Get away from all the crashes and bangs of the first week in November to a secluded Wales Holidays country cottage. Revel in the peace to be found among the renowned hills and valleys of the Welsh landscape.
Off the north-west coast and Pembrokeshire and in the Bristol Channel, Wales has a fascinating selection of small islands; this is a selection of five of them that are accessible to Wales Holidays cottage visitors.
In recent years, Wales has built up a significant reputation as a destination for food lovers and this is illustrated at some superb Food Festivals that are held throughout the country.
Pride of place must go to the Abergavenny Food Festival which takes over the town for two days every year; the dates for 2014 are Saturday and Sunday 20 & 21 September. It won the 2013 Best Event in Wales at the National Tourism Awards and deservedly so; the phrase ‘something for everyone’ is rather overused but in this case it really is justified - the Festival guide last year had over eighty pages! In the region of 230 stalls fill half a dozen venues (some indoors like the Market Hall) and line the sides of several streets. Not to be missed!
A selection of Visitor Centres in Wales that provide information and interpretation of some of our major attractions we have to offer our visitors - the National Parks, wildlife and nature.
Hafod Eryri is the Visitor Centre on the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) which at 3,560 ft makes it the highest mountain in Wales. It has a unique structure built of granite with a wall of glass making up the front of the centre which acts as the terminus of the Snowdon Mountain Railway and provides an interpretation of the mountain, its history and ways to enjoy it. Depending on the weather on the mountain, Hafod Eryri opens as soon as access by train is possible in the spring and usually closes at the end of October. Snowdonia (Eryri) was designated a National Park in 1951and is the third most visited National Park in England and Wales with over 6 million visitors every year.
Race a Train, Red Arrows, GB Rally, Tour of Britain and a Bike Show - all events to enjoy in Wales later this year whilst staying a Wales Holidays cottage.
From Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th August, Brecon Jazz will be bringing super-cool jazz to one of Wales’s most historic country towns. Burt Bacharach kicks off this 30th Anniversary edition of this international Festival on the Thursday night and other headliners include Gregory Porter, soul singer/songwriter and Mercury Prize nominee Laura Mvula, the newly reformed Loose Tubes, The Big Chris Barber Band, Warren Vaché with his quintet, featuring multi-award winning reeds man Alan Barnes and the Mike Harries Root Doctors. And the Brecon Fringe Festival takes place at the same time offering a programme of music and arts including blues, rock, jazz, country, ska, poetry, dance and family entertainment.
Not very many Music Festivals can offer performances from artistes that range from opera star Bryn Terfel to rock legends Status Quo! Both will be performing at the six day 68th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod which starts this year on Tuesday 8th July together with over 5,000 singers, dancers and instrumentalists from around fifty countries.
The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward I in Gwynedd gained World Heritage status in 1986. The four castles of Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris and the fortified towns at Caernarfon and Conwy are the finest examples of medieval military architecture in Europe. Designed as part of Edward’s campaign to conquer and rule the medieval principality of Gwynedd, they are now one of the major references of medieval history.
Wales is fortunate to still have rural railways such as the Cambrian Line and the Heart of Wales lines but there is still a great deal of interest in tracing the routes that closed in the 1960s.
From Builth Wells in Mid Wales, the Moat Lane Junction to Brecon line ran south-east to Erwood where the former station (off the B4567) is now a Craft Centre and Gallery with Great Western Railway carriage galleries and a restored diesel shunter.
From rabbits to giraffes (and all sizes in between the two!), farm attractions in Wales offer a wide range of animals and some wonderful days out for all he family.
Between Narberth and Tenby in Pembrokeshire is the delightful and very popular Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo - a farm, a zoo and a funfair plus indoor and outdoor adventure play areas. Visitors can see the farm animals, get on the indoor fairground rides, enjoy the outdoor Adventure Parks and the Carousel Woods indoor adventure playground and go to the Follywood Country Park and their very own zoo, which is home to the only giraffes in Wales.
Wales has a superb selection of beaches around our wonderful coastline and many extend for several miles. At the other end of the scale, there are a number of much smaller beaches in very attractive and scenic locations - this is a top five selection of sandy coves in West Wales.