Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Ten Popular Treks in the UK


Snowdon

North Wales’ Snowdonia national park is home to many adventures and hikes which have been enjoyed for thousands of years. However, its namesake mountain is by far the most popular mountain of them all. On a nice day, you will find scores of people making their way to the summit. If you’re after a challenging, seldom-tread path to follow as you make your way up the mountain, you can climb it via Crib Goch or if you really want to push yourself why not try the Snowdon Challenge

Cadair Idris

At the southern tail of the park, you will find the second most popular peak of the region. Named for the legend that a giant created it who was looking for somewhere to sit, hence the name, which translates to ‘Chair of Idris’. This mountain isn’t as crowded as other peaks such as Snowdon, so you are likely to get a more authentic trekking experience. The nearby down of Dolgellau which lies at the foot of the mountain may provide a perfect place to prep for the trip before making the ascent, as well as somewhere to grab a well deserved meal afterwards.

Scafell Pike

In the North of England’s Peak district you will find the highest mountain in England that is the aforementioned Scafell Pike. There are a number of paths you can take up the mountain, which will earn you the unbelievable treat of the highest vantage point in England, panoramic views of neighbouring peaks and magical countryside landscape. The summit is covered in a rocky boulder field, which is thought to be formed by weathering.

Ben Nevis

The largest mountain in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Ben Nevis towers over the Scottish highlands with a regal aura. The name of ‘Ben Nevis’ is thought to be a contraction of a longer Gaelic name, and so roughly translates to ‘Mountain of Heaven’. The most popular route up here is the ‘Pony Track’ aka the ‘Ben Track’ and provides a nice hike for casual hikers; of course for more experienced mountaineers there are many different routes and climbs to get to the summit.

Helvellyn

Helvellyn, maybe not the highest mountain in England, but it certainly has a claim to one of the favourites. The view is certainly one of the best, with glacial coves and sharp-tipped peaks on its neighbouring summits Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. A small plane once managed to land and take-off from the summit, which is quite a feat. This peak’s beauty is the subject of many romantic poets, and it’s sure to provide you with a very pleasant hike, remember to take care!


Hadrian’s Wall Path

The Roman emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of a great wall between Britannia and the wilderness of Scotland to offset any raids by the Celtic scots that resided beyond. The ruins of this wall are now a popular hiking trail, in which people trek along the rough border between Scotland and England. Which was you walk the path is up to you, East to West will provide the best suntan in summer months, but in the winter period you may be walking headfirst into the prevailing wind. Consider this and what time of year you are planning on trekking. Solway estuary provides a brilliant place to reflect on your achievement.

Cornwall Lizard Peninsula

Although you probably won’t see any lizards, the peninsula’s breath-taking coastal views will provide motivation enough to travel the entire distance of the peninsula. Expect rocky caves, sheer-drop cliffs, elegant coves and sub-tropical fauna. Along the peninsula there are many small fishing villages and docks which are defended by impressively constructed granite walls to defend against the Atlantic gales. It is said that a wonderful feeling is standing on the edge of the peninsula and staring into the distance, the most southern point of Great Britain There are loads of things to do and check out on this journey, visit whites and beaches, stand atop rocky overlooks and lose yourself in nature.

Offa’s Dyke

A similar story to old Hadrian’s, it is believed that king Offa of Mercia dug this eponymous trench between his country of Mercia and the Welsh Kingdom of Powys, debated to have prohibited raids from the Celtic warriors of Wales. These days it is a favourite trek of hikers. It involves walking the rough border between England and Wales. It’s a wonderful way of seeing the majestic countryside haven of Wales, The Northwest and Borderlands.

Tryfan

On the cusp of the Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, is Tryfan, a large craggy mountain that is a steep and fun to climb favourite of mountaineers, both local and from further afield. Tryfan is to this day one of the favourite mountain routes in the UK, with a classic pointed peak, and rocky outcrops it makes for an exhilarating scramble ascent. Tryfan is also very famous for its twin boulders at the summit ‘Adam and Eve’, which has traditionally been leaped between, in doing so is said to grant you ‘The Freedom of Tryfan’. Don’t attempt this if you lack a head for heights!



