Top 10 wild adventures in North Wales

Get the family together this summer and tick off 10 of our wild adventures in North Wales. Go wild in the Wolf's Den at Erddig, search for the Lost Words at Bodnant or go on a treasure hunt at Plas Newydd. Share your wild adventures with us using #NTWildAdventures.

The Lost Words Trail at Bodnant Garden, National Trust Wales

1. Search for The Lost Words at Bodnant Garden 

This summer at Bodnant are inviting children to rediscover nature words and experiences that have been lost in our digital age. The trail is based on the book ‘The Lost Words’ that celebrates words that have disappeared from children’s dictionaries. Families can follow a simple trail around the garden looking out for lost words relating to animals and plants. There will also be activities along the way and a storytelling session at the end.

A child balancing on the bouncing birch in Wolf's Den play area

2. Go wild in the Wolf's Den at Erddig 

Let off steam in the Wolf’s Den natural play area this summer. Fly on the rope swing, climb over obstacles, balance across beams and build a den at Erddig’s own wild area. If that’s not enough then get stuck into campfire cooking on Mondays, croquet on the lawn on Tuesdays, storytelling on Thursdays and seed planting on Fridays.

Family enjoying a day out at Powis Castle

3. Try your hand at painting at Powis Castle 

Take inspiration from the miniature portrait of Edward Herbert at the House of Portraits exhibition at Powis Castle and have a go at creating your own work of art on easels placed throughout the garden. To liven things up a little there will also be 21st century jousting on the Great Lawn (with space hoppers and noodles) and giant props – perfect for a pose with the stunning backdrop.

A lovely day at Penrhyn Castle

4. Enjoy a summer of fun at Penrhyn Castle 

Celebrate 'time' at Penrhyn this summer as Luke Jerram’s renowned installation of over 5000 clocks takes over the castle. As well as the exhibition, throughout the week there will be family activities from clock crafts on Sundays to Camp Penrhyn on Mondays and old fashioned Victorian games on Thursdays.

Paddle boarder at Porthdinllaen

5. Paddleboard at Porthdinllaen 

Paddleboard around this beautiful peninsula stretching out into the Irish Sea. Learn about its nationally scarce seagrass and its interesting wildlife. The seagrass bed here is one of the largest in North Wales that covers an area of 46 football pitches! Sessions run on Tuesdays and Saturdays during Whitsun and the summer holidays.

Family enjoying a day out at Chirk Castle

6. Solve the storybook tale at Chirk Castle 

Whilst venturing through Chirk’s woodland, the Knight Princess discovered a frog that claims to be a prince. To break the spell someone has to find out his real name. Follow the trail and find the doors to the animals’ homes hidden around the woods, and see if they can help you to find out the Prince's real name.

Kayaking at Aberdaron beach, Llyn Peninsula

7. Kayak the coastline at Aberdaron 

Llŷn Peninsula is notorious for shipwrecks, in the last 180 years Llŷn has claimed 142 ships, with Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) being the most feared area. Learn more about this fascinating coastline as you follow the instructor through coves and above Aberdaron’s crystal clear waters. Sessions run on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during summer school holidays.

Visitors sitting on a lawn next to the house at Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, Anglesey, Wales.

8. Find Henry's toy soldiers at Plas Newydd 

Help Young Henry find his escaped toy soldiers hidden around the garden at Plas Newydd this summer. The year is 1936 and young Henry Paget's beloved battalion have escaped his toy box and ventured into the garden. Explore his favourite hiding places and help him find his toy soldiers.

Walkers in Cwm Idwal

9. Follow the footpath to Cwm Idwal 

Follow in the footsteps of Cwm Idwal’s first ranger, Efan Roberts and go on an adventure up to this glaciated valley to see what wildlife you can spot. Borrow an adventure pack (free of charge) from the ranger base at Ogwen Cottage, which is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm throughout the summer holidays.

Family sitting on the bridge at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant

10. Learn traditional skills Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant 

Step back in time and discover a 16th century farmhouse where Bishop William Morgan translated the bible into Welsh. Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant will be brought back to life every Thursday throughout August as we invite you to try your hand at traditional skills such as wattle and daube, weaving, green woodwork and writing with quill and ink.