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Toby and The Green Generation

This year, Riverside Caravan Park has applied to take part in the David Bellamy Conservation Award scheme. The scheme assesses how we do our bit for the environment. How we look after wildlife and provide habitats for them, waste management, recycle and conserve energy and water along with other environmental factors. You can keep up with our efforts and progress by following us on Instagram and joining our Facebook group, Riverside Caravan Park, Llandre.


The best conservation and environmental projects are when, not only the business, but its’ customers join in to achieve great things together. Whether it be fund raising, gardening or simply picking up a piece of litter, this fosters a community spirit amongst the holiday homeowners and visitors. It brings owners on board by acknowledging the importance of the issue and the importance of their involvement. Whilst we were completing our self-assessment and drawing up a plan of action, one young man came to my mind.

Toby’s family have a caravan on Searivers. He spends hours each day riding around on his bike which is equipped with a trailer, collecting recycling from neighbouring caravans and taking it to our park’s recycling point. He picks up litter and take bottles to the glass bins, tooting his horn as he goes.

His Mum said “Toby loves helping out around the Searivers site, not only is he doing a productive and practical job but also he is interacting with different people on a regular basis, which can be tricky for someone like Toby as he has autism and yet he really enjoys this role which is great.  Having a caravan on Searivers has been fantastic for Toby; both his independence and confidence have increased immensely.”

Environmental issues are at the forefront of our lives these days and you can’t go far without reading or hearing about them. We often talk about what the world will be like for the next generation, Toby’s generation. Look at Toby, quietly going about his business, doing his bit for the environment and making a difference in his own small, but vitally important, way.  Earlier this year, 16-year-old schoolgirl Greta Thunberg inspired children to walk out of school in a protest against climate change. What started as a lone mission with Greta quietly protesting outside the Swedish Parliament grew into an international movement involving children across the globe and invitations for Greta to address the UN and the World Economic Forum.

Children today have a voice. We no longer have the view that “children must be seen and not heard”, children will speak up if they don’t agree with something. Both my children, at 22 and 10 years old, do this and it’s infuriating! They make their voices heard, not always in an appropriate way in the case of the 10-year-old, but it’s for us to educate not silence them.  They are accepting of others and don’t judge based on gender, race, sexuality or disability. My own son is a similar age to Toby and shows so much compassion; he will look out for the child in his class who has a disability, he befriended the new boy from Syria who didn’t speak English (or Welsh) and was googling phrases at home so that he could speak to him. You can feel his sadness when we pass a homeless person on the street. We are incredibly lucky to live in a beautiful area of the world, next door to Ynyslas Nature Reserve and he is being brought up caring about the environment, the natural habitats of the wildlife here and understanding the importance and the beauty of the sea and how they are affected by environmental issues. Simply put, these kids care.

Toby cares. He has been brought up in an environment where the family come away on holiday and spend hours collecting rubbish from the beach, trudging home with buckets full for Toby then to sort and recycle what he can. I often worry for the future and wonder what the world will be like for our children as they grow up but maybe, just maybe, with kids like Toby around, the world will not be such a bad place after all.

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


Come Walk With Me!

I don’t know if its just me, but walks are great! I always have fond memories of family holidays that are made while on these walks. The first that always comes to mind is when the whole family were walking about 3 miles to a beach where you could watch the seals play in the crests of the waves and I fell over practically nothing (I am a little bit clumsy on my feet), but seconds later we were all practically wetting ourselves with laughter. Even writing about it now, almost 10 years later, I have a big grin on my face and feel a nostalgia for home.


When I first came to Aberystwyth for an open day at the University, I thought that there would be nothing here, but I quickly found by living here that there is always something to do, if you really want to. There’s always somewhere to really let your ‘inner child’ out and go on an adventure and, with Christmas coming up, you can indulge a little more with a few extra cheese boards.

We are luckily placed in Wales, with easy access to a wide range of walking areas. We have the A44 into the Mid Wales Cambrian Mountains, and the A487 taking you North to Snowdonia National Park and South to a range of walks in Ceredigion itself.

If you have no idea of where to go, these are some of my own favourites.

Ynyslas Sand Dunes

This one is my favourite, mostly because of it being practically on our door step at Searivers Caravan Park. The sand dunes offer the dynamic of sea and land, with a very open feeling and views of the Snowdonia Mountains, the Dyfi Estuary and, of course, out to sea all on the Dyfi: Ynyslas National Nature Reserve. What could be a more perfect way to blow some of the stress of day to day life away?

The main marked trails are shown on the visitor boards. I like to follow the Dune Walk trail that’s around 2 km long. This one you can start from the Park entrance and come back to the park again, but more importantly back to your caravan and a well-deserved cuppa or G&T!

