With the second Bank Holiday of the year just over and the next bearing down upon us we think this is the perfect time of year to plan your visit to North Wales. Perfect, why? Well, the days are longer, the weather’s warmer and it’s getting busier – but not too busy!
This year the Spring Bank Holiday falls on Monday the 30th of May and, whether you’re visiting for a short break or planning a longer stop over the half term holiday, you’ll find lots to do out and about across the region.
With so many events and activities to choose from we’ve made the decision process that little bit easier by selecting ‘5 of the best’ to keep you entertained throughout the weekend and into Monday too.
1. Bangers & Beer, Conwy Valley
This one is only on the Saturday and Sunday (28 & 29 May) but it’s a great way to kick off your long weekend!
Get yourself along to theBodnant Welsh Food Centre in Tal-y-Cafn but make sure you arrive with an appetite! Delicious grilled sausages and lip-smacking local ales combine for that most quintessential of bank holiday traditions – the barbecue! With free entry (although you can expect to pay for the food and drink) you will have a chance to try some of Bodnant’s famous bangers – try the lamb and mint sausages, our favourites – plus some excellent local brews from the likes of Purple Moose, Great Orme Brewery and Monty’s.
2. House of the Black Star, Beaumaris
Medieval reenactors, House of the Black Star, are once again laying siege and taking up residence at beautiful Beaumaris Castle from 28 – 30 May. You can visit and experience what castle life was like almost a century ago any time over the long weekend. This living exhibition brings Beaumaris the fortress back into action and visitors can learn all about daily life in the castle plus, join in the daily drill, and you’ll learn a thing or two about medieval warfare too!
Entry is free for members of Cadw while non-members cost £6 for adults and £4.20 for under-16s, senior citizens and students, with a family ticket priced at £16.20 for two adults and all of your children aged under 16.
3. Betws y Coed Antiques Fair, Conwy Valley
Betws y Coed is always a great choice for a day out. This prettiest of Welsh villages has a distinctly Alpine feel to it, with a good selection of shops, restaurants and things to see and do.
If the weather’s a bit iffy then Betws y Coed’s popular Betws y Coed antiques fair is a good option for Bank Holiday Monday. With a wide selection of antiques and collectibles – including glass, china, jewellery and precious metals, coins and books – on sale, there’s something to interest bargain hunters and pot-luckers alike.
The sale runs from 9:15am – 4pm, with tickets costing 50p for adults and senior citizens, and free entry for children.
4. Hand spinning at Trefriw Woollen Mills, Conwy Valley
Another indoor event in case of bad weather, this time with free entry, is at Trefriw Woollen Mills on the Main Road in Trefriw, Conwy. Demonstrations throughout the day will show how spinning wheels were used to make yarn before the Industrial Revolution mechanised the process. Afterwards, you can purchase some beautiful handmade textiles in the mill shop.
With a slightly later start than some of the other events, 10am to be precise, it also runs a bit later too, finishing at 5pm – a lovely way to while away an afternoon before a pleasant, sunny evening (hopefully).
5. The Wise Woman and the Surgeon, Conwy
Head to Plas Mawr in Conwy for this participatory event – one of many Cadw ‘Bank Holiday Fun’ events scheduled to take place across North Wales. Visitors will learn about Elizabethan medicine, which in those days was still part magic and part science.
The story focuses on Robert, the man of the house who needs surgery to remove a bullet from his leg, but who is also anxiously awaiting the arrival of his baby. Will it be the mystical wise woman or the sensible surgeon who help Robert and his child on this most important day?
Taking place on the 29 & 30 May, daily from 11am – 4pm, entry is free for Cadw members, with tickets priced at £6 for adults, £4.20 for children, students and OAPs, and £16.20 for family tickets (two adults and any number of under-16s).
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