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Things you didnt know about Wales

Facts about Wales  ?........

1 ..Snowdon Lodge is the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia. 

Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) was born at Tŷ Lawrence ( Snowdon Lodge ) in Tremadog North Wales on 16th August 1888. T.E Lawrence gained notoriety leading an Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. He was celebrated as the hero Lawrence of Arabia.  He passed away on 19th May 1935, following a motor cycle accident.
Snowdon Lodge is full of information about T.E Lawrence with memorabilia and posters throughout the building, making it a fascinating place to visit.  Outside there is a  plaque commemorating the building as the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia and in the grounds is a tree bench and plaque erected in 2015 as part of a local celebration of Lawrence’s life.

2...Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, has  58 characters and  is the longest one-word place name in both the United Kingdom and in Europe as  was the world's second longest place name..

3...Sheep now outnumber people in Wales ,With a massive 3 sheep to 1 person,  Annual census figures shows there are currently 9.81 million sheep and lambs in Wales, compared to 3,026,000 people

4...Many Blockbuster films was filmed in Wales!!
Wales has been imortalised  in Christopher Nolans film, the Dark Knight Rider, Its not an important location...only the 'Bat Cave' Yes indeed Henrhyd falls in the Brecon Becon is used as the entrance to Batmans HQ, also ....The First Knight was filmed inTrawsfynydd starring ,,,,
 Sean Connery,
Richard Gere and Julia Ormond were among the cast .
Some scenes filmed for 'The Tombraider' starring Angelina Jolie, was also filmed in Beddgellert North Wales,

If you are visiting Wales and would like accommodation then give us a call   at Garreg Goch Caravan Park we can accommodate everyone, We have Platinum ,Gold and Pet-Friendly caravans, Touring pitches and New to 2019 Our Regal Artisan Lodge with Hut tub

There are now 4 ways to book to stay at Garreg Goch Caravan Park,

2: Call us on 01766 512210 we are open 9am-5pm Mon-Sunday, 3: Pitch Up- … 4 .AirBnB......

Simply call by and see us LL49 9YD

Garreg Goch Caravan Park !

We are a family company with over 40 years experience in the holiday home business !

We take pride in making our 4 parks Atlantic coast, Pakefield, Whitby and Garreg goch, a place where families and friends can meet up and share wonderful memories in this beautiful location, 

Four special parks in four fabulous locations yet each has its own unique characteristics!

Why Stay at Garreg Goch ? 

Garreg Goch is set in a peaceful location with the Snowdonia mountains providing a backdrop for the park, with a All-Year round  3 mile stretch  Pet-Friendly beach  on our doorstep this is a haven for pet owners,

At Garreg Goch the playground provides endless fun for children,
We also have a Hub so you can  keep in contact with the outside world or the children can play console games, we also have free Wi-Fi for first 24 hours,
We  have a fully - stocked shop on park where You can order fresh bread, Croissants, Rolls, Newspapers, Milk and we also sell local produce, 

We have a launderette on site and a Doggy shower so after a long relaxing day at the beach you can wash your four legged friend down,

Porthmadog golf club is also a short walk away , there is a wealth of opportunity for touring and site seeing in North Wales, A regular bus travels between the park and the Harboring town of  Porthmadog, where you can buy welsh gifts ,crafts and local produce 

Our season runs from  1st March to early January and until 31st October for touring,

We have Pet-Friendly Self-Catering  caravans , Platinum and Gold caravans and also a Regal Artisan Lodge with  Hot Tub for Hire and also for sale,

If you would like to make any enquirers or make a booking we now have 4 ways to book,

1: OnLine - avaliable day and night... www.garreggochpark.co.uk
2: Call us on 01766 512210, Mon -Sunday 9am - 5pm
3: Pitch up - www.pitchup.com
4: AirBnB or
Or simply Drop by and see our park, lodges Caravans for Hire and also for sale, LL49 9YD 

 We look forward to meeting and greeting you here at Garreg Goch,

Things to do in North Wales

Great Things to do in North Wales:

Criccieth Castle

Discover the rich history of Wales at Criccieth Castle. Criccieth Castle is a native Welsh castle situated on the headland between two beaches in Criccieth, Gwynedd, in North Wales, on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay. The castle also boasts impressive 360 degree views over the surrounding coastline. Only a brief car journey from Garreg Goch Caravan Park.


Portmeirion is a private village resort and gardens on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales open all year round. It is an Italian-inspired village, with unconventional building designs which are finished with unique and individual colours. It has also recently been named one of Britains most beautiful seaside villages in the UK, deeming it a must-visit when staying at Garreg Goch Caravan Park. Furthermore, this fascinating experience is a short 10 minute car journey from the park.

Ffestiniog Railway

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways stretch for 40 miles through the glorious Snowdonia National Park, allowing you to experience the magnificent scenery in comfort whilst savouring the romance of gleaming steam engines and carriages. Blaenau Ffestiniog is famous as being the town that roofed the world and was once the slate capital of Wales. Just over an hour from Porthmadog, it features some of the best adventure attractions anywhere in the UK.

