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Beauty and the Bay

IMG_0244 mid resWith pine trees, golden sands and crashing white waves you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a tropical part of the world on a hot day; but for those unaware, discovering the beauties of Colwyn Bay can be a real treat.

Where is the best spot in Colwyn Bay you might ask! For those holidaying at one of our parks dotted throughout North Wales, (there’s a few to choose from!) we’ve taken a hot, sunny Friday mid-July and gone on a treasure hunt in the ever-popular seaside resort to bring you the best that Bae Colwyn has to offer. There really is something for everyone so let us know what your favourite pastime down in the Bay is if we haven’t included it here!

1.Porth Eirias Beach

An obvious place to begin but a fantastic day at the beach is one of the most treasured yet attainable holiday memories there can be. Searching for seashells with the little ones and packing a picnic can be a real chill out session, especially on a hot Summer’s day. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied so whether you opt for the traditional bucket and spade or find yourself filling your time with some of the boating options on offer, there’s an activity for children of all ages. It’s a breezy haven with pine trees looking down and seagulls flying overhead so we recommend packing a picnic and setting up camp for the day! For cold drinks and ice creams, there’s plenty a cafe or kiosk to purchase from.

Tip: Be sure to pack your sun cream as it’s easy to catch a tan at this particular stretch with the wind drying out the little one’s skin!

 

Porth Eirias Beach

Promenade

Colwyn Bay

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2.Walking / Cycling Along The Promenade

The Beach Caravan Park based at Llanddulas is in a prime position to set off on a walk or cycle with the Welsh Coastal Path that runs alongside the sea to Colwyn Bay and onwards. With cycling being a favourite holiday hobbie and great way to get about easily to see the sights it’s a perfect stretch to take in the sea air. If walking is more up your street then the walk from Colwyn Bay to Rhos on Sea is a great place to start with plenty of shops and eateries to stop off at along the way. The old Victoria Pier at Colwyn Bay may now be gone, having been dismantled back in May 2018 but at low tide, you can still spot the wreck of the steamer Rhosneigr which sank off Rhos Point in 1908. Mainly consumed by the tides now if you look carefully enough on your walk you can still see the paddles…

Tip: Take your camera, you’re bound to get some nice photographs along the seaside here and remember to always wear a helmet when cycling.

 

Rhos on Sea

Promenade

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3.Dine at Bryn Williams Porth Eirias Bistro

With a menu showcasing the best Welsh produce available and the current offering starting from two courses for £17 and three courses for £21, it’s a real steal sitting here to dine next to the sea. The restaurant was awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin in September 2018 for their “exceptionally good food at moderate prices,” so if you feel like treating your other half to an atmospheric seaside dining experience, this bistro space with an informal mood and open kitchen is sure to provide something to everyone’s taste. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, Bryn’s chefs turn out simple local food using seasonal ingredients with seafood taking centre stage. An excellent stop off for the last few days of your stay.

Tip: Try the Afternoon Tea by the Sea, a selection of sandwiches, traditional bara brith with scones, pastries and Prosecco. Booking advised.

 

Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias Bistro

Promenade

Colwyn Bay

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4.The Crafty Fox

If you’re into real ales and microbreweries you’ll love The Crafty Fox, the latest addition for ale lovers to pop up in the Fairy Glen area of Old Colwyn. It’s a good stop off for craft beers, ciders and Welsh gin with a real friendly feel. As one regular put it, “It’s like walking into your own home without your slippers…” so you’re sure to get chatting to the locals and finding out what’s happening in the area. There are a number of pubs in Old Colwyn if you’re looking for a night out with your other half, many of them offer a fantastic selection of real ale and craft brews.

Tip: Try the Foxy Best Bitter or Aber Falls Gin!

