This half term we decided to step up to another challenge and go camping for 5 days.
We started camping as a family at the end of last summer, I didn’t think taking all three would be a walk in the park and wanted to make sure the boys were old enough before we attempted it.
We went a couple of times, and then over the Easter holidays we spent three days in the Brecon Beacons.
For this holiday we decided to go to the Gower. After enjoying Llanmadoc last year we decided to try the other side, and opted for Oxwich Bay.
We stayed at Greenways of Gower Leisure Park, which looked perfect on paper. It’s very reasonably priced, allows dogs, and is in a great location- a short walk from Oxwich Castle and overlooking the Bay. It also boasts an eco-friendly, high quality shower block- which if you know me is a deal breaker- if I can’t have a decent shower in the morning, I can’t function.
Our experience of the park was great, the team is friendly and helpful (a £10 deposit is needed for the barrier card, returned on departure). There is a fantastic park by the campsite which was absolutely perfect. And whilst we didn’t try them, there’s also a clubhouse and ‘fast food’ van. I thought the shower block was a bit overrated, it is lovely, and it’s great to walk in to such a warm facility, especially as it was really cold some nights and the last morning was a wash-out, but… Spacious refers to the general layout, but the cubicles are spacious for one. As a family friendly facility a lot may take a younger child in to the cubicle- and that’s where the showers are smaller than other facilities we have visited, added to this whilst the shower was always warm (better than other campsites), the water only lasted for 20 seconds each time, I’m glad I discovered dry shampoo at Easter as I couldn’t have coped washing my hair.
We visited the campsite with three other families, and despite my quibbles, we were agreed the campsite is definitely one to recommend and to return.
As for Oxwich Bay itself, it definitely is a perfect beach, and well worth the fantastic reputation. A mix of pebbles and sand, there was lots of fun to be had, including paddling in the sea, hot coffees and ice-cream. Parking at the beach is £4 for the day.
In terms of facilities, there is not much around and about, and it’s a fair trek to the nearest cashpoint. Oxwich Bay Hotel does great meals, and during the day there is a cafe/ grocery store, as well as facilities on the beach front.
Slightly further afield than walking distance, we enjoyed a fantastic meal at The Gower Inn, offering fantastic value for money and excellent service.
We also spent a day in search of good waves, Llangennith was recommended and so we had a drive across. We parked at Hillend Camping Park, which looked fantastic- unfortunately it does not allow dogs on the campsite so it’s crossed off the list- the beach itself was perfect, a wind breaker definitely necessary if you want to base yourself on the beach itself.
The holiday was a great break, we survived the five days, had some great weather, and of course had the final night and morning competing with gale force winds (it was the same day as a tornado hit Newport…).
Most of all, the children loved it. Spending time with their ‘cousins’ from across the seas, as well as friends from home.
There was adventure, camping, beaches and ice-cream.
What more could we want?