Three Peaks Challenge

A legendary challenge, which has been undertaken by many adventure savvy hikers over the years. It involves consecutively tackling the largest peaks in 3 of the UK’s countries; these are the previously mentioned Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and our very own Snowdon. This is undertaken in 24 hours and requires a driver and a lot of organisation to complete. Alternatively you can go along with an expedition group such as Adventurous Ewe, which organises such adventures.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Gift Vouchers Now Available at Dragon Raiders Activity Park!

Segway Adventure Course
Christmas is only four days away and with the New Year fast approaching the next thing to think about is birthdays! At the beginning of the year some of us start making note of all the birthdays we have to start planning for, whereas others will simply get a last minute gift.

Whichever type of person you are; organised or last-minute; Dragon Raiders Activity Park has the perfect present for everyone! At their activity park they have an array of adventure courses suitable for schools, adults and families. Their newest challenges are the Survival Wild Camp and Snowdon X2 Challenge, which are overnight expeditions, but why not book on to the Paintball and Segway?

For all the adrenaline-junkies out there, the Paintball activity is the best choice for you. Get your group together and participate in a competitive, yet fun activity for the day. The activity course is located on the coast of the naturally beautiful Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, North Wales.

There are a number of game zones available during your Paintball activity, each of which are set in over 30 acres of prime forest. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a teamster who’s had a few goes from time to time, Dragon Raiders will cater for all experiences! You know you are getting quality with them, as they have been established for over ten years and are a 5 star member of the UK British Paintball Association.

In addition to Paintball you can enjoy a couple hours of thrill and excitement of gliding on a Segway X2. Dragon Raiders have sleek, tough and powerful Segway’s to hop onto, providing you with a driving experience like no other! You have 30 acres of glorious scenic woodland to explore on your Segway adventure. You can choose to go on a relaxing forest trek or take the off-road challenge on one of the rally tracks.


You can choose to book yourself onto one of these fantastic adventure courses, or you can even purchase Gift Vouchers for the course of your choice, or all! The lucky recipient will receive a voucher which they can use at any time, so long as they book in advance to ensure their space is booked. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Palewood Caravan Park in Snowdonia

Palewood Holiday Park
Our minds may be on Christmas and winter right now but very soon we should all have a little free time to prepare ourselves for 2016.

Before you know it Christmas will be over and that is a great time to plan your holidays for 2016. If you are tired by the exhausting task of researching and booking holidays wouldn’t it be lovely to have your own secret escape in the heart of Snowdonia countryside where you could retreat to whenever you wish? If this sounds great to you it may be time to look into purchasing your own holiday home.

While camping trips to busy, lively holiday parks can be fun if you prefer a more tranquil holiday surrounded by peace and nature then purchasing your own lodge, caravan or holiday home is definitely the way to go. Achieving the perfect atmosphere depends on the caravan park you choose to purchase your new holiday home from.

Palewood Caravan Park in Snowdonia is one of the most outstanding five star parks in North Wales. It has a major focus on peace and natural beauty. The lodges, holiday homes and caravans at the park are surrounded by inspiring views and woodland. You are truly nestled within the heart of the natural landscape so it really feels like an escape.

There is a gorgeous coarse fishing pond at the park and an abundance of wildlife to spot. You can simply head out the door of your home away from home and find yourself exploring one of the most famous landscapes in the country with its soaring mountain ranges, forests, rivers and waterfalls.

For anyone who loves nature this is an idyllic caravan park in Snowdonia right next to Bala. Buying your own holiday home here offers the freedom to come and go on your own schedule and make wonderful holiday memories.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Book a Fantastic Christmas in Llandudno

Llandudno Accommodation
The holidays are coming and with the festive season fast approaching, now is the time to start booking your Christmas retreat. North Wales is a beautiful place to visit all year round, with stunning scenery, brilliant events and much more. With many locations to choose from, we understand choosing the right place to stay can be difficult. Therefore we have chosen the best location to stay this Christmas for you and all for good reason.

