The four day Easter weekend heralds to many the start of Spring and with it the promise of longer and hopefully warmer days ahead.
It is also the time when many seasonal tourist attractions open fully so make the most of this first bank holiday in 2019 and take this perfect opportunity to discover North Wales and Llandudno with the award winning Imperial Hotel’s recommendations:
Great Orme Tramway
The Great Orme Tramway starts its historical journey to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve in late March. This is Britain’s only cable-hauled street Tramway complete with four of the original Victorian Tramcars so you travel in style! Make sure you stop off at the Halfway Station exhibition to discover more about the funicular system that operates the trams and see how the Winchmen control the powerful electric motors and cables which control the ascending and descending trams.
Llandudno Cable Car
See the seaside resort of Llandudno from a different perspective as you scale 651 feet high above sea level to the Great Orme summit on the Llandudno Cable Car, the longest passenger cable car in the UK. Rides, which start again on 1 April, are in one of the brightly coloured cars which offer spectacular views across the Bay of Llandudno, the Little Orme and the Conwy Estuary and if you dare to look down on your journey you can take in the beautiful gardens of Happy Valley and Llandudno Snowsports Centre.
GreenWood Forest Park is the only truly eco adventure park in the UK and its Green Dragon Rollercoaster, the only people-powered rollercoaster in the world, and Solar Splash, the world’s only solar-powered water ride attractions come out of hibernation in mid March. This is definitely worth a visit over the Easter weekend as it offers maximum entertainment on a green theme and is a perfect day out for those that fancy mastering the Jungle Boats, building a den or enjoying the trails, magic shows and crafts.
Feel like getting crafty?
If your children feel like getting creative over the Easter weekend then head over to the Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno which has an artist-led masterclass for 14-18 year olds to design and build a totem pole on Saturday 20 April. The workshop is from 10.30am to 3.30pm and includes all material but a packed lunch is required which guests of The Imperial Hotel can order from reception.
Enjoy a stroll
There are many fabulous places to walk in North Wales but at this time of the year the National Trust’s Bodnant Garden is a treat. Stretching across 80 acres there is plenty to be seen including the sea of golden daffodils in the Old Park meadow, the National Collections of magnolias and rhododendrons as well as camellias, many exotic plants, dells of water gardens and towering trees, flower-filled terraces and shrub-filled glades.
Then you won’t want to miss the annual Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt which is on at Bodnant Garden, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd. The Hunts are on every day of Easter Weekend but take different formats at each venue:
Bodnant Garden’s trail which is suitable for children aged 2 to 12 takes you through fields, woods, down hills and across streams to find where the chocolate is hidden. You can take part in any of the four time slots per day but this is the only Hunt that needs to be booked and booking early is strongly advised!
Plas Newydd’s Hunt takes you on an animal footprint adventure. Follow the clues to spot and name all the footprints and then crack the code to claim your chocolatey prize. The Hunt runs from 11am to 3.30pm over the weekend.
Penrhyn Castle’s Hunt is set around the garden as you explore and follow its nature’s voices trail which takes you from the Rook Wood to the Walled Garden while doing plenty of activities along the way. Complete the trail and you’ll win a chocolate prize! The Castle’s Hunt is on everyday but from 10.30am to 4pm.
Guests of The Imperial Hotel needn’t stray far as the hotel lays on its own Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. This family fun event is included in the hotel’s Easter by the Sea Break which is a two night Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Break with a luxury Easter Cream Tea on arrival as well as complimentary use of the hotel’s health and fitness centre with indoor swimming pool, gym, spa bath, sauna and steam room.
For an eggstra special Easter this year book your luxury stay at The Imperial Hotel and enjoy discovering what makes Llandudno and North Wales the holiday destination of choice.