Category Archives: Attractions

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.

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…

fireworks

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.

View with road bridge Conwy Castle Cadw Sites World Heritage Sites SAMN: CN004 NGR: SH783774 Conwy North Castles Medieval Defence Historic Sites

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/

Llangwm, Pembrokeshire launches its first literary festival

Llangwm, Pembrokeshire launches its first literary festival with a line-up of talks on Rival Royals, Rajahs, Russia, Refugees and Roots, and workshops inspired by Roald Dahl

Venues in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire – Friday 12 August – Sunday 14 August 2016

Llangwm launches its first ever literary festival this year with a fascinating selection of literary highlights from writers, famous and emerging. From the Kremlin to Calcutta, Refugees to Roald Dahl, Richard III to Henry Tudor, Children’s Writing to East Germany’s Stasi, Caldey Island to Caerphilly, Damascus to Delphi, there’s something here to capture everyone’s imagination.

 

Llangwm literary festival 2016

A new literary festival in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire

Griff Rhys Jones explores his sense of Welsh identity and the land of his aunties while Ferdinand Mount discovers mutiny, money and marriage in India from a very personal viewpoint. Bobo Lo examines the resurgence of the Kremlin under Putin, the emasculation of the West and the new multipolar world order while Anne Lauppe-Dunbar takes us back to East Germany for a chilling murder mystery and tales of a regime that systematically doped its best athletes to superhero status. Jerwood-winning Jo Mazelis navigates the twilight between reality and the supernatural within an icy wrap of ebony Gothic and Harry Mount walks us through Ancient Greece in the footsteps of Odysseus. Nick Taylor asks whether today’s problems are the result of the historic male domination of religion, politics, the economy, and culture and Rachel Mann intrigues us with Elsie Shufflebottom’s attempts to reclaim The Book of Providence and decipher the mysteries of its blank pages. Historian David Horspool delves into the Byzantine intrigues of Royal Rivals, Richard III and Henry Tudor and Diana Darke, an Arabic-speaking woman born in the Gower, talks of her restoration of a Damascus town-house and the genesis of today’s crisis in Syria.

Local author, Pamela Hunt will be regaling us with the hilarious adventures of Miss Daisy, her vintage Austin and Caerphilly-born author Tom Morris will be reading from his vivid collection of short stories “We Don’t Know What We’re Doing”. Ben Rawlence brings us nine lives from Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp.

In addition, there will be a bilingual writing competition for children (Welsh and English), workshops on creative writing for children and adults, and discussions about strategies for getting published. Paintings by local artists will be on sale at the festival site. Local musicians and composers will be performing a variety of music, including songs in Medieval Flemish to remember the Flemish communities of South Pembrokeshire.

For more information on the festival (tickets, attendance, participation and sponsorship opportunities), please contact llangwmlitfest@gmail.com or call 07970 812050. For local accommodation in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire and all across Wales visit www.bestofwales.co.uk

#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

#Findyourepic at Folly Farm

During the Half Term holidays our company director Gareth headed to Folly Farm with his family to enjoy a day out – and as part of our Wales Year of Adventure series we went with him with our camera to see what it’s all about. Wales has some wonderful attractions and Folly Farm, in Pembrokeshire is a favourite pick for families. Folly Farm has grown into a massive tourist attraction over the last 27 years since it opened in 1988 and now attracts over 400,000 visitors each year.

With amazing adventures, zoo feeding experience, penguin parties Folly Farm has established as one of the best places to visit in Wales.

It’s home to sheep, goats, pigs, horses, African lions, penguins, giraffes, meerkats, flamingos, monkeys, rhinos, fruit bats, a sloth and much much more. As well as the zoo there is a barn, a vintage fairground and numerous indoor and outdoor adventure play areas. So as you’d agree plenty to do to keep the children entertained on a day out.

Take a look at how Gareth and his family got on…

For more information visit www.folly-farm.co.uk and www.facebook.com/FollyFarm or find them on Twitter @FollyFarmWales

National Lido of Wales opens in Pontypridd

This week has seen the opening a major new tourist attraction , the new National Lido of Wales, in Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd #PontyLido . The Lido has 3 heated pools, a sun terrace, cafe and a viewing gallery and is set to be a popular family attraction.

National Lido of Wales Pontypridd - Best of Wales

National Lido of Wales Pontypridd

Dating back to 1927 the Lido sadly closed in 1991 and fell into ruin. However this listed building has now been lovingly restored thanks to funding from Welsh Government, Europe, Heritage Lottery and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. It remains the only listed Lido in Wales and will offer free swimming for the rest of the year.

