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Why we're heading for Wales this summer by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in DESTINATIONS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Regular visitors to this blog will know how much we love Scotland, but there's so much happening in Wales this summer, we might have to shift our allegiance. Here’s what we’re most looking forward to.

The Pembrokeshire coastline can hold its own against some of the finest in the world – stroll along Barafundle beach on a sunny July afternoon and you could almost be in the Caribbean. But this summer we’re planning to head inland for some of the best watersports in Europe. First up, the new £2.5 million watersports and visitor centre at Llandegfedd Reservoir (above). This 434-acre lake, spanning the border of Monmouthshire and Torfaen, now offers all kinds of water-based activities, from windsurfing and canoeing to raft building and sailing. All equipment is available to hire and tuition is also provided.When you're watersported out, you can wander the six miles of scenic footpaths that surround the lake (the entire site has been designated a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’). Further information, Llandegfedd The really big news for watersport fans is that Surf Snowdonia will finally open on August 1 after 13 months in the making. This vast man-made expanse of water – with man-made barrelling waves of varying sizes – will be the world’s first inland surf lagoon, suitable for all abilities, even complete beginners. Advanced and intermediate surfers will get around 20 waves an hour; beginners around 30 so there will be plenty of opportunity to perfect your pop up.

It’s not just about catching waves either  – there are lots of other water sports available, including Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking (you’ll need to bring your own kayak), surf yoga and surf fitness. Further information, Surf Snowdonia We won't need our swimsuits for the next piece of excitement: the National Museum Cardiff has a new dinosaur. Not only that, it's the oldest example of a Jurassic dinosaur ever found in the UK, unearthed last year by two brothers at Lavernock, just south of Cardiff. It will be at the museum until September 6, admission free. Further information, National Museum CardiffCardigan Castle completed a £12m restoration project earlier this year and is holding its official opening concert this Saturday. Not only can you visit the 900-year-old castle again, but from next month you will be able stay in Georgian east wing of the Castle Green House. B&B will cost from £90 per night; and self-catering apartments (above) are from £380 per week. Guests can also tuck into a locally sourced, traditional Welsh breakfast in the castle restaurant. Further information, Cardigan Castle 

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