoy a game of beach cricket or other similar activities. British weather permitting, barbequing on the beach is also popular and you will often see families or groups taking the opportunity to burn the burgers. Also if you’re into sea fishing, judging by the amount of anglers it attracts in the evening, it does appear to be a favourable spot for the sport.
As you would expect this being a traditional holiday park most daytime activities and attractions are geared towards those south of 16. Starting off with the toddlers there is an ample Soft Play Area, and the Swimming Pool has a very shallow section devoted to the littl’uns. For those older there is a varied choice of amenities and activities; playgrounds, crazy golf, zip-wire, climbing wall, super slides, mini go-karts, multi-sport courts, water zorbing, bungee trampoline, archery and shooting range, segways and of course an amusement arcade with all you would expect to find in it. The pool is a decent size and there is a supervised water slide. Lastly, you can hire bikes; now these can be your ordinary push bike or what can only be described as kart-bikes of which there are single seaters or the 4/5 persons model. This latter version is great fun – at first! As your ride goes on, you begin to realise how strenuous it is as only 2 pedal (usually mum and dad), so be warned.
The Park also offers some great organised activities for the kids and tries to cater for all ages and for all interests. At the Pool there are supervised sessions with Aqua Gliders, Aqua Jets etc. along with pool Parties. Various sports coaching and organised games are on offer and for those less sporty there are a variety of arts and crafts activities. Several Nature and Outdoor related adventures are also on the agenda for those with an interest. The Camp also put on numerous and varied one off events and shows during the season. In true Holiday Camp tradition there is of course the evening kids show in the Auditorium/Club (Live Lounge) with resident Park Entertainers (Fun-Stars). A little bonus is that Haven Caister has two Club venues, the second being at the other end of the Park (Originally there was two Holiday Camps adjacent to one another. Eventually Haven took over its neighbour and kept this second entertainment venue); so if you miss the first show at the main complex you have the opportunity to see it an hour later at this secondary venue. Incidentally, this second complex also has a small arcade. Very close by is a Snack Bar and an old fashioned seaside prize bingo arcade played on a board with shutter windows. Even the prices resemble times gone by with the cost of each game being just 20p! – Kids are welcome to play too.
Late evening and night-time is the gown ups’ turn to be entertained (that’s not to say that that the big people cannot also enjoy some of the above activities and facilities during the day). There are Variety shows with both Resident Entertainers and Guest Artists and of course Bingo still maintains its popularity. As mentioned above there is a second venue on site and this also provides evening entertainment; so if you don’t fancy the show at one you can always see what’s on at the other. Once again they do try to vary the entertainment to suit all tastes.
On the practical side, some Caravans have been adapted to accommodate people with limited mobility and the Park itself is wheelchair, pram and buggy friendly. Cots and high chairs can be hired along many practical household items such as irons etc. should you forget to bring them. There is a cash machine on site and free Wi-Fi is available in the main restaurant and bar area. There are a couple of launderettes on site. Smoking is not permitted in any of the Caravans or the complex buildings. There is a designated smoking area close to the main complex and restaurant.
With regard to feeding there are several options; the main restaurant offers a standard Pub Restaurant menu (Steaks, Burgers, Fish etc.) and the quality whilst not bad by any stretch, could not be described as good either. They also serve a Sunday Carvery which again is of reasonable quality. The other options include a Papa John’s Pizzeria, on site Fish & Chip Shop and the above mentioned Snack Bar away from the main complex, all of which are adequate but probably wouldn’t win any awards. Another of the benefits of a Caravan break is the self-catering option, either for the whole time or maybe just for a couple of meals etc. The Camp obviously has a shop (which, by the way also sells sandwiches and hot snacks) but as you’d expect it charges convenience prices so not really viable economically if you are planning to cater for yourself all holiday. However, Caister-on-Sea offers a host of choices for grocery shopping; a Tesco Superstore, Lidl Supermarket, Co-op local and rather bizarrely a supermarket by the name of Plunkett’s which stocks groceries at remarkably low prices, including some brand names. All these are very short car journey away (in fact, apart from Tesco the others are reasonably walkable-ish). If that not enough for you just up the road in Great Yarmouth Sainsbury, Asda, Iceland, Morrisons and Tesco all have huge stores.
Choices for Takeaways and Restaurants are also in abundance. Firstly we’ll list a few Takeaways along with address’s so you don’t have to waste your holiday trying to find them, although most are happy to deliver direct to your Caravan door (note: we are not recommending any of these establishments, but they all have a decent reputation. In addition we are not receiving remuneration or reward to either endorse or include them within this list).
