July sees the start of the long school holidays as pupils break up for around 6-weeks. It's great for the kids but for parents it can be a nightmare thinking of ways to entertain them.
So here's thebestofwrexham's guide to spending a stress-free summer and making the most of your time off with the children. We'll try not to guide you towards activities that cost too much either.
Combining fun with education is always a bonus and Wrexham's got loads of places to visit that do just that. For starters, there's Erddig, a magnificent National Trust owned county house that promises a summer of fun. As well as stepping back in time inside the house, and marvelling at the array of flora and fauna in its grounds, Erddig is hosting special events including a Victorian Weekend in August, a Prom Night in July and many other cultural events. Younger visitors will particularly love taking part in the National Trust's 50 Things to do before you're 11 Â¾, and ticking off the things their parents would disapprove of from the list.
The National Trust also owns the spectacular Chirk Castle. With its fantastic views over the stunning Ceirog Valley and beautifully preserved staterooms, the castle is one of the best examples of a medieval fortress you'll ever see. Kids of all ages can meet and become medieval guards, build their own den and outfox their dad in a game of giant chess. And if they're brave enough, take a trip down into the scary dungeon!
The recently refurnished Wrexham Museum and Bersham Heritage Centre offers enquiring minds a look into the past. It charts Wrexham's industrial heritage and celebrates its pioneers. Younger visitors can meet Brymbo man, stroll through Victorian Wrexham's high street, rebuild a ruined castle and be amazed at the collections of artefacts in the Curiosity Case. At the Heritage Centre, there's family walking trails and the neighbouring Ironworks recreates the working conditions of an 18th century iron manufacturers.
For railway lovers, the Glyn Valley Tramway Trust takes you on a journey back to the golden age of steam. It's currently being rebuilt as the railway line stopped being used in 1935 but check with them for updates and when to visit.
Closer to home, try a Wrexham town trail. Described as a 'gentle walk through Wrexham's past and present', the tour takes in 30-places of local interest in the town,and appeals to all ages.
And after all that fun in the sun (hopefully), a hearty family meal out finishes the day perfectly. Situated 12-miles from Wrexham, and definitely worth the drive, is the picturesque Hanmer Arms, which offers fine dining in relaxed surroundings. Or try the Bistro style restaurant at the Gredington Arms. This 5-rossette rated country pub serves locally sourced, fresh produce to discerning diners in Wrexham.
Hopefully, our guide has given you lots of idea on what to do in the holidays. Remember to check our events page on the website for the latest in what's on in Wrexham.