The Isle of Wight is a stunning island that will be the perfect place for a staycation this year.

But before you go why not get some inspiration of things to see and do whilst you are there. We have found some amazing photos on Instagram which will give you an idea of what to expect whilst you are there. And we have 2 amazing resorts on the Isle of Wight that would be perfect as your base whilst you are exploring the area.


 

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Oxfordshire is known for many things, its universities, museums and libraries and being the inspiration for parts of Harry Potter!

So before you head down to Oxfordshire you will want to make sure you know of some amazing places to go and beautiful sights to see whilst you are there. Our beautiful The Springs Resort & Golf Club would make the perfect base for you during your stay.



Now that you’ve got some inspiration why not start planning your trip away to Oxfordshire?

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Whether you are just starting to plan your trip to Surrey or you are looking for things to do whilst you’re there we have found some incredible sights.

Our Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat makes a great base for you to explore the surrounding areas of Surrey. Whether you are after woodland walks, exploring local villages or just taking in the breathtaking views of the many fields and meadows. We have found some amazing images on Instagram which will hopefully give you some ideas on how to spend your days in Surrey.



Are you ready to start planning your trip to Surrey? Our retreat will make the perfect place for you to rest your head at night and relax in between exploring the area.

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No matter where you are in Devon you will be able to explore and find some beautiful spots.

Our resorts in Devon will make the perfect base if you are wanting to explore all that Devon has to offer. To help you figure out exactly where you want to head or if you are just looking for ideas for now, we have searched through Instagram and found some incredible areas and sites around Devon. Have a browse below and see which ones you want to add to your trip to Devon.


 

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Dorset has plenty to offer, from its Jurassic Coast and rock formations to stunning towns and castles.

So before you head down to the southwest England we wanted to give you some inspiration on places to visit and stunning sights to see. In order to put this list together we have searched all over Instagram and found some amazing images to help you start planning your trip.


 

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Enjoy exploring the rugged county on the southwestern tip of England. With stunning beaches and wild moorlands throughout the peninsula.

Cornwall has so many things to see and do it can be hard narrowing it down to decide where to head during your time there. So we are here to give you a helping hand in doing exactly that. Using our research we have put together the ultimate list of things to do in Cornwall, they are perfect for kids, couples, families of all ages and groups of friends. Have a read and see which you’d like to add to your list for next time you’re down in Cornwall.


Eden Project

Bodelva, Par, PL24 2SG

things to do in Cornwall - Eden Project

The Eden Project is an eco-visitor attraction in Cornwall and is an educational charity. The unique Biomes and outdoor gardens cover around 30 acres and if you explore it all it will take around 4 hours. All across the site there are different facilities which make exploring the Eden Project memorable. They have so many things to do and explore like the Rainforest Biome, Mediterranean Biome, Invisible Worlds exhibition, outdoor gardens and more.

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Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance, TR19 6JU

things to do in Cornwall - Minack Theatre

The world-famous Minack Theatre is located in Cornwall, an impressive open-air theatre that is constructed into a granite cliff overlooking the incredible Porthcurno Bay. Although this theatre looks like it was built by the ancient Greeks it was only built less than 10 years ago! They have a range of different live performances throughout the year so make sure you check out what’s on during your time in Cornwall. Even if you don’t want to watch anything it’s a site that you will still want to see.

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Tintagel Castle & Merlin’s Cave

Castle Rd, Tintagel, PL34 0HE

things to do in Cornwall - Tintagel Castle

Located on the peninsula of Tintagel Island you will find Tintagel Castle, a medieval fortification sat right on the clifftops of the rugged island. To get onto the island there is an impressive bridge that you have to walk across as the entrance to the 13th century castle. Whilst you are in the area you could also explore Merlin’s Cave, located in the cliffs beneath the castle. It’s a 330 foot long sea cave that has been formed by erosion and it stretches all the way from one side of the island to the other so you can walk straight through it!

