Last Updated on June 15, 2023 by Suzy McCullough

Reighton Sands is a Haven-owned Caravan Park near Filey in North Yorkshire. I originally booked us in here because I wanted to go and see the puffins at RSPB Bempton Cliffs but as we had already done that earlier in the year we had an open book of things to do. I will go more into that at the end of this post. Firstly I will review the caravan site itself at Reighton Sands, Haven. If you click on a link in this piece, we may earn affiliate revenue.

Haven has 4 sites by the coast in Yorkshire. Reighton sands is one of the smallest but it didn’t mean that it was lacking things to do. As well as having Touring and Camping pitches they also have static caravans available to rent for 3 or more nights.

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On a clear day, there is a really lovely view out to sea from the touring site.

We took our touring caravan to Haven for this stay. At check-in we were given a handy map, what’s on guides and entertainment passes (included in your touring pitch fee). After checking in we were shown our pitch by the site warden.

I have this terrible habit of booking caravan pitches without actually looking at the map beforehand. The touring site is really small, it’s even smaller than the non-electric tent field. There are just three short isles for tourers and it all felt a bit squished in. It’s also on a slope so make sure you have provisions for this just in case they’ve run out. For a site with so many statics, it was a shame that the touring site is so small.

We had an electric pitch with hard gravel standing. There was room for an awning and the car is parked in front of the caravan. The shower and toilet block were adequate and the underfloor heating in the showers was a nice touch. So much so that I spent so long in there that the lights went out on me.

The Facilities at Reighton Sands

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Playground next to the touring site

The touring site was, true to Haven and well situated. The main outdoor playground was right next to us and the main facilities were situated behind this. Although access was a bit of a pain as it was a much longer walk than it should have been.

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Restaurant play area

The Hawkwood restaurant has an enclosed outdoor play area. As well as a large area inside to sit they also have a large covered area outside plus picnic benches near the playground. This was perfect for us as we could have a leisurely lunch while Jamie played safely. They have some great meal deals during the week.

Also within the entertainment area, they have a fish and chip shop. You can sit and eat here or take it away. The food was so good from here that we had a takeaway two nights in a row which we took into the entertainment hall.

The Pool at Reighton Sands

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Haven’s indoor swimming pool

The water in the swimming pool was a nice warm temperature. The changing cubicles were clean and the outdoor lazy river was lots of fun. So much so that we went around it way over 10 times in a row! They have daily activities in the pool. These are charged activities.

Evening entertainment

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Evening entertainment with the seaside squad

Monday-Friday the entertainment is more aimed at toddlers and babies than older kids. Although they do games later on for the older ones the actual show itself was better on a Saturday for Jamie and kids that are older.

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Mid-week entertainment
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Make sure you are ready to get in the queue quickly for the photo ops. The queue can get really long.

If you get an opportunity to play family bingo do it. It was just £2 to enter and we won on Saturday night. The prizes we won were really good and our son was chuffed to bits with our haul. Now I’m not saying you will win but we were glad we entered.

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Family Bingo Haul

Other entertainment

The site has a 9-hole golf course, archery and fencing coaching plus other mini sports. There is a family pitch and putt, plus Nature Rockz (learn and experience nature).

There is plenty for the kids entertainment-wise during the day as well as into the night. Inside the main entertainment area, there is a large fun works amusement arcade. Some of the activities are free, others may be charged extra. You can find out more from the handy What’s on Guide that you will be given when you check-in. It’s full of useful information for your stay, especially the pricing of some activities and what’s on where.

Land train to the beach

Access to the beach at Reighton Sands is down a very steep hill. Haven has supplied a free land train to take you down and back up again, which is great if you can’t manage the walk. I doubt we’d have managed it as we struggled just with the short walk up to the shop for a drink! It’s situated not too far from the on-site supermarket.

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Reighton Sands land train to the beach

As with all of the coastline around Yorkshire, it is best to check tide times before you head on down to the beach. It didn’t matter to us as we were only going down for a quick visit but another family struggled onto the train with all manner of beach equipment only to find the tide in when they got down there. The driver did warn them that it was going to be a good couple of hours before a decent amount of sand was to be expected.

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The tide was in at Reighton sands beach…perfect for pebble throwing.
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Reighton sands when the tide is in!

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What else did we do during our stay?

The coastline around Filey is well worth exploring. There is so much to see and do that you will never fit it all into a short break.


The closest village to Reighton Sands holiday park is Filey. So this was our first port of call. The tide was in and we spent a long time wandering up and down the promenade just watching the waves. The waves can get really fierce as they pound against the defence walls. Watch out as they even come over the walls at times. This can provide you with a great game of chicken. If you head right (south end) there is a café at the end of your walk. We also passed a paddling pool.

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Filey promenade – near the paddling pool.
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The fierce Filey waves (we visited in June!)

If you head left (north promenade) there is crazy golf, amusement rides, the RNLI lifeboat station, more cafes and amusement arcades. The front along here is very pleasant and they have obviously spent some money on it over time.

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Filey promenade
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Crazy golf in Filey
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Filey beach


We didn’t have a huge amount of time to spare in Scarborough but it’s somewhere you could certainly spend a lot of time. There’s plenty to see and do, especially if your kids like fairground rides and amusement arcades. We ate crab in a really lovely restaurant overlooking the harbour.

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The crab pots in Scarborough Harbour.
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Amusement arcade ride love
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Cockles and mussels
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Rides at Scarborough Harbour
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Scarborough castle

Flamborough Head

Flamborough Head is honestly one of my favourite places in the world. I have many memories throughout my life of visits here and they all stand out as happy memories. The views from the head are just stunning. It’s one of those places where I could just happily sit for hours.

If you see some people gathered with large cameras go see what they are looking at…it may well be some nesting puffins. The lighthouse isn’t open every day so make sure you check out their website for opening days and times. I would have loved to have had a look inside. There is also a café nearby if you are feeling thirsty or hungry. More Information

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Flamborough head lighthouse

You have to pay to park but it’s not expensive. Unless you plan on hiking down to the beach (it is a massive hike) you won’t need to stay for more than 1-2 hours.

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Looking down to the beach from Flamborough head.
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The beautiful landscape of Flamborough head

Not too far down the coast, you will find Bridlington. This is another favourite place to visit of ours.

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