Do you have a go to place to escape to when you are feeling overwhelmed by life? I grew up in Cheshire with lots of holidays in North Wales, I have so many happy memories: I can still see myself sat in a caravan with my Mum and brother eating boiled eggs and soldiers, or walking back to the caravan from the beach holding my Dad’s hand as he contemplated pieces of driftwood, or playing with a brightly coloured plastic toy watch I’d spent my pocket money on, or cooling after a day at the beach under the shadow of Harlech castle.
Wales is still my favourite place to escape to when I want to feel like a carefree kid again. Once with Mr A and my kids, I stumbled on a tiny shop in Harlech where I had once bought a handmade pottery hedgehog and owl as a kid, to find the same items still being made and sold. My kids bought their own, just as I had done. My Mum had died 6 months earlier and it was the most wonderful gift to be able to take my own family back into my childhood once more. I hope my kids will always find peace in Wales and continue the little legacy!
Here’s five reasons why I think you might love North Wales too:
My two, several years ago, perched on the wall outside Harlech castle, where I holidayed as a child, eating ice cream with stunning coast and mountains behind. Climbing Snowdon with friends was a personal highlight, but getting up with a baby and toddler on the steam train was also a fun challenge! Wales is utterly epic in scale.
My two have been blown away by the number and scale of castles in Wales, who doesn’t love to run round a castle? We’ve visited Denbigh, Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy – Denbigh is great for letting off steam and playing soldiers as it is ruined, but the others are more intact. All have amazing stories to tell and stunning views.
North Wales has so many incredible beaches, vast swathes of sand that aren’t overcrowded, you’re truly guaranteed space to yourselves in Wales. Shell Island was a magical trip for those who love beachcombing, Anglesey was fun to explore, the photos of my son are taken on Porth Dafarch, a dramatic blue flag beach with rock pools.
Wales is brilliantly geared up to fun days out in the mountains, castles and beach. We loved Greenwood Forest Park and the Centre for Alternative Technology. As a kid my guilt pleasure was Rhyl Sun Centre and playing on any kind of amusements and fairground rides – we took the kids and their cousins for an afternoon while staying in Llandudno. Going into a mine was also an adventure the kids loved, there are plenty to choose from. Wales is full of history and combines it perfectly with fun days out.
Faded Seaside Glamour
Llandudno was a wonderful place to visit as a kid, and I loved going back with my kids and their cousins. It has beautiful sweep of pastel coloured Victorian seafront houses, a pier and a lovely promenade set in a gorgeous cove. It’s just the tonic for grown ups, a gentle stroll while the kids are distracted by the beach and shops on the pier. Having chips or donuts is a highlight, but watch out, the gulls are cheeky!
I was once told a VW, a caravan and a static caravan in Wales was the secret to complete happiness and while I’ve never managed all three simultaneously, I’ve tried all three in Wales and have never come closer in life to truly living the dream. Lyons Holiday Parks who collaborated on this post today have holiday homes for sale North Wales, they have several caravan parks in the area available for renting caravans or touring.