4 August 2010



Ok so school holidays are upon us and kids will be kicking their heels and wondering what to do.

It's so easy for us to blame the kids when they say they are bored but what does Caernarfon really have to offer?

We have Rhyl and Llandudno just down the road but we all know how expensive fairground attractions can be and the majority of the population prefer not to ride them.
So what to do without breaking the bank? We have compiled a Top Twenty list below so as to give you some ideas.

Here they are the top twenty things to do this summer in Caernarfon.

In no particular order.

1. Caernarfon Castle - Cost  FREE to locals.

Telephone:- 1286 677617 Admission Charge:- Adults 4.75, Reduced rate 3.75. Family Ticket:- 13.25 - admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 years.

The castle is a world heritage site with a fabulous museum. Locals can receive FREE tickets that they can use again and again. The castle provides some fantastic views of the town and you are not limited to the amount of time you spend there. To pick up your free passes call into the Institute Building on Pavilion hill and fill in a simple form.

2. Segontium Roman Fort - Cost FREE

01286 675625
Segontium is situated on the Llanbeblig road and has a small but informative museum which includes Roman coins, tools and pottery. The fort itself can be viewed close up as you examine the roads and dwellings of ancient Roman Caernarfon.

3.Welsh Highland Railway - Cost varies with special rates for locals

01766 513402
The narrow lines of the WHR take you from Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu, make it a family outing and take a picnic with you.

4. Caernarfon Airport - Costs Varies
01286 830800
Although pleasure flights will stretch your pocket, this is an ideal way of seeing the town for a different view. No other way to see all of the town in one swoop! A fabulous museum will show you many different aspects of Aviation.

5. Coed Helen Park - Free but a small charge made for hire of equipment etc

Available are
Football field -FREE, Rugby field - FREE, Skating park - FREE, Well equipped playground FREE
Bowling (small charge), Mini Golf (small charge)
Ideal venue for fishing, kite flying, picnics and much more

6. Karate - Cost 3.50 for an hour and a half!!!

01286 676166
Karate is still very reasonable if you go to the right places, a great example is Hendre School.
These classes don't charge expensive monthly fees, so you can learn the martial arts cheaply and effectively.
No nonsense, no expensive direct debits or contracts to sign, just good clean fun. Phone (01286) 676166 for more details.

. www.ZanshinKarate.co.uk

7. Hwylfan Fun Centre - Cost Varies

01286 671911
The largest Fun Centre in North Wales, allows the kids to have fun whilst the mums and dads sit back and relax in the cafe. Loads of slides and tunnels for loads of fun. www.TheFunCentre.co.uk

8. The Floating Restaurant - Prices Vary

Here's something different! have a meal onboard a floating vessel! Different or what?

9. Caernarfon Park- FREE

A great place to spend an afternoon in the sun. Playground and play area for the kids, walk back to town along the Seiont river.

10. Maritime Museum Victoria Dock - FREE

The Maritime museum is packed with artifacts and even though small in size, very interesting. give it a visit and learn about the Seiont and much more.

11. The Archives - FREE

Situated at Victoria Dock, the Archives has just about everything you could think of pertaining Caernarfon. Read old news stories and look at old photos of the town. You will find a wealth of information here and all for free.

12. Twthill - FREE

Some of the town's greatest views can be seen on top of Twthill. If you haven't been for a few years then the small climb is certainly worth it. The best view in town and see it all for free!

13. Galeri -Prices Vary

It has been said that the Cofis don't use the Galeri as much as they should, so check out the calendar to see if they have something on that will interest you this summer. Prices vary

14. Dinas Dinlle - FREE
The closest beach to Caernarfon is well worth the drive if the weather is good. Remember though sunshine in Caernarfon doesn't necessary mean it will be warm in Dinas. More importantly is the wind. No wind will mean a better chance of a good day out.

15. Pleasure Cruises

On the Menai Straits, departures during high tide from slate quay. Ask the Harbour master or see the board on slate Quay for more details.

16. Caernarfon Festival - Cost FREE

Check out www.CaernarfonFestival.co.uk

17.Victorian Fun Fair

On the Maes 5th August onwards. Enjoy some authentic Victorian era rides on Castle Square. (but please be careful of cars and taxis which are still allowed on the Maes to allow acces for residents.)

18.Greenwood Centre

01248 671493
What a great day out this is, an adventure park which has the lot. Even a Totally free human powered roller coaster, need we say more? www.Greenwood-centre.co.uk

19. Fishing - FREE

Fishing in Caernarfon is fun and free, check out the Pier at Victoria Dock as well as the sea front at Aberforeshore. Crabbing is also very popular, but be sure not to use hooks and preserve wildlife

20. Caernarfon Leisure Centre - Nominal Cost
01286 676451
The Leisure centre offers FREE swimming for the kids over the Holidays, also available is Football, Netball, Gym, All weather surfaces, Tennis and loads more activities.

So there you have it, a full list of great ideas for you all to enjoy during the 6 week holiday..

You may have done a few of them before, but well worth doing them again we think!



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Tel & Fax: 01286 676166