Be our SatNav for our North Wales visit

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Llandudno Pier. I do like to be beside the seaside, but will we or won’t we? 

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We’re off to North Wales next weekend, but this is no ordinary adventure for us. This time the itinerary is down to you. Well, the Visit Wales Facebook community to be precise. Yes, that’s right we’re going to be guided by some kind of Facebook community sat nav. It all sounds a bit Mad Hatter…

Be our Sat Nav for our North Wales visit

What are you up to next weekend?

We’re chucking out the guide book and satnav, and putting ourselves in the hands of fate for a two day adventure in North Wales.

Did I say fate?

Actually I meant Facebook. Which seems to have as much influence over my life as fate these days. How sad is that? Anyway, we’re hooking up with Visit Wales for a little experiment in travel, a kind of journey into the unknown.

Did I say unknown?

I meant Llandudno. And possibly Llandudno Junction. And Conwy. Of course they’re not unknown. Many people live there and many others visit. Just check out their Facebook page. Why do I keep mentioning Facebook? Because Facebook will help us decide what to do. Of course there’s plenty of information online all year round for things to do in Wales; Visit Wales even has a dedicated page for each region containing great ideas on food, fun and festivals. But we are part of a bloggers’ challenge, where five bloggers will visit five parts of Wales, and Visit Wales Facebook fans will help them with the planning. People who know the area, the facilities and the vibe.

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Or will it be coast, countryside & nature? North Wales is famed for its coastal beauty.

We’re looking for a family friendly yet challenging itinerary. As you know we like to get out of our comfort zone; so the more action packed the better. Lllandudno is filled with family adrenaline seekers, right?

Did I say Llandudno?

Actually, a quick search online reveals the newest ‘must do’ in the area isn’t actually in Llandudo. The longest zipwire in Europe has opened up a short drive away in Bethesda. And we’d love to try that out while we’re there. We hope to fly like birds (check out the picture below – you really do fly like a bird) on this high thrill wire on a ride that covers a mile yet takes seconds.

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Surely it will include action. Zipworld Bethesda isn’t far away. Image: Bruce Adams Zipworld

Did I say seconds?

I meant a lifetime.  But we don’t have a lifetime. We have 48 hours. And we want to pack in as much as we can. Can you help? Do you know of any adventurous activities in the Llandudno or Conway area?  Can you suggest some fun family places for fussy kids and parents to eat or hang out? How about an unusual experience? Perhaps something cultural that we might not find anywhere else? Something new and exciting?

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Will it be castles, history and culture? Well, you’re calling the shots..

Did you say yes?

Then please share some of your ideas with us on the Visit Wales page. But we’re going this weekend so don’t be late.

Did someone say late?

Yes! For a very important date. I forgot to mention that while Facebook followers will be guiding us virtually, we may have some real life help on the ground in Llandudno.

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We’re getting curiouser and curiouser about how the itinerary will shape up. 

Did someone say real life?

Actually this pair are not famed for their grasp on reality. The White Rabbit and Mad Hatter will be showing us some of the town’s Alice in Wonderland projects and initiatives. Why Alice? Because the real life ‘Alice’ (the inspiration for the Wonderland story) used to escape with her family to Llandudno as a child. The bunny and his barking mad friend may try to lead us down the rabbit hole but if they do, we’re hoping Visit Wales facebook fans will help us get back out.

Well I did say this was a journey into the unknown. Or didn’t I…?

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Kirstie is the Editor of The Family Adventure Project. A professional writer, she's the creative and journalistic force behind many of the stories and features published here. She's a co-founder and co-director of the project, the misadventure magnet part of the partnership and a busy mum.

9 Responses to “Be our SatNav for our North Wales visit” Subscribe

  1. Monica June 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I’m from North Wales and my uncle used to live in Llandudno so I’ll have to have a think for some fun things for you guys to do!

  2. Paula June 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Try the great orme, the kids will love to toboggan ride and the dry ski slopes, plus crabbing off the pier xx

    • Stuart June 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Toboganning and Skiing sound fun. After recent encounters with mackerel we may struggle with crabbing, but nice idea. Thanks!

  3. Lin June 24, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    We really hope to see you at MOSTYN! I might be biased, I work there! I guarantee you will love YOU the exhibition. We’ve had families come back 2 or 3 times for this one! Theres also a family friendly cafe with lots of veggie options…and a gorgeous shop!

    • Stuart June 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      We’re all biased in our own ways! This sounds fun and different. We’ll have to see if we can work it into the schedule.

  4. Julian Hughes June 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Suggest a visit to RSPB Coney nature reserve, a wetland by the Conwy estuary, but actually in Llandudno Junction. Lots of wildlife to discover, and they’re just completing lots of new family-friendly facilities. On Saturday a group of kids was spray painting graffiti wildlife in the tunnel on the new play space!

    • Stuart June 24, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

      Sounds interesting on the nature front.

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