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07 What’s On? Your guide to the best events taking place this April
14 The Big Picture
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27 Easter Days Out Get out and about this bank holiday
33 The call of the castles Exploring the historic fortresses of North Wales
37 Town in focus Discovering Anglesey’s county town of Llangefni
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43 Food & drink The regions wining, dining and culinary scene
59 Homes & Interiors Get inspired by homes that are on the market
73 Walking Hike up Aber Falls this April
77 Crossword Get to grips with our brain-teasing puzzle
79 Competitions We have some amazing prizes to win!
81 Community News A roundup of regional happenings
85 In My Opinion… Our expert columnists share their thoughts
98 Horoscopes What does April have in store for you?
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Join four-time Brit Classical Award
Young Bakers Club
winner Russell Watson for a very special evening at the Anthony
As a post Mother’s Day special, Hawarden Estate invites all mothers and their little ones
Hopkins Theatre, accompanied by
for a little baking fun in the kitchen. Oksana
his pianist and guest choir. Tickets
will be teaching the young bakers and their
are £351st July.
mums how to make a Fruit Basket Cake. All organic ingredients will be provided as well as an apron. Contact the Farm Shop for more information
ROH Opera Live: La Forza Del Destino
Rose Wine Tasting Vinomondo in Conwy invites wine fans to taste
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro,
eight different styles of rose wine – including
but when her father forbids their
fizz. Learn about the colour, flavours and
marriage, a fatal accident triggers a
discover your favourite type. Tasting is from
drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Broadcast starts at
6:15pm at the Ucheldre Centrematched to each course. Voilà!
Taste of Spring at Ty Llywelyn Chef Shaun Lynch invites you on a Spring taste journey of four seasonal courses, raising money and awareness for the centre. Tickets can be bought directly at the Ty Llywelyn Centre in Llandudno
Pastels with Shirley This is Shirley’s first visit to the Afonwen Centre. Shirley paints in pastels from photographs, landscapes, and is also a member of FVAC and association of animal artist and has
also sold some of her work at the National Exhibition of
Magic of Motown
Prepare yourself for 40 backto-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes,
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship celebrating the sounds of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross,
Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from
The Temptations and more in this explosive concert
the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival at Venue
experience. Disco starts at 7:30pm at the Rhyl Pavilion
Cymru. Tickets start at £13.50
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Open Climb Snowdon Walk
Sign up with RAW Adventures for a full day
walk on Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon, using the Pyg Track up and the Llanberis Path down (approximately 9 miles in total)
Word Heritage Walk Free to attend, join Nightingale House supporters from 11:30am-4pm on a distinctive 13 mile walk through beautiful scenery along the legendary towpaths and footpaths of Llangollen and Oswestry. Breathtaking scenery will greet you at every twist and turn, including the iconic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Chirk Aqueduct, Trevor Basin and the Chirk Tunnel 8th-13th
Benidorm Live The official world premiere of Derren Litten’s smashhit ITV comedy Benidorm is set to bring sunshine and smiles to Llandudno in the stage debut production of the hugely popular TV show. Show starts nightly at 7:30pm at Venue Cymru
Ben and Holly at Greenwood
All About Eve Starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James, All About Eve tells
Young fans of the animated series will
the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre.
be delighted to know that Ben and Holly
The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve.
are coming to GreenWood today, making
Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the
appearances at intervals between 10.30am
girl next door. But you know all about Eve, don’t you…? Live
screening starts at 7pm at the Theatr Clwyd cinema
The Annual Prisoner Convention Based on the cult 1967 Patrick McGoohan TV series, and hosted by the Six of One Prisoner Appreciation Society, this annual convention returns to Portmeirion. Come join in the fun and celebrations with an Election Parade, Tally-Ho Theatre, and Human Chess, followed by a special performance by David Rhodes and the PortmeiriCON Ukulele Band
The Trials of Cato Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, the band lived in Lebanon for a year boiling down the roots of their folk sound. Tickets are £8 at the Ty Pawb
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Orchestral Concerts / Chamber Music A Night at the Musicals / Young Artists Recitals Art Exhibition / Festival Lunch Tango Quintet/ Camau Cerdd Choral Work / Piano Recital / Festival Talks Folk Music with Afternoon Tea Poetry / Wine Tasting Craft Fair / Woodturners Exhibition Fringe Festival Family Fun Day
Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys
Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Experience will take you on a journey through the story of the Wilburys. With expert narrative and big screen action,
this 30th Anniversary Special is unmissable. With tributes to
Coast Half Marathon
Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob
Showcasing the amazing coastline and shows off the sights
Dylan. Show starts at 7:30pm at the Rhyl Pavilion
and sounds of this great seaside towns, this half marathon is the ideal choice for first time runners as well as seasoned pro’s alike. A spectator friendly route, with lots of activities,
Gruffudd Wyn After stunning the judges on Britain’s Got Talent in 2018,
coffee houses and restaurants to explore make it a weekend away with the whole family. Race starts at Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias at 10am
Gruffydd Wyn brings his 2019 tour to home turf at Pontio Bangor. Show starts at 7:30pm 14th
Faeries at the Theatr
From the Organiser of the
The Illegal Eagles
Legendary Llangollen Faery Festival, this is a one-day mini
Described as ‘flawless’ by The
Faery Fest at Theatr Clwyd. Enjoy
Express, The Illegal Eagles
