Llyn Tegid, Bala

Llyn Tegid in Bala 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
Atlantic Puffin with grass in its beak.

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…).

boats on canal.
Brecon Canal Basin

Boats on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and 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 Eryri (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. 

A mountain biker on zip zagging tracks with forest trees in the background.
Mountain bikers practicing jumps on humps surrounded by pine trees.

Mountain bikes at Coes y Brenin, near Dolgellau, North Wales

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. 

People with binoculars and cameras in a bird hide amongst trees.
A red kite in flight.

Red Kite feeding at Gigrin Farm, Rhayader, Mid Wales

Dyffryn Gardens

For a good run-around and a picnic in glorious garden surroundings, Dyffryn Gardens is hard to beat. This beautiful National Trust property 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.  

Daffodils in front of large glasshouse.

National Botanic Garden of Wales, West 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. 

people on dry ski slope.

Skiing, Pembrey Country Park, West Wales

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. 

Aerial view of Powis Castle and the terraced gardens.
People in gardens at Powis Castle.

Powis Castle, Welshpool, Mid Wales

Snowdon Mountain Railway

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

Snowdon Lily carriage going up the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis, North Wales

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