Zip World Snowdonia

Prepare for a truly unique and exhilarating experience; the fastest zip line in the world. Soar over Penrhyn Quarry where you could travel at speeds of over 100mph while you take in the breathtaking views and feel the freedom of flight. There is also Restaurant, cafe and bar facilities available at the Blondin Restaurant. Also on a seperate site there is an underground trampoline park called bounce below. These two activities provide great entertainment for children and adults alike. 

Purple Moose Brewery Tours

The Purple Moose Brewery is a '40-Barrel' micro-brewery based in the historic harbour town of Porthmadog, North Wales, close to the mountains of Snowdonia. The brewery holds regular tours which include tasting, a free pint and access to its shop. This experience is also very convenient, as it takes 5 minutes to drive there from Garreg Goch Caravan Park.


Victory Atlantic- A contemporary and affordable holiday home

The Victory Atlantic is a modern and bright holiday home that has a price point to suit all budgets. The interior is practical and designed to last through the rough and tumble of family life whilst still being comfortable and the home from home that you desire. The large front window allows great views of the park and brings a lot of light into the living space. For only £39,995 with the 2019 site fees included there is no reason to not come down and take a look. 

The features of the 2019 36x12 2 bedroom Atlantic are as follows:


  • Upholstered wrap-a-round seating
  • Fixed dinette seating area with bench seat
  • Feature lounge unit incorporating fire & shelfs with open space for the TV
  • Coffee table
  • Feature mirror
  • Electric fire
  • Curtains & chrome poles with finial(s)
  • TV co-ax socket(s) & power socket(s) in easily accessible position
  • Ceiling lights
  • USB socket


  • Wood-effect base units and wall cupboards
  • Contrast worktops & matching rear upstands
  • Integrated Fridge Freezer
  • New World cooker (4 burner hob, separate grill, large oven all with auto ignition and flame failure)
  • Hob splash back
  • Cooker hood / extractor with light(s)
  • Stainless steel linen-effect sink & drainer with mixer tap
  • Co-ordinated venetian blind
  • Ceiling lights
  • Vinyl floor covering


  • Metal framed bed with wooden laths and mattress
  • Bedside shelves
  • Wooden headboard
  • Bedhead shelf unit
  • Fitted wardrobe & drawer 
  • Dresser shelf area
  • Ceiling light
  • TV point
  • Curtains & chrome pole with finial(s)


  • Two metal framed single beds with wooden laths and mattresses. Full storage beneath.
  • Wooden headboard
  • Central bedside unit
  • Bedhead shelf unit 
  • Fitted wardrobe with two internal drawers 
  • Dresser shelf area (not all rooms).
  • Curtains & chrome pole with finial(s)
  • USB point


  • Shower cubicle with glass door(s), riser rail & fittings, thermostatic mixer valve (1)
  • Inset ceramic basin, pop-up waste, mixer tap and high gloss cupboard (1)
  • Ceramic hand basin, tap(s) & ceramic pedestal (2)
  • Close-coupled ceramic toilet with dual flush (1/2)
  • Mirror (1/2)
  • Venetian blind and frosted glass window (1/2)
  • Vinyl floor covering (1/2)
  • Ceiling light(s) (1/2)
  • Towel & toilet roll holders where appropriate
  • Bathroom fan

If you like the look of the Victory Atlantic and fancy coming to have a look around and to visit our park then contact us on 01766512210 or info@garreggochcaravanpark.co.uk to arrange a viewing.

You can also visit our website www.garreggochpark.co.uk for more information.

Vegan trails...

The ‘it’ word of the moment, which you may be bored to the back teeth of hearing is Vegan. We’ve all heard of someone joining in with Veganuary and as the joke goes … how do you know if someone is Vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you! But, all jokes aside, there’s good reason to be vegan. 
One of the most effective things an individual can do to lower their carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products and some research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and as well as other health benefits.

It is currently reported that approximately 7% of the British public is vegan, with that figure on the rise we have decided to look into our local eateries to see what does it mean to go green?? We have looked into 5 local eateries to see what is on offer for our health and environmentally conscious friends…

1.) Cadwaladers, Criccieth

 Everyone deserves a treat, especially our mini herbivores, so we were delighted to discover Cadwaladers in Criccieth. This Ice cream and Pizza Parlour has loads to offer the young at heart. With 10 different sugar cream and coconut based ice cream sundaes to choose from as well as 3 types of Vegan ice cream – Vanilla, Chocolate and Salted Caramel PLUS two types of Vegan Sorbet  - Mango and Lemon, your sweet tooth really is sorted here. With vegan pizza, sandwiches, shakes and hot drinks plus loads more on offer, we really have found the perfect place for vegans.

2.) Poachers Restaurant, Criccieth 

With over 430 five star reviews on trip advisor, Poachers certainly is a popular choice, and why should our plant eaters miss out? With a range of vegetarian and vegan options available including bean and roast vegetable chilli, and homemade sweet potato and vegetable curry, you are advised to order ahead here to get the most out of your dining experience. Contact the restaurant directly for a full menu.