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Lanhydrock House and Garden

Treffry Ln, Bodmin, PL30 5AD

things to do in Cornwall - Lanhydrock House & Garden

This country house and estate is the perfect place to explore if you want to learn more about Victorian life. You will be able to get a glimpse into the life of servants along with how the luxurious family lived. And the large wooded estate has plenty of gardens, woodlands, riverside paths and off road cycle trails that you can explore. Lanhydrock House and Garden is a stunning place to go for a day in Cornwall.

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Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor Hill, Saint Ives, TR26 1JU

things to do in Cornwall - Porthmeor Beach

Located in St Ives, Porthmeor Beach is the perfect place to go if you want to enjoy blue waters, sandy beaches and lunch at trendy cafes that are not far from the beach. It’s an extremely popular beach for swimmers and surfers but many come to enjoy a picnic on the sand and enjoying the warm weather in the summer months. If you are visiting St Ives it’s definitely worth having a wonder down to Porthmeor Beach for a few hours.

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Lappa Valley

St Newlyn East, Newquay, TR8 5LX

things to do in Cornwall - Lappa Valley

An attraction that is perfect for families with children, Lappa Valley can provide you with plenty of fun things to do in their secret valley in the Cornish countryside. There is a boating lake, crazy golf, adventure play park, indoor play area and a range of steam trains that you can enjoy a ride on. There is also a café at Lappa Valley serving a range of hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks for all. And at the end of the day you have to stop at the gift shop and have a look around at the things for sale.

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The Hidden Valley Discovery Park

Tredidon, Launceston, PL15 8SJ

things to do in Cornwall - The Hidden Valley Discovery Park

There is something for everyone at The Hidden Valley Discovery Park which makes it a great place to head if you are away with your family and want to keep everyone entertained. There are a range of puzzle trails that you can explore to find your way to the Forbidden Mansion. On the way you will also have to look out for the miniature railway that goes through the gardens. And in The Hidden Valley Discovery Park there is also a maze that you can try and work your way around.

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Flambards Theme Park

Clodgey Lane, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0QA

things to do in Cornwall - Flambards Theme Park

An amusement park located in South Cornwall which will make the best family fun day out whilst you’re in the area. At Flambards Theme Park there are over 25 different rides to suit all ages from the western mine train to the sky swinger and there are also different exhibitions throughout the year too. You can also enjoy some food whilst your there at their café or Ferdi’s Burger Bar, or there are plenty of picnic benches and open grass areas where you can bring and eat your own food.

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South West Coast Path Walk – Mullion Cove to Lizard Point and Village

Mullion Cove, TR12 7EP

things to do in Cornwall - South West Coast Path Walk

Cornwall is known for its breath taking views and stunning clifftops so why not enjoy both during the South West Coast Path Walk? The walk starts at Mullion Cove and continues mainly along clifftops until you eventually get to the Lizard Peninsula. It’s the perfect walk to enjoy even with dogs as you go past various beaches and pubs that welcome dogs. This can be a full day activity as you can stop and start as many times as you like to take in all the sites and views that come with the walk.

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Cornish Seal Sancturay

Gweek, Cornwall, TR126UG

things to do in Cornwall - Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary rehabilitates over 70 seal pups that have been rescued for different reasons each season! And you can visit the Sanctuary and experience the new life for these rescues and learn about all of their stories and where they came from. At the Sanctuary you will find grey seals, common seals, Humboldt penguins, southern sea lions, beavers and paddock animals like ponies, goats and sheep!

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Lizard Lighthouse

3 Lighthouse Rd, Lizard, Helston, TR12 7NT

things to do in Cornwall - Lizard Lighthouse

The thing that makes the Lizard Lighthouse so distinctive is the two towers on either end of the building. This lighthouse symbolises the most southerly point of mainland Britain and is open for tours throughout the year. If you are around this area we would definitely recommend booking onto a tour to learn more about this iconic landmark in Cornwall. Within the tour you are able to climb to the top of the Lighthouse and take in all the breath taking views.

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Fistral Beach

Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HY

things to do in Cornwall - Fistral Beach

Known for being the home of British Surfing, Fistral Beach is the perfect place to go even if you aren’t a surfer! There is a huge International Surfing Centre that was built in 2003 which has various restaurants, retail outlets and more inside. There are also a range of events that are hosted here each year like Boardmaster’s and Europe’s largest surf and skate festival! So whether you are after a day at the beach or you want to get involved in some beach activities Fistral Beach will definitely keep everyone entertained.

