Porthkerry Country Park, Barry, Glamorgan

I have rediscovered Porthkerry Country Park, and it’s far better than any of my memories. I remember school trips there, I remember sunny days there with friends and family. And now, as a parent I realise why it’s such a fantastic place.

seaside kids days out
When the sun came out so too came the problems of deciding where to go. Living near sandy beaches means as soon as the sun comes out so do the traffic jams, so I wanted somewhere which could occupy everyone, enable lots of fresh air, and with the more difficult criteria for being straightforward for parking.
I decided on Porthkerry, and it was great. It was just me and the little people. There was lots to occupy Squeaks. Great places if you had a fishing net, great woodland trails, a pebble beach, a field for picnics and playing games, a fantastic park… the children were in their element. We watched trains going across the viaduct, planes coming back from their holidays. I drove home in peace as everyone slept.
kids days out wales
In response to popular demand (Squeaks) we took daddy back the next day. This time we did a proper picnic and remembered the ball. The sun was even brighter, and it is amazing how much good weather makes for contentment.
kids days out country park
Squeaks got to visit rock pools and go into the sea. The boys got to play their version of football.
And nobody missed that we didn’t visit the park this time…. well, until we got home, and now I’ve been made to promise we’re going back to the park tomorrow! 
The park is “220 acres of woods and meadowland in a sheltered valley leading to a pebble beach and spectacular cliffs. Nature trails, picnic sites, café, play area, barbecue area and mini golf course.” (valeofglamorgan.gov.uk)

Some charges apply. 

For more information, please visit their website.

This review has been kindly provided by Debbie – Mum to three, wife to a Yorkshire man, we moved to South Wales in 2011. It was my home for 20 years, and now I’m back with an entourage of under 4’s and a big kid. I spend my free time trying to show that our surroundings really do compete with the beauty of the Pennines. You can find my blog on family life, parenting and living at www.johnsonbabies.co.uk 
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