Dragon Hunting at Abergavenny Castle

We are regular visitors to Abergavenny as it is only 15 minutes from our house. We often pop down on a Saturday for breakfast in our favourite café before running some errands, like depositing money in BattleKid’s bank account or getting his ever growing feet measured in Clarks. A few times we’ve gone dragon hunting at Abergavenny Castle after we’ve finished and BattleKid loves this little castle.Dragon Hunting At abergavenny castle

Abergavenny Castle is a ruined castle which was established in 1087 by a Norman Lord. Now a Grade 1 listed building, it is quite small and is located beside one of the main town car parks. It had a stone keep, towers and ditch fortifications. It housed both the family and the army of the Lord of the Castle. In the 19th century a lodge was built on top of the motte as a hunting lodge for the Marquess of Abergavenny and today acts as the castle museum.

Abergavenny Castle was also the scene of an infamous massacre over Christmas in 1175. The whole castle was destroyed in 1233 by the Earl of Pembroke and eventually rebuilt in stone. The walls you can see today are the remains of a stone hall built between 1233 and 1295.Dragon Hunting At abergavenny castle

Whenever we go dragon hunting at Abergavenny Castle, we always go clockwise for some reason, starting along the ruined walls. We check the holes and nooks and crannies in the walls for the dragon. We check the outside of the walls and also gated entrances.

We always check around the edge of the motte where the lodge now stands and also in the trees in the gardens. There are many a ruined wall with holes to check as you never know where the dragon might be hiding.

On our most recent adventure dragon hunting at Abergavenny Castle, we started at the main ruins and BattleKid checked all the usual places. Not finding the dragon where he initially thought it might be, he took a moment to reflect and think hard about where he might be hiding. Cue camera time for me!Dragon Hunting At abergavenny castle

We walked along the bottom of the motte and then made our way up it to the ruin wall that runs perpendicular to it. Lo and behold the dragon was hiding in one of the holes in the wall. BattleKid was delighted to find him at long last. He gave him a hug and then promptly tried to put him back where he found him.Dragon Hunting At abergavenny castle

Although this was a short expedition of dragon hunting at Abergavenny Castle, it was no less fun than previous visits for BattleKid. Happy that he had found his dragon he didn’t let go of him until he fell asleep in the car on the way home. Dragon hunting is tiring work you know.Dragon Hunting At abergavenny castle

Things to note if you go dragon hunting at Abergavenny Castle:

  • Abergavenny Castle ruins and the museum are free to visit and are located near the main car parks of Abergavenny town.
  • There is limited free parking within the grounds itself. The nearest car park is a pay and display carpark.
  • The museum is open from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 2pm to 5pm Sunday between March and October. Between November and February the museum is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
  • There are various exhibitions, both temporary and permanent, within the museum. Check what’s on by visiting the Abergavenny Museum website.
  • Note that the grounds of Abergavenny are quite uneven so are inaccessible to wheelchairs and buggies for the most part.
  • There are Family Backpacks available in the museum for families to use free of charge during their visit (free to use with a returnable security deposit such as car keys or mobile phone). These include replica artefacts, historic games, information sheets and activity sheets and binoculars to make visits more interesting. We haven’t used these but they sound brilliant for slightly older children than BattleKid’s 3 years of age.

We always enjoy ourselves whenever we go dragon hunting at Abergavenny Castle. I would recommend you visit Abergavenny Castle if you are in the area but it wouldn’t quite make a full day out unless you plan to get one of the backpacks and bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds (tables available at the back of the castle). It is quite small, but that said is easily enjoyed for an hour or two for a spot of dragon hunting. As we haven’t ventured into the museum I cannot comment on it.

We generally go dragon hunting at Abergavenny Castle after running errands after breakfast. It’s a nice way to round off a visit to Abergavenny. Have you visited it?