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Newquay Zoo

Trenance Gardens, Newquay, TR7 2NL

things to do in Cornwall - Newquay Zoo

Spread across 13 acres, Newquay Zoo has a range of different animals that you can view and learn about. From lions to monkeys, penguins to meerkats, there are so many animals you will be able to spend the whole day exploring the zoo. There are also 3 different cafes and restaurants available that you can takeaway food from and enjoy whilst you’re at the zoo.

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The Japanese Garden

St Mawgan, Nr Newquay, TR8 4ET

things to do in Cornwall - The Japanese Garden

If you are looking for a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of general life then you will love The Japanese Garden in Newquay, Cornwall. It is the perfect space for calming the mild and taking in the stunning views of the authentic Japanese garden. The garden was created by Robert & Stella who passed it on to their daughter Natalie and her partner Stuart when they retired. They are open from March to October each year.

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Bude Castle

The Wharf, Bude, EX23 8LG

things to do in Cornwall - Bude Castle

One of the finest and oldest Grade II listed buildings in Bude, you will find the castle nestled near the sand dunes of Summerleaze Beach. The castle is also located at the side of the Bude Canal. Built in 1830 you can imaging there is a lot of history behind this building and today it is The Castle, Bude’s Heritage Centre where you will find art galleries, a café, shop and exhibition spaces inside.

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We have three different incredible resorts that are located around Cornwall and each would make a great base for exploring the local area.

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This stunning county in England can provide you with everything you need to keep everyone entertained no matter what age.

We have our countryside escape, Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa located here which makes the perfect base if you are wanting to explore all that this county has to offer. But, even if you are not wanting to stay in our resort this list of things to do in Norfolk will still be useful if you are heading down to the area and want things to keep you busy. Below you will find a list of a range of different attractions and places to visit in and around Norfolk.


Oxburgh Hall

Oxborough, King’s Lynn, PE33 9PS | 18 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Oxburgh Hall

If you are wanting to dive into some history in the King’s Lynn area then Oxburgh Hall would be a great place to go. Owned by the National Trust, this moated country house is an impressive site to see, and the history is just as impressive. It was built in 1482 by the Bedingfeld family and was home to them for over 500 years. Explore the house on a tour or enjoy wondering around the gardens and the estate. You can also get a bite to eat at The Servants’ Hall tea-room which serves cakes, hot and cold drinks and light lunches.

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Great Massingham

King’s Lynn | 15 mins

Sometimes it’s nice to just have an area of village that you want to explore, and if that’s something you like the sound of make sure you take a trip to Great Massingham during your time in Norfolk. Located in the King’s Lynn area, this little village has a primary school, village shop, pub, village hall, a church and a sports club. There are also a few large ponds that are dotted around the village and plenty of open spaces so it would make a great day out exploring somewhere new.

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Snettisham Park

Bircham Rd, King’s Lynn, PE31 7NG | 29 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Snettisham Park

Fun for all the family, Snettisham Park first opened in 1986 and has been welcoming families ever since. It is a working farm but you can come with all the family for a fun day out. Spread across 329 acres you will be entertained with lambs, a 45 minute deer safari and plenty of other farm animals that you can learn about and see. So if you have children that are animal lovers this would be a great place to head to and have fun for the whole day.

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Gooderstone Water Gardens & Nature Trail

The Street, Gooderstone, King’s Lynn, PE33 9BP | 20 mins

This is definitely a unique thing to do because of its history behind it. The Gooderstone Water Gardens were owned by Billy Knights who was a retired farmer, in 1970 he decided to begin his garden and when he died at 93 in 1994 he left his 6.5 acre garden. Throughout the garden you will find ponds, bridges and beautiful flowers. So whether you just love to have a wonder around and take in some stunning sights or you are an avid garden lover, this will be the perfect place to explore in Norfolk.

