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Plas Newydd, a fantastic family day out

April 24, 2017
Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

We spent our Easter weekend in Anglesey. On Easter Saturday we visited Plas Newydd, a national trust property on Anglesey. This was our first visit as we’ve only just joined the National Trust. There was an Easter egg hunt on when we visited which was lots of fun as you’ll see below. We enjoyed so much more than just the egg hunt though so we’ll be back later in the spring/summer.

We paid £2 for the egg hunt and F was given a map with 10 acorns that we had to find a letter stamp to spell out red squirrels name. Once we knew his name we could claim F’s chocolate bunny. We were also given a pencil, paper bag and an additional sheet detailing a couple of other tasks such as things to collect in the paper bag (feather, leaves etc), bark rubbing and the location of a bean bag toss game.Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

We followed the map and set off to find clue number 1. It wasn’t hard to find as there was always a crowd. F loved stamping the letter on her sheet. There were also a couple of questions about red squirrels at each location. F is almost 4 and a lot of the questions were a little hard for her but it helps the hunt appeal to older children too. It was nice that the hunt was themed to the property as Plas Newydd is home to many red squirrels. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any on our visit though.

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

The egg hunt started near the house which overlooks the Menai straits. The views are stunning. F enjoyed seeing these canons and pretending to fire at the boats.

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

We stopped for a picnic half way through the hunt on a bench near the house. It would be worth taking a blanket when the ground is drier as there are some benches but not loads. There is plenty of space for picnics blankets though.

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Whilst on the hunt we discovered this amazing tree house. F loved it and I can see why. Inside there were a couple of chairs and a family were enjoying a picnic up there. It was hard to get F back down.

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

We had a little ride on a miniature steam train which both girls loved it. This is not a permanent feature though so might not be on if you decide to visit.

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

We also enjoyed plenty of time on the playground which was in the woods. There is also Frisbee golf in this area which was not in use on this day. I’d not heard of this before but it looked a good idea for older children.

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

There is also this little play boat in the cafe courtyard. This really captured Fs imagination and she happily played here for some time whilst me and my husband took it in turns to look around the lovely little gift shop and a second-hand book shop.

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Plas Newydd, National Trust Anglesey

Our top tips for visiting Plas Newydd:

  • The grounds are mostly suitable for prams and pushchairs but be warned it is on a hillside.
  • Picnics are welcome but there are also a couple of cafes.
  • There is a small assault course playground near the entrance but there is a much bigger playground in Dairy wood. There is a mixture of assault course equipment and climbing frame slide combinations. Some of the playground is suitable for under 5’s and some for older children.
  • Seek out the tree house, your kids will love it. There is a similar wooden house before you head down the hill to the house (on the edge of the woods). This would make a good shelter in bad weather.
  • Baby changing facilities are available.

As I mentioned at the beginning we have just joined the national trust. We’re not really fans of looking around period properties but we’d begun to realise that there is so much more to National Trust than that for families that enjoy spending time outdoors. Fortunately, our day at Plas Newydd proved us right and we all really enjoyed our day. Do you have a favourite family-friendly national trust site?

If you enjoyed this post, I’d love it if you pinned it for later.Plas Newydd Family friendly National Trust Anglesey

 

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  1. I agree with you about not being a fan of period properties when you have young children with you as most of the time they just get bored. But like you said, a lot of these places have added lots of family friendly things to see and do now and this one looks lovely. I love that tree house, my little girl would want to move in lol. #mondayescapes

  2. What a lovely day out for you all, it looks like Plas Newydd is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air as a family. The Easter Egg hunt sounds fab, it’s great that they’d tailored it to the site so you were learning all about red squirrels. I’m amazed how many little play areas and eye-catching stopping points there were on your walk, F looks like she loved every second.

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

  3. You look like you had a really fantastic day. I’ve just published a piece on 100 National Trust Days out For Kids you should have a look for some ideas. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

    1. We did thanks. Yes I’ve seen that post (and pinned it for later). Such a great blog post. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love the National Trust. Like you, we’re not a fan of period properties (too nerve wracking with a toddler!) but they have some amazing outdoor spaces to explore and are very family friendly. Looks like you all had a great day out. #CountryKids

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