01766 522512, http://www.poachersrestaurant.co.uk

3.) Portmeirion Hotel, Portmeirion 

With various vegan friendly options available you have double the reason to eat without meat here as guests (carnivores included) booking a meal in the hotel or at nearby Castell Deudraeth enjoy free access to Portmeirion village (savings of £12 per person). However, you must book in advance with either restaurant.

01766 772440, https://portmeirion.wales/eat

4.) Caffi Bywyd Da/Good Life Café, Porthmadog 

If you’re out and about and hankering for a snack then look no further than Caffi Bywyd Da/Good Life Café. With plenty of lunch options for the whole family, paninis, salads, dahls and various other hot meals are all available at this counter service café.

5.) Voltaire, Bangor 

Now one for the doggo lovers. If you are willing to travel a little further afield then Voltaire in Bangor is your place. A fully vegan restaurant with a fantastic range of options for non-meat eaters or anyone fancying dipping their toe in, you can’t go wrong in here. Everyone welcome including your furry friends. Certainly worth the journey… but don’t just take our word for it.

A special mention has to go out to Vegonia Wholefoods, in Porthmadog. Your local vegan stockist with all sort of animal free produce including an excellent choice of chilled, frozen and ambient foods, cleaning items and toiletries. Great reviews online, and right on your doorstep! 

With all of these fantastic eateries available and so many reason to ditch the dairy, why not try saying yes to meat free Mondays and you never know, it might be you that’s spreading the word next!

Book Now online https://www.garreggochpark.co.uk

What To Do This May Half Term?

If you are still looking for a last minute break away this May Half Term but just can't quite decide on the area you want to holiday in or if you are already booked in to stay with us but are looking for something to do then continue reading to find out about all the fun and exciting events happening in and around the Porthmadog area.

With mountains, castles, beaches and quaint villages there is more than enough to see and do in the area to keep you busy. Below is a list of the events happening in and around the area...

Harlech and the War of the Roses- Harlech CastleStep back in time and discover what life was truly like in the 1460s and during the longest siege in the history of the United Kingdom.

Dates: 25 May - 27 May 2019
Times: 11.00am - 4.00pm
Normal admission prices apply

Medieval Merriment Weekend- Conwy Castle- Conwy Castle comes to life  with the medieval servants in presence.  Say a prayer in the chapel, try some freshly made butter on some just baked bread or watch the butcher prepare rabbits whilst making stew.  Say hello to the prisoner but watch out he is being guarded or maybe you have an ailment the herbalist will be able to cure??  It’s all held together by the seamstress doing her spinning and weaving.

Dates26 May - 27 May 2019
Times10.00am - 4.00pm
Normal admission prices apply

Knight Training School- Criccieth Castle- Criccieth Castle are looking for enthusiastic participants to learn the skills of a Knight. 
Date: 27th May
Times: 30 minute sessions from 11.00am to 15.45pm
Normal admission prices apply. 

50 things Llanbedrog- Llanbedrog Beach, PwllheliPractise your survival skills on Llanbedrog beach, and tick off some of your 50 things to do. Activities will include den-building, cooking on a campfire and raft building, everything you need to survive on a desert island. A free National Trust event.

Date: 26th May

Times: 12:00-16:00

Porth y Swnt '50 things' Tuesdays- Porth Y Swant, Aberdaron- Activities vary each week during the school holidays. Try bug hunting, creating wild art, making kites, river dipping and lots more. Admission applies. 

Date: 28th May

Time: 14:00-16:00

Pirate Week- Greenwood Family Park- For one whole week Grrenwood will  have a host of swashbuckling events to suit the whole family. Watch daily Pirate shows in the Forest Theatre, Look for clues on the Treasure Hunt and win some booty, Face Painting, Nader’s Pyro Art, Lookachu Body art and Hair Braiding. Also if you come along in your best Pirate gear and take part in their best dressed pirate competition you could win some great prizes! Normal admission prices apply. 
Date: 25th May – 2nd June

Time: 10am-5:30pm

We have limited availability for Monday- Friday 4 night breaks during the May half term. Book now on our website or call us on 01766 512210 to find out more. Prices start from £576.00....

Easter Sales Day

Come down and see us this Easter Sunday for a Fun Family Day out with a FREE Hog Roast, Easter Egg Hunt and a raffle with some super prizes.

The team will be on hand to answer any questions about our Sales Fleet, the Park itself and you will get the chance to meet some of our friendly existing owners.

If you are thinking of buying a holiday home then this is a perfect time to visit Garreg Goch Caravan Park as you will get a sense of it's community, a feel of the Parks atmosphere and a chance to have a look around our luxury Artisan Lodge with hot tub as well as find out more about our other sales fleet that is on park and those that are coming soon. You can have a look at our available plots.

If you are interested in attending then please R.S.V.P to eloise@normanhurst.net.

We look forward to seeing you all there for an eggsellent time!