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Castle Rising

Lynn Rd, King’s Lynn, PE31 6AH | 21 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Castle Rising

If you are into knowing more about history and castles in particular then you should definitely head to Castle Rising Castle. It’s a 12th Century castle that was built in around 1140 AD and got passed to the Howard family in 1544, it is still in their hands today! There are various events that run throughout the year in the castle grounds so make sure you check that out before you go to see if any are running during the time you are in the area!

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The Railway Touring Company

14a Tuesday Market Pl, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JN | 21 mins

For something a little bit different, The Railway Touring Company would be a great day out for the whole family. You can get day trips around the UK or even go for UK holidays from this station. All trips are made by a steam charter which have carriages dating back to the 1950s. So if you wanted a thing to do in Norfolk that didn’t rely on good weather this would be a great option. As well as it being perfect if you want to take in some scenery.

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ExTREEme Adventure

High House, Weasenham, King’s Lynn, PE32 2SP | 17 mins

things to do in Norfolk - ExTREEme Adventure

Perfect if you are wanting some action packed fun, the ExTREEme Adventure in King’s Lynn can provide you with quad bike trekking and an army style assault course. So whether you are a family wanting to keep your kids entertained or a group of friends looking for some adrenaline fuelled experiences this will be great. Age restrictions do apply on the quad bike trekking so make sure you check all the information online before you are booking.

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Holkham Hall & Estate

Holkham Rd, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AB | 47 mins

There are so many things that you can explore at Holkham Hall & Estate. There is the hall, the walled garden, the park, plenty of walk and cycle trails, a ropes course, boat and cycle hire, a woodland play area, the list goes on. So if you want to learn a bit about the history of the hall and the area whilst still having something to suit everyone around the estate this is a visit you don’t want to miss out on. Prices start from £5.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.

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Watatunga Wildlife Reserve

Watlington Rd, King’s Lynn, PE33 0RG | 17 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Watatunga Wildlife Reserve

One of the most impressive things about Watatunga Wildlife Reserve is that they are pioneering a new approach to protecting the last populations of endangered deer and antelope. The reserve is across 170 acres and you can book into a guided tour on either a buggie or safari trailer. As you go round you can learn more about the deer and antelope that live here along with plenty of other rare species like pheasants, ducks and great bustard.

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Locked in Lynn

4 Campbells Business park, Campbells Meadow, King’s Lynn, PE30 4YR | 16 mins

With the Locked in Lynn experience you will have to put your heads together and see how well you can cope under pressure. When you book you will choose one of rooms available, Death Row, Diamond Heist, The Forbidden Campsite or Make or Break. When you are inside you will have a 60 minute countdown start, in that time you need to solve puzzles and clues, unlock locks and work together. Your mental and physical skills will be tested in every room at Locked in Lynn.

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Norfolk Lavender

Caley Mill, Lynn Rd, Heacham, PE31 7JE | 31 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Norfolk Lavender

Founded in 1932, Norfolk Lavender is England’s premier lavender farm. It is known worldwide and you will find almost 100 acres of lavender set in these gardens in Norfolk. There is a garden centre on site along with an animal garden and playpark. You can also get a bite to eat at The Lavender Lounge tearooms and restaurant. And there is a huge lavender product range and gift shop here so you don’t have to leave empty handed.

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Sandringham Estate

Sandringham, PE35 6EN | 21 mins

Known for being a country retreat that is loved by the Queen, Sandringham Estate has been the home of British Monarchs since 1862. You can explore the house, gardens, St Mary Magdalene Church and parkland most of the year, with just the parkland being open in the winter. The park is over 600 acres and has winging trails through woods and the parkland so you can spend hours exploring. They also do incredible light trails at Christmas time.

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Church Farm, Stow Bardolph, Rare Breeds Centre

Lynn Rd, Norfolk, PE34 3HT | 23 mins

things to do in Norfolk - Church Farm, Stow Bardolph

There is no better place to go than Church Farm, Stow Bardolph, Rare Breeds Centre. It is a farm park with animals, an adventure playground, a tea room and a shop. So there is plenty to do during your time at the park. You will find everything from horses to goats, pigs to fancy rats. As well as activities like ride on pedal tractors, pig racing and an indoor play area. If you are heading here around Christmas they always have different festive events on like meeting Father Christmas.

