We love to spoil our mums on Mother’s Day. A day to say thank for putting up with you through your teenage years, helping you to navigate through tricky times, being there to help you when you became a mother yourself and of course for the babysitting she has done or on the cards to do!
In your younger years, you showed your thanks with a card covered in scrunched up bits of tissue paper and then it was a bar of chocolate you scraped all your pennies together to get. Without a doubt those are the best cards and presents she ever received. However, when you get older, it’s more about spending some time together. Snowdonia has some really special things to do which are great ways to spend some quality time with your mum and have a fun day out at the same time! To give you a bit of inspiration, here is our guide to Mother’s Day Snowdonia Style…
The magical, mystical world of Portmeirion Village is the quintessential place to go for afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is all about theatre and this is what Portmeirion does really well. Their Afternoon tea for two includes free admission to the village with tea, sandwiches, cakes and scones served in the hotel overlooking the estuary. A lovely way to spend the afternoon with a walk around the village and taking in the sights. Vouchers are available for £40 for two.
We love Dylan’s – not only because of the great locations and buildings that they are all housed in, but because of the great food and the fantastic atmosphere they all offer. If you and your mum like a bit of seafood, then this is a must and the sharing seafood platter is always a winner. After lunch and a glass of wine, take a walk along by the sea – it makes for a perfect Mother’s day out. Dylan’s Restaurants are located in Menai Bridge, Criccieth and Llandudno.
Bodnant gardens, owned by the National Trust are 80 acres of beautiful gardens which started life in the 1800’s – a magnificent representation of Victorian exploration. Incorporating manicured lawns, the dell, waterfalls, a Winter Garden, rose terraces and of course the world famous laburnum arch. With exotic flowers and plants from around the world bought back by famous explorers of the time, it really is a beautiful way to spend the afternoon. There is a cafe on site where you can have a light lunch followed by tea and cake.
If you and your mum love the great outdoors and a bit of adventure, then a day on the bike trails at Coed Y Brenin is just the ticket. There are 7 trails to choose from. The Yr Arfon trail is graded green and takes between 1 to 3 hours to compete – it’s a great one for having a good old gossip as you meander around the forest taking in the waterfalls, a gold mine and the generally stunning scenery around you. If you want a bit more adventure, the Minor Taur and Cyflym Coch trails are a good challenge, but if you’re feeling super brave, you can always give The Beast a go! Whatever you decide, it’s a great day out and if you’ve got siblings that want to get involved, then a great day for a group. There is a cafe on site if you want to enjoy a light lunch or plenty of tables if it’s a nice day and you want to take a picnic.
Betws Y Coed is a great place to spend the day for the simple reason it is home to The Swallow Falls and The Fairy Glen; two beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty. The town itself is also a hive of activity and there are plenty of places to eat as you work your way around all the sights to see. If you are looking for a proper lunch, The Bistro Betws Y Coed is a good place to go, but if it’s just tea and cake you fancy, then the Alpine Coffee Shop is a great place. All of this can be finished off with a good mooch around the gift and outdoor clothing shops.