Autumn Festivals in North Wales16th October 2014
A small country it may be, but Wales has a tremendous amount to offer to any travellers lucky enough to be spending time there during the autumn. For the people of the UK, the autumn months mark the drawing in of night; shorter days and longer periods of darkness. However, darkening skies certainly do not dampen the jovial spirits of the Welsh, who continue to hold some of their most attractive festivals during this period.
Food connoisseurs should make their way to the medieval riverside town of Conwy for the Gwledd Conwy Feast. This year, the event is being held on October 25th and 26th, during which time the town is transformed into a celebration of local food, art and music. There will be around 150 food stalls offering delicious local treats, as well as other areas displaying traditional Welsh arts and crafts.
If all that food and drink sounds a little stifling, and you’re more the outdoors type, then head to the stunning Snowdonia National Park for the Snowdonia Walking Festival, also held this year on October 25th and 26th. Let the local guides take you on walks that allow you to enjoy the forests, lakes, mountains and paths of one of Britain’s finest, most popular national parks. Walks range from gentle 3-mile strolls to much longer whole-day hikes, so no matter what your age or experience, it’s worth a visit, if only to see the breathtaking vistas with your own eyes.
Music lovers shouldn’t miss the North Wales Choral Festival in at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Conwy. The festival runs from November 7th to 9th and features school choirs, male and female choral groups, as well as barbershop quartets. It regularly attracts visitors from all over Europe who come to either take part or just enjoy the dulcet tones of beautiful choral music. Venue Cymru is a large multi-purpose centre that is perfectly suited for hosting this prestigious event, and tickets can be purchased there on the day.
Don’t forget also that if you’re staying with us in Barmouth in the autumn, there are the many local attractions that you can enjoy while many of these events are running. Delve into local history with a visit to Harlech Castle, just 20 minutes drive from the park. The magnificent Snowdon Mountain Railway at Llanberis is also open until November 2nd, so take in those breathtaking views before the cold snap of winter sets in. In short, whatever your interest, North Wales remains the perfect destination for you and your family this autumn.