At this time of year there is just something in the air. The ballyhoo of spring brings a fresh energy and an urge to try new things. Wales is an place to indulge such springtime impulses as it positively shimmers at this time of year. There's stunning castles to explore, pretty seaside towns to visit, fantastic activities to try and glorious national parks just waiting to be discovered. We've made a list of ten fab things to do in the Welsh sunshine during this season of new beginnings and awakenings.
Walk among the bluebells in Pengelli Forest, Pembrokeshire
Nothing chimes the arrival of "spring" like a chorus of beautiful bluebells. Pengelli Forest boasts one of the best carpets of these jolly blue flowers and is found just south of Cardigan, close to the village of Eglwyswrw. Enjoy the ancient oak woodland, feel at one with nature and admire the spectacular display.
Take in the fresh spring air at Llandudno Pier, North Wales
Wales is renowned for its pretty Victorian seaside towns and dramatic piers. Llandudno has to be one of the best. Aptly nicknamed the Queen of the Welsh Resorts, Llandudno offers stunning architecture and vintage charm to boot. Take a nostalgic stroll along the pier and a revitalising glug of the fresh sea air. If you've never tried mussels before, make sure you pop into Conwy Mussels to pick up some freshly caught ones, as this superfood is a tonic for your body. Rich in Omega 3's, vitamin C and minerals they are health-boosting, cheap and will keep you full of the joys of spring!
Walk in Dylan Thomas' footsteps in Laugharne
Be inspired by beautiful town of Laugharne in Camarthenshire, that is famous for its associations with the great Welsh poet and writer, Dylan Thomas. Walk in his footsteps via the Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk and stop for a pint at the Browns Hotel where he spent many afternoons writing, reading and bantering with his friends. There's a book in everyone apparently...
Surf a wave at Hell's Mouth, Llyn Peninsula
Surfing is a great sport for fitness and the beauty of it is, that you are never too old to learn. Hell's Mouth, although it sounds ominous, is one of the finest surfing spots in Wales. Hire a board, spring into action and you are sure catch a few waves. Beware, though as you will most certainly get the surfing bug!
Pick up fresh, local ingredients for a picnic at Rhug Farm Shop
Rhug Farm Shop is the place to go for fresh, local food. Sourced from the surrounding Rhug Estate the tasty fresh produce on offer includes award-winning pies, meats, Welsh cheese (Caerphilly included) and a mouth-watering selection of beers and ales.
Take to the water in the Brecon Beacons
Whet your appetite for adventure in the Brecon Beacons National Park . The River Wye allows a full range of water sports from paddleboarding to swimming to canoeing! Whether you're a novice or a full-on adrenaline junkie, this is an excellent way to cool enjoy the spring sunshine.
Three Castles Tour
Explore the majestic Norman castles of Grosmont, Whitecastle and Skenfrith on the Three Castles tour ! Within cycling distance of many of our cottages, this is a fantastic way to embrace the fresh spring air and explore some of Wales' finest heritage sites. Pop into delightful local pub The Bell in Skenfrith for a pint of local ale and a bite to eat.
Sample local spring delicacies at The Harbourmaster in Aberaeron
Overlooking the pretty harbour in Aberaeron, The Harbourmaster should be your first port of call when it comes to spring delicacies. Start your decadent meal with a portion of Cardigan Bay crab and smoked salmon cheese cake before tucking into a loin of Brecon venison. If you have room for pudding, try the Welsh ice cream or local cheese board. After your meal, you may want to take a stroll along the harbour!
Be part of the history of Caerphilly Castle
This wonky, beautiful behemoth of a castle is a delight to behold. It is surrounded by water and was the brainchild of a Norman nobleman known as Gilbert 'the Red' de Clare. It puts forth a dominating skyline and your footprints around this mythical and magical place will simply add to the centuries' old history. Caerphilly is also synonymous with the tasty cheese, so maybe enjoy a slice of history and perhaps a sandwich or two as you marvel at this magnificent castle.
Puffins on tour!
Puffins are undoubtedly one of nature's most remarkable creatures. In the spring, these colourful birds gather at the aptly named Puffin Island, an uninhabited chunk of land just off the coast of Anglesey in the Menia Strait. Take to the sea on a boat tour to visit the island and learn more about these fascinating, comical-looking and rare birds.
If you've got a spring in you step and are feeling inpired to spread your wings, why not have a browse of our holiday cottages? You'll be surprised what you can find.