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

Dragon Hunting At abergavenny castle

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Dragon Hunting at Tretower Castle near Crickhowell

After their first to Tretower Castle near Crickhowell while I was away last year, as a family, we returned for another adventure of dragon hunting at Tretower Castle, the scene where it all began.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

Tretower Castle is a Grade I listed ruined castle in the village of Tretower, approximately one and a half miles from Crickhowell in Powys. It is a Cadw site and was home to influential families such as the Vaughans and the Picards. Over 900 years old, it was established as a working farm in the 18th century. Today you can see what life would have been like when the Vaughans were part of high society in the late 15th century as many rooms have been recreated to that period.

BattleDad and BattleKid started the dragon hunting adventures on their first visit and when we returned a little over a month later we were pleasantly surprised to see the castle had a dragon hunt in place. A great addition for the school holidays and helped make our dragon hunting at Tretower Castle a little bit easier.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

We were given a set of clues to find dragons hidden throughout the castle and grounds, and if we were successful, there was a certificate to collect upon completion. We started by walking through the gardens into the ground floor of the castle, and checking the clues on our sheet for the locations of the dragons.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

Once we had located the dragons on the ground floor we moved upstairs to the bedrooms. There was one room BattleKid loved. It was a long hall-type room and he had great fun running from one end to the other. Apparently he had done it on his previous visit too.

From the house we moved outside to the gardens which are lovely. There were still lots of flowers in blossom and some of the trees even had fruit on them. BattleKid and I enjoyed the gardens for a while and of course this mama took some pictures of the boy while we waited for BattleDad. We then started to make our way over to the round tower, which sits away from the main castle buildings.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

On our way we enjoyed some roly-polys. By the time we reached the round tower we had found most of the dragon clues for the dragon hunting at Tretower Castle, but were yet to find our own dragon’s hiding place. We searched inside the tower and then the nooks and crannies outside. At last we found him, hidden in a wall just outside the round tower. BattleKid was delighted and gave him a big hug.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

Roly-polys were resumed on our way back to the house with BattleKid and I having lots of fun. He was also fascinated by the Jinny Joes (dandelions) and I taught him how to blow the florets off.Dragon hunting at Tretower Castle

When we reached the main house we found our final dragon clue in one of the rooms or cellars off the court yard and then handed in our complete dragon hunt sheet at the office whereupon BattleKid was presented with his official dragon hunting certificate and stickers. He was thrilled. Not only did we find our own dragon but he got a certificate for completing the dragon hunt at Tretower Castle itself.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

The dragon hunt was an addition to many Cadw sites last year during the summer holidays and I’d like to think it returns this year. It’s a great way to get kids exploring historic sites and makes them more fun. We certainly enjoyed the dragon hunting at Tretower Castle. BattleDad also lays claim to the introduction of the dragon hunt after mentioning to the staff at Tretower Castle on their first visit that they were there to hunt the castle dragon. Whether this is true or not, he’s claiming it for his own! And either way we continue our own dragon hunting at each castle we visit as you will read in subsequent posts in this series.

Things to note if you go dragon hunting at Tretower Castle:

  • Tretower Castle is a Cadw site as mentioned and is open every day from 10am to 5pm from the 1st April to the 31st October. Between 1st November 2017 and 31st March 2018, the castle is open between 10am and 4pm from Thursday to Saturday but is closed between Sundays and Wednesday *.
  • Last admissions is 30 minutes before closing and costs £6.50 per adult, with children, senior citizens and concession tickets costing £4.30. Children under 5 years of age enter free. As Cadw members our admission was included in our annual pass.
  • There are toilets on site, including one for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
  • There are picnic benches available in the gardens but there is no coffee shop.  There are also no baby changing facilities at Tretower Castle.
  • The courtyard is mainly accessible to buggies and wheelchairs as are a few parts of the ground level of the castle, although you may find the cobbled entrance unsuitable. The upper level and round tower are not accessible.
  • There is a car park across the road from the castle, and roadside parking for approximately 30 cars and is free.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time dragon hunting at Tretower Castle and can recommend it as a place to visit for a few hours with your children if you are in the Crickhowell or Abergavenny area. It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive to Tretower Castle from Abergavenny. We combined it with breakfast in our favourite café in Abergavenny. If you’d like a sneak peek at Tretower Castle, we filmed a little vlog of our dragon hunting adventure which is below.

