October half term is fast approaching! If you are struggling to think of things to do, why not take a short family break in North Wales. Whether you want to enjoy relaxing days out in beautiful surroundings, or seek something to get your adrenaline pumping, there is no shortage of places to visit in this unique and beautiful area.
There are plenty of family friendly attractions in the locality including forest parks and historic houses and gardens, but there is also a whole host of annual events held over the first weekend of the half term break which are sure to inspire and entertain – from mountain marathons to food festivals!
Snowdonia Marathon – Saturday 24th October
Snowdonia Marathon was held in 1982 and this annual event has grown to become one of the UK’s most popular (and challenging!) marathons – this year the event was sold out within 2 days! The 2500 runners that managed to secure a place in the race, will run a circular route around Snowdon, starting from just outside Llanberis.
The Snowdonia Marathon aims to raise as much money as possible for local causes. This year’s proceeds will be donated to Welsh cancer charities Tenovus and Awyr Las, having raised over £30,000 for them in previous years. The event brings a great atmosphere to the village of Llanberis – why not go along to show your support and cheer on the runners as they tackle one of the most demanding marathon routes in the UK.
Gwledd Conwy Feast – Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October
This fantastic food festival has now been running for 12 years, each year it brings more exciting exhibitors, local producers and a wide range of great family entertainment to enjoy. Learn new cooking techniques at one of the live demonstrations, pick up some unique Welsh produce or try something new and exotic! Exhibitors bring produce from all over the world to this feast of culinary delights.
Spend the day exploring the stalls and enjoy the selection of street foods on offer. Watch and learn from the experts at the kitchen theatre or enjoy a local craft beer as you watch one of the lively local bands perform. There is so much going on at this event, you’ll be entertained for the whole weekend.
This year there will be a fireworks display on Saturday evening which is sure to be truly spectacular, lighting up the skies above the castle and the estuary.
Tickets cost from £8.50 with free entry for under 16’s
Ffair Borth Menai Bridge – Saturday 24th October
Menai Bridge has been holding a fair on the 24th October every year since as far back as 1680! Originally farmers would bring their livestock to be sold on ‘Fair Field’ (which is now the large car park to the north of the high street). Now, hundreds of years later the fair is a lively event, full of music, lights and fairground rides. Bustling with thousands of visitors from all over Anglesey and beyond, who come to enjoy some traditional fairground treats and of course a game of hook-a-duck. Pop along to this lovely coastal town to see it full of fairground cheer, before enjoying a bite to eat or a drink at one of the many great eateries to choose from, whether you fancy traditional Portuguese dishes or fresh local seafood.
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We visited the Celtic Royal for a couple of nights in March 19 with the objective of walking around Snowdonia. Great hotel with really pleasant and professional staff. Our room was spacious, comfy and adequately equipped. Leisure facilities were good, large pool with sauna and steam rooms, reasonably equipped gym. Breakfast was quality and plentiful. Evening meals were excellent and good value. Varied and interesting menu, generous proportions and superbly cooked.
I stayed at the hotel with my husband and 2 children 8 and 10. The room was comfortable, large and spotless, the communal spaces in the hotel had character and charm and the breakfast was excellent. The staff were friendly and efficient and the swimming pool a real added bonus. The proximity to the town was a wonderful bonus - 5 minutes walk to the castle and main square. Yes the decor in the room is a little dated, but this hotel represents fantastic value for money. There is so much to do in the area, it's a great base to climb Snowdon and visit the Zip World centres. We didn't have time to visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo or do the Railway - two nights in the area just wasn't enough. we can't wait to go again!