Three outdoor activities you and your family can do in North Wales this bank holiday weekend

It’s another holiday this weekend, shortly after Easter, so once again we have a perfect opportunity for the whole family to get together and do some activities. The Met Office is forecasting generally dry weather with some sunny spells, so why not take advantage and venture into the heart of North Wales.

You are virtually spoiled for choice when it comes to our six counties and the great outdoors, as we have one of the most diverse and rich landscapes in all of the UK. Mountain ranges, national parks and a stunning coastline are too few to mention.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with several ideas you might want to use as inspiration for planning ahead for the long weekend. Whether it’s a walk or a visit to a beautiful village.

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Welsh Highland Zoo – Colwyn Bay

The Welsh Mountain Zoo is a zoological garden located near the town of Colwyn Bay in Conwy. Set in one of the most scenic and unique landscapes of any zoo in the UK, Welsh Mountain Zoo occupies some 37 acres of lush green countryside overlooking Colwyn Bay and the Carneddau Mountains in North Wales.

They are home to over 140 species housed in their magnificent collection, to date have welcomed over eight million visitors to the gates. It’s a great day out for the family to see and learn about all the ways of animals.



This red panda called Hop is a newcomer to Welsh Mountain Zoo in Upper Colwyn Bay.

Adult (16+) – £15.87

Child (3-15) – £11.92

Child under 3 years old – Free

Family – Two adults two children / One adult three children – £49.83

Open: 9:30 a.m.

Closing: 5 p.m.



The summit of Snowdon has seen many visitors in recent days
The summit of Snowdon has seen many visitors in recent days

Snowdonia Mountain Range – Gwynedd

Venture into what North Wales is arguably most famous for, Snowdonia. Cross mountains and lakes and admire impressive views.

If you need a map of which route to take in Snowdon, see our guide here. As for the stunning lakes on offer, Llyn Llydaw, Dinas and Ogwen are all equally stunning, while one is said to house King Arthur’s great sword Excalibur…read more here.

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Portmeirion has been nicknamed
Portmeirion has been dubbed ‘Wales’ little Italy’

Portmeirion Village – Gwynedd

Portmeirion is a picturesque village that seems completely out of place for North Wales. Designed to take on the appearance of a Tuscan village, it is one of the five most ‘Instagrammable’ landmarks in the whole of the UK.

An anomaly some would say, but a stunner at that. Visitors can wander the cobbled streets and pretend they’re in a small Italian village, while adults can reminisce about the 60s TV show The Prisoner, which was largely filmed there.

Adult £17.00

Concessions £13.50 (this applies to anyone aged 60 or over or a student with a valid student card)

Children £10.00 (5-15 years)

Children (under 5) Free.

Their website states: “Please note that you can stay as long as you wish, but please respect your expected arrival time.” Arrival times are 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m./11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m./2 p.m.-5 p.m.

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