 

The Crafty Fox

355 Abergele Road

Old Colwyn

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5.Wynn Gardens

 You may not have heard of Wynn Gardens but it’s a beautiful place to laze the day away. Located near Old Colwyn just off Wynnstay Road, this leafy slice of heaven is a real hideaway from the town and provides a beautiful spot for the kids to play hide and seek in, enjoy a game of frisbee and find out about the different flowers, plants and wildlife in the gardens. Aside from the interesting stone sculptures, there’s a rose garden, butterfly sanctuary and wildflower beds. It’s generally a well-kept secret from those holidaying in the area – find it on your way up from the coastal path, (a great one if you’re staying at The Beach) take a left if heading from this direction or from the Promenade head into Cliff Gardens and follow the road up, you’ll find Wynn Gardens Park on your right.

Tip: Bring a big mat and comfy cushions to sit on and a book for yourself, the park is small enough to let the children have fun whilst still being able to keep an eye on them.

 

Wynn Gardens

Wynnstay Road

Old Colwyn

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There’s a wealth of things to do in Colwyn Bay and with more activities and businesses coming to fruition this area is set to continue its growth into a real hub for holidaymakers and holiday home owners alike. The traditional seaside setting is great for young and old with plenty of variety on offer and friendly faces aplenty. What’s your favourite part of Colwyn Bay?

Back in 1996

old van1996   Back in 1996, the Cooper family came across The Beach Caravan Park after seeing an advert for a chalet for sale. After deciding that perhaps a chalet wasn’t the best choice, it was going to be an unsuccessful drive home back to Macclesfield.

Before they left, Dorothy (grandma) was taken up with the prospect of looking at a caravan. Lots of caravans were sat in and debated and ummed and ahhed over, but it wasn’t until they all sat in the last one and it was decided that this was it. This was the one and they have never looked back! 23 happy years have been spent at The Beach (and several caravan upgrades later!) and the family have seen lots of changes take place in making the park into the 5-star facility it is today.

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Matt says ‘’ I have grown up coming to the Beach for weekends and holidays and it’s a big part of my life. That Friday night feeling of coming to the van and relaxing for the weekend is just perfect. The weeks cares and worries just drift away.’’

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The Cooper Family have been on the same plot at The Beach since day one and continue to enjoy the fantastic views and stunning location from their current holiday home. Matt said “The service from the team at The Beach is second to none and nothing is too much trouble. That level of service combined with the fantastic location and facilities makes it all worthwhile. We look forward to many more happy years and memories at The Beach.’’

 

If you would like more information on owning your own holiday home at The Beach Caravan Park on 01492 515345.

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Planning the perfect Dog-Friendly break?

Are you hoping to go on holiday soon? And take your four-legged companion with you?
Here at Thornley Leisure Parks, it’s no secret that we love dogs – and we know that when you are planning a family holiday, you don’t like to leave the dog behind… Look no further as we have dog-friendly caravans across our parks in North Wales.

Check out our top tips on planning the perfect holiday with your beloved pet below:

Exploring 
If you want to spend time on the coast, check out any dog restrictions on www.goodbeachguide.co.uk. Prefer the countryside? Good dog-walking guides can be found on www.ramblers.org.uk and www.walkiees.co.uk. Just remember to keep your dog under control, especially near farm animals and wildlife.

Eating Out 
Eating out when you’ve got a dog in tow can be problematic, especially when it’s raining or cold and there’s no covered seating outside. Check out www.dogfriendlybritain.co.uk for cafes, restaurants and bars. Or visit www.doggiepubs.org.uk to find pubs where both you and your best friend will be welcomed. Tides Café Bistro on The Beach Caravan Park has a covered outdoor eating area that accommodates dogs.

Plan ahead
Before heading off on holiday with your dog, make sure your Dog is chipped or has an ID tag. Also, remember your dog has to get used to new surroundings, so pack some favourite toys, bedding and towel. On walks, make sure you take a bottle of water – and plenty of dog poop bags.

With luxury dog-friendly holiday homes for hire, plenty of places to explore and visit – North Wales is the perfect base for Dog-Friendly holidays. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Click here to book your holiday.

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When is the best time to buy a static caravan

When is the best time to buy a used static caravan? This question is asked many times, the broad answer is, whenever its right for you and your family.  Specifically speaking, September is worth considering because it has many and financial benefits.

 

Benefits to you if you’re thinking of buying a new or used static caravan.

