Camping with Kids – How to fill the school holidays.

It’s approaching that time of year now… balmy summer days and long sunny evenings. But you know what that means! School holidays! Do you need some school holiday inspiration?

How about a 7 day roadtrip with the kids?

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Look no further! We thought we would write a little blog about all the fantastic things that Wales has to offer you and the kids during all those weeks off. And not only that, but we have also thought about wet weather options too…well how else would we have the greenest valleys?

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Photo Credit: Jordy Merry 

You may say that we are biased but we think that camping is the best way to spend the holidays and we know a tent isn’t for everyone so hire yourself a camper, get on the open road and explore all that Wales has to offer. In this blog we are going to feature some of West Wales  but we have a few more win the pipeline for North and Mid Wales too. 

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Photo Credit: Jordy Merry 

If you’ve read any of our other blogs you will know that we are huge fans of St. David’s and you’ll not be surprised to hear that we are going to big it up once more. It is such a great place for kids. There is a hive of activity, plenty of places to eat out and loads of incredible beaches.  

So here it is… 7 days in West Wales…With the Kids!

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Day 1 –  Pontypridd to Tenby. Check out Folly Farm on the way there for 120 acres worth of animals and fun. Then spend the afternoon checking out the beautiful little harbour town of Tenby. 

Day 2Tenby to Cross Hands. Drive over the to Pembrokeshire Wake Park where you can learn how to master the art of cable wake boarding, one of the fastest growing watersports. Beginners will find it easy to learn, allowing for quick progress at an individual level and the more advanced rider is guaranteed to have their fix of adrenaline for the day, performing daring air tricks using the obstacles. Pembrokeshire Wakes Park have a variety of lessons and packages to suit every ability.

Pembrokeshire Wake Park

Then you can explore the local woodland surrounding the Wake Park. If you’re stuck with the weather you could head over to Blue Lagoon Water Park in Bluestone National Park.

Day 3Cross Hands to St Davids via Hangar 5 just north of Haverfordwest for the only dedicated indoor trampolining experience for both adults and children. Full of interconnected trampolines, angled walls, roll-over platforms and more. An awesome option for one of those wet weather days too.

Day 4 Now you’re in St David’s you have a huge amount of options to choose from.

We absolutely love all of the TYF activities, from coasteering to kayaking and more. We can even get you a discount if you have hired a Taffi Camper.

Or if you would prefer a more relaxing day why not try the Creative Cafe to do a spot of pottery painting. 

If you want to reign in the spending by this point there is always the absolutely stunning White Sands Beach for some beach cricket, surfing and swimming or you could even go crabbing at Porthclais.

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Porthclais Harbour

Day 5Ramsey Island boat trips are an absolute must do and we would highly recommend Falcon Boats for a fantastic family trip. Next up head to Porthgain for a walk around the harbour walls and most importantly for the best fish and chips  we have ever eaten at The Shed washed down with a drink at the Sloop pub.

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St Justinian’s Harbour – Falcon Boats home and the RNLI

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Seals basking in the sun on Ramsey Island 

Day 6 St Davids to Aberaeron. Take a walk along a section of the  coastal path in the morning before you go for breathtaking views of the coast. Then a stop at New Quay which was a haunt of the famous Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas. Have a stroll through the town and maybe even get yourselves a drink and a bite to eat at his favourite pub, The Black Lion.

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The West Wales coastline

Once you’ve reached Aberaeron, sit on the harbour wall and keep your eyes peeled for Dolphins. Aberaeron is a beautiful seaside town with a stunning harbour and amazing pubs. We can highly recommend The Harbour Master located right on the harbour wall for excellent food, drink and a fantastic atmosphere.

Day 7 – Aberaeron to Pontypridd. Spend the morning in Aberaeron before a beautiful drive back through Wales to Pontypridd.

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Photo Credit: Jordy Merry 

All this is sure to tire out restless kids and energise you adults for the rest of the school holidays.

Stay tuned for more ideas for family holidays coming up.

Lots of Love,

Taffi Campers

x

 

Converting a Campervan – 7 tried and tested MUST DO’s to think about before you start on your conversion adventure.

