Half term is here again and I’m sure you all have had a busy week covering many of the activities, adventures and attractions on Anglesey and north Wales. With all the travel and fun, comes a cost, and I’m sure you all are trying to mix it up with some nice free nature related things to do with the family that don’t hit the pocket too hard. Picnics, beach time and walking all are free and there is an abundance of nature to suit all your needs here in north Wales. So I’ve put together a list of 25 free things to do in north Wales on your half term so that you can have a few ideas for the rest of your stay. Hope you have fun on your stay here in North Wales!
1. Go crabbing – Simply the most fun past time ever for little ones.. For bait you can use bacon, or any left over meats or foods, most work. Locations, piers and harbour walls are best.
2. Anglesey rocks – I love this.. have you heard about it? There are rocks places all over the island that are painted with colours on, the name of the game is to take a pic of it, post it on the facebook group (Anglesey rocks) and then move it o a new location and watch them all move over the island!
3. Geo caching in north Wales – A popular past time wit the little ones, plenty of Geocaching sites all over Anglesey (or so my nephew tells me!)
4. Rock pooling in trearddur bay- with these really big tides around now, it’s amazing time to go rock pooling on Anglesey. Low water is 508am at 1738pm today at Holyhead. Take away 20 minutes fro Trearddur bay and Rhosneigr.
5.Go Fishing – Ah my favourite. Bring your rods, dig a little bait and dangle a hook or two. Easy places to start out are piers- Llandudno Pier, Bangor pier and Beaumaris pier. I have a guide to summer fishing here, or winter fishing here.
6. Beach exploring – The island of Anglesey has beaches on every side. Pick one new beach to explore each day for 3 days. Ideas, Cemlyn beach (north coast), LLanfwrog beach (west coast Anglesey) Cymuran beach (West coast of Holy Island). See my guide to beaches in north Wales here.
7. Sand castle and beach games at Rhosneigr – Well if you have some beach toys this one is free, plenty of sand to go around. Why not make a replica of one of Caernarfon Castle.
8. Read a book on Anglesey – Lazy mornings reading magazines and books in local coffee shop (Ok coffee cost a little bit!) See our guide to coffee shops around north Wales here.
9. Picnics at Llandwyn- Why not pack a lovely warming pack lunch with soup in a flask and head over to Ynus Llandwyn. Check the tides before you go ! Low water is in the evening at 1738pm at Holyhead.
10. Bike rides around from Trearddur bay to Porth daffarch. The sweeping bends are Treaddur bay are some of my favourite on the bike, a few hills but the views reward you for your efforts! See my blog on biking around Holy Island here..
11. Walk Holyhead break water – This iconic place is well worth a visit and a walk along at 1-3/4 miles long it’s a nice round 3.5 mile walk from the parking place near the break water country park. Not only will you get to go and see the lighthouse, but you may see seals and other wildlife too. Pack some waterproofs and don’t go at Hight water as you may get wet! If you like light houses see our blog on the light houses of Anglesey here
12. Wildlife spotting at break water country park- In spring this little haven is awash with wild life, worth a visit with nice views over rocky coast, trails and duck ponds. plus you can feed the ducks with the kids. There are some great walks from here around the Anglesey coastal path too.
13. Surf at Cable bay – Bring your boards with you and go grab a wave at cable bay near Rhosneigr. See our article on Surf north Wales here.
14. Beach glass collecting at Rhoscolyn- don’t tell anyone I told you but there is a lot of beach glass at Rhosneigr, Rhoscolyn and Board beach on Anglesey. Get your family down at low water and scour the foreshores, the ultimate prize is the blue glass, which is super rare! Want to know more see our blog on beach glass collecting here .
15. Drift wood hunting – feeling creative? Then go and scour the shores after these big tides along the west coast of Anglesey looking drift wood, you can make all sorts of cool creative things with afterwards. See our drift wood blog here.
16. Dog walks at the dingle nature reserve – Dingle nature reserve in Llanageffni is a lovely place to head out for a walk along the board walks wit the Dog. See our blog on the dingle nature reserve here.
17. Fly a kite at Newborough – with its wide open beaches and dunes, Newborough is a cool destination to flay a kite wit the family. You may also get to go play with your kitesurfing it there also (if you kite) on the right wind direction.. It can be quite busy there.. cool to watch !
18. Cold polar swims (with wetsuits!) on the beach – Why not head to one of our amazing blue flag beaches on Anglesey and have a wild cold swim…I’ve just got back into doing this in the sea (minus wetsuit!) its brisk but well worth the plunge after wards.. Plus you get to connect with nature for a bit. Tip tip bring. flask of warm tea for after wards
19. Explore the Anglesey coastal path – Pick a section of the Anglesey coastal path and tick it off in a day with the family.. With over 136 miles of it around Anglesey, you can take two cars and walk a section maybe. Your spoilt for choice and the scenery is amazing here.
20. Interested in Maritime history here on Anglesey ? Go to the Holyhead Maritime museum in Holyhead Newry beach. Its rich with history of all things naval and marine from our areas by gone past..very nice little find and has some cool souvenirs too.
21.Dark skies Snowdonia – Head up star gazing to Snowdonia we have the world class dark sky status.. Great spots include the Ogwen valley and Llanberis pass. See our blog on it here
22. Hungry for heritage ? – What about visiting one of our 143 stone circles, megaliths and round houses..we have the highest concentration on Anglesey in Europe. Head over to Cadw the welsh site in charge of our wonderful druid heritage here.
23. Bouldering in Capel Curig…Got some climbing shoes? Great then head to the RAC boulders near Capel Curig with the kids.. All you need is a matt, some climbing shoes and a little chalk. Take turns in spotting each other as you go. You can get a bouldering climbing guide for north Wales here
24. Geology hunt… Ah yes my favourite – Rock hunting (as a geologist I guess I’m biased) but, why not head out to collect some amazing quartz and other beautiful rocks on our local shores. The shorelines are teaming with beautiful rocks of all shapes sizes and mineralogies. My favourite places are Rhosneigr beach and Broad beach next along from Rhosneigr. They both seem to churn up some beauties of all hales and sizes..
25. Do a plastic beach clean whilst your here! – Yes I know it sound s a bit different, but we are working really hard to get everyone who visits to pick up juts three pieces of plastic (or more if your willing ) each time you visit a beach. Consider it your Anglesey beach tax for enjoying breath taking nature free of charge! Take a small bag and you can do it whist walking your dog, get the kids involved too and it will cement good future habits into them early on ! See our blog here and our plastic free amazon store here
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