School’s out for summer – and what better way to spend the holidays than enjoying a family break in Snowdonia? Here are ten great Snowdonia events your kids won’t want to miss!
There’s always plenty going on in Snowdonia, all year round – and the summer season is absolutely packed with fun events and activities! Across the region there are all sorts of events to enjoy throughout the year, from music, film and theatre to history, carnivals and food festivals.
With the UK’s children being free from school for the next six weeks or so, many of Snowdonia’s events are designed to keep children entertained throughout the summer holidays. Here are ten that are worth a visit, for children of all ages.
1. Summer of Slate
Summer of Slate, at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, consists of a series of craft workshops taking place between 23 July and 31 August 2012. Summer of Slate activities include use of the museum’s Art Cart to decorate your own piece of slate and colour in a geological timescale; making patterns in the foundry sandpit or playing dress-up in the quarrymen’s houses.
2. Wild Child
At Penrhyn Castle near Bangor your children can enjoy Wild Child days on Mondays between 30 July and 27 August. Joined by a team of experienced leaders, your children can go wild with the Wild in the Woods Project, where you’ll discover creepy crawlies, try your hand at various crafts, and play outdoor games and treasure trails.
3. Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Between 27 and 30 August, your children can take their favourite teddies for a picnic at the Llanberis Lake Railway. Special trains will be operating, to take you and your little ones on a journey around the lake with lots of extra fun activities included.
4. GreenWood Forest Park
There are so many events for children taking place at GreenWood Forest Park this summer, we couldn’t possibly list them all! Events and activities include face painting, magic shows, crafts, donkey rides, wood turning, body art and hair braiding. Phew! That’s on top of all the usual fun stuff that goes on at GreenWood, like building dens and riding the people-powered rollercoaster.
5. Wolf Tales
At Theatr y Ddraig in Barmouth on 3 August your little ones will have the opportunity to watch a wonderful puppet show, Wolf Tales. The wolf, whose reputation has plummeted thanks to fairy tales, gets the chance to tell his side of the story for a change!
6. Beach Fun Days
The Llyn Coastal Festival starts at the end of July and carries on throughout August, with all sorts of events and activities arranged for both adults and children. Beach Fun Days are taking place at Porthdinllaen, Porth Oer (Whistling Sands) and Llanbedrog, which children of all ages will enjoy, and there are all sorts of other fun activities around the Llyn Peninsula that the rest of the family can take part in.
7. Woody’s Annual Party
On bank holiday Monday on 27 August, your children can enjoy Woody’s Annual Party at Gypsy Wood Park, near Caernarfon. Gypsy Wood is a fantastic attraction anyway, with plenty to see and do, but Woody’s Party makes the day even more special. Fancy dress, meet the Fairy Godmother, competitions and children’s entertainers make this a must-visit day out in Snowdonia this summer!
8. Tree Top Olympics
Between 27 July and 12 August (which just happens to coincide with a little-known athletics event taking place in London) Tree Top Adventure in Betws y Coed stage the Tree Top Olympics, where competitors are timed going round a treetop course every evening throughout the period, with prizes for first, second and third places. There are categories for under-12s, under-16s and adults, so all but the very youngest members of the family will be able to take part.
9. Victorian Festival
At Nant Gwrtheyrn, near Nefyn, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August, there’s a wonderful Victorian festival where there will be plenty of fun activities for children and adults. Visitors can dress up in Welsh Victorian costumes, go back in time to experience life in a Victorian classroom, meet a ‘Victorian’ resident, Myfanwy Tomos, who will show visitors around her home, and enjoy craft activities similar to those that would have been enjoyed by Victorian children.
10. John Andrews Theatre
Another event with a Victorian theme, 24-26 August sees the opening of the John Andrews Amphitheatre at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, near Pwllheli. On the Friday night is a ticketed gala concert, while on the Saturday is the Victorian fun day with craft demonstrations, Victorian dress, art workshops, circus performers and more, with free entry. There’s also a woodland walk and talk on the Sunday, as well as a lecture on the history of the Plas by local historian John Dilwyn Williams.
For more inspiration, see our ‘great days out‘ album at Flickr.