Eggciting Egg Hunts in Wales

Easter is a great time for kid-friendly activities – whether you’re staying home and baking chocolate goodies, or heading out to search for the Easter bunny.

If you’re feeling uninspired, never fear – we’ve assembled a list of some of the best Cadbury’s Easter egg hunts going on around Wales over the next few weeks.

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Dyffryn Gardens is situated just outside Cardiff across 55 tranquil acres. This year the National Trust site is running a hunt on 16 separate dates, between Saturday 13th April and 28th April. You’ll be free to roam between 11am and 3pm, hunting for clues that will lead you to a chocolatey prize.

Family admission: £27.50

Egg hunt admission: £3.50

Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Chirk Castle is a magnificent, medieval fortress built during the reign of Edward I. This Easter you can attend the 10am-5pm egg hunt every day between the 19th and 22nd April.

The Chirk Castle hunt involves following a map and solving clues – once you’re finished you’ll receive a chocolate treat.

Family admission: £33.75

Egg hunt admission: £2.50

Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Anglesey

Between the 19th and 22nd April you can head to the 18th-century Plas Newydd House, which sits on the banks of the Menai Strait. Explore the beautiful gardens, tracking animal footprints and solving clues to claim a chocolate reward.

Sessions run each day between 11am and 3.30pm.

Family admission: £30.50

Egg hunt admission: £2

Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Carmarthenshire

Between the 19th and 22nd April, Dolaucothi Gold Mines is running an interactive Easter trail.

Attend between 10.30 and 5pm to enter the trail and participate in this family-friendly activity. Collect rubbings and put the pieces together to form a mystery creature – if you work it out you can claim your chocolate prize!

Family admission: £22

Egg hunt admission: £3

Tredegar House, Newport

This beautiful 17th-century house is situated in 90 acres of gardens and woodland. This year, Tredegar’s Easter egg hunt runs 18th-22nd April between 11am and 4pm each day.

Join the hunt and let your little ones get exploring – the idea is to search for eggs hidden around the garden and work out which birds they belong to. Once you’ve found and identified them all you can collect your prize!

Family admission: £25.25

Egg hunt admission: £2.50

Colby Woodland Gardens, Pembrokeshire

Set in a tranquil wooded valley, this beautiful setting is the ideal place for a family walk – especially at Easter. Visit between the 19th and 22nd April to pick up the Easter bunny’s clues and discover the hidden chocolate. Sessions run between 11am and 3.30pm each day.

Family admission: £18.63

Egg hunt admission: £2

Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Bodnant is a world-famous garden that was created over 150 years and is home to numerous rare plants. The garden’s annual egg hunt runs for four days this year (19th-22nd April), with four one-hour slots available each day. As this event is so popular you’ll need to book a place in advance.

Follow the trail to solve clues and find out where the chocolate is hidden!

Family admission: £35

Egg hunt admission: £2

Where to Treat Mum this Mother’s Day

Planning a special gift for Mother’s Day? We’ve put together a list of properties in Wales offering Mother’s Day deals – get booking today and you’ll have the perfect gift for mum come Sunday 31st March!

Mother’s Day Spa Packages at St Brides Spa Hotel

St Brides is a spa hotel in Pembrokeshire overlooking the sea. For Mother’s Day they’re offering two packages:

– “Mother’s Day Pampering” for £120pp: massage, facial, 90-minute session in the spa, and a Caudalie beauty kit

– “Mum and Me-Time” for £99pp: pedicure, facial, and a 90-minute session in the spa

This offer is only available until the end of March so get booking soon! Find out more here.

Visit the Gardens of Wales with Ty Mawr Country Hotel

Ty Mawr Country Hotel is an award-winning hotel in Brechfa, Carmarthenshire just a stone’s throw from many of Wales’ most beautiful green spaces.

Book a one-night stay for two people and you’ll receive 2-for-1 entry at the National Botanic Garden, as well as 10% off in the shops at Aberglasney Gardens.

Find out more about this fantastic offer by clicking here.

Enjoy Three Nights for Two at Bodysgallen Hall

The exquisite Bodysgallen Hall is housed in a restored 17th-century house just outside Llandudno that overlooks Snowdonia and Conwy Castle.

This March and April Bodysgallen is offering a fantastic deal – book two nights and you’ll get the third night’s accommodation free! This offer includes use of the hotel spa, although you’ll be required to pay for breakfast and dinner.

Find out more by visiting the Bodysgallen website here.

Prosecco Afternoon Tea at Twr y Felin Hotel

Twr y Felin is a luxury hotel and restaurant in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, famed for its contemporary design. Book in for Afternoon Tea to celebrate Mother’s Day and you’ll each be treated to a complimentary glass of prosecco.

Afternon Tea at Twr y Felin is served 3-5pm and is priced at £23 – find out more here.

