The weather is beginning to turn and we’ll be knee deep in packing boxes very soon, and as we wave au devoir to the last of the summer sun, we’re planning another family trip for the spring; this time to Wales. I’ve been taking a look at the best family days out in Wales so we have an itinerary for our stay.
We’ve decided to book a cottage again as with Elfin still protesting the notion of drifting into sleep like a normal person, let alone a full night without waking for regular feeds, it just makes sense for us. Having our own space is basically still an essential, and so I’ll be using Wales Cottage Holidays to select family-oriented accommodation. Of course we’re looking at a few months time so it’s possible our situation may have changed, but I’d be a fool to assume so – better safe than sorry. So, our requirements include a minimum of two bedrooms (ideally three), and if it comes with a nanny then that’s a bonus. I suppose I can forgo the help so long as there are wine glasses in the cupboard.
While I’d have love a last family trip before Christmas, with moving looming it just isn’t practical. Besides, it’s nice to have something to look forward to!
The Best Family Days Out in Wales
Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ll have heard of this place. It’s said to offer some of the most spectacular views of Wales and be quite breathtakingly beautiful. Hubby and I will enjoy the majestic landscape, while the girls are happy anywhere they can run about and collect ‘poking sticks’ with which to inspect the local critters.
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Towers; dungeons; fortresses – that’s the husband taken care of, and Pixie will be fascinated too, because her father has the most wonderful way of weaving stories around the places we go which keep her utterly mesmerised. The National Trust medieval castle also offers an brilliant children’s play area with giant outdoor games, gardens and woods to explore.
Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes, Monmouthshire
A magical world spread across eight acres, the Grottoes offers landscaped gardens along with tunnels, archways and sunken fern gardens. There are also artificial waterfalls and man-made pools, making the attraction a place of beauty, even if it’s not au naturel. Much of what’s on view at Dewston Gardens and Grottoes today was completely buried around the time of the second world war and has been painstakingly excavated and restored during the last decade. You can find more information about its history here.
The LC Waterpark and Leisure Complex, Swansea
With something to whet the appetite of children and big kids alike, this is a must for our family. There’s a four storey interactive play area which should be suitable for both girls hopefully, as well a 30ft climbing wall which my husband would be super excited to get Pixie on if she’s brave enough! Also featuring a family-friendly waterpark and a spa (not sure who that would benefit, ahem), this is a no-brainer.
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Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village, Penarth
An exciting heritage project, this place has villagers dressed in period costume and afford the opportunity to see the reality of medieval life. If there’s dress up involved, Pixie will be content.
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire
And finally, a zoo and theme park, because that’s what you do with kids, right? With indoor and outdoor zones, Folly Farm is perfect whatever the weather. The girls will love the animals (including giraffes!) and the funfair.
And frankly, by the end of the week I fully anticipate it being a case of ‘if they’re happy, we’re happy’.
Have I missed any of the The best family days out in Wales? Which are your favourites – please let me know if you have any other recommendations!
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