Category Archives: Activities

Experience your very own Lambing Live in Wales

This time of year is important in our farming calendar in Wales as it’s lambing time. Home to 11 million sheep this is when farms across the country turn into maternity wards to welcome 100,000’s of new lambs into the world.

Many of our holiday cottages are located on farms and this is where you’ll get an opportunity to experience the lambing season for yourself. How would you like to experience your very own lambing live? How about seeing a new born lamb taking its first steps, experience the hustle and bustle of the lambing shed, or the opportunity to bottle feed milk to a pet lamb?

This is what you can experience with some of our Welsh farm holidays. Your opportunity to be shown around the farm by an experienced farmer and see what lambing is all about.

Gwarcwm uchaf located near Aberystwyth and Machynlleth is set on a working farm, lambing is nearing the end however you can still watch the new born lambs play in the surrounding fields.

At Ffermdy’r Waun and Ysgubor y Waun you can be as hands on as you wish. How about a visit to their lambing shed to give a helping hand?

Hafan Hiraethog is another great option for you and again will be lambing from mid March until the end of April.

So why not experience something a little different on your holiday this spring and stay on a genuine Welsh farm. What are you waiting for……

Wales the land of Adventure

2016 was the year of adventure in Wales, and yes we did have an adventure. Our staff went out and about and explored all over Wales, taking part in some great adventures along the way. We went:

  • On a power boat trip with Rib Ride
  • Mountain Biking at Coed y Brenin
  • To Zip World Fforest in Betws y Coed
  • In search of wildlife at Folly Farm
  • Went Coasteering with Celtic Quest Coasteering
  • Went Surfing on the North Wales Coast
  • Exploring at Abergavenny Food Festival
  • Sampling a taste of Wales Rally GB
  • Went foraging with Wild Food Uk
  • Bouncing Below in Blaenau Ffestiniog
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  • Walked the Wales Coast Path

Thanks to all the attractions and activities for all the fun and here’s to more adventures in 2017

Catch up  with all the individual videos here

Exploring the Wales Coast Path

We recently headed out and explored the Wales Coast Path as part of the year of adventure, heading to Ceredigion in West Wales and exploring from Aberporth to Llangrannog. This was a short section of the coast path, and this is the benefit of the path, you can walk as little or as much as you want!

At a total of 870 miles, Wales was the first country in the World to have a coast path around its entire coastline, and the scenery, wildlife and countryside are well worth exploring.

To plan your walk you can head to the Wales Coat Path website and as we mentioned, do a short walk suitable for the whole family, or challenge yourself to a multi day walking holiday.

Watch how Lisa got on during her day out and why not get out and explore for yourself.

Zip World Bounce Below – Best of Wales Year of Adventure

It’s nearly Christmas and if you’re still searching for that perfect gift for a loved one, family or friends we’ve got the perfect thing for you.  Zip World has re-opened Bounce Below bigger and better this Autumn and is a fun day out for thrill seekers of any age, situated in Blaenau Ffestiniog where you can jump from net to net in the caverns deep underground.

Not sure if this is for you?  Elen our Customer Service Officer went as part of her year of adventure back in September and this is the latest of our #findyourepic have a look on how she got on…

Fancy making a weekend of it whilst your in the area? Have a look at our availability in the North Wales Snowdonia area:  http://www.bestofwales.co.uk/property_search_results.asp?startdate_cal=30-Dec-2016&enddate_cal=02-Jan-2017&numbernights=1&region_0=1819&region_1=0&level=0&showchange=1&town=&sleeps=&propertycode=&property=%23&showpage=1&search_frm=0&tab=1

Visit the website for more information and how to book your Bounce Below;

https://www.zipworld.co.uk/adventure/detail/bounce-below

Wild Food #FindYourEpic

Out latest #findyourepic is here in May Mairi, our Customer Service Coordinator went exploring on a wild food foraging course in Cardiff. The foraging course took place in Cardiff City Centre which has the largest city centre park in Europe.  Mairi was able to explore the woods and taste a wide variety of edible plants and flowers growing in the wild – the instructors even had to point out the ones she should avoid as some are very poisonous! Let’s see what she got up to on her adventure…