stalls and amusements for £3
are internationally renowned for their outstanding ability to recreate the Eagles’ distinctive sound with both flare and incredible
authenticity. Having toured for over two decades
As You Like It
they remain true Eagles fanatics! Music starts at
Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs
7:30pm at the Rhyl Pavilion
a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Broadcast starts at 7pm at the Ucheldre Centre
Vale of Clwyd Celebrate Handel’s Messiah
Wrexham’s magnificent church, St Giles, will host a performance
Beauty and The Beast Panto
by the Vale of Clwyd Singers of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and his
Starring Atomic Kitten’s Kerry
famous Zadok The Priest. Singing will commence at 7:30pm
Katona, Heartbeat’s Tricia Penrose, Basil Brush, Lauren Platt, Ryan Greaves and Dame Phylip Harries, the Easter pantomime will have you
Bangor on Dee Discovery Day
howling in laughter. Tickets start at £14.50
See what the fun is all about at Bangor on Dee Racecourse. There are two enclosures to choose
from and prices start from £7 for adult racegoers
Britain’s Got Magic
in advance of race day. Children aged 17 and
Reaching the Live Finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2016, prepare
under and accompanied by a responsible adult
to experience the sensational magic of Christian Lee, who is
are admitted free of charge
an award-winning comedy magician. Magic will commence at 7pm at William Aston Hall
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Iwan Owen Piano Recital The Ucheldre Centre welcomes back pianist Iwan Owen for a live performance starting at 7:30pm
Easter at Bodnant Garden Bodnant Garden invites families to follow the Easter bunny’s clues through fields, woods and across streams to find the chocolate
surprise. Cost is £2 per child +
Lost Voice Guy
normal garden admission
Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio
Easter Egg Hunt at Bala Lake Railway Can you find all the Easter eggs
4’s comedy series, Ability, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) has something to say and his comedy will leave you speechless. Show starts at 7:30pm at the Galeri Caernarfon
that are hidden along the line and at the station and solve the puzzle? The Easter Egg Hunt is included free with your normal train ticket
Textiles with Nia Nia returns to the Afonwen Centre with her fabulous silk items, in which Nia has used natural dye to print lovely
Easter Bonnet Hunt at Gypsy Wood
patterns in soft and muted colours, alongside her art and textile frameworks
Celebrate Easter Sunday with the family at this enchanting theme park located in Caernarfon 25-27th
The Welsh National Opera - The Magic Flute This irresistible production transports you to a dream world where you’ll meet colourful characters, combined with a witty story and Mozart’s sublime music. Various broadcast times, contact Venue Cymru for more information
Liz at Femme Fatale Liz makes beautiful evening and special occasion bags, plus some accessories, in wonderful fabrics to include velvet, satin and silk, with many being embellished with feathers and other trimmings. Chat with Liz at the Afonwen Centre
A show from Riverbank Productions telling the story of Dr
Everyone’s favourite blue
John Dolittle MD whose parrot, Polynesia teaches him how to
tank engine will be arriving
speak to animals! Ideal for all the family and particularly for
at Llangollen Station on the
children aged 5 to 10, Dr. Dolittle will perform live at 1pm &
26th. Book your tickets to
3:30pm at the Ucheldre Centre
see him today
Dr. Dolittle Panto
Day out with Thomas
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April 27th-28th 27th
Stand up at Seaside
Wales Comic Con Wrexham University will host the popular action-packed
This month’s comedy night stars Edinburgh
Cosplay conference with celeb guests Sam Neil, Jennifer
comedy award nominee Tom Wrigglesworth
Morrison, Kiefer Sutherland, Rupert Grind and more
who is also known for his hit radio 4 series Tom Wrigglesworth’s hang-ups. Tom will be joined by two fantastic support acts plus resident compere
and Colwyn Bay local Dave Rothnie, plus the
Student Quilt Exhibition
monthly audience joke competition. The event is
Pwythau Pentre – Gwenfai Rees Griffiths’ students will
held upstairs at the Station Pub in Colwyn Bay and
be displaying their works at the Canolfan Bro Aled in
tickets cost £12.50. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for
Denbigh. Free parking, coffee, tea, cake, tombola raffle in
aid of Wales Air Ambulance and admission of £3 will go towards the North West Cancer Research Institute
The Mayor’s Musicals Masquerade
In aid of ARC Communities, Pancreatic Awareness, Conwy Arts
Water Colour Class
Trust and Pancreatic Cancer UK, the Mayor’s Masquerade Ball
John Morris will be teaching a watercolour painting class at
will host a 3-course meal, live music and DJ at The Barn at
the Afonwen Centre. All materials will be supplied and will
Eirias Park. Tickets are £50
run from 10:30am-3pm. Cost is £35 to take part
Spring Fair The St David’s Hospice fundraising team in Llandudno invite you to a Spring fair from 11am-3pm. Stalls included plants, cakes, seasonal homemade produce, entertainment, fundraising stalls, crafts and lots more
The Amazing Bubble Man Galeri Caernarfon welcomes Louis Pearl, who has been thrilling
audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art,
Home, I’m Darling
magic, science and fun of bubbles. Bubbles start at 6:30pm
Following sell-out success Home, I’m Darling is back at the Anthony Hopkins Theatre. Katherine Parkinson will wow the audience again by showing that being a domestic goddess
Forties Festival The 7th annual 1940’s festival returns to Colwyn Bay for two days from 11am-4pm. The Festival will include cookery demonstrations and local food producers showing the vibrancy of the area with a World War II twist
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isn’t as easy as it looks. Tickets start at £10
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The Big Picture This shot was taken on a beautiful spring day in Abersoch by local resident Luke Pilling. “I am an avid photographer, so I try and upload as much as I can with my camera, and also now drone, to capture some slightly different angles of the area,” explains Luke, who runs a local information account for Abersoch and the surrounding area. “When the tide was filling into the harbour, the drone allowed me to capture both sides of the headland – and also Saint Tudwal’s Islands in the distance.”
