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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 09:52 UK time, Friday, 30 April 2010

The weather forecast is predictably grim for the long weekend but never fear - I'm sure it will be hot and sunny again once we're all back in work next week...

Make the most of your time in between the showers though. Here are a few ideas from around Wales that you might like to try:

North West Wales has plenty going on, ranging from the Llandudno Transport Festival to red squirrel spotting at Plas Newydd.

In North East Wales, Mold celebrates it's historical importance with the first ever Bailey Hill Festival on 2 May whilst if you prefer your cross dressing and folk! - Holywell's, Cadi Ha Festival is probably more up your alley!

If you fancy some free live music, then pop along to the Butetown Jazz Festival down in Cardiff Bay. You can see music at Mermaid Quay on Saturday and Monday and at the Millenium Centre on Sunday.

If you're out and about in South West Wales then why not join the Sea Trust on a free porpoise picnic on Monday from 2.30pm at Strumble Head.

If the weather brightens up as expected - you might just see some, as well as seals and sea birds so pop along with binoculars, food and friends. But if the weather turns sour - don't bother!

In Pembrokeshire at Freshwater West beach you can watch the best surfers in Wales, battling it out at the National Surfing Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

The following divisions will be held: Junior U18, Cadet U16, Youth U14, Grommet U12, Junior Girl U18, Longboard Junior U18 and Masters. The surf forecast looks pretty good so heats will begin early on Saturday.

In Mid Wales at Lake Vynwy, peregrine falcons can be seen nesting at the north end and an osprey has also been spotted so call into the RSPB centre for more details. It's a beautiful spot and well worth a walk around the reservoir.

Feeling adventurous? Download one of the RSPB 'Trails in Wales' and give your walking boots a work out.

You might also find shelter from the showers in the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Carmarthenshire, where a Roman water wheel is being unveiled - 2,000 years after the Roman miners left this part of Wales.

The wheel has been painstakingly recreated by a young local craftsman, and is based on an original fragment found buried deep in the mines during the 1930's.

The BBC has a save the bee campaign coming up soon, so if you spot any whilst out walking or in the garden - take a photo and send it in to our Flickr group.

It's also International Dawn Chorus Day on 2 May so get up early and listen to the larks in your area. Visit the website to find your nearest location or just stand in your garden!

That's it for now. I'll update more as when things come in.

Enjoy your time off and drive safely



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