Enjoy a Half-Day of Pampering at Tre-Ysgawen’s Spa

Tre-Ysgawen is a 4-star spa hotel in Anglesey offering a fantastic Mother’s Day package. For just £130 two people can enjoy a half-day of pampering, complete with arrival drink, full use of the spa facilities, a 45-minute body scrub, and lunch with prosecco.

Find out more here.

Sunday Lunch at St George’s Hotel

The culinary wizards at the 4-star St George’s Hotel in Llandudno have concocted a special Sunday lunch menu to celebrate Mother’s Day. Book in from 12pm on the 31st March to enjoy an exquisite three-course lunch – as you dine you’ll be entertained by the resident pianist.

Alternatively, visit St George’s Hotel for Afternoon Tea, 2.30-4.30pm.

Find out more here.

A Stay in Portmeirion with Complimentary Chocolates

Portmeirion is a unique tourist village in Gwynedd, built into the cliffs just outside Minffordd. Inspired by the architecture of Italy, Portmeirion is a little slice of the Mediterranean in North Wales – and this Mother’s Day it’s the perfect place to explore with mum.

For just £119 two people can stay over in Portmeirion the night of March 31st, sharing a standard double in one of the village B&Bs. In addition you’ll enjoy a free box of chocolates.

Find out more here.

Win a 10-night Holiday in Wales for Two!

If you’ve been dreaming of a scenic holiday in the UK look no further. Here at Great Little Places we’ve teamed up with some of our member properties to deliver a one-of-a-kind 10-night break for two, across five Welsh locations.

This competition coincides with National B&B Week, which is taking place the week of March 18th. We’ll be paying tribute to all the hard-working hosts and hoteliers working across the country, and giving two lucky recipients the holiday of a lifetime.

Enter our “Pan Wales” competition to visit five different B&Bs – our own specially selected “Great Little Places”. You’ll spend two nights at each before moving onto the next. In addition you’ll receive free admission to some of Wales’ most beloved tourist attractions.

The “Pan Wales” itinerary

During your Welsh odyssey you’ll travel across the south, west and north of Wales, and even cross over the English border into Shropshire for a couple of nights.

Along the way you’ll visit Blackwood in Monmouthshire, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, St Dogmaels in Pembrokeshire, Dolgellau in Merionethshire and Bishops Castle in Shropshire, enjoying two-night stays at each the following B&Bs:

  • Gellihaf House, Blackwood – A 4-star, family-run B&B situated in an Arts & Crafts-style building, and set in the beautiful environs of the Rhymney Valley.
  • Waun Wyllt Inn, Llanelli – An 18th-century public house and restaurant close to the Swiss Valley Cycle Route and numerous golf courses.
  • Bethsaida, St Dogmaels – A truly unique 4-star establishment housed in a redeveloped Baptist Chapel, close to the banks of the River Teifi.
  • Ffynnon Townhouse, Dolgellau – A luxury 5-star Townhouse in Snowdonia National Park, housed in a Gothic Victorian rectory.
  • The Castle Hotel, Bishops Castle – A hotel famed for its oak-panelled restaurant and beautiful gardens, situated in a charming market town.

Fantastic free attractions

As you travel from place to place you’ll have the opportunity to stop by the following attractions, enjoying free entry:

  • Zip World Fforest, Betws-y-Coed – This exhilarating forest adventure centre is bursting with activities suited to all ability levels.
  • Tredegar House, Newport – This stunning 17th-century house is a National Trust site surrounded by 90 acres of park and woodland.
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthney – Visit these exquisite gardens in Carmarthenshire, where you’ll find the world’s largest single-span glasshouse. 
  • Colby Woodland Garden, Amroth – Colby is set in a wooded valley in Pembrokeshire, and is the ideal place to enjoy a secluded and scenic walk.
  • Chirk Castle, Wrexham – No trip to Wales would be complete without a castle! This formidable medieval fortress is famed for its eclectic collections and lavish interiors.
  • Penderyn Distillery, Aberdare – Enjoy a tour of this award-winning whisky and spirits distillery in the Brecon Beacons – free samples included!

How to enter

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning our “Pan Wales” getaway, head over to our Competitions page: www.little-places.co.uk/competitions.

Good luck!

Thank you to all members and tourist attractions for supporting our ‘Pan Wales’ campaign and for providing these fabulous prizes.

6 Welsh spa treatments to try in 2019

A visit to a spa is the ultimate luxury treat, but it’s not always easy to find the time for a full weekend away. If you’re looking to book a half day at a Welsh spa and you’re having trouble deciding on a treatment, read on! We spoke to four of our member hotels to find out which of their spa treatments are most popular amongst guests…

The “Drift Away” Full Body Massage, Lake Country House & Spa

Lake Country House is a 4-star spa and hotel in Powys, set in gorgeous, tranquil grounds. Book an afternoon here and you can enjoy their signature treatment, a 55-minute relaxing full body massage, which will most likely see you drifting off into a gentle sleep.

