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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

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Llety Eisteddfod yr Urdd 2013 Urdd Eisteddfod Accommodation

Eleni mae Eisteddfod yr Urdd yn cael ei gynnal ger Boncath yn Sir Benfro, Gorllewin Cymru.

This year the Urdd National Eisteddfod will be held in Boncath, Pembrokeshire West Wales.

Mae gan y Gorau o Gymru nifer o lety hunan ddarpariaeth ar gael yn y Gorllewin a dyma ambell un ohonynt;

Best of Wales has a selection o Self Catering properties available and here is a selection of those’

Llety’r Wennol – sleeps / cysgu 4
3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 singles
Arrive: Sat 25 May 2013 Depart: Sat 01 Jun 2013 (7 nights)Saif bwthyn gwyliau Llety’r Wennol ynghanol cefn gwlad hardd, agored ar ffin ddeheuol cyfres Mynyddoedd y Cambrian.

Llety’r Wennol holiday cottage is located in beautiful open, rolling country at the southern edge of the Cambrian Mountain range

Trefenty Holiday Cottage

Trefenty Holiday Cottage

Trefenty Cottage – sleeps / cysgu 4 2 bedrooms: 1 king, 1 twin

Arrive: Sat 25 May 2013 Depart: Sat 01 Jun 2013 (7 nights)

Llety hunan arlwyo moethus ger Talacharn gyda golygfeydd syfrdanol o Aber y Tywi. Mae’r bwthyn gwyliau hwn ar Lwybr Arfordir Cymru, ychydig filltiroedd o Dalacharn (pentref Dylan Thomas).


Luxury self catering, Laugharne accommodation with stunning views across the Tywi Estuary. This holiday cottage is actually located on the All Wales Coast Path and just a few miles from Dylan Thomas’ Laugharne.

Swn y Don – sleeps / cysgu 4
3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 singles (+ extra single available)
Arrive: Sat 25 May 2013 Depart: Sat 01 Jun 2013 (7 nights)

Bwthyn hyfryd gyda gardd fawr amgaeedig yn cynnig llety hunan-ddarpar ger y môr ym Mae Clarach, Aberystwyth. Golygfeydd hyfryd dros y dyffryn a 2 funud o gerdded i gyrraedd y traeth a Llwybr yr Arfordir.


A beautiful cottage with a large enclosed garden offering cosy self catering by the sea in Clarach Bay, Aberystwyth. Lovely views over the valley and just a 2 minute walk to the beach and Coastal Path. £590.00


Awel y Mor – sleeps / cysgu 5
3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single
Arrive: Sat 25 May 2013 Depart: Sat 01 Jun 2013 (7 nights)

Bwthyn gwyliau cartrefol gyda digonedd o le ynddo ydy Awel y Mor, wedi ei leoli un filltir o bentref

glan môr Cei Newydd, a gaiff ei ddisgrifio weithiau fel y ‘berl yng nghoron arfordir Gorllewin Cymru’.


Awel y Mor is a homely, spacious West Wales holiday cottage, located one mile from the fishing village of New Quay, sometimes described as ‘the jewel in the crown of the West Wales coast’. The area is famous for its bottle nosed dolphins and picturesque coastal villages.


Stone Barn Retreat Holiday Cottage

Stone Barn Retreat Holiday Cottage

Stone Barn Cottage – sleeps / cysgu 6
2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 king (+ 2 extra single futon beds)
Arrive: Sat 25 May 2013 Depart: Sat 01 Jun 2013 (7 nights)

Bwthyn gwyliau 5 seren a saif mewn 26 acer o gefn gwlad hyfryd a dolydd bras yng Ngorllewin Cymru. Mae’r bwthyn hwn yn berffaith ar gyfer gwyliau llawn gweithgaredd, neu ar gyfer ymlacio – boed hynny’n peintio, ysgrifennu, darllen neu eistedd a synfyfyrio.


A 5 star Holiday Cottage in West Wales, set in 26 acres of stunning countryside and wildflower meadows. This cottage is perfect for those who want to an activity based holiday

Ty Bedwen – sleeps / cysgu 2
1 double bedroom
Arrive: Fri 24 May 2013 Depart: Fri 31 May 2013 (7 nights)

Bwthyn hunan arlwyo clud, un llawr yw Tŷ Bedwen wedi ei leoli ar fferm 2½ milltir o Dy Ddewi ac yn agos i lwybr arfordirol Sir Benfro.