When walking along the beach I find you can wander and stop as you please and make the odd sand castle or rock pile and taking very ‘Instagramable’ photos and family memories along the way!

Cwm Rheidol Reservoir and Falls

This walk is a route around Cwm Rheidol Reservoir and another way to escape and spend quality time with our loved ones, or even by yourself. Only about a 30-minute drive from the parks, you can take in the beauty of Wales, whilst being at the centre of the largest hydropower scheme in England and Wales.

Parking at the visitor centre and Butterfly House you can find the circular route that’s around 4km long on the board in the car park. This takes you up the Rheidol Falls, where I love to just sit, usually with a bit of a picnic, and listen to the water. Then through the trees and back towards the dam, over the bridge and weir, and then to the car park.

Bwlch Nant Yr Arian

This walk is amongst several forest walks through National Resources Wales land. Named the Barcud Trail, it is about 1km around the visitor centre’s lake and about a 30-minute drive from the parks, along the A44 this maybe one for on the way home. Red Kites were once a rare bird of prey, but not here. The centre’s team has been feeding the kites ever since 1999, where they put food out every day, including Christmas (I wonder what they get for Christmas dinner). The times can be found on their website, along with many other updates. The visitor centre has nice café with picturesque views of the Cambrian Mountains and a play area, if you need to little ones to burn off the last of the holiday energy and sleep for the rest of the car journey! Result!

Ceredigion Coastal Path

This is another one right on our door step and being part of the Welsh Coast Path, it is clearly marked for the whole route, so easy to follow. The path offers views out into Cardigan Bay when walking south or the Dyfi Estuary, when waking north. When walking south to Aberystwyth, this is around a 10.5km and takes about 3 hours from Borth, but don’t worry a bus or train back to Borth will give you time to choose what your reward will be, cuppa, glass of wine, cheese... the list is endless.

All a walk may cost you is a map, parking the car and a hot drink for everyone. So, whether it’s just you on your own, you’ve just got the dog or the whole family, I thoroughly recommend getting out and enjoying what our parks can offer… being on the doorstep of the Welsh coast and countryside!

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


Preparing your caravan for winter

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First and foremost: one of the biggest dangers to any caravan is moisture. You can buy dehumidifying crystals or simply buy a big bag of salt and place bowlfuls of salt around the caravan to absorb any moisture. Put at least 1 in every room; with maybe three or four in the lounge.

Leaving doors and cupboards open and ensuring that vents are not covered will help in deterring mildew and damp as it helps the air circulate and prevent condensation.

On many social media forums and on our parks, the biggest debate often is whether to leave the curtains open or closed. There are genuine arguments for both sides however, parks tend to advise leaving them open. A bit of winter sun generally won’t hurt, and the park staff can keep an eye on things while you are away.   Just don’t leave any valuable items on display! Empty caravan parks provide the perfect opportunity for thieves. Either hide them away or, better still, take them home. 

This will also give you an opportunity to remove all the curtains and nets and take them home to be washed or dry cleaned. At the very least, make sure curtains aren’t left up against windows as windows will get cold and damp in winter risking mould growing on them. 

As the weather gets colder, wildlife look for warm places to set up camp for the colder months. Make sure this isn’t your precious caravan! Remove all food and if you do leave any non-perishables make sure they are stored in air tight containers. 

Deep clean your caravan paying special attention to the kitchen and bathroom. Ensure carpets are well hoovered before leaving getting into all those nooks and crannies. 

Clean your fridge/freezer thoroughly with an anti-bacterial spray and then turn it off and leave the door propped open to stop any mould or mildew. If you have an old towel or pillow, leave it underneath to catch any remaining moisture. Remember, even if you leave your fridge/freezer on, power cuts over winter could mean that anything left in the fridge or freezer is damaged.  Best to just empty it.

It’s best to take fabric items such as clothes, duvets, pillows, sleeping bags and any linen home with you. If you do leave them over winter, give them an airing before being stored for the winter months and maybe consider using vacuum packs as this will keep them dry and sealed securely.

Take all the mattresses off the beds and cushions off the sofa and stand them up or lean them against an internal wall to allow them to be properly ventilated. Move any fabric items like this away from the side (exterior) walls of the caravan. 

Unplug all electrical appliances (except the boiler, which you may wish to leave on a frost setting).

If you have Central Heating, refer to your manufacturer’s manual or seek professional advice from the park. General recommendations are that a central heating boiler should be left operating over the winter on a frost or low temperature setting so that it will operate in freezing conditions helping to prevent frost damage. The pipes will, therefore, be better protected against a hard frost and it will also help keep the caravan aired and dry.