Chifanla Chinese Takeaway 130A Ormesby Rd, Caister-on-Sea NR30 5NJ 01493 728828
Tasty House Chinese Takeaway 4 Yarmouth Rd, Caister-on-Sea, NR30 5AA 01493 728930
Spicy Papadum Indian Takeaway 6 Tan Ln, Caister-on-Sea, NR30 5DN 01493 377171
Brilliant Fish & Chips 26 High St, Caister-on-Sea, NR30 5EP 01493 722777
Doggers Plaice Fish & Chips 21 Ormesby Rd, Caister-on-Sea, NR30 5QJ 01493 728776
Castle Carvery Castle Freehouse, Norwich Rd, Caister-on-Sea, NR30 5JN 01493 728933
Not just a Carvery it also offers other Pub Restaurant Type dishes
The Centurion, 132 Ormesby Rd, Caister-on-Sea, NR30 5NJ 01493 720427.
Pub Grub & they show the football and other sports events.
Branfords Restaurant and Bar The Old Hall Hotel, High St, Caister-on-Sea, NR30 5JL 01493 720400.
A la Carte or Bar Menu. Also serves Breakfast & Afternoon Teas
If you don’t mind travelling a bit further afield there is a great family restaurant with a good reputation
The East Coast Restaurant, Scratby Rd, Ormesby St Margaret, NR29 3QJ. 01493 730550
These are just a few of the eateries available nearby. Obviously if you venture into nearby Great Yarmouth there is a vast choice.
We have covered the great selection of things to do in the Park, so now we shall list what’s about in the surrounding area; and it doesn’t disappoint.
Great Yarmouth: A truly lovely traditional seaside resort. Plenty of things to do for all ages; there are two Amusement Parks (one for the younger kids & the other caters for older children and adults). To detail every attraction and amusement would be a blog post in itself – there really is a lot on offer. The town also offers Shopping, with a small Mall, Market and High Street (Regent Road) affectionately known as “Tacky Street” which is home numerous independent retailers and one-off shops. As mentioned earlier there is no shortage of places to eat from fine dining restaurants to snack bars, from casual diners to tea rooms and so on. The beach is very clean, all sand and is enormous.
Hemsby: A traditional “kiss-me-quick” hat type seaside resort, but on a much smaller scale than Great Yarmouth. It can only be described as having a fair few arcades, a small amusement park, plenty of places to eat, shops (selling mainly gifts, beach goods, nic-naks and the like) and a beach. Now I’m aware that this may on the face of it not sound too special or at least nothing different to other seaside resorts of this type. But for whatever reason the place has a great atmosphere about it. It’s worth noting that both Hemsby and Great Yarmouth hold Firework Displays throughout the high season.
Horsey Gap (Beach): In complete contrast to the above two as this beach is natural and has no facilities, but it has one major attraction in that it is home to a large colony (or herd) of Seals who are regular sunbathers on the beach. You are able to view these wonderful creatures from either a viewing platform or on the beach itself. At the risk of coming across as patronizing, we hope you would treat these wild mammals with respect and not be too intrusive (sorry - had to be said just in case). There is a car park at this location but to see the Seals there is a bit of walk along the beach or via country path. However it is well worth the effort as this really is an opportunity to see and enjoy something a bit different.
Gorleston Beach: Located a bit further south of Great Yarmouth. A large sandy beach; swimming and a range of water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and surfing are very popular here. Again this beach also attracts Sea Anglers. The town itself offers quite a few shops are there are ample places to eat. Close by are coastal paths and marshlands for nature and wildlife lovers to enjoy.
The Broads: Caister is located literally on the doorstep of the Broads which is a beautiful area to explore and offers some great places to visit. You can hire a boat, usually by the hour, half-day or full day (sample rate for high season = hourly £21.00, h/d £75.00 & f/d £127.00). Boats can usually accommodate 8 to 10 people. Picnic Boats, complete with gas hob, fridge, sink and toilet, are also available for half-day at £130.00 or full day at £240.00. If you want something a little more sporty then canoes, kayaks etc. are also available for rent. There are plenty of boat hire operators dotted around various locations on the Broads (Stalham, Wroxham, Oulton Broad to name just a few). If you don’t fancy being a skipper yourself there are a few boat trip excursions to be found, with probably the largest being a trip on the double decker Paddle Boat based at Horning. There are some fantastic countryside walks and cycling paths to explore (again there are quite a few bike hire operators). Discover small villages and towns in picturesque settings and enjoy lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, usually in a riverside setting at one of the many Restaurants, Tea Rooms, Pubs etc. For wildlife lovers the Broads is home to some interesting and rare species, in particular birds. Angling is also permitted at certain places.