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Tof enthe best Spas & Beauty Salons Whether you are interested in holistic therapy, a romantic escape, an advanced aesthetics treatment consultation or just a break from the stresses and strains of daily life, then fear not as North Wales has a wonderful selection of spas, beauty salons and unique treatments that scrub up nicely!
Marina Spa at the Quay Hotel, Deganwy Overlooking one of the most spectacular views in Wales, that of the 13th Century Conwy Castle, the mountains, the estuary and marina, The Quay Hotel and Spa is a modern luxurious stylish hotel with a wellloved Marina spa. The spa is laid out across two stories with a swimming pool, hydro-therapy pool, sauna, steam room and changing facilities on the ground floor and, alongside the cosy relaxation “chill out” room on the first floor, are the treatment rooms and the make-up and beauty area. Treatments use ESPA luxury, natural products. Book the Triple Indulgence Package (1 hour 20 minutes) which includes a salt and oil scrub, hot stones back/neck/shoulder massage, personalised express facial, a light spa lunch, use of leisure facilities and chill out room, all for only £99 per person. www.quayhotel.co.uk/quay-spa
The Spa at Tre-Ysgawen Hall, Llangefni
wmost exciting of all – the Salt Inhalation Therapy Room. Replacing the spas steam room, the principles of salt
The Spa at Tre-Ysgawen boasts a 16-metre level-deck
inhalation are based upon the health benefits of a walk
swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Whirlpool spa
along the coast, breathing the ozone rich salty sea air.
bath and gymnasium. With inspiration taken from the
Anyone working with computer screens, or generally in
beautiful gardens at Tre-Ysgawen Hall, the spa team has
offices surrounded by electrical equipment all day will
developed a fragrant and natural body care range. Each
be subjected to positive ions. Positive ions can induce
item is carefully handmade using only natural ingredients
headaches, migraines and feelings of lethargy. Salt vapour
and local Anglesey Sea Salt in its body scrub to nurture,
produces negative ions, which help to counteract these
protect and balance your skin – whatever its type. The spa
effects leaving you feeling invigorated. Tre-Ysgawen’s salt
team is also a proud stockist of ESPA and Guinot products.
inhalation room will release particles of Anglesey Sea Salt
The thermal suite has an Experience shower, Herbal
– only the best will do!
