Category Archives: North Wales

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

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/

North Wales Named in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Regions for 2017

Great news, North Wales has been named as one of the best regions to visit in 2017, in the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2017. Named alongside some great destination in countries including Peru, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia it’s great to see Wales being recognised.

Mentioned by Lonely Planet are some of the well known great adventures to do in North Wales including Surf Snowdonia, Zip World and Bounce Below.

Another great attraction in North Wales is Zip Safari in Betws y Coed by Sip World and we visited the attraction earlier on in 2016.

If you’re looking to explore North Wales next year, head to our North Wales Snowdonia, North Wales Coast, Anglesey, or North Wales Borderlands pages and search through our self catering accommodation on offer. Or contact us on 01650 511101 and we’ll help you find the perfect base for your holiday.

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

A Guide to the Summer Events in Wales

With the summer holidays soon approaching we thought we’d give you a taster of the summer events coming your way.

Wales is packed full of wonderful events for you to enjoy during your visit, we’ve got events for families, friends, sports enthusiasts, cultural enthusiasts – something for everyone. From the Glass Butter Beach Festival (more details later on) in North Wales to visiting the Big Cheese Festival in South Wales.

Here we highlight just some of the events waiting for you this Summer

Popular Events in Wales in July

16 July – International Snowdon Race which starts in Llanberis and sees people racing up the highest mountain in Wales. A great spectator event if you’re not up for the challenge.

The Royal Welsh Show

The Royal Welsh Show

18-21 July – The Royal Welsh Show one of the biggest agricultural shows in the UK, it brings together the whole farming industry and rural community with high quality food and drink produced in Wales. Come and visit us as we will be showcasing what Best of Wales has to offer with a stand at the event.

29-31 July – Big Cheese Festival which is set in Europe’s largest castle in Caerphilly. A free event which includes street entertainers, music, dance, traditional funfair and a food hall.

Battle re-enactment Big Cheese Festival

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Big Cheese Festival

Popular Events in Wales in August

29 July-6 August – Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival travels to different places every year and this year it will be held in Abergavenny. With it traditionally being a competition based festival it has grown to a vibrant festival with activities for the whole family.

17-24 August – Conwy River Festival celebrates the town of Conwy and its river estuary with the festival comprising of 9 days of watersports and sailing with numerous on shore activities, entertainment and events.

19-21 August – Glass Butter Beach is the world’s largest wakeboard, music and surf festival. Crammed with entertainment, activities and experiences on and off the water.

These are just some of the events that we’ve got going on in Wales this summer. And if you are in search of accommodation near any of the events listed above then take a look at our latest  availability or contact our customer service team on 01650 511101

Enjoy Our Cottages With A View

With Summer fast approaching we thought we’d put together a list of just some of our great places with great views for you. With the weather hotting up and the nights longer why not relax in one of our cottages and take in the breathtaking views our cottages have to offer. How about an alfresco meal on the balcony or a BBQ on the patio we have cottages to suite everyone’s needs.

Here are some of our popular cottages with excellent views showcasing the Best of Wales.

1 – Plas y Mor, Llyn Peninsula (Sleeps 14)

If you and your friends are looking for somewhere to stay that has amazing sea views, look no further, this 5 star cottage overlooks a 4 mile long sandy beach on the Llyn Peninsula.

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2 – Gorwel, Llyn Peninsula (Sleeps 5)

Another amazing sea view in Llyn Peninsula, why not enjoy a private hot tub at this 5 star Log Cabin. Only a 10 minute walk from the nearest beach of Abersoch which includes watersports, restaurant and shops.

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3 – Y Daflod, Machynlleth, Mid Wales (Sleeps 2)

Surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Mid Wales, this 5 star self catering cottage provides a peaceful retreat for couples. Large balcony with panoramic views to enjoy a sunrise breakfast or an alfresco meal for you to sit back, relax and absorb the countryside atmosphere.

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4. Ysgubor y Waun & Ffermdy Waun, Tywyn, North Wales Snowdonia (Sleeps 16 in both cottages together)

Offering stunning views both inside and outside, Ysgubor y Waun and Ffermdy Waun are adjoining self catering cottages with magnificent views over the Dysynni Valley towards Cardigan Bay. This would be the perfect base for a family get together or friends wishing to explore Snowdonia, with access to the closest beach being 3 miles away.