Have you taken your children dragon hunting yet?

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*Prices and visiting times correct at the time of writing this post.

Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

 

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Dragon Hunting Series – Where it All Started

Many of you who follow me on Instagram will know about the dragon hunting adventures we have with BattleKid when we visit the many fabulous castles around us in Wales, but I realised while we were away recently that I never explained where it came from. Well, let me tell you the story.dragon hunting

Last year a dragon appeared outside Caerphilly Castle on Saint David’s Day and stayed outside for a brief time before moving inside the castle. We had missed seeing it that first time outside the castle, but when Lolo was visiting last May, BattleDad and he took BattleKid to Caerphilly one morning. After their breakfast they decided to visit the castle. They stumbled upon the dragon inside and on this particular visit BattleKid was quite unsure of him and his smoking nostrils.

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The Caerphilly Castle Dragon

When my sister surprised us with a visit over the May Bank Holiday weekend, we visited Caerphilly Castle again as she had never been. This time, with some coaxing from BattleDad and Lolo, BattleKid got a bit more comfortable with the dragon, going much closer but he still wouldn’t actually touch him. From that day he became fascinated with dragons and was always asking to go see the dragon. I have written about our bank holiday weekend visit to see the Caerphilly Castle dragon on the blog before.

Then last July, while I was home in Dublin without the boys, they headed to Tretower Castle in Crickhowell after breakfast in Abergavenny. BattleDad decided to make things a bit more interesting by telling BattleKid they had to find the dragon hidden within the castle and that they were dragon hunters. They searched the castle high and low and had a great day together. They searched the castle rooms, the fields around the castle and also the round tower, which sits away from the main castle. They eventually found the dragon off the court yard and from that day forth our dragon hunting adventures continued.dragon hunting

It has been a great addition to our days out, and has allowed BattleDad and me to enjoy visiting the many castles around us in Wales with a toddler in tow. BattleKid finds it great fun to check the nooks and crannies in each of the castles we visit for the elusive dragon and we’ve been lucky to find a dragon in each castle.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Since their first visit to Tretower Castle, BattleDad and I always bring a small dragon teddy bear of BattleKid’s with us to plant somewhere for him to find. It ensures we enjoy ourselves as a family while we adults can also enjoy a bit of historical culture.

And even better, I’ve since seen other parents and parent bloggers incorporating dragon hunting into their castle adventures which is brilliant. It goes to show that with a little imagination from BattleDad last year, a new family adventure for all to enjoy was born.

Have you been dragon hunting yet?

Stay tuned for posts about our dragon hunting at the various castles we have visited around Wales.

Cath x

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An introduction to the dragon hunting series and where it all began
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Our Visit to Chester Zoo – A Great Family Day Out

Last August Bank Holiday weekend we visited Chester with the sole purpose of using our Bristol Zoo annual passes for our visit to Chester Zoo. We had caught some of the TV show about the zoo, The Secret Life of the Zoo, and it made us more determined to visit. So, with the long weekend, we drove up and stayed only 15 minutes from the zoo.our visit to chester zoo

We arrived at 9.40am to start our visit to Chester Zoo and quickly found parking, which is free. We headed straight to a staff member who checked our Bristol Zoo annual passes and letter, and she directed us straight to the turnstiles where we didn’t have to queue. It was so easy.

We decided to start from the elephant’s enclosure and waited beside their enclosure until zoo barriers opened at 10am. The elephants weren’t out by then so we started to walk anti-clockwise. We first visited the Butterflies, whose house is like the one in Bristol Zoo but with more vegetation in it. From there we walked through the Spirit of the Jaguar but they weren’t out.our visit to chester zoo

Next on our hit list was the Realm of the Red Ape where we saw gibbons and a huge python. I stayed well back but BattleKid was fascinated.