Essences for the sauna, an Ice Fountain and probably the
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Indulgence Spa, Rhos-on-Sea The team at Indulgence truly believe that you deserve the best, as is evident in the positive testimonials that the spa has received. Offering a fantastic array of treatments to choose from, including the Ultimate Indulgence package, which consists of an OPI Deluxe Manicure, Deluxe Pedicure, Full Body Aromassage, Eyebrow Shape, Decleor Expert Facial and lunch. The double treatment room is perfect for mum and daughter, his and hers or friends pamper packages. The sumptuous mother-to-be package is a firm favourite which includes a complete facial and body treatment helping to prevent stretch marks while promoting relaxation, however the friendly team at Indulgence can tailor any package to meet your requirements. theindulgencespa.co.uk
Aberconwy Spa, Conwy Based on the beautiful Aberconwy Resort & Spa, you have everything that you could possibly need for a day of pampering under one roof. Partnering with Aromatherapy Associates, their extensive treatment menu allows you to visit for a quick facial, a refreshing scrub and wrap treatment or spend a few hours treating yourself to a blissful spa day. Take your pick from the Aromatherapy Mixer Package, Weekend Ready Package and Ultimate Aromatherapy Package for a day of pampering that you definitely deserve. All the spa experiences include complimentary use of robes, full use of Aberconwy’s on-site facilities – which include a heated pool, sauna and steam room – and a glass of prosecco. While you’re visiting, why not add a delicious two course Signatures lunch to your spa experience for only £15? Experience fabulous food as well as sheer relaxation and tranquillity when visiting Aberconwy Spa for a spa day like no other. www.darwinescapes.co.uk
Mermaid Spa at Portmeirion, Porthmadog The Mermaid Spa at Portmeirion is a space to relax and restore body, mind and spirit. It offers a range of well-being and beauty treatments for both men and women including massage, facial, body wraps and quick luxuries. The qualified beauty therapists at The Mermaid Spa use the purest vegan-friendly products and all-natural therapies. Guests enjoy complimentary entry to Portmeirion Village with any spa treatment booked in advance. So why not book a signature treatment or a full spa day, including a two-course lunch in Castell Deudraeth, and a variety of therapeutic treatments? Whatever you choose, you will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed. Spa gift vouchers are also available. www.portmeirion.wales/spa
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Tranquillity Beauty & Aesthetics Salon, Pwllheli Winner of the Wales Beauty Salon of the Year 2016, Lindsay Thompson and her friendly team of beauticians have been pampering the town of Pwllheli for the past 12 years. Treatments include manicures, pedicures, massages, reflexology, wraps, facials, tanning, waxing, brows, lashes, makeup and advanced aesthetics. A proud stockist of Elemis products, all customised facials and peels are performed using the best ingredients in the industry. Lindsay says the most popular treatments at the moment are Lipofirm Pro and Geneo Therapy. Lipofirm Pro is a non-invasive skin tightening procedure using radio frequency to reduce cellulite and fine lines, tighten skin and permanently removes fat cells. The Geneo facial increases oxygen in the skin, revitalises, infuses and firms, giving amazing results in just one treatment! Head to Pwllheli and mention ‘North Wales Magazine’ when you book to receive 10% off all treatments. www.tranquillitybeautystudio.co.uk
The Retreat Spa, Abergele Set in the beautiful countryside of North Wales, The Retreat Spa feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the local towns. Its newly refurbished spa & gymnasium aspires to provide an exclusive pampering destination to the North Wales coast. The Retreat Spa has a boutique manicure and pedicure room where you can enjoy great products including CND Shellac. The ultimate relaxing space where you’re to free your mind and release tension. Receive a facial from Comfort Zone as well as luxurious body treatments that may include wraps, scrubs and massages. In the warmer months you may wish to escape to the beautiful balcony garden, which is the ideal place to relax before or after your treatments. The Retreat Spa now offers personal training sessions with Rebecca Davies, a level 3 qualified personal trainer who offers one-toone sessions as well as sessions for couples and small groups (max four clients). To book your fitness training, email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.tanrallt.co.uk/the-retreat-spa-gym
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Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, Llanwddyn Situated in the Berwyn mountains, just outside the Snowdonia National Park, the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa is perched on the hillside overlooking Lake Vyrnwy and the mountains beyond. With unrivalled views from their thermal suite, spa pool and balcony, this is the perfect place to unwind from the stresses and strains of modern living. Explore the elements in its Thermal Suite, which combines different temperatures for a whole-body experience; together they bring relaxation, cell renewal and stimulate circulation. Enjoy the Experience Showers of monsoon and fragrant mist. By blending cold and warm water, the Experience Showers invigorate the body in a multi-sensory experience and perfectly complement the sauna and steam treatments. The spa recognises that each guest has different needs, some may visit to relax, others wish to feel energised. The knowledgeable therapists keep this in mind and offer a personalised approach ensuring all needs and requirements are met. www.lakevyrnwy.com
GLOW Beauty, Wrexham & Mold Founder, Sara Shoemark brought her training from the Ray Cochrane Beauty School in London, as well as a number of prestigious spas and stores, to her salons in Mold, Wrexham and Chester. With a passion for the beauty industry, Sara has compiled a team of therapists who have been trained to the highest standard and their awards have been a testimony of that. Sara’s philosophy has always been to provide an exceptional service, believing that high quality products, expertly executed, results driven treatments and the provision of an escape from the hustle and bustle of life, promotes an inner beauty that positively glows. Glow has received Decléor Platinum status, ensuring clients of the highest level of Decléor treatments and advice. In addition, understanding that some clients may be contraindicated for some treatments due to medical conditions, early 2019 sees GLOW therapists being trained in Touch Therapy – Made for Life Wellness Treatments – specifically designed for clients living with and recovering from cancer or other life changing conditions. Choose from the latest in anti-ageing therapy, body treatments, hair reduction, waxing, hands, feet and more. The Ultimate Glow package lets you customise your own three treatments. www.glow-beauty.com
The Lifestyle Spa, Ruthin The Lifestyle Spa in Ruthin offers over 150 years of combined experience and is committed to bring you the very best alternative therapies, aesthetic treatments and healing practices to enhance your health and wellbeing. Every therapy is given by experienced, fully trained, professional practitioners with a passion for what they do. In addition to your therapy, you’ll be given helpful advice and techniques for you to use at home to help you maintain and prolong the benefits of your treatment. Having such diverse treatments and therapists specialising in their own field of expertise, creates an opportunity for them to refer you to another therapist within The Lifestyle Spa or your therapist may incorporate other techniques in to your treatment, if they believe it to be more beneficial for you. Quote ‘North Wales Magazine’ when booking to receive 10% off your booking. www.thelifestylespa.co.uk
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Kicking off Autism Awareness Month, Lowri Llewelyn caught up with one of North Wales’s most prolific influencers. To date, The Aspie World has amassed over 78,000
the school had no real special education unit. “There was
subscribers. The YouTube channel of Daniel M. Jones, in 2017
a special ed table where me and a guy with schizophrenia
it won the YouTube Next Up award and has since been voted
used to sit, which was a bad combination. And then we had
one of the world’s leading autism channels. Exploring a wide
the same one-to-one teacher than the “normal” kids had, so it
range of topics ranging from the effect autism has on family
wasn’t the best experience.”
