We recently headed to Wales for the first time; hell-bent on climbing Mount Snowdon (and at the kids’ request for flumes!) we picked Hafan y Mor Haven Holiday Park, in Pwllheli North Wales, as our base for the week.
What’s there for the kids to do?
The Hafan y Mor site is absolutely brilliant, and there’s a lot on offer to keep the kids entertained if you want some time chilling in the holiday park. Our two adored the pedalos on the little lake area, and we all cried with laughter at their terrible steering which dragged us through the surrounding bushes many times! I think this activity was £10 for an hour so not badly priced either.
There were lots of other activities on offer too including go karts, a climbing wall, arts and crafts, bungee trampolines and lots of bookable adult led sessions focussed on nature and the local area. Finn and Lola tried the bungee trampolines – they love them! Honestly I can’t recall how much these cost, but again it wasn’t too expensive and definitely on par with other holiday parks.
The play area was really good and had quite a few sections to the keep the kids entertained. There was a lot of wooden fort-style equipment, a climbing net and slide area.
Considering we visited Wales in the last week of September, we were crazily fortunate with the weather, which was great all week, and this made it so easy for us to enjoy all of the outdoor activities.
The main attraction at Hafan y Mor Haven has got to be the swimming pool which was brilliant and total kid heaven! They have flumes, slides, normal swimming areas, a toddler pool, a lazy river area and waves. We visited the pool a lot and Finn and Lola were entertained for hours at a time – only wanting to leave when they were starving hungry and had wrinkled skin! 😂
Of course, the pool is included in the cost of the holiday so you can swim as much as you like! I’ve popped a picture here taken from the Haven website as I was unable to photograph the pool myself…
I have to admit I loved the flumes too! All in all, Hafan y Mor Holiday Park is a great base for a holiday – they’ve really thought about what will work for the families visiting, and it’s really easy to entertain the kids.
What’s the entertainment like?
We only tried a few nights, as we had a busy week so tended to need some chill time in the evenings back at the apartment, but the entertainment was pretty standard for a holiday park.
Honestly, we’ve been spoiled by our many trips to Butlins where the entertainment is always great, so everywhere else just doesn’t compare. One night, we had a magician which the kids really enjoyed but it wasn’t brilliant for adults to watch.
The rest was music from an older band, and it wasn’t really our cup of tea – nor the kids – so we didn’t stay long. It started pretty late into the evening too, around 9pm, which is quite a late start time for a children’s holiday I think. The earlier entertainment was for the tiny tots.
Is the accommodation good?
The accommodation was basic but very clean and perfectly functional. We stayed in a two bedroom comfort apartment, solely based on this accommodation being the cheapest for the dates we wanted – as usual. 😂
The kids had a twin room, we had a double, there was a small shower room and then an open plan living space with a kitchen, seating area and lounge space. The kitchen was well equipped, the fridge was a full size under-the-counter one and the oven was great; which made it really easy to self-cater and keep costs down.
The TV had a good amount of channels and was exactly what we needed when we came home exhausted from our busy days out!
The only negative we found with the accommodation was the beds. All three beds were really uncomfortable, to the point of it hindering our sleep all week. They were metal camp bed style frames which shook every time someone moved and the mattresses were really solid.
After a few nights my husband ended up sleeping on the sofa as every time he moved it woke me up. I’m not sure if these are the standard beds for all of the accommodation options but I think if we visited again we’d probably pay a little more a higher standard apartment or try one of the other options – they have lodges, caravans, yurts and chalets all at a range of different standards.
Having said that, other than the bed situation, the accommodation we chose was perfectly fine so it’s a shame that the bed quality let it down.
What other facilities do they have?
There are sit down restaurants as well as fast food outlets on site – such as Burger King, Papa Johns and fish and chips. The only hot food we bought on-site was from Burger King so I can’t comment on the others.
I was really impressed with the supermarkets. They were normally priced, which isn’t always the way in holiday parks, very well stocked and they had a brilliant gluten free section which was super handy! There was a big Tesco nearby so we self-catered from a main shop there and then topped up during the week in the Haven supermarkets.
What else is there to do in the area?
The area is absolutely stunning, near to Snowdonia National Park, and it’s every walker or nature lovers dream! As I mentioned before, we picked Hafan y Mor because it was only a 30 minute drive to Mount Snowdon, and we wanted to do our first mountain climb.
It was hard work, especially for Lola who struggled near the top, but we were so proud of ourselves for completing it. Check out my post on ‘Climbing Snowdon with Kids‘ for more info.
Whilst we were in Wales we also visited Greenwood Family Park, which was about 45 minutes away and definitely worth the drive – check out my review, we had a great day. And we took a ride on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, which was about a 30 minute drive from the holiday park.
Had we visited in the summer, Pwllheli beach is only 5 miles away from the Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, so that would be handy to have close by in peak season – just remember to pack your buckets and spades!
Is it good value for money?
Our 7 night break was only £263 which was crazily good value for money! We booked the last week of September, so prices are generally cheaper then anyway, but for everything on offer at this holiday park it was so cheap.
A tip for you – our holiday was supposed to be £293 but we saved £30 by signing up to Kids Pass, as Haven holidays is discounted through there. So, we made an already cheap week away even more of a bargain! It’s definitely worth it for UK holidays, and you can cancel afterwards if you want to. Use my link to get a 30 day trial for just a quid! 👉 Start your kids pass trial.
We were really impressed with our Haven holiday and will definitely use them again in the future for a great value UK staycation.
Useful information for your stay…
Address: Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL53 6HX
For up-to-date prices, please check their website.