St Davids holiday cottage for two – located on a working farm with a games room on site and close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

I fwcio neu am ragor o fanylion yna cysylltwch â thîm y Gorau o Gymru ar 01650 511101 www.ygorauogymru.co.uk

For more information or to book contact the Best of Wales team on 01650 511101 or www.bestofwales.co.uk

Easter Holiday in North Wales – try Glasfryn Parc Action & Activity Centre

Coming for a cottage holiday to North Wales this Easter? Here’s a good day out for all the family…

(Written by Lisa Markham, owner of Maes y Wennol holiday cottage in Snowdonia, North Wales. Lisa also has her own review column in the Daily Post).

What’s the attraction?

As Colin (11) and his Dad had gone to Old Trafford to watch Man United v Newcastle, I had the task of finding a good alternative for Tom (6) and Catrin (3).  Recommended by my friend, Sara Jones, we headed for the beautiful coast of the North Wales to experience Glasfryn Parc.

For Tom, the attraction is  ACTION in whatever form so the outlook was good as he got out: 

“It’s brilliant,” said Tom “much better than I ever imagined.”

What’s on offer?

Family Day Out in North Wales

There was activity all around us – clay Pigeon Shooting, archery and strange looking ‘alien type people’ in large helmets and multi coloured overalls preparing for… the Go Karts and Quads.

Where to go and what to do first?  Guidance was required.  We headed for a beautifully presented reception with newly planted Spring flowers.  A good first impression. 

Catrin and Tom were full of enthusiasm and energy as they ran into the very impressive 8 lane bowling centre.

An introductory tour was given by the owner of 15 years, Mr Jonathon Williams-Ellis.  A farmer utilising diversification to its utmost – farm shop supplying their own Welsh Black Beef and Lleyn Sheep working on the ‘gate to plate’ policy as well as balancing the requirements of the locals and the tourist trade.   Tom and Catrin were thrilled to have a go on a newly built Ball Park as yet not open to the public.  Under expansion the parc is constantly trying to improve to create the perfect activity centre for all ages.

“A great  place to visit with plenty to do and to have lots of fun,” said Tom.

How did you get there?

From a well  informed website, a map for directions was clear and simple to find.  Tom’s first task of the day was to get us there.  Tom followed the map all the way through Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Cricceth and clearly signposted, Glasfryn Parc is conveniently located 4 miles east of Pwllheli on the A499 following signs for Y Ffor..  We left home at 10.30 am and arrived at 11.43 am – just about manageable for an active ‘headstrong’ 3 year old.

How long did you stay?

Leaving the car in a spacious car park enjoying all the sights with the background drop of the beautiful North Wales mountains, we headed straight for reception located in the main building of the park.  The activities took around 2 hours with another hour for lunch and of course, the infamous play area before starting home.   As usual, I  had to drag them both away.  It’s never quite enough.  “Can we go swimming now?” asked Catrin.

Did you take a brolly?

Yes, just in case but surprisingly for early January, the weather was perfect – very mild with blue skies.  Perfect for the outdoor activities but the amazing indoor activity centre would have covered all eventualities.

What did you do there?

Tom’s smile when he saw the Go Karts painted the perfect picture.  We had a bit of a struggle getting into the overalls and helmets.  Catrin being so small, then Tom and an extra ‘tall’ one for me being 6 foot.  We were doing well before Catrin being so slim just kept slipping out of the safety harness…so Tom did the laps around the track quite happily with one of the helpful staff.  Catrin and I watched the ‘Grand Prix’ from a safe distance.

To relax when the chequered flag came down, they had some time in the cushioned play area – simple and safe but effective for Catrin to overcome the disappointment of not racing on the track.  I just took a bit of time out to plan the next stage of activity. 

Ten Pin Bowling was the favoured choice so off we went into our posh red and white bowling shoes.  The equipment looked fresh and new with really friendly, efficient staff.  The Saturday afternoon rush had appeared but we managed to get a ‘lane’ without waiting.  Patience is yet to be learnt by Catrin.  The game proved to be a great success even for Catrin who even had more points than me.  Tom was the champion with an impressive strike on his last ball for a total of 88 points.  We all left smiling and fulfilled.

We did have a final stop over at the play area where Catrin managed to use the swing on her own…a huge achievement in her opinion.

How much did it cost you?

For two double junior Go Karts it cost £14.00 and the Ten Pin Bowling cost £10.00 for two players.  All the activities are priced separately which could make the day quite expensive if we’d managed to all the activities on offer.

How about food and drink?

With Welsh Black beef, lamb and game bred and reared on the estate at Glasfryn Parc you expected the extensive of freshly prepared meals being offered.  Catrin and Tom were quite satisfied with their snacks of tuna sandwich,  cheese paninis and apple juices at a cost of £8.70. The ability to accommodate all requirements was a great advantage when you have the specific tastes of young children.

I enjoyed their café experience especially the Grand Prix theme with wonderful photographs of the Glasfryn experience.  Having 2 full-time chefs employed reflects the service available ranging from the passing tourist trade, the locals and also the corporate events for various groups  and evening parties.  Even conference room facilities and bar is available for events tailored to your own requirements.

