Family days out in North Wales

“I’m bored” is a sentence that goes off like a klaxon in some houses – particularly during the school holidays! It can be the canary in the coal mine for mischief, and it’s best headed off at the pass before someone ends up with steam coming out of their ears (that’s usually me in this household). If you’re anywhere near North Wales you’ve got an easy out though – the area is packed to the hilt with things to do with the family.

Why North Wales?

Firstly, the summers in North Wales are fantastic.  It’s rarely too hot to get out and about, and the average lows at night are still extremely comfortable.

It’s also a beautiful place for the adults. On a day out in North Wales, Portmeirion Village offers a beautiful Italianate village experience, Llandudno boasts a family-friendly beachside hub, and there are plenty of old castle towns dotted around to boot – all of them offering something for the kids, too.

Things to do in North Wales:

Horse riding

Regardless of your children’s riding skill level, they can enjoy a horse trek through the hills of Snowdonia with experienced guides.

Mountain biking

If you have bikes already you can load them up into the car and shoot off to any one of the 28 recognised mountain cycling trails in North Wales, or you can rent some on site.


Perfect for expending a lot of energy, get the kids scrambling over the rocks, streams and hills of the Welsh countryside. Even better if you bring the family dog for the fun and grab an ice cream at the end. There’s an endless supply of routes to enjoy!


Whether your little ones are complete novices or bouldering veterans, you can do some thrilling rope climbing outdoors on the side of Mt. Snowdon or take the day to learn to climb as a family indoors.


White water rafting is a thrilling but remarkably safe way to spend a day. As long as your kids are at least eight years old you can get together with another family for an afternoon of coursing down the River Dee.


North Wales has some famously slack waters, perfect for novice sailors. If your children are old enough, it can be a fun day learning how to sail in the safety and comfort of the Abersoch harbour.


Believe it not, you actually can learn to surf in North Wales. Some beaches have natural waves, or your children can learn in a dedicated inland lagoon designed to teach beginner surfers.


It might not be quite right for everyone, but a lot of kids love to go paintballing. You’ve got a huge host of places to go and play, and I’d recommend going as a group for maximum fun and cost savings!

Zoos and aquariums

Choose from traditional zoos, working farms with animals you can feed, and interactive aquariums all in the North Wales area.

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