Holidaying with the kids is never going to be a relaxing holiday. A lot of fun making treasured memories, but certainly not relaxing.
Finding somewhere to keep the children amused and entertained can be tricky. It’s for this reason that we really like going to all-inclusive holiday parks that offer a variety of activities for the children to get stuck in to. But not only do we look to base ourselves at a holiday park with great facilities on offer
Haven Holidays, Hafan y Mor, in North Wales ticked both boxes for us. The site is set with the stunning Snowdonia mountains as a backdrop. There are so many activities in the local area to keep the whole family entertained, whilst at the same time the site itself has many great options for us to make those special holiday memories on site.
On-site at Haven, Hafan y Mor
There were a number of activities that we really enjoyed at Hafan y Mor. But the 2 that stood out for us were the incredible swimming pool and the brand new Nature Rockz activities.
The pool at Hafan y Mor was excellent. We love a pool with lot’s to do and this pool really didn’t disappoint. Ted was crazy about the ‘lazy river’ and could easily while away a good 45 minutes simply making up wonderful games in the river. But once we’d finally moved him on from the river, there were plenty of other features to explore.
- 3 flumes, each offering something different
- A giant drop slide
- A separate baby & toddler pool equipped with mini slides, toys and splash play
Having so many varying options means that you can spend a good few hours in the pool without the kids getting bored. It also means it caters for a wide age range. Both our toddler and our teenager loved the swimming pool and we visited regularly
This is a new activity to Haven but in my opinion its one of the best on the schedule. Nature Rockz aims to get families outdoors, exploring the world around them and learning new skills. It’s so easy to get caught up in the arcades, the evening shows, the swimming pools, the sports and the other activities, which are all great, but at the same time, you can miss what’s around you.
And in Hafan y Mor, North Wales, there is a lot of stunning natural beauty around you.
I love the concept of going back to basics and showing the kids the joy and entertainment in nature.
We learned about foraging, fire lighting and the environment. We’ve always encouraged Teddy to ask questions, no matter how many, how advanced, how crazy etc and this gave him the perfect opportunity to ask the expert whatever was on his mind about the world around him.
Looking back now, I actually have incredibly fond memories of taking him on the Nature Rockz activities because it slowed us down, made us stop, made us talk about the more meaningful things and it demonstrated that it can be the simple things that bring the most enjoyment.
I love that Haven introduced the Nature Rockz activities to their itineraries, and would highly recommend booking yourself and your children on to the
The Hafan y Mor site has a beach located at the top of the park. It’s a small and very quiet beach with rocks to explore, space to sit for a picnic, pebbles to skim and sand to build castles with. It was no more than a 4-minute walk from our caravan so we were there daily and Teddy was right at home climbing and exploring the rocks and rock pools. Our last evening was spent eating dinner on the beach whilst the sun went down. A memory that will stay with me forever.
The Surrounding Area
Where to start?
If you’ve never been to North Wales, I can tell you that it is one of the most beautiful places in the UK. Picturesque scenery at every corner with some well known towns and mountain areas, but with plenty of hidden, secluded gems that will truly amaze you.
Some of our highlights included the following and we’d definitely suggest you check them out if you’re heading to North Wales.
Snowdonia is obviously a walkers & climbers mecca here in the UK. There are craggs for all abilities and hikes to suit any age. But the thing about Mt Snowdon is that it gives you options and when you have your family in toe, options are certainly your friend.
If it were me on my own, I’d run up to the summit in under 2 hours and down in 30 mins but with the family, we’d have to take a more leisurely pace. There are 3 main routes that I’d recommend, either the miners track which is almost flat for the first 2/3 of the trek and follows some beautiful lakes. Or the Rangers track which is a nice steady incline and follows the train
Give it a go if you’re in the area!
It’s likely that you have already heard of Zipworld; the home of the fastest zip wire in Europe. It’s incredible and it’s in North Wales and only about 40 minutes from Hafan y Mor. Louis and I tested it out, and the marketing is incredibly accurate; it truly is one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done!
What most people don’t know, however, is that Zipworld is not just about the zip wire. They have plenty of other fantastic, exciting and adrenalin filled activities, all in North Wales.
‘The Caverns’ is basically the most extreme high ropes course you’ll do, but deep underground in the dark, damp slate caves.
‘Titan’ is another zip wire, but one you sit upright in as opposed to lying flat, so not quite as fast as their flagship activity.
‘Bounce Below’ is a truly remarkable experience. Essentially, it’s a trampoline park underground in the caves. Huge, gigantic nets hang from the cave walls and roof and enable you to bounce around. At first, I wondered if the novelty would wear off, but I was mistaken. Zipworld have built layers, sections, slides and walkways making the exploration area pretty big. It’s hard to get bored
‘Forest Coaster’ is a luge that propels you through the forest at thrilling speeds and is also suitable for the younger children.
‘Treetop Nets’ is a less extreme version of The Caverns, and is suspended in the
‘Zip Safari’ is a high ropes course with zip lines left, right and centre.
‘Sky ride’ is a giant swing – great fun!
And ‘Plummet 2’ is a world’s first! The activity enables you to experience the closest thing to free falling, by dropping you through a trap door for 100ft.
Zipworld really is an unmissable attraction for any visitor to Hafan y Mor and the surrounding area.
Dylan’s Restaurant, Criccieth
If you want a break from self-catering and the restaurants onsite at Haven, Hafan y Mor, there are plenty of options in neighbouring towns and villages. None better than Dylan’s in Criccieth, just 5 minutes down the road.
You’d need to book as it’s exceptionally popular; which means only one thing… great food!
It has a varied menu with something to suit all tastes, including the kids. As a family, our tastes couldn’t be any different. Jen’s a vegan, Louis is fussy, Ted likes anything crispy and I’ll eat anything, except vegan food. It makes dinner times in our house fairly logistical!
However, Dylan’s catered for us all perfectly with friendly staff and wait for it… they even converted me to some vegan dishes with the most incredible vegan tacos! They were unbelievable, so much so, I ordered some for desert!
Abersoch Beach & Town
The beaches in North Wales are stunning. All the way up the coast from Hafan y Mor you’ll find gorgeous beaches; some sandy and some pebbly. Abersoch is a wonderful cove hosting a sandy, sheltered beach. You can watch the tractors taking out and bringing in the small yachts and boats and whats excellent about Abersoch is that there is a large amount of shallow water. Enough to get your dingy floating, but not deep enough to warrant a concerned parent.
Above the beach is the town with a row of shops and restaurants. We visited on 2 occasions and both times had delicious food in friendly restaurants. It’s a popular place, so it can get busy, but this didn’t put us off.
It’s hard to really advise you on this because I have no real information on where we ended up! Louis did a little bit of googling and discovered a small, secluded bay with a simply idyllic waterfall
North Wales has many secluded gems like this one and I highly suggest exploring the area to see what you can find.
North Wales is a wonderful place to visit, there’s no doubt about it. But I know that when you’ve got children, you also need to have activities on hand to keep them occupied. And that’s why staying at Haven, Hafan y Mor, offers the best of both worlds. You have activities on tap onsite at Haven itself, whilst natures own playground is right on your doorstep to explore.
So, if you haven’t yet got October half term plans, this could be the place for you.