Top 10 wild adventures in North Wales

Visitors balancing on logs in the garden at Erddig, Wrexham, North Wales

Get the family together this summer holiday and tick off 10 of our wild adventures in North Wales. Go wild at Erddig’s outdoor play area, tick off your 50 things activities at Bodnant Garden or try kayaking or paddleboarding on the Llŷn Peninsula. With plenty of things to do, it can be a day out for the whole family.

A child balancing on the bouncing birch in Wolf's Den play area in Erddig, Wrexham, North Wales

1. 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.

The Lost Words Trail at Bodnant Garden, National Trust Wales

2. Get back to nature at Bodnant Garden 

Explore acres of woodland, meadow and riverside at Bodnant Garden this summertime as you tick off your 50 things activities. Walk barefoot in the Old Park meadow, play pooh sticks in the Dell and hunt for fossils at the Far End. There’s plenty of things to do for the whole family.

Family enjoying a day out at Powis Castle, Welshpool, Mid Wales

3. Compete in sports day at Powis Castle 

To mark 80 years since The Ashford Welsh Girls school was evacuated to Powis Castle, this summer the castle and garden will have a host of old-school sporting activities for everyone to get stuck into. Explore the garden as the students would have done by looking for bugs, trying out the balance beam, getting muddy digging for victory or having a go at hopscotch. If you’re up for a challenge go head to head in a sack or wheelbarrow race or compete on the Great Lawn’s running track. Inside, visit the castle’s newly opened 2nd floor and explore their dorm room, prep room and classroom.

Family enjoying a day out at Chirk Castle, Wrexham, North Wales

4. Enjoy a summer of play at Chirk Castle 

This summer holiday Chirk Castle will have a whole host of activities for the whole family to get involved in. Become a knight in training as you make your own felt coat of arms, practise your pike and marching drill and have a go at hobby horse riding. Challenge your family and friends to a game of tennis in the garden and see if you can tick off all your 50 things activities. On selected days you can also meet the beekeeper, have a go at archery and join an evening bat walk. Have a look at the website to find out what is happening each day.

Summertime at Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, North Wales

5. Discover nature’s voices at Penrhyn Castle 

Experience nature from a different perspective at Penrhyn Castle every day from 25 May to 1 September. Using your senses to navigate your way around the garden as we take you on a nature trail through the amazing world of trees. Head indoors and find the clues to Nature’s Voices within the castle and discover some unusual items that have been made from trees. As well as nature trails we have a host of daily activities planned throughout the summer holidays.

Stand up paddle boarder at Porthdinllaen, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales

6. 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 Thursday and Saturday during Whitsun and the summer holidays.

Kayaking in 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, every Saturday between Whitsun and the summer holidays and on Saturdays throughout September.

Family enjoying sports day at Plas Newydd, Anglesey, North Wales

8. Come out to play this summer at Plas Newydd 

Enjoy family time along the banks of the Menai as Plas Newydd hosts a summer of sporting activities. Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 23 July to 31 August challenge family and friends to take part in a bean bag race, leaping over hurdles or a game of tennis in the sunshine. Tracker packs will also be available from 1 June to 31 August from the Visitor Centre for you to head off on your own adventure.

Dolmelynllyn estate walk, South Snowdonia, North Wales

9. Explore the Celtic rainforest of Ganllwyd 

Enjoy a walk in amongst the lichen draped trees of this National Nature Reserve, tucked away in a quiet corner of Snowdonia. Let nature’s soundtrack of chirping birds and the burble of the Afon Gamlan leave you feeling calm and refreshed. Enjoy views of the dramatic Rhaeadr Ddu waterfall and look out for our cute conservation grazers along the way, highland cattle - Iorri, Khyle and Kenny, hard at work helping us keep the brambles at bay, so that wildflowers can carpet the understory.

Family sitting on the bridge at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant, near Betws y Coed, North Wales

10. Learn traditional skills Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant 

Step back in time and discover a 16th century farmhouse and birthplace 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.