Top 10 Welsh adventures

There are a host of activities and events taking place all around Wales during this Year of Adventure. Explore Roman caves, ice age summits or dolphin inhabited shores. Go on, dip your toe in to something new this spring - and share the experience with us #NTFirst

A mum lifts up her two children to see the Laburnum Arch in flower at Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

The famous Laburnum Arch is a floral experience not to be missed. In late May and early June the 55 metre-long pergola walkway bursts into bloom, creating a dazzling tunnel of golden flowers.

Visitors running at a National Trust site

Chirk Castle, Wrexham 

If you’ve been thinking of taking up running, this is the perfect opportunity. Enjoy a gentle fun run in the grounds of the castle alongside other starters, in the Running for Beginners progamme which takes place on Saturday mornings.

Woodland path at Colby Woodland Garden

Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire 

Calling all aspiring photographers – help us capture the unique character of Colby, an estate with an industrial past now transformed into a haven for nature. Take a stroll around the walled garden, meadow and woodlands and record spring time for our photography competition.

Darwin's rocks at Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia, Wales

Cwm Idwal walk, Gwynedd 

It's a climb, but this 3 hour walk takes you into a normally inaccessible upland environment carved during the ice age. The glacial lake site, the oldest National Nature Reserve in Wales, is world famous for its rock formations and its rare and fragile plant life.

Twin White Park Cattle calves

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire 

Be a mini-ranger and learn all about the spring wildlife, from otters and frogs at the millpond, to badgers and butterflies in the woodland, to Red Kites, Woodpeckers and owls in the skies…and if you’ve ever wanted to meet a newborn calf, now’s the time.

A guided tour of Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Carmarthenshire 

These unique gold mines, hidden in the wooded hillside, were first mined by Romans and the industry continued up to 1938. Discover this underground world on a guided tour, see and hear the 1930s mine and mine machinery and even have a go at gold panning.

A family in a summer meadow using a geocache device

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion 

Try geocaching to explore this site of special scientific interest. The working farm is set in rolling countryside and this hi-tech treasure hunt is a perfect way to experience its woodland and meadows.

Grey seal basking on a beach

Llyn Peninsula 

It's not every day you get to see a grey seal, but around 5,000 live in the water around west Wales. The Llyn is an important refuge for grey seals and some of the best places to catch a glimpse of them include Porthdinllaen, Enlli and the Coast Path around Porth Meudwy.

Dolffiniaid ym Mhenrhyn Llŷn

Marloes Sands and Mere, Pembrokeshire 

If it's marine life you're after this is the place to come - for walking, watersports or wildlife spotting. The coast surrounding the peninsula is a Marine Conservation Zone and you’ll see all kinds of creatures in the water, on the shoreline and in the skies.

Two red squirrels on a feeder box

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

Red squirrels are a rare sight in Britain but you can find them in Plas Newydd’s parkland and gardens. Around 100 have made their home here and you can see them up close and personal enjoying the many feeding stations – a real thrill for nature photographers.

First Mounting of the Welsh Guards. Soldiers stand in formation.

Powis Castle, Welshpool 

Get a gritty glimpse inside the drama of the First World War. The castle cellars have been transformed into a Somme battle trench and officer’s dugout, telling the story of Percy Clive, 4th Earl of Powis’ eldest son, who died during the conflict.