I love holiday parks! They have absolutely everything you need in one place without you having to leave the park unless of course, you want to explore the local area. We thought we would take advantage of the Man having the weekend off to book a stay at a UK holiday park. Our frugal hunting and Oli’s request to go back to South Wales saw us booking a 3-night stay at Trecco Bay Holiday Park with Parkdean Holidays for £149. We could only stay the Friday & Saturday night as the kids had school on Monday but this meant we could check out late on Sunday and that price is still lower than a hotel for two nights for five people.
It was brilliant to be exploring a new part of the UK coast, and just a short walk from our caravan was this spectacular view. Our first walk to Trecco Bay the tide was in, but on our returning visit it was out, and it left us with some pretty amazing rock pools. Oli was in rock pool heaven and enjoyed hunting for crabs and other sea creatures with other children. The rock pools are the very reason we plan on returning to Trecco Bay with crabbing nets to hand.
Just a short drive away which is also within walking distance is the town of Porthcawl. We parked up and had a walk up the hill towards The Grand Pavillion and then back down towards Coney Beach Amusement Park taking in all the seaside favourites on our way. It was a beautiful day, and we were very lucky to have some sunny weather considering it was the start of April.
The Holiday Park
Trecco Bay Holiday Park was probably one of the biggest holiday parks we’ve stayed at, and I can imagine it being even busier during the Summer, but I like to think we came at the right time of year which allowed us to enjoy a quieter break. Friday traffic meant we arrived gone six so after a pizza & chips tea in the caravan we headed to the Show Dome for the evening’s entertainment.
We introduced Charlotte to the delights of the 2p slots, and this kept her and Oli entertained until we had run out of pound coins to convert into all those 2ps. The live music act was fantastic, and I love the fact the kids had live music to dance to for their disco. They danced their little hearts out and even got me up dancing with them.
The onsite kid’s playpark was a delight for all the kids; it was friendly for all their ages and in good condition. I had the pleasure of introducing Charlotte to the zip wire, and my little thrill seeker had lots of fun whizzing at speed. Just next door to it was an outdoor splash park which the kids agreed looked like lots of fun, that will definitely be added to our to-do list next time we visit.
The adventure golf was an attractive feature to this holiday park when we asked Oli where he fancied going; it’s a new pastime of his and one he enjoys doing with his Dad. I enjoyed watching them with a coffee to hand and being able to capture precious moments like our autistic son Dylan getting out of his pushchair to join in with the boys. When we played, the price was £3 with the option of paying £10 for 4 of us to play.
There are plenty of places to grab food and drink from onsite including the shop and a chippy. We didn’t eat out choosing to self-cater in our caravan instead, but we were tempted by the breakfast we saw in the Coast restaurant while grabbing my Costa coffee, it looked delicious and great value for its low price.
Probably worth me noting that there is a Co-op and Greggs just around the corner from the holiday park. We grabbed some sausage rolls and gingerbread men on our last day to eat on the Trecco Bay beach.
When I said that holiday parks had everything you needed it really was true, Trecco Bay had lots of arcades for the kids to spend their pocket money, fairground rides like dodgems, soft play, bowling lanes and a splashland. Funtasia had it all including another place tp eat – Legends Diner which is a rock and roll themed diner and situated next to the bowling. Bowling and a burger is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday night with the kids.
The splashland was one of the best swimming pools we’ve been to which ticked all our boxes. The water was warm, and there was a pirate ship which was lots of fun for the little ones, Charlotte adored that little curly water slide. Visiting the pool is free as it’s included in your free entertainment passes.
No worries if you forgot the buckets and spades as there also gift shops on site selling everything you could need for a trip to the beach.
On top of all the above, they have kids clubs during the day with activities likes arts & crafts and talent shows for the older children. We didn’t take part in any of this, but it’s good to know it’s there if we wanted to join in proving, even more, value for our money.
We stayed in the Newtown Caravan which has three bedrooms and sleeps 6-8 with the additional sleeping in the lounge. It wasn’t the best of caravans we have stayed in; there was a funny stale smell when we walked in which was obviously from previous people smoking in it. It wasn’t very child-friendly in the way that the windows could very easily be opened by small hands, the gas fire had the wire front hanging off and there was no was of locking the door from inside with a key. I did take photos of these niggles, but I’ve decided not to bode on them, we have a child with special needs, so obviously, anything like this is a risk for us.
I didn’t get a photo of the kid’s rooms before they have dived right into them to make them home for the next couple of nights. In each room two single beds which we put together to make them more small people friendly. Oli & Dylan shared a room while Charlotte had a room to herself. Linen is included in the price as well as gas and electricity. Our room was a spacious double, and that bed was super comfy, could have happily bought that mattress home with us.
The living area had sufficient seating for us including a table with a couple of stools for us to sit and eat at. There was plenty of storage for us to hide away the toys when they weren’t being played with.
The kitchen had everything we needed, but you do need to bring your own washing up stuff and tea towels.
The bathroom had a shower and one toilet, there was one toilet roll supplied but it like us you have children that go through it quickly, pack a couple more rolls. You also need to bring your own towels. At the end of the day we just like having somewhere, we can sleep and use as a base to explore the world outside that caravan door.