The Easter holidays are almost here! We’ve braved wind, snow and ice to get here but, we’re happy to say, the weather’s improving and it’s time to get together and enjoy some great family days out. To help you plan, we’ve chosen three egg-citing days out that can be enjoyed by all the family this Easter.
Portmeirion in spring is a colourful, magical place. In fact, we think it’s quite possibly the best time of year to visit.
This fantastical village just outside Porthmadog was the brainchild of architect Clough Williams-Ellis who based his vision on the towns of the Italian Riviera. Surrounded by acres of woodland, formal gardens and stunning coastal scenery, Portmeirion will appeal to all the family.
Feed your curiosity and explore Portmeirion and its host of quirky buildings and sculptures. Visit the Shell Grotto for amazing views across the Dwyryd Estuary. Seek out the Golden Buddha, a prop from the movie Inn of the Sixth Happiness (filmed in Snowdonia in the 1950s). Play giant chess where cult TV show The Prisoner was filmed. Let the kids play pirates in the Amis Reunis, a stone sculpture of a ship wrecked just offshore.
Plan your visit at portmeirion-village.com.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
The ‘journey to the rooftop of Wales’ is a must-do on any visit to North Wales and makes a great day out for all the family. Train travel appeals to all ages and the trip up Wales’ highest mountain is probably the most unique train journey you’re ever likely to make.
You will make your ascent on either the heritage steam or traditional diesel service – the steam trains ‘Snowdon Lily’ and ‘Mountain Goat’ are original engines that has been in service since 1896!
The full service to Snowdon summit doesn’t commence until May but trains run daily from mid-March to Clogwyn Station (the ¾ point) weather permitting. You can hike the rest of the way or take a picnic and enjoys the views from here. Visit snowdonrailway.co.uk for timetable information and to book tickets.
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Perched in woodland high above Colwyn Bay, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is a popular tourist attraction and an important centre for wildlife conservation.
Explore the zoo and meet big cats, chimpanzees, birds of prey, and cuddly critters in Pets Corner. Get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s residents at Penguin Playtime, Sea Lions Rock and Chimp Encounter. With a fantastic adventure playground, guided woodland walks, a shop and several cafes, you can spend the day here and still not see everything.
Currently, the zoo is crowdfunding for a new enclosure for their resident snow leopards, Otilia and Szechuan. The Silk Road Project aims to raise £200,000 to build a state of the art home for these rare and beautiful big cats. If you’d like to help visit welshmountainzoo.org.