Fun things to do in Wales during the winter months

Bored? Try these 5 fun activities in Wales

If there was a national vote on the most boring season of the year we’re convinced most people would vote for winter – sorry winter, no offence intended. The problem is the weather tends to be pretty lousy, everyone wants to stay indoors because it’s too chilly outside and we’re all trying to cut down on spending after the frivolousness of December.

However, after a little research we’ve discovered 5 fantastic activities you can do in Wales during the winter months; from enjoying the Six Nations in Wales to tucking into a sumptuous winter Welsh picnic. Take a look at our suggestions below to discover how to beat boredom and enjoy winter in Wales:

Winter picnic

Although picnics tend to be reserved for warmer months we love a winter picnic. The trick is to wrap up warm – base layers, blankets and woolly hats are advised – and to pack the right kind of foods. Homemade pea and ham soup in a thermos flask goes down well, as do pre-made hotdogs, crusty bread or chilli jacket potatoes that have been wrapped in foil. A flask full of creamy hot chocolate and marshmallows is a necessity, as are tissues for those running noses. This is a surprisingly fun way to enjoy the breathtaking countryside Wales boasts, which we highly recommend trying at least once.

Welsh Mountain Zoo, Conwy

Here’s a video on the Welsh Mountain Zoo you might like: Welsh Mountain Zoo

Spending the day exploring the Penguin Parade, Chimp Encounter, Bear Falls, Lemur Lockout and Condor Haven is a great way to beat boredom in winter. There’s also a 300 square metre enclosure for the Californian Sea Lions who take part in fun shows.

To make the most of the day you should wrap up warm so that you can enjoy the wooded pathways and the panoramic scenes of North Wales and Colwyn Bay, which the zoo looks down upon. If it gets too chilly head to the media centre for a virtual tour of the zoo or let the kids run wild on the Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail Adventure Playground.

Afternoon tea at The Great House Hotel, Cardiff

Afternoon tea can seem like too much of a luxury after Christmas, but with prices from £12.95 The Great House Hotel afternoon tea is the kind of affordable luxury we all need to beat the winter blues. Elegant and historical, The Great House Hotel was thought to have been a gift from Queen Elizabeth I to the Earl of Leicester and is packed full of charm, with oak beams, inglenook fireplaces and flagstone floors – it’s the perfect spot to while away a cold afternoon in Wales whilst taking a spot of tea.

Dylan Thomas Trail, £1.50

Swansea, Gower, South Wales – these are the places that shaped Dylan Thomas and, as you wander through the landscapes and past the buildings that influenced one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, you can see why. From Fern Hill Farm to Cwmdonkin Drive (the place of Dylan Thomas’ birth) you are swept away by the amount of life and beauty that seems to be woven into the very fabric of these Thomas landmarks.

In 2014 it is the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth. There will be an abundance of Thomas-themed celebrations throughout the year, but we recommend trying out one of four Dylan Thomas trails. For just £1.50 you can buy a trail guide from The Dylan Thomas centre. There are four trails to choose from. Each trail maps out a route that will guide you around some of the most iconic landmarks in Dylan Thomas’ writing and life.  The guides are also packed full of handy facts and insightful commentaries.

Get involved in the Six Nations

Here’s the BBC Six Nations advert for 2014: BBC Six Nations Advert

If you’re stuck for something to do in Wales we highly recommend getting involved in the Six Nations. Wales are currently favourite to win, so the atmosphere should be fantastic in the venue you choose to watch one of the five games. If you want to find somewhere to stay that has a pub nearby, this handy list details some of the best places to stay in Wales that are in walking distances of good pubs. Games kick off from the 1st of February and finish on the 15th of March.