Roll on the first of our Bank Holiday weekends! It’s a great opportunity for families to get together and spend some quality time, especially for the elderly who can often feel lonely and will really appreciate you making an effort with them.
We’ve put together some ideas for activities across Wales you can do during the three day weekend – here’s hoping the sun shines for you too!
The Corris Railway was the first narrow Gauge railway in mid-Wales, built in 1859. Trains run almost every weekend with the round trip taking 50 minutes and including a guided tour of the 133-year-old engine shed and workshops. Their trains include provision for the carriage of wheelchair passengers and those with reduced mobility, as does the Museum and Ticket Office.
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ heritage attractions and is located in beautiful parklands that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The walls of the castle conceal more than 2,000 years of history and include a Roman fort and Norman keep. It offers special tours and workshops.
Taking place every May Day Bank Holiday Weekend is the free Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza featuring Victorian street fair, old-style fair rides, stalls, steam engines, street parades and people dressed up in Victorian costume – perfect for all the family to enjoy.
If all members of the family are mobile enough to take part then the Llangollen Walking Festival is the ideal family day out. You can choose from challenging or moderate walks in and around Llangollen, the river Dee Valley and Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is set in the Carmarthenshire countryside and has the perfect blend of modern and historic attractions for all the family to enjoy, including a range of themed gardens, a tropical butterflu house and Aqualab for the kids.
If the weather is on your side, why not take a picnic to Abergavenny Museum, which is set in the grounds of a ‘ruined’ Norman castle. You can also find out all about the market town from prehistory through to the present day.
The Dark Valley Country Park near Aberdare includes an interactive visitor centre, birds, countryside and spectacular views. There’s also a country park café and a number of walks and trails.
If you’re not able to go out and about with an elderly loved-one then time at home is just as treasured by them. We’ve put together a list of ideas of activities you can all do together as a family here.