Come to Wales for February Half Term
Published: Thursday 7th Jan 2016
Written by: Ginnie James
Christmas is over, 2016 is here and the kids are back in school. It feels like ages ago (well it was last year!) and it won’t be long until the February half term is upon us. With most of Britain experiencing incessant rain and feeling like it will never end you may think it odd to think about coming to Wales next month. But honestly, it’s always good to get away and there are plenty of things to keep the whole family entertained in rather soggy weather.
Here I focus on two areas of Wales – South Wales, easily accessible by the M4, and Anglesey, the northern island linked by a bridge to the mainland – and a couple of the most popular attractions that are well worth a visit.
Although usually closed over the winter months the National Showcase Centre for Wales (top award winning attraction for Wales and located between Swansea and Brecon) is opening specially for the February Half Term - 13th to 21st February. The perfect wet weather family destination with plenty of indoor (underground!) and covered attractions within the 10 things to do included in the price of the admission ticket. Discover the breath taking caves, find your favourite dinosaur from the 200 life-sized models in the dinosaur park, meet real animals at the Victorian Farm and Shire Horse Centre and let the little ones run off any remaining fidgets in the covered play areas.
A perennial favourite for visitors to South Wales, the 568 acres of the National Botanic Gardens have quite a number of indoor features where you can get in out of any rain showers. The Great Glasshouse and The Tropical House are must-sees and the Apothecary’s Hall and the art gallery are also well worth a visit. Different activities are on every day of the half term guaranteed to keep all the family entertained. Not only will you have a great day out but the gardens are one of our partners with our Welsh Goodies scheme so if you book a holiday with us and buy one full priced adults admission ticket you get one further ticket free!
We have a pair of lovely semi-detached cottages that are in a great location for exploring South Wales. Just 5 miles from the Brecon Beacons 1 Tan-yr-Eglwys, sleeping 6, and 2 Tan-yr-Eglwys, sleeping 5, are only about a half hour drive from the Showcaves and the Botanic Gardens. The vibrant coastal city of Swansea is less than 10 miles away.
Anglesey is a fantastic destination for diving but if scuba diving around the coast is not for you why not experience the sea in the comfort of Anglesey Sea Zoo? Get close to marine life and learn all about different species with daily talks by biologists, search for fish among the kelp forest and walk the shark grids. There is even the opportunity to fish for your own pearl oyster, have it valued and set into jewellery! Admission tickets are valid for 7 days after the date of your first visit so you can go back time and again!
If you are still feeling a little chilly before spring arrives then Pili Palas is the place for you. Those Welsh speakers amongst us will already have a clue what’s in store for Pili Palas means butterflies! The steamy environment complete with waterfalls is a haven for the hundreds of free flying butterflies that call it home. Other areas to explore include the bug-zone, pets corner and you can even meet some meerkats. If that’s not enough there is an indoor play area for the little ones and a giant bouncy castle and adventure playground for those a bit older.
A traditional central Anglesey cottage, Tyddyn Truan is cosy and comfortable with plenty of original features and can sleep up to 6 people. A little closer to the coast, and again for 6, Ty’n Llan sits in 2 acres of garden with view towards Lligwy beach.
With cottages all over Wales we are here to find you your perfect property in the location that just right for the kind of holiday you want. Send us an email here or give us a call on 01686 628200!