We spent quite a while researching conversions that we liked, that were suitable and also were within our budget. We found a wonderful local business, Cannon Campervan Conversion, who suited us down to a T!

Logo-futura-tag-1-300x300They really understood our needs, suggested things we hadn’t even thought of and also made choosing them very easy for us. BUT before we signed on the dotted line we definitely scouted out other companies for a bit of compare and contrast. Here are a few useful tips that we have picked up along the way…

  1. DO shop around. There will be so many companies to choose from and they will all offer a very different package and service. Don’t be afraid to meet with a few companies to get a grasp of what they can do for you and actually what it is you want. Some will even source the van for you.
  2. DO have a few campervan holidays first and maybe try a few different conversion styles. You will very quickly realise what you do and don’t like about certain conversion styles and it’s good to make sure that you know what is important to you when you’re spending a fair bit of money on a van.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  3. DO plan your first trip before you take your van home. It sounds mad but you will be surprised how many people buy a van with the good intentions of getting out more and then just find they don’t have the time or time slips away with them. This may not be you but who doesn’t love getting something in the diary to look forward to. Book it up and get those travel juices flowing.
  4. DO think really carefully about your colour schemes. Again, it may sound obvious but you want something that will be timeless and will last. Darker colours are great for the floor because it will make the whole compact space feel a lot bigger. Whilst lighter tops and sides can create a brighter more open feel, however they aren’t great for rental vehicles so bear this is mind if you are planning on generating a bit of income whilst you’re not using your van. Also the darker carpeted walls seem to age better and the carpet insulation makes sure you are kept nice and snug. FullSizeRender
  5. DO make sure you really consider the spec level. You also want to be sure that you are getting quality items that last. The roof and beds are quite expensive but it is really worth splashing out to buy the top spec here as it will last longer and be more robust and reliable.  For example we have a RIB back seat/fold down bed which is fully crash tested and has been one of the best spends of our conversion in my mind. It’s that classic old saying “buy cheap, buy twice”. Investing in a branded roof (we can recommend Reimo and SCA) and back seats/bed will also help to hold the value of the van for resale when you want to upgrade. Definitely something to consider when making your choices. 
  6. DO think about materials. We have opted for Staron Worktops which are incredibly durable and can be easily sanded down to remove scratches whilst keeping the colour and finish. We also use leather seating because it is easier to maintain. Camping is not always the cleanest of holidays and mud can sometimes get in to even the smallest nooks and crannies so be sure choose fabrics and materials that are easy to clean will keep your van looking nicer for longer.front seats
  7. DO think about space. Remember everything needs to be accessed easily and stored away easily. “Home away from home comforts” are great, you are going on holiday after all, but bear in mind that the space in a camper is limited. This is a blessing and a curse. You can travel to the most remote places, down the smallest roads to really be at one with nature and away from the crowds. You can also easily park up festivals and events without too much bother but you DON’T have the space of a penthouse apartment. It is definitely worth thinking about this when planning your conversion. Is the design of the space suitable for the things you will be taking with you on your holidays?  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We hope these tips have helped but if you have any questions at all or you want to try before you buy then hit us up!

You know how to find us… (Here if you didn’t know)

Happy Camping.

Team Taffi Campers x

P.s. Next up we are going to have a chat with the genius that is Richard of Cannon Camper Conversions who had tonnes of information for you all. Watch this space

The Wales Way Roadtrips – Our Top 5 For The Cambrian Way.

 

Visit Wales have just released a series of 3 incredible road trip journeys called The Wales Way designed for all the explorers amongst you. And we think you are going to absolutely love what you see! So we thought we would tell you a little bit about what we like to do in the places you’ll be visiting along the way. 

 Pick up the A470 from right outside the Taffi Campers HQ in Pontypridd and you will already be on The Cambrian Way

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Photo credit – Jordy Merry

Here are a few things that we love to do along the route. 

