Many years ago North Wales didn’t wake up until Easter. That’s no longer the case, as you’ll discover if you’re visiting over February half term. You can bounce on an underground trampoline, fly over a massive slate quarry, or strap on a pair of crampons and head for Snowdonia’s icy peaks (they are now, and will be for some weeks).
Here are some other things you can do, if the high-octane adrenaline stuff feels too much for a mid-winter breather.
Treat Your Loved One to a Memorable Valentine’s Day
If your life revolves around town then a break to the country can be particularly romantic. Check out this post for a few ideas to make your day in North Wales a special one.
Cook a Crempog on Pancake Day (Tuesday 17 February)
Cook a what? A Crempog, as close to a Welsh pancake as you can get. These thicker versions of your typical Shrove Tuesday crepe are best cooked on a griddle and they are delicious. Stack in a pile, smoother them in butter, and enjoy.
Here’s the recipe courtesy of VisitWales
Wander amongst Snowdrops and Plant Your Own
February is snowdrop month, and their displays are best at National Trust properties. Head to Penrhyn Castle near Bangor for carpets of snowdrops and wonderful views. Grounds, tea room and shop open are all open. Free entry for NT members and children under 5, or £2 entrance fee.
Call 01248 353 084 or visit The National Trust
If you want to be a bit more hands-on, Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley wants visitors to help plant even more. The Gardens are expanding which means they need to plant thousands, so why not leave your mark here? Planting takes place 14 – 22 February, 11am – 1pm. Admission fee applies.
Call 01492 650460 or visit The National Trust
Model Railways at Llanberis Slate Museum
Those folk at Llanberis Slate Museum love their railways! As well as the stream train that makes its way along the lake*, they have a miniature ride-on for children, incline railways associated with the slate industry, and now a model railway exhibition for kids and young-at-heart adults alike.
From 19 -22 February, 10am to 4pm, there are daily demonstrations, talks, and various layouts of all shapes and sizes on display, as well as trade stands to buy items. You’re welcome to bring your own 00 gauge trains and have a go on the test track layout.
This year will also feature demonstrations of the slate carrying incline as well as storytelling sessions for children. A great family day out, especially if the weather’s a bit naff.
* Llyn Padarn lake railway only runs on the weekend, 24-25 February. See their website for timetables and fares