by Menai Holidays
Want a week away with the family without having to travel too far, battle with airport queues or deal with lost luggage? Then here’s your answer.
Spend October half term in North Wales! Use some of our pointers below to ensure that there is never a dull moment.
Children of all ages love an adventure, so why not try something new. Go out of your comfort zone and have some great family fun this October half term.
Book a surf lesson at North Wales’ newest adventure attraction, Surf Snowdonia. Or tire the whole family out at Bounce Below – giant underground trampolines which are truly the stuff of dreams! If you’d rather feel the wind rushing through your hair, you can all whizz over dramatic Snowdonia scenery side by side on a zip wire at Zipworld Velocity.
Want to try your hand at Stand-Up Paddleboarding? Book an introductory session for all the family on the safe waters of Llyn Padarn through Surf-Lines. Or if you would rather sit back and let someone else do the work, book a trip along the Menai Straits in a powerboat with Rib Ride.
Pictured: William from the office enjoying some calm water on his paddleboard in Rhosneigr.
Don’t forget – if you book one of our holiday cottages, you can enjoy discounts with a host of activity providers using our Holiday Treat’s Card!
You just can’t escape the past when you come to North Wales! The region is steeped in history & legend. You can see how many of Edward I’s Iron Ring of castles you can visit in one week (from Conwy & Caernarfon to Harlech & Beaumaris) or discover the lives of those who worked in Snowdonia’s slate quarrying industry, the effects of which are still etched on the landscape today. There is plenty to keep the whole family enthralled.
The National Slate Museum is free to visit and hosts special events during the school holidays. Once you have seen all there is at the museum, walk up to the former quarry hospital and follow well-marked paths up onto the hillside for some great views of the lake and Snowdon.
Likewise, many of the castles run special events during October half term. To find out more, and to purchase an Explorer Pass which will save you money on entry fees, visit the Cadw website.
You can’t beat wrapping up against the crisp Autumn air, and heading out to explore. With plenty of treats in your backpack to keep your little troop well fed & watered along the way, kids will love having freedom to roam and make their own discoveries.
We all have our favourite family walks. The pushchair-friendly path up to Aber Falls, the stroll along the beach to the picture-postcard Ty Coch Inn at Porth Dinllaen, the walk along the coastline up to the coastguard lookout at Rhoscolyn, with hot chocolates all round at The White Eagle on the homeward journey!
Here’s another one to try, where the Autumn colours will be spectacular:
Llanrwst: Conwy River to Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall
The walk begins at North Llanrwst Station. Mostly paved, it does offer a variety of terrain – country lanes, pastures, mountain bog and forested paths. Yes, you will feel like you are ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’! This is probably better suited to slightly older children given the distance. You will have great views of the Conwy River and chances to stop at Gwydir Castle, the church at Llanrychwyn and the 6th century St Rychwyn’s church, rumoured to be the oldest in Wales. You can entice younger walkers with afternoon at tea at Hansel & Gretel’s cottage (aka Tu Hwnt i’r Bont Tea Room) on your return.
Pictured: Tu Hwnt i’r Bont Tearooms, Llanrwst, Conwy Valley.
As with any holiday with children, it’s a good idea to have some wet weather options up your sleeve.
A session at Beacon Climbing’s Crazy Climb will go down well. Younger children will like Pili Palas or Foel Farm Park. Quite often on a wet afternoon, my children can be found at Oriel Mon – Anglesey’s art gallery and museum. Not only does it boast an excellent cafe and exhibitions, children will love discovering the history of Anglesey in the small museum where there’s a number of activities for them to get involved in. And whatsmore, it’s free!
North Wales is perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities, and it is a great way of getting out and seeing the area.
For younger cyclists there are traffic free cycle routes – Malltraeth to Newborough Forest & Llanddywn Island is full of variety. Teenagers will enjoy trying out some of the road-based circular routes where they can clock up a few miles, or even re-trace the tyremarks of Bradley Wiggins et al who kicked off the Tour of Britain from Beaumaris in September.
Looking for a holiday cottage for your October half term in North Wales? See all available cottages throughout Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula here.
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