This is the second in a series of posts about our Festive weekend away to Snowdonia . . .
After our trip to visit Father Christmas at Bounce Below we made our way over to the beautiful National Trust property of Bodnant Garden which was about half an hour’s drive away through stunning Welsh countryside.
We had been invited by Attractions of Snowdonia to visit Bodnant Garden and take part in the Elf Workshop which is being run by volunteers on weekends through to Christmas. We booked our time slot as we arrived and then went off to explore! (The Elf Workshop is free but you must book to secure your appointment.)
Having not had any lunch we decided to get ourselves a bite to eat and a hot drink in the very cute Magnolia Tea Room – with hindsight we might have been better walking back up to the Pavillion Tea Room where I believe we would have had more choice however we bought a selection of the pre-prepared sandwiches at around £4 each. Unfortunately the sandwiches were a bit fussy for the kids (yes salad in your ham buttie is a bit too high brow when you’re 5 & Chloe wasn’t amused at all by the pickle with her cheese!) I can’t say we particularly enjoyed our lunch however the lady working the Tea Room was absolutely LOVELY – especially when Amy decided to be sick down me! (She really does pick her moments!)
Once we’d refuelled we started to make our way down to the Elf Workshop, exploring the gardens along the way. Bodnant Garden is literally one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, even in the throes of Winter, so I can only imagine how stunning it must be in the Summer!
Dave and I gasped and ooohed with every corner we turned and took a lot of photos!
Chloe was especially excited as we were walking down to seek out the elves and kept looking everywhere to find them! We didn’t know exactly where we were going but had been told by some volunteers that we should just keep on going down and look for the smoke. Eventually we stumbled across the “Old Mill”. Ben and Chloe were enthralled with the fast running water and cute little bridge. I was pretty enticed by the warming real fire just outside the Old Mill!
We had timed our walk down to the Elf Workshop pretty well and were able to go straight in. The room was beautifully decorated with a very cottagey festive feel. The sessions were being run by some really lovely volunteers who, despite the fact they must have been absolutely freezing, were cheerfully interatcting with all the children and helping them to create some Christmassy craft – Chloe enjoyed decorating a picture of a Christmas tree and painting an enormous pine cone, while Ben made a Christmas card with a snowman on. Once they had finished their crafting we enjoyed toasting marshmallows on the fire outside – what a treat!
We continued to explore, discovering mammoth trees, an impressive waterfall and any number of paths to wander.
*We were invited to visit Bodnant Garden free of charge for the purposes of writing this post however all thoughts and opinions remain my own*