Morning of 7th August saw myself and partner, daughter and her two boys (3 and 9mths) heading for Aberystwyth. Dad (Tom) was following later when he finished work. We were being flexible and planned to stop when the little one woke and break the journey. Welshpool, Newtown, Llangurig, Ponterwyd, Red Kite Centre just outside Aberystwyth all went past and Isaac woke up as we entered the town! So we were able to spend the whole afternoon on North Beach in the town. A fine pebble beach brilliant for throwing stones and running up and down. We had ice cream from the shop at the entrance to the pier(the best in town).
“Look Nanna it’s blue ice cream. My favourite colour.” Dad arrived about 4 and 5:30 we walked off the beach and headed up to Parc-y-Bryn, where we were staying, to collect our keys, picking up KFC for Sam on the way.
The apartment at Parc-y-Bryn is new and modern with plenty of parking onsite. Two double bedrooms, living-room/diner, fully equipped kitchen and well appointed bathroom: basic breakfast ingredients were included in our package. The second double bed was more of a ¾ than a double bed but the family needed the bigger bed as they all would end up sleeping in it. Walking distance (10 minutes) from the promenade, it was ideally suited in a town where parking is a premium.
The KFC smelt so good we adults plumped for the same so a return trip was made and we were sorted for the evening: my son (who lives in Aberystwyth) joining us later.
Next day the weather promised fine and sunny so we headed to the beach at Ynyslas, north of Borth: 3 miles of golden sandy beaches with a sheltered estuary and free parking. We spent the day running over the mud flats on the estuary side to the water and back to rinse the mud off our feet in the buckets. Isaac had a paddling pool and the sand. Everyone was happy. The wind at the end of the estuary is perfect for kite flying so that was another happy hour. Football and cricket attracted other children and by the end of the day everyone had caught some sun, were tired and happy. We ordered Chinese take away and Peter and his girl-friend were able to join us which made Sam’s evening.
Tuesday dawned cloudy and Tom had to leave at lunchtime so we spent the first part of morning in the play park by the castle (an excellent hour’s fun) and then went up Consti on the funicular railway. A free bouncy castle and a model railway in the viewing house made the whole trip complete. We went back to town for lunch at Morgan’s on the high street (delicious). Tom left and the rest of us went to Peter’s for a chilled afternoon and left at sleep time for the boys and another uneventful (the best kind) journey back to my Daughter’s in Cannock.
Three packed days: two tired children and four satisfied adults.