If you want to come to North West Wales for a peaceful, relaxing time then you can! Sit on one of our patios, gazing out to sea and possibly catch a glimpse of passing dolphins or sailing boats gliding gracefully across the bay. Unwind with a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio and watch the sun go down spectacularly behind the Lleyn Peninsula. Perhaps you might summon up some energy to stroll down to the beach or play a game of boules on the lawn, or cricket on the field?
If, however, you're up for something a bit more adventurous then this undiscovered corner of Wales has a few surprises up it's sleeves.
Next weekend sees the start of the Three Peaks Yacht Race from Barmouth. Teams of sailors and runners, set off from Barmouth on Saturday afternoon ((15th June),and sail up the west coast to Fort William , but stopping off en route so the runners can tackle Snowdon and Scafell Pike on the way. After Fort William the runners then have to run up and down the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. The winning team is the first to complete the Ben Nevis ascent and descent. A truly epic race. See www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk for more details.
If mountain biking is your thing then why not join in (or just spectate!) the Trail Marathon Wales at Coed y Brenin Forest Park, just north of Dolgellau, on the 22nd of June.
While there you could always while away an hour or three negotiating the tree tops via cargo nets, zip wires , etc at Go Ape. You can get discount if you book through us!
Something a bit different? Why not go to the Barmouth Kite Festival over the weekend of the 13th and 14th of July? Take your own kite or just sit , watch and be amazed at the stunts. Always a colourful event. www.barmouth.barrikiteflyers.com
If that's not enough, the same weekend hosts the Mawddach Paddlesports Festival between Barmouth and the stunningly beautiful Penmaenpool. Some fun and some serious races for rafts and canoes. Can be very exciting in extreme weather! www.paddlewales.com
From the 19th - 21st of July is Sesiwn Fawr, a music festival with craft workshops, puppet theatres, etc. at Dolgellau.
Who watched Carolyn Quentin's programme about Snowdonia National Park? One event she covered was the wonderful Race the Train that starts from Tywyn on August the 17th. Hundreds of runners participate and attempt to beat the Talyllyn Railway engine back to it's starting point. There are races of different lengths that attract runners of all ages from across the country. It's on August the 17th this year , in aid of Action for Children and definitely should not be missed!!!
Shortly after that, on August the 22nd, is Children's Duncan Days at the Talyllyn Railway. This narrow gauge railway was the original inspiration for the Reverend Awdry's 'Thomas the Tank Engine' stories. www.talyllyn.co.uk
Watch this space for more news about events in this beautiful part of Wales.