life, to the lesser recognised traits of autism in girls, Dan’s video blogs aim to educate the masses from the perspective of
Autism meant that activities other kids took for granted –
an adult navigating life on the spectrum.
swimming lessons, playing outside – could cause intense stress and anxiety, which served to single Dan out from his
Of his huge following, Dan estimates 50% to be parents of
peers. “Kids could be really nasty – I definitely felt left out,”
children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Others,
he admits. He did, however, have one ally. “We were both
meanwhile, are those seeking a face that represents them
dyslexic so we got on; he was my only friend.”
amid the thousands of mainstream influencers. Though there was nobody who identified as autistic he On meeting Dan, of Holyhead, it’s not immediately obvious he’s
could look up to, he found inspiration in the world’s greatest
any different to you or me. Confident and funny, he’s far from
thinkers. “Growing up I was obsessed with space and
the stereotype most of us have in our minds. He seems so
robotics: Tesla, Einstein, Professor Hawkins. I suppose the
relaxed, in fact, that he happily offers photos of his baby son
closest role models I had would have been on the spectrum if
for me to admire. Then I begin to notice the way he can’t make
they were assessed today.”
eye contact. Like his heroes, many of those on the spectrum are able to He cites school as the place he realised he was different.
excel in areas in which they have a special interest – and
“That’s the first time you’re presented with people who are
Dan is no exception. From releasing a successful pop punk
of a standard,” he explains.
album, to publishing a bestselling book about Star Wars, to establishing his own religion and church – which amassed a
A hallmark of autism is difficulty navigating social
whopping half a million followers – it’s fair to say he doesn’t
interactions, and Dan was no exception. But despite his needs,
do things by halves.
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A role model himself now, he insists he doesn’t feel
of the video and a blog version. I’ll also line up what I need
pressure. “I’m a big believer in self awareness, and if you
for a podcast version and record that.”
can be yourself to a degree that you’re a master at yourself, then you can help influence others. That’s a great honour.”
Then there are phone interviews, replying to a thousand emails, recording brand deal videos… and finally, family time.
Considering that social interaction can be a minefield for
Many researchers believe that the genes which predispose
those on the spectrum, the idea of vlogging to interact
children to autism are inherited from their parents. As a
with others while also creating a safe space for himself is
father himself, how would he like autism to be viewed and
fascinating to me. What was the attraction of YouTube? “I’ve
treated by the next generation? “There’s stigma with autism
always been obsessed with wanting to create content,” he
– people either think you look like Rain Man, or you don’t have
says. He admits his first videos, way back in 2007, were
it. But one person who has autism is different to the next.
“silly” – making a Pot Noodle, for instance. “Nobody needs to
Even though they have inherent traits that are very similar
know how to do it, but I just thought it would be fun.”
and they have the same issues, they are individual people – not clones. So that’s what I want for the next generation –
It would be several years before his videos became what
understanding, which is exactly what my channel does.”
they are today. “Then I had an operation and was in a wheelchair, this huge barbaric thing – it was like having
So, what’s going on over at The Aspie World for Autism
a C-section! I was bored out of my skull – I’d seen every
Awareness Month? “I’m kicking off with five ‘A day in the life’
episode of Star Trek – so I started recording a diary, just
vlogs, which is going to be really fun.” Unscripted and raw, the
talking to the camera. That was my first interaction with
videos will show Dan at his most vulnerable as he struggles
YouTube as a vlogger.”
with OCD and anxiety. “I’m also getting a T-shirt together to raise money for the National Autistic Society.”
But it took time to settle on a niche. “I played about with different channels; my obsessions with toy collecting and
Also in the works is a book on autism advocacy. “I’m working
comic books. Then I did personal insight videos, and when
on it with my girlfriend, who has a degree in childhood
I first did a personal insight video on asperger’s syndrome,
studies and childhood development, specialising in
it took off.”
autism. We’re taking life experiences and questions about relationships, growing up, school, work life, travel – all those
Today, Dan is one of few creators that has built a career
things that are going to be challenging – and working on
out of uploading content. And just like any career, content
hacks. Hopefully it will become a guide book for anyone with
creation requires hard work.
an autism spectrum condition.”
