Five great activity breaks in North Wales

PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 21:26 21 October 2015

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Adventure awaits! Here's our guide to some of the best activity breaks in beautiful North Wales

A buzz of enthusiasm

If the prospect of keeping your own bees has you buzzing with enthusiasm, take part in a beekeeping weekend at the National Beekeeping Centre Wales. With guidance from the centre’s master beekeeper, you will learn the skills and confidence to start up yourself as well as the hive and their relationship with the environment.

If a full weekend is not for you but you would still like to learn more about this fascination world you can take a Meet the Bees tours. Lasting for just over an hour, you will be suited in booted in the correct attire and get the opportunity to peek inside a beehive, handle frames of bees and try and spot the Queen.

A beekeeping weekend course is priced from £99. Meet the Bees tours costs £7 for adults. Although accommodation is not provided by National Beekeeping Centre Wales, there is fabulous bed and breakfast accommodation available onsite in an 18th century farmhouse at Bodnant Welsh Food. For more information about the courses visit www.beeswales.co.uk. For more information about accommodation at Bodnant Welsh Food visit www.bodnant-welshfood.co.uk.

Set sail

Take to the sea and learn how to sail a yacht with Conwy Yacht Charter. Learn how be everything from a competent crew member to a yachtmaster with the Royal Yachting Association accredited company based in Deganwy.

If you prefer to let someone else worry about steering the boat, go for a day sail around the spectacular North Wales coast from Llandudno’s Great Orme to Anglesey and beyond. You can be on the lookout for seabirds, seals, dolphins and porpoises as well as taking in the beautiful scenery. Or for a longer trip you can sail across the Irish Sea to Ireland, visit the Isle of Man or go on a whiskey tasting trip to the West Coast of Scotland. This all takes place onboard the Mehalah, a performance cruiser for six people with master stateroom and bunk rooms as well as shower.

For more information and pricing please visit www.conwyyachtcharter.co.uk.

A wild experience

Experience the adventure of swimming in some of North Wales’ most spectacular locations with the luxury of five star treatment. Wild swimmers will love new holiday, Pleasure of Adventure, from Bala-based experts Gone Swimming. Dan Graham and Gabby Dickinson, the experienced swim coaches who run the company, will guide you around some of the best outdoor swimming spots including lakes, waterfalls, rivers and the sea in Anglesey and Snowdonia giving you ample opportunity to take in the beautiful surroundings.

As well as waterside treats like cakes and hot drinks after a swim, the new Pleasure of Adventure holiday offers luxury accommodation in elegant houses including former farmhouse Plas on the Rhoscolyn Estate. After an enjoyable day swimming you’ll be able to relax here and take in the panoramic views over Cymyran Bay towards Snowdonia.

The seven day adventure also includes brilliant food cooked by Gabby, a former chef who worked on luxury yacht cruises in the Caribbean. Expect local treats like Perl Wen cheese, locally sourced vegetables and seafood, foraged sea kelp, salt marsh lamb and Welsh Rosie cider.

A Pleasure of Adventure is priced £1,200. For more information or to book visit www.goneswimming.co.uk

Family fun

North Wales is a brilliant place to spend a family holiday. Go canoeing in Bala on Wales’ largest freshwater lake, enjoy a high rope adventure course or a gorge scramble as some of the activities offered for a Family Activity Week with Adventure North Wales. If you still want more you can also try white water rafting, quad biking, sailing, archery, mountain biking or paintball. Any holiday can be custom made to your requirements.

After a fun packed day there is time to relax in a two bedroom self catering cottage, a converted farm building with lots of character.

A three night break with high rope adventure and white water rafting for two adults and two children in low season starts at £599. A Family Activity Week is priced from £845. For more information visit www.adventure-northwales.com.

A holiday for you and your horse

Enthusiastic equestrians no longer need to worry about their treasured horses when they have a break away. Holidays for Horses in Anglesey, set up by White Beach Holiday, has all the trappings you would love from a five star graded self catering accommodation. But it is just as much a luxury experience for your horse too.

The Cottage, just a few steps away from White Beach Cove, near Beaumaris, has six high quality stables as well as excellent facilities and equipment including a horse walker, grooming area with solarium, a turn out, a wash room with horse shower and a silica sand and rubber arena. You’re also well located for stunning coastal walks at Llanddona Beach, Red Wharf Bay, the Anglesey Coastal Path and Newborough Forest.

Owners can enjoy a beautiful place to rest their heads too with three luxurious bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, conservatory and a bathroom with its own steam room. There are also well-stocked gardens, a hot tub and a pretty patio area ideal for al fresco dining.

The Cottage is priced from £100 per night and horse accommodation is £15 per horse per night. For more information visit www.holidaysforhorses.com.

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