This time, as part of our exciting blog series, Cambria Tours brings you the best things to do in Wales ‘out of season’.
The summer season has ended, and the coastal towns and villages have breathed a sigh of relief as we head into shorter days and chilly nights.
Wales – doesn’t it rain all the time?
No, of course not – Jokes aside, yes it does rain here – but it keeps our grass green and our air clean and fresh. The best thing about the weather here in Wales is that it’s so changeable. You might need your mac in the morning, but chances are it’ll be sunny by the afternoon all while it’s snowing up in the hills – Welsh weather likes to keep you on your toes.
Wales – more sheep than people?
Yes. 100% true.
BUT there are over 15 million in England and 75 million in Australia. That’s right – the real fact here is Wales has fewer people, which means quieter roads; magical empty beaches; the sound of birdsong in the parks; and more space for you.
So, what is there to do in Wales ‘off-season’?
We’re going to be honest with you. There is no ‘wrong season’ here. You’ll just beat the queues. There’s always something to do – and frankly, it feels more special when you visit away from the hustle and bustle of the school holidays.
Plan an authentic trip to Wales – Cambria Tours can help with guided and self-guided tours to suit any itinerary and budget, whether you’re travelling alone – or as part of a group.
Get crafty in Wales
Wales is a seriously crafty place. Like a real-life version of Etsy.
From local weekly craft markets in village halls to bespoke boutique craft fairs in our arts centres and city centres we love all things hand made and home crafted, usually manned by the makers themselves.
Buy local in Wales
Pick up a hand knitted cardigan from your new Mam-gu (Welsh for Grandmother) at a local craft market or head to Aberystwyth Arts Centre for one of the classiest craft fairs you’ll ever lay eyes on. You can even catch a show or grab a delicious bite to eat at their award-winning cafe with panoramic views of the town and Cardigan Bay.
North Wales is brimming with winter food fayres and craft exhibitions, from Wrexham’s extraordinary Victorian Christmas extravaganza to year-round foodie fun at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre in the Conwy Valley. With all the fabulous walking to be done in Wales you’ll easily burn off all those delicious Welsh calories!
Explore the Edwardian Arcades of Cardiff
These beautiful covered shopping lanes are home to independent traders who are some of Cardiff’s long running businesses. Don’t miss Spillers Records – the world’s oldest record shop and Madame Fromage – an out-of-this-world cheese and wine deli and restaurant with over 150 cheeses to sample.
Layer up, grab a hard hat and explore a very different side of Wales.
Discover Wales’ Hidden Treasures
Mine for gold at Dolcothi or take part in a full-on theatrical performance at the Silver Mountain Experience.
Embark on a Black Gold Tour in the Welsh Valleys as the original men who worked the mines tell their story.
The Great Orme in Llandudno is home to the largest prehistoric copper mines ever discovered, uncover their history and walk in the footsteps of ancient man.
Cave Jumping in Wales
If adrenaline activities are more your style you will LOVE Bounce Below.
This abandoned slate cavern has been transformed into an adrenaline spiking, all weather adventure playground. Jump, bounce and slide your way through this neon underground cave maze for an unforgettable sub-terranean journey through a cave twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral!
Scale the dizzying heights of Wales
Speaking of action, if the weather really isn’t playing ball there is one place you can rely on for clean, dry fun all year round.
Adventure Parc Snowdonia is home to a surf lagoon (well if it’s raining why not get wet), zip line and now a massive indoor adventure climbing area. Fun for the whole family; it houses a parkour trail, artificial caving course, and freefall jumps, and a soft-play area for younger children. If you’re feeling particularly brave you can even fly 2m into the air before landing on an air bag on the UK’s first and only kicker slide!
These are just a few of the incredible activities you can enjoy on a tour of Wales.
We are so passionate about this incredible country and we can’t wait to share it with you.
You can call us, chat online or drop us an email to discuss your ideas or itinerary and our team of Wales Gurus can point you in the right direction with hints, tips, accommodation options and even a driver-guide or hire car so that you can make the most of your next Wales adventure.
So, what are you waiting for?