The Llanberis summer season really gets into its stride in July, with a packed schedule of sightseeing, historical events, family days and sports to join in with – here’s some fun-filled dates for your diary describing what to do in Llanberis in July.
GreenWood Forest Park – all month
We know the kids are hard to keep entertained and that’s why Many venues have scheduled events for every day throughout the month/ Family-friendly theme park GreenWood Forest Park, near Caernarfon, is one of these.
Every day there is at least one show in the park’s theatre, making for a welcome undercover break either from the heat of the afternoon sun, or from the rain if the weather is poor.
Hopefully conditions will stay fine though, and if so there are donkey rides on the first three weekends of July, for a small extra charge. Greenwood is just 15 minutes’ drive from Royal Victoria Hotel.
For Freedom and For Empire – National Slate Museum, all month
The National Slate Museum is on the shores of beautiful Llyn Padarn and is within level walking distance of the hotel. This 18-month exhibition marks its one-year anniversary on 20 July 2016, but can be enjoyed by visitors throughout the month of July.
It’s an honest look at the military recruitment campaigns of the early First World War, including the difficulties that were encountered in encouraging the slate-quarrying communities of Wales to sign up.
Entry is free and the exhibition is classed as suitable for all – although younger children may need help understanding the overall theme. Visit the National Slate Museum website to find out more.
Art at Electric Mountain, all month (except 5-6 July)
Visit Electric Mountain at the very start of July and catch the end of Aur Glas, which translates as ‘Blue Gold’ and refers to the valuable local slate – around 50 artworks in different techniques are on show until 4 July.
After a two-day break a new show gets underway on 7 July, with art and photography by Amanda Ward and Sally Ellis, combining images from the local landscape with cities further afield, including Rome. Again, Electric Mountain is within easy, level walking distance of The Royal Victoria Hotel.
Running and Races – 16, 24, 30 July
Three athletic competitions take place in or near Llanberis in July if you want to pit your physique against other runners and riders:
The 16 July is the International Snowdon Race 2016, a 15 km mountain run with a 1 km climb and roughly equal uphill and downhill sections, a true challenge open only to experienced mountain runners.
The 24 July is the Snowdonia Trail Marathon, a massive 26 miles with a 1,685 m climb that circles and then ascends Snowdon itself.
The 30 July is the Legend Half Triathlon, combining a 1.2-mile swim with a 56-mile cycle section and a half marathon run home, and scoring an unsurprising 5/5 on the challenge rating.
Penrhyn Castle – 16, 21, 23-24, 31 July
There are four main dates to visit the National Trust property of Penhryn Castle:
On Saturday 16 July head to Penrhyn for Strawberries in the Park, a tennis-themed event with players from Bangor Tennis Club available to help visitors hone their racquet skills.
Thursday 21 July is the first of three Castle Fun Days (the other two are in August) and a great midweek option if the weekends of your holiday are already looking very busy.
On Saturday 23 July petrolheads can enjoy a display of classic Lotus cars – there’s no additional entry charge for this, just the normal cost of admission to the castle.
And the following day, Sunday 24 July, there’s the first of six weekly Falconry Fun days, with bird of prey displays and a chance to try your hand at archery – there’s another on Sunday 31 July and on Sundays throughout August too.
The castle is just 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
Super Hero Week – Llanberis Lake Railway, 24-28 July
This one is for the kids, although there’s nothing to stop mum and dad from dressing up too!
Children who arrive in costume as their favourite superhero, cartoon or Disney character get to travel free of charge throughout the week!
Staff will be in costume too, so look out for superheroes at the stations, and one child each day will be chosen as the ‘best dressed’ to receive an extra prize.
Yes, there are plenty of reasons to visit Llanberis in July and stay at The Royal Victoria Hotel. Why not book your stay with us by clicking here?
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