Pwll Nofio Lido Pontypridd - Y Gorau o Gymru

Pwll Nofio Lido Pontypridd

A former industrial area that has now reclaimed its natural beauty the Valleys continue to evolve and develop into a attractive area to visit. The attraction is a further boost to the South Wales Valleys and adds to its value as an activity destination following the opening of Bike Park Wales in 2013. The area also has many country parks, castles, museums and large annual events that include the Wales Velathon to name just one.

Best of Wales offers self -catering accommodation including cottages, lodges, log cabins and apartments throughout Wales. For further details visit www.bestofwales.co.uk #bestofwales #PontyLido

Cardiff’s latest attraction – 150mph Zip line

Just over a week since business leaders in Cardiff announced a feasibility study was being carried out on a cable car system linking Penarth and Cardiff Bay and that sea planes could be landing there in the near future it has been announced a new Zip wire is currently being built from Penarth, across Cardiff Bay.

The new zip wire would ensure commuters can bypass the usual forms of transport and knock half an hour off the usual peak time commute.

new 150mph Zip Wire in Wales

new 150mph Zip Wire in Wales © 2015 Best of Wales © Crown copyright Visit Wales

Zip wires have long been a popular tourist attraction in other parts of Wales but this is the first time they will have been designed to carry commuters during the morning and evening rush hours. It will also be open at other times as a general tourist attraction.

Lisa Jenkins from Best of Wales was keen on the idea….” From a tourism perspective Best of Wales has hundreds of guests coming to South Wales each week and any such attraction would be another attractive option. Cardiff is a popular destination all year round and any initiative that can aid tourism and also reduce traffic with less commuters on the roads at peak times can only be a good thing.”

Local resident Ebrill Jones  also welcomed the new scheme. ” Its quite exciting and I’m looking forward to trying it out. I’m sure it will be another great tourist attraction for Wales.”

Best of Wales is an award winning self catering accommodation provider with hundreds of properties all over Wales including apartments, lodges, cabins, farmhouses, country houses and holiday cottages in Wales. For more information visit www.bestofwales.co.uk

Open Doors events across Wales continue

Cadw (Welsh for ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’) has once again this year organised the Open Doors event. An opportunity for people to explore Wales’ heritage and cultural venues and hidden treasures throughout the month of September.

Open Doors campaign runs this September

Open Doors campaign runs this September

Many venues open their doors to the public for the very first time and possibly the main attraction of the whole month is when 20 of Cadw’s paid for venues are free to visit on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of September.

On the 20th and 21st of September why not visit Kidwelly Castle in West Wales for their free guided tour each day at 11.00am, 1pm and 3pm.

Or on the weekend of the 20th – 21st and 27th – 28th head to Llanberis to see the Quarry Hospital Museum at the National Slate Museum.

And on the weekend of the 27th and 28th the choice is yours – which of our famous castles will you visit? How about Caerphilly Castle,  Caernarfon Castle  or Raglan Castle just some of the venues to choose from.

So if you’re out and about in Wales over the next few weeks why not make the most of the opportunity to visit some of our heritage sites.

For more information on venues participating in Open Doors and how to book your free voucher visit the Cadw website.

Bringing History alive in Wales – National Storytelling Week

National reading week

National reading week

Everyone loves a good story and since Wales is a land of myths and legends where else to go and hear the best stories about knights and castles, princesses and dragons, ghosts and giants , than to Wales – the land of myths, legends and folk tales. During the first week in February (1st – 8th), you can go to any one of 15 historical sites around Wales and take part in a celebration of Wales’ storytelling tradition. The superbly atmospheric locations for the story telling could not be better: from the ruins of Tintern Abbey in south-east Wales, with its legend about a group of  young men who were rooted to the spot one night at the sight of a mail-clad knight pointing to the Abbey doorway with his sword;  to the fairytale Conwy Castle in North Wales  and the numerous spooky tales linked to it;  and the Bishop’s Palace at St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, where the strange story is told of a marble footbridge called the ‘talking stone’ because it once spoke aloud when a coffin was being carried over it. This is just a taste of what’s on offer the length and breadth of Wales during National Storytelling Week.

When you’ve had your fill of spine chilling tales, come home to a warm Welsh welcome in a cosy cottage. Best of Wales Self catering holiday cottages has accommodation close to all the story telling locations. Find them at www.bestofwales.co.uk or call us on 01650 511101. We’re always happy to help!