The Easter holidays are always a busy time of year here in North Wales and we make the most of the changing weather and the droves of visitors that flock to our shores by showing them the best of what we have to offer. These are just a tiny selection of some of the ways you can enjoy the Easter weekend with us:
Conwy Water Gardens Set in the beautiful Conwy Valley area of Snowdonia National Park, the water gardens are a peaceful escape for walking, fishing and wildlife viewing. There are nature walks, ponds, woods and waterfalls, and the added bonus of two Asian Short Clawed Otters that have just arrived in North Wales and are adjusting well to the pace of life. As well as 3 coarse fishing lakes and an aquatic centre, there's the fully licences Dutch Pancake House restaurant, which is every bit as good as it sounds.
Beaumaris Castle In the beautiful coastal village on the isle of Anglesey, the good people from Cadw and the House of the Black Star society, have organised a weekend of medieval family fun at Beaumaris Castle from the 15th – 17th April. As well as a glance back into the lives of medieval people, there's the chance to dress up in some armour, have a crack at archery, and indulge in some craft making and bird of prey watching. Children can also attend the special Knight School to test out spears (sounds fun, but dangerous…) and see if they prefer their own lives to that of the castle defenders back in the day. Activities run from 11am- 4pm over the three day weekend
Admission: Adults £6.50, Families (2 adults and 3 kids under 16) £19.30, Seniors, Students and kids under 16 are £4.20.
Greenwood Forest Park Set in the woodland of Y Felinheli in Gwynedd, this family attraction is consistently voted the best in North Wales and has a huge range of stuff to do. From the UK's only solar powered water ride (yes, we get sun in North Wales...), the longest sled in Wales, and Tree Top Towers, it's impossible to be bored here. On top of all the usual offerings, Easter weekend offers egg hunting, face painting, body art and wood turning.
Admission: Adults are £16.95, Kids 3-15, Students and Over 60s are £12.60, and Under 3s go free.
Portmeirion Village The iconic pizza in the colourful Italian Village is hosting a Mad Hatter's Tea Party over Easter weekend, with afternoon tea and dressing up on Saturday 15th April, followed by Easter crafts, a Best Dressed Parade, and a mad dash around the village to hunt for wild Easter eggs on Easter Sunday.
Admission: tickets are £25 for adults and £20 for children (this includes entry to the village).
Bodnant Garden This National Trust property is a Grade 11 listed garden set on the east bank of the River Conwy and hosts collections of flowers and plants from around the world. This Easter sees the opening of Furnace and Wood Meadow; a 20 acre plot which has been under renovation for several years and has never previously been open to the public.
If that wasn't enough, there's a Cadburys Easter Egg Hunt (Cadburys, people!), Pooh Sticks, Pond Dipping, Bug Bingo and Teddy Bear Trails. Personally, anything that involves teddy bears and chocolate at the same time definitely gets my vote.
Admission: Adults are £7.72, Kids are £3.86, and National Trust and RHS members go free.