It’s another unusually early Easter this year – Sunday 27 March, to be precise. Quiz fans, it’s worth noting this is the last time Easter Day will fall in March until 2024.
Officially, Easter Day is the Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. The 22 March is the earliest it can possibly be but that won’t happen again until 2285 – and it hasn’t happened since 1818.
The longer days and brighter nights of spring are just around the corner, and Easter marks the official start of the holiday season here in North Wales. It’s true, we can’t change weather but we can bring the fun, and there are lots of activities taking place across North Wales this Easter weekend, whatever the weather!
March 27th-28th, £7.95 adults, £5.60 under-16s
A good option if you’re staying for Easter Monday too, 1295 and All That! transports Caernarfon Castle visitors back to medieval times, retelling the stories of daily life in the castle, including that of brave Sergeant Cooper and other members of castle staff.
Suitable for all the family, expect a lively look back at one of the most dramatic moments in the Caernarfon’s history, complete with the gossip of the day!.
March 26th-28th, various prices, under-16s travel half-fare
The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway has many claims to fame. Not only is it the oldest rail company operator in the world, it runs world’s oldest narrow gauge (Ffestiniog) and the UK’s longest heritage (Welsh Highland) railways too. Travel in style and comfort as historic steam locomotives pull stately carriages through Snowdonia’s spectacular scenery.
Ticket prices vary depending on where you want to go, but each full-fare adult ticket allows an under-16 to ride for free, with extra children priced at half-fare – a fun family day out that makes great financial sense too!
March 26th-28th, £6 adults, £4.20 under-16s
Experience a slice of ‘living history’ as medieval reenactment group, House of the Black Star, set up camp at Beaumaris Castle over Easter weekend.
Daily activities include storytelling from the age of chivalry, demonstrations of daily camp life and thrilling armoury drills. If you’ve ever played king of the castle, or fancied yourself a knight or damsel, this is a great day out for you.
If you’re up for a challenge the Pwllheli Triathlon is the perfect initiation into one of the most demanding and exciting of sporting events. This have-a-go triathlon is designed to suit newcomers as well as seasoned athletes and starts with a 400m swim at Pwllheli Leisure Centre, followed by a 12-mile cycle ride and a three-mile run.
It’s something a bit different to the usual Easter activities and just think of all the Easter Eggs you can scoff afterwards guilt free!
Finally, a brief but honourable mention for this classic Easter weekend activity! There are Easter Eggs hunts taking place at most National Trust and CADW properties across the region plus several popular tourist attractions too, including Anglesey Sea Zoo and Bounce Below Junior in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
In most cases, kids can join in for free (normal admission prices apply for the venue, but no extra charge for the activity itself) so look out for the chance to bag yourself some free chocolate over the course of the weekend!
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