Norwich: Thought we’d mention it as it is only about 20 miles away. If you fancy a day in the city it offers some great shopping with all the major high street brands and many independent retailers. Also Norwich Castle is worth a visit. A Park & Ride service is available not too far away in Postwick.
Below is a selection of very popular nearby specific attractions and places to visit.
BeWILDerwood: Horning Rd, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8JW 01692 633033
A great forest based action adventure. Treehouses, wobbly wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, boat trips, marshland walks and more
Great Yarmouth Racecourse: Jellicoe Road Great Yarmouth NR30 4AU 01493 842527
Regular day and evening meetings held throughout the summer months. Apart from the racing, entertainment is available for the kids. For eating you have the choice of restaurant or casual. Watch out for special events such as fun days etc.
Hippodrome Circus: St. Georges Road Great Yarmouth NR30 2EU 01493 844172
Seasonable adapted traditional Circus Shows, Comedy and Water Shows.
Thrigby Wildlife Park: Filby NR29 3DR 01493 369477
Wildlife Attraction featuring rare animals from Asia. A unique network of raised walkways allows you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures
Fairhaven Woodland &Water Garden: School Rd, South Walsham NR13 6DZ 01603 270449
130 acres of cultivated, wild and natural plantings; a haven (no pun intended) for wildlife enthusiasts. Stunning views over a private Broad with daily boat trips from Apr-Oct
Great Yarmouth Greyhound Track: Yarmouth Rd, Caister-on-Sea NR30 5TE 01493 720343
Meetings every Monday, Thursday & Saturday. Bar, Snacks and Restaurant facilities available. Sunday nights the venue also hosts Banger Racing.
Merrivale Model Village: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG 01493 842097
Beautiful Model Village set in landscape gardens. Crazy Golf also available and a step back in time amusement arcade.
Wroxham Barns: Tunstead Road Hoveton NR12 8QU 01603 783762
A combination attraction which features a small amusement park primarily aimed at younger children, a junior farm with animals and activities and a mini shopping centre for arts and crafts. There is also a Diner serving home cooked lunches and afternoon teas. A rustic grocery outlet sells all manner of country fayre for you to enjoy at home.
Caister Castle: Castle Lane Caister-on-Sea NR30 5SN 01664 567707
A Castle Museum (obviously!) but its main attraction is a Motor Museum housing vintage cars and an assortment of other period vehicles.
Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club: Yarmouth Road, Caister-on-Sea NR30 5TD 01493 728699
For those who like to hit the small ball, the Club welcomes visitors.
Due to its location Haven Caister can really offer the best of both worlds; a seaside break and a countryside getaway. Actually three worlds if you include Norwich as a city break option.
Haven, like most other Holiday Park Operators offer some fantastic caravan holiday deals periodically throughout the year. But even the basic everyday prices of these Parks is still by far the best value for money bargain holidays in comparison with other short break deals offered by alternative holiday accommodation providers. Even the standard rate caravans can accommodate eight people in reasonable comfort (although a maximum of six does make a big difference) whilst four people sharing a platinum model really are indulging in the realms of comfort. Although unfair to compare, where else could you find such comfortable and spacious holiday lodging with comparable amenities on tap? So whether it’s a cheap weekend away or a cheeky midweek break you’re after, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value for money mini break deal. Holiday Parks also have the advantage over other types of holiday accommodation because of their versatility and ability to cope with all types of holidaymaker parties. In particular they can provide the opportunity for extended family groups to get together without breaking the bank. Large groups of friends can enjoy a cheap weekend away together in one place etc. In addition they are still the leaders in offering themed and event breaks, in particular 60’s, 70’s, 80’s themes etc. , soul weekends and so on; great occasions for people with a common interest to get together. Sports tournaments are also catered for, again providing large groups with affordable accommodation, amenities and amusements.
For offers and bargains at Holiday Parks all around the country, including Haven Caister of course, visit our Holiday Parks Page. or go to our Homepage for access to specific Short Breaks or Holidays of every kind.
PS. We forgot to mention that most breeds of dog are welcome to rent a caravan at Haven Caister, however they must be accompanied by their owners.