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If you liked our list of things to do in Norfolk why not book our resort in Norfolk for your trip? It would make the perfect base for exploring.

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There is so much to see and do in North Wales, from mountains and waterfalls to castles and beaches.

North Wales is a large region in Wales and therefore it can be quite difficult to find and think of new things to do. So we thought we would give you a helping hand. Since Darwin Escapes HQ is based here we definitely like to think we know a thing or two about all the best things to do in North Wales. In the list below we have made sure to include a range of things to suit all types of groups, so have a read and see what you are going to add into your next day out in North Wales.


Snowdonia National Park

Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6LF

things to do in North Wales - Snowdonia National Park

There is a lot of things Snowdoina National Park is known for, it’s the largest national park in Wales and it has the highest mountain and largest natural lake in Wales. Which we think is pretty impressive. Whether you want to climb up Snowdon or just want to enjoy some beautiful scenery Snowdonia has everything. There are over 100 lakes around this national park and it is home to most of the ever popular Zip World sites that we have explained more about below.

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Zip World

LL21 0HX, LL57 4YG, LL41 3NB

If you are looking for adventure, adrenaline and some unforgettable experiences Zip World will be the place to go. With 3 different locations in North Wales and one down South there are a range of different activities you can try out. From quarry karts to ‘Bounce Below’, deep mine tours and even the worlds fastest zip line! It’s the perfect day out for thrill seekers and somewhere that you could go again and again to try out all the different adventures on offer.

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Llandudno Pier

N Parade, Llandudno, LL30 2LP

things to do in North Wales - Llandudno Pier

Known for being the longest pier in Wales, the Grade II listed Llandudno Pier stretches 2,295 feet and was voted the ‘Pier of the Year 2005’ by the National Piers Society. If you are wanting to take a trip to Llandudno it’s something you cant miss. Locals and tourist all walk along the pier, enjoy an ice cream and browse all the concessions that are on the pier. From British cheese to hats and scarves, ornaments to pieces of art, there are plenty of things on offer along the pier. Whilst on the pier you can also enjoy the amazing views across the Irish Sea.

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Wepre Park

108 Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay, Deeside, CH5 4JR

Located in the town of Connah’s Quay in Deeside, Wepre Park is a 160 acre country park that is home to Ewloe Castle. One of the last fortifications to be built in Wales and had been abandoned in 1277. There are a range of different trails you can take through the woods that will take you up to Ewloe Castle. As well as a children’s playground, café, football pitch, skatepark and a waterfall and stream that you can use and see during your time at the park.

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Talacre Beach

Talacre, Holywell, CH8 9RP

things to do in North Wales - Talacre Beach

One of the most popular beaches in North Wales and located just a stone’s throw away from our Talacre Beach Resort, Talacre Beach can provide you with a great day out. With miles and miles of sand dunes and beach there is plenty of room for you to explore the area and sit and relax. On the beach you will also find the Point of Ayr Lighthouse that dates back to 1776! If you fancy some food or drinks or even a play on an arcade in Talacre there is an ice cream shop, bakery, arcade and other little shops along the straight road.

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Great Orme Country Park

Llandudno, LL30 2XG

If you have ever been to Llandudno before you will know about the Great Orme Country Park. It’s hard to miss, right at the end of Llandudno next to the pier you can see the headland that is around 207m high. You can get up to the top of the Great Orme a number of ways, walking, driving, the cable car or the tramway. At the top you will find a visitor centre where you can get food or drinks and enjoy all the views of North Wales.

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Station Rd, Trevor, Llangollen, LL20 7TY

things to do in North Wales - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The function of this aqueduct is to carry the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee. The impressive structure is a 18 arched stone and cast iron bridge and it was completed in 1805. Its purpose is to take narrowboats across the River Dee and is still used and extremely popular to this day. You can have boat tours that go across the aqueduct or you can just go and walk across the narrow path that goes all the way across.