Have a look at some of their upcoming events and if you fancy doing your own course and want to find out more about all the food growing in the wild in this country, this is the foodie adventure for you.  Visit the website for more information; http://www.wildfooduk.com/

If your looking for our availability around the dates of these courses please follow the link;

http://www.bestofwales.co.uk/

Events in Wales this November…

This is the time of year where you wrap up warm with scarves and hats and enjoy the wonderful events Wales has to offer. Take a look at what’s taking place this month…

4th – 5th November 2016

Fancy some sparkle in your lives? This weekend is bonfire night with fantastic fireworks to give you that magical feeling. Take a look at the local events near you where there will be a bonfire night with fireworks in each county over Wales. You are sure to find somewhere to play with your sparklers…

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Always remember to be safe and if you’re away in any of our cottages make sure to keep yourself, family and ensure that the pets are happy too:)

10th November 2016 – 3rd January 2017

It’s officially Christmas in Cardiff as it opens up to the Christmas Winter Wonderland which includes an ice rink and many more attractions for the family. If you’re in Cardiff over this month and enjoy a bit of Rugby the Under Armour Series will be in full swing with Wales playing Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa.

The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Cardiff Principality Stadium, Cardiff

15th – 20th 2016 November Abertoir Horror Festival

Didn’t get scared enough on Halloween? Why not head to the horror festival in Aberystwyth for a night of ghastly films which also includes concerts, theater shows and masterclasses.

20th November 2016 – Conwy Half Marathon

Why not join in the Conwy Half Marathon to keep yourself fit and healthy? With all the mince pies you’ll be indulging in the next month you won’t feel so guilty. This is one of the top scenic runs in the UK and if you just fancy going to simply support the runners and enjoy the surroundings this is also for you.

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View with road bridge Conwy Castle

28th November Hay on Wye Winter Food Festival

As we all know this is the time for food and drink and the Hay on Wye winter food festival is the place for this. With a weekend of stories, music and great company, join in and indulge in the best quality Welsh food you can find.

28th – 29th November Royal Welsh Winter Fair

For some Christmas shopping with a bit of livestock in the mix this is the perfect place for you. With award winning products in the food hall you are able to explore numerous different trade stands, exhibitions and judging, all whilst being in the festive atmosphere.

These are just snippets of events we have going on in Wales. If any of these take your fancy and you’re looking for accommodation in these areas then head to our search page for our availability or contact us on 01650 511 101.

Wales Rally GB #findyourepic

The next #findyourepic adventure is here and with a special sneak peek to an event coming to Wales this weekend, hold tight as we have a surprise in store for you. Elena our Customer Service Officer went to Phil Price Rally School in Knighton, Mid Wales to a pre-event test with Osian Pryce prior to the Wales Rally GB this weekend. The event held from the 27th-30th October is the penultimate round for the FIA World Rally Championship.

If you’re around the legendary welsh forest this weekend why not try something new and spectate at this event with up to 148 car entries, this is a weekend not to be missed out on…

Visit the website for more information and how to buy last minute tickets, news, press releases, and syndication information on the official website of Wales Rally GB; http://www.walesrallygb.com/home.php

Fancy a bit of rallying this weekend? Find out what availability we have this weekend; http://www.bestofwales.co.uk/

Hell’s Mouth Surf School – Year of Adventure #FindYourEpic

We are over halfway through the Year Of Adventure, and with the most popular weekend of the summer on the horizon we thought we would surprise you with a brand new #FindYourEpic episode. This time it was Ffion our Customer Service and Marketing Officer who headed out to Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula and joined the Hell’s Mouth Surf School.

Wales has various great locations when it comes to surfing with Hell’s Mouth being one of the most popular spots. This time we thought that we would try out what North Wales had to offer…

Ffion started off by hiring her wetsuit from the West Coast Surf shop who runs the surf school and is situated in Abersoch itself. She was provided with her foam ‘Swell’ surfboard before heading down to the beach. Take a look how Ffion got on…

If you heading that way this weekend why not pop into the West Coast Surf shop or even try challenge yourself to a spot of surfing. If you’re a pro surfer or just fancy learning something new this is a great holiday idea for anyone.

