Holidays should be a relaxing and enjoyable time, giving you time to recharge your batteries and explore a new area. Going away with young children who need a steady stream of stimulating and interesting activities can be tricky, especially on a budget. However, in addition to the many fantastic activities you can do at our holiday parks, North Wales has an abundance of fun and affordable days out. Here are some of our favourites:
Over the summer holidays, the contemporary art gallery, Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno, hosts various children’s workshops offering a variety of arts and craft activities. Kids can make bird feeders, learn how to draw, make bugs and creatures using lollipops and more. Kids love to get creative, and this is a chance for them to also have a souvenir from their holiday. Best of all, while your kids are getting crafty, you can wander the gallery’s exhibitions and grab a cup of tea to relax. Admission to Mostyn Gallery is free, though the craft workshops may have a small fee.
A museum is an educational and fun day out, and not just for the kids! North Wales has several museums to choose from, many of which are completely free. The National Slate Museum at Llanberis gives you the chance to experience the lives of quarry workers in the 60s, from the tools to the extraction process. The Conwy Valley Railway Museum and Train have a model village and a miniature railway with loads of interesting things to learn about trains and North Wales. Train rides are £2, lasting around 10 minutes. Other museums and galleries include Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre in Pwllheli and The Copper Kingdom Centre in Amlwch Port on Anglesey.
Snowdonia National Park has loads of fantastic lakes where you can go wild swimming. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, there is no better place to take a dip, and though the water might be cold, it is clear and refreshing on hot summer days. Lake Bala, the largest lake in Wales, is a favourite spot for many, but if you want something a little quieter, take a look at our blog on wild swimming spots.
Flying a Kite
Flying a kite is a nostalgic activity for adults and makes for great holiday memories for your kids. If you are faced with a windy day on your holiday, then flying a kite is an excuse to get outdoors, get some fresh air and burn off energy. Choose a large outdoor space with no trees, buildings or large obstacles and launch your kite into the air! You are sure to find shops on the seafront selling kites, as the beach is a fantastic spot for flying a kite, due to the wind that comes off the sea.
Pack up sandwiches, drinks, crisps, fruit and sweet treats in a picnic basket and seek out a beautiful place for a picnic in the sun. The summer holidays are perfect for dining outdoors, and you can make it into a fun and relaxing afternoon by bringing along some games. Take a football, frisbee, pack of cards, bubble machine or whatever portable game you fancy and enjoy a completely free chilled afternoon out with the family!
North Wales boasts an outstanding landscape that holds many fascinating and beautiful treasures – too many to fit them into one holiday, which means our Wales holiday homes for sale would make the perfect home away from home for all the exploring you want to do in the area. There are waterfalls to see; Aber Falls being a popular choice, and the various walking routes give you a chance to find some tranquillity and appreciate the force of nature. Also, in the late summer, you are sure to find berries and flowers to forage on your walk. Make a posy to put in a vase in your holiday home and pick some fruit to have as a treat when you get home!
With the beach so close to many of our North Wales holiday parks, you can have as many beach days as you want! Along with beach games, sunbathing and having a splash about in the sea, why not set up a sandcastle competition for the family? Get yourself some buckets and spades, and do your best to build some spectacular castles, forts and palaces made from sand! Explore the beach to find driftwood, shells and pebbles to decorate your castles. For a change in activity, you can also head to beaches with rock pools and find some interesting sea creatures – read our blog about rockpooling in North Wales for more information.
What are your favourite fun and cheap activities that your children love to do in summer? We’d love to hear about them via our social media channels.
Updated July 2018