A Cracking Selection of Family Friendly Events!
Easter 2017 – What’s On
The birds are busy building their nests and the lambs are sunbathing in the fields, which can mean only one thing – Easter is almost upon us! It’s a perfect time for getting out and enjoying everything our corner of West Wales has to offer, so here’s a selection of some of the many family-friendly activities and events taking place during the holidays.
To be honest, there is so much going on that there’s too much to list here, so this is just a taster. If you want to know more don’t hesitate to ask us in the office!
So, here are our top picks for what’s on this Easter:
Skomer Island Daytrip
At this time of year you can enjoy seeing all the migrant birds returning. Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Short Eared Owls are just a few of the birds you could spot, as well as the seals gathering for their moult. Also the bluebells are spectacular, carpeting parts of the island so much that it looks blue.
More details on daytrips can be found here , and be aware, you can’t book ahead, so it’s a first come, first serve basis.
Bay to Remember Wildlife Spotting Boat Trips
Explore the coast from the Teifi Estuary on a guided boat trip to bring you closer to the wildlife of Cardigan Bay, with on-board wildlife guides. With seals, seabirds, porpoise, dolphins, jellyfish and more all making their home in Cardigan Bay, who knows what you might spot! More details on trip times can be found here.
The Welsh Wildlife Centre & Teifi Marsh
Enjoy exploring the nature trails, the adventure playground, and the willow maze. See what you can spy bird-spotting from the bird hides, meet the resident water buffalo and the giant willow badger! In addition there are craft and nature themed events happening virtually every day for the Easter fortnight, from 8th April, including:
Make a flower pot friend
Clay animal modelling
Easter Crafts and Egg Hunt
Silent World’s Weird and wonderful creatures
Decorating a wooden key ring or magnet.
Full details of times and daily events are on their website.
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village
There are a host of family friendly activities and events on at Castell Henllys, with something programmed for every day in April including:
Experience History Now – costumed guided tour, how people lived, dressed and their daily lives in the Iron Age Hill Fort.
Fairytale fun – fun for budding fairies and wizards
Meet the tribe – fun day for would-be Celts
Willow workshop – to weave and Easter Hare
Legends Quest – story based woodlands quest
Roman Day – fun day learning about the Romans
Go wild in the woods – nature based workshops eg den building, mini beasts, site safaris
Stories from the Mabinogion – ancient stories from another world around the fire
The expertly recreated roundhouses and granary, on the original site of the Iron Age foundations are set within 30 acres of beautiful woodland and river meadows in the heart of the National Park – with sculpture trails depicting myths and legends.
So much to choose from! Get full details of the many varied events on their website, here.
Folly Farm is always a great day out for all the family. With over 750 animals in the Zoo, of over 90 different species, you can get up close, discover more about them, and see what Folly Farm are doing with their breeding and conservation programmes for endangered species. There are also eight adventure play areas, and 16 different rides in the vintage fairground, all spread over 120 acres.
In addition to all of this, there are also several scheduled events during the holidays, including:
Pirate Fun Days – theatre show and treasure trails with Fluellen Theatre
Jugglestruck – magic show with the Follies Theatre
PAW Patrol – come and see your favourite pups from PAW Patrol
There’s so much to see and do, you’ll definitely want to make a day of it. Further details are on their website.
Get egg-hunting with the Cardigan Castle Easter Egg Quiz! Take a fun trail around the castle, answer all the questions, and win yourself an Easter egg. (Good Friday through to Easter Monday).
Take a trip back in time with Cardigan Castle’s Medieval Day (April 19th) – a day full of fun events including a puppet show with Small World Theatre’s Lord Rhys, medieval knights, live music, games and hands-on activities eg spinning and seed planting, as well as a Medieval Exhibition to commemorate the 820th anniversary of Lord Rhys’s death.
Get more information here.
No holiday is complete without a mooch around our local producers’ markets, to sample the local produce and buy a few foodie treats to take home with you, or for a picnic later that day. Take your pick from:
St Dogmaels Local Producers’ Market on Tuesday mornings – the closest one to us, and BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards – Best Market 2016.
Newport Market on Monday mornings.
Cardigan Guildhall Market – an array of stalls are there all week, but Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the best days to go for more choice in food and produce.
In addition to ALL of these activities and events, there are beaches, mountains and castles to explore, coasteering, kayaking, horse riding…plus lots more – as well as everything onsite here at Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages for you to enjoy (daily farm animal feeding, the Big Play Barn with Pets’ Corner, adventure playground, soft-play area, heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym!).
There’s so much to do you’ll wish you were staying for longer!
Puffins and seabirds at Skomer Island : http://www.pembrokeshire-islands.co.uk/galleries/
Wildlife at the Welsh Wildlife Centre : https://www.facebook.com/WelshWildlifeCentre/posts/1412186702160601
Medieval Celebrations at Cardigan Castle : https://www.facebook.com/CastellAberteifi/posts/1061908703942667