His daily routine is highly specific, down to the cup he
I ask him to fast forward a few years – what would he like to
drinks from (black, YouTube logo). He gives a detailed run-
have achieved? “I want to be the biggest YouTuber on mental
down of his vitamin intake, along with each one’s function
health!” I’ve no doubt he’ll manage it. n
(kelp tablets cured his alopecia and there’s a backlog to get rid of – his hair is strong and glossy now).
All of Dan’s vlogs can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/ TheAspieWorld, and don’t forget to visit www.TheAspieWorld.
“Then I hit the work hard. I open up YouTube and reply to
com for blogs, merchandise and further resources
every single comment. Then I plan out videos. People think that YouTube is talking to a camera and then uploading it, but to upload a good video, I spend just as long deciding how to create the title and thumbnail. I’ll come up with a title, create the video script, then I’ll create the description
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Lowri Llewelyn is a lover of all things wild and wonderful. She loves to write about the driven young people who inspire her.
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A nice day out on a bike! Diwrnod braf ar gefn beic Come and discover hidden Anglesey on a guided bike tour!
We lead leisurely small-group bike rides along quiet lanes. There’s plenty to see along the way, whether it’s spring flowers, scenery or the island’s fascinating history. We currently offer rides on Saturdays and on Saturdays and Wednesdays from May. Hire a bike, electric bike or bring your own on the tour. Bespoke tours can be arranged for groups. Must be 16+ Visit www.greenlanebiketours.co.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07940966879
Easter Opening: April 6th to April 28th 10 am to 5 pm
Extravaganza If you are planning to get out and about with the kids this Easter then look no further, as the attractions in North Wales are promising a cracking good time…
Who said that Easter was all about lazing around and stuffing your face with chocolate eggs? Well, OK, that does sound pretty tempting – but when the need arises to burn off some energy then North Wales has a whole host of fantastic attractions specifically designed to keep
Left: Adventure Parc Snowdonia will open its doors for the season from Easter weekend Below: Kids from as young as five can surf at Adventure Parc Snowdonia
the whole family entertained… First up is Surf Snowdonia, or rather Adventure Parc Snowdonia! After a spectacular and hugely exciting transformation the magnificent Adventure Parc Snowdonia will open its doors from the Easter weekend, and should definitely be on your Easter hols hit list. Just in time for Easter weekend, the parc’s world-first inland waves will be joined by a whole bucketload of new adventures. An adventure concierge service will help you to explore exciting instructor-led activities like gorge walking,
while the adventure concierge activities cost from £40, and
abseiling, SUP safaris and coasteering. There will be on-site
are suitable for children age six and over.
mountain bike hire too – perfect for family groups who’d like to explore the beautiful Gwydir Mawr / Marin Trail which is
And, if you wanted to make a weekend of it, glamping pods,
close by. And, of course, those beautiful inland waves will be
a lagoon-side bar, diner and the magnificent mountains-and-
rolling just as before with expert tuition from the APS surf
forests setting of the Conwy Valley make Adventure Parc
academy. Kids from as young as five can surf from just £35,
Snowdonia a wonderful place to stay over.
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Zip World Fforest is promising Easter inspired adventure and activities
Soar through the Welsh woodland on the Dragon Flyer, the UK’s only alpine coaster of its kind
Meanwhile, a bit further down the road in Betws-Y-Coed, Zip World Fforest is promising Easter inspired adventure and activities. Soar like a dragon with the kids through the Welsh woodland on the Dragon Flyer, the UK’s only alpine coaster of its kind. Count the hidden Easter treasure on your way up, then fly at speeds of up to 25mph on your way down! Or work together to solve the puzzle on Treetop Quest, a huge
Parents of toddlers and young children will be familiar with
bouncy net adventure set high up in the trees. Explore each
the adorable characters of Ben Elf and Princess Holly and
section of the nets to find the clues- don’t forget to take a peek
their adventures in their Little Kingdom. Young fans of the
at the carpet slide too! Children can unleash their inner-
animated series will be delighted to know Ben and Holly are
adventurer on Hoppity Hoppers too, as this treetop adventure
coming to GreenWood on Sunday 7th April!
course will see them zipping, climbing, balancing and hopping along the obstacles, collecting their Easter treasure along the way. But what Easter event would be complete without an egg hunt?! Join Zip World Fforest during Easter weekend and explore every nook and cranny of the Fforest for those chocolatey treats – you can indulge in a bit of biscuit decorating, crafts and face painting too. Greenwood Family Park also has a jam-packed itinerary throughout April. From 6th – 28th April, be entertained by family favourites Erwyd the Jester, Smarty Marty the Clown and Harley’s Showtime in the extraordinary Forest Theatre, get creative in the craft area and keep your eyes peeled as you explore amongst the trees for giant eggs on the Easter trail.