Anti-freeze (inhibitor) levels should be checked in the central heating system to help prevent frost damage in the event of freezing conditions. The park will do this as part of our drain down service. 

Tidy the outside areas and garden, store away garden furniture, garden ornaments and other accessories, leave nothing outside that could blow away in strong winds. If you have an outdoor shed/storage unit, ensure it is locked and secured down. Our parks are located in an exposed area of the beautiful Welsh coast; storage units and their contents are often the first to go in high winds!

Inspect the caravan above and below so that any problems you discover before you leave for the season can be rectified. Does the chassis need to be treated to ensure a longer life? Check your caravan for any leaks that may have occurred over the season. Make sure not to only check door and windows, but the walls and ceilings as well. Ensure guttering is clear as stagnant rain water can cause water ingress and damp spots.

Draining down or winterising your caravan is imperative whether you do this yourself or ask the park to. If you don’t book a park drain down, be sure to check conditions of your insurance so that you know of any requirements and exclusions in the event of a claim for frost damage.  Here in the UK, our winters can be mild and, whilst you may have escaped frost damage for many years without a professional drain down, one freezing cold winter can change that, and our weather is certainly getting more extreme.

It may sound like a lot of work, but you will reap the benefits when you return to your beloved second home after winter, believe us!

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


Pack your wellies, we’re going to Wales!

2018 is going to be the year of the British Holiday (again). Ditch those flights to far off exotic countries with guaranteed sunshine and opt instead for a caravan holiday in West Wales, where the weather is gloriously unpredictable. There is no question that this part of Wales has the most outstanding and spectacular scenery and it still takes my breath away after living here for many years. The only thing you need to enjoy a holiday in Wales is the weather.


Or is it?

I often hanker after the bright lights of the cities with an abundance of things to do. When I visit London, or Birmingham, I find myself wishing I lived there. I often lament about where I live and the lack of ‘life’. However, with the mountains on one side and the sand dunes on the other, I realise that I am seriously lucky to live here. Many of our caravan owners who live in towns and cities comment on how wonderful it must be a wonderful place to live. I guess they are right. All too often I don’t appreciate the beauty of this place, and not just in summer. 

Some of the most enjoyable walks I have had have been in weather that was less than glorious. Two years’ ago, we got a dog with the dreams of long, brisk family walks along the neighbouring beaches, and through the gorgeous Sand Dunes of Ynyslas Nature Reserve.  My son spends his life outdoors, day or night, sun or rain, he’s outside; if he can come along on the walk in his football kit with his football at his feet he’ll be there. Ask him to dress appropriately for a rainy, cold winter’s day (God forbid I mention wellies!) and the request is met with a flat refusal.  He compromises and brings along the dreaded hoody, which I know I will be carrying within 5 minutes. Once out, the moaning is replaced by running with the dog, picking blackberries and kicking his football in and out of the breakers (yes, the football still must come along). I say; “you see, walking the dog is fun isn’t it?”. Tomorrow, I know I’ll be alone.

Of course, sunshine and warm weather are wonderful, and here on the coast we have many more of these days than people give Wales credit for. It’s fair to say, though, that the great British weather is, at best, unpredictable but this should not stand in the way of the great British holiday. Take time to enjoy the scenery which can be just as breath taking on a cold winter’s day, wrap up warm and enjoy the simple life.

These days, the stresses of daily life make a holiday a much-needed break. Ditch the arduous task of trying to fit everything into a small suitcase, from your flip flops to your winter coat - just in case. What do I need to pack? I know what I need – everything, ’just in case’. I love holidays abroad but there is something much easier about throwing as much as I can into the back of my car (dog included), without being hampered by luggage allowances.

Life in a caravan doesn’t have to end at 8pm when the kids have gone to bed. You don’t have to be reduced to reading a book under the bed clothes with merely the aid of your phone torch. Or eating Pringles in the bath so as not to disturb the sleeping child. You can watch TV with a cup of tea, or sit outside and enjoy the sunset. We are lucky enough to experience some of the most spectacular sunsets and clear skies. I can often be found tripping over a rather large Labrador walking along whilst marvelling at the starry skies.

Board Games are a long, lost family activity sadly now replaced by Xboxes, Ipads and people preferring to stalk the cousin of a brother of an old school friend on Facebook. Kids may never experience the joys of playing Twister with Grandad who has just had a knee replacement, or buying their first house in London, even if it has been paid for with Monopoly money. Simply enjoying other people’s company is an activity that has been lost in the sea of social networks. Caravan holidays bring everyone together, and nothing can be more enjoyable than a family board game or just simply talking.