The Victorian town Llandudno invites visitors to explore everything it has to offer, from the almighty Great Orme and Llandudno Pier, to the tranquil West Shore and array of independent stores and cafes. This time of year however, there is a cluster of events happening. This makes Llandudno the ideal place to stay this Christmas.

There are a fantastic number of Llandudno hotels to choose from, but not all hotels offer a seafront location and fantastic service like Lauriston Court and their sister hotel, Lawton Court. The hotels are located only a couple minutes’ walk away from Llandudno Pier, the Great Orme Tramway and the heart of the town itself. You have everything you need right on your doorstep.

This Christmas however, you can enjoy much more than the everyday sights of Llandudno. There are so many attractions and events to attend, starting this Saturday 7th November 2015 with the Llandudno Firework Display. The display will take place at the end of the pier, where you will have front row seats right on the North Parade. If you wish to keep warm, Lauriston Court has beautiful seafront rooms to book so you can enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of your ‘home away from home’.  

All the Christmas fun begins on Thursday 19th November on Trinity Square and Madoc Street, when the Llandudno Christmas Fayre comes to town. The four day event will carry on through to Sunday 22nd November, providing us all with merry music, craft and food stalls, samples, light displays and Santa’s Grotto! The Christmas fayre brings the town lots of entertainment each year, but 2015 is expected to be the biggest and best fayre yet.

The Christmas fun does not stop there, as on Wednesday 2nd December the Coca Cola Christmas truck we all know and love is arriving at Colwyn Bay. Colwyn bay is a short 10-15minute drive from Llandudno, with fantastic bus links running every 10 minutes, or trains every half an hour. The main event will take place from 12pm-8pm on Abergele Road, just a minute’s walk from the Colwyn Bay Train Station.


Don’t delay and book accommodation with these Llandudno hotels today to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Beautiful Holiday Homes in Caernarfon

Holiday Home in Caernarfon at Coed Helen
North Wales is the perfect area to get away from it all and experience the perfect balance of nature, stunning views, entertainment, great food and events. If you love all these things along with historic attractions and castles then Caernarfon is the right place to buy your new holiday home.

Holiday homes in Caernarfon on the best holiday parks are highly sought and Coed Helen holiday park provides some of the best holiday homes and the best facilities.

Coed Helen is a four star park with its luxurious holiday homes in Caernarfon overlooking views of the Menai Strait, Caernarfon Castle and across to Anglesey.

You won’t find a view quite like it anywhere else. To the west lies some of the very best of the North Wales coast, to the east lies the forests and mountains of Snowdonia National Park, to the north and south you will find some of the most famous North Wales towns of Conwy, Llandudno and Portmeirion, all offering great events, festivals and attractions. At Coed Helen the historic town of Caernarfon with its medieval castle are right on your door step. There is so much to do and explore.

If you feel like relaxing at the park itself you can enjoy the outdoor heated swimming pool and sun terrace. There is plenty for the kids to do with a games room and outdoor play areas too. The park will soon be welcoming its brand new, renovated restaurant.

There are plenty of stunning holiday homes in Caernarfon to choose from at Coed Helen and the park recently developed a brand new collection of holiday homes in its Mountain View development which have even better views.
In addition to the holiday homes for sale there are lodges for hire and you can enjoy the park’s camping and touring facilities too.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Festival Number 6: This Year's Top Festival!

Festival Number 6 in Portmeirion
Festival Number 6 is a bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture. If you relish fantastic atmosphere, great company and a line-up of must-see artists of many genres then this is the festival for you. 

Accommodation is available on site at some of the local hotels, however if you wish to break away from the event once the evenings draw to a close, then there are some great caravan sites in North Wales you can stay at.

Set within the idyllic Italian-style village of Portmeirion, the event boasts some of the beautiful sceneries you will find in North Wales. Breathtaking views coupled with the various venue locations filled with artists, great food, crafts and much more throughout the festival, creates a four-day attraction you’ll never forget.

