25th - 26th October 2022
Swansea Marina Motorhome Park : 01792 470310
What3Words Location of Parking for Mumbles Pier https://w3w.co/tour.skirting.tinny
National Waterfront Museum : https://museum.wales/swansea/
Ninja Warrior Cardiff : https://ninjawarrioruk.co.uk/cardiff/
We woke up bright and early and headed down the mountain to one of Steve’s favourite childhood haunts - Mumbles. Mumbles is a headland on the western edge of Swansea bay, it’s a proper seaside day trip destination. The boys were happy to be left playing in the arcades while Steve and I took a walk down the Victorian pier.
After a couple of hours (and several pounds in the slot machines later), it was time to leave Mumbles and meet Uncle Terry and Auntie Yvonne for lunch. Our parkup for the night was in a CAMPRA (Campaign for Real Aires) site right in the Swansea Marina. The site is accessed through a locked gate, so for £28 we had a secure city centre parkup with electric and access to a shower and toilet! We quickly pitched up and took a short walk through the marina in to town.
Lunch was lovely. Covid meant it was far too long since we had seen Terry and Yvonne, so we took our time to catch up on all the family news. After lunch we continued to explore the city centre, in the rain, Dylan Thomas references could be found all over!
As the sunset the rain finally eased up, so Steve and I took a walk around the marina. The area is undergoing a huge redevelopment and regeneration project with many new buildings and facilities being built. There are still a few free parking spots, but we suspect most of those will be gone soon.
We had huge plans for the next day, but really hadn’t factored in the fact that our half term matched the welsh half terms. All of our lovely ideas were fully booked except one. So after a McDonalds breakfast we took a short walk from our parkup to the The National Waterfront Museum, which tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years. Although it seemed a little “dry” at first, the NWM was actually fascinating and we passed a really interesting couple of (warm and dry) hours learning about Welsh history.
As the rest of our plans had failed we decided to leave Swansea early and make our way to Cardiff so the boys could let off some steam at the Ninja Warrior adventure park.
Our trip to South Wales was the perfect mix of family, fun and exploring.
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