I grew up going on caravan holidays with my family at a time when holidays abroad were a luxury. I made the best memories out of the simple pleasures, playing cricket on the beach, exploring rock pools in Borth, or getting soaked by the waves on Aberystwyth promenade in October. I fear those days have gone, life has changed, and as parents we lament that children are no longer satisfied by simple outdoor activities.  But I find that they are. With a little encouragement, they’ll leave the caravan and enjoy the simple pleasures just as much as we did when we were kids. Take time out. Book yourself a caravan in gorgeous West Wales for a weekend, or a week. Don’t worry about the weather. Bring your wellies – ‘just in case’, some books, a board game or two, and explore the Welsh coast. You won’t be disappointed.

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


Fun Ideas for Caravanning at Christmas

The Christmas holidays can be the perfect time to take a magical break in your van and get cosy with your nearest and dearest


Pack the mince pies and the bottle of fizz and you could be off for a relaxing Christmas or New Year break in your caravan. No more listening to Uncle John laughing at his own terrible jokes or Aunty Agnes snoring over the top of that Christmas afternoon film you were hoping to watch. 

If you’re planning on cooking your own Christmas dinner and you need to get the kids out of the van while you prepare the sprouts there are some amazing activities and walks around the local area to keep everyone entertained.

We have a New Year’s Eve Party in the Lounge Bar. Just £15 for adults and £7 for children. Price includes welcome drink, buffet and live music. Entry is by ticket only and it’s open to all! Just telephone us on 01970 871399 to book your tickets.

The British countryside is exceptionally beautiful during autumn and winter. Experience winter coastal views like the sunrise over Cardigan Bay. Or a little further afield, the River Seven Estuary view will also take in 100,000 wintering wading birds – now that's an impressive scene. 

Caravan holidays bring the family closer together. This is just as true during the colder months as in the summer. The closeness you have on a caravan holiday doesn’t compare to other types of holiday, so enjoy the time you’re going to share and plan your adventures together. 

Travelling with your significant other is always romantic. However, the autumn and winter months tend to bring that extra bit of magic into the adventure. The cold weather also means it’s actually necessary for couples to get closer! Make your caravanning trip romantic by planning to spend your evenings with a great movie, scrumptious food and a bottle of wine. 

If you need a cure for a monster headache, the scenery of Aberystwth and surrounding areas offers the perfect tonic to dust off those hangover blues.

As well as fun ideas, here are a few tips to help you with your Caravan Christmas:

  1. Pack plenty of warm clothing - take lots of layers (t-shirts, vest tops, thin and thick jumpers, fleeces, thick socks, etc) so that you can warm up or cool down easily
  2. Take extra blankets/duvet - if the temperature plunges well below zero during the night, you will be glad of extra blankets/duvet to ensure you remain cosy and warm
  3. Gas -  make sure that you have enough gas for warmth and for cooking
  4. Food - make sure you stock up and have plenty of food to keep you going throughout your holiday (remember that many site shops may be closed, and that local supermarkets operate reduced opening times)
  5. Decorations - a festive looking caravan with a miniature Christmas tree, tinsel and fairy lights (both inside and out) has a distinct magical and festive feel to it. Be as eccentric and bold as you like, turning your caravan into a real-life Santa’s Grotto - the kids will love it!
  6. Outdoor clothing - winter is the perfect time to enjoy the stillness of the countryside, but do make sure that you are fully prepared for the harsh outdoor conditions with wellington boots, walking boots, thermal clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, hats, scarves, gloves, etc.
  7. Christmas dinner - why not save hob space by cooking your turkey outside on the BBQ? Citizens of Australia and the USA have been cooking their turkey this way for decades and swear by the method; producing succulent and juicy meat. Why not check out our friends at BBQ Talk who have Christmas all wrapped up this year with Christmas dinner on your BBQ.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2018, wherever and with who ever you may be spending it with!

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


What to do in wales when it rains

When it comes to great holidays in the UK, visiting Aberystwth and staying in a caravan is a huge favourite for many families. Caravan holidays in Wales have been popular for many years and that doesn’t look like it will be changing any time soon, however when it rains, as it often does in the UK, you may need to stay indoors and find something else to keep the family occupied. After all, the majority of activities at many holiday parks in Wales are outdoors and aren’t as enjoyable when it’s cold and raining.


A great way to combat this boredom and to help pass the time is to take a few of your favourite board games on holiday with you. If you’re looking for things to do on caravan holidays if it rains then look no further, we’ve got some great board games for you to choose from.

Board Games to Take on Your Caravan Holiday

Choosing a board game to take on your caravan holiday can be difficult. Do you opt for a family favourite or should you try something a little different? These popular UK board games are sure to inspire you.
board game

Trivial Pursuit
There are lots of different versions of Trivial Pursuit, so there’s sure to be something to suit you and whoever you’re holidaying with; there’s even Trivial Pursuit versions aimed at kids! The aim of the game is to test your general knowledge and work your way around the board. It’s easy to learn the rules and competition can get fierce!

