The glorious Lleyn Peninsula might be blessed with a long and rugged coastline dotted with myriad unspoiled beaches and designated An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but is that enough to keep today’s youngsters happy?
Here are eight venues to amuse youngsters and the young at heart. Who can resist a cuddly rabbit or a thrilling ride on a power boat? Book your family friendly Lleyn Peninsula holiday cottages and have fun.
at Y Ffor between Pwllheli and Llanaelhaearn LL53 6PG T. 01766 810 202
A great family day out is guaranteed at Glasfryn Parc with indoor and outdoor activities for all from 3 years and older. Juniors will love the 50cc Quad Bikes. The Go-karting circuit is sure to get competitive spirits roused. The 8 lane Ten Pin Bowling Alley is ideal for the whole family. Try a spot of Fishing or test your skill at the ancient sport of Archery. Get wet and wild at the Wakeboarding, Kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding. Little ones will love the Soft Play Area with ball pools, slides, fun activities and adventure. Two cafes and a farm shop should satisfy your appetites.
Dragon Raiders Activity Park
at Llanystumdwy between Criccieth and Pwllheli LL52 0LR T. 01766 523 119
Not for the faint hearted Bear Grylls Survival Academy will keep intrepid adventurers on their toes. Choose from half day adventures or wild camp survival. Paintball is great fun for groups. Segway is a thrilling way to explore the glorious Lleyn countryside. Family Treks last an hour and are suitable for those of 10 years and older.
NAVSAR Powerboat Experiences
at Abersoch between Pwllheli and Bwlchtocyn LL53 7AR T.01758 613 635
For those of 8 years and older. Spend half a day experiencing the thrill of driving a power boat at high speed. You will learn the basics and get the opportunity to head out to open sea around the beautiful Lleyn coast near Abersoch.
Wendy’s Fibre Den
at Tyn y Maes Penrhos between Pwllheli and Llanbedrog LL53 7NH T.01758 614 148
Want to learn a traditional Welsh craft? Have a go at spinning wool on one of Wendy’s spinning wheels. Choose different fibres, they will be blended while you wait. Suitable for 6 years and older. Wendy also sells spinning wheels, wool from her home reared alpacas, hand dyed fleeces, hand spun yarns, felting accessories, felting kits and dying kits. Please phone first to avoid disappointment.
Dwyfor Ranch a Rabbit Farm and Animal Park
at Llanystumdwy between Criccieth and Pwllheli LL52 0SU T. 01766 523 136
Visitors are welcome to interact with the farm animals and rare breeds. Children will love holding rabbits, guinea pigs and puppies, as well as hand-feeding many of the larger animals such as pigmy goats, alpacas, rhea, donkeys, ponies, pigs and lambs. You might see a wide variety of newly born animals or even witness a birth! When you are ready for some refreshments Yr Efail Cafe in the old smithy serves homemade snacks and light bites or you can eat outdoors in the picnic area.
Bardsey Island Boat Trips
from Porth Meudwy between Aberdaron and Uwchmynydd
Leave from Porth Meudwy on a memorable boat trip to Bardsey Island lying off the most southerly tip of the Lleyn Peninsula. A myriad seabirds will keep you company. Look out for seals, dolphins and porpoises too. You will get an opportunity to spend four hours ashore exploring the ‘island of 20,000 saint’s’ long history and wonderful nature including the world’s oldest apple tree and a host of rare butterflies.
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
at Porthmaog between Penrhyndeudraeth and Criccieth LL49 9NF T.01766 516 024
Two Great Little Railways of Wales leave from Porthmadog on thrilling steam train journeys through the picture postcard scenery of Snowdonia National Park.
at Criccieth between Porthmadog and Pwllheli LL52 0DP
Everyone loves to explore a castle. Criccieth Castle, cared for by CADW, is a substantial ruin on a grassy topped headland overlooking Cardigan Bay on one side and the town on the other. After a turbulent history the castle was finally destroyed early in the 15th century. The impressive gatehouse and outer walls remain. The castle is open to the public from 1 April – 31 October and hosts a number of events throughout that time. There will be a visitor centre, exhibition and shop by the end of April 2017.