On Chocolate Trail Magic of Animals; with Schools about to Break Up for the Easter Holidays, Clare Hutchinson, Right, and Owain Thomas Present an Invaluable Round-Up of Events for Parents the Length and Breadth of Wales - from Easter Egg Hunts to Panning for Gold and Brass Band and Jazz Festivals
Byline: Clare Hutchinson, , Owain Thomas
Top 10 Easter-themed Events Easter trail at Bodnant Garden, near Colwyn Bay, Conwy Follow the easter trail to win a chocolate prize. Trail sheets cost pounds 2 on top of normal admission Adults: pounds 7.50; children: pounds 3.75 Open: 10am to 5pm.
Tel: (01492) 650 460 or visit www.bodnant-garden.co.uk Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Egg-rolling is the order of the day.
Treasure trails and egg-decorating complete the roll-call of events.
Normal admission charges apply.
Adults: pounds 8.95; children aged five to 16: pounds 6.35; Children under five: free Open: 9am to 6pm Tel: 029 2087 8100 or visit www.cardiffcastle.com Easter Eggcase Hunt, Lower Gronant car park, near Prestatyn, Denbighshire A different kind of egg hunt - families will hit the beach to count the number of black egg cases washed up on nearby beaches to help the Shark Trust chart skate and ray populations Adults and Children: free Open: Thursday April 16 at 12.30pm Tel: (0870) 1283 045 or visit www.eggcase.org Easter Excursions on the Montgomery Canal, Welshpool The Duchess Countess Trust are running boat trips for all the family on their George Watson Buck canal boat Open: 2pm to 4.30pm from Saturday, April 11 to Monday, April 13 Price upon inquiry Tel: 01691 839 130 or visit www.montgomerycanal.co.uk Easter Treasure Hunt, Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd Egg-decorating and egg-hunts are taking place over three days.
Prizes will be given out at 3pm on the last day.
Open: Friday April 10 to Sunday, April 12 from 11am to 3pm Tel: 01443 404 699 or visit www.whatsonrct.co.uk "Daring" walks for little adventurers, Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare Youngsters, accompanied by their parents, will go on a short walk to be shown the various habitats in the 500-acre park Free event (booking in advance) Open: Sunday, April 26 from 10.30am to 12.30pm Tel: 01443 424 451 or visit www.cynonvalley.co.uk.
A Medieval Easter, Cosmeston Medieval Village, Penarth Showcasing life in 14th century Wales, with bread baking, weapons and armour displays and an easter egg hunt. The park is one of the locations for the BBC show Merlin Adults: pounds 3.50; children: pounds 2 Open: Sunday April 12 and Monday April 13, 11am to 4pm.
Tel: 029 2070 1678 or visit www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk Cantref Adventure Farm Easter Egg Hunt Cantref Adventure Farm and Riding Centre, Cantref, Brecon, Powys A chance for the children to hunt around the farm to find all the eggs and win a prize Open: 10.30am to 5.30pm daily Adults: pounds 7.50; children: pounds 6.50; children under 93cm: free Tel: 01874 665 223 or visit www.cantref.com Easter Fun Weekend, Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan Family fun including bouncy castles, face painting, story telling and CURS living history camp Open: 10am to 6pm Adult: pounds 6; concessions: pounds 4; children: pounds 2 Tel: 029 2059 3328 or visit www.dyffryngardens.org.uk Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes, Caerwent, near Chepstow A special Easter Bunny Hunt is being held at the magical gardens of Dewstow. Built in 1890, but buried after World War II, Dewstow Gardens were rediscovered in 2000 and have been restored and renovated Open: 10am to 4pm Adult: pounds 6; children: pounds 3.50; under-10s: free Tel: (01291) 430 444 or visit www.dewstow.co.uk
Top 10 Festivals and Shows Porthcawl Jazz Festival, Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl The three-day festival is this year hosting Janice Mitchell, former backing singer for Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, and New York pianist Jim Beishline.
Adults: (for Friday and Saturday evenings): pounds 15; children: pounds 10; Saturday daytime: pounds 5 Open: Runs from Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19 Tel: (01656) 815 995 or visit www.porthcawl-jazz-festival.com South Wales Model and Craft Show, Bridgend Recreation Centre, Bridgend Featuring displays from model clubs and societies across the UK. …