If you follow me on social media (mainly Instagram @fromrachael_claire you will know that last week myself, Aaron and Teddy headed to Wales on our first family holiday. We booked through Haven holidays and stayed in Porthmadog at the Greenacres Holiday Park. We had the best time & really didn’t want to come home. We spent our days exploring the surrounding towns, Caernarfon & Criccieth, swimming in the park’s pool and going for lovely walks with the pram. We were really lucky that it only rained one day, which I think for Wales in October is amazing! I had never actually been to Wales before but Aaron had been plenty when he was younger. The journey from our house just outside of Manchester to Greenacres should have taken just over 2 hours & 30 minutes but with it being our first time travelling with a baby and not knowing what to expect, it took us around five hours which included two stop offs. I have a whole other post coming up on travelling with a baby and how we found it. I thought I would give you a little run down of what we did and some mini reviews of the places we visited.
Haven Greenacres Holiday Park;
We arrived at the park at around 3pm and when we tried to check in we were told that the caravan wasn’t quite ready, which we expected as it did say in our confirmations that we wouldn’t be able to check in until 4pm. They were really lovely and gave us our fun passes which you use for access to the pool, arcades and restaurant, so we could still make full use of the facilities until we could go to our caravan. We decided to enjoy a drink in the bar area and let Teddy stretch out on the sofas as we had been cooped up in the car for a while, the drinks were reasonably priced at around £4 for a bottled fruit cider, which I didn’t think was too bad as some places are usually a lot more expensive!
When we did go the caravan I noticed that it was really clean, you could tell the floor had just been mopped (as it was still a little wet) and all the surfaces had been wiped over. The décor was really modern and the theme was beach, as the park is located right next to the beach, which you can get to if you cut through the back of the park. It smelt really clean and all the utensils and crockery were really clean and new looking.
We did go out of season so the park wasn’t full of activities which it would have been if we had gone during the summer months but obviously with Teddy being so little, it didn’t really matter. I think once he’s a little older and wants to be doing more, we’ll definitely consider going during the peak time. They had a mixture of water sports, den building and soccer school activities for children to take part in! The one good thing about going in October is that the park was quiet so the pool and bar area were perfect for taking Teddy.
The food in the restaurant was really nice, not overpriced and the menu had so much choice. We went from breakfast, dinner and tea throughout our stay and enjoyed every meal we had. Whilst we were there they had cut off a section of the restaurant to scrub all the tables and clean underneath all the chairs, which was nice to see! I also recommend the on-site chippy! It was all cooked fresh and tasted delicious!!!!
A downside that we did find is that the swimming pool wasn’t particularly warm, which during the colder months, it was supposed to be. We couldn’t stay in for very long with Teddy but luckily the showers and changing rooms were really warm.
I’d definitely recommend Greenacres to other families looking for a little break. It was just what we needed!
We spent a couple of hours in Caernarfon which was only 45 minutes away from the park, so not too far with a little one. Porthmadog is lovely, but there wasn’t much to do so going to somewhere like Caernarfon which is slightly bigger was ideal. We parked on Slate Quay (The Castle car park) which was literally right next to the castle and the port, it cost us £4 but you can stay for the whole day! We went for a walk around the town and across the Aber swing bridge (which gives lovely views of the whole castle and quirky streets). There were plenty of cafes, pubs and ice-cream shops to choose from.
We headed to Criccieth mid-morning, not really knowing what to expect as we stumbled across it by chance whilst browsing the internet looking for places to visit nearby. It only took us about twenty minutes to get there and although it was only a tiny town, it was perfect and i’d definitely go back! We parked up on the train station car park, which was free, and walked up the main street. There were so many lovely little cafes and we decided to stop off for a coffee, or in my case, a hot chocolate at the No.46 Coffee Shop which was a perfect little family run shop! The hot drinks were delicious and although we didn’t eat there, they did have a range of sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads available! We also went for a walk along the beach which was actually quite busy with a few tourists! Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t like a sandy beach but it was lovely for a walk and the scenery was beaut!!!
We enjoyed our little holiday so much that we are planning a return trip next year! I knew we’d have a good time but it was so much better than I imagined. Teddy slept like a babe, during the day, night time…not so much but hey, we were on holiday so I can’t complain. Aaron & I felt so relaxed and the whole holiday was so chilled. I used to go away with Haven every year when I was younger and always had the best time, so I can’t wait to take Teddy again when he is older. If you are looking for a weekend break or holiday then i’d definitely recommend Greenacres Holiday Park.
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