Games room in Aberdovey Hillside Village

Indoor games room with pool table

Looking up the estuary

Table tennis in games room

Soft play area in Aberdovey Hillside Village

Soft play area

Outdoor play area at Aberdovey Hillside Village

Outdoor play area with picnic tables

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Family fun

Mid-Wales has plenty for families to do together, whatever the weather. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Aberdovey Hillside Village has its own games room, with free pool table, table-tennis table and indoor play room. We also have a good selection of board games and jigsaw puzzles – ideal for a good retro session away from play-stations and smartphones!
  • The Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn – a lovely independent cinema with a good mix of blockbusters (often with a choice of 3D viewing), family films, arthouse and streamed broadcasts.
  • King Arthur's Labyrinth in Corris King Arthur’s Labyrinth (Corris) – deep within the slate-strewn hills, a mysterious hooded boatman guides you through a magical waterfall and into the myths and magic, dragons and giants of the lost time of King Arthur! Best described as an underground storytelling adventure, it's a cool attraction when hot, a dry attraction when wet, and with lots more things to do, King Arthur's Labyrinth is a real adventure for all ages. (Image © Corris Craft Centre)
  • Funicular railway at Centre for Alternative Technology
  • Centre for Alternative Technology (Machynlleth) – a trail-blazer of the sustainability movement, CAT continues to inspire and educate in equal measure. Set in an abandoned slate quarry just a couple of miles north of Mach, you’re taken by a water-powered cable-car up to the hilltop site, where there are interactive displays and working examples of environmentally-responsible buildings and sustainability in the home. When CAT started over 40 years ago, renewable energy was a novelty. Today, PV panels are everywhere, and CAT now aims to put forward a positive approach to looking after our planet. There are children's play areas throughout the centre and plenty of open space where visitors can enjoy the enchanting natural surroundings – plus an excellent restaurant with the emphasis on vegetarian and vegan fine foods. Image: © CAT
  • Talyllyn Railway
  • Talyllyn Railway – this was the real-life inspiration for the home of Thomas the Tank Engine, namely the Skarloey Railway on the island of Sodor! The Reverend WV Awdry was a volunteer guard on the Talyllyn in the 1950s in the early days of the railway, and the Sodor stories are closely modelled on it. The narrow-gauge steam trains regularly run from Tywyn up the valley to Nant Gwernol, just south of Abergynolwyn, passing the picturesque Dolgoch Falls. The full route takes just under an hour, but you can get off at a number of scheduled and request stops along the way. The Talyllyn was the world’s first preserved steam railway, and is expertly run by a team of dedicated volunteers.
    Image: © Talyllyn Railway
  • Crabbing off the jetty – countless generations have enjoyed dangling a line over the pier, in the hope of catching something nice for tea! You can buy bait and buckets from several shops in town, and try to tempt a crustacean from the depths. Whether it works or not, it’s great fun!
  • Candle carving at Corris Craft CentreCorris – just a few miles north of Machynlleth, the old slate town of Corris has a craft centre, Welsh food and drink centre, and its own narrow-gauge railway, apart from being set in a lovely green valley. (Image © Corris Craft Centre)