Sara Cox - Animal Attractions

Broadcaster Sara Cox and her family enjoyed a holiday in Pembrokeshire full of animal magic. There’s plenty more to enjoy all over Wales.

Welsh Mountain Zoo

The Chimp Encounter, Sea Lion Feeding and Winged Wonders display are among the twice-daily highlights at this zoo, set high above Colwyn Bay. They’re also helping in the fight to save endangered species from around the world, including the zoo’s own snow leopards, red pandas and Sumatran tigers. 

Sumatran Tigers

Sumatran Tigers

Manor Wildlife Park

Children love the walkthrough enclosures of wallabies and lemurs at TV presenter Anna Ryder Richardson’s zoo near Tenby. The meerkats and rhinos are also a big draw, while Anna herself is often around, chatting with visitors about the Park’s strong conservation message. 

Anglesey Sea Zoo

The zoo’s Lobster Hatchery and Seahorse Nursery are committed to restocking the seas, and they’ve got a big selection of critters you’d find in Welsh waters, set out imaginatively in the No Bone Zone, Shark Pool and Kelp Forest. 

Stable relationship

The Gower Peninsula’s trump card is the diversity of riding terrain packed into a small space: beaches, clifftops, marshes and moorland all feature. Here’s a good place for riders of all abilities, with halfdays to full weeks available. 

Llangennith Gower Peninsula

Llangennith Beach, Gower Peninsula

Gwydyr Stables

Based near Betws-y-Coed and surrounded by National Trust and Natural Resources Wales forestry, they’ve got 30 horses and a big range of options for distance and duration. We rather like the sound of their “pub ride”. Find out more about horse riding in Wales

Freerein, Powys

Bespoke self-guided riding holidays are the speciality here: they provide a fit and friendly horse, route maps, and accommodation. You just bring a sense of adventure and up to a week of your time to amble the hills of Mid Wales. They also do guided tours and learn-to-ride holidays.