The government have recently outlined their aim of Net Zero, which basically means eliminating all greenhouse gases by 2050. A fantastic step forward for looking after the planet, but this is sure to involve some changes to life as we know it and how exactly they are planning to execute this notion remains to be seen. A good place to start is making greener choices in your own life, doing your bit for the planet and working together to rid the UK of the harmful greenhouse gases. This can involve opting for public transport, eating less meat and making more environmentally-lifestyle choices, including your holidays! Flying less has been outlined as one of the key steps forward in this motion, meaning there’s never been a better time to opt for a staycation, glamping! There is a plethora of fantastic, quirky and eco-friendly abodes which ensure you can enjoy a luxurious break, completely guilt-free. In addition, there are more and more green-based activities and attractions that make for the perfect day out during your holiday. For anyone glamping in Wales in 2019, we’ve put together a list of the best ‘green’ attractions so you can have an action-packed holiday that contributes to looking after our beautiful planet.
Centre for Alternative Technology
Located in the foothills of Snowdonia, CAT is an educational charity that dedicates itself to researching and communicating the various solutions for environmental change. They have direct contact with government and campaigners about policies that would help to lead to zero carbon Britain and provide extensive advice to householders on the small changes they can adopt to make a big difference. With over seven acres of hands-on displays, prime examples of eco-friendly buildings, organically managed gardens and a wealth of family holiday activities, CAT is a fantastic day out on your next family expedition. The visitor centre helps you explore and share their vision of living harmoniously with nature while continuing to enjoy the highest quality of life. With over forty years of experience in the field, it’s safe to say, those that work at CAT are experts in climate change and there’s no bounds to what you will learn whilst there. Tours of both the site and the quarry leave at 12pm and 2pm respectively every day and there are various events being held here throughout the year.
Greenwood Forest Park
A fantastic family attraction that includes thrilling rides, fantastic shows, nature-based activities and an array of creative workshops, there’s something for every member of the family at Greenwood Forest Park in Gwynned. With a focus on fun, children will have the time of their life during what’s sure to be an action-packed day, at a park that truly cares about the world around us. This eco-park has installed its own power generation system that provides around 80% of their required power and has planted over 500 trees each year ever since they opened in 1993, bringing the total to over 10,000. Take a ride on the solar splash, practice your den-making skills or put your ideas to paper at poets’ corner, children and adults alike will enjoy everything this park offers, which is as planet-friendly as it is fun!
Welsh Wildlife Centre
Get closer to nature with a visit to the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve in Pembrokeshire. Explore numerous nature trails, either by foot or bike, stopping for a play in the adventure playground or to try and navigate your way out of the willow maze. Adventure backpacks are available for all children, full of fun-filled activities as well as a unique geocaching trail, a fun and interactive way for kids of all ages to learn about nature. Get close and personal with some fantastic creatures at the wildlife centre to make memories that last a lifetime or gaze in awe at the sight of a beautiful kingfisher from one of the bird observation hides. This attraction is all about looking after the beautiful creatures that call this planet home and will remind both children and adults the responsibility they have to these wonderful animals. You can also enjoy some glorious locally-sourced, homecooked treats and snacks at the Glasshouse Café.
The Bug Farm
Perhaps fittingly, the smallest city in the UK is home to the farm dedicated to the smallest, yet vital, bugs and insects we share the planet with. A fantastic and unique experience for families and groups, The Bug Farm is based on 100 acres of Pembrokeshire’s spectacular landscapes and showcases the wonders of bugs and the essential role they play in society. The Bug Farm understands that bugs are the foundation of our food chains, thus their main aim is to raise awareness of sustainable agriculture and the need to produce enough food for both a growing population and our wonderful wildlife. There are an array of workshops, events and up-close sessions, so be sure to check out their website before you go to help plan your visit. The grub kitchen is a fantastic spot for lunch and gives the opportunity for those that are brave enough to sample the renowned gourmet bug burger!
Plas y Brenin
Located in the heart of the stunning Snowdonia National Park, nothing will remind you of just how beautiful this world can be like engaging in an activity here. At the National Outdoor Centre you can climb, hike, paddle and bike until your hearts’ content, for the perfect opportunity to try something new whilst appreciating the sheer beauty that surrounds you all the while. Plas Y Brenin proves that entertainment does not always have to involve technology, transport or digital factors and ensures you get back to basics, reconnecting with the wonderful natural world in any number of outside activities. There are various adventure days for families that you can choose from, depending on the wants and needs of your own family, so be sure to check out their website for all your options before putting it to a family vote.
That concludes our guide to just five of our favourite green attractions that are based all over Wales. For more information on how you can do your bit for the planet, check out our recent blog post, Going Green in 2019: An Eco-friendly Bucket-List. Remember, if it’s a Green weekend you’re looking for, our fantastic Unearthed in a Field festival takes place this weekend; a celebration of all things earth-related and a fantastic time spent with other like-minded individuals, tickets are still available! If not, keep an eager eye across our social channels for information on next year’s event so you can add it to your holiday plans for 2020!
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