The music side of the event presents a unique line up of acts including, but most certainly not exclusive to, James Morrison, Grace Jones, Mark Ronson, Rae Morris and Thud Crackle Pop to name a few. All live acts and DJs will perform at a number of venues which include Castell Park; a stunning location with a view over the picturesque River Dwyryd, and The Woodlands; 70 acres of exotic woodlands that surround Portmeirion.

During the four-day event you can break away from the hub of all the music and explore the arts and culture side of Festival Number 6. There will be a large number of talks and discussions, theatre, spectacles and installations, comedy and cinema shows to enjoy. There will be talks and discussions by Steve Coogan and a special screening of ‘Amy’ – a film about Amy Winehouse followed with an exclusive Q&A with BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia and multi Grammy and Brit Award-winning producer Mark Ronson.

Lastly, this is sure to be a long weekend of indulgence. The White Horses Promenade will be transformed into a unique restaurant, which will host a range of Michelin star chefs for a series of long table banquets. If sit down meals are not on your agenda for the weekend, there will be the Welsh Produce Market and Street Food, providing guests with delicious cuisine on to go.







Monday, 24 August 2015

Theatre Breaks At Seafront Hotels in Llandudno

Cae Mor Seafront Hotel Superior Bedroom
The Cae Mor Seafront Hotel in Llandudno is the perfect destination if you are looking for the best theatre breaks around.

The serene seaside town of Llandudno has awe inspiring coastal views, the unique landscape of the Great Orme and a wide range of attractions, restaurants and shopping choices.

It is also home to the best theatre in North Wales Venue Cymru, which hosts incredible shows and performances all year round.

The Cae Mor Seafront Hotel in Llandudno has a prime position with panoramic views across the Bay. It is also directly next door to Venue Cymru. The hotel offers exclusive theatre packages starting from only £388, as well as extra special Opera packages as well.

You will also benefit from pre-show dining at the Cae Mor so you never have to worry about running late for your desired performance. You can enjoy a delicious meal at the Cae Mor’s seafront facing Othello’s Restaurant before walking the few short steps next door to take in your show.

The theatre packages and opera packages are just one kind of fantastic special offer you will find available at the Cae Mor. The hotel provides excellent seasonal offers throughout the year so you can always get a great deal on your holiday.

The hotel also has its own, generously sized car park for the exclusive use of its guests. With more car parking spaces than rooms you will not find parking a problem if you are staying at the Cae Mor. Bringing your own car is the best way to explore North Wales so this is an added advantage.

To find out more about the great special offers available at the Cae Mor contact them on 01492 878101.





Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Some of the Most Popular Treks in Europe

Adventure Treks in Europe are fantastic way to spend a few hours or days– exploring a beautiful new
Iceland Laugavegur Trek

Iceland Laugavegur Trek

place that you can be sure is completely different to how your friends will be spending their holidays!

Within this article we have put together a number of incredible places that you can adventure trek as a part of a tour group or simply self-guided, giving you the most magical experience of natural beauty across the world. Europe is home to a whole host of fantastic environments, so whether you fancy walking along hills and rivers, or mountains and beaches, you have a huge choice at your disposal.

Iceland Laugavegur Trek - An exclusive part of Europe that boasts an enchanted environment and range of landscapes, Iceland is the perfect destination for any avid trekker. On this route you will experience a spectacular hike through wilderness, with steep climbs, rough grounds and the thrill of setting up camp in the evenings. The Iceland Laugavegur Trek will take you through lakes, lava fields, hot springs, icy streams, volcanic plains, caverns, canyons while finishing at the Blue Lagoon.

Switzerland Kandersteg, Bernese Oberland  - This area is popular with hikers that enjoy skiing as there are such facilities in the region. This hike will allow you to enjoy magnificent forests, mountain paths and a glorious frozen lake that will leave you breathless. During this hike you will have a plethora of photo opportunities of simple stunning landscapes, and could even try your hand at yodelling. This hike will present you opportunities to enjoy local culture and foods.

