With the Easter holidays almost upon us, here’s a round-up of our favourite Easter activities across North Wales. With something for everyone to enjoy, we think this Easter is going to be egg-stra special!
Easter Egg Hunt, Llanberis Lake Railway
Over the easter weekend, the railway is holding an Easter egg hunt with a difference. Jump aboard and search for the eggs, hidden by that cheeky Easter Bunny on the trains and at the stations. Keep your eyes peeled for the sweet rewards and, who knows, you might even get to meet the Easter Bunny too!
Booking is advised as this is one of the most popular events of the year, see website for details.
Easter slate trail, National Slate Museum – Llanberis
A visit to the National Slate Museum, right on our doorstep, is fascinating all year round. This living history museum shows visitors what life was like in Snowdonia during the golden age of slate, when towns and villages like Llanberis were made. This Easter there are two very different trails to enjoy at the museum.
You will be fascinated by the story of the Snowdonia Slate Trail, an 85 mile long walking route due to open this autumn. The route will guide walkers through some of the most iconic North Walian landscapes and local school children have been helping with the project by doing their own research on the trail. See their work around the museum and perhaps be inspired to come back and take a walk along the trail yourself.
If you can tear the youngsters away from the delightful narrow-gauge engines at the museum, visit the workshops and hunt down the hidden eggs. Find them all and claim your sweet reward at the end!
Easter fun at Foel Farm Park, Anglesey
Enjoy spring fever and go gooey over the baby animals at Foel Farm Park, overlooking the Menai Strait on Anglesey.
This family-friendly attraction is a great-value day-out for the whole family. Explore the farm: meet the baby bunnies, feed the lambs, have a tractor ride, take a pony ride, feed the horses and let the little ones run free on the play area, complete with giant bouncy pillow! The farm gets into the Easter spirit with a grand Easter egg hunt to be held at 1pm on Easter Sunday.
Adults will enjoy getting back to nature – but there’s a great onsite cafe and artisan chocolate shop too!
Normal admission fees apply. See the farm’s Facebook page for full details of the event.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts and activities, various National Trust properties
Follow the clues left by that cheeky Easter Bunny for a chocolatey reward at any one of a number of National Trust properties across the region. Nearby Plas Newydd, Penrhyn Castle and Bodnant Garden are all hosting trails, plus a feast of Easter activities for children.
Fo adults, a riot of spring colour is the main attraction with the opportunity to see some of the finest gardens in the UK wearing their spring best. Daffodils, tulips, bluebells, primroses, rhododendrons and magnolias are just a few of the plants in full bloom. The historic properties at Plas Newydd and Penrhyn Castle will delight and intrigue, giving you an olde-worlde snapshot of how the other half celebrated at this time of year.
Plas Newydd, Anglesey
Take the family to Plas Newydd on Anglesey for a host of wildlife-themed activities and a chance to tick off a few more of their ‘50 Things‘. Join a walking tour to learn about birds and birdsong, enjoy some fun red-squirrel-style over the Bank Holiday, and get to grips with some of Plas Newydd’s creepy crawly residents too.
Adults are well-catered for with a fascinating talk on the world-famous Whistler mural – this is an art lecture like you’ve never seen before!
Penrhyn Castle, Bangor
If the weather’s unkind, why not join the great Penrhyn Bee Hunt? The bees have escaped the walled garden and are hiding in the castle – it’s a great way for adults to enjoy the house, keeping the kids occupied at the same time! Continuing the apian theme, you can meet the Penrhyn bees and beekeepers on Good Friday with the chance to see inside the hive too.
All Easter, Penrhyn’s resident face painter (her creations are out of this world) will be brightening up little faces, plus you can find out about life in the Victorian kitchen and enjoy storytelling and crafts (selected dates).
Bodnant Garden, Conwy Valley
There’s a long list of things to see and do at Bodnant this Easter, with the garden firmly establishing itself as the go-to place for families to enjoy great-value, fun activities in the school holidays.
Kids can check off a few more adventures on their ’50 Things’ list, playing pooh sticks in the stream and walking barefoot among spring flowers in the Great Park. Every day during the holidays there is a busy programme of activities, including Bug Bingo, pond dipping and storytelling.
For adults, the Easter highlight at Bodnant has to be the grand opening of the Furnace Wood & Meadow by Iolo Williams on 11 April. With various guided walks, including Bodnant’s popular twilight bat walk and a walk with the head-gardener (booking essential, small charge applies), you’ll find yourself coming back again and again.
For the most part, activities are free but normal admission fees apply, see the National Trust website for details. The Cadbury Egg Hunt is £2 per child and Tammy’s face painting at Penrhyn Castle is £3.50 per child.
Easter activities, various CADW monuments
Custodians of Welsh heritage, CADW, are also putting on a packed schedule of events for the Easter break. We’re privileged to enjoy great access to some of the best-preserved fortresses of the medieval period, with Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Harlech and Conwy castles all within easy reach of the hotel.
This April, knights, kings and dragons will all converge on Edward I’s Ring of Steel to provide some fabulous Easter fun for visitors!
There’s a dragon on the loose and the residents of Caernarfon need your help to find it. Join the quest to find the dragon; learn how to use a bow and arrow before exploring the passageways of the castle in search of the fiery reptile and a yummy reward.
The House of the Black Star will be setting up camp at Beaumaris this Easter, to show visitors what life was like in medieval Wales. Visit the camp, talk to the soldiers, meet birds of prey and even try out the arms and armour. Afterwards, join in with Easter crafts and explore the castle on an egg trail.
Meet the heroic Ardudwy Knights at Harlech and experience life as a medieval knight. Get to grips with the weapons of the age: bow and arrow, sword, spear, and watch the experts in action on the combat field. Which knight wins your favour?
Of course, no knight is complete without a quest so get one to help you find the yummy treats on Harlech’s Easter egg trail!
Edward I had a taste for the finer things in life. So fine, in fact, that chocolate eggs were no good to him. Instead he commissioned a very special Easter treat for himself and his friends – 400 golden eggs, hand painted and decorated in expensive gold-leaf. Visit Conwy Castle this Easter and join the hunt for Edward’s golden eggs – solve the clues then decorate one for the king’s collection.
Activities are free but normal admission fees apply, see the CADW website for details.
Image courtesy of Donar Reiskoffer via Wikimedia Commons.