by Menai Holidays
The Easter Holidays are a wonderful time to visit North Wales. With self-catering holiday cottages available for short breaks, as well as week long holidays, even those of us with busy dairies can now get away for a few days. Many attractions reopen at this time of year, often with improvements or new facilities – so you might even be amongst the first to try them out! The beaches are just as lovely but often less busy than during the summer months, and the weather is frequently fine and sunny. With spring flowers abounding, and the scenery as breathtaking as ever, why not blow the winter cobwebs away with a dose of sea-air and country living.
Now in its thirteenth year, the Anglesey Open Studios event is the most wide-ranging arts experience on the Island. Spread over the whole two weeks of the Easter Holidays, with 60 painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, printmakers, installation artists and craftworkers opening their studios to visitors (or exhibiting in one of the 5 participating galleries). There really is something for everyone. You’ll find everything from cards and prints, to original works to buy, and venues that include studios, chapels, barns, sheds, galleries and even artists’ homes. You might even get the chance to meet and talk with the artist. You can always combine a visit to one of the studios with a visit to the beach, as this year they’re offering four free art and landscape walks.
Springtime is an important time of year for farmers. Therefore a visit to Foel Farm on Anglesey is a super chance to make children aware of this – but in a fun way! Lambing has already begun here in North Wales, and there’s nothing sweeter than watching these gorgeous creatures frolic in the fields. With tractor and trailer tours of the farm, a cafe and chocolate shop (just in case you haven’t had enough chocolate already), shire horses to meet, and mini trailer rides – to name but a few of the activities on offer. Get down on the farm for some springtime fun! There are many other attractions to choose from though see the full list here.
Described as the closest thing to flying, Zip World’s ‘Velocity’ experience, is the fastest zip line in the world – and the longest in Europe! The Easter holidays is a fascinating time to visit the mountains. The higher peaks are often still snow-capped but the sun is out too. As well as an adrenaline-fueled adventure, you’ll be able to take in the stunning views out towards Anglesey. Or even as far as the Isle of Man on a clear day! But you can also take part in the wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities available in North Wales, see a full list of activity providers here
Portmeirion village, set in the Snowdonia National Park, was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. This Italian influenced village is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. However, for a slightly different take on it, why not take part in ‘The 6th Trail’ race which takes place on 9th April? The 6km route takes you through mystical and mythical trails, designated conservation areas, and the ‘Gwyllt’ woods. Visit the 6th Trail website for more information and to register. But there are so many other amazing sporting events throughout the year in North Wales see all sporting events in 2019 here
If it’s still too chilly for the beach, but you don’t want to be cooped up indoors, a train ride might be the solution. Here in North Wales, we have loads of different options including The Ffestiniog Railway, The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, The Snowdon Mountain Railway, and Llanberis Lake Railway. Such a lovely, gentle way to experience the stunning scenery we have to offer, from mountains and valleys to coast and lakes. The Bala Lake Railway even has an Easter Egg hunt on every train from Good Friday to Easter Monday!
There are so many exciting Castles to explore and lots of exciting Easter events being held in them. See the full list of castles here.
There are all sorts of events going on at both Conwy RSPB and South Stack RSPB centres, see here for all their events.
Stay on a farm – guests at Pentreheulyn can pet the lambs.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, or need advice on where’s best for you and your family, please call us on 01248 430258. Many of our remaining holiday cottages are also now available for short breaks – perfect if you are tight on time.
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