Half-Term ideas in North Wales

Fun Packed Half Term Breaks in North Wales – Llandudno, Conwy, Colwyn Bay and Rhos-on-Sea

It is often a challenge to keep the kids entertained over half term, but fear not as there is an array of activities perfect for all ages in North Wales.

Whether you are looking for action packed adventures or cultural excursions to occupy your children this half term, there is something for every budget that is guaranteed to offer new experiences for inquisitive young minds.

Free Days Out

Mostyn Art Gallery

Boasting a dedicated art space that is unparalleled in Wales, these visual art exhibitions enlighten and intrigue the senses.  Artists world-wide have work displayed here, making it a must-see for families looking for a little inspiration this half term.

MLP_0132 - St Trillo's Church RhosRhos-on-Sea Heritage Trail

With 25 historic sites to discover, the Rhos-on-Sea Heritage trail takes about three hours. You can join at any point along the route to enjoy such sites as St Trillo’s Chapel, the smallest church in Britain, and the remains of Bryn Euryn, a 5th century hill fort with stunning views.

Conwy Water Gardens

MLP_0087 - Conwy Water GardensSet within the Snowdonia National Park boundaries, these picturesque water gardens have three course fishing lakes, a children’s play area, an aquarium, a reptile house, otters, ducks, ponds and woods.  Not forgetting the delicious Dutch Pancake House,  perfect for refuelling during a fun-packed day.

Alice in Wonderland Trail – Happy Valley

Created in honour of the link between Llandudno and Alice Liddell, the inspiration for the Alice In Wonderland Books; this trail through the woods at Happy Valley features sculptures by Cornwall-based artist Reece Ingram, depicting characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Combine your visit with a stroll to West Shore to see the White Rabbit statue.

Family  Activities

MLP_0151 - Llandudno SkiLlandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre (From £4.50)

Hit the artificial slopes with some skiing or snowboarding or toboggan down the centre’s picturesque ‘Cresta Run’. Situated 415ft above sea level, it boasts spectacular views of Llandudno and the Irish Sea.

Colwyn Leisure Centre – Eiris Park, Colwyn Bay (Various)

This 50 acre public park in Colwyn Bay has a sports stadium, tennis courts, bowling greens, boating lake, children’s playground and picnic area, while the on-site Leisure Centre has a 25 metre pool, fitness and health suites, sauna, steam room and spa pool.

Fun and Educational

Harlequin Puppet Theatre (Adult – £5.50, Child – £4.50)

Britain’s very first theatre designed just for puppet shows has been entertaining audiences of all ages since 1958, and still holds regular performances today. Backstage, find out about the puppeteers, the story of the theatre, and the marionette tradition.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3478/3304788656_9e6fdde45e.jpgColwyn Bay Zoo (Adult – £8.75, Child – £6.40)

Another family favourite is the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay with its amazing views and breathtaking scenery. The zoo is home to Snow Leopards, Sumatran Tigers, Brown Bears, reptiles, birds and a whole host of farmyard animals. On Saturday 26th February 2011, there will be an exciting Fun Day, with plenty of entertaining activities and lot of great prizes to be won.

Bodafon Farm Park (Adult – £5.95, Child – £4.50)

Meet Jack the donkey, Boris the Welsh Boar who ploughed a whole field with his nose, feed pygmy goats and ride a miniature tractor at this real working farm next to the sea.

Pots 2 Colour

Pots 2 Colour – Llandudno (Various)

Budding Picassos can paint their own teapots, cups, house signs and more at this pottery painting studio, which encourages artistic creativity in a colourful, fun space.

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Conwy Castle (Adult – £4.70, Child – £4.20)

Conwy is renowned for its medieval castle and it’s easy to see why. Almost the entire castle is accessible and well preserved. Conwy is the classic walled town, its circuit of walls are over three quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers. It is is one of the finest in the World, which is what makes it a UNESCO world heritage site.

Foodie Delights

http://dalesman.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/031.jpgConwy High Street

Great food is a big a part of the Welsh culture and you are spoilt for choice in North West Wales. The vast areas of grassland along with the perfect climate for growing means that there’s a wealth of delicious produce to choose from. But don’t take our word for it; Conwy High Street was nominated for the Best foodie Street Award in Google’s Street View Awards this year.

Food & DrinkFamous seafood

The almost endless coastline means that this part of Wales is famous for its seafood. World famous mussels are harvested locally and processed at a special new plant on Conwy Quay, which is open to visitors.

Late Deal

Scenic sea-view skiing in North Wales – from £126 pp at St George’s Hotel, Llandudno

st-george-s-hotel-llandudnoOthers may be jetting off to the Alps for half-term, but why not avoid the airport chaos and head instead to the St George’s in Llandudno? The hotel’s just a short distance from a scenic dry ski slope, where you and the kids can learn to ski or snowboard from scratch or work on that freestyle, all with fantastic views of Snowdonia. While you’re there, try out Britain’s longest toboggan run or snow-tubing before heading back to the cosy seafront hotel.

Three nights in February half-term cost from £126 pp (two sharing) including breakfast. Group ski lessons cost from £27 pp. Call St George’s Hotel, Llandudno on 01492 877544 (www.stgeorgeswales.co.uk).

For more information go to http://www.visitllandudno.org.uk



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