Darwin Escapes Customers at Talacre Beach are entitled to 10% off the cost of Go Karting at GYG Karting. The new Formula 1 season is now under way, and Darwin Escapes is giving its holiday home owners and holiday makers at Talacre Beach Resort the opportunity to get a taste of what it feels like to take to the race track for themselves by partnering with one of the best outdoor Go Karting circuits in the country by offering 10% off the cost of arrive and drive karting experiences.

All you have to do to claim this offer is pick up one of the voucher which are available from the reception area of our 5 star resort. Just ask a friendly member of our reception team who will be more than happy to help at any time so you can really make the most of your stay in the North Wales region.

Update – planning to book online? Then simply enter the unique code “darwin” in order to receive your 10% discount!

petrol head’s paradise

The GYG Karting facility is unquestionably one of the finest outdoor go karting circuits in the country, with two layouts available to utilise so that all levels of enthusiasm and skill can be accommodated. There are also two levels of go-kart available to use – single and twin engine vehicles, the latter of which are only really usable by the most experienced and confident driver.

The longer circuit is part of the official National Karting Championship Calendar which is contested by the F1 superstars of tomorrow. It is where the likes of Lewis Hamilton cut their teeth prior to breaking through to the big time. It comprises a mix of long straight, tight turns and high speed corners to really challenge even the best of them.

Championship events from the circuit are regularly broadcast on Sky Sports and S4C, as well as being exciting to attend first hand if you fancy a trip up to the circuit to see how the best in the business negotiate this notorious circuit themselves. It could help to provide some good pointers before you take to the track for yourself!

The next spectator event at the circuit takes place on the weekend of the 14th/15th/16th April when the Dragon Kart Club turns up. Arrive and drive will not be available on this weekend on account of this, but we’d highly recommend a trip up if you happen to be in the area and want to behold a spectacular championship event filled with young stars who are keen to make an impression.

darwin escapes at gyg karting

In Summer 2016, we headed up to the GYG karting circuit to sample the karts and circuit for ourselves. The guys on-site were incredibly friendly and made us feel very, very welcome. The fine selection of food and refreshments in the spectacular on-site complex just added to the overall experience, with those not keen to get behind the wheel for themselves able to take advantage of a viewing area which provides great picture opportunities overlooking the circuit as well as the breathtaking countryside surrounding the Cerrigydrudion area.

You can catch a glimpse of what the arrive and drive experience consists of below in our video featuring the highlights of our experience at the GYG circuit on that day:

You can find out more about GYG Karting on their website

So why not book your holiday with Talacre Beach Resort today and get yourself over to GYG for a fun filled day in North Wales!

Happy Holidaying Folks!

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Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat guests receive 10% discount on range of activities at the Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Activity Centre


Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat is one of Darwin Escapes’ brand new destinations, and located in the heart of the Lake District, is fast becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cumbria. With the onsite Copper Fells restaurant providing mouth-watering food, and Ammara Spa offering luxury Aromatherapy Associates treatments, exploring the region is ideal when having a massage to return too!

Just 20 minutes away is the famous Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Activity Centre, where our guests receive a 10% discount, by quoting ‘Keswick Reach Lodges’ on an indoor climbing session, archery lesson or half day course session! Book your holiday and your exciting adventure in Cumbria, with breath taking views and something for all ages and abilities to enjoy!


a great day out in all seasons…


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The Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Activity Centre is designed to be the perfect location for a fun family day out, with something to do for people of all ages. Regardless of whether you are an Adrenalin junkie keen to try their hand at canoeing or simply want to sit back and sample the fine food on offer a the Hungry Heifer Cafe, you will always have something to do at this exciting centre where you can easily fill countless days out during your stay at Keswick Reach.

It is a great attraction to visit in any season, regardless of the weather outside with there being plenty of indoor activities to take advantage of including indoor rock climbing and also archery!

A bit of a novelty in the area is the fact that free parking is provided for anyone visiting the Keswick Climbing Wall. This combined with your exclusive Darwin 10% off voucher makes it a very affordable destination for a fun family day out.


the activities


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Being located in the heart of the Lake District has its perks, with breath taking views of Blencathra and the Helvellyn Range, as well as some tasty treats from the Hungry Heifer Café. Keswick Climbing Wall & Activity Centre offers a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities in this beautiful region.

  • Indoor climbing
  • Indoor climbing lessons
  • Outdoor archery
  • Indoor archery
  • 170m Zipline
  • Outdoor rock climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Ghyll Scramble
  • Orienteering
  • Rookery Woods – Under 8’s adventure play area


the darwin discount

Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat guests receive a 10% discount when booking certain activities, all you have to do is quote “Keswick Reach Lodges” when booking. There are three activities you can chose from to receive this fantastic discount on: an archery lesson, an indoor climbing wall session or a half day course (3 hours).


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The half day course is a 3 hours session of one activity of your choice, you can try your hand at kayaking, canoeing or outdoor rock climbing, as well as testing your balance skills on the high ropes course. Or for the real thrill seekers explore the Lake District in a brand new way with a Ghyll Scramble session, where you will slide, jump and dive down streams, jump off waterfalls and plunge into pools!

