If you are considering caravan holidays in North Wales this year, then you may be interested to hear that 2017 is the Year of Legends for Wales. This is a campaign that has been set up by the Welsh Government Tourist Board in order to raise the profile of Wales and attract even more visitors to the area. They aim to do this by immersing visitors to the area in the epic story of wales and bringing some legendary experiences to life by:
- Putting culture and heritage at the centre of the marketing campaign.
- Building a truly distinctive identity for Wales.
- Bringing the past to life like never before.
The main focus is going to be on the heritage and culture of Wales, with the Ken Skates, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure being quoted as saying:
‘“The Year of Legends provides a platform for us to tell our story and promote our heritage and culture to the world and is the perfect opportunity for us to work across the tourism and arts sectors to find new and innovative ways of telling that story.
“2017 certainly isn’t about looking backwards, the Year of Legends is about bringing the past to life like never before, with cutting-edge innovation. It’s about creating and celebrating new Welsh legends modern-day personalities, products and events that are made in Wales, or enriched by coming here.
”This is an opportunity for communities across Wales to pull together and help us tell the story of Wales. The long-term vision is to take pride, and to strengthen and enhance the very fabric of the culture and communities we serve to promote in the first place, providing a firm basis for future legends to emerge.”
But what does all this mean for visitors to our caravan holiday park this year? Well it means they will have access to a wide range of creative activities that are scheduled to take place in Wales’s castles as well as 2 new major artworks of international repute.
The main focus will change throughout the year and will tend to follow the calendar below:
March & April – ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’
The new Hollywood movie featuring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law was released in April, and so the beginning of the year will focus on some of the legendary film locations such as the imposing mountains of Snowdonia. Arthur was reputed to have killed the fearsome giant Rhitta on Mount Snowdon while Llyn Llydaw mountain lake is rumoured to be the final resting place of Excalibur. If you are lucky enough to see the film then see if you can spot Tryfan Mountain in the Ogwen Valley as filming took place here.
May and June – Sporting Legends
The whole of Wales was geared up for a legendary year for sport, with the UEFA Champions League final being hosted at Cardiff’s National Stadium of Wales on the 3rd June. The same stadium also hosting the Women’s Champions League final two days earlier, which makes this time of year the perfect time to be celebrating Wales’s sporting legends.
July, August & September – Summer Festivals
Some of the best summer festivals in the UK take place in Wales, including Festival Number 6 at Portmeirion and the Green Man Festival. 2017 is also the 30th anniversary of the Hay Festival of great writing, the centenary of the death of Hedd Wyn the most celebrated Welsh language poets of the 20th century, and the 70 year anniversary celebrations of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
June will also see a wild weekend in Conwy as the city plays host to ‘The Tournament” a free weekend packed full of medieval markets, history camps and jousting. There will be live re-enactments and banquets and the chance to meet some real life archers, jesters, knights and vikings! The summer is definitely time to enjoy some legendary festival fun.
October, November and December – Food Legends
If you have ever visited Wales in the past you will know that our food is as legendary as our Castles – from Caerphilly cheese to Glamorgan sausages. Therefore, the last three months of the year will celebrate all of our nation’s gastronomic delights who make Wales such a great place to eat and drink.
For more information about what is happening in our local area this year, or to book a holiday at our holiday park please call us on 01978 780 277 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are considering a stay in one of the many holiday parks in North Wales this year, then this article will reveal to you why North Wales is the perfect choice for you:
It is a Place of Legend
As we revealed in our previous blog post, 2017 is the year of the legend in Wales with months of celebrations taking place. You can take part in Conwy’s medieval weekend, go to the UEFA leagues final at Cardiff Stadium or attend the 30th Hay Festival.
It is a Place of Beauty
Wales is home to many areas of outstanding beauty including Anglesey, the Glwydian Range, the Dee Valley, Gower and Llyn, meaning you are never far away from some of the most exceptional scenery in the UK. The hills, rivers and coastal landscapes that surround Plassey will blow you away, as we have some of the most wonderful places to explore whether you just want to be outdoors, or you love photography or walking.
The Stars Always Shine Bright
The Brecon Beacons National Park was the first place in Wales to be awarded international Dark Sky reserve status – and is only the fifth destination in the world to do so. The Brecon Beacons were awarded this status as they are public land which possess an exceptional quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected for public enjoyment. This is largely down to the work that they have done on replacing lighting that used to make it difficult to see the majestic night sky, and are well on their way to making 100% of their lighting within their core zone dark sky friendly.
