Family holidays can be a challenge when you’ve got toddlers to think of. Fortunately, Wales is very toddler-friendly with plenty of fun activities, amazing nature, and family-sized accommodation options. These four ideas are great for keeping family holidays fun and stress free.
Choose Toddler-Friendly Beaches
Beach trips are an essential part of any family holiday. Building sandcastles, playing in the sea, and eating ice cream are favourite childhood pastimes! Taking toddlers on holiday means taking health into consideration, so choosing a soft sand beach with good water quality is really important.
For beautiful sands, rock pools galore and good parking, try Porth Dafarch. This sheltered bay on Holy Island is National Trust owned and isn’t far from the RSPB South Stack Reserve.
A family holiday in Conwy means access to several incredible beaches. Seven of Conwy’s beaches are on the “recommended” list in this year’s Good Beach Guide, including Kinmel Bay, Llanfairfechan, Old Colwyn and Penmaenmawr.
Fossil Hunting Adventures
If you’re keen to get your kids into nature, then there’s no better place to start than a fossil hunting adventure with the family. The Great Orme in Llandudno, North Wales, is an excellent place to go hunting for prehistoric relics. There are plenty of paths around this spectacular limestone headland, with brachiopod fossils and ancient coral just waiting to be found. If your little one gets worn out, not to worry, a tramway will take you all the way from the top of the headland back down to the Victorian seaside town.
Plan Rainy Day Activities
Though beach days and outdoor adventures are great, when you see those ominous rain clouds looming in the morning you’ll be glad you’ve got some rainy day activities planned. Top of my list is the Electric Mountain Power Station in Llanberis, where you can explore deep inside Elidir mountain and learn all about hydroelectricity.
Or how about painting your own pottery? The Creative Cafe in Pembrokeshire lets kids get creative with ceramics or even make personalised silver jewellery with their fingerprint. Parents can sit back with a cappuccino, while children get stuck in with the paints.
Organising accommodation to suit everyone’s needs can be a real headache. If you’re holidaying with the extended family, self-catering holiday cottages in Wales could be just what you’re looking for. Having a bit more space for all of the kids ‘bits and pieces, as well as a good few rooms to choose from, can help things go that little bit more smoothly. Not to mention that with self-catering accommodation there is usually a full kitchen for you to prep toddler-friendly snacks for big days out and even save a bit of money by eating in.
If you’re heading on a holiday to Wales with children or toddlers this summer, we have plenty of family-friendly self-catering holiday cottages in North Wales perfect for your break away.