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

 

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

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 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.