You Can Camp Under the Stars
For the most spectacular views of the Milky Way and to really get the full star-gazing experience then you can camp out on the Brecon Beacons and immerse yourself in the dark sky and bright star experience.
You Can Reach Great Highs
Wales is also home to some of the highest mountains in the world, with 15 peaks over 900m high in Snowdonia’s nine ranges alone. This area is not only ideal for those who love hiking but also offers opportunities for mountain biking, abseiling, white-water rafting, and photography.
You Can Go Deep Underground
North Wales is well known for its mining heritage, and this love of caves has brought about a new type of adventuring for those who want to explore the area to its fullest. You can head over to ‘Go Below’ at Conwy Falls, for example, to take the Go Below Challenge. This consists of an underground journey through the mountain that you will never forget, as it involves various activities such as boating, a zip line, a waterfall limb and a candlelit lunch. A once in a life time experience that is not to be missed!
You Can Face Your Fears
If you have always wanted to enjoy rock climbing or white water rafting but are worried about where to start, why not face your fears head on by booking a course at the Plas Y Brenin National Mountain Sports Centre? They offer a wide range of land and water courses including ‘Get Started Rock Climbing’, ‘Snowdonia Walking Class’,‘Mountain Bike Fundamentals’ and ‘Discover Kayaking” to name but a few. Place yourself in the hands of the qualified and experienced instructors here, and you will find that there was really nothing to worry about in the first place.
You Can Conquer Your Fears
Why not show the world how far you have come by booking the whole family on a trip to ‘Zip World’ in Bethesda? You can’t have failed to hear about this place, as it has featured heavily in the news since it opened in 2013, due to the pair of zip lines located here being a mile long, meaning riders can exceed 100mph at 500ft in the air – which is the nearest thing to flying we can imagine. You could also visit their sister site ‘Zip Titan’ at Blaenau Ffestiniog which contains the first 4-person zip line in Europe, and is also home to Bounce Below and Zip World Caverns.
You Can See the Power of Water in Action
North Wales is not only home to some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, but also some of the most stunning waterfalls to. These include Aber Falls (at Abergwyngregyn), Swallow Falls (at Betes-y-Coed) and Nantcol Falls (in Llanbedr). What could be better than talking a woodland walk, and stumbling upon a hidden surprise like this? Makes for some great photos too!
You Can Experience Water Power
If just looking at a waterfall isn’t enough, there are plenty of places in North Wales where you can get soaking wet and really experience the power of the water around here. From white-water rafting, to paddling and surfing there are plenty of ways to spend a wet weekend in North Wales and lots of different ways for families, couples or small groups to get involved.
You Can Walk the Entire Coastline
The Wales Coast Path was developed over 7 years by the Welsh Government in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, 16 local authorities and two National Parks, and basically covers the whole of the coastline in Wales. The path itself is split into 8 areas, with the one closest to Plassey being the ‘North Wales and Dee Estuary” section. There are over 60 miles of sea views along this path, and at Prestatyn the path joins up with ‘Offa’s Dyke Path’ which is a national trail and Britain’s longest ancient monument.
You Can Jump Right In
Again, you may not want to just look at the sea, but want to really experience it, and you can do this by taking part in a guided canyoning experience. This involves following a deep ravine as it winds down a mountain and includes descend slides, swimming across pools, jumping into deep water and abseiling down waterfalls. A great way to burn off some energy while getting the adrenaline going!
You Can Try Something New
As you can see North Wales is full of exciting and unique things to do and there are so many things to try out you are bound to find something you have never done before. How about taking a walk across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which stands at 126 feet above the River Dee? Or riding to the top of the Great Orme in Llandudno by Cable Car? Perhaps you would rather see the smallest house in Britain at Conwy? Or visit the only working windmill in Wales at Llandeusant? The choice is endless.
You Can Take in The Past
North Wales is home to some of the most well preserved castles in Europe, with many being situated in breath-taking scenery allowing you and your family to easily explore some fascinating history. From as far back as the invasion of Wales and its defensive beginnings, to tales of Tudor Banqueting and Victorian decadence, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to examining architectural splendour and culture in the area.
So, those are just 14 of the reasons why we think a holiday in North Wales is like no other. If you want to find out more about what the area has to offer, and what pitches we have free over the summer, please give us a call on 01978 780 277 or send us an email to email@example.com