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Happy Jakes Touring Park

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General

  • Countryside park a few miles from the Glamorgan Heritage Coast
  • Three miles from Cowbridge and 15 from Cardiff
  • Immaculate shower block with disabled access

Smile, you’re at Happy Jakes Touring Park! And we’ll tell you a few reasons for why. This lush little Welsh countryside park is peacefully placed in the countryside deep in the Vale of Glamorgan – but is only a few miles from the Blue Flag beaches, cliffs and coves of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, including seaside resort Barry of Gavin and Stacey fame: fans of Uncle Bryn, Nessa et al can book a Gavin and Stacey tour in the town to see the main tellyvisual sights.

Fifteen miles to the east lies Cardiff, capital for days and nights out, or you could contentedly base the family at Happy Jakes to coast around the local castles, bike routes, gardens and activities on/in land and water. That’s tidy, that is.

Family owners Mandy, Mark and (famous) Jake have been honing and adding to Happy Jakes Touring Park since opening in 2011, with disabled access high on the agenda: the wetrooms in the spick and span heated shower and loo block are big enough to take a wheelchair user and carer, or up to four family members.

There’s also a launderette, washing up area with hot water, tourist information room, and a dedicated dog walking/play area for dedicated dogs (who stay for free; happy woof).

Pitches are for tents, trailer tents, motorhomes and tourers: tents in the level centre of the park on seriously spacious open pitches; motorhomes, caravans and trailer tents along the park’s edge on roomy grass pitches with optional electric hook-up.

Looking for nosh and tipples to put an additional smile on your face? Pick up all sorts of fresh Welsh produce at the local farmers’ markets, farm shops and fruit farms. But if cooking on holiday is a thing to be avoided at all costs, Happy Jakes is three miles from ancient market town Cowbridge where hungry sorts will find over a few dozen pubs and restaurants.


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9.2

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95% would recommend this site to a friend.

90% would stay here again.

 
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Very well looked after site, clean facilities friendly staff. 14/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Emma H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    How close we were to Barry Island and Cardiff.
    Very well looked after and exactly what we wanted, somewhere to rest yourselves after a long day.

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Excellent site, clean facilities. 14/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom charlie_s218390 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    This was our second stay at Happy Jakes and it is a lovely site. Very accommodating as we thought we had booked an electric pitch with hook up but, going through our paperwork the day before we were due to arrive, we discovered that we had booked a non electric pitch but still booked an electric hook-up. Phoned Manby and she sorted it straight away.

    Location is excellent for both seaside resort (Barry Island) and city center (Cardiff). I would recommend using the train for both bur especially Cardiff centre and the bay (£14 return for 2 people) as parking is expensive (£10 for 6hrs) add that to the price of petrol to get there. Added bonus of getting the train is its free to park at Llantwit Major.
    Also great location for any Doctor Who fan as there is lots to see and do related to the doctor. Places to visit include Cardiff Bay (Ianto's shrine and Eddie's diner) Cardiff Castle (you can pre book a filming location tour) and the natural history museum of Wales.
    Also Barry and Barry Island is where they filmed Gavin and Stacey!

    Disliked: 

    The weather

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Great campsite - clean, safe, friendly staff and campers 13/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Laura M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Perfect size to allow kids to run about safely, people were lovely, facilities were spotless. Great play area. Quiet at night.

    Disliked: 

    The fact we couldn't stay longer.

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Excellent site with clean facilities, lovely individual pitches. 12/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom david_d139463 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Owners were lovely, as was the campsite. The Victoria Inn at Signingstone was excellent.
    Great area for exercising the dog.

    Disliked: 

    Not a thing

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Excellent site 10/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Mike T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    All of it

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really

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The staff are fantastic and helpfull . 09/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chris W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very nice owners , very helpfull, well kept fields and tidy with a good play area for the kids to play and you can easily keep an eye on them.

    Disliked: 

    Shower block and toilets are all in one ie toilets in the same room as showers this leads to smelling some one else's past as you take a shower. Shower and toilets should be in separate areas/ cubicles. Shop is not manned all the time and only sells the ultimate minimum.

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. We are so pleased that you found the site clean tidy and spacious with plenty of room for the children within sight of the pitches.

The shower facilities have been designed to cater for families and the less able. The large showers with everything in them enable families with little ones and people who may require assistance or wheelchair access to access the shower and toilet easily. These rooms are usually very popular with our visitors and we are sorry that you felt they were not suitable.

There are two further wet rooms without toilet facilities within the shower block along with 2 separate toilets and 2 further toilets on the left and right exterior sides of the shower block along with a gentleman's urinal to the right and double washing up area to the left.

We do not man the shop constantly due to the low usage. We do however have a bell on the reception/shop that visitors may ring in order to gain access.

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All in all very good sight very clean friendly staff 09/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ryan P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Clean nice spacious set up

    Disliked: 

    Bit of a wind tunnel in field, perhaps some small hedges, or trees to break the wind a bit for tents

From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. Glad you enjoyed the spacious set up, would recommend us to friends and would visit us again. We look forward to welcoming you back.

The tent area is in the centre of the site and yes can receive some of the winds that we get in this coastal area. We have planted hedging along the boundary fencing but we have to wait for it to grow. Hopefully it will come through in the next couple of seasons.

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 08/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Keith H. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly, relaxed atmosphere on site and very dog friendly. The pitches were level and enormous, so much so that we were unsure which way round to pitch up when we first arrived! Facilities were fresh and clean. All in all a very pleasant stay and will definitely go back in the future.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

From the manager...