Scrabble
Scrabble is a worldwide favourite, is great for people of all ages and can be played with 2 players or more. The rules of Scrabble are simple and it’s great fun to find new words, keep score and see who the spelling champion is. If you are extremely competetive, you may like to watch this video of 50 scrabble tips below.

Monopoly
If you’re looking for something to do on your caravan holiday when it rains that takes up a bit of time or something to keep you busy all evening, consider Monopoly. One of the most popular board games around, Monopoly is a great choice if you have the time to sit down and really get into the game. This one may not be ideal for younger children, as it can be hard to pick up the aim of the game, but is great for adults.

Buckaroo
When a light shower hits you’ll want a game that is quick to set up, quick to play and quick to win - Buckaroo is just that. Buckaroo is great for families with children as it’s full of excitement. Who’s going to make the Buckaroo buck?

What a Performance!
This game is a modern take on the classic game of charades and centres around performing noises and mimes against the clock. It’s great fun for kids and is easy to play for anyone over 5 years of age. The aim is to be the first person to work their way around the board, whilst avoiding forfeits. If you haven't seen this board game before, have a look at the review below.

Board games are a great way to pass the time when the rain hits. The key to choosing a great board game is to pick one that appeals to everyone and works well with the number of players you have.

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A really popular resort in West Wales is Borth, which is north of Aberystwyth on the coast. You can walk the sand dunes of nearby Ynyslas. It's an extraordinary place, very mystical. It takes you back to the fundamentals of life. Borth also has an animalarium with meerkats, a black panther and reptiles all looked after by these bohemians. The children will love it!

Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


Follow your dream… Escape to the coast!

I was at the NEC in Birmingham recently, representing Searivers Leisure Ltd at the Caravan Show. Wow, that place is massive, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s as big as Ynylas or Borth. There were thousands of people there, all rushing around, all busy, busy, busy. Being from the Mid Wales Coast, I’m not used to seeing so many people, it was quite disconcerting, and I was secretly glad that I did not have to endure this human congestion every day. It made me think how lucky I was to come from where I do.


Another thing that struck me was the traffic, dear God and little baby Jesus, I would never be able to cope with that every day. I was actually stuck on a roundabout for about 15 minutes, trying to find the correct exit. Roundabout they called it, to me it seemed like a small country being constantly circled by a guard of cars and lorries. Anyway, I eventually fluked my way off Roundaboutistan, and with great relief I was heading North West, and for the coast.

Whilst at the show, I met a lot of nice people, all with their own version of a dream of escaping the Metropolis, and following me to the beach. Why do they have this dream? Well, from my short time in and around Birmingham and from what people were telling me, it was apparent that the City dwellers life is filled with stress, there is a strange tension on the streets, congestion, pollution, there are social, political and racial issues, it is an unpleasant human stew, with too many rotten ingredients. It is no wonder people are fleeing this hideousness and flocking to the tranquillity and beauty of the Welsh coast. Many of our wonderful caravan owners at Searivers, Cambrian Coast and Riverside tell me they can actually feel the tension rising from them as they approach their sanctuary.

Whilst we do have our own socio-economic problems here in Wales, we, in contrast to the city, have them in the most pleasant surroundings, wide open spaces, stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, wild, rugged mountain ranges, just waiting to be explored, historic castles dating back thousands of years, rivers, lakes, and perhaps most importantly, a calmer, less stressed attitude.

For those of you reading this, that haven’t yet followed your dream of escaping to the coast, or are in the process of doing so, please check out the caravans for sale on the website, with caravans from as little as £7,995 your dream might be more affordable than you think and a calmer existence closer than you had thought. I appreciate that purchasing a caravan can sometimes be a stressful process, it doesn’t have to be, I would be more than willing to give you my help and advice. Feel free to contact me for a no obligation, no pressure chat. Email if you prefer, the contact details are on the website. I’m off for a brisk walk to the beach now! Make your dream a reality with Searivers Leisure Ltd.

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


Why do welsh people speak welsh?

A surprising amount of our customers have asked me the question: why do the Welsh people speak Welsh when we go into a shop or café?


The natural reaction for people is to think that they are talking about you. I have thought the same thing in some of the foreign countries I have visited, particularly Greece. My first language is Welsh, I can tell you that you shouldn’t  flatter yourself, it is highly unlikely that they are talking about you, they are probably talking about something far more important than you, or simply discussing the minutiae of everyday life, so relax. Welsh is their language, and they are using it in the same way as you use English, the same as a Frenchman would use French.