We carried on around to see the flamingos, penguins and cheeky little otters on our way to the aquarium. I think BattleKid rather enjoyed this as he tried spotting both Dory and Nemo in each tank. He was delighted when he finally spotted them.

From the aquarium we passed the aviary where I was absolutely shocked at the size of the vultures. I had never seen one in real life and really had no idea how big they grew. They are shockingly huge birds!our visit to chester zoo

By now it was 11.30 so we decided it was time for a pit stop. We visited June’s Food Court. We had tea and coffee, and cakes, and got BattleKid a kid’s lunch box which was well stocked. We got two bottles of water to take with us and the total cost of this was £16, which I didn’t think was too bad.

Fueled up we headed to see the lions but their enclosure was being cleaned so they were in their houses. Daddy lion didn’t seem too happy. We then headed over the wooden bridge and managed to spot the cheetahs hiding in the bushes. We also saw deer and for split second I actually thought they were in the same enclosure! We also saw the bongos, tapirs and capybaras. I didn’t know their name and was surprised when BattleDad told me. You learn something new every day!

On the way into the new Islands section, opened in summer of 2015, we saw the Babirusa, an animal I had never seen before and who reminded me of warthogs. We also spotted crocodile and tortoise, saw more gibbon and the orangutans, saw Rhinoceros hornbill birds, which are beautiful and also Warty pigs. The main attraction of the Islands is the Sumatran Tigers and they are just stunning animals. We spotted them through the bushed at the side of their enclosure before seeing them through the viewing glass at the front. Beautiful creatures, so majestic.our visit to chester zoo

I have to say we were very impressed with the Islands of Chester Zoo which include animals from Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali. They are quite new to the Zoo and are simply beautiful. There is even background noises and music playing which reminded me of the background music you hear at Disneyland Paris. The lazy boat river ride in the Islands looks great too although we didn’t get a chance to do it.

From the islands we headed towards the painted dogs, which were recommended by a work colleague, passing zebra, antelope and rock hyrax along the way. And the painted dogs were worth seeing. Just as we arrived at their enclosure they came towards the viewing windows and lay down right there. BattleKid was fascinated by them.our visit to chester zoo

From there we went to see black rhino and meerkats. BattleKid got very cranky at this stage but refused a nap in his pram just like when we visited Folly Farm. We went in to see the monkeys before heading back towards June’s Food Court to collect a handprint picture we had gotten done earlier in the day.our visit to chester zoo

It is a monkey made using BattleKid’s hands and is framed and cost £18. It’s a lovely memento of our day. As it was past lunchtime we decided to stop for fish and chips and BattleKid ate well. The rain started as we sat eating and the playground nearby quickly cleared. An adults fish and chips cost us £7.25 including any side and a kid’s meal cost £5.50. BattleKid had chicken nuggets, chips and ad rink and they were really nice chicken nuggets too.

As we had pretty much seen all we wanted to we decided to end our visit to Chester Zoo with a trip into the gift shop at the entrance. BattleKid got a toy jeep while I got one or two other gifts. Typically, as soon as we left Chester Zoo BattleKid had a danger nap in the car!

Overall our visit to Chester Zoo was a great day out and well worth it. We definitely needed the full day there to see everything we wanted to.

Facts about Chester Zoo:

  • Chester Zoo is one of the UK’s largest zoos at 125 acres.
  • It houses over 20,000 animals which includes 500 different species.
  • It played host to 1.7 million visitors in 2015.
  • It has been featured in the documentary The Secret Life of the Zoo.
  • It receives no government funding at all.
  • They are heavily involved in conservation and also in conjunction with other zoos across 30 countries worldwide.
  • It is consistently rated one of the top ten zoos in the world.