  1. Check out the history of our home  at Rhondda Heritage Park. Situated just down the road from our base in Pontypridd at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery.  Here you can take a guided underground tour and learn about the hardships, heroics and life of a Welsh miner. (Photo Credit – Rhondda Heritage Park)Capture
  2.  Cowbridge –  Check out the idyllic town with it’s gorgeous independent shops and indoor vintage market and café. Happy Days Vintage Home Store is laden with hidden gems and you can grab a mean piece of cake while you’re there too. 
  3. Another favourite thing of ours along the route is the Corris Craft Centre. Check out the studios with everything from chocolate to jewellery and candles to pottery. We have heard incredible things about the Dyfi Distillery and would definitely recommend that you pop in. They infuse their incredible, small batch, artisan gin with wild welsh botanicals. A lovely way to warm yourself up after a day on the open road. (Photo Credit – Dyfi Distillery)   pete & danny shop front-2_preview
  4. Work you way up north and pay a visit to the beautiful Gwydir Castle which was once home to the influential Wynn Family. It’s a beautiful Tudor building with stunning grounds, and even a ghost or two, as the stories go.  (Photo Credit – Gwydir Castle)                       castle
  5. Last but certainly by no means least, Surf Snowdonia. A trip up to the Conwy Valley would not be complete without experiencing the world first inland surfing lagoon. A vast expanse of water, with guaranteed waves, where learning to surf is a must.    (Photo Credit – Surf Snowdonia)    

    surf snowdoniaEnjoy your holiday guys and tune in next time for some more tips. 

    Taffi Campers

10 Awesome Things To Do In The South Wales Valleys… PART TWO

Well here we are…part two of the blog you have all been waiting for 😛 ! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and ate far too much and drank responsibility… naturally.

We had a brilliant time at the Taffi Campers HQ, with not a single sprout in sight (Helen heaves a huge sigh of relief). We had some exciting updates on our next campervan baby who is due to be parked at a campsite near you in May! Wahay!  And we have planned ourselves a little trip on one of Visit Wales’ NEW The Wales Way routes.  We will let you know a bit more about this next time.

Enough of my rambling on… here is part two, enjoy!

If you missed part one click HERE to read it.

(Also, it goes without saying that if anyone has any tips for us we are always on the look out. Drop us a comment below. Equally if there is anything you want us to write about, let us know)

6. Dare yourself with Taff Valley Quad Biking and Activity Centre
Taff Valley is the place to go if quad biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting or gorge walking is your thing. You are sure to have an epic day filled to the brim with exhilarating activities. Enough to keep any kid, or big kid, entertained for hours!

7. Educate yourself at Big Pit National Coal Museum
A visit to Big Pit is quite special as it’s a real coal mine and one of Britain’s leading mining museums. All tours are run by old miners who will tell you everything you could ever want to know about what used to be the heart of Welsh industry.

8. Check out the impressive Caerphilly Castle
Dominating an incredible 30 acre site, Caerphilly Castle is Wales’ largest (and Britain’s second largest castle behind Windsor.) It was built in the 13th Century and is surrounded by a moat. The perfect example of a classic Welsh Castle, ready for you to explore.

9. Sip on a dram at the Penderyn Whisky Distillery
Check out the Penderyn Whisky Distillery and sample some of their delicious award winning single malts set in the picturesque foothills of the magnificent Brecon Beacons in South Wales. The perfect way to start off you “Welsh Experience”.

10. Learn about our history at Cyfarthfa Castle
Get yourselves down to Visit Cyfarthfa Castle.  Built in 1824 and once home to the Ironmaster William Crawshay,  who (some might say ruthlessly) controlled the town and all the people living it in. The castle is now a museum and gallery where a fantastic collection of artefacts spanning 2000 years of Merthyr’s history can be seen.

We know you’ve been lured in now and we can’t wait to meet you all when you pop by for a visit. Be sure to take Wil or Mogs, our campers, on one of your adventures so they can show you the best routes to take.

That’s all from us, for now.

Lots of festive love and see you next year!

Team Taffi

xx

 

10 Awesome Things To Do In The South Wales Valleys…PART ONE

We are based in South Wales and are incredibly proud of everything that it has on offer. There is so much culture, history and some damn good food to be had that will make you want to come back for seconds. Not to mention the awesome selection of activities and walks on offer.  The South Wales Valleys have a unique history and were once the industrial heartland of the country. So there really is something for everyone on this list of things to do.

We thought we would split it into 2 parts to make it easier to read on the go.