If we are honest with ourselves, then we all hold some degree of prejudice towards those that are different from us, the UK Brexit vote underlines this statement well. It is a total misconception though, generally speaking, to believe that the Welsh are prejudice in a nasty way towards our English friends. Of course, there is a bit of teasing during big sporting events like the Six Nations, but that’s about as far as it goes with your average Welsh person. There are obviously exceptions, as is usually the case. But on the whole, the Welsh understand that the heavy industries and manufacturing are now just a memory, and that we, especially, and perhaps ironically, in the Welsh speaking regions like Snowdonia, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, are reliant on the tourist industry and the English pound, and are accepting of our Anglo neighbours.

This is not to say that we don’t hold a few concerns. There is the issue of maintaining the Welsh language, and there are those who believe that immigration, on a permanent basis, may dilute the language, thus placing it in danger. There is also the issue of holiday homes, which is making local affordable housing very scarce, and in some areas causing whole streets and even villages to be empty during the winter, this does have a detrimental effect on some communities. A very relevant case in point would be the stretch between Cambrian Coast Caravan Park and Searivers Caravan Park at Ynyslas, where the majority of the houses are holiday homes and are empty most of the time.

Perhaps this is why caravanning and caravaners are seen as very much less threatening to the Welsh way of life and are greatly appreciated and accepted. Caravaners are not permanent residents, they are regular visitors, who contribute a great deal to the local economy and enrich the local communities. Neither do they buy up local housing stock, they buy caravans in purpose built areas like the Searivers Leisure Ltd caravan parks in beautiful Borth, or more precisely Ynyslas, and therefore do not cause house prices to increase out of reach.

So, caravaners, the indigenous people are not talking about you, they like you, they understand that you contribute to the economy and enhance the community, and this helps to keep alive the very way of life that they so dearly want to maintain. So please feel welcome, please keep coming, please keep buying caravans, especially at Searivers, Riverside or Cambrian Coast, and if you could, learn a little Welsh, then you will understand what is being said.

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


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Coastal Path Walk
There is a coastal path that runs through Aberystwyth is an amazing place to walk or run. The coastal path that between Borth and Aberystwyth in Ceredigion is an excellent walk. Offering superb views north to Snowdonia at the start and views across Cardugan Bay at the end, the walk is an excellent way to explore the area.

The Glengower
The Glengower on the seafront has one of the best sun terraces in Wales. The view is absolutely stunning. Very friendly, good food, exotic beers. There are some great bars for sport and the rugby club is always good fun if there's a game on. There's about 30 pubs in Aber, all in all. You can visit and book here.

Constitution Hill
Home of the longest Cliff Railway in Britain and the biggest Camera Obscura in the World. Constitution Hill rises dramatically 430 feet from the north end of Aberystwyth promenade.The views from the top are spectacular. On a clear day you can see 26 Welsh mountain peaks including Snowdon, whilst the view of Cardigan Bay from the Llyn Peninsula to Strumble head extends for 60 miles.

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway
The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest in Britain and the only one in Wales. Its 778 feet undulating track and tilted carriages are the unique work of Victorian engineer G. Croyden Marks. It opened in 1896 operating on the water balance system but since 1921 a powerful electric motor and 2 high tensile steel cables have hauled the carriages at a stately 4 miles an hour. This gives you time to enjoy the panoramic views as you climb to the summit station and marvel at the Victorians ingenuity.
'Safe?' Of course it is! 
Four independent braking systems maintained to the highest standards will give you peace of mind.

The Camera Obscura
On the summit is the biggest Camera Obscura in the world. The huge 14 inch lens takes a birds eye view of more than 1000 square miles of land and seascape in a 360 degree sweep around Aberystwyth, a view reflected onto the circular screen in the darkened viewing gallery below.

Sunset at Yynslas Beach
Sunset at Yynslas Beach

The Medina Restaurant
Medina was born and raised in Aberystwyth where both her parents worked in the catering industry. The creation of Medina was inspired by people like the wonderful Ottolenghi, and by the foods Medina herself loves to cook and eat at home. She wanted to bring something different to Aberystwyth - somewhere where super fresh and simple food is put together imaginatively and displayed beautifully! Medina has a very informal cafe vibe, delicious fresh food served all day, great coffee, beautiful Chinese loose teas - and it's fully licensed of course. For more information you can visit their website here.

Surfing
You can surf at Aberystwyth or up the coast at Borth. There are few accessible beaches in the UK that are so quiet. Unlike the more popular areas of the UK for surfing. This means that very often you may be the only people on the beach!

