Llyn Tegid, Bala

Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) is the largest natural lake in Wales is the ideal place to cool off on a sunny day. There’s the Bala Lake Railway running along the shores, and the full monty of watersports on the lake itself, whose 1km width makes it a favourite for sponsored swims.

Skomer Island

Pembrokeshire’s offshore islands are bird sanctuaries of world importance, and a clifftop picnic on Skomer Island, among the wild flowers, with thousands of sea birds wheeling overhead, while seals bask on the rocks below, is a fabulous experience. 

People arriving at Skomer Island
View from Skomer Island
Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

Cruise a canal

The impossibly pretty Monmouthshire & Brecon canal runs for 35 miles along the edge of the Brecon Beacons. There are several boat hire fleets along the way, from which you can hire a day boat or canoe and enjoy a memorable potter (at a top speed of 4mph…).

Brecon Canal Basin
The canal basin at Brecon, Mid Wales

Cycling at Coed y Brenin

The mountain biking in Wales is world-class, and here’s where it all started, Coed y Brenin in the wooded hills of Snowdonia. You don’t have to be a Lycra-clad warrior to enjoy it, though: there are easy trails that are specifically designed for families and beginners to make a gentle start. 

Kite feeding

The red kite is now so common over Mid Wales that they’re a constant presence in the skies. But seeing them en masse – several hundred at a time, at a kite-feeding centre like Gigrin Farm - is still one of the most awesome sights that British nature has to offer. 

Red Kites flying over a lake
Red Kite flying in Bwlch Nant yr Arian
Red Kite feeding

Dyffryn Gardens

For a good run-around and a picnic in glorious garden surroundings, Dyffryn Gardens is hard to beat. The National Trust’s newest Welsh acquisition has gardens and an arboretum with just the right kind of nooks, hidey-holes and water features that children love. 

National Botanic Garden of Wales

The huge greenhouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales' heart looks like a spaceship has crashed into the Towy Valley, and there are always events to appeal to kids: Pond Dipping Mondays, Going Green Tuesdays, Time Travelling Wednesdays, Creepy Crawly Thursdays … you get the picture. It’s stunningly beautiful, too.  

Exterior view of Great Glasshouse with daffodils in spring National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire
National Botanic Garden of Wales

Skiing at Pembrey

The sun’s out, so let’s go skiing at Ski Pembrey. Makes sense, right? The slope at Pembrey Country Park is one of many things to do on a sunny day, including crazy golf, train rides, adventure play, horse riding, nature trails and a whopping eight-mile dune-backed beach. 

Powis Castle

Quite apart from the classy stately-home-and-garden thing, the National Trust has devised lots of child-friendly activities at Powis Castle: wilderness walks, ranger trails, treasure hunts, and games on the croquet lawn. Rolling down the grassy slopes, while saying ‘Wheee!’, is also strongly encouraged. 

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway heads along two major viaducts via a waterfall and an ancient forest, this journey to the peak of Snowdon takes on volcanic rock and sea, ending at a visitor centre with marvellous views across Snowdonia. Exorcise the ghosts of run-of-the-mill train trips on one of the most spectacular journeys you’ll take.

Snowdon Mountain Railway
Snowdon Mountain Railway

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