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SeaQuarium

East Parade, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 3AF

The SeaQuarium in Rhyl has some amazing species that are from all over the world. Their most popular exhibit is their outdoor Seal Cove where you will be able to meet their harbour seals. You get the chance to view the seals underwater in the 330,000 litre pool! Prices for the aquarium vary but they are all under £10. You can explore the tropical reef zone, the beach zone, the rocky coasts and sandy shore zones and more as you learn about each sea life creature.

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Aber Falls

Abergwyngregyn, Llanfairfechan, LL33 0LP

things to do in North Wales - Aber Falls

Known for being one of the most popular tourist attractions in Snowdonia, Aber Falls makes a great day out for everyone. If you park in the Aber Falls car park it takes between one and two hours to walk up to the falls, it’s a gradual incline with stunning views throughout. On a sunny day we recommend taking a picnic and enjoying it when you get to the waterfall. You can also continue walking past Aber Falls and you will find some smaller waterfalls along with occasionally some wild horses.

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Llanddwyn Beach

Newborough, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, LL61 6SG

Also known as Newborough Beach, Llanddwyn Beach stretches over a mile in length and has one of the largest areas of sand dunes in the British Isles! At the beach you will find Llanddwyn Island which isn’t exactly an island as it is still attached to the mainland but during high tides it looks like an island. If you venture over to the island you can enjoy fantastic views all the way over to the Llyn Peninsula and even Snowdonia!

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Angel Bay (Penrhyn Bay)

116 Penrhyn Beach E, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, LL30 3RW

things to do in North Wales - Angel Bay (Penrhyn Bay)

Just at the end of the Little Orme is where you can find Penrhyn Bay, most know it as Angel Bay. You can get to it by walking across the Little Orme or parking in a nearby housing estate that has steps leading up to the bay. It’s a fantastic place to go if you want to enjoy some breathtaking views and mainly if you want to enjoy some seal spotting. During the end of September to late November seals come here for their breeding season so you can often find seals and their pups if you visit during this time.

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Loggerheads Country Park

Ruthin Rd, Mold, CH7 5LH

Located in Denbighshire in Wales, Loggerheads Country Park is a great place to go if you want a walk, a bite to eat in a tea room or to take in the views of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley. There is a car park at the park which is close to the tea rooms where you can enjoy a cake and some tea or a bite to eat for lunch. Throughout the park there are a range of different trails that take you to various view points, gorges and cliffs that you can explore.

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Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Rd, Tal-y-cafn, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5RE

things to do in North Wales - Bodnant Garden

Dating back to 1874, Bodnant Garden was first established by Henry Pochin who was a scientist, businessman and politician. With his family he filled the garden with plants collected from global explorers. The National Trust have been caring for the garden since 1949 and now is home to the earliest and grandest laburnum arch which was built in 1880. Whilst at the garden you can explore and discover plants you love and ones you have never heard of!

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GreenWood Family Park

Bush Rd, Y Felinheli, LL56 4QN

Get all the family together and have some fun at GreenWood Family Park. It’s a family attraction park with rides, tunnels, mazes, trails and more to get involved in. It’s perfect for children of all ages and you will easily find different activities that will suit everyone in your family. From a dragon maze to a green dragon roller coaster, the enchanted river ride and the unique ‘Moon Karts’, there are so many great things to keep everyone busy.

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South Stack

S Stack Rd, Holyhead, LL65 1YH

things to do in North Wales - South Stack

You will find South Stack right on the northwest coast of Anglesey and it is an island just off Holy Island. It is one of the must-see landscapes in Anglesey as you can enjoy all the wildlife that use the cliffs at South Stack along with the views of the lighthouse and beyond. There are tours where you can go up into the lighthouse and an RSPB reserve with a vistor’s centre and café along with plenty of parking.

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SC2 Rhyl

W Parade, Rhyl, LL18 1BF

If you are wanting something to keep the kids entertained no matter what the weather is then SC2 in Rhyl will be your best friend. It’s an indoor waterpark, outdoor splash pad, adventure play, ninja tag and food & drink centre that can provide you with a full day of entertainment for the kids. Prices start from £15.50 for adults and £12.50 for children for a 2 and a half hour slot in the waterpark which is plenty of time to have some fun.

