What’s on in and around North Wales this Easter

ID-100313396It might seem a way off but it’s an ‘eggstra’ early Easter this year so now’s the time to start planning your break to North Wales. With Easter Sunday falling on the 27 March it’s not too early to start looking up events and activities taking place across the region; get your plans in place now and make the most of this special holiday.

To get you started we’ve done a round-up of some of the many Easter events taking place across North Wales over the 2016 Easter holiday. With attractions to suit families and couples, friends and relations, we guarantee you’ll have a trip ‘choc’ full of fun!

For little chicks

Easter Egg Hunt, Welsh Mountain Zoo – Colwyn Bay

Hidden amid woodland in a picturesque part of Colwyn Bay, this well-loved conservation zoo is once again hosting its ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ and visitors are invited to hit the zoo’s now-famous Egg Trail. With some of the most spectacular views in the region, as well as some of the most diverse wildlife, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is a must-visit this Easter.

Little ones (and big ones!) can follow the clues around the enclosures and get a sweet reward! As you hunt you’ll learn all about the eggs of different animals plus there will be a chance to join in with crafts and games along the way. Unravel the clues and find scrummy eggs hidden in some very unlikely places!

Visitors with mobility difficulties may have trouble accessing certain areas of the Zoo due to its terrain, but the staff will assist wherever possible.

Outdoor Adventures at Coed-Y-Brenin – Dolgellau

The Coed-Y-Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre sits among some of the most breathtaking scenery the Snowdonia Park has to offer. Situated where the rivers Mawddach, Eden, Gain and Wen meet, this outdoor pursuits centre is in truly a stunning spot – it’s no wonder so many people flock here each year.

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro Coed Y Brenin has activities to suit all abilities and fitness levels. Activities include mountain biking, hill running and hiking routes, geocaching and orienteering. The Visitor Centre is getting into the Easter spirit with a special visit from none other than the Easter Bunny! Families can join the search for him by following the clues around the centre – complete the trail and win a prize! (£2.00 per child)

For hens and roosters

Landscape Photography at Coed-Y-Brenin – Dolgellau

If you don’t have little chicks in tow, photography newcomers will enjoy a landscape photography guided walk and talk on Wednesday 30 March (booking essential, £75 per person). Expert landscape photographer, Jean Napier, will give a brief introduction to this rewarding pastime, followed by a trip into the forest to put your newly-acquired knowledge into practice. At the end of the day, Jean will be giving feedback and advice on your photographic efforts. It’s guaranteed to send you on your way seeing nature in a whole new light.

Slate Mining and the War, National Slate Museum – Llanberis

The National Slate Museum in Llanberis sits in the shadows of the, now silent, slate mines of Snowdonia, situated in the workshops that once served the enormous Dinorwig slate quarry. From strikes and suffering, to craftsmanship and community, the museum provides a unique glimpse into the lives of over three thousand slate workers and their families. This Easter, the museum is running the ‘For Freedom and For Empire’ exhibition, examining how slate quarrying communities responded to the demands of conscription during two World Wars.

Love food?

There are events for food lovers happening all over North Wales this Easter. They offer opportunities to tantalise your taste buds with some delicious Welsh fare – both traditional and contemporary. Here are a few of our favourites:

Conwy Seed Fair – Conwy High Street and Lancaster Square

Every 26 March, plant and seed stalls, local crafts, local produce and, of course, honey pop up all over this pretty castle town. The fair is seven hundred years old, so you really get a flavour of traditional Welsh customs and produce. Edward I organised the first event, and it’s a great way to meet passionate artisans and learn about beekeeping, honey production and issues affecting British food.

Perfect wine for great food, Bodnant Welsh Food Centre

On 25 March Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is hosting a food and wine matching discovery course (booking essential, £20 per person). The event will take place in the Centre’s picturesque courtyard, overlooking the stunning Conwy Valley. The course is designed for people eager to learn more about wine, including wine styles and how they’re influenced, how to wine taste, how wine is produced and how to successfully match food and wine.

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The Coach House: Royal Victoria’s very special place

The Royal Victoria Hotel’s historic Coach House has been fully refurbished and is ready for its first guests, with a great introductory offer of just £39 per room per night.

At £39 per room – not per person – it’s a fantastic deal which includes breakfast, giving newcomers and returning guests alike the opportunity to experience the new facilities and beautiful surroundings of the hotel.

Timeless elegance

Adjacent to the hotel’s main building, the newly refurbished Coach House comprises 12 elegantly appointed bedrooms, accommodating up to two people in a twin or a double room.

Guests at the Coach House benefit from a separate entrance to their accommodation, so if you’re planning an adventure in the Great Outdoors, you can return without worrying about leaving muddy bootprints across the hotel’s main lobby.

But staying at the Coach House doesn’t mean missing any of the action. Guests can make full use of all the hotel’s amenities, including the cosy bar and its two restaurants. The Royal Victoria’s main building is easily reached through a corridor linking the two, no need to even go outside.

Arriving late or car packed with sporting gear? Don’t worry, you can use the Coach House car park. That means less lugging of your heavy travel booty.

This historic two-storey, brick-built Coach House was once part of the hotel’s busy stable yard. Today, its secluded location makes for an idyllic setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the main hotel.

Set in wooded surroundings and offering tantalising glimpses of the mountains beyond, we find many guests prefer the peace of the Coach House after an exhilarating but exhausting day in the mountains.

Superb Snowdonia

The Royal Victoria Hotel serves as the perfect base for a short break in North Wales. Just a short walk from the hotel is the start of the Llanberis path, your direct route to the summit of the mighty Snowdon. Alternatively, catch the bus to Pen-y-Pass and set out along the Pyg or Miners’ tracks if you prefer a still challenging, but less arduous, ascent.

If your short break is more R&R, less hike and bike, why not follow in the footsteps of the fashionable Victorians and take the mountain railway to the summit? Afterwards, browse the shops of Llanberis village for a memento of your trip. From the village you can take a stroll around Lyn Padarn, Lanberis’s beautiful lake, or experience first-hand how water powers our nation at Electric Mountain, or learn about our proud mining heritage at the Slate Museum.

A special place

Sympathetically renovated and lovingly decorated, the Coach House is now a very special place to stay and we are delighted to be able to share it with you at a very special price too.

Twin and double rooms in the Coach House are available for £39 per room per night as part of this deal, including breakfast.

You can book dates (subject to availability) through until February 29th 2016, excluding the Valentine’s Day weekend, February 12th-14th.

To benefit from this great introductory offer, please place your booking by phone on 01286 870253, quoting ‘Coach House Introductory Offer’.

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More room details… comfort and style for just £39 per night