               

Discounted used static caravans

Wide selection of pitches to choose from

Dog-Friendly caravan parks in North Wales

Spreading the costs

 

Most static caravan parks are open from March to the end of November, other ’s have a slightly longer season over Christmas and just into the new year.  Around September some of the new and used static caravans that have not been sold are more than likely be put into a ‘sale’ therefore making September a good time to secure a very good quality new or used static caravan in North Wales at a discounted price.

 

Static Caravans that are likely to go into a September sale

The holiday homes that are discounted are both used static caravans and new, (that is the current year model -remember the park owners are about to take delivery of the following years models) either way the used static caravans will be from various leading manufacturers such as Willerby, ABI Carnaby, and Swift caravans.  Whichever you choose, they will carry a good discount, therefore offering good value for money.

Best Static caravans Pitches available

At various times during the season,   caravan pitches become available, In September some of the owners decide for one reason or another that they will not be staying on the park for the coming season, therefore vacating pitches, these then become available for the following season.  You can choose your pitch at the same time as choosing your static caravan.  You could secure a premium pitch  – this alone is a good reason to buy in September rather than leave this until the beginning of the following season (March)when some of these sought-after pitches could be gone.

 

Spreading the cost – Site fees and running costs

Now let’s look at costs, static caravan parks vary how they charge and when they bill for site fees and running cost etc   Some expect payment up front and offer no payment terms, this may suit you, but if you are looking for payment options that will fit with your monthly finances, it may be worth you doing a little research into what’s available. Either way, it’s good to have this information to hand once you start to visit your chosen parks.

If you would like further information on owning your own holiday home at The Beach Caravan Park please contact us directly on 01492 515345.

Things to do before you visit a Static Caravan Park

Buying your very own static caravan is a very exciting time for all the family to enjoy…isn’t it!!
Doing your homework is essential when it comes to buying your static caravan holiday home, the main reason for this, is to make sure that your visit to a caravan park is informative and gives you a good idea as to whether the park and the static caravans they have are what you are looking for. There is such a lot to see and take in when you visit a caravan park and a mistake at this stage could be a very expensive one, therefore a Needs and Wants check list will help you to find the right park and static caravan for you.

So what do you need to do:

Request for our easy to use Needs and Wants check list. It covers all the relevant areas you will need to consider when doing your ‘homework’ and will make your visit easier, in terms of being able to clearly explain to the sales person what you are looking for and the sort of budget you have in mine.

Advantages to having a completed check list

Whilst visiting caravan parks is very exciting it can be quite overwhelming, especially if you visit numerous in a day. No two caravan parks are exactly the same and they are

catering for all the different tastes, needs and budgets, that each and every new customer may have.

If you are prepared with a completed check list you can short cut this confusion and establish very quickly if the park is for you or not.

What sort of homework do I need to do before I visit a Static Caravan Park

There are many considerations, such as park location, season length, costs, caravans to name but a few. You must also consider your family’s needs, such as; things to do, facilities, pet friendly and so on, your check list will help with this. Most of the information you will need, can easily be found through the internet and on various park websites.

Questions are the Answers

You’re on your way now – with your homework done, and your Needs and Wants check list completed and your questions ready to be asked – your park visit will be what it should be, a very informative, honest and accurate way of deciding which caravan park and caravan is right for you.

Request for a needs and wants checklist – call 08009173170.

How to prepare your static caravan for Winter

PREPARING YOUR STATIC CARAVAN FOR WINTER

 

Things to remember when closing down your caravan this winter

 

With winter approaching, there are a number of things you must consider when closing down your caravan holiday home.

 

Follow this step-by-step guide and be safe in the knowledge that your caravan holiday home will be safe and secure this winter.

 

Winterising your caravan.

 

Most parks will offer a winterisation service or more commonly known as a ‘drain down’ service. This will include;

  • Emptying or draining all pipe work of water,
  • Disconnect water from your caravan and put anti-freeze down all drains.
  • Check the antifreeze levels in the central heating system.
  • Disconnect the gas
  • Turn off all electrical switches and lights.

