The Bodnant Garden in Colwyn Bay, Wales, is a National Trust protected garden sewn with flora from around the world which is also naturally suited to the Welsh conditions and complement each other naturally and ecologically. As well as their stylised terraces, ponds and lattices which have aimed to appease gardeners and photographers alike for 150 years, there may also be dynamic events and activities on the grounds for families to enjoy year-round.
One such event taking place this month which may appeal to families is the Autumn Crafts session, which aims to take place on the 24th of October and celebrates autumnal fauna whilst educating children on one of the garden’s mammalian residents – the bat. Taking place in the historic and scenic Old Mill, this particular event, like many of the Nation Trust’s proceedings, aims to creatively bring families together and create memories whilst encouraging the preservation and engagement with nature all year long.
Colwyn Bay and Conwy in themselves may seem like a quiet seaside town in Wales, yet further beauty and activities may be found within the regions seasoned stone walls. In addition to a history and landscape dating back 4000 years, the town may also be home to many current events and attractions for travellers of all ages, whatever the season. One such attraction may be Conwy Castle, the 13th century fortress built by Edward I which stands to this day overlooking the mountainous skyline of North Wales, as well as the completely intact Conwy walls which encompass the town.
Conwy is also home to The Smallest House in Great Britain, as recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, which sits comfortably on the terraced housing lining the quayside of the bay. Standing at 122 inches tall and 72 inches wide, the home aims to be open for visitors to explore, lest the rainfall is too heavy, and the history of the home is documented for all visitors to see. A final historic attraction for guests to enjoy before the winter commences may be the Llandudno Pier, a 19th century structure which stretches 2295 feet into the Irish sea and houses a variety of concessions, food and events throughout the year with the aim of entertaining and exposing travellers to Welsh culture as well as Edwardian and Victorian tradition. The pier undergoes yearly reconstruction and maintenance during the winter months in order to provide a safe and comfortable leisure experience for the visitors throughout the rest of the year.
If the scenic and more natural attractions are of appeal to travellers, Conwy may certainly be able to provide stimulating and intriguing sights for travellers, such as the Great Orme Country Park, which occupies an area two miles long and one mile wide by the sea, and is also conserved as a Heritage Coast as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. As well as the Historical trail and Nature trail, guests to the park may also find the Great Orme Victorian Tramway, upon which they may ride to the summit where the Country Park Visitor Center lies.
Whilst the seasons may be shifting towards the winter and the commitments to school and work are increasing, Colwyn Bay and its surrounding areas may be an accessible and stimulating trip for families or students. With its historical, cultural and modern opportunities and events, North Wales may be an enticing travel opportunities for travellers of all different backgrounds this autumn.
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