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Posted on 08/08/2018 by David

This summer, why not try one of these amazing North Wales experiences? We've chosen 18 unique and exciting things to do in North Wales... you can't do these anywhere else!

Our list has something for everyone: adventure, heritage, culture, fun, food, music, nature, shows... so we can guarantee smiles all round when you visit this summer!

1. Go dolphin spotting in the Menai Strait on a RibRide cruise. Dolphins have been spotted all along the North Wales coast this summer, with some of the best and most up-close encounters happening around Anglesey.

2. Take a walk up to Llandudno's Happy Valley - Victorian pleasure gardens at the foot of the Great Orme - and enjoy a delicious Parisella's ice cream on the grass. It's a peaceful spot away from the hustle and bustle of town.

3. Search for the Lost Words in Bodnant Garden and save the endangered species of the English language. A nature trail inspired by the beautiful book written by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris, highlighting the plight of the nature words at risk of being lost from our vocabulary forever.

4. Visit GreenWood after hours and experience this popular theme park without the crowds. Family Fun Evenings run throughout the summer and allow visitors to get closer to nature without the noise of the rides.

5. Step back in time to when knights were bold at Gwyrch Castle near Abergele. On the 18 August, the castle is hosting a medieval festival complete with re-enactors, magicians, have-a-go archery, horse displays and a hog roast. If you loved The Tournament last year, you won't want to miss this!

6. Challenge yourself to Bounce Bodafon at Bodafon Farm Park, Llandudno. This giant, inflatable assault course will be a hit with kids - big and little. Afterwards, spend some time meeting the animals and drinking in the views of Llandudno Bay.

7. Touch the sky from the highest peak in Wales - take a trip up Snowdon on the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway. Leaving from Llanberis you will ascend over 1,000 metres, following a route that's been pulling people skyward for over 100 years.

8. Spend the day down on the farm at Manorafon Farm, near Abergele. With a packed schedule of events all summer and some very cute residents, this is a great value day out for all the family.

9. Indulge in some of the finest food and drink from North Wales at the annual Beaumaris Food Festival. With a backdrop of the town's magnificent medieval castle, many of the region's best-known local producers will be showcasing their products here.

10. Take a walk over Conwy Mountain and marvel at the many-coloured heathers clothing the moorland - it's a stunning spectacle. You may even get to see some of the Carneddau Mountain ponies in their natural habitat - they are an ancient breed unique to North Wales.

11. Brand new for 2018 - take a tour of the distillery at Aber Falls near Conwy. This award-winning distillery is already lauded for its excellent gins and liqueurs and with its first ever whisky due in 2020, it's a great time to find out how it's made (and maybe even try a little snifter).

12. Enjoy all the fun of the fair - a county fair that is - at Sioe Mon on Anglesey this month. With amazing shopping opportunities, exhibitions and the excitement of the show ring, there's something for everyone here.

13. Sample some of the tastiest craft beers in North Wales every Saturday in August at the Wild Horse Brewery Summer Shakedown. With guest beers and spirits joining the Wild Horse herd behind the bar and well-known local producers bringing the street food, it's an afternoon with a difference.

14. Spend the day building sandcastles on beautiful Porthdinllaen Beach, Llyn Peninsula; afterwards sup a pint from the world-famous Ty Coch Inn as the sun goes down - Ibiza aint got nothing on this!

15. Celebrate the Year of the Sea and try your hand at a new watersport - North Wales has some of the most varied coastline in the UK and is suited to pros and newbies alike! Kayaking, coasteering, stand-up paddle boarding and surfing are just a few of the watery pastimes you can try here.

16. Oak smoked salt? Yes, there is such a thing! Visit the home of Anglesey sea salt at Halen Mon and discover how this common-or-garden condiment has been lifted to new heights.

17. A wonderful end to a wonderful summer, celebrate the Last Night of the Proms at Colwyn Bay's Stadiwm Zip World. Grab your friends, grab a picnic and bring the party to BBC Proms in the Park!

18. Celebrate the end of an era as we wave goodbye to the spectacle that's Festival Number 6 at Portmeirion in September. In a surprise announcement last month, festival organisers announced that this year's festival will be the last... for now.