So the kids have broken up and you have a very small window of opportunity after removing their iPads before they declare that they are bored. But fear not, because the amazing attractions of North Wales have got your back, and are on hand to keep your little darlings entertained all summer long…
First up and you’d be hard to beat a trip to Surf Snowdonia – or Adventure Parc Snowdonia as it is now known. The reason for the name change is that the parc has been pretty busy over the winter months and it now has so much more to offer in addition to the fantastic surfing that made it famous.
From Saturday 20th July the parc will open Adrenaline Indoors, a nature-inspired high-thrills family adventure experience. This colossus of an adventure facility will feature one of the longest artificial caving courses in the world, nine- and 12-metre climbing walls, possibly the most extreme slides you will ever encounter, a roof-space via ferrata, ninja aerial assault course and a floor trail. There will be ‘freefall’ jumps for the fearless, and you can even finish with a tandem zip line over the surf lagoon!
A separate soft play zone is also onsite for younger visitors and, of course, those beautiful inland waves will be rolling just as before with expert surf tuition from the APS surf academy.
Back on dry land and Zip World has an impressive 13 adventures across three sites. In Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, you’ll find Velocity 2 where adventurers can travel speeds of up to 118mph, BIG RED (the world’s largest mobile Zipline is based at Penrhyn when its not out at an event), Quarry Karts and the Penrhyn Quarry tour.
Zip World Fforest in Betws-y-coed is home to the Fforest Coaster, Zip Safari, Plummet 2, Skyride, Treetop nets and Tree Hoppers. Children as young as three can participate on Treetop Nets and Fforest Coaster, however they do need an accompanying adult.
Finally at Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog you’ll find Titan, Bounce Below and Caverns. Both Bounce Below and Caverns are ideal days out for when the Welsh weather isn’t playing ball as they are underground activities. The minimum age for Bounce Below is seven years as they have a participating adult with them, otherwise it’s 12. For Caverns the age limit is 10, and children will need to be accompanied on this adventure until they have reached the ripe old age of 17.
Meanwhile GreenWood is hosting a jam-packed programme full of enchanted events over the summer holidays. Dance along to the festival tones of a samba band, sing along with the Broadway Babies and combine fun and exercise with kids’ yoga sessions. The more crafty kids can get busy making some pom pom crowns, create a flower carved from wood and join in the workshops to learn all the skills and trickery you’d need to run away with the circus.
Alongside the endless summer events at GreenWood you can make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride, jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Children will love discovering the super bouncy Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail or aiming for gold at archery.
GYG Karting, just outside Snowdonia National Park, also has plenty to offer when it comes to planning the summer holidays with the kids. One of the largest kart circuits in the UK with breathtaking scenery, GYG Karting offers ‘arrive & drive’ sessions from the age of nine years old.
GYG also has camping available on site if you wanted to take the opportunity to explore the local area. The greenery pitches are within a dark sky area, meaning that the kids will be stargazing for hours – as will you. Facilities include 24hr toilet block and showers available in the main building leaving you refreshed and raring to go onto your next adventure from their basecamp.
Another great day out in the same area Gypsy Wood Park. It is one of North Wales’ top family attractions, and with a huge range of choice of things to do for all the family you’ll be sure of a fun-filled family adventure.
Go and meet Gypsy Wood’s friendly animals, take a ride on Woody’s Train, try your hand at a family game, run wild in its outdoor play areas, make some music in a tree house and see if you can spot all of the fairies on the fairy hunt – all in 20 acres of beautiful natural Welsh woodland. And don’t forget to pack your wellies for the woodland walk and write up your wishes for the Fairy Princess.
Further down the coast and Glasfryn Parc Activity Centre in Pwllheli has an impressive mix of more than 11 outdoor and indoor activities to enjoy. From go-karting to archery, and ten-pin bowling to watersports, there’s plenty on offer for the whole family. Glasfryn Parc Activity Centre doesn’t charge entry fee; you only pay for the activities you take part in, so you have complete freedom to pick and choose your (and your kids!) entertainment.
But, if packing in a Segway safari, clay pigeon shooting, cable wakeboarding and indoor soft play in the same day sounds like a bit of a stretch, then fear not as Glasfryn Parc also offers an on-site camping field, so you can stay overnight and experience all of the activities you like.
And if you need a bit of a rest after all of that adventure then why not let Igglepiggle do some entertaining for you? In The Night Garden Live will be at Venue Cymru on 31st August and 1st September, and is an ideal day out for younger kids. Take a spectacular journey into the magical world of In the Night Garden and experience the UK’s favourite family show with all the enchanting characters magically brought to life on stage.
Meanwhile, for those older kids that fancy treading the boards themselves, the ultimate week-long theatre summer school for 8 – 21 years olds, West End Workshop, returns to North Wales this month. All of the tutors have all performed on London’s prestigious West End; their credits include Mamma Mia, Evita, We Will Rock You, Whistle Down the Wind and Oklahoma! They will be leading an exciting mix of drama, singing and dance classes, grouped according to age and ability. They will challenge, support and encourage the young performers to shine.
Finally, this summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Rhyl’s newly opened SC2 water park. The £15 million waterpark includes Wales’ first TAGactive play arena, indoor and outdoor water play for all ages and abilities, flume rides, beach style paddling, feature slides and themed food outlets. There will also be a bar and terrace open seasonally. n