Wales tends to get quite a bad rap in the off-season. We think that’s quite unfair – while indeed the weather can’t always be good, there is so much to Wales that really shines all year around – whether it’s raining or not. Our beautiful holiday park in Snowdonia is one of the rare parks which are open all year around – giving you the perfect base for all of your adventures, come rain or shine.

Here’s a small list of things to do in Autumn and winter in Snowdonia and the surrounding regions.

 

Experience Italy in Wales (Really!)

Portmeirion is one of the most beautiful little towns you’ll ever see – and it’s certainly unique, in its own way.

This charming little town as actually modelled on an Italian village, and has it all – historic cottages, iconic architecture, a spa, stylish shops, award-winning restaurants, cafes, an Italian ice cream parlour (of course!) exotic gardens and sandy beaches.

The village is located in the community of Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, 2 miles (3.2km) south east of Porthmadog, and 1 mile (1.6km) from Minffordd railway station.

Image is courtesy of Karen RoeCC BY 2.0

 

 

 

Meet the Winter Wildlife

puffinWales has a host of natural wonders. Most people think that these wonders only really hold interest for the throes of people which come to North Wales for their holidays, but of course all of these myriad wonders in the region provides a good home for all manner of creatures, great and small.

The Snowdonia region in particular is well regarded for the fact it is so diverse – incorporating sand, sea, sky, and so much more. This diversity of the environment is reflective in the local wildlife, which include red kites, falcons, puffins, sharks (really!) dolphins, orcas, and much more to enjoy.

If anything, your chances of witnessing these remarkable creatures in their own habitats is made greater by the fact that Wales tends to be a little bit quieter in the winter months.

 

 

The Ffestiniog Railway Is Open All Year Around

ffestiniog railwayOne of the highlights of any stay in the North Wales area has to be riding the Ffestiniog Railway. This beautiful narrow gauge railway is 13 miles long, and runs a fantastical route throughout Porthmadog to Blenau Ffestiniog. Throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to views of the forests and foothills of the Snowdonia National Park.

There are a number of themed journeys on this heritage railway, and for those fancy one (who wouldn’t want to reenact something like Murder on the Orient Express?) We highly recommend taking a glance at their timetables.

In addition, we highly recommend visiting some of the tiniest railway stations in Wales in order to relive a bygone age of where everything was small, quaint, and service was very personal. Sugar Loaf station, for instance, receives only five passengers a month.

 

 

Cosy Up in a Welsh Pub

ogwen-lodgeDefinitely one for those who like a drink or two! There’s something about the atmosphere of a traditional pub when the weather is blustery and bleak. The environment of a Welsh pub (complete with a fireplace) feels that much more snug and that much more cosy when it’s cold outside.

We find that food tastes better when it’s cold – especially Welsh recipes. Local food in Wales is soul food- no doubt about it, and are accompanied perfectly by Welsh whiskey.

There are a number of independent pubs in the Bangor area, but the best of all (we think!) is our very own Country Club right next to our holiday park. It doesn’t get more traditional than our establishment, though it operates as a pub and a restaurant nowadays, it was originally constructed to be a hunting lodge for the infamous Lord Penrhyn.

 

 

Cwtch up in a Log Cabin

ogwen-bank-lodgeCwtch: One of the very best words in the world.

“Cwtch” denotes a hug, but more than a hug. It denotes the feeling of safety, security, understanding and love in an embrace, one of understanding, warmth, and so very much more. In a sense, the word describes the heart and the soul of the Welsh people. We created the word, so we know a thing or two about it.

One of the very best things to do in the winter season is cosy up with a good blanket and a loved one.

Our log cabins benefit from full double-glazing and central heating, and we pride ourselves on the comfort of these pretty little boltholes away from home. Should you like your lodge enough (and why wouldn’t you?) we also have a range of lodges for sale so you can come back whenever you would like, without worrying about availability.