Are there any shops?

The farm shop was definitely a siop with a difference offering quality welsh produce and meats.  They had traditional bacon cured and smoked on the premises with pickles, preserves and gourmet foods.  The children were not too impressed with the lack of toys but plenty of ice creams which helped.

Is it ok/safe for kids?

Being the longest establishment of its kind in Wales, their Health and Safety procedures is clearly a priority with the good instruction and proper use of  protective clothing and helmets.  Safety barriers clearly in place to guide customers where to await instructions to avoid any accidents occurring.  As the parc accommodates people of all ages – children and adults, the supervision of young children is paramount for their safety.  Set in approximately 350 acres, the estate can easily offer activities like archery, the quads, the go-karting and clay pigeon shooting and still create a feeling of safety for younger children and their families.

Can people with disabilities get around?

Disabled facilities were clearly noticeable with wide gateways, doorways and corridors and being so spacious, the parc is suitable for all abilities and special needs. Having special needs customers there in the cafe, it is quite clearly a  regular spot to visit on a Saturday afternoon to eat and take part in activities which are on offer.  With 3 separate toilet facilities on site accommodating the various outdoor and indoor activities.

What was the best bit?

Having experienced the Go-Karting and the Ten Bowling Centre – it was the perfect day out for Tom.   Catrin was not old enough to fully enjoy what was on offer even though the bowling was great for her. Another vist will be arranged for Colin to experience the archery, the quads and the clay pigeon shooting to fully utilise the activites on offer.  With the new Ball Play Area being established as well as the new Piano Bar for the ‘relaxing adults’ this Parc will definitely be worth another visit.– a real fun day out but  challenging at the same time creating a real sense of achievement.  Seeing Tom’s face beam as the flag came down to end his session on the karts was a moment to remember. 

I was thrilled to note that everything on site was bilingual – even the menus on the special boards in the café.  In addition, all the staff spoke Welsh.  Excellent for the locals and tourists alike. 

Opening times?

Amazingly, the Glasfryn Parc is open every day of the year.

Seven days a week from  10:00 am til late.

Address:           Glasfryn Parc, Y Ffor, Pwllheli, Gwynedd  LL53 6RD

Tel:  01766 810202  /   www.glasfryn.co.uk   /   info@glasfryn.co.uk     

Rating ****

Being open everyday apart from Christmas Day deserves a 4 star rating.

Best of Wales currently have Easter Holiday special offers on 4 and 5 star holiday cottages near Glasfryn Parc – find out more…

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Corris Craft Centre, King Arthur’s Labyrinth and Bard’s Quest

Thinking of a cottage holiday in Mid or North Wales? Here’s a good day out for all the family…

(Written by Lisa Markham, owner of Maes y Wennol holiday cottage in Snowdonia, North Wales. Lisa also has her own review column in the Daily Post).

Three in One:

Corris Craft Centre, King Arthur’s LABYRINTH, Bard’s Quest

“One of the most mysterious and atmospheric stories Wales has to tell – rarely has it been told in more apt surroundings”  The Express

What’s the attraction?

Corris Crafts Centre, Mid Wales

Things to do on your cottage holiday in Mid Wales

The starting point is the Corris Craft Centre  – home to 10 craft workshops.  Talented craftspeople making unique hand-crafted items: hand-made cards, rustic furniture, hand turned wood, glassware, patchwork and quilting, candles, leatherwork, jewellery, pottery and wooden toys.  The labyrinth shop sells a range of books, gifts, toys and souvenirs on the Celtic Arthurian theme.

King Arthur's Labyrinth, Mid Wales

Things to do on your cottage holiday in Mid Wales

The next step was an underground adventure –  perfect for children of all ages.  An unique boat journey along an underground river, through the great waterfall, and sail into a world of mystery, legends and storytelling.  An opportunity to explore a labyrinth of tunnels and spectacular caverns, as tales of King Arthur and other ancient Welsh legends unfold in a dramatic subterranean setting.   A fascinating journey for Colin (10), Tom (5) and Catrin (3) – even for Mum and Dad.

Finally, we faced the challenge of the Bards’ Quest  to search for the lost legends hidden in the Maze of Time.   What an amazing way to relive the wonderful legends to evoke the spirit and the history of the people to save the mystical stories which echo across the ages.

What’s on offer?

Set among the woodland of an old working quarry of Upper Corris, it creates the perfect atmosphere for the King Arthur’s underground adventure and the maize.

With free car parking, a very clean, spacious, light, bright and modern café with lovely views serving locally sourced ingredients to make up and an interesting menu with a Welsh twist with genuine welcoming staff.  The café is adjoined by a well-planned picnic and outdoor play area  –  instantly gaining attention of all three children.

