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Pink flamingos beside water at Llanelli Wetland Centre

Looking for a day out with a difference? Want to give your children an enjoyable experience by learning through play or experience? West Wales has a wide range of activities to ensure your children have a fun fact-filled day out in West Wales (Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion & Carmarthenshire).

While holidays are all about having fun, you may wish for something more educational for your children. Whether providing some extra-curricular learning or giving your children an experience to reinforce what they have learned in school or at home. There are some great sites in West Wales which provide fantastic insights into a range of subjects for all ages.

3 boys with blue celtic style painted faces having fun at Castell Henllys

Castell Henllys

Forget the classroom: come and experience history as real life! Once a part of the Demetae tribe with up to 100 villagers, Castell Henllys is a reconstructed Iron Age Village and hillfort that has been rebuilt exactly where it once stood, with large roundhouses and real Iron Age pigs!

See how villagers lived here over 2000 years ago, and experience their lifestyle at first hand whilst inspiring your children to learn and spark their imagination through re-enactment and hands-on activities.

With living history activities, you can learn how to be an Iron Age Warrior, hear stories of the past around the campfire, discover how the buildings themselves were made, and watch a woodsman in action. Other attractions include a sculpture trail, wildlife walks including Bats and Otters, costumed guided tours, craft demonstrations and seasonal events such as Roman Day and a Wildlife Watch day.

The Silver Mountain Experience

The Silver Mountain Experience is a combination of a former mine and Lord Of The Rings brought to life. Near Aberystwyth, it was founded in 1742 and transformed into the mythical wonderland. An out-of-this-world experience, it has many different aspects to appeal to your children.

Fun educational features include a restored mine and its buildings and equipment, mine shafts and giant waterwheel. There are also a wide range of activities such as bushcraft skills, panning for Fool’s Gold and dam-building.

There is a range of other exciting opportunities to inspire your imagination: find the dragon on an adventure trail; build dens in Woo Hoo Wood where there are also adventure trails and a maze; explore Silver River play area with a water channel system to splash around in; or play games on Shroomy Hill. Special events include a Dragon Egg Hunt, Summer Ghost Walks and Halloween Horror Mazes. For the brave amongst you, try the Black Chasm and face your fears in the dark in this terrifying attraction.

Afon Mêl Honey Farm

Why not come for an educational yet tasty experience! Set in the beautiful Ceredigion countryside across which their hives are spread,  Afon Mêl Honey Farm combines an informative day out with the opportunity to treat your family. The exhibition gives a rare opportunity to get close up with live honeybee colonies enabling you to see safely from behind glass just how they develop their free form structures in the wild.

Learn how bees live, hives work and honey is produced, or search for the queen bee and watch her lay her eggs. Also learn about their tropical ant colony. The farm produces a range of honey, including set or runny, heather, mountain or wildflower. It also has a Meadery where its own honey is turned into mead with several flavours available, and where you can learn about the process and the history of Welsh mead, the oldest known alcoholic drink.

A flamingo stood in water looking down on its chick

Llanelli Wetland Centre

Come for an adventure in the great outdoors where you can meet the wildlife up close. Llanelli Wetlands Centre has a great assortment of ducks, swans and geese to meet – and feed by hand! There are exotic Caribbean Flamingos, Butterflies, Dragonflies, as well as a host of other birds and wildlife to spot around the site – and with recent sightings posted to let you know what to look out for.

With 450 acres of wildlife-packed wetlands to explore, complete with paths, Nature Trails and Viewing Tower, your children will learn a lot and play a lot! There are a range of hides to watch birds and wildlife from, with views of marshland and the estuary. Try the Swans Nest Maze and spot the eggs, or the Water Vole City with its winding tunnels to crawl through. There are seasonal activities during the holidays or at weekends – build a den, try pond-dipping or a variety of indoor crafts.

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