So, I think we can all agree that 2020 has been an extraordinary year, and not really for the right reasons. And the haphazard and on-going lock-downs both locally and nationally have often caused havoc with holidays, breaks and family time.
Here at Dolbryn, we've extended our opening until the 31st December this year, so although a winter break at a campsite might seem a little out of the ordinary, we think we've got everything you need for a fun-filled family winter adventure.
If you're a caravan owner, then we've got fully-serviced or standard gravel pitches so squelchy grass and mud won't be a problem. If you're used to life under canvas, then why not try one of our wooden camping pods. Fully insulated with heating, electric and a fire-pit outside for those clear star-lit evenings, the pods will keep you warm and toasty.
And if you're wondering what on earth there is to do in West Wales in the winter months, then look no further. Here are are our top suggestions for all the family.....
We're not mad, honestly! A beach on a sunny, crisp winter's day is out of this world. They'll be much less crowded than in the summer months and so long as everyone is wrapped up warm with plenty of layers, there's no reason why the whole family can't enjoy a few happy hours playing in the sand. Don't forget a flask of hot chocolate and some festive treats! Click here for the best beaches in the area.
2: Terrific Towns
West Wales is full of brilliant little towns to discover. And what better on a winter's day than an amble around the shops, stopping for a coffee, lunch and maybe a late afternoon drink? Covid restrictions have changed the way we shop and move around our towns, but it's still perfectly possible to enjoy a great day out, and provide much needed support to local businesses.
Click here for some ideas for local towns to visit.
3: Sense of Adventure
With it's craggy coastlines and rolling hills, West Wales is well known as an adventure playground, and although not all activities are available during the winter, many local companies offer adventures such as paddleboarding, guided walks and orienteering this time of year.
Or why not try something completely different and head to the coast for a foraging adventure? Learn all about the beautiful yet delicate seashore environment, how to find your own delicious seashore food and lots more besides, with knowledgeable guide Craig Evans. Craig runs his courses all through the winter. Find out more at www.coastalforaging.co.uk
4: Glorious Gardens
Many of the region's finest gardens are still open. Despite Covid restrictions, the National Botanic Garden of Wales still has a full and varied calendar of events and the whole family will enjoy the acres of space and beautiful gardens, not forgetting the Bird of Prey Centre.
5: Eat, Drink and be Merry
West Wales is home to a staggering number of fantastic food and drink producers. From award winning cheese at Caws Cenarth to the new gin distillery at In The Welsh Wind, if you're looking for treats to fill the festive cupboard then you'll certainly find them here.
6: Castle Crazy
Wales is home to more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. And we've got loads of them here in West Wales. All of them have re-opened post lock-downs and most will be quiet this time of year so you'll have plenty of room to explore. Many are free to visit.
See here for a list of local castles.