Here is PART ONE..

1. DID SOMEONE SAY ROAD TRIP?! Drive the A4061 from Hirwain to Treherbert 

Now we absolutely LOVE a road trip in our camper. And a massive part of the experience is the actual drive! Being on some epic roads where there is something to see round each corner. Fortunately the South Wales Valleys are perfect for that so we don’t always have to travel far. Check out the fantastic stretch of the A4061 from Hirwaun to Treherbert and tell us you’re not impressed! We dare you 🙂

2.  Walk behind a curtain of water at Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall

Get your walking boots on a check out this hidden gem! The best way to see the Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall is on the Four Falls walk which is a 5.5 mile jaunt straight through the Brecon Beacons countryside from Gwaun Hepste to Cwm Porth Car Park. The clue is definitely in the title here – there are four waterfalls to check out but perhaps the most exciting of all is Sgwd yr Eira, meaning Snow Waterfall. If you follow the old track to the waterfall you can walk directly behind without getting wet. It is a really magical experience and something that I have only experienced there. As I said, a true hidden gem that is not to be missed. If, however,  a 5.5 mile walk is just too much for you, you can do a shorter walk of 1.3 miles and still get to experience the curtain of water in all its glory. Starting at Pontneddfechan Village and finishing at Pont Melin-Fach car park.

3. Challenge yourself to climb Pen Y Fan or Travel On The Brecon Mountain Railway

While you’re in the Brecon Beacons National Park, perhaps you would like to challenge yourself to another slightly different walk… climbing the tallest peak in South Wales – Pen Y Fan. This is a challenging up hill walk but promises the most incredible views from the top. A good warm up before you head north to climb the mighty Snowdon perhaps…? If this really isn’t your cup of tea you can jump on the vintage steam locomotive and still experience the beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

4. Have a dip in Pontypridd Lido

Now it’s time to get your bathers on and get yourself down to the recently restored Pontypridd Lido. Built on the site of the original 1927 Lido that aimed to bring a Mediterranean touch to the South Wales Valleys. It is a grade 2 listed site that has 3 heated pools to suit dedicated swimmers, social swimmers and children. Some original features from the 20s are still there too, from the pool side wooden cubicles to the wooden turnstiles. It’s a wicked place to bring the family, or even if you just fancy a dip by yourself. There are sessions specifically tailored for children with inflatables too. The perfect addition to your South Wales roadtrip!

5. Savour a Sunday Lunch at the Bunch

All this talk of walking and swimming is making me hungry… anyone else? One of the best places for a mean Sunday Roast is our local, The Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd. Sample some locally sourced seasonal meals there, tear off a piece of home baked bread or sip on one of their own brewed beers. We also love the local award winning Otley beers which you can try here too. A warm and cosy atmosphere complements the epic food and drink here. A sure way to fuel yourself for the activities to come.

Tune in next week for part two and start planning next years holidays to chase those January blues away…

See you next week,

Team Taffi x

Our 5 Favourite Places To Camp In Wales

I’m not sure if you have already gathered from all of our posts on social media but we are lovers of all things Welsh and we don’t think Wales gets the hype and press that it richly deserves. Even though there are a number of awesome campaigns out there from Visit Wales, we want to help spread the word. Check out the brand new roadtrips that have been pre-planned from you here – The Wales Way.

So to start this blog off here’s a little tale from one of our trips for you.

We recently went on a camping trip to Scotland to suss out the competition… joking! We love Scotland too. We started chatting to an awesome Australian couple who had self converted an old caddy van into their home for the next few months. We starting comparing travel tips over a few beers, as you do. They told us what they had been up to, we told them what we had been up to and we both suggested things for each other to do while in Scotland. Talk quickly turned to Wales which to our horror the couple had never thought of visiting! Well you can imagine what we did next…out come the phones and we start to show them numerous incredible photos we have and also tell the many tales of our awesome homeland! I’m very pleased to say that they have now put a camping trip to Wales on their list…and we want all of our buddies who follow our blog to do the same because we guarantee you WILL NOT be disappointed…so…we thought…let’s share some local knowledge with everyone of a few of our favourite hot spots…