 

Safeguard your caravan inside;

  • Take the shower bar out of the caravan and store it in a suitable place
  • Move all your furniture into the middle of the room, this will allow airflow and prevent mould and mildew building up on your furniture. Also cover your furniture to ensure that direct sunlight does not fade the fabrics
  • Take down nets and curtains again to prevent mould and mildew build up
  • Place bowls of salt in all the rooms to absorb any moisture
  • Ensure that vents are never obstructed – this is a vital safety precaution where gas is used.
  • Remove all valuables
  • Open all curtains and place a ‘no valuable are left in this caravan’ sign in the window
  • Turn off all electrical switches and lights
  • Dispose of any foods that are likely to go out of date over the winter
  • Switch your fridge/freezer off

 

Tip: clean fridge/freezer with bicarbonate of soda and wedge the door open, this will allow air circulation. You may want to leave a tea towel at the bottom of the fridge to soak up any excess water.

 

Safeguard your caravan outside;

·        Tie down all outside furniture, this will ensure that;

  • o a) Your outside furniture is with your static caravan when you return in the spring
  • o b) Your caravan and furniture is undamaged if there were to be any high winds during the winter months.

 

  • Secure; (if needed)
    • o Storage boxes
    • o Skirting
    • o Decking
    • o Fences
    • o Plant pots
    • o Gas bottles

 

Finally;

  • Lock the door. (As stupid as it seems this can easily be overlooked as people look to get away, they forget the thing that is most important).
  • Inform park you have left for the winter

 

Once you have completed all the tasks above it is good to inform the park managers or owners of the park when you are leaving and likely to return in the spring, that way they know the caravan is empty and they can keep an eye on it for you. Of course you will be able to visit your caravan at anytime over the winter for your own piece of mind. It is essential that park staff are informed that the caravan has been closed down.

David Bellamy Conservation Award

Congratulations to The Beach Caravan Park on the recent David Bellamy Conservation Silver Award. A huge Well done to all of the team at The Beach.2016_17-silver

Wales in Bloom 2016

Blooming Marvellous

Thornley Leisure Parks are delighted with the prestigious Wales in Bloom 2016 competition results. The Beach Caravan Park came second.

Park Managers Lynne & Nigel Owen from The Beach Caravan Park along with the Gardner Peter Mayles was invited down to the Wales in Bloom Awards Ceremony on Friday 16th September 2016. Following the fantastic news they were presented with a Certificate and a Plaque. Lynne Owen said, “ We are thrilled to bits with the result”.

David Thornley, Managing Director of Thornley Leisure Parks said,” We are really pleased with the result, our fantastic gardening team and park managers are over the moon. Our team have worked hard all year to ensure that the parks look there very best at all times and each year they are getting better. Please feel free to come and visit our parks, for more information call us on 08009173170.”

Wales in Bloom 2015 Winners

Blooming Marvellous

Thornley Leisure Parks are delighted with the prestigious Wales in Bloom 2015 competition results. The Beach Caravan Park came first.

Park Managers Lynne & Nigel Owen from The Beach Caravan Park along with the Gardner Peter Mayles was invited down to the Wales in Bloom Awards Ceremony on Friday 18th September 201. Following the fantastic news they were presented with a Certificate and a Plaque. Lynne Owen said, “ We can’t wait to display the Plaque on our park, we are thrilled with the result.”

David Thornley, Managing Director of Thornley Leisure Parks said,” We are really pleased with the result, our fantastic gardening team and park managers are over the moon. Our team have worked hard all year to ensure that the parks look there very best at all times and each year they are getting better. Please feel free to come and visit our parks, for more information call us on 08009173170.”

Luxury Lodge Development at The Beach Caravan Park

In early July work on the newest development at The Beach Caravan Park began and will feature 17 luxury holiday home lodges. We are pleased to announce that even before the plots have been finished 3 have already sold.
This new development includes unspoilt views of the majestic Irish Sea. We are very pleased with the development so far and will share some images as soon as we can. If you are interested in viewing the new development please call Lynne on 01492 515345.