The indoor climbing wall is actually a full room of climbing, bringing the outdoors, inside, this room has something for all abilities. Whether you are a total new-comer, where you will receive a lesson beforehand, or an experienced climber looking for a new challenge, the wall will have the perfect pace for you to test your skills.

There is the option of indoor and outdoor archery, so no matter the weather you are sure to perfect your aim. The outdoor range gives you the opportunity to feel like Robin Hood, surrounded by the beautiful views of Blencathra with a bow and arrow. You will be introduced to the activity by fun games and exercises, so you will slowly move further from the target, and maybe even hit the bull’s eye!


Book your next holiday at Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat and have an adventure filled time at the Keswick Climbing Wall & Activity Centre! Don’t forget to quote ‘Keswick Reach Lodges’ when booking your activity to get the 10% off!


Happy Adventuring!

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Take advantage of one of the UK’s Best Go-Kart Circuits During Half Term. As part of our partnership with GYG Karting, we are delighted to be able to offer 10% off the price of arrive and drive karting for all Darwin Escapes customers this half term. All you have to do in order to redeem this offer is enter the promotional code “darwin” when you are booking your arrive and drive session on the gygkarting.com website.

family fun in the North Wales countryside

The circuit is located in the midst of the tranquil North Wales countryside near Cerrigydrduion, perfectly located for a great day out for anyone staying at one of our North Wales Holiday Parks over the course of the half term week. This offer is open to both owners and holiday makers alike.

The Glan Y Gors circuit is generally regarding as being one of the most challenging and spectacular outdoor karting circuits in the UK. It regularly plays host to national karting championship events featuring many of the stars of tomorrow. This is a circuit where the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button honed their skills in their younger years prior to hitting the big time in the world of Formula One. The circuit is regularly featured on championship broadcasts on Sky Sports and S4C.

Darwin Escapes offer of 10% off at GYG

You can find out whether or not you have got what it takes behind the wheel of a go-kart in these fantastic arrive and drive sessions which are now even more affordable than before thanks to this special Darwin Escapes offer.

It is the perfect day out for all the family, with various skills levels taken account of courtesy of the two circuit layouts which are available. The shorter track is ideal for beginners or those who are not overly confident with their driving abilities, while the longer configuration is not for the faint hearted featuring the notorious devils pinch corner. Take this at full throttle if you dare!

There are also two different sizes of go-kart available to hire for arrive and drive sessions. The smallest of which is the Honda 160cc kart which is designed for the less-confident, inexperienced and younger drivers, including children aged nine and above, who are taller than 4ft 5 inches, all welcome to take to the track. The larger go-kart is the Honda 270cc kart, which is great for those who are confident in their abilities and keen to push the limits.

Happy Driving Thrill-Seekers!

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Take a trip back in time during your stay at Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat when you pay a visit to Ravenglass & Esdkale Steam Railway


The Lake District is a truly stunning part of the country, with gorgeous scenery and tranquil surroundings. You can enjoy this in style when you visit Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway.

Jump on-board one of these iconic contraptions and take the seven mile journey up the line from Ravenglass, which is the Lake District’s only coastal village, all the way to Dalegarth near the bottom of the England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.


travel in style

You can enjoy this breathtaking scenic route on-board one the stations four steam engines, the oldest of which is the River Irt locomotive, which was constructed in 1894 by Sir Arthur Heywood. It is now the oldest working 15 inch gauge locomotive in the world, having first arrived in Ravenglass in 1917, after first served at a munitions factory in Gretna.

Also almost a century old is the River Esk steam engine locomotive which was actually built for Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway by Davey, Paxman & Co of Colchester in 1923. It featured various design innovations at the time, some of which proved more successful than others. Many of the original questionable design innovations such as the steam powered tender have now been replaced, resulting in a locomotive which is surprisingly reliable for its age.

The Rivermite is another steam locomotive in service on the line, which was built by Clarkson’s of York in the year of the England World Cup win of 1966. It made headlines when it was first created, being delivered to the Lake District via traction engine and caught the public’s eye due to its stunning Indian Red colours.

The baby of the group is Northern Rock, which was built in the actual workshops at Ravenglass by an on-site team led by chief designer Ian Smith in 1976. This beautiful piece of engineering was used as the basis for two further locomotives which were designed for the Shuzenji Romney Railway in Izu, Shizuoka in Japan.


10% discount for Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat customers

With these fantastic contraptions available to view and ride on, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway really is a train enthusiast’s dream day out. However, it is not just train spotters that the railway will appeal to, with the stunning scenery and many additional attractions in the places around the stations making it a great day out for the entire family.

Between March and October you can pay a visit to the on-site museum located in the former Ravenglass railway station and signal box. This is completely free to enter and run by Eskdale Cumbria Trust, which has been set up to preserve the Railway collections. It features models, archive information and items showcasing the history of this fantastic railway.

