Top things to do and see in Wales in 2017

When I started this blog, just a little over four months ago, I set a challenge of getting out and about more, which as a family we certainly have done.

But as any traveller knows, the more you start to travel and explore, the more you realise there is still so much more to see!  And I’m just talking about Wales here!

So, rather than going down the route of making a list of resolutions for 2017 that I will likely break, I thought I would make a list of my top places in Wales that I would like to visit in 2017.  In no particular order, here it is!

Family Getaways

North Wales

So, despite being born and bread in South Wales, I have never managed to make it to North Wales.  This is of course shocking to all my English friends who seem to think that because it’s in Wales it must be just up the road!  Its more like a four hour drive, but really that’s not much of an excuse is it!

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So this is the year I’m hoping to put that right!

I would like to visit Portmeirion, the said to be slice of Italy in Wales.  I would like to walk in Snowdonia National Park and I would like to play a bit of Ivor the engine by travelling first class on the Welsh Highland steam railways from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.

I love the look of Trefeddian Hotel, located between the Snowdonian mountains and the Cambrian coast, which looks gorgeous and is reportedly family friendly.

Camping in the Gower

I have been camping before, but not yet with my youngest in tow.  She is a handful at the best of times, and so at 19 months of age, we have not yet risked camping with her, despite ourselves being keen campers.

But this year, I’m up for it, albeit for just a long weekend.  I’m thinking a May bank holiday in the Gower.


It has been way too long since I have visited the West Gower.  So that’s where I’d like to camp, and fit in visits to  Worms Head, Rhossili and Llangennith.  Kennexstone is a lovely campsite, ideal for families.   

And, if all goes wrong I can always pop into my parents for a warm shower or a cuppa.

Days Out


Things to do in Wales 2017

As yet I have not taken the boys to Pen-Y-Fan.  They’re old enough to manage the walk now that they are 9 and 6 years old. 

I would also like to try out some of the other walks and do some biking there.  A couple of years ago we did the Taff Trail from Cardiff to Brecon which was amazing, although I couldn’t walk for two days after!  

Whilst that would be too much for the boys, it would be great to do some of the Taff trail with them with a stop off for a pub lunch somewhere.  


Again on the bike theme, for a day trip I would like to take the bikes and do the bike ride from Llanelli to Pembrey country park, all along the seafront. 

We’ll take a picnic to eat in the park and bike it there and back.  It’s pretty flat so the boys should be able to manage it ok and people have told me that the scenery is stunning.

On another day, I would also like to head to the Llanelli Wetland Centre where you can hand feed the rarest goose in the world, see flamingos and go pond dipping.  I’ve heard great things about this place, but as yet we have never been.


Who doesn’t think of Castles when they think of Wales?!  My boys love castles, but there are so many we have yet to visit.  This year I would like to visit Cardiff castle and watch the knights jousting.  Hopefully the sun will be shining and we’ll be able to take a picnic.  


I would also like to visit Castle Coch and walk the Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail.  Then there’s  Caerphilly Castle, the second largest castle in Britain.

Eating Out

Too many restaurants to choose from, but here’s three that I am really keen to try.

Things to do in Wales 2017

Slice, Swansea

Slice is a very small restaurant in Swansea, which since it opened in 2014, has gained entry to the Michelin Guide and Good Food guide.  Adam Bannister, who is one of the Chefs, won the Welsh title on the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2016. 

I would love to go with friends and try out either their tasting menu or the al la carte, I’m not fussy.  On the current menu I love the sound of their pan fried sea bass and poached lobster, with courgette spaghetti and baby fennel.  Yummy!

The Lamb and Flag, Wick

Many of you will already know of the culinary delights dished up in the very popular Arbennig in Cardiff and of it’s cosy Emporium next door offering cakes and snacks.

Well I am very excited that the team are now taking over the Lamb and Flag in Wick.  They’re opening up for business in January and I can’t wait to see what they do with the place in the future.   I look forward to them serving up pub classics in a village which is just around the corner from us.

Leicesters Restaurant, Laleston

I can’t believe how close we live to Leicesters, and yet we have never been, despite all the raving reviews.  It’s on my list to try in 2017.  They have a mid-week market menu which has two course for £19.95. 