And here it is … Our 5 Favourite Places To Camp in Wales:

  1. The Valleys

    Not as well known for being a tourist hotspot as the rest of our suggestions but equally as beautiful, are the rolling hills of the valleys. The valleys are the former industrial heartland of the country and offer everything from history to nature to fantastic food and drink. Hire a bike from Bike Park Wales and cycle the River Taff, or visit Merthyr’s Cyfarthfa Castle and Caerphilly Castle, or visit one of the countless country parks and see dramatic waterfalls or even have a tipple of Penderyn Whisky at the distillery. There is just so much to do (we will be publishing a blog on this next week if you want some more inspiration). Our lovely camper is based just outside of Cardiff in Pontypridd (with Cardiff collection options too). From there you can head to Aberdare and stay at one of our favourite campsites in the area at the Dare Valley Country Park. They have excellent facilities and are nestled right in the heart of the countryside and woodland giving a real “escape to the county” feel.

  2.  The Brecon Beacons

    The Brecon Beacons are probably one of the most well know mountain ranges in the UK and really do live up to their reputation. Explore the national parks in all their splendour and challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in South Wales, Pen Y Fan. There is heaps to do in the national park and surrounding areas; mountain biking, fishing, pony trekking, caving and canyoning. You name the activity, you can do it there! There are also some really gorgeous little towns to explore on your way round too with lots of little tea rooms for a slice of something sweet. We will be sure to blog about this and give you tonnes of ideas but before we crack on to number 3 we want to tell you about an awesome campsite called Lakeside Caravan Park, situated right on the waters edge at Llangorse Lake. Here you can try a variety of water sports as well as their excellent facilities and great location.

  3. Snowdonia National Park

    Famous for having the highest peak in Wales, the Snowdonia National Park is a must do for any keen walker or explorer. Some maniacs even run up the peaks with Run Snowdonia. I have to say it’s never been something I’ve fancied doing BUT there are people that do and absolutely love it! The Snowdonia National Park again offers just about everything you can think of to do and it’s also super close to our buddies at Zip World who offer the most incredible mile lone zip line experience, trampolining in caves and a even forest rollercoaster. Along with all these activities make sure to visit Beddgelert, the setting of one of Wales’ most tragic myths about the friendship between one man and his dog! While you’re in Beddgelert we reckon you should stay at Cae Du Campsite. It’s a really great spot! Blog Post on the beauty of North Wales coming to a laptop near you damn soon!

  4.  Aberaeron

     

    This is just the most gorgeous little town situated around a colourful and     completely stunning harbour. This is the perfect place to spend a few days when you want to get back to civilisation but still enjoy the slower pace of life. Grab a drink at the Harbourmaster and be tempted in by their warm and lively atmosphere, perhaps even treat yourself to a night away from the BBQ and chose something from their excellent menu. DELICIOUS!! When you arrive check yourself in at our favourite campsite, Camping On The Farm. Aberaeron really is one of our favourite places in the world and is perfect for a bit of R&R from the daily grind.

  5. Tenby

    Also an excellent town catered superbly for holiday makers. The bright lights of Tenby will seduce you like no other Welsh town. Canter along the beach, surf, kayak, walk the coastal path or even pop along and watch a glassblower creating works of art. There is something for everyone here and there is so much going on. Tenby has got a real buzz around it, particularly in the summer months, and is perfect if you have children to entertain. We can recommend a few nights stay at Broadfield Farm Caravan Park.

    I know we said it was 5 but we have also just heard about this fantastic new campsite called Gupton Farm that has opened recently and is owned by the National Trust. It’s in Pembrokeshire near Castlemartin. We can’t wait to check it out and add it to our list of awesome places to stay. If you’ve been there already or are planning a trip we would love to hear your thought.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post and look forward to treating you with another delight next week.

     Over and out, Team T x

Our Top 5 Places To Eat In and Around St. David’s, Pembrokeshire.

We really love to cook on our BBQ when we are on our camping holidays but we also love to pop out to grab a bite or a coffee and explore the local eateries too.

Here is a list of 5 of our favs from our trip to St David’s.

