Make lasting family memories together this May half term as you tackle fun activities and exciting challenges at places cared for by National Trust Cymru.

From nature trails and craft events to outdoor play areas and sporty challenges, there’s plenty to keep the family entertained, whatever the weather. 

In North Wales celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week with fun planting tasks and hands-on activities at Erddig Hall and Garden and Penrhyn Castle and Garden, discover more about butterflies and bees at Chirk Castle and Garden, or spot red squirrels and get competitive in a game of Frisbee Golf at Plas Newydd House and Garden.

All activities are free and run from 25 May – 2 June unless otherwise stated.

Chirk Castle and Garden, Wrexham

Grab a free spotter sheet from the ticket office and enter the incredible world of butterflies and bees at Chirk Castle this May half term. 

If you’re feeling creative, join a National Trust Cyrmru ranger and discover more about the Mindful Meadow before learning how to hapa zome and create a beautiful piece of art on cloth using flowers and leaves as natural printing materials.

Afterwards, head to the medieval Adam Tower, where signs of the castle's historic past can be still seen. Have fun dressing up in armour, go on the hunt for medieval murderholes or garderobes (or toilets to you and me), and venture down into the two-level dungeons... if you're brave enough!

Hapa Zome sessions are free and run on 28 and 29 May, 11-11.30am or 2-2.30pm. Places are limited to 10 children per session and tickets are available from the ticket office on the day.

Erddig Hall and Garden, Wrexham

Nestled in Big Wood, Erddig's natural play area, Wolf’s Den, is built entirely from resources found on the 1,200-acre estate.

Spanning nearly two acres, there’s plenty of space to let your little explorers run wild as they build dens, fly on rope swings, wobble across beams, and climb over obstacles.

If you still have energy to burn, then celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week by getting messy with rock painting, seed potting, and bug hunting, or gather everyone together and join the Family Volunteering Day at Felin Puleston.


Nestled on the outskirts of the Erddig Estate, there’ll be plenty of fun gardening tasks to try your hand at in this wellbeing garden and with watering and weeding, seed planting and wildlife spotting, even the youngest of volunteers can get involved.

Rock painting, seed potting and bug hunting is free and available on 28 and 30 May, 11am-3pm. Family Volunteering Day is also free and will take place on 31 May, 1.30-3.30pm.

Find out all details on the National Trust website.