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Things to do in Wales

Amazing, fun things to do in Wales, days out in and around Wales to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Wales.

Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

Have you tried an outdoor gym? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.

15th March 2019

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Aberdovey – Things to Do

There are so many things to do if you are staying at the award winning Trefeddian Hotel in Aberdovey.

In the Hotel

You could spend several days in the hotel and not run out of things to do! We were holed up one very wet and rainy Saturday and were spoiled for choice. The swimming pool is always a winner with our family. There is also a huge games area with plenty of toys for little ones, table tennis and pool for the teenagers. Grown ups get snooker! 

We picked up a free fun activity packs for the kids. The lounge cupboards are stuffed full of board games, there are jigsaws on tables to be dipped into or sat in front of for hours. A full sized card table and masses of books.

The views are fantastic and we sat for hours with our books, magazines and a scrumptious Welsh afternoon tea!

Highly recommended. 

Aberdovey - Things to Do In the Hotel
Aberdovey - Things to Do in the Town

Aberdovey - the Town

The sun came out on Sunday and we popped down to town via the beach. It's a short walk from the hotel. You just cross the main road, the railway line, the golf course and the sand dunes. Walking along the flat compacted sand was easy. There is a strange phenomenon there where the wind whips along blowing the sand and the shells act as mini wind breaks. We dawdled along enjoying the sounds and smells of the sea.

Once in town, there are several gift and clothes shops to browse and lots of coffee and lunch places. Needless to say there is also the Lost Bells of Aberdovey Treasure Trail.

The walk back to the hotel along a path by the main road was a quick 20 minutes or so.

Walks in the Area

The hotel has information on 40 or so walks in the area. We chose the Dolgoch Falls one. It starts and finishes at a tea room. Always a bonus. We followed the path along the river and admired the lower falls. And climbed up rough rock and stone steps to the middle falls.

We went on up and up to the upper falls where across a bridge were a selection of picnic tables. Retracing our steps back down, we took the option of the longer but easier path back through the trees. The woods are ancient and magical. You can sense the wildlife all around. It was extraordinary. Back at the cafe we enjoyed a pot of tea and locally made bara brith which we shared with a robin. Which reminded us of this childhood rhyme.


My robin comes to garden tea

He's not at all afraid of me

He's very round and red and sweet

But it isn't quite polite to eat

Standing on the table!


Aberdovey - Things to Do in the Local Area

We vowed to return to the area again soon. If you are looking for a place to go which has something for everyone give the Treffidian Hotel a go!

16th October 2018

Posted In: Things to do, Wales


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