So very kind of you to take the time to leave your kind comments. It is always lovely to hear from our visitors that they have enjoyed their stay with us and will return.

Thank you

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Lovely, friendly campsite :) 07/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kerry K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The size of the pitch was very generous and well kept. The children loved the park. The whole site was well maintained and the owners were always around and very friendly and welcoming. We had an amazing week and will definitely be back for another holiday. I cannot recommend this site enough :)

    Disliked: 

    Nothing, I cannot fault Happy Jakes!

From the manager...

Thank you so much for your really kind comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and found everything in good order.

We look forward to welcoming you back another time

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Lovely little camp site would definitely go again 03/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Suzanne P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely clean site. Well kept and clean toilets and showers. Lovely small play area for children and safe.

    Disliked: 

    Not suitable if you like to stay up late as everyone is asleep by 10pm so only really suitable for families. Would be great if they had some kind of breakfast/burger van on site as nearest shop osnt within walking distance. Also no Wi-Fi on site

From the manager...

Thank you for your lovely comments. we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We did try having a food van and although quite popular it did not receive sufficient usage to maintain its presence.

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Bar or club house

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

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Outdoor swimming pool

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Tennis

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

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Free wifi

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Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

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Location

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  • 1 New Barn Holdings, Flemingston Barry, Glamorgan, Wales, CF62 4QL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.4231°N 3.4438°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Cardiff International Airport: Bus Stop — 4.8 miles
Bridgend Sarn Coach Stop — 9.4 miles
Cardiff Bus Station — 12.0 miles
Train stations
Llantwit Major Rail Station — 1.9 miles
Rhoose Rail Station — 4.8 miles
Barry Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Ferry ports
Barry Waterfront Ferry Terminal — 7.5 miles
Channel View Waterbus Stop — 11.7 miles
Taffs Mead Waterbus Stop — 11.8 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 4.8 miles
Swansea Airport — 29.7 miles

Directions


Please note satnavs or maps may take you down a narrow route exiting at Junction 34. Please follow the instructions below.

From the east (Cardiff)
Leave the M4 at Junction 33 and follow the signs towards Cardiff International Airport. Then join the B4265 towards Llantwit Major.

Pass the petrol station on your left. Continue up a slight hill until you come to the junction for St Athan Village. Turn right at the monument and continue through St Athan passing the military base on your left (approximately 2.5 miles). You will see a brown tourism sign for Happy Jakes. Follow this sign and a further two before arriving at the site.

From the west
Leave the M4 at Junction 37 and follow the A48 towards Bridgend. At the traffic lights in Bridgend turn right signposted for Llantwit Major. Follow the road for almost seven miles, going through the villages of Ewenny, St Brides and Wick. Continue to the roundabout at Llantwit Major and go straight on. Go straight on at the next mini roundabout.

Go through the first set of traffic lights. Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and under the railway bridge. Continue for approximately two miles. At the junction, turn left onto St Athan Road where you will see a brown tourist information sign for Happy Jakes. Follow the next two brown signs turning left. (Do not take a left into the narrow lane at New Barn as it's not suitable for caravans).

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

What a fortuitous setting has Happy Jakes: close to castles and coast, parks and gardens, villages and vineyards, and active opps like surfing, horse-riding, golf and fishing… all alongside finding out what’s occurring in Barry.

Surf, canter, paintball, go-kart or have a coastal path amble along the nearby Glamorgan Heritage Coast running for 14 miles from Porthcawl to Aberthaw (paintballing and go-karting along clifftop paths not recommended).

There’s so much to see on this part of coast that even long-legged/fit people should take more than a day to do it: after the ruins and stepping stones of twelfth century Ogmore Castle, follow the pathway to the village of Merthyr Mawr backed by a maze of spectacular sand dunes, over 300 species of flower and the Big Dipper, the biggest sand dune in Europe – bring a sledge (really).

Two country parks are on the eastern part of the coastal path – Porthkerry Country Park near Barry and Cosmeston Lakes Country Park at posh Penarth seven miles from Cardiff.

Fancy fossil hunting? The nearby town of Llantwit Major is one of four in the Vale of Glamorgan (Barry, Cowbridge and Penarth are the others) and so ancient you can pick up Jurassic fossils on its Collugh Beach (which has an Iron Age hill fort too).

If you’re a surfer, the Collugh waves are a popular place; also get on board with things by veering west outside the Vale of Glamorgan to Porthcawl in Bridgend.

Have another couple of days in Cardiff to see sights such as Cardiff Castle and Llandaff Cathedral, the very fab open air National History Museum at St Fagans, the National Museum and Gallery of Wales, other city castles and all things Doctor at BBC Cardiff’s The Doctor Who Experience.

Doctor fans might also be interested to know – we certainly are – that Bad Wolf Bay is reachable from Happy Jakes too: it’s at Southerndown’s Dunraven Bay on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

Must see

  • St Fagans: National History Museum (8.5 miles)
  • Castell Coch (11.5 miles)
  • Millennium Stadium (12.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Holnicote Estate (15.9 miles)
  • Dunster Castle (16.7 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Early arrival and late departure could be arranged subject to availability, charges may apply. Please contact the campsite with the number provided with the booking confirmation.

Happy Jakes Touring Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

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A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Happy Jakes Touring Park will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

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