Just because you’ve put away the kids’ buckets and spades until next year doesn’t mean you can’t come and play with the family in North Wales. Here are our top fun things to do with the kids in the region this winter:
Have an Adventure
The adventure attractions the region has now become famous for aren’t just for the young at heart as there are plenty of activities designed especially for younger children, which offer them a challenge while also boosting their confidence and instilling a sense of adventure as well as pride in their own abilities. They also all promise a beaming smile at the end!
Treetop Nets, aged 3+
is the highest in the world at more than 60 feet above the forest floor. It also features the longest net walkway in Europe which winds through 250m of woodland with large trampoline like nets and tunnels allowing the whole family to run, bounce and leap between the connecting tree houses. It’s been designed to offer an amazing adventure for both children and adults.
Fforest Coaster, aged 3+
The Fforest Coaster
is the only Alpine Coaster of its kind in the UK and again is aimed at families with children as young as three being able to take part on the same sledge with an adult or child aged over 9. The coaster is based on the traditional toboggan but run on rails so it’s an all year round, all-weather ride as you fly through the forest on your sledge at exhilarating speeds.
Llandudno Snowsports Centre, age 4+
Llandudno Snowsports Centre
has a variety of activities for all the family. Take the chairlift to the top of the scenic PermaSnow slope and you have the choice to ski or snowboard down or even spin around on the crazy Sno-tubes. There’s also a Cresta Toboggan Run which is the longest in Britain which will have you embarking on a mid-air toboggan ride as you corkscrew through twists, turns and tunnels on the way down.
Treehoppers, aged 5 to 12
is all about fun between the trees but it’s aimed at the smallest adventurer aged from 5 to 12. There’s a tree hoppers bridge, a zip bridge, walking the plank, balancing beam, hanging logs, French hammock bridge, tyre tops, “match sticks”, a cargo net, multi vine and moving vine!
Crash & Splash, modified course age 5+, full course age 12+
This watery assault course at Surf Snowdonia
will see you grappling with giant spinning balls, monkey bars, climbing walls, balance beams and rope bridges before finishing with The Blob which catapults you into the air so you have spectacular landing in the water. The modified family version course excludes The Blob so it’s suitable for children aged 5+. Helmet and buoyancy aids are included in the price and wetsuits are available to hire. Surf lessons are also available for kids with Little Rippers aimed at 5-7 year olds and Groms for 8-13 year olds.
Zip World Titan, aged 7+
Enjoy a journey on the only four person zip line in Europe and reach speeds up to 70mph as you sail through the air over moor, mountain and mine at Zip World Titan
Bounce Below, aged 7+
is the world’s first subterranean playground which is housed in a disused slate cavern the size of St Paul’s Cathedral! You’ll find giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made from netting for you and your kids to play, slide, roll, jump and bounce around in.
Skyride, aged 7+
This is Europe’s highest and first 5-seater Giant Swing
which hoists you over 80ft high in the air as you swing over and above Zip World Fforest.
Zip World Safari aged 9+
This is a safari
with a difference as you journey 60ft high through the trees on 23 zip lines and 6 other ropes course challenges include rope bridges.
Zip World Velocity, aged 10+
This is the longest zip line
in Europe at a mile long and the fastest in the world with riders exceeding 100mph at heights of 500ft.
Zip World Caverns, aged 10+
This is a zip line adventure
with a difference as it’s housed in a disused slate cavern. As well as zip lines you’ll also find rope bridges, obstacles and tunnels. There’s also a nerve-racking ending if you dare! Navigate a 8m long gap in the rock by opting to either “walk the line” and scale the 25m drop using just a 12mm wide rope to stand on, or to inch your way, swing by swing using the 14-rung monkey bars. There’s then a path consisting of 36 steps which take you 30m above ground for your final challenge – the steepest zip wire in the UK!
Spooky Goings On for Hallowe’en
With Halloween coinciding with some schools’ half terms why not bring the family away for some spooktacular fun at one of these events:
Penrhyn Castle, 21-31 October
Help the staff at Penrhyn Castle solve a mystery, have your face painted, join the Halloween crafts, listed to terrifying 10-minute tales or feast on Victorian theme goodies at the event aimed at all the family.
GreenWood Forest Park, 21-31 October
Get creative with creepy crafts – make a lantern, monstrous masks and create your own Harry Potter style broomstick or have a freak face painting at GreenWood Forest Park. There’s also a special Halloween Show in the Forest Theatre at 1pm on 31 October.
Halloween Trains, 26-31 October
Ffestiniog Railway is holding three evenings of Fiendish Family Frolics filled with creepy costumes, crazy capers and chilling competitions.
Spooky Halloween Day, 28 October
Plas Mawr in Conwy is hosting a day of Halloween themed games and pumpkin carving from 11am to 4pm.
Scarefest, 28-29 October
Surf Snowdonia has a spooky weekend which promises something for everyone including drive-in cinemas, zombie runs, games and plenty of frights.
The Big Pumpkin Bird Trail and Spooky Crafts, 29 October
Help RSPB Nature Reserve in Conwy find the strange, orange bird hiding on the reserve and make your own Halloween bird to take home. Sessions are 11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm.
Llandudno Firework Display
Don’t miss Llandudno’s amazing Firework Display on Saturday 4 November at 6.30pm. The professional display will be set off in the bay followed by a spectacular laser display from the Pier promising a memorable evening for all the family.
Get into the Festive Spirit
Christmas is a magical time for children and there are plenty of opportunities for the kids to have a special meeting with Santa as he travels around North Wales on his sleigh or celebrate the festive season at one of these fantastic events:
An Enchanted Christmas, 25 November-15 December
Step into the magical world of Santa’s Grotto at GreenWood Forest Park from the last weekend in November and every weekend in December or attend the Brunch and Afternoon Teas with Santa on 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th December where children can enjoy some festive food, play in the WoodBarn and meet Santa to receive a gift.
Plas Newydd Family Christmas, 2-17 December
Leave the high street behind and join Plas Newydd on the banks of the Menai Strait on Anglesey to play fun family games and see the house traditionally decorated.
Llandudno Christmas Parade, 2 December
Don’t miss the seasonal entertainment from 3pm outside the Town Hall and watch the magical Christmas Parade with Santa through town at 4pm.
Conwy Medieval Christmas, 9 December
Have some festive fun in Conwy with street entertainers, musicians and a torch lit procession with Armoured Knights and their Ladies.
Victorian Santa Trains, 9-23 December
Join Santa and his elves on these special festive train journeys with Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway. Santa and his elves pass through the train giving out presents to the children during the journey with plenty of laughter and jokes along the way!
Peter Pan, 9-31 December
Take the family on a fairy tale flight to Neverland this Christmas with Peter Pan, the swashbuckling family adventure at Venue Cymru. It features all the ingredients of the perfect panto – a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out loud comedy, bundles of audience participation, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and of course plenty of boos and hisses for the family to enjoy!
If we’ve whet your appetite to come and play with the family in North Wales over the Winter, take advantage of one of our Special Breaks so you can also have a memorable stay in Llandudno.