August Bank Holiday North Wales is always a busy time here, and this year is no different, with a host of events on the doorstep of the Royal Victoria Hotel and in the area surrounding beautiful Llanberis.
Remember, it’s your last chance for a getaway before the start of the school year, and the last fair-weather Bank Holiday of the year, so make the most of it!
Bank Holiday Fun, Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle is impressive at any time, but add in a little re-enactment and storytelling and it’s a truly magical place for all the family. “1295 And All That” is a show that takes place in the grounds. It tells the story of a peaceful time at the castle…of sorts. Tensions are running high between the English and Welsh guards and maids. Find out how their stories unfold: discover how Sergeant Cooper defends Caernarfon Castle…hear stories of brave Welsh Princes…find out how illness and injuries were dealt with in medieval times…and, most importantly of all, hear the latest juicy gossip!
The show runs on Sunday August 28 and Monday August 29. Prices and more details can be found on CADW’s website here.
Pools of Discovery at Penrhyn Castle
On Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August, Penrhyn Castle is hosting Pools of Discovery, one of its wild nature days, and come rain or shine, this one’s likely to get you wet.
Kids will relish the chance to build their own racing raft and take to the water, while there are also educational opportunities to learn more about what lives beneath the surface.
The event itself is free, although normal admission charges apply to enter the castle grounds, and there’s no need to book in advance – all are welcome, so this is a great last-minute option for a day out.
Plas Cadnant Gardens
Finally, if you’re still in the area on the Tuesday, Plas Cadnant Gardens is one venue with events scheduled beyond the Bank Holiday itself.
On 30 August, be sure to arrive by 2pm for a guided tour of the gardens led by on-site botanist Phillip Brown. There’s no extra charge for the tour, on top of the normal price of admission, so again this is one you can keep on standby and decide on the day.
For those of you who love gardening, Plas Cadnant is one of North Wales’s hidden garden gems. We think the opportunity for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour is too good to miss!
Glass Butter Beach Festival
This annual festival in beautiful Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula blends music, surfing and wakeboarding. This year’s line-up on its main stage is impressive, including Wolf Alice, Naughty Boy, Katy B and Kodaline. The event takes place between Friday August 19 and Sunday August 21 and there are still some tickets available. Royal Victoria is little more than 45 minutes’ drive from Abersoch. If you fancy the fun without the camping, why not stay with us and enjoy the show from here?
Meet the Household, Plas Mawr
The lavish Tudor house of Plas Mawr, situated in the historic walled-town of Conwy, is throwing open its doors over the Bank Holiday Weekend, and on 27-28 August you even have the chance to ‘meet the household’.
Your exploration of the premises will be met along the way by members of the Wynn family – an immersive guided tour experience delivered by historians in character. Among others, meet Robert, the family patriarch. He’s a proud father and husband whose loyalty to the family is tugged by the ravages of the Civil War.
It’s a chance to experience the property as it would have been in its heyday, and to understand more about what life would have been like living within its walls.
St Asaph Car & Motorbike Show
On your way to or from Royal Victoria Hotel, just off the A55, head to Llanerch Park in St Asaph on Bank Holiday Monday for a show that is perhaps best suited to petrolheads of a certain age, although the kids are likely to enjoy looking at the wide variety of automobiles on display too!
There are hundreds of exhibitors, with entertainment aimed especially at keeping the children occupied throughout the day.
Best of all, it’s in aid of a good cause, as proceeds will go towards supporting the RNLI – meaning your Bank Holiday day out could realistically end up saving lives at sea in the near future.
Image: knight in armour courtesy of Jeff Kubina, 2006.