Baravin
Down on the front. "Bara" means bread and "vin" is obviously French for wine. They serve all sorts: oysters, pizzas, lovely salads, a great array of beer and wines. For more information you can visit their website here.

Ynyslas National Nature Reserve
Ynyslas National Nature Reserve is situated midway between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth. The 2,000 hectare National Nature Reserve covers three main areas:

Dyfi estuary. The estuary includes vast areas of internationally important mudflats, sandbanks and saltmarsh that provide important feeding and roosting areas for wetland birds. In winter, you will see a variety of birds of prey, such as hen harrier and peregrine falcon, and you might also catch sight of the Greenland white-fronted goose: this is its only locality throughout Wales and England.

Ynyslas sand dunes. The superb dunes of Ynyslas are at the southern side of the estuary mouth and are the largest dunes in Ceredigion. They demonstrate all the stages of dune formation and growth, from sandy shore through vegetated shingle, fore dunes, mobile dunes and fixed dunes to scrub. They are home to a rich population of orchids, mosses, liverworts, fungi, insects and spiders; many of these species are rare and some are unknown elsewhere in Britain.

Cors Fochno lies to the south east of the dunes and the River Leri. It is one of the largest and finest remaining examples of a raised peat bog in Britain. Its formation started around 5500 BC when part of the estuary floodplain was covered by forest, but as sea levels rose, the forest was replaced by reed swamp and then peat bog. The bog’s surface today is dominated by a tapestry of gold and red sphagnum mosses. Many rare and unusual species live here including insectivorous plants like sundews, the rosy marsh moth and small red damselfly.

Look out for cyclists in Ceredigion's hills
Look out for cyclists in Ceredigion's hills

Animalarium at Borth
The Animalarium is a rapidly expanding Zoo, who have recently welcomed Zulu and Wilma, a pair of young African Lions who were surplus from another Zoo. The Animalarium offers sanctuary to unwanted exotic animals. The monkeys, large snakes, caiman and cats are there because they needed a home, even the African Leopard was a pet! There are now new endangered birds and they are supporting the Chinko conservation project. The Zoo is child friendly, with play areas, pony rides and a reptile encounter. For a day to remember, visit the Animalarium, Borth Zoo!
Borth Station Museum

King Arthur´s Labyrinth
An Underground Storytelling Adventure. Sail underground, through a waterfall and back across a thousand years into the darkest of the Dark Ages. Enjoy tales of King Arthur, and other ancient Welsh legends as you explore the spectacular underground setting. Dramatic scenes, light and sound create a real adventure for all ages. 

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


What to look for when buying a caravan

At Searivers Leisure we understand that buying a caravan can sometimes be a confusing and stressful process. We realise that you will be parting with a substantial amount of money and that it is essential you get it right.


We are here to help you, to answer the many questions you undoubtedly have, to show you around our three stunning caravan parks on the beautiful Mid-Wales coast, namely: Cambrian Coast, Searivers and Riverside Caravan Parks. We adopt a no pressure, friendly and professional approach, to make purchasing your dream caravan holiday home by the sea as easy and stress free as possible.

There are five main elements which need to be met when purchasing a caravan, if you are happy with these five elements, then you’ve ‘cracked it’, leaving no reason not to go ahead with your exciting purchase. The five key elements are:
 
1. The Area.
You must like the area, in our case Ynyslas, Borth, Aberystwyth. It is essential that this wider area has all the things that you and your family desire. Things like: glorious, golden sandy beaches, fantastic walks, wide open spaces, low crime rates, restaurants and quaint little pubs, shopping nearby, surfing and all manner of outdoor pursuits. Most people who do come to view our parks with a view to purchase a caravan, are often very familiar with the area, but if you’re not, then we can tell you all about it, perhaps walk you our stunning beach at Ynyslas.
 
2. The Caravan Park.
This is the most important factor in buying a caravan. If you think about it logically, no matter if you find a fantastic caravan at a brilliant price, if you are not keen on the caravan park, then you will not enjoy your caravan, you will not use it and you will have wasted your money. So, it is essential that you are one hundred percent sure that you like the park. We have three to choose from. We have Riverside Caravan Park, the pretty and tranquil one. We have Cambrian Coast Caravan Park, the one with the swimming pool and the lounge/bar and Searivers Caravan Park, the one right by the beach. All three of them enjoy a safe and pleasant environment in which to make your family’s dreams come true, amazing places to create amazing memories.
 
3. The Running Costs
During your visit, we will explain to you what annual costs are involved in owning your own caravan holiday home with Searivers Leisure. We want you to understand exactly what is involved in financial terms in taking on the responsibility of owning a caravan, after all you wouldn’t want any unpleasant surprises in the shape of hidden costs. We pride ourselves on being totally transparent and want you to be completely comfortable in terms of affordability.
 
