Spring Bank Holiday Break in Wales

Camping holidays in Wales are all about big days in the great outdoors. From coastal paths and stunning sealife to sparkling lakes, craggy peaks and endless walking trails, outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home in this splendid corner of the UK.

And what better way to explore Wales's rugged beauty than a Spring Bank Holiday camping break? Set your sat nav for our scenic Club Sites at Rhandirmwyn or Cardigan Bay and you'll soon see what all the fuss is about.

To help you get the most out of your stay, we've pulled together a few ideas for the upcoming Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Wildlife boat tours, heritage steam train journeys, dam patrols, open gardens, even an edge-of-your-seat downhill cycling event! It's all here, and plenty more besides.

Prepare to uncover one of the UK's most beautiful (and action-packed) destinations. Take our word for it: if this is your first camping trip to Wales, it certainly won't be your last...

Day 1 - Friday

The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is a must-visit in this part of the world. In addition to learning about local marine life, daily guided boat trips set out from the Centre to spot bottlenose dolphins, porpoises, seals and birds that frequent this beautiful part of the Welsh coastline. Boat tours range from pleasant 1.5 hour jaunts to day-long survey trips.

From New Quay, follow the Cardigan Bay coastline north for a little over 20 miles to Aberystwyth and climb aboard the Vale of Rheidol Railway. On Friday 26th May, the heritage steam locomotive departs Aberystwyth and travels through stunning scenery to Devil's Bridge. Here, you can take time to explore the spectacular waterfalls and the Rheidol Gorge, before heading back to Aberystwyth.

Day 2 - Saturday

Head to Elan Valley Visitor Centre bright and early on Saturday morning for a fascinating Dam Patrol excursion. This part of Wales is famous for its dams, and between 9.30am - 1.00pm you'll have the chance to join Elan Valley's Dam Inspector for a routine patrol, during which you'll learn all about the history and monitoring of the region's reservoirs. Booking essential.

If you love life in the fast lane - especially on two wheels - don't miss the Downhill Biking race of this year's AberCycleFest. Taking place in Aberystwyth from 1.00pm on Saturday, expect mud, thrills and spills during this adrenalin-fueled 9-day cycling festival. Competitors face a wild ride down via twisty tracks and wooden bridges, which makes for a thrilling spectacle.

Day 3 - Sunday

On Sunday, take a leisurely stroll around Blaenfforest as part of NGS Open Gardens. A 30-minute drive from Cardigan Bay Club Site, Blaenfforest is set within picture-postcard scenery and is a real treat for the senses. Discover its wildlife ponds and bridges, lush borders and hidden corners, woodland walk and orchard beehives. Oh, and watch out for free roaming peacocks!

For guests staying at Rhandirmwyn Club Site, Caer Beris Manor Hotel is also taking part in NGS Open Gardens on Sunday. It's around a 45-minute drive from Rhandirmwyn and for those who love sprawling parklands and winding wooded trails, it's well worth the trek. Wander freely amongst 27 acres of mature parklands and arboretum, graced with large displays of rhododendrons and beautiful features including an Edwardian Rose archway.

Day 4 - Bank Holiday Monday

On Monday, make a beeline for Cae Hir Gardens in Lampeter for its cheerful Garden & Craft Festival. The town's Aberaeron Square Field sets the scene for this popular annual free event, organised by the Ceredigion and District Growers Association. Browse over 70 stalls selling plants, craft, food and indulgent cream teas, complete with music and entertainment.

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