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Greenwood Family Park has a jampacked itinerary throughout April
Left: Green Lane Bike Tours take away the responsibility or the worry about getting lost Below: The Welsh Highland Railway invites you to join them at their brand new station at Caernarfon for a weekend of family activities and foot plate rides
Elsewhere on the park, you can make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride, jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Children will love discovering the super bouncy Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail
opportunities to stop, look at the view, and visit places (and
or aiming for gold at archery.
cafés) along the way!
This Easter is also an exciting time for the Welsh Highland
Many people are unsure of where to go or what to see when
Railway as they invite you to join them at their brand new
going out for a family bike ride, so Green Lane Bike Tours
station at Caernarfon for a weekend of family activities and
take away the responsibility or the worry about getting lost!
foot plate rides in addition to longer train rides to Beddgelert
Join them on one of their weekly (twice weekly from mid May)
day trips, and you’ll see some of Anglesey’s hidden treasures – from fresh Spring hedgerow flowers to Neolithic prehistory,
This innovative new building sits next to the harbour and
or medieval castles, there’s something for every taste!
castle of this proud old royal town making it ideal as part of a day out to the town. Caernarfon boasts a wealth of things
For the younger kids, the Adventure Trail in Abergele is a
to see and do including shopping in the narrow streets,
perfect day out. A surprise awaits around every corner of this
crab lining beside the harbour, walking and cycling along
unique action-packed trail. Explore beautiful woodland and
dedicated paths and, of course, visiting the castle and railway.
experience nature at its finest with more than 40 fun games
The new station café – Caffi De Winton – will be open to offer
and challenges along the walk, and there are plenty of picnic
freshly cooked snacks and cakes when visiting the station.
areas along the way so, pack up a feast and enjoy fresh air
And if you need to burn off a few calories after too many
and fun activities for a perfect family day out.
cakes, then Green Lane Bike Tours has a new offer for visitors and local people alike – they’ll lead you on a guided
The park is constantly making little changes and
bike ride along selected routes, showing you and your family
improvements in the trail and regularly introducing new
details that you may well miss otherwise! Their tours are
games and challenges to keep visitors and season pass-
leisurely – they say it’s just a ‘day-out on a bike’, with lots of
holders interested and entertained. Harry Potter fans will be
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For the younger kids, the Adventure Trail in Abergele is a perfect day out
delighted to see a tribute area dedicated to the characters and
farm animals, go on a reptile hunt, ride quads, role play in tiny
props of the film.
town, take part in outdoor activities and burn off any excess energy in the indoor soft play area.
Gypsy Wood is another destination that is just ideal for the younger members of the family. After all, there aren’t many
Visitors to the farm park over the Easter weekend are also
places where you can combine the magic of fairies with the
invited to enjoy an Easter egg hunt and meet the Easter Bunny
charm of animals and the rugged wilderness of 20 acres of
himself in the brand-new Easter grotto. Ticket prices include
beautiful natural woodland!
regular admission plus one go at the hunt.
Gypsy Wood Park is a unique North Wales attraction that all
So, what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and get out and
the family will love. There are loads of things to see and do
about this Easter – you can always save those chocolate eggs
at their outdoor park in the foothills of Snowdonia, and it is a
for when you get home after an action-packed bank holiday
must-see attraction for all animal, nature, outdoor, train and
fairy lovers. However, as its only Easter, make sure that you bring your wellies if you want to explore the wetlands. Visitors can also meet all the different animals who live there, find the fairies, make a wish, hop on Woody’s train and enjoy one of Gypsy Wood’s fabulous adventure play areas. And, if you visit the park on Easter Sunday, then you will also be able to take part in the Easter Bonnet Hunt… Another place to visit farm animals is Manorafon Farm Park, located just off the A55 in Abergele. Manorafon is a hands-on, family attraction that invites you (and the kids!) to meet their Gypsy Wood is another destination that is ideal for the younger members of the family
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As well as meeting the animals, kids can meet the Easter Bunny at Manorafon Farm Park
Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF
Pasg yn Gelli Gyffwrdd Spring has sprung in the woods so get ready for a hopping good time!
Try to find all the Easter eggs in the woods (before the Pesky bunnies eat them) and enjoy the daily shows, seasonal crafts and much more!
6ed-28ain o Ebrill Book tickets online & save greenwoodfamilypark.co.uk
An experience above everything else Snowdon Mountain Railway trains will be running to Clogwyn Âž up Snowdon this April (weather permitting), where the open mountainside offers spectacular views. By early May, the service will extend to the Summit and the Hafod Eryri visitor centre will reopen (weather permitting). Check our website and social media pages for service updates! Avoid disappointment, book in advance online at
snowdonrailway.co.uk Or call 01286 870 223
Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TT email@example.com
CASTLE COUNTRY Did you know that Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe? There are 600 castles throughout Wales â€“ and the following are the jewels of the Northâ€Ś
Harlech Castle was constructed in record pace by an army of nearly a thousand skilled craftsmen and labourers
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With around half a mile of town walls, Denbigh Castle is another typical stronghold of Edward I’s
Beaumaris has been deemed as the most technically perfect castle in Britain
North Wales is a pretty amazing place at the best of times but,
a halt in 1330 – with the castle still not built to its intended
if you have ever decided to view the region from a heritage
height – by which time a whopping £15,000 had been spent.