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5. Tenby Harbour View, Tenby, Pembrokeshire (Sleeps 2)

This one bedroom apartment provides amazing views directly from the balcony across Tenby Harbour and North Beach. This 5 star Apartment is the perfect setting for a couples holiday in Tenby just a short walk away from the beach and many other amenities that Tenby has to offer.

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6. Beacons View Farm Cottages, Brecon Beacons (Sleeps up to 19)

If you’re looking for a group accommodation, this is the perfect cottage for you. With 3 cottages located together these 4 star self catering cottages include numerous facilities to keep everyone entertained from an indoor games room to an outdoor children’s play park to enjoy the stunning views across the Brecon Beacons.

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7. Cardiff Waterside Apartment, Cardiff, South Wales (Sleeps 4)

Located in Cardiff Bay, this Waterside Apartment is within a stunning area where it is possible to have a 180 degree view of the bay. Perfect for a romantic break, city break with either family or friends.

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If you have any specific requirements and would like our Best of Wales advisers to help find your perfect holiday accommodation contact us on info@bestofwales.co.uk or telephone us on 01650 511101.

 

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

Experience Zip World’s Newest Attraction – Zip Safari

This week we were lucky enough to be one of the first to try out Zip World’s newest attraction, Zip Safari, before it opens to the public tomorrow (the 24th of March).

Llion our company director headed to Zip World Fforest just outside Betws y Coed and joined a group of people to preview the new attraction. Climbing 60ft into the trees, a course of zip lines and other obstacles await you. Experiences spectacular views above the tree canopy.

Zip World has become a leading attraction in Wales and this is a great addition to the portfolio. Costing £40 per person the course takes about 2 hours and is well worth a visit.

Watch how Llion got on here:

For more information on Zip Safari head to http://www.zipworld.co.uk/adventure/detail/fforest-zip-safari

Mountain Biking at Coed y Brenin – Wales the Year of Adventure

Mountain biking is one of the most popular activities here in Wales, and the home of the sport is Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia. Last month our customer service coordinator Nia was lucky enough to head to Coed y Brenin to try out mountain biking for the first time as part of our Best of Wales year of adventure.

2016 is a big year for Coed y Brenin, which is managed by Natural Resources Wales. This year is the 20th anniversary of the first purpose built mountain bike trail in the UK at Coed y Brenin and since then the centre has become known across the globe for the quality of the trails on offer.

Nia started off by hiring her bike from on site bike shop Bikes Brenin before heading out on the MinorTaur trail, which is a blue graded trail suitable for families and beginners.

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The team had a great time at Coed y Brenin and finished the day with a well deserved tea and cake at the Visitor Centre and Cafe. Watch how Nia got on here.

Best of Wales tackle ‘Wales the Year of Adventure’

2016 is the year of adventure here in Wales, a celebration of the great things to do and see in Wales. And if you’re thinking adrenaline sports and adventures are not for you, then don’t worry an adventure can be your very own personal adventure. A Food Adventure, a Cultural Adventure, or maybe a Family Adventure.

And here at Best of Wales we want to get involved in the year of adventure and at the same time show you some of the great things waiting for you here in Wales. So throughout the year our staff will be trying out their very own adventures, a new activity or destination in Wales, something that they haven’t done before.

Menai Brigde

We started our Best of Wales Year of Adventure on a glorious January day in Menai Bridge, Anglesey with Rib Ride Adventure Boat Tours. Elliw one of our Customer Service Operators had chosen this as her adventure. As a native of North Wales she has explored much of the area but had never ventured out on the Menai Straits in a boat and was very much looking forward to it (and we couldn’t have chosen a nicer day for it).

She was to head out on their Bridges and Swells trip with the famous Menai Suspension Bridge as the back drop to the trip.

Watch how Elliw got on here:

Come back next month for another Best of Wales adventure and if you try out your very own adventure in the meantime why not share it with us on our Facebook or Twitter using the #findyourepic