  1. Pick Up A Coffee To Go At unsunghero – We absolutely LOVE coffee and we highly recommend you get yourselves down to unsunghero in St David’s for a coffee to go. Nestled into the back of a super cool surf shop, the unsunghero coffee cart serves the most delicious flat white. Be sure to call in and grab a brew before you stroll down to the beach for your daily surf. You will almost certainly find something that you want to buy there too. They have everything from wetsuits and handcrafted surf boards to Havaiana flip flops, sunglasses and even Aeropress coffee makers. (Campers take note; these are an absolute must for your van if you’re coffee fanatics like us!)
  2. Eat Al Fresco With A Dusty-Knuckle Pizza And Your BuddiesSituated behind the fabulous TYF base, this sourdough pizza cart offers an exciting array of flavours for your pizza. Dusty Knuckle serves everything from your classic margherita to a whole host of flavours from Solva Crab to Njuda Sausage. There is plenty of seating outside around picnic benches and a little outside bar for a fantastic social atmosphere al fresco style!
  3. Sip on a pint at The Farmers ArmsThe Farmer’s Arms is the perfect campers retreat after a long day in the fresh air. This cosy pub has a few different rooms to choose from; one with an open log fire for those winter months and one with a pool table. In the summer, grab yourself a table outside and sip on a pint as you take in the stunning views of the cathedral and rolling hills. Perfect for a good old summer time session. The selection of real ales at this pub is awesome and definitely enough to satisfy any beer critic.  The guys down at The Farmer’s Arms also serve lovely traditional pub grub seven days a week. What a brucey bonus!
  4. Tuck into a hearty portion of Fish and Chips at The Shed in PorthgainThis quayside bistro not only has the most stunning sea views, but also quite possibly the BEST fish and chips that I have ever had! And who doesn’t love a battered haddock! Take a walk around the gorgeous harbour of Porthgain, or stop off on your walk of the coastal path for the most delicious and generous helping of fish and chips this side of the Severn Bridge! All fish served here is caught locally and there are also heaps of other things on the menu to try too.
  5. Celebrate your holiday in style at cwtch* in St David’sCwtch means a warm affectionate cuddle. With a passion for “delicious, honest food”, cwtch* is the place to go for some top notch tucker. Their menu is based on local, seasonal produce and changes regularly but there is always an excellent selection to choose from. We like to come here at the end of our holiday to raise our glass to a perfect week.

Pop back and see us next week for more top camping tips on where to go, what to do and how to save those hard earned pennies.

Ta ta for now,

Team Taffi 

xx

 

Taffi’s Top Tips – 7 things to do in and around St.David’s, Pembrokeshire

We absolutely love St David’s! It is one of our favourite places to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It really does offer everything; from the vibrant main square to the beauty of the old Cathedral and grounds. Plus it’s right on the water so there are plenty of activities for you adventurous folk.

Here’s our top 7 to give you all a bit of inspiration (we tried to make it 5 but there are just too many good things to do!)…

1. Take A Boat Trip With Falcon Boats At St. Justinian’s Harbour

Explore every nook and cranny of the Pembrokeshire coastline with Ffion and her team. During the exhilarating RIB boat ride you will circle the RSPB nature reserve on Ramsey Island and will hopefully see seals, porpoise and maybe even a puffin or two. You will venture in to some of Pembrokeshire’s ancient caves and even learn a bit about the history of the area. Falcon Boats also offer a dolphin and whale watching trip which will take you further out to Grassholm Island. If you’re lucky you may even spot an Orca too.

We had such an amazing time on these boat trips and would highly recommend them both to any wildlife enthusiast.

(While you’re in St Justinian’s Harbour, be sure to pop your head into the RNLI Lifeboat Centre. It’s really impressive to see the enormous new lifeboat and well worth a visit.)

2. Have A Stroll Along The Breathtaking Coastal Path

The Coastal Path spans an incredible 186 miles and offers some of the most impressive landscape in Britain. You will experience a vast array of scenery along the way from beaches and coves to volcanic headlands and rolling hills. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen and incredible wild flowers dotted all along the path.

Although some parts of the Coastal Path can offer a real workout, there are also stretches that would suit all ages and fitness levels. If you want to dip in and out of the walk to experience different sections you can catch the Coastal Path Bus which covers the entire route from St Dogmaels to Amroth.

