THERE is plenty going on to keep little ones and older children entertained this bank holiday weekend and half term.

Manorafon Farm Park, Abergele, have some roarsome fun planned with their Jurassic Farm. The event, running between May 29 and June 2 between 10am and 5pm, is for all ages.

There will be ‘how to train your dragon’ workshops, roaming raptor, the big dig zone, dinosaur hunt trail and a fossil lab. Visit to book.

Rhyl Miniature Railway, at Marine Lake, will be hosting their Pirate weekend between May 25 and May 27 between 10.30am and 4pm.

Visitors can meet Captain Cook and his fiendish friends. There will be children’s entertainment, magic shows, dancers, face painting, funfair rides, steam trains, water pistols and more. Visit or telephone 01352 759109.

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Re-live The Battle of Rhuddlan

In Rhuddlan, visitors are invited to journey back to the 11th Century with Cwmwd Ial and The Vikings Society re-enactment groups.

Taking place this May Bank Holiday, guests can experience the age of one of the greatest Welsh military commanders — King Gruffydd ap Llywelyn.

Event-goers are encouraged to join the 200-strong Saxon, Welsh & Viking encampments, talk to the warriors about their hardships, pick up tips from the medieval traders and witness Gruffydd ap Llywelyn’s final stand against the Anglo-Saxons

Younger visitors are also encouraged to join the Young Warrior Army to practice and perfect their battle skills.

Re-live The Battle of Rhuddlan will run between Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 between 10am and 4pm.

Enthusiasts can enjoy a free classic car show in Prestatyn on Monday, May 27.

The car show has been running for 20 years.

It began life as a one off special to celebrate the millennium.

A spokesperson for the show said: “We have a record entry of over 400 vehicles, hence the need for the High Street closure, to park the biggest collection of American Classics entered this year - with classes from the early 1900s through to today’s Supercars, Rally cars etc.

“We have stalls, refreshments and a live jazz band playing in the old Vicarage Gardens.”

There will also be a bouncy castle, fairground rides, a Scalextric competition and face painting. It is free to enter and times are 10am till 4pm.

There is a Classic Car Run for drivers on Sunday, starting at county hall in Mold at 10am.

Cars arrive back at The Beaches Hotel, the run’s sponsors, in Prestatyn at 3.30pm.

If you are looking to journey a little further, then there are plenty of family-friendly events to take advantage of which are being hosted by Cadw.

For one weekend only, visitors to Caernarfon Castle will be transported back to medieval Wales, as the Red Dragon Archers descend upon the mighty fortress.

Event-goers can enjoy medieval longbow demonstrations, take part in have-a-go archery lessons and even learn how to load and fire a trebuchet.

The event will run at the castle between Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 between 11am and 3.30pm.

At Conwy castle, visitors will see the return of several medieval residents.

Guests can expect to cross paths with the castle seamstress, butcher and even the resident prisoner as they immerse themselves in medieval life at Conwy Castle.

A herbalist from the Middle Ages will also be on hand to teach event-goers how to produce cures for warfare wounds and ailments, while servants will provide guests with some freshly baked bread in the courtyard.

The event at Conwy Castle will run between Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 between 10am and 4pm.

More information here (including the Caernarfon event and Rhuddlan castle).

Denbighshire Countryside Service is hosting free family events in Rhyl and Prestatyn this half-term. On Tuesday, May 28 at 12pm a free BMX session will be held, which is being run by Marsh Tracks.

(Please note that places are limited). Email to book/enquire or visit Denbighshire Countyside Service on Facebook for more details.

In Prestatyn there will be a family woodland skills event as part of a Nature for Health Project. This will include shelter building and basket weaving. Families and adults are welcome. Visit Denbighshire Countyside Service on Facebook for more details. The event meet point is at Coed Y Morfa car park.

Pets at Home Rhyl is hosting a fantastic fish workshops for little ones!

Bring along your five to 11 year olds to learn all about how to care for fishy friends through fun games and activities. To book, click here

Rhuddfest is taking place this weekend.

The family music festival will run on May 25 and 26. This is held just off the A55, J27 - in the meadows off station road.

Camping is available on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Further information and the full schedule is available at

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William Roberts, a counsellor with the NSPCC-supported service, iorganisingng the fundraiser which includes a car boot sale and aims to raise £1,000 before June 1

Glorious gardens at Llanasa will open for a bank holiday fundraiser in support of Childline.

The open garden fundraiser in the village of Llanasa will take place on Bank Holiday Monday on May 27, to raise money in support of Childline Prestatyn.

William Roberts, a counsellor with the NSPCC-supported service, is organising the event which includes a car boot sale and aims to raise £1,000 before June 1.

William said: “Being a Childline counsellor is both challenging and rewarding. I talk with children and young people who have incredible difficulties in their lives and have nobody to talk to.

“However, I know that after summoning the courage to contact Childline three in 10 children won’t get through to a counsellor. This isn’t good enough.

“Childline need to recruit and train more volunteers and the funds I raise will help the Prestatyn base do this.”

Debs Davis, Prestatyn Childline service manager, said: “Our volunteers in Prestatyn are incredibly proud to give up their time for Childline and make a huge difference to young people’s lives.

“At present Childline can only answer three out of every four calls so events like William’s in the lovely village of Llanasa will be a great help to us.”

Five gardens in Llanasa will be open to the public between 10.30am and 3.30pm on Monday, May 27.

The gardens include:

  • Glanaber - a stunning one-acre garden created from pastureland and dominated by a rare holm oak. Other features include a large duck pond with island, bridges, arches, wide attractively planted herbaceous borders and footpaths which create pleasant walks.
  • Golden Grove - an attractive Edwardian terraced garden, walled on three sides, designed by Lady Aberconway on the site of a 17th century walled garden.
  • The Old Manse which boasts a sloping terraced garden with lawns, herbaceous borders, rockery, small wild flower section and vegetable area.
  • The garden at Tan y Coed. This is about one third of an acre, with deep terraced beds growing an interesting variety of fruit, veg, herbs and flowers.
  • The Old Post Office - a beautiful cottage garden where the owners’ artistic flair creates wonderful structure and colour

Combined admission to all the gardens is £4. Children can enter for free.