06 July 2018

10 things to do in Wales before the schools break up

Group jumping off cliff into the sea


Wales is the perfect adventure playground – and not just for children. Come and make the most of the glorious weather and take a sneaky trip to Wales before the schools break up. 

1. Beach action

Enjoy the beach in peace and quiet with your mates. Build a massive sandcastle, swim in the sea or chillax with a book, drink and a cheeky barbecue to end the day. Head to Mid Wales for quieter beaches and stunning sunsets. You never know, you might get to see Cardigan Bay’s resident dolphins close to the shore. 

2. Sneaky mini-break

Squeeze in a romantic break. From luxury castles to camping, there’s nothing like some couple time before (or after!) a mad summer of entertaining the kids.

3. Castles

Visit a castle. We’re very proud of our big hitters – Caerphilly, Harlech and Caernarfon to name but a few. We’re also rather smug about our smaller, more remote and romantic castles. The ruins of Castell-y-Bere in Mid Wales are an amazing place to discover, with views all the way down to the coast. Or head to North Wales for an exhilarating walk to Castell Dinas Brân high up in the hills above Llangollen.

4. Coastal Odyssey

Explore the Coastal Way with a memorable road trip by campervan! The perfect way to discover our amazing coastline and a new adventure every day. Don’t forget to Instagram it all to make your mates wish they’d come too, and remember to use #FindYourEpic.

5. Thrill seekers

Try something new. It’s our Year of the Sea, so why not give water sports a go? You’ll be buzzing for ages afterwards. 

6. Culture

Immerse yourselves in culture. We’ve got museums galore, impressive National Trust properties and beautiful gardens to roam around. They get busy in the holidays so make the most of the quieter times to amble round at your own pace.

7. Enjoy the views

Take a train ride – steam or main line. We think it’s one of the best ways to relax and enjoy our beautiful Welsh countryside. There are many heritage railways to choose from all over Wales. Or take a day trip along the Cambrian Coast or North Wales coast lines for gorgeous sea views. 

8. Food & drink

Afternoon tea anyone? A child-free guilty pleasure – you’ll have those lovely cakes all to yourself. Alternatively, make a foodie day out of it and visit some of our fabulous food producers. We’ve got award winning breweries, vineyards and distilleries, farmers’ markets and delicatessens. Hungry yet?

9. Relax

For the ultimate in escapism, indulge yourself with a spa therapy day or connect to your spiritual side with a wellness retreat. Perhaps you’d prefer a retail therapy session in one of our small towns or big cities. Or you could just make a mini break of it and do both. Win-win. 

10. Places to be

There’s 'something' happening all over Wales during July. Our Events page is bound to inspire you to try somewhere new – theatre, live music, circus, talks, workshops... We can’t guarantee you won’t want to take the kids with you, though.