THINGS TO DO IN MID WALES & ENGLAND
Uniquely positioned on the border of Mid Wales and England, whilst staying at Panpwnton Campsite, there is a whole selection of different activities and attractions for you to visit all under 1 hour away.
To make it easy for you to plan your trip, we have put together our list of the best things to do in the area during your stay.
Elan Valley – 28.2 Miles – 46 Minute Drive
A series of valleys that were deliberately flooded between 1893 to 1904 to provide a water supply for Birmingham, Elan Valley is now a vibrant tourist attraction. Designed in an easy-to-navigate loop, you can take a trip around all 4 of Craig Goch, Pen y Garreg, Garreg Ddu, and Caban Coch by walking, cycling or driving.
The perfect attraction for everyone to enjoy, this scenic loop is great for adventure with beautiful scenery, vibrant wildlife and a great chance to enjoy some fresh air.
Entry into Elan Valley is free, with a small £3 charge for car parking that covers the whole grounds for one day. Elan Valley also has a visitor centre that you can pop into for all the information you need, which is always a great starting point for your visit.
The Judges Lodging
Presteigne – 7.6 Miles – 16 Minute Drive
Step back in time and visit one of the world’s most unusual households when you visit the award-winning Judges Lodging in Presteigne. A Grade 2 listed building, explore how different classes lived in Victorian times and learn about the ‘upstairs, downstairs’ way of life.
Seemingly stuck in time, this disused Shire Hall still has much of its original fixtures and furnishings. All of which were used in day-to-day life by the judges, their servants and felonious guests, who once stayed here.
A great attraction for the whole family to visit, the opening times and prices can be found on The Judges Lodging Website.
Hay on Wye – 24.5 Miles – 44 Minute Drive
Known as the second-hand book capital of the world, Hay-on-Wye is a picturesque town on the border of Wales and England.
A great choice for a day trip, the town centre is filled with bookshops (both generic and specialist), beautiful old buildings and a Thursday market for you to explore.
Welshpool – 29.7 Miles – 51 Minute Drive
A medieval castle from the 13th century and still in pristine condition, Powis Castle in Welshpool is the perfect day out for everyone in the family.
Operated by the National Trust you can choose whether to explore the courtyard or surrounding deer park for free or pay admission to enter the castle itself and the meticulously maintained gardens.
Complete with a coffee shop, book shop, plants stall and more, you can check the Powis Castle page on the National Trust website for the latest on opening times and admission information.
Craven Arms – 15.8 Miles – 28 Minute Drive
Stokesay Castle is situated in Craven Arms and has been labelled one of the best-preserved fortified medieval manor houses in the United Kingdom.
Built back in the late 13th century, the great hall is claimed to be unchanged for the past 700 years. Matched in its magnificence by the 17th-century gatehouse, you can climb to the top for a breathtaking viewpoint over Shropshire hills.
Operated by English Heritage, the latest information about opening times and ticketing on Stokesay Castle can be found on their website.
Hergest Croft Gardens
Welsh Marches – 13.2 Miles – 25 Minute Drive
Situated in the heart of the Welsh marches, Hergest Croft Gardens covers 70 acres of the estates over 1,000 acres. Located in perfect growing conditions for a wide variety of different plants, shrubs and trees. Boasting an impressive five thousand different species.
Hergest Croft Gardens are only open from April to October, so we recommend checking their website for opening times and entrance fees. As standard, those under 16’s get free entry and dogs are welcome on leads.
Croft Castle and Parkland
Herefordshire – 10.9 Miles – 23 Minute Drive
Croft Castle and Parkland is another National Trust property with over 15,000 acres of grounds in Herefordshire, England.
Including woodlands, farmlands and parklands, there is much to discover as you walk your way through ancient trees, the ‘Picturesque’ Fishpool Valley, archaeology and an Iron Age hillfort.
Dog-friendly and complete with a tea house and bookshop, you can find out the latest opening times and admission prices on the Croft Castle website.
Mickey Millers Play Barn
Craven Arms – 14.8 Miles – 27 Minute Drive
A great activity to get the kids moving, Mickey Millers Family Play Barn is located in Craven Arms and is under a 30-minute drive from Panpwnton Campsite.
A huge multi-level framed play area filled that combines both classic and modern features, a visit to ‘Mickeys’ is guaranteed to keep the kids entertained and burn off any excess energy they have built up.
Got little ones too? Mickey Millers Family Play Barn also has a dedicated under-5 zone, allowing them to play safely away from the carnage.
Open from Friday to Sunday 9.30-5.30pm and for all ages, there is also food and drink available inside.
Ludlow – 17.9 Miles – 32 Minute Drive
Built in 1066 and actually located in Shropshire in England, Ludlow Castle has been described as one of the finest medieval ruins in England.
The grounds include a selection of ancient buildings, providing a glimpse of the medieval lifestyle of the highest and lowest in society.
Originally built as a stronghold on the border, the castle has a rich history for you to learn about as you explore the property.
Ludlow Castle also hosts a range of events and festivals throughout April and November, so we always recommend checking their website for the latest information on events, opening times and ticket pricing before you visit.
HEART OF WALES RIDING SCHOOL
Llandrindod Wells – 13.7 Miles – 24 Minute Drive
The Heart of Wales Riding School welcomes horse-riding enthusiasts of all levels, from novices to experienced riders. This school offers a comprehensive range of services, including detailed riding lessons and exciting pony trekking experiences, suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.
They boast an extensive selection of horses and ponies, ensuring there’s an ideal match for every rider. In addition to a large indoor riding arena, enabling riders to enjoy their experience in comfort, irrespective of the weather.
Open every day of the week, you can find out more information about their sessions and offers on The Heart Of Wales Riding School Website.