Holiday House Conwy - Right as rain: Wet weather activities in north Wales
North Wales is arguably best known for its majestic mountains, beautiful beaches and adrenaline filled adventure activities. Whether you like to walk, bike, surf, sail, climb or fly through the air, we have it covered! If history and culture are more your thing, you can spend your holiday exploring imposing castles, roman ruins or ancient mines. Alternatively, play a round of golf, take a leisurely stroll around one of the many gorgeous gardens or simply enjoy some time out with a book, an ice cream and a bucket and spade. But what happens when it starts to rain? Whether your castles are made from sand or stone, it is all too easy for a bit of British drizzle to spoil the days’ plans.
In my opinion, north Wales has an unfair reputation for being wet. It simply isn’t true! However, it’s also not the Caribbean, and any holiday in the UK needs a few back up rainy day plans. Luckily, there are plenty of wet weather options close to Castle Reach to help ensure everyone has a happy holiday whatever the weather. Here are a few of my favourites.
If you are craving adventure, head to Adventure Parc Snowdonia, just 15 minutes away from Castle Reach along the Conwy Valley. At the newly opened Adrenaline Indoors you can climb, cave, brave extreme slides and tackle the aerial assault course. Or if you fancy getting wet after all, have a go on the world’s first inland surf lagoon at the Adventure Parc’s Surf Snowdonia. Whether you are a complete beginner, or fancy yourself as a bit of an expert, with a perfect wave coming your way every 90 seconds, any surfing fan will find this hard to resist. If you want to keep your feet firmly on the ground, enjoy a coffee and cake or treat yourself to lunch in the café whilst watching the surfers ride some waves.
Alternatively, any adrenaline junkies should head to Go Below at either Conwy Falls (near Betws y Coed) or Tanygrisiau (near Ffestiniog), where you can abseil, zip line, scramble, traverse, boat and climb around the abandoned mines of Snowdonia. You will find deep lakes, lofty caverns and forgotten mining machinery as you zip, climb and scramble through the mountain. Or if bouncing is more your thing, visit Bounce Below in Ffestiniog where you will find an underground playground with giant bouncy trampoline like nets to jump around in. As well as adults and older children there is a separate bounce below experience for kids over 3.
The Boathouse Climbing centre, located in Llandudno’s old RNLI boathouse is another great spot to while away a wet afternoon. As well as climbing and abseiling, have a go at tackling their ‘human rat run’ caving system. With activities for anyone aged 3 and upwards this is the perfect place for a family adventure. If you don’t mind travelling a little further you should head to the infamous Crazy Climb at the Beacon climbing wall in Caernarfon. It’s crazy and wacky and lots of fun!
For those looking for something a little less ‘crazy’, and wanting to see some of the stunning scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, you should take a trip on the Welsh Highland Railway. Whilst beautiful on a sunny day, the climb into the mountains on the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway can be even more dramatic in the clouds. Or if you fancy going ‘in’ the mountains take a tour of the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines in Llandudno or the Llechwedd State mines in Ffestiniog. The living and working state mine museum in Llanberis is also a great spot to learn about the fascinating history of this region. If the rain eases enjoy a walk or train ride around Llyn Padarn. The views of Snowdon and the surrounding mountains are simply stunning.
For The Kids
If the kids need to let off some steam head to the SC2 waterpark in Rhyl. When they are tired of sliding and splashing they can have a go at the ‘Ninja Tag’ assault course. Or if you all fancy trying your hand at something more creative visit Tan y Ddraig cafe and pottery painting studio, less than a 30 second walk from the front door. Any Willy Wonka fans should head to the newly opened Chocolate Experience museum in Llandudno, whilst anyone seeking a bit of culture can visit one of the two local theatres. If you are looking for a bit of 'me time' and fancy a day of pampering treat yourself to a spa day at Deganwy Quay or Bodysgallen Hall.
And finally, don’t let a little bit of drizzle dampen your spirits whilst on holiday. Why not put on your wellies and waterproofs and go out and do what you planned to do anyway. There is nothing better than a wet blustery walk to really blow those cobwebs away. Splash in some puddles, go for a swim in the sea or soak up some history and culture. When you get back ‘home’ have a hot bath and reward yourself with a pint of local ale (or any other tipple of your choice!) and a meal out at one of the many fantastic restaurants on your doorstep. Or let the kids make dens and snuggle down under the blankets with some popcorn to watch a film in the playroom whilst you cook up a storm in the kitchen.
Come rain or shine there is plenty to keep everyone happy whilst on holiday in north Wales. You can find more information or book a break at Castle Reach holiday house in Conwy here.
Images: Go Below, Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Tan y Ddraig