 

Things we discovered during our visit to Chester Zoo for you to consider if visiting the zoo:

  • It opens daily from 10am to typically 5pm. Entry is allowed up to 30 minutes before closing.
  • You are allowed entry to the gift shop and entrance restaurants at 9.30am but the zoo barriers don’t open until 10am.
  • Chester Zoo is huge and buggies, scooters and wheelchairs are available to hire. Bring a buggy for younger children, you’ll need it!
  • We didn’t see all of the zoo in the one day we went, so two days could easily be needed.
  • There is a mono rail and lazy boat river ride (additional costs for these) but we didn’t get to use either.
  • There are 4 main restaurants at the entrance, on the islands, June’s Food Court and the Oakfield Pub. Food is ok for what it is. It could work out expensive for large families so bringing a picnic would be advisable if you want to save yourself some money. There were enough seats at the eating areas both inside and outside for the ones we visited or saw. There are also smaller coffee shops around too.
  • There is a cash machine at the entrance.
  • There is a big gift shop at the entrance and on the islands.
  • Toilets are dotted all over the zoo.
  • Information signs are really good and animal signs are informative. There are also plenty of staff around should you need help or information.
  • There are a few play areas around the zoo but we didn’t go into any. They all looked well equipped.
  • There is free parking at the zoo, and we would advise getting there before the gates open at 10am to enjoy as much of the day as possible.
  • Baby changing facilities, bottle warming stations and feeding friendly locations
  • Various animal talks throughout the day but we didn’t attend any.
  • For full visiting informaiton, please visit the Visiting Chester Zoo website.

Chester Zoo prices*:

  • Weekday term-time:     Ad £24.00            Child £20.00
  • Weekend term-time:     Ad £26.00            Child £22.00
  • School holidays:             Ad £28.00            Child £24.00
  • If booked online there is a saving of 10% so weekday term0time tickets cost £20.00 per adult and £16.36 per child, for example.
  • Families which include 3 adults and at least 1 child can save 16% on their tickets when bought online.
  • Children tickets are for those aged between 3 and 17, children aged 2 and under are free.

We visited on a bank holiday weekend, yet we never felt like it was overcrowded, even when we were leaving at 3.30. There is plenty of space in Chester Zoo, which in my mind make it stand out from other zoos we have visited. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Chester Zoo last year and definitely plan to return in the future when BattleKid is older.

I can highly recommend Chester Zoo as a family day out. There is something for everyone and the number of animals and species to see is incredible. If you do go, make sure you visit the Islands of Chester Zoo. These were definitely our favourite part of our visit.

Thanks for reading. We also filmed a little vlog of our visit to Chester Zoo which is below if you’d like to watch it.

Cath x

*Prices are correct at the time of writing this post.

**We visited Chester Zoo via our Bristol Zoo annual passes. We were not asked to write this post.

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LC Swansea – Our Visit and Review

Last weekend we were kindly invited* to the Leisure Centre in Swansea, LC Swansea, and received complimentary entry to the Waterpark and also the soft play. BattleDad was originally meant to come along with BattleKid and I but a work trip to India meant he couldn’t. So I invited along S and her son L (of the Bluestone Diaries) to keep us company and to get another person’s opinion as well.LC Swansea

The LC Swansea is located in Swansea Town Centre and is quite a big building with easy access by both car and bus. There is a pay and display car park beside it and the main shopping centre of Swansea Town Centre is across the road from it.

