Some of our best family holidays have been spent camping in Wales and we’re always eager to come back again year after year, even if just for a weekend.
Living in the North West, it couldn’t be easier for us to get to North Wales for a weekend getaway – simply grab the kids and the tent, pack up the car and go. Like most families these days, money can be quite tight but camping is a great way for us to get away without breaking the bank.
We used to spend most of our camping holidays on parks dedicated to campers but a few years ago, a family friend had a fantastic holiday at Greenacres and told us there were tents there too. That was the turning point right there – I picked up a brochure from Asda and we’ve never looked back.
We’ve always loved the North West coast but camping in Wales at Greenacres really took holidaying here to the next level. We still had the same great access to Snowdonia National Park and the beautiful Welsh beaches, but we also had access to a mountain-load of on-park activities.
One stay at Greenacres and ‘we never looked back
After years of rough and ready camping as a child, the heated shower block is an absolute dream. And being so close to the park’s facilities – just a two minute walk – means the kids can have a bit more independence to go and do what they want (which is perfect now they’re getting a little bit older).
We’d heard of Black Rock Sands beach before but had never been. Turns out it’s just a short walk from Greenacres - you couldn’t get any closer to this beach without actually being on it.
What really sold the park to us though was the video on the Greenacres website because the scenery really speaks for itself. Once you’ve crossed the Welsh border, there are great views all the way…so much so that our kids even put their gadgets down to look out the window from time to time!
This year we’re thinking about timing our visit with the Llangollen International Eisteddfod – it’s a bit of a drive from Greenacres but it’s a charming one and we think it’ll be well worth it. This year it’s from 9th – 14th July so we’re planning on getting one last trip away in before the summer holiday rush starts.
That’s the same weekend as Wakestock – ‘Europe’s largest wakeboard music festival on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales’. We’ve never been before but we’re hoping this will give the area a young, laidback atmosphere that our older kids will appreciate.
Making plans for the summer
For our big summer holiday we don’t usually mind travelling a bit further afield if it means going somewhere good. That’s why we’re also thinking of trying South Wales soon as it’ll be a taste of what we know and love, combined with a bit of something new.
My husband and I usually share the driving so with the kids occupied by their iPads and smartphones in the backseat, we expect we’ll get there with no fuss.
We’re particularly excited about going to The Big Cheese Festival – my husband in particular after he found out it was free entry.
The event promises some great food, drink and music in the town of Caerphilly and we might even try coaxing the kids into taking part in the Great Cheese Race – an annual fun run in and around the grounds of Caerphilly Castle.
If you get a good park on the Welsh coast, you can’t go wrong. But now that we know you can stay in yurts and safari tents at some of the Haven touring caravan sites beyond Wales, we might just pluck up the energy to travel as far as Cornwall next year.
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