So, one day in the middle of August my husband phones me and asks if I was going to book a week away before the kids went back to school. I had thought about it, but, I wasn't sure in mentioning it in case he couldn't get time off work. So I said that I'd look into it and what were his preferred dates...not like he a huge choice. So I looked at the last week in August.
I looked around Devon and Cornwall first of all, then decided, actually, I wanted to go to Wales. So, the search was on and after a day online, I decided on a Haven Holiday Park - Kiln Park . As it was last minute we got it almost half price so of course we went for the upgraded Prestige Caravan 2 to give us more space and a newer model, however I wasn't going to pay an extra £100 for a balcony!!
Kiln Park is in Pembrokshire which is a walkers dream and Tenby has one of the best beaches in the UK. So, I thought this would be perfect for family time away before back to school starts.
We left home at 5am and got to Tenby (after several stops) at 9.30am. Which was way before our 2pm check in, so our first stop was to park up in town and head to the beach.
Here are just a few of my photos of our first day in Tenby.
Here is St Catherine's Island which is now sadly closed (literally two days before we arrived !!!! - gutted) it has a fort on top which the owner was trying to restore, but after years of plans, he decided to close it. Anyways it still looks amazing from up close and far away and the island is a great back drop to any photo, and it also really shows how high the tide comes in in the evening. You'll see the photos further on to compare. It truely is remarkable, and I would go to Tenby again, just to see the tide coming in. The beach is absolutely huge and the houses are just beautiful. It really is a gem of a town.
Firstly I do have to say, that this is one of the best caravan parks we have been to. This is a lovely large holiday caravan park. There are a lot of families and there is so much for the kids to do. The roads are full of the bikes that families can hire and go around the park on, there are kids everywhere. It is so safe that I actually allowed my 8 & 5 year old to scoot around on their own - this is something I never do, but this was after we went around the whole park and had a good nosey around. It is that safe, and fairly easy to get around once you knew your roads.
Here's our caravan. This is a 12ft x 36ft 2 bedroom Prestige 2.
We all really loved our caravan, it was comfortable, very clean (in fact so clean that we didn't clean it like we normally do, we didn't wash everything in the cupboards we just cracked on and got unpacked....it was a miracle for us)
So after we had settled and everything was sorted and we had our maps and the caravan park is literally a ten minute walk to town - Woohoo !!!!! So we didn't need a car when were going to the beach we could walk. This was bliss.
The entertainment complex of the park had amusements, and loads of them, indoor swimming pool, entertainment lounge with a bar and a restaurant area with a bar. It was all huge and all very clean. My only niggle was that you could ONLY get WiFi in the restaurant. Nightmare, so we went there to all get hooked up together, so the kids had SkyGo. All the staff were lovely. All really helpful.The atmosphere was great, and everyone was just there to have fun.
So we decided as it was our first night, we would walk into town for dinner. My husband had a sudden craving for pork kebabs, so we headed for probably the only Greek Restaurant in Tenby.
Mykanos - TripAdvisor Page
Before we got to the restaurant, just check out this view !!! Remember earlier this was all sand !! Wow!!
The Meze was £22.00 per person. A meze includes a variety of dishes and is the best way to eat Greek food. You start with bread and dips and cold salads, then you move onto the warm starters, then the fish, like prawns, squid etc and then the meat kebabs. Its very filling and we loved it.
Mykanos had all the best wines straight from Cyprus, so I had to get a bottle (as they didn't do it in glasses - however, I did get to take this home with me)
Here is just some of what we ate.
Stuffed Vine Leaves
After this, we walked back to the caravan and just chilled out before going to bed.
We were all pleased with where we were. Tenby is AMAZING !!!! You absolutely MUST visit.
I will show you what else we got up to in the next post.