7 Fantastic Things to Do
Winter – an annual battle to keep the kids off the games consoles and boredom at bay.
Luckily, if you’re visiting Ceredigion, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained and inspired this half term, whatever the weather. So grab your wellies and your sense of adventure – magnificent Ceredigion is waiting!
Ynyshir Nature Reserve – BBC’s Springwatch made Ynyshir Nature Reserve it’s home in 2011. It’s easy to see why – brimming with wildlife all year round, this is a great place to take the family. Walk one of the many trails, do a spot of bird watching in one of the hides and investigate local fauna and flora. The kids will be amazed at the variety of animals they can see and hear this time of year, and so will you.
More info: https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/ynys-hir/
Aberaeron and New Quay – Watch the boats in Aberaeron Harbour, take the town trail (available from tourist information) and enjoy a hot chocolate in one of the lovely cafes. In New Quay you can watch the waves on the blue flag beach and look out for bottlenose dolphins, which are regularly spotted here.
Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Visitor Centre, Aberystwyth – For the adrenalin junkies there are some amazing mountain biking tracks and a skills park. For a more relaxed experience, take a walking trail and admire incredible views over Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains. You can also watch the regular feedings of the Red Kites, Wales’ national bird of prey. There’s also orienteering courses, horse riding and a cafe.
More info: https://naturalresources.wales/bwlchnantyrarian
The Vale of Rheidol Railway – Catch a steam train to Devils Bridge, a dramatic waterfall worth a visit in its own right, and be taken back in time. We don’t know what it is about steam trains and children, but we do know that they love it.
More info: https://www.rheidolrailway.co.uk/
Cardigan Castle – Cardigan is a gorgeous creative town filled with character cafes, live music venues and great food. Cardigan Castle overlooks the river Teifi and is far more than just a castle. Winner of Channel 4’s Great British Buildings Restoration of the Year programme, it has so much to offer visitors; with a range of tours available, ever-changing exhibitions, regular events, grade II listed gardens full of rare species of plants and a Georgian mansion with a rich and colourful past. Rain or shine, Cardigan Castle won’t disappoint.
More info: https://www.cardigancastle.com/
The Magic of Life Butterfly House, Aberystwyth – Hundreds of colourful and graceful butterflies, giant caterpillars and other weird and wonderful critters call this place home. A charity run by botanists, this is a great place to educate, amaze and inspire the whole family.
More info: http://www.magicoflife.org/
Paint your own pottery in Borth – Blue Island Ceramics is a welcoming, all ages, all abilities creative cafe where you can design and paint your own pottery. The perfect rainy day activity, sure to keep everyone interested.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Landmark—Historical-Place/Blue-Island-Ceramics-146714048678875/