There is even more reason for Darwin Escapes customers to pay a visit to Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway with guests staying at Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat entitled to a 10% discount on the cost of tickets. Simply present the voucher you are given upon your arrival to our resort to the Railway reception when purchasing your tickets in order to redeem the offer.

Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat is still under construction, with it currently on course to be opened to the public for the first time in December 2016. Keep up to date with the Darwin Escapes blog for more information on special offers that will be available to our guests upon their arrival in the coming months.

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Go behind bars at Bodmin Jail for a fascinating family days out in a historic building which was once used to house the crown jewels…


If you are looking for a great family day out in Cornwall which is as educational as it is fun, then head over to Bodmin Jail which was built for King George III in 1779 on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

Designed by Sir John Call, the jail was originally intended for prisoners of war and is famous for being the first British jail to hold prisoners in individual cells. During the First World War, it was used to house some of the countries national treasures including the Domesday Book and the crown jewels.


look back in time

The jail eventually closed in 1927, but the building is now used as the base for this fascinating attraction which houses countless interesting exhibitions to showcase the history of the jail and the prisoners who were detained there.

Jaunt through the various cells where you will find mannequins, historic documents and objects which will highlight the crimes of the inhabitants and what life was like for them once they were behind bars.

Please be aware that the jail tends to get very cold and there are many steps to navigate, so make sure that you wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes to ensure you can make the most of the attraction.

You may not automatically associate jails with fine cuisine, but Bodmin Jail is doing its bit to alter this with a range of food and beverages on offer in the impressive Governors Hall and the Witness Box Wine Bar.


the paranormal

On account of the public hangings and grim nature of the past undertakings which took place in the building, it is perhaps inevitable that it has become closely linked to paranormal activities. It has even recently been used as the setting for an episode of Most Haunted.

You can learn more about these paranormal events when you book yourself onto an After Dark event at the Jail where a resident medium will teach you the basics of Reiki and energy management before setting your lose on the jail over night. The event includes a 3 course meal, souvenirs and a free family pass for a day visit to the jail at a different time. You will also receive a complimentary £20 gift voucher. Take a look at the available booking slots if you are interested in one of these events.


20% discount off tickets

Bodmin Jail is just a twenty minute journey away from Piran Meadows Resort & Spa, and anyone staying at our resort can enjoy a 20% discount off the price of tickets to the attraction.

All you need to do is show your holiday park card to staff on reception when you are buying your tickets in order to benefit from this.

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A Championship Link course on the stunning North Wales Coastline, breath taking scenery on 150 acre of unspoilt links.

Prestatyn is an up and coming seaside town on the outstanding North Wales Coast, located just a few minutes away from our very own New Pines Holiday Home Park and a short drive from Talacre Beach Holiday Home Park. Talacre Beach is a couple of minutes walk from the stunning sandy beach, with a fantastic Go Active programme and entertainments team; there is always something going on for you to enjoy. Or take a minute to relax in our indoor heated swimming pool, beautiful sauna and steam room or treat yourself in our brand new Tranquillity Spa with an Aromatherapy Associates treatment. And then take a jaunt to Prestatyn, do a bit of shopping at the sparkling retail park, take a walk along the promenade and even enjoy a round of golf at the historic Prestatyn Golf Club!

And if you are a Darwin Escapes holiday customer, you can enjoy all the facilities and a great round of golf with 20% off, keep reading to find out how…

over 100 years of history

Established in 1905 Prestatyn Golf Course has become one of the most prestigious courses in the country, the outstanding club house was originally built in 1907 and has undergone many changes since then, even turning into a residential home at one point. The estate was sold off separately to the house, and in 1990 the club embarked on a programme of development to create a championship course, and in 1993 they added extensions to the clubhouse and out buildings to create unparalleled facilities. In 2003 the club bought back the house that had been sold separately to the green all those years ago, and the course remains to this day a Championship Links standard course.

setting is everything

With views of the Welsh coastline, and countryside the Links course has 150 acres of unspoiled landscape, the seaside location means that one of the best courses in the country can be played all year round. The stunning course has a welcoming clubhouse that can be hired out for parties and functions, with delicious catering and bar facilities too, perfect for all occasions. The Prestatyn beach is a glorious sight and can be enjoyed throughout your round of golf on the most northerly course in Wales.

practice makes perfect

All good courses are nothing unless there are good practice areas to use and hone your craft and skill, Prestatyn is no exception to this rule and has 3 outstanding practice areas to work on specific skills. The Driving Range lets you work on, you guessed it, your drive! 300 yards long you will have plenty of room to practice your swing, practice those long shots and improve your driving. The Prestatyn Putting Green is right next to the clubhouse, so you can grab a quick drink easily while practicing those hole pots and your celebration skills of course! (No Happy Gilmore moments here please…) And then try your hand at the Chipping Area, which includes a bunker for you to practice getting out of those difficult situations, this excellent area is great for practicing every chip shot in the book! This all helps to make Talacre Beach the perfect place for golf holidays in North Wales.

Staying at either Talacre Beach or New Pines Holiday Home Park? Just show your park swipe card for a great 20% off!

Happy Adventuring My Loyal Golf Buddies!

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