  • The LC Waterpark is the Wales’ biggest indoor waterpark.
  • The LC is the most popular paid-for visitor attraction in Wales, according to Visit Wales.
  • The LC has just won a Vaqas Gold Award. (Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance) from Visit Wales.  
  • One of the LC’s big draws for family visitors is the four-storey aquatic-themed interactive play area. With sensory equipment which triggers fun special effects, this engrossing play area leads youngsters through a maze of slides, bridges, battle cannons and ball showers and ball pits. Like all the best interactive play sites this one is challenging enough to help little ones build their confidence, but safe, secure and well-manned, so parents can relax completely. This play area is ideal for children who aren’t quite tall enough for the LC’s climbing wall and waterslides and babies and toddlers can enjoy its specially-designed area for little ones.
  • The LC is home to Wales’ biggest indoor waterpark and its aqua slides and tubes, waves and Boardrider – the indoor surf machine –  will keep them entertained for hours. There are water-based options for smaller children too, with an interactive pool with a mini slide, tipping bucket and Volcano Bay.
  • The LC has a regular programme of lessons, including gymnastics, swimming and football for children, and the LC instructors are adept at helping children progress and grow in confidence and skill, while making the sessions fun. 

For our visit to the LC Swansea we arranged to arrive at 10am and both myself and my friend got there just before 10. S’s husband W came along to help S with L in the changing rooms and to take over for the soft play as she had been suffering from a nasty cold last week which has hit her hard during her second pregnancy. We made our way to reception after parking in the pay and display car park beside the LC Swansea.

When we arrived to check in the girl on reception couldn’t find our booking. It turned out the lady I had been speaking to had booked it for the weekend before. However, it was not a problem and we were given our tickets for the pool and soft play.

We hit the changing rooms and found two huge family sized changing rooms beside each other and got ourselves ready to hit the pool. We were given bands which allowed us two hours in the waterpark and after stowing our bags, headed for the toddler pools. The waterpark itself is huge and we didn’t get to see all of it as we had the boys (aged nearly two and almost three) with us but the areas that we did see and use were really clean and modern. I didn’t get pictures of this area myself for privacy reasons.LC Swansea

LC Swansea

LC Swansea

The toddler pool entertained the boys for ages. There was a slide which was the biggest hit with them, pipes with waterfalls and a tipping bucket which frightened the life out of BattleKid and I the first time it went but resulted in screams of laughter afterwards. By the end of the two hours BattleKid and L were standing under the tipping bucket’s platform allowing the water to splash around them with giggles filling the air!

We did take the boys into the swimming pool beside the toddler pool for a swim and I had BattleKid practicing the latest Waterbabies moves we’ve been learning this term. He is getting more and more confident in the water, his arms are starting to move WITH his legs and he is now (finally) happy to put his head into the water.

We alternated between the swimming pool and the toddler pool and both of us mums commented that even though we were there nearly 2 hours, none of us were feeling cold. Every time we’ve been to the pool at Bluestone we are all feeling a chill after 40 minutes but all of us could have happily stayed in there a lot longer.

Just before our time was up we headed for the changing rooms and showers and this time I used a large normal changing room which had ample room in it for BattleKid and me. Once we were washed, dried and changed I let BattleKid have a ride on one of the kids’ rides while we waited for the others.LC Swansea

Next on the agenda was the soft play. Now our 1 hour time slot was booked for 12.30 but we were kindly let in half an hour earlier for our hour of play. We found seats and then W and I took our shoes off so we could chaperone the boys in the soft play.

This was BattleKid’s first visit to a soft play and he had a great time diving into ball pits, sliding down soft slides before both he and L became entranced by a ball funnel. We discovered a tube beside it which filled a bucket above our heads and once the vacuum for the balls had stopped it released them back into the corridor we were in, much to the delights and squeals of the boys.LC Swansea

 

LC Swansea

 

LC Swansea

 

LC Swansea

LC Swansea

The boys had W and I run ragged but it was great fun and I can now see soft play featuring in our future, dare I say it. Our visit to the LC Swansea was a success. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and even commented that we would revisit the LC in the future when BattleDad isn’t travelling.

I thought I would round up each part separately after a general run down of our visit to the LC Swansea, so here are some more details about the various areas and facilities at LC Swansea:

Parking at LC Swansea:

There is ample parking in the pay and display car park located beside the centre. The left-hand car park was full when we arrived but there was plenty in the right hand car park. We paid £5 for 5 hours as we planned to go for lunch afterwards. There was even still plenty of spaces left when we dropped our swimming bags at the cars after 1pm on a Saturday afternoon. The car park is also within walking distance of the large Tesco in Swansea Town Centre and you can see The Quadrant Shopping Centre from the car park, handy if you fancy a nose around the shops after a swim/play.