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Conwy Castle

Rose Hill St, Conwy, LL32 8AY

things to do in North Wales - Conwy Castle

Built between 1283 and 1289 by Edward I during his conquest of Wales, Conwy Castle is a fortification in North Wales. It was constructed as part of a larger project to create the walled town of Conwy and still stands today over 700 years later. Spiral staircases have been restored in the towers so that you are able to walk completely around the Conwy Castle walls. Whilst you’re up on the battlements of the castle you can also take in all the amazing views across Conwy and beyond.

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The Smallest House in Great Britain

10 Lower Gate St, Conwy, LL32 8BE

Measuring only 72 inches across, 122 inches high and 120 inches deep, The Smallest House in Great Britain is surprisingly not hard to miss. This bright red building sits at the end of a row of terrace houses in Conwy. People come from all over to visit this incredible building, it is usually open from Spring to the end of October and you can go inside the house that was lived in before the 1900’s. in 1891 Robert Jones bought the property and has been owned by his family ever since, his great, great granddaughter currently owns it!

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We have 4 different resorts in North Wales that offer holidays and holiday home ownership options to suit everyone and they would be the perfect base whilst you explore all that North Wales has to offer!

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Enjoy your time up in Ayrshire, Scotland and add some of these things to do near Dundonald to your trip.

Whether you are staying at our Dundonald Links or you are just in or around the area and want things to do, we’ve got you covered. It can be hard finding places that you know will peak the interest of the people you are out with, so we have made sure to cover a range of options in this list so you will be bound to find something you like the look of below. Have a read and see where you want to head to next time you’re in the area.


Dundonald Castle

Winehouse Yett, Dundonald, Kilmarnock, KA2 9HD | 8 min drive

things to do near Dundonald - Dundonald Castle

Dundonald Castle still has remains from the 14th century hilltop fortified tower house. On the grounds they have also added a visitor centre and historical exhibition. Known for being one of Scotland’s hidden gems and located in the rural part of South Ayrshire. You will be able to explore and learn about the impressive history behind this 3500 year old site! Whilst you’re there enjoy some hot food and drinks at the café, explore the museum and enjoy sitting around the play and picnic areas that are around.

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Scottish Maritime Museum

Linthouse Building, Harbour Rd, Irvine, KA12 8BT | 6 min drive

If you want to learn more about the historic vessels, artefacts, shipbuilding tools and more from Scotland then you should definitely make the trip to the Scottish Maritime Museum. The museum itself is housed in a glass-roofed Victorian Linthouse. Tickets for the museum are priced from £8.50 and it is open daily from 10am to 5pm. There are also options to do a guided tour where you visit the 1920’s Tenement Flat and experience life at sea.

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Barassie Beach

Troon, KA10 6SQ | 6 min drive

things to do near Dundonald - Barassie Beach

Enjoy views of the Isle of Arran and the Firth of Clyde from Barassie Beach. It’s one of the most accessible beaches in Ayrshire and one of the most popular too. You will find it just north of the Troon Harbour and many head there to get involved in watersports like kite surfing, windsurfing and sailing! Even if you aren’t into watersports you can still head there for a long walk along the sandy beach or to just sit, relax and take in the breath taking views.

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The Garage – Leisure Complex

34-36 Grange St, Kilmarnock, KA1 2DD | 14 min drive

The Garage is a Leisure Complex in Kilmarnock that has everything you could ever need all in one place. From tenpin bowling to go karting, Wimpy for food and The Studio for party packages. There is even a bar and nightclub on site too. So whether you are looking to keep the kids entertained with some fast food afterwards or you are wanting a night out with friends The Garage would be a great place to head.

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Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Rd, Kilmarnock, KA3 1XB | 16 min drive

things to do near Dundonald - Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Castle is a 14th century castle and around the grounds you will be able to find something for everyone. The park itself covers over 200 acres and can provide a free family day out for all ages. Within the grounds there are over 7km that you can explore with various trails to suit all abilities. On your walk you will be able to see grazing horses, deer and more wildlife in and around the trees and woodland.