3. Climb, Swim And Cliff Jump Into The Ocean With TYF’s Coasteering Experience

TYF are an adventure hub where you can do anything from rent Kayaks, Surf Boards, Paddle Boards, learn to rock climb and even go coasteering. TYF pride themselves in being pioneers of this exhilarating activity, which they describe as “Pure Ocean Play” and they couldn’t be more right! It is just the MOST fun thing!

With a wetsuit, all the safety gear you need and an expert instructor who knows the Pembrokeshire coastline like the back of their hand, you will climb and scramble up rocks and jump straight into the Atlantic Ocean. We can’t shout about TYF loudly enough and we know you are going to love a day with them as much as we do!

4. Visit St David’s Cathedral

Here’s a little fact for you – St David’s is one of the smallest cities in Britain! Thanks to its magnificent Cathedral which was built in the 12th Century, St David’s has a real claim to fame. St David’s Cathedral was a popular pilgrimage destination back in the day and is still just as popular with tourists today. It is incredibly beautiful both inside and out and is the perfect place to go for some peace and quiet after a full day of activities.

5. Leap Into The Beautiful Blue Lagoon

You might recognise this picturesque spot from the Red Bull Cliff Jumping Championships. Set in the heart of an old slate quarry, Abbereiddy’s Blue Lagoon has the clearest deep blue water which is absolutely breath-taking. Come here to jump off the platforms into the water or watch some expert divers impress you with their tumble turns.

Abereiddy is also the perfect place to coasteer and climb, but be careful of the strong currents renowned in this area.

6. Go Surfing At White Sands Beach

The stunning White Sands Beach carries the European Blue Flag award and boats one of the best surfing beaches in the country. The vast expanse of beautiful white sand is perfect for taking in the rays on sunny days, beach games with your friends or even a little family picnic. From the land you can see surfers, body boarders and canoeists along the horizon and if you want to get involved there is a rental company providing everything you need to give it a go. So get that wet suit on and ride those waves!

7. Catch a fish Or Two With Haven Boat Charters

For anyone into a bit of angling, or even for the complete novice, we can highly recommend Haven Boat Charters’ excellent fishing trips. Dave, the skipper, comes highly recommended and will guide you through your fishing experience He can also provide all tackle and equipment if you need it. His boat will take you offshore from Milford Haven and you will be guaranteed to have an exciting time on board.

We always love hearing about everyone else’s “Top Tips” too so please give us a shout if you have anything to add to our list. We love a recommendation!

 Next up with Taffi’s Top Tips – 5 places to eat and drink in St David’s.

Happy Camping Y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

Our very first blog post…a bit about us.

This is our very first blog post and we are super excited to get started. We can’t wait to share all of our amazing travel and camping stories with you all and hopefully inspire some new “bucket-list” trips. We are definite followers of the Home is Where you Park It Tribe and we love taking our van Wil on as many adventures as we can.

Firstly to fill you in a bit about “Our Wil”… He is the first campervan to be a part of the Taffi family. He is a spritely young thing and loves an adventure. We love trips in our Wil so much that we even hire him out to anyone who wants to go and explore the outdoors through our company Taffi Campers. 

Our lovely boy started his life as a panel van but has now had a new lease of life as our beloved camper. We are so proud that he is #builtnotbought and we have our buddies over at Cannon Camper Conversions to thank for that! He has been made with love and care and every item has been specifically chosen for him. We loved every minute of the conversion and will definitely have another blogpost coming soon to tell you all about the process as we are just about to get our second van in the workshop!

*Cue excited cheers from the Taffi Campers HQ*

We have had some truly epic trips over the last few years which we can’t wait to share with you, from New Zealand (where we decided we needed to buy our own van) to the beautiful coastline of our beloved Wales, to the west coast of England even up to the highlands of Scotland,  and many more. We always have a trip in the pipeline and are always looking at savvy ways to save a buck so tune in and find out how you could join the  VanLife cult that is sweeping the nation.

In the meantime, check out our Instagram for some cheeky updates of what we have been up to and for news of the latest arrival to join our team in the New Year.