Changing Rooms:

These were clean, modern and seemed to be well maintained. There were a few extremely large family changing rooms as well as standard single and double changing rooms. There were lots of lockers (costing £1 which is refunded) and there were various sized lockers too, with big ones for families too. There were both open and private showers, with at least one large shower cubicle for parents with children which I used with BattleKid. There were also drying machines costing £1, which we didn’t use. What pleasantly surprised me about the changing rooms in the LC was that they had nappy bins in both the family changing rooms and also near the showers, meaning I could get rid of BattleKid’s swim nappy before going to the changing room after our shower.

The changing rooms are unisex from what I can tell and you need to hand your ticket to the pool reception desk before entering. They give you a wrist band of a certain colour which denotes your time slots and you return that when you are finished. All in all I was very happy with the décor, cleanliness and facilities in the changing rooms.LC Swansea

LC Swansea

LC Swansea

LC Swansea

Waterpark/Pool:

The toddler and swimming pool beside it at LC Swansea was clean, warm and seemed to be well maintained. There were ample lifeguards on duty, all visible by their red t-shirts. The LC Swansea operates a no tolerance to inappropriate behaviour and the lifeguards will pull you up if you do something wrong or inappropriate, as I saw when a group of lads got a telling off from one of the lifeguards.

As mentioned we thought the pool and it’s environment was nice and warm and allowed us to enjoy our two hours without any of us catching a chill. There was plenty for the kids to enjoy in the toddler pool, so much so we had to bride them to get out!

We didn’t get to see much else of the pool as the boys were too young but there are slides, various wave pools, a lazy river and the boardrider for older children and teens to enjoy.

Soft Play Area:

As this was our first visit to a soft play I don’t have anything to compare it to but it was clean, well maintained and parents were allowed to accompany younger toddlers as long as we removed our shoes. I made sure to not get in the way of others enjoying themselves, while still being close at hand to help BattleKid stay out of trouble. There were lots of different rooms, slides and ball pits to enjoy, and again we didn’t see all the areas but those we did we thoroughly enjoyed.

We went into the light and sensory rooms, two different ball pits with slides and a corridor with both a ball vacuum tube and a ball funnel which the boys loved. We could have left them in that particular corridor and they’d have happily stayed there for hours. And I’ll let you in on a secret, both W and I also enjoyed that corridor, joining in on the fun with the boys. All in all it was a very enjoyable and successful first soft play for BattleKid and I.LC Swansea

LC Swansea

LC Swansea

 

Other facilities:

We didn’t use any of the other facilities while we were there but there are two cafes in the LC that look nice. There is a viewing platform above the pools or you can see through to the pool area from one of the bistro cafes. There is also a climbing wall for older children to enjoy.LC Swansea

All-in-all, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the LC Swansea and plan to return with BattleDad another weekend with our friends, as I’ve mentioned, and make a day of it. It only took us 45 minutes to drive to it so it is well within day-out distance for us. There is plenty to do there with toddlers, young children and teenagers, and of course the cafes are there if you fancy letting the kids play while you relax with a tea or coffee. The whole centre is clean, modern and the staff are very friendly and helpful. This would be an ideal day out for half-terms and summer holidays to keep the kids entertained for a good few hours.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We were given complimentary entry to the Waterpark and soft play for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions expressed here are wholly my own.

If you do want to visit the LC Swansea you can find details of pricing, opening times and special events on their website.

  • The Waterpark costs £7 per adult, £5.50 for Juniors (age 4-15) and £2 per toddler (age 1-3) for 2 hours at peak times. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children costs £23.
  • Soft play costs £3.50 (age 1-2) and £4.95 (3+) for 1 hour.