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One of our newest resorts to open this year is Dundonald Links, perfect for all the golf lovers wanting a golf break near the Ayrshire coastline.

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The Springs Resort & Golf Club can provide you with everything you need and more in the English countryside.

Located in Wallingford, Oxfordshire amongst the glorious countryside, The Springs Resort & Golf Club houses a spa, restaurant, golf club and more to keep you entertained during your stay. Whether you just want to relax and unwind in this stunning Tudor-style house or you want to use it as a base for exploring the area, there are so many reasons why The Springs is the perfect get away for you; below we have listed a few of those reasons. No matter who you are and what you want to do during your stay you will be able to enjoy the most perfect escape here.


facilities for you to take advantage of

The Ridgeway Restaurant at The Springs Resort & Golf Club The Gym at The Springs Resort & Golf Club

Within The Springs hotel you will find some amazing facilities that you can take advantage of during your stay. One of the most popular being The Ridgeway Restaurant, throughout the décor you will be able to find hints of golf, the hidden history of the house and large windows that showcase the stunning grounds. There is also a fully-equipped gym that will provide you with everything you could need for a full body workout.

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luxury hotel rooms & lodges

The Sycamore Suite Bedroom at The Springs Resort & Golf Club The Sycamore Suite Bathroom at The Springs Resort & Golf Club

The Springs can offer you the best of both worlds, it caters for groups that want hotel rooms and groups that want lodges. Our hotel rooms offer both twin and double bedroom options and all have an en-suite and vanity area. Relax and unwind in luxury and take in the views of the golf course from your bedroom window. We also have a lodge-style hotel suite that can really offer you the best of both worlds. And if you are looking for a longer stay there are also our self-catering lodges with fully-fitted kitchens.

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relax in the 1893 Spa

The Spa Treatment Room at The Springs Resort & Golf Club The Spa Pool at The Springs Resort & Golf Club

Looking for a place to relax and unwind? The 1893 Spa at The Springs will provide you with exactly that. We have fully trained therapists who are there to give you the most perfect treatment from pedicures to massages and everything in between. The stunning reception will instantly make you relaxed with its warm and welcoming décor. Along with the peaceful treatment rooms and relaxing hydrotherapy pool. Sit on the beds at the side of the pool or soak in the heat with the underwater beds and seating areas.

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short drive to Oxford

City of Oxford City of Oxford, Oxfordshire

To get to Oxford from The Springs it is only a 28 minute drive and exactly 15 miles away. There are so many different things you could do around Oxfordshire during your time with us. Especially in Oxford city centre, from the museums to the Harry Potter tours you will definitely find something to suit everyone. To give you some more inspiration we have a linked our blog below on a range of different things to do in Oxfordshire.

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perfect for a golfing holiday

Golf Course at The Springs Resort & Golf Club Golf Pro Shop at The Springs Resort & Golf Club

For all the golfers out there the main thing that would attract you here would be the amazing golf course. It runs alongside the River Thames and is 133-acres of parkland. Whether you are a pro or just starting out on your golf journey it’s the perfect course for everyone. As well as the golf course itself we also have a clubhouse, golf shop and practice facilities that all can use! There is also an option to become a member here, follow the link to our sister site to learn more about golf at The Springs.

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great base for exploring the countryside

The Cotswolds Burton-on-the-Hill The Coltswolds - Crickley Hill

As you know already, The Springs is based in Oxfordshire but there are so many amazing nature reserves located around the area. Warburg Nature Reserve which is 24 mins away and the stunning Cotswolds is only an hour drive away from the resort. These are only 2 from the large list of other amazing nature reserves too where you can really explore the amazing countryside that surrounds Oxfordshire.

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The Springs Resort & Golf Club really is the perfect get away for anyone and can provide you with a huge variety of things to keep everyone entertained.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our resorts in England and Wales are open. Please note, the opening times for all facilities and bistros/restaurants are subject to change throughout the 2022 season. All visitors and guests are asked to follow all government advice relating to Covid-19 whilst at our resorts.

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