Your massage therapist will use a gorgeous blend of essential oils to massage your body from head to toe, finishing up with your face and scalp.

55-Minute Warm Oil Aromatherapy Massage, Peterstone Court

Head to the Brecon Beacons to enjoy a relaxing few hours at Peterstone Court, a spa and hotel set in a gorgeous Georgian building. The most popular treatment here is a 55-minute full body aromatherapy massage, which incorporates lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, orange and ginger.

When you’re finished, you can enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee in the spa’s Moroccan-themed relaxation room.

Tea for Two, The Metropole Hotel & Spa

If your idea of a perfect spa day is more about eating than treatments, then this package is perfect for you. The 4-star Metropole Hotel & Spa is located in Llandrindod Wells, Powys and offers a range of excellent spa packages, including Tea for Two.

Bring your partner or a lucky friend and you can enjoy use of the spa’s heated pool, steam room and shower before heading to Spencer’s Brasserie for afternoon tea. You’ll enjoy finger sandwiches, a patisserie selection, and tea or coffee.

Rock Spa Special, The Metropole Hotel & Spa

Another popular treatment offered by the Metropole is the Rock Spa Special, which can be enjoyed by a group of up to 15 people. You’ll have full use of the Metropole’s spa facilities, all while wearing your complimentary robe and slippers!

Visit the sauna, steam room, hot tub, gym and heated pool, and then go off to enjoy a 55-minute massage or facial. The finishing touch is a healthy two-course lunch served in the spa.

Hot Stones Full Body Massage, Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & Spa

Tre-Ysgawen Hall is a country house hotel and spa located in Llangefni on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey. One of their most popular treatments is a hot stone massage that focuses on your body’s major stress zones, and finishes with a revitalising scalp massage. At 75 minutes long, it’s the ideal treatment for a half-day spa visit.

Reflexology, Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & Spa

Tre-Ysgawen’s second most popular treatment is reflexology for the hands or feet. In this 45-minute session you’ll have the reflex points on your hands or feet carefully massaged, creating full body relaxation.

This Month We’re in Love With…

Forget Valentine’s Day, in Wales we’re all about St Dwynwen’s Day. Celebrated on the 25th January each year, this romantic holiday is all about spreading the love, and spending quality time with the people who matter most. In the spirit of St Dwynwen’s Day we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite romantic places, activities and eateries around Wales that we’ve fallen for this month.

Cocktails at Prohibition in Deganwy

This cocktail bar sits on the Conwy river estuary, a stone’s throw from the ancient ruins of Deganwy Castle. Inspired by the speakeasies of the prohibition era, the cosy and atmospheric bar is the perfect place to while away a few romantic hours with someone special. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even try your hand at a cocktail class!

Stargazing in Snowdonia

Snowdonia was awarded dark sky status in 2015, which means it’s one of the best places in the UK to get fantastic views of the stars – while huddled up to your nearest and dearest. Recommended spots include Llyn Geirionydd, Bwlch y Groes and Llynnau Cregennen. Just make sure you go on a night when the sky is clear – and don’t forget the flask of cocoa!

Sunset at Rhossili Bay

Not only does Rhossili Bay boast one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales, it’s also a fantastic spot to watch the sunset. January may not be a good month for sunbathing, swimming or surfing, but what could be more romantic than taking a stroll along this gorgeous stretch of sand as the sun goes down over the water?

Hay-on-Wye

This gorgeous market town may be most famous for its literary festival, which takes place in early summer, but we reckon it’s the perfect romantic destination year round. Pay a visit during the winter months and you can keep warm with a stroll around town, paying visits to the various bookshops, craft boutiques and independent clothing stores.

Llanddwyn Island

Where better to enjoy a romantic day than Llanddwyn Island, the final resting place of St Dwynwen herself? This gorgeous little island sits off the southern coast of Anglesey, connected by a narrow isthmus that can be crossed at low tide. Pack a picnic, pull on your walking boots, and prepare yourself for a refreshing stroll through this idyllic and historic setting.

Coastal walks in Aberystwyth

There’s something uniquely romantic about cosying up to a loved one as you take a wintry walk by the sea. Head to the gorgeous market town of Aberystwyth and you can enjoy a scenic stroll along the Wales Coast Path, finishing up with a well-deserved pint at one of Borth’s charming seaside pubs. Tip: taking the funicular railway to the top of Aberystwyth’s Constitution Hill is a brilliant way to kick-start this walk (and conserve some energy).

Pancakes at La Crêperie de Claudie in Cardiff

This traditional French pancake restaurant next to Victoria Park is the perfect place to enjoy a sweet treat with your sweetheart. The batter is made onsite by Claudie herself, using a recipe handed down from one generation to the next over many years. With an assortment of crêpes, waffles, milkshakes and hot chocolates to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.