26 May 2017

10 ideas for an epic Whitsun family break in Wales

Little girl coming out of a play tunnel

Whistun at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire 

 by Folly Farm

With so many fun things to do and epic landscapes to explore, there's no reason to be bored in Wales, especially during a break from school or work. Here are some epic ideas for things to do this Whitsun break.

Brave the winding Fforest Coaster 

Image of adult and child on the Fforest coaster

Fforest Coaster, Zip World, Betws-y-Coed

 by Zip World

It's finally open! The Fforest Coaster, part of Zip World Fforest in Conwy Valley, is a toboggan-style Alpine ride – the only of it’s kind in the UK. Sit in one of the custom made sledges, then scream as it zig-zags through forest rails suspended 5 metres above the ground. It hurtles between trees for six minutes, reaching 25mph. It's exhilarating, adventurous and incredibly fun.

See giant dragons in Caerphilly and Chepstow 

Images of a dragon family at Caerphilly Castle

Dragon family, Caerphilly Castle, South Wales

 by Sian Creak

Bring Wales' history to life by meeting two huge dragons in one of the country's monumental castles. Dewi is a 13ft wide smoke-breathing dragon, who you'll find cwtched up near his purple pal Dwynwen. The pair will be at Caerphilly Castle until May 28 before moving to Chepstow Castle for May 29 until June 11.  Follow Cadw on Facebook/Twitter to follow Dewi and Dwynwen’s love story.  

Stay in a Hobbit House, Yurt or Tree house 

Exterior image of a Hobbit House at Florence Springs

Hobbit House at Florence Springs, Tenby 

 by Florence Springs

Indulge in a fantastical break near Heatherton World of Activities in Tenby. Their new accommodation options include a yurt and a Hobbit House, both with wood burners and hot tubs, and an epic Tree House that literally sits at the top of the trunk of a tree! At just half a mile from the park, you can stroll to and from the attractions with ease (that's if you want to leave the awesome accommodation!)

Be like Arthur

Costumed Entertainers at King Arthur's Labyrinth

Entertainers at King Arthur's Labyrinth, Machynlleth, North Wales

 by King Arthur's Labyrinth

Celebrate the release of King Arthur - Legend of The Sword with a visit to King Arthur’s Labyrinth adventure in Mid Wales. Visitors can learn all about the legend himself, fiery dragons, fierce battles and more.  If you wanted to make it even more authentic, dress up in Arthurian garb – there are some great photo opps to be had. 

Get gnarly at Surf Snowdonia 


Surf Snowdonia, North Wales

 by Surf Snowdonia

Learn how to surf from Rip Curl pros and local champions at Surf Snowdonia, the inland surf lagoon in the heart of the beautiful national park. The two day residential surf camp gives 12-16 year olds of all abilities the chance to get to grips with riding waves or improve their form. There's also evening films, barbecues, yoga and the Crash & Splash obstacle course.

Meet the animals at Folly Farm 

Penguins in the water at Folly Farm

Penguins at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire

 by Folly Farm

Now that Winter is very much out of the way, Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is fully open and full of exciting things to do. Over Whitsun, they are open for longer to give you extra time with the animals! With a zoo, a barn, a fairground and play areas, plus regular animal talks and meet and greets, you and your family could easily spend a day here. They've even got some legendary animals, including rhinos and lions.

Go Ape with Vale Resort 

Girl crossing a rope bridge

Go Ape at the Vale Resort, South Wales

 by Vale Resort

Nestled in South Wales, the Vale Resort is a luxury escape suitable for all ages. It's teamed up with Go Ape to offer a package that includes over two hours of outdoor fun in the nearby Tree Top Adventure. Swing around the trees as you clamber along high wires, bridges, zip wires and ladders, then return to the resort for a relaxing evening.

Dine at the new Dylan's restaurant 

Image of Llandudno Pier

Llandudno seafront, North Wales

The third Dylan's seafood restaurant along the North Wales coastline opens on May 25 in Llandudno. Housed in the Grade II listed building that used to belong to the Washington hotel, it boasts stunning views over the water. There's an emphasis on local seafood and a special children's menu to keep little ones happy.

Embrace the Champions League 

Image of the blue UEFA dragon atop Cardiff Castle

UEFA dragon guarding the Champion's League trophy at Cardiff Castle

 by Helia Phoenix

There's no escaping the upcoming UEFA Champions League Final, which comes to Cardiff on June 3. If you want to be a part of it without going to the actual match, head to Cardiff Bay for the UEFA Champions Festival, a free of charge family event. You can see the iconic trophy, watch performances and music on a large stage or go pitch-side for legendary matches on the Champions Floating Pitch.