BODNANT GARDEN, Nr Conwy & Colwyn Bay, North Wales

It was the middle of the May Half Term break and the kids needed to let off some steam. Although we love messing around on the beach we needed some new surroundings (and also needed to get out of the apartment because Daddy was working!). My parents were heading over to Bodnant Garden to see the famous Laburnum Arch in bloom so the kids and I tagged along too…and I’m so glad we did!!

Bodnant Garden is a National Trust property near Colwyn Bay and Conwy, North Wales. Bodnant Hall is closed to the public but the gardens are absolutely huge with lots of different areas to look around. First stop for us was, of course, the Laburnum Arch which only flowers for a few weeks per year and truly was a sight to behold.

(Just take care with children as Laburnum is poisonous so make sure they don’t touch any of the flowers!)

We then went off in search of the start of the “Lost Words” trail which invites children (and adults!) to rediscover words and experiences from nature that are being lost in the digital age, based on the book “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. This self-led activity was running during the May Half Term and will also run during the Summer holidays. We followed a series of “spells” which led us through the Old Park, over the river and up into The Dell. It was such a beautiful walk with magical surprises such as stepping stones and waterfalls – a real adventure for children (and adults too!). The ground is a bit bumpy at times and there are some steep drops so you do need to take care with young children.

Once we had completed the trail we went to have a look at the Pin Mill the Magnolia Walk the Terraces and the Rose Garden. The children had great fun exploring all the nooks and crannies before having a fun around on the lawns and seeing if they could spot some ground nesting bees.

With over 80 ever-changing acres to explore, Bodnant Gardens is certainly somewhere you can visit again and again and we are looking forward to returning this Summer for our next adventures!

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