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Last weekend we stayed 2 nights at The Wirral Country Park site with The Caravan and Motorhome club.
On arrival we checked in and drove around the site to choose our pitch. We were then given a key fob to work the exit barriers. The site itself has a mixture of grass and hardstanding pitches all with EHU.
There are around 5 hardstanding pitches with a direct view over the Dee estuary but these understandably tend to get taken quickly.
Facilities include two service areas with bins, chemical waste disposal and drinking water available. There is also a dish washing area adjacent to the toilet/shower block. The reception area has a selection essentials for sale which was great, but there is a Tesco with 2 miles of the site so it’s easy to stock up.
We chose a pitch that had sightlines to the playground as the boys spent a lot of time playing with their new friends there. All the pitches were large and had plenty of space around them. Our pitch backed on to trees so we were able to put our hammock up next to the van too, which was a bonus and added a little extra relaxing space to our weekend adventures.
We saw so much wildlife on our stay especially rabbits, and Eli loved walking around the site each evening to spot them. There is also a site based scavenger hunt to keep kids occupied, you can pick up the trail sheets at reception.
We found the information hut really helpful, it had laminated walking routes that you could borrow, and information on wildlife, tide times, taxi firms and also menus from local takeaways that will deliver to site. I also loved the little plaque (see below) on the door- it’s so true!
We didn’t move Elsie at all during our stay. We didn’t need to because the location was amazing, we walked out of the back of the site and headed the small distance down to the beach.
Thurstaston shore is stunningly beautiful and looks directly across at the Welsh coastline. The sailing club was holding a regatta during our time there and the boys were made up to see so many boats out on the water. The site also backs on to the Wirral Way, 12 miles of disused railway which cuts through some amazing countryside.
This site operates a quiet zone so noise must be kept to a minimum between the hours of 11pm – 7am which meant it was lovely and peaceful when we were sitting out at night. I must admit though quiet zones always make me a bit nervous because the excitement, heat, and running about playing usually sends James hypo on holiday so his Dexcom alarm goes off during the night but that’s type 1 diabetes for you. If you’ve ever commando crawled along a pop top to find the right child to administer glucose to then you know that we don’t do it on purpose! Sorry if you were camped near us!
Highlights of our stay were the beautiful views over the Dee estuary and the proximity to the beach and Flissy’s coffee shop. If we were to stay here again we would definitely take our bikes and ride onto the Wirral way too.
Those who follow me on social media will know that I always try to make life a bit easier for families by finding the best family days out. So, in my campsite reviews I’m going to include some nearby family attractions you can visit on your stay too.
Nearby Family Attractions
Wirral Country Park – a stone’s throw away.
Head for the 60 feet high, boulder-clay cliffs and look out over the Dee Estuary and you’ll smell the tang of mud and salt, feel the sea breeze and get a sense of space quite unlike the enclosed, inland Wirral Way.
It was the first Country Park in Britain. Today it is must for a family day out and its facilities include Picnic Areas, Visitor Centre, Shop, Information staff, Café, BBQ area, Bird Hide and much more!
You can also hire bikes at Wirral Country Park too.
Flissy’s Coffee Shop and Ice-cream Parlour – 0.5 miles
Warm and friendly, Flissy’s has something for everyone. With a special and varied menu for all kinds of tastes, catering for little ones and also your furry friends. With a fantastic range of food, cakes and ice-cream including those for vegans, vegetarians and gluten free options too.
The vibrant and colourful outdoor seating area is a great pit stop for those of you who need a pick me up on your adventures through the Wirral Way and Country Park, or a perfect spot to grab an ice cream and just take in some rays. Flissy’s is 100% Dog Friendly so do not fear if the weather is not looking great, take them inside and treat them to a variety of the delicious dog treats or dog ice cream on offer while you stay warm with an indulgent deluxe hot chocolate.
Church Farm – 2.2 miles
Church Farm is one of the Wirral’s most popular family attractions for a fabulous day out with over 120 friendly animals to see; from their new emus and pygmy goats to alpacas and meerkats, an indoor beach, tractor rides, barrel train rides, crazy golf and adventure playground.
All set within a 60 acre site with stunning views across the Dee Estuary. And to recover from all the excitement you can have lunch in their organic farm shop cafe, or have an ice-cream from the new ice-cream parlour.
Mersey Ferry River Explorer Cruise – 7.5 miles
All aboard! Enjoy a 50 minute cruise, take in the iconic views of Liverpool’s waterfront and learn all about Liverpool and its musical, maritime past with expert guided commentary.
From the deck of this world famous ferry see the ever evolving waterfront, now considered a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Included in your ticket is the U-boat Story, at the Woodside Ferry Terminal. Discover an amazing and unique insight into life on board a real German WW2 submarine. See inside the four sections of the U-boat and discover a selection of exciting artefacts including a rare German Enigma machine.
Brimstage Maze – 3.7 miles
A place you can truly get lost in! Maizy’s Maze is a ‘growing puzzle’ that’s waiting to see if you can solve it! Enter the seven feet plants and attempt to find your way through the three miles of pathway to make it out the other side. The maze changes every year when the crops are harvested, so you can test your skills against a fresh batch of directional challenges!
There’s fun to be had indoors too! Maizy’s Madhouse is a giant indoor barn with four slides, lots of platforms to climb on, cargo nets, twisty tube slides and more! Back outside there are jumping pillows, karts, laser battles that are great for families to play against each other and you can practice your commando skills on the assault course! Activities and fun for the whole family! There is also an ice-cream parlour on site and designated toddler areas.
The Wirral Country Park Club Site, Station Rd, Thurstaston, Wirral CH61 0HN
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