Abersoch, a beautiful seaside village on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, is a very popular resort visited by thousands of tourists each year. Abersoch is renowned for sailing and water sport activities, stunning beaches and trendy shops, restaurants and bars. It is a great location for a family holiday, even with young children, so here are the top 10 things to do in Abersoch with Kids:
1. Abersoch Beach
This beach is on the south-east facing side of the Llyn Peninsula, and not only hosts watersport activities but an annual jazz festival in the summer. The beach is perfect for an afternoon building sand castles, eating Two Islands’ Ice Cream and relaxing with the family. Another perk is that there are beach huts which can be rented for the day or even a week, to find out more info you can enquire at the beach cafes. If you’re keen to read more about the beaches in Abersoch click here.
2. Coastal Paths
It’s up to you and your family how far you want to walk and for how long, but luckily there are options for those of you looking for a brisk 15 minute walk or a whole day’s trek. For an hour’s walk, made longer if you stop at the Beach Cafe at Machroes, follow the coastal path which runs through Abersoch Golf Club from Abersoch south to the long sandy beach of Machroes. For those looking for a longer walk, you can follow the Wales Coast Path from Abersoch all the way to Pwllheli.
Just a 20 minute drive away from Abersoch is Glasfryn Parc, which offers a range of exciting water activities for children and adults, such as wakeboarding, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and coarse fishing. However if you aren’t so keen on getting near the water, the park also offers indoor and outdoor activities such as archery, mini golf and clay pigeon shooting.
4. Hell’s Mouth
Frequently visited by surfers and kayakers, Hell’s Mouth, originally named Porth Neigwl, is a rural beach which is known for its huge waves, about a five to ten minute drive away . Although there aren’t any facilities actually on the beach, it has a free car park and is dog friendly.
5. Pony Trekking
Whether yourself or your children are interested in doing something a little out of your comfort zone or perhaps you love horse riding and want to experience it in beautiful nature, pony trekking in Abersoch may be for you. Cilan Riding Centre offers treks on the Cilan Headland which is situated just three miles from Abersoch centre, in Gwynedd. The centre ensures the riding is never on the roads and states that it is suitable for experienced and novice riders, and children.
Although there aren’t any in Abersoch itself, if you have a car why not take the kids to some nearby castles such as Criccieth, Harlech or Caernarfon where you can learn all about the medieval history of Wales and experience the fantastic sites which have been around for hundreds of years.
7. Fish and Chips
What better way to end a fun filled day with the kids than to get some delicious fish and chips, and there is plenty of choice in Abersoch. If you fancy sitting in a restaurant to eat then there are many options, including The Potted Lobster, where you won’t just find fish and chips but a range of fresh seafood such as mussels, calamari, crab and of course, as the name suggests, lobster. But if getting it to take away and sit on the beach around a fire sounds more appealing, you could get your fish and chips from the likes of The Creel or Arvonia.
One thing about Abersoch is that you are guaranteed to find great places to eat and drink. From Kin & Co which is dog friendly and has vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, to Flipside Cafe and Cakery where you could treat yourself to brunch or if you just fancy a cup of tea and scone, there is somewhere for everyone.
Just a 10 minute drive from Abersoch is Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, an Arts Centre where you will find the John Andrews Theatre which “during the summer months [hosts] a varied programme of concerts, theatrical performances and open air cinema” and “has capacity for an audience of 250 people.” Upcoming shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter Pan. The centre also hosts art exhibitions and has accommodation.
10. Arts and Crafts
Whilst it’s great to be positive and hope for sunny skies every day, taking a holiday anywhere in the UK is unpredictable, which is why it’s probably a good idea to have an indoor activity planned in case the rain comes. According to the Abersoch Virtual Guide, “Antur Aberuchaf is a series of units with an arts and crafts theme and is to be found 100 yards up the hill from Land and Sea, which is walking distance from the village centre.” The centre hosts a range of arts, such as jewellery, paintings and illustrations.
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