In 2016, Wales celebrates its Year of Adventure and everyone is invited! What will be your adventure? Mountain-climbing, zip-wiring, conquering castles, trying new Welsh recipes, or celebrating the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth? Wales has three National Parks, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, over 600 castles, and 870-miles of Wales Coast Path – so there is plenty to do and explore. Rough Guides named Wales as one of the top ten countries to visit in 2016 and it’s not hard to see why.
Visit Wales will be taking over the Discovery Theatre on the Wednesday of the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, bringing their ‘Year of Adventure’ to the Birmingham NEC. They will be putting on a range of sessions and talks which include Maria Leijerstam, a Welsh polar adventurer, credited as the first person to reach the South Pole by human-powered cycle. Visit Pembrokeshire is also showcasing some brand new products in the Glamping Village so if you’ve ever fancied staying in a bubble tent, a Hobbit Yurt, a tipi or a vintage caravan, you’re in luck!
- There are over 800 campsites and glamping retreats across the country with facilities and quality that exceed all expectations. Whether you’re after a traditional campsite, a yurt, a tepee or log cabin in the woods you will find it here in wonderful Wales
- The ultimate adventure pursuit destination and pioneers of rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, cave-exploring and cliff-jumping. Since its introduction by surfers in the 80’s now coasteering is suitable for all ages whether you seek adrenaline or not
- There is 870 miles of coastline and many of the beaches such as Rhossili, Barafundle and Tenby, are regularly voted Britain’s best. In 2012 the Coastal Path was named the top region to visit in the world by the Lonely Planet, so whether you are a swimmer, hiker, surfer or rockpooler you will love spending weekends and holidays here with family and friends
- With inspirational scenery around every corner it is no wonder the country is a favourite for hikers, walkers and everyone in between. Home to three national parks; Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, as well as the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, a ‘haven for nature’ and named one of the World's top trails by travel adviser cheapflights in 2011
- Home to over 600 castles, Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world. Whether it is Raglan Castle, Laugharne Castle, Caerphilly Castle or Caldicot Castle, the brilliantly preserved monuments parade across the skyline
- Punching well above its weight, Wales is paving the way for incredible golf courses and great experiences. With more than 150 courses along rugged coastline and green parkland, you’re never too far away from teeing off
- It may come as quite a surprise but Wales is a foodie heaven, with cider, Bara Brith, Welsh rarebit, Welsh Cakes, Caerphilly cheese, Glamorgan sausage or organic cheese in the Tefi Valley, there really is something for everyone. Or if you want food for free, try your hand at food foraging with Wild Spirit Bushcraft
To find out more come along to the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at the Birmingham NEC from 23-28 February with displays from leading UK and European manufacturers all under one roof.
Also appearing at the show is Chris Packham, TV presenter of Winterwatch as a guest of Camping in the Forest; TV and radio star Matt Baker as a guest on Caravan Club Day; ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins; TV presenter and President of The Camping and Caravanning Club, Julia Bradbury; adventurers Andy Torbet and Sean Conway, and celebrity chefs Aldo Zilli, Glynn Purnell, Ed Baines and Paul Da Costa-Greaves.