4. The Caravan.
It’s getting exciting now. Before we show you our extensive range of new and pre-owned caravans, we will ask you what criteria you have, for example, would you like a three or two bed caravan? Do you need central heating and double glazing? We will also ask you what your approximate budget is. The reason we ask you these questions, is so that we may show you the relevant caravans. Once we have found you your perfect caravan, its time to look for the perfect plot on which to site it.
 
5. The Plot.
The final stage. As mentioned earlier, we at Searivers Leisure Ltd want you to be absolutely certain in all five key stages of buying a caravan. So, we will allow you to choose, from what we have available, the perfect plot on which your caravan will be sited. What we normally do, is go out together and look at the various plots, I will explain which way it will face, which side the doors will be on, what the neighbours are like, where you can park your car, and anything else which you might like to know.
 
So, we’ve been through the five elements which are important when purchasing a caravan. You love the area. Cambrian Coast Caravan Park is the one for you and your family, the kids are very excited about the heated indoor pool. You understand what costs are involved, and you are confident that they are affordable. You are delighted with the caravan you chose, we got there in the endJ. And you’re very happy with the plot. There doesn’t seem to be any reason then, why you wouldn’t want to go ahead with the purchase of your very own caravan holiday home with Searivers Leisure Ltd. All that remains to be done right now is to leave a deposit, so that we may reserve the caravan and plot for you, sign a document which lists all the things that we have agreed at the point of sale, go home and sort out the balance. If you require finance, then we can take care of that for you, subject to status obviously. Congratulations! You are soon to be one of our many happy caravan owners. ENJOY!
 

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere I go!

With the Americanisation, or even Disneyfication of our towns and cities, apart from the obvious landmarks, pretty much everywhere looks the same, same uniform Mcdonalds, same Costa, same Frankie and Benny’s, same Clothes shops, same, same, same.


If you happened to wake up in a shopping mall, apart from the regional accents, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you were in Birmingham, Wrexham, Nottingham, Tottenham or cheese and ham. So Christmas in any given Town or City in the UK is pretty much the same scene. I suppose this is what people want, this uniformity, standardisation, this familiarity gives them reassurance, they know where to que, where to sit, what to order, how and when to pay, they have discovered a comfort zone, they have memorised the script, robots trapped in a perpetual, mundane existence.
 
Christmas in places like Borth, of course, are completely different, no sign of Frankie or Benny anywhere, instead is Uncle Alberts Emporium, Remember This, the nostalgia shop, where I wonder if anything is actually for sale or is it just a labour of love, a museum of weird and wonderful artefacts from recent history, the wedding dress shop, I’ve never seen it open, I’ve never seen anyone in there, but like the miracle of Christmas in Borth, the mannequins, like headless actors in a never ending play, seem to change into ever more garish and weird but wonderful wedding tackle. I noticed yesterday that the window is now framed with the most basic and sparse of xmas lights, an attempt to make the mad mannequins even more glamorous? Borth truly is unique.
 
If you don’t fancy battling through the throngs of xmas shoppers on Borth High Street, you can always take a walk on the beach, and WOW! What a beach it is! I walked it a few days ago, it was around 9am, the air was crisp, the sky cobalt blue, the sun hung lazily and low in the sky, Jack Frost had paid a visit, the sand was frozen and shining like a little girl had decorated it all with silver glitter just in time for Xmas. I was the only one there, alone with my thoughts in that vast expanse. I thought of you, and how you would so quickly swap your concrete and plastic, your standardised cities, your exhaust fumes, your alarm clock, your order and structure, for the beautiful chaos of Barmy Borth.

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Contact us

If you have a question, would like a brochure or more information, or would like to make a booking, then either email or call us – we would love to introduce you to the joys of a Searivers holiday experience.

About Searivers Leisure:

Away from it all, yet close to everything, is how we describe our high-quality caravan parks in Aberystwyth. They are in premier locations and are the perfect places to own a caravan holiday home, to rent a holiday home for a short stay, or to use our excellent touring facilities.

Contact us:

Searivers Caravan Park http://www.seariversleisure.co.uk/Assets/images/searivers-logo.png
Searivers Caravan Park,
(Head office) Ynyslas Beach,
Ynyslas,
Borth,
Ceredigion
SY24 5JZ United Kingdom

E-mail: info@seariversleisure.co.uk
Telephone: 01970 871 399

COMPANY NAME: Searivers Leisure Limited. COMPANY REGISTRATION NO: 07205238. REGISTERED OFFICE: Searivers Caravan Park, Ynyslas Beach, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion SY24 5JZ. REGISTERED IN ENGLAND & WALES VAT NO: 992 160 900.