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UK Staycation: Food, Drink and Accommodation Adventures in Wales

As everyone can finally plan their holidays in Wales this summer, we’ve selected our favourite eating, drinking and sleeping experiences.

Celebrating ‘The Great British Staycation’ of 2020, are giving up to 60% off weekend getaways, breaks and other experiences purchased through them. We at The Rucksack News have chosen our favourite places to stay, eat and drink across Wales for every adventurer looking for a unique experience this summer.

With the options of staying at various glamping sites, national parks and country getaways or dining in a selection of establishments across the country, we also came across these options to take the adventures that one step further.

A Night in a Log Cabin: Pontardawe, Glamorganshire

Be welcomed with a hot drink of tea or coffee as you arrive to spend the night in a cosy log cabin. Set in Swansea, the log cabin is surrounded by the stunning views of both the Brecon Beacons and the Gower Peninsula’s beaches.

brecon beacons in wales

The self-catering stay does include a continental breakfast that can be found in the fridge.

Tree House Escape: Pontardawe, Glamorganshire

Two people or the family can spend two nights in a tree house in Machynlleth, Powysthe. Features include an outdoor spring water shower and a wood burning stove. Otherwise fully equipped guests are required to take their own towels, torches are recommended.

The location is ideal for exploring the natural beauty of Snowdonia and surrounding areas.

This experience is available throughout the year with the exception of January, plus Sunday arrivals may receive an additional night for free.

Segway Adventure with Three Course Meal: Gwent and Glamorganshire

Combining adventure skills with culinary delights, this experience includes 60-minutes of Segway fun and a three-course meal with a drink at Zizzi Italian restaurant.

After an introduction and training session on the Segway in Chepstow, Gwent, participants can enjoy the off-road rally course, designed to be thrilling and exhilarating. Also, hopefully receiving a certificate at the end.

A three-course meal can then be enjoyed at one of Cardiff or Newport’s Zizzi restaurants. Choose from their set menu which includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Meals are accompanied with a glass of wine or soft drink.

This experience can be enjoyed at one Segway location in Wales with various dining options.

Zip World Experience with a Night at The Royal Victoria Snowdonia Hotel: Gwynedd

Fly across 2km of ziplines to take in the spectacular views of Snowdonia from a totally unique angle. The Titan Experience at Zip World will take you over moors, mines and hills.

Then, enjoy a night stay with breakfast at The Royal Victoria Hotel. Not only is this accommodation situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, it also has its own private woodland, gardens and historical ruin of Dolbadam Castle.

Afternoon Tea at The Wild Pheasant Hotel: Llangollen, Denbighshire

Enjoy an afternoon tea for two in North Wales’ 19th Century hotel and spa, The Wild Pheasant. Situated in the Vale on Llangollen it is surrounded by stunning scenery.

The afternoon tea consists of freshly made sandwiches, cakes, scones with cream and jam and a pot of tea or coffee. This treat can also be purchased with a glass of sparkling wine each.

Brewhouse Brewery and Kitchen Experience: Chester or Wilmslow, Cheshire

Hosting two different experiences at their Welsh site in Cardiff, Brewhouse and Kitchen is the perfect choice for beer lovers everywhere.

For those wanting to taste some resident beers of different styles alongside a gourmet burger then that is exactly what one of the experiences consists of. The Beer Master Class and Gourmet Burger is an informative tasting of 8 beers alongside the choice of a burger from their menu. Expect to spend a couple of hours there.

For something a bit more advanced and in depth, there is the Brewery Experience Day lasting several hours.

Arriving in the morning to a sandwich and hot drink the brewing process will be explained. Learning about the mash tun and mashing process, adding hops and fermentation, participants will make their own beer.

Lunch is included throughout the day, as are beer breaks. Each participant will also gain a brewing certificate and leave with a mini keg of beer.

Cliff Camping: Gwent

Spend a night sleeping on a portaledge. The hanging tent that is suspended from Gwent’s cliff face offers fantastic coastal views of the Welsh landscape, sea and wildlife.

people climbing down a cliff in wales

Evening meals and breakfasts are included. Guests do not require climbing experience.

Distillery Tour with Gin Tasting: Ceredigion, Llandysul

Two people can take in the sights, sounds and smells of the tour at Da Mhile Distillery. Led by an informative guide, guests will be shown the mashing, fermentation, distilling and maturation of gin and whisky as well as seeing the bottling and labelling.

glass of gin with mixer and botanicals

There will then be a gin tasting session in the tasting gallery with the chance to also taste a liqueur.

Medieval Castle Stay at the Welsh Gatehouse: Chepstow, Gwent

Two people can have the grand, stone castle for themselves during an overnight stay. The Welsh Gatehouse is a medieval castle dating back to Edward I. Retaining its original character, the property is steeped in history and boasts its wooden beams, stone mullion windows and a wood burning stove.

chepstow castle in wales

The property has a selection of walking trails nearby and is well located to discover the Wye Valley.

(Image is not the Welsh Gatehouse)

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