It 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.
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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