Eastern Hungary, Hortobagy National Park - -This part of Europe will offer you the environment of glorious grassy plains among horsemen and Sheppard’s, while giving you a beautiful sight of thousands of Crane birds taking flight as the evening approaches. Hungary is a part of Europe that offers a unique culture, with its glorious natural environments that will give you a mind refreshing hike. Enjoy phenomenal sunsets and even have the opportunity to visit wild animal parks.

Sicily, Nebrodi National Park, Italy - You’ll likely enjoy pleasant weather, so you’ll thoroughly enjoy the cool beech forests with wildflower meadows and gorgeous blue lakes of the National Park. Nebrodi National Park is set with the idyllic backdrop of Mount Etna, rising high above the forests you’ll be exploring. Among ancient trees, refreshing lakes and magical views, you’ll take the opportunity to take fantastic photos, while eating and drinking some of the local produce.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

What to Expect When Travelling With E Cigarettes

Innokin E Cigarettes
E Cigarettes are taking the world by storm right now, however does that mean that you can inhale them everywhere? This article is for the travelling vapour, what you should expect, and how to prepare when travelling abroad with one.

Rules and Regulations are different in every country, so make sure you research beforehand. If the country you’re travelling to does not accept e cigarettes and other variations as a social norm, you may want to consider what you take with you.

The airport is a place where travellers have to spend a lot of time and surely you will want to use your e cigarette. However it would be horrible if your trusty Innokin e cigs were confiscated, for that reason it might be a good idea to bring a disposable one with you and have your main vape tucked away in your luggage.  

Don’t take extra refills on the flight with you, only take exactly what you need which is a partially filled E plain E-cigarette.

Also consider if having your high tech vape is appropriate when out and about and again it might be an idea to rock the disposable and save your more expensive model for the hotel.

E-Cigarettes are banned in all UK airports, with the exception of London Heathrow who have included an indoor vaping lounge located in Terminal 4. Most places will direct you to regular smoking areas to enjoy your vape. Be sure to ask the staff at the airport though, as the policies may have changed since the writing of this article and you may find yourself in a cosy indoor vaping lounge!

On board your flight e Cigarettes are NEVER permitted, so don’t even think about trying it as you’ll have to wait till you get off. Smokeless cigarettes are available if you really need it but don’t expect brilliant performance.

Resist the urge to sneak to the bathroom and use your vape in there. In the past people have been arrested for such usage, so don’t take the risk!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Festival of Archaeology 2015


Festival of Archaeology
The Festival of Archaeology is returning once again for its 25th year running and is set to give visitors an amazing day out in North Wales and other parts of the UK. You can enjoy a day full of history and archaeology, as you immerse yourself into the sounds, sights and smells of life during the Roman era. 

Meet Roman characters to see what they can teach you, while enjoying some fantastic Roman cookery and go on the mystery excavation – all within close distance to a selection of fantastic accommodation. There are lodges in Snowdonia available for those who wish to attend the Meillionydd excavation open days on 11th – 12th July 2015.

Morfa Lodge Holiday Park is a popular choice for accommodation, so book your stay at one of their lodges in Snowdonia. The Saturday 11th July is the perfect day too as you can enjoy your time at the Festival of Archaeology 2015 during the day, and then join in the fun at the holiday park with entertainment by Elv’s Disco and a brilliant Hog Roast in the evening.

You will learn all about Roman life in Wales, with accurate and interesting facts and stories being told to all those that visit. On top of all this, you can enjoy the military displays, ballista demonstrations and cheer on your favourite gladiator in their immense battles for all to enjoy.

There is plenty to go at this weekend in Caernarfon, with this event being perfect for guests at our holiday park and the locals. The event is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, encouraging all visitors to explore the archaeology of their local area. You can watch experts at work and participate in fun and games throughout the day.

You can experience first-hand techniques for digging and identifying finds. You can also enjoy the farm and woodland-themed activities, talks and latest discoveries, plus expert-led walks. The excitement doesn’t stop there, as you can even visit a nuclear bunker and find out for yourself how the Victorians made ice cream.