For more information visit http://www.westcoastsurf.co.uk/school.html

Come back next month for another Best of Wales adventure where we will be heading to Abergavenny Food Festival to explore a different kind of adventure in Wales.  In the meantime if you’ve been trying out your own adventures here in Wales why not share it with us on our Facebook or Twitter by using the #findyourepic

#Findyourepic at Celtic Quest Coasteering

As it is the 1st of July we thought we’d surprise you with a brand new #Findyourepic episode and this time it was Meirion our very own Camera man (Filming, Editor and Customer Service Officer) who headed out with his camera to film his own adventure of Coasteering at Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire with Celtic Quest Coasteering.

We couldn’t have picked a better day to head to Pembrokeshire with the sun shining, Meirion had a brilliant experience and threw himself (literally) into every aspect of the session. Coasteering is a great challenge for everyone to try and is suitable for families, hen or stags, or corporate groups (people have even tried it to get over their fear of heights!). Celtic Quest Coasteering have received numerous awards including being voted Best Visitor Experience in Wales. Have a look at our brilliant video and see if you fancy getting wet, wild and having fun on the rocks – if adrenaline sports is your thing this is definitely the one for you.

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will also be returning to Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire on the 11th September 2016, an event which is well worth a visit.

Watch how Meirion got on here:

For more information on Celtic Quest Coasteering visit www.celticquestcoasteering.com

Looking ahead to the Summer holidays – top 10 for Wales

The Summer holidays is a time to enjoy with the family and if you haven’t got your holidays booked yet then we’re here to help you out with some great suggestions of activities that will keep your children (and you) entertained.

1. Dolphin spotting in Cardigan Bay

Yes that’s right, dolphins. We have one of only two resident populations of Bottle nose Dolphins in the UK in Cardigan Bay. Head out on a boat trip to watch them in their natural habitat. Trips go from New Quay in West Wales.

2. Tackle the trails

Wales is one of the best places to mountain bike in the World – fact. With trails for beginners as well as the pros why not head to Afan Forest Park in South Wales, Coed y Brenin in Snowdonia or Brechfa in West Wales.

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3. Explore the coast path

Wales’ coast path is 870 miles in length, but don’t be daunted by that. There are some lovely family friendly sections that for you to experience the beauty of the coast.

4. Experience our history at our castles

Wales has 600 castles so there’s plenty to choose from. Over the summer months many of them also have events and children’s activities taking place. How about a visit to Conwy castle, Carreg Cennen Castle or Caerphilly Castle?

5. Explore our wildlife

We are well known for our wildlife here in Wales, whether its puffins on Skomer island or Red Kites at Nant yr Arian. Experience our wildlife in their natural environment – something the young ones will never forget.

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6. Theme park adventure

We have so much natural adventure in Wales however a day out at some of our attractions is also fun, try Oakwood Park, or Glasfryn Park or for the younger children head to Folly Farm.

7. Adventure

This year is the year of adventure in Wales, so why not try coasteering, ride the longest zip wire in Europe, surf at our inland surf lagoon, or try your hand at numerous other activities on offer.

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8. Summer events

Our events season in the Summer is packed with things such as the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, the National Eisteddfod for Wales, Llangollen International Eisteddfod, the Green Man festival and more.

9. Scale Wales’ highest mountain

If your not feeling energetic then getting to the top of our highest peak is easy, why not catch the train from Llanberis all the way to the summit. Wish for a clear day to experience breathtaking views.

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10. Have a fun day out at the beach

Tenby, Abersoch, Broadhaven, Port Eynon, Cefn Sidan, Llangrannog, just some of the family friendly beaches to visit. Build a sand castle, go paddling in the sea or sit and relax – its up to you.

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If you’re planning your Welsh holiday and looking for accommodation then head to our search page or contact one of our friendly customer service team on 01650 511101/info@bestofwales.co.uk