Having just read the menu my mouth is drooling.  They also have childrens menus so I’m taking that as it’s child friendly.

Girls Outings

It’s always nice to fit in some girlie outings with my Mum and my sister.  We already have a few things planned this year which I am really looking forward to.

Afternoon Tea at the Celtic Manor

My mum helps me out so much with the kids, I really don’t know where I would be without her.  But we haven’t been out just the two of us for ages. 

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To say thank you for all she does, I would like to treat her to a Champagne afternoon tea in the Celtic Manor.


I am a big fan of the theatre and we are so lucky to have the Welsh Millennium Centre relatively close.  We recently went to see Mary Poppins, which was spectacular.  

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Growing up my sister and I were big Streisand fans and so I am really looking forward to seeing Funny Girl later this year.  Having seen the television series Cilla, in which Sheridan Smith was absolutely amazing, I can’t wait to see her playing the leading role of Fanny Bridges. 

I also have Sister Act to look forward to and I’m hoping to see at least one opera before the years out.

So that’s it, much better than resolutions!  What’s on your list of places that you would like to try out in 2017?

Top things to do in Wales 2017



  1. January 15, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    We once drove all the way across to the Isle of Angelsey (Holyhead). And it was sooooo memorable we promise ourselves to return for a drive around the rest of Wales. Have not done this yet, but definitely on the radar!

    • January 15, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      It’s so beautiful isn’t it. That drive sounds amazing, lots to see.

      • January 15, 2017 / 2:26 pm

        Yes it was! We stopped at the village with the longest name…..still cannot pronounce it…lol

  2. January 15, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    I love living in Wales as there is simply so much to do and see – so lucky to live in a land full of Castles and today we explored the medieval village at Cosmeston. Great post!!!

    Laura x

  3. January 15, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Some great places on here. What I like about Wales is all of the castles you can see

  4. January 15, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    I absolutely adore this blog! There are so many wonderful things to do here in Wales and we’re lucky to have so much available to us. I will keep this blog in mind when I’m planning some days out and weekend trips here in Wales x

    • January 15, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Thank you, that’s very kind of you to say, I’m glad you like it. You’re right, so lucky to have so many beautiful places to visit x

  5. January 20, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I absolute love this idea!! I may have to borrow it 😉

    We love the gower for camping trips, me and Mr H have been going there for the last 11 years, and we first took G when he was 3 months old. It’s going to be even more exciting with both kids this year! Oxwich is our absolute fave, hoping we’ll get two trips…one without the kids!

    Looking forward to hearing about your visits to all these places xx

    • January 23, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      Glad you like it, thanks ? I love Oxwich too, I haven’t tried the new restaurant there yet either. A trip with the kids and one without sounds like a good plan, here’s hoping to some nice weather!

  6. January 22, 2017 / 9:32 am

    This is fab. I’ve never been to north wales either. Afternoon tea at the Celtic manor is my fave x

    • January 23, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      Never really had a proper afternoon tea so I’m looking forward to it! Thanks for commenting ??

  7. January 26, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I’m so shocked to learn you’ve never been to North Wales! That is a typically English thing for me to say, though. I still laugh about a message I got from a friend who lives on the South Coast of England saying they were coming to Wales on holiday and did I want to meet up. It turned out they were going to be further away from me on holiday than they are when they’re at home! Great post, and it’s given me some inspiration too. I just wish we had the weather to make me want to plan UK-based getaways.

    • January 27, 2017 / 10:59 am

      I know what you mean about the wonderful Welsh wet weather, but then that’s what makes our countryside so beautiful I guess. I’m glad you’ve been inspired, will let you know how North Wales goes!

  8. March 9, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    I love this post, it’s given me such wanderlust! I just started a travel blog and recently wrote about a camping trip to Llangennith – I’d really appreciate it if you checked it out!

    • March 18, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      Hi, thanks for commenting, I’m glad you liked it. I love Llangennith, fantastic spot for camping!

  9. May 16, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Wales never ceases to surprise me! Your post motivated me to add it to my bucket list! 🙂

    • May 16, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      I’m pleased to hear that, it’s a wonderful place to visit. Let me know when you and if you want any tips 🙂

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