There will be lots of opportunities throughout the event to experience life as a Roman, Greek and Egyptian with living history, warfare demonstrations, food tasting and mosaic making to be done. We are close by to the event throughout the two weeks it is taking place, so be sure to book your stay with us for the ultimate holiday this summer! 





Thursday, 14 May 2015

Places to Visit & Stay for the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

Morfa Lodge Holiday Park
The spring bank holiday weekend is nearing and North Wales has a great selection of attractions to visit, things to do and places to stay for a truly fantastic weekend. Morfa Lodge Holiday Park has touring pitches and holiday homes in North Wales for a relaxing break this bank holiday. The great news is they have very recently announced the arrival of free public Wi-Fi across their park for all to enjoy.

There’s a vast array of events across North Wales worth visiting with the family. The highly anticipated Llandudno Air Show is one of many, where spectators will gather along the north shore in Llandudno to watch the eccentric displays on Saturday 23rd May 2015.  This event runs each year and is put together to celebrate the charitable work for blind veterans and servicemen, creating a wonderful day out for all.

If you can’t make the Saturday for the Llandudno Air Show then head down to Prestatyn on Sunday 24th May 2015, for the Prestatyn Classic Car Show. This will be the 16th annual show of its kind, with an array of classical cars lining car parks within the area for all to come and admire.

If you would prefer beautiful scenes of gardens filled with various plants, shrubs and stunning views, then Bont Fechan Farm is the place to be on Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May 2015. They are acting as an open garden for the National Gardens Scheme, where you can visit the tranquil cottage with rockery, a fish pond, an herbaceous border and steps to a river. You can take stroll through the garden and view the admirable displays of plants and the vegetable garden and poultry.

If you’re looking to book accommodation for the bank holiday weekend, then be sure to contact Morfa Lodge who are within driving distance to these events and many more. You can call them on 01286 830 205 or email them at: info@morfalodge.co.uk


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Fantastic Ideas for School Activities in North Wales!

School group activities in north wales
Dragon Raiders Activity Park is the perfect attraction for school group activities in North Wales. They have a great venue for your school trip, surrounded by beautiful woodlands through which you can explore during your adventure. They’ll provide you with everything you need, from training to talking you through all health and safety procedures to ensure the well-being of all visitors.

For school group activities in North Wales Dragon Raiders can offer you a great number of activities, which are fun for all the children and members of staff! Free places are also offered to teachers, complete with pre-prepared risk assessments and planning sessions. With over 10 years’ experience working with large groups from schools, colleges and universities, you can be assured that your adventure with Dragon Raiders will be an exciting one.

If you have a large class of students who are all hopeful to be able to attend their activity together, then worry not. Dragon Raiders can provide for groups of up to 100 pupils in one session, which is dependent on the activity choice:

Bear Grylls Survival Academy | This can cater for up to 75 pupils per session and is suitable for anyone aged 8 and over. This is a half day course which will run from either 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm, which means you can choose a time to suit you, your school and your student’s needs. Bear Grylls himself and his highly-trained team of experts have devised lesson plans for each segment of the challenge. These include, but aren't exclusive to, how to make a fire by hand, building a shelter fit for survival and how to search for food in the wild. Your students and yourself are guaranteed an adventure-packed day.

Paintball | With over 30 acres of woodland to explore, Dragon Raiders has a number of specially designed game zones and all with individual objectives. You can choose a session to suit you from 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm, but flexibility with start and finish times is available if necessary. This activity can cater for groups of up to 100 students.

Segway | You can enjoy the excitement of gliding through scenic woodlands for a smooth driving experience or take on the challenge of going off-road on one of the rally tracks available. The 45 minute trek across a course of your choice is the perfect way to enjoy a day with your school friends. On arrival you will be provided with a safety helmet, gliding suit and a training session to ensure you have a fun but safe journey across the woodlands area.


To enquire and book your place today, call Dragon Raiders Activity Park on 01766 523 119 or email them at: enquiries@dragonraiders.co.uk