Ten Snowdonia Attractions Hosting Children's Summer Events
There's always plenty going on in Snowdonia, all year round – and the summer season is absolutely packed with fun events and activities! Across the region there are all sorts of events to enjoy through the year, from music, film and theater to history, carnivals and food festivals.
With the UK's children being free from school for six weeks or so during the summer, many of Snowdonia's attractions host events that are designed to keep children entertained through the summer holidays. Here are ten attractions that are worth a visit, for children of all ages.
1. National Slate Museum
Summer of Slate, at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, consists of a series of craft workshops taking place over the summer. Summer of Slate activities include use of the museum's Art Cart to decorate your own piece of slate and color in a geological timescale; making patterns in the foundry sandpit or playing dress-up in the quarrymen's houses.
2. Penrhyn Castle
At Penrhyn Castle near Bangor your children can enjoy Wild Child days throughout the year, which are even more fun during the summer months. Joined by a team of experienced leaders, your children can go wild with the Wild in the Woods Project, where they'll discover creepy crawlies, try their hand at various crafts, and play outdoor games and treasure trails.
3. Teddy Bears' Picnic
Let your children take their favorite teddies for a picnic at the Llanberis Lake Railway. Special trains are in operation for the teddy bears' picnics, to take you and your little ones on a journey around the lake with lots of extra fun activities included.
4. GreenWood Forest Park
There are so many events for children taking place at GreenWood Forest Park every summer, we could not possibly list them all! Events and activities include face painting, magic shows, crafts, donkey rides, wood turning, body art and hair braiding. Phew! That's on top of all the usual fun stuff that goes on at GreenWood, like building dens and riding the people-powered rollercoaster.
5. Theatr y Ddraig
At Theatr y Ddraig in Barmouth there are often special shows and events for children. For example, the wonderful puppet show, Wolf Tales, in which the wolf, whose reputation has plummeted thanks to fairy tales, gets the chance to tell his side of the story for a change!
6. Llyn Coastal Festival
The Llyn Coastal Festival has all sorts of events and activities available for both adults and children. Beach Fun Days take place at Porthdinllaen, Porth Oer (Whistling Sands) and Llanbedrog, which children of all ages enjoy, and there are all sorts of other fun activities around the Llyn Peninsula that the rest of the family can take part in.
7. Woody's Annual Party
On bank holiday Monday every August, your children can enjoy Woody's Annual Party at Gypsy Wood Park, near Caernarfon. Gypsy Wood is a fantastic attraction anyway, with plenty to see and do, but Woody's Party makes the day even more special. Fancy dress, meet the Fairy Godmother, competitions and children's entertainers make this a must-visit day out in Snowdonia this summer!
8. Tree Top Olympics
For the duration of the main Olympic Games, Tree Top Adventure in Betws y Coed stage the Tree Top Olympics, where competitors are timed going round a treetop course every evening through the period, with prizes for first, second and third places. There are categories for under-12s, under-16s and adults, so all but the youngest members of the family will be able to take part.
9. Victorian Festival
At Nant Gwrtheyrn, near Nefyn, there's a wonderful Victorian festival with plenty of fun activities for children and adults. Visitors can dress up in Welsh Victorian costumes, go back in time to experience life in a Victorian classroom, meet a 'Victorian' resident, Myfanwy Tomos, who will show visitors around her home, and enjoy craft activities similar to those that would have been enjoyed by Victorian children.
10. John Andrews Theater
Another event with a Victorian theme is the opening of the John Andrews Amphitheater at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, near Pwllheli. On the first night is a ticketed gala concert, while on the weekend is the Victorian fun day with craft demonstrations, Victorian dress, art workshops, circus performers and more, with free entry. There's also a woodland walk and talk during the weekend, as well as a lecture on the history of the Plas by local historian John Dilwyn Williams.