How did you get there?

The King Arthur’s Labyrinth is situated at Corris Craft Centre in Mid Wales on the main A487 road between Machynlleth and Dolgellau.  However, from Llanfihangel y Pennant, the journey took twenty minutes and the children were thrilled to get out of the car so soon.

How long did you stay?

The hours passed by very quickly and very relaxed it was for the parents.   We spent the afternoon there trying out all that was on offer from painting pottery to getting lost in the maize and trying to keep Catrin’s helmet on.

Did you take a brolly?

The weather was brilliant sunshine for the whole day.  As the main activity, the Labyrinth being underground makes it the perfect activity for families – rain or shine.  Which is why it is so very popular with tourist from all over the world.

What did you do there?

Immediately, the children spotted the park which was perfect for all three to enjoy and for ‘Mum & Dad’ to have a quiet coffee.  The first port of call was the Quarry Pottery with lots of lovely pots and smoking dragons.  The incentive was to paint their own pottery.  The staff were so welcoming, patient and made it a very enjoyable and memorable experience. It was a pleasure to watch their concentration as they painted their dinosaurs, pigs and turtles.  They were so interested in the process of the whole pottery making.

It was a real thrill to watch them as they entered the barge and made our way deep into the old quarry towards the plunging waterfall ahead of us – Colin and Tom were thrilled to hear the stories whilst Catrin was working hard on keeping control of that helmet. 

Coming out of the darkness back to the sunshine was a relief which is why we enjoyed the maize so much.  It was wonderful to find our way and listen to the various stories some of which I had never heard even though I studied Welsh History for four years.  So an afternoon of thrilling story telling was enjoyed by all especially Catrin – she was totally engrossed when the ‘giant was running after his daughter’.

How much did it cost you?

Admission to the Labyrinth underground tour: 

Adult: £5.75:  Child £4.10: Senior: £5.20 

Admission to the Bard’s Quest:

Adult:£4.10: Child: £2.35: Senior: £3.60

Concessionary rates available for groups of 15 or more and admission to the Bards’Quest is half price when purchased with admission to the Labyrinth tour.

Admission to the Craft Centre is free.  However, the pottery making cost £25.00 which included  choosing a pot from a wide variety of shapes and sizes, all shades of colours you could imagine in a wonderful quaint workshop.  

How about food and drink?

Instantly the space available in the cafe especially with ‘busy’ children creates a relaxed atmosphere which benefits all the family.  The Welsh twist in the menu was quite unique with a variety of Welsh Rarebits presented cleverly on a glass board with a red background.  Different but appealing, The children chose from a variety of scrumptious home baked cakes and milk shakes.  A pleasant time for all of us for a very reasonable cost of around £10.00.

Are there any shops?

The 10 craft  workshops creates the perfect opportunity for the public to buy the unique hand-crafted items as well as the Labyrinth shop which sells a range of books, gifts, toys and souvenirs on the Celtic Arthurian theme. 

Is it ok/safe for kids?

We did feel quite confident as the children ran and played quite freely all afternoon between the park, the craft centre and the picnic area.  Having the specific acitivites during the day to focus on, the compact playing areas were perfect to let off steam.

Can people with disabilities get around?

Being on one level with paved walk-ways creates a satisfactory environment for all abilities and ages.  There is ample free car parking with blue badge spaces within a few yards of the Craft Centre.  The picnic areas are, however, on unlevel grassed surfaces.    Gents and Ladies disabled toilet and baby changing facilities in both toilet blocks with room for a wheelchair but limited space for a carer.

It clearly states in the brochure to refer to their website or call for an Access Statement.

What was the best bit?

Seeing their determination as they painted their pottery models and maybe the  exhilaration (or was it terror) on Catrin’s face as the barge slowly glided into the plunging waterfall and voices coming out of the darkness retelling stories and legends from our ancient history.  Tom and Colin were mesmerised and stunned into silence as they listened to the legends of  Wales bellowing from the deep mystical quarry where in fact their Grandmother used to work for the Chief Executive when it was a working quarry 60 years ago.

Opening times?

King Arthur’s Labyrinth and Bards’Quest opens daily from 31st March to 4th November 2007.  It opens at 10am and the last visit starts at 5pm.The Corris Craft Centre and the Café also open at other times of the year so it is advisable to telephone for details:

‘Three Great Attractions in One Beuatiful Location…..’ – you just can’t go wrong because there is something to interest everyone.

The Corris Craft Centre – the starting point of the adventures

An underground boat ride into a Labyrinth of spectacular caverns, myths and legends….

The challenge of the Bards’Quest to search for the lost legends hidden in the Maze of Time.

Corris, near Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RF

Tel: 01654 761584



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