National Trust Wales launches its official 2014 guide to spring
With winter’s wearisome weather finally disappearing, National Trust Wales is urging visitors to rediscover our amazing country and enjoy a spring spectacle that is one of Mother Nature’s greatest shows.
To ensure that visitors can seize the opportunity and enjoy the very best that spring can offer, the charity is unveiling its official spring highlights calendar.
Its pages are packed with new events, nature and garden experiences, key dates and walking trails that will help visitors make the most of visiting Wales’s special places as the season unfolds.
The Trust, which is Europe’s largest conservation charity and works to protect Britain’s most important spaces and places, has developed the exciting calendar of events to link all 16 of its principal locations across north and south Wales in a way that helps members and new visitors get the most out of their spring outings.
The planner is any visitor’s must-have guide to National Trust places across Wales and contains details on guided tours, exclusive competitions for money-can’t-buy prizes and more. Also included is a colourful map showcasing the locations of 16 Welsh properties and driving times to help visitors hoping to make their way across the country this spring. It hopes to inspire regular members, as well as a new wave of visitors curious to discover more about nature and the extraordinary stories behind National Trust places found across the Welsh nation.
Spring is the perfect time to discover Bodnant Garden, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd, which sit near and within the boundaries of SnowdoniaNational Park, as well as Erddig, ChirkCastle and PowisCastle which skirt the Welsh/English border. DyffrynGardens and Tredegar House in South-East Wales are also featured as well as a cluster of beautiful properties scattered throughout the west of the country.
Each place has a colourful line up of spring events and days out that include guided garden walks, garden highlights, Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trails, and stargazing. Not to mention the birth of countless breeds of wildlife to appreciate.
– Otter spotting walk at Stackpole
– Newborn lambs at Llanerchaeron
– ‘Lady Uxbridge’s Walk’ at Plas Newydd
– Bat walk at ChirkCastle
– Star gazing at BodnantGarden
In addition to the packed events calendar, National Trust Wales is encouraging visitors to discover their secret side this spring, and will soon be launching the first in a series of weekly competitions to win VIP prizes that money can’t buy; highlights include:
Hidden Penrhyn tour
Discover a hidden side to Penrhyn castle. Climb stone spiral staircases to the tops of the towers, wander along dark corridors and passageways, and investigate locked, long-forgotten rooms and get up close to see for yourself the fabric of the redbrick Victorian building that stands within Penrhyn’s magnificent grey stone exterior.
Alun Prichard, spokesman for National Trust Wales said: “We’re delighted to be opening our doors this spring and to welcome back our loyal family of members and as many new faces as possible. Our places are extra-special when they come to life during the spring, and it is a beautiful time of year to visit, particularly our gardens, which truly are a sight to behold during these months. Our March and April timetables are packed with activities suitable for any age, no matter where you visit.”