Mention Wales and sport in the same sentence to anyone and the first word they will undoubtedly come up with is rugby! But aside from the fact that Wales has some of the finest rugby players in the world it also has a lot more to offer for families who like to enjoy sporting activities during their caravan holiday.
If you are taking the family to a top caravan site in north Wales this year you will no doubt have chosen one that has lots of things for the kids to do. Children love to be able to let off steam while their parents relax so what better than to explore All Stars Cricket? New for summer 2017 at Abergele Cricket Club, Conwy, and aimed at boys and girls aged 5 to 8 years this is a fun way to get them to learn about cricket but more importantly about how to catch and throw; a fun way to develop their co-ordination and teamwork skills.
For grown-up cricket fans, there is the spectacle of the Glamorgan Cricket Festival which takes place on the 28th-31st August at the Colwyn Bay Cricket Club ground when Glamorgan CCC will be playing Sussex CCC.
The national game has lots going on this year but 2017 is set to be exceptionally good for the women’s game with north Wales having three sides in the Women’s Welsh Premier League. Last year’s League winners Caernarfon Town will be kicking off their first game of the season against Cardiff City on September 3rd so whichever touring caravan site in Wales you’re staying at pop along and cheer on the ladies.
The Plassey golf course is one of the most beautiful in the area but north Wales is blessed with an abundance of golf courses – more than 50 – for those who prefer their sport a little more sedate. From Abergele to Rhosneigr you’re sure to find a club to suit your style and skills.
North Wales is a popular destination for water sports fans of all genres and no wonder when Wales has some of the loveliest lakes and most challenging waterways in the British Isles. From white-water activities like rafting and paddling on the upland rivers to kite-surfing or wind-surfing at Rhosneigr on Anglesey there’s more than enough excitement for water sports lovers of all ages. You can try your hand at sailing out of Conwy too.
Outdoor Adventure Activities
There are a number of outdoor centres in north Wales that offer activities like rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, archery and climbing for those who like their time away to be a little more on the daring side. All these outdoor centres offer supervised training courses and activities for all skill levels.
The Welsh National Sailing Academy is at Plas Heli, Pwlheli or try the Llandudno Sailing Club for a more family orientated dinghy sailing experience.
There is no better way to explore the beautiful countryside of North Wales than on horseback. If you are staying at any of the touring caravan parks in north Wales you are never far away from a riding stable. The Gwydyr Riding and Trekking Stables for instance are situated just outside Betws y Coed and are perfectly placed to offer scenic rides on pony or horseback to novices and experienced riders alike.
The north Wales terrain is perfect for mountain biking but for a real heart-stopping treat why not pop along to watch the Red Bull Hardline mountain bike race? Billed as one of the world’s toughest downhill mountain bike races and held in the Dyfi Valley hills on September 24th this offers thrills and spills galore.
With all these sports on offer, North Wales certainly isn’t short of activities, whether you’re a proud supporter or willing participant. Which do you prefer?