perspective, then this is when the area really comes to life. Rich with castles that are testament to our unique history, the
Conwy Castle is another fortress built for Edward I by
North Wales landscape simply wouldn’t be the same today if it
Master James of St George, and is one of the finest medieval
wasn’t for these impressive fortresses.
fortifications still standing in the UK today. An estimated £15,000 was spent building the castle, which was the largest
The majority of castles in North Wales were commissioned by
sum Edward spent in such a short time on any of his Welsh
King Edward I who, along with his architect Master James of
castles between 1277 and 1307. Edward’s trademark ‘walls
St George, proceeded to build his empire in here North Wales
within walls’ weren’t needed at Conwy, as the rock it sits
– with dramatic results.
on provided enough security itself, but you will find two barbicans, eight towers and a large bow-shaped hall all
Caernarfon, for example, is simply one of the most impressive
located within its unusual elongated shape.
castles of its time. The original design includes polygonal towers, with Eagle Tower being the most impressive of
With around half a mile of town walls, Denbigh Castle is
these, as opposed to the more traditional round towers. The
another typical stronghold of Edward I’s. From 1282, the
site of Caernarfon Castle, like the location of all of Edward’s
English king’s 13th Century campaign in the area was
defences, was shrewdly picked as it was the former site of a
strengthened by the conception of an English borough.
Norman motte and bailey castle and, before that, a Roman fort.
By building over this Welsh stronghold, Edward ensured
Edward’s son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born in
that all signs of Dafydd ap Gruffudd, the previous occupier,
Caernarfon Castle in 1284 – and just under 700 years later,
were removed for ever. Henry de Lacy, one of the king’s
in 1969, the investiture of the current Prince of Wales, HRH
commanders, was given the job of building the new castle
Prince Charles, took place here.
along with (you guessed it) Master James of St George. A Welsh rebellion, led by Madog ap Llywelyn in 1294, captured
Meanwhile Beaumaris has been deemed as the most
the partly-built castle but Edward’s reign and building
technically perfect castle in Britain. Featuring classic
programme were soon restored. You can see still see the two
proportions and perfect symmetry, Beaumaris was built
phases of building work today – the post-rebellion work is
according to Edward I’s ingenious ‘walls within walls’ plan
marked by different colour stone, thicker curtain walls and a
on the Isle of Anglesey. Work began in the summer of 1295,
hint of Caernarfon-style angular towers.
overseen by Master James of St George, but it was never officially finished due to lack of funds. Work finally came to
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Yet another one of Edward I’s masterpieces, Harlech Castle
An estimated £15,000 was spent building Conwy Castle
the recently installed ‘floating’ bridge makes access to the castle accessible for everyone. The first English Prince of Wales was born in Caernarfon Castle in 1284
Criccieth Castle is pretty unique in that Llywelyn the Great began building it during the 1230s. It is believed that the
cost just £8,190 to build, making it one of his cheaper
Welsh prince may have taken design inspiration from a range
investments. It was also constructed in record pace between
of English castles, hence its English style of gatehouse. Despite
1283 and 1295 by an army of nearly a thousand skilled
its pure Welsh start however, Edward I’s forces took the castle
craftsmen and labourers. The castle, again overseen by James
around 50 years later, and undertook their own improvements.
of St George, boasts two rings of walls and towers, with an
These included remodelling a tower for stone-throwing
incredibly strong east gatehouse making it impenetrable from
engines. The gatehouse had another storey added at this
every direction. In addition, a 200-foot long stairway joined
point, and several towers were reinforced. An outer barbican
the castle to the cliff base, meaning that supplies were easy to
was also added to the curtain wall. Unusually, Criccieth Castle
access. When Harlech castle was first built, a channel would
may have given its name to the town, rather than the other
have connected the castle and the sea, meaning that a boat
way round. Its suggested origins are ‘crug caeth’ – ‘crug’ (hill
could sail up to the moat. Seven hundred years later, the sea
in Welsh), ‘caith’ (captives) – the name given to the jail on the
has receded and the castle appears almost stranded. Today,
hill, a function once held by the castle. n
Llywelyn the Great began building Criccieth Castle in the 1230s
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Llangefni TOWN IN FOCUS
Steve Goodier heads to the heart of Anglesey and discovers Llangefni, the islands county town… Prior to 2001 more tourists visiting the island of Anglesey
past. Doug used to manage a small sawmill near Bangor for
knew where Llangefni was. The old A5 ran quite close to
many years. It was sold for re-development, and he reluctantly
the town and was a much more sedate road to motor on than
decided to retire – he was 75 at the time. Fifteen years later I
the high speed A55 that opened just after the Millennium.
found myself at Llyn Cefni looking for a spot to eat my lunch
Although the new road ran parallel to its predecessor in most
on what was the first hot day of the spring. There was a tap
places, it meant that motorists could travel much faster on
on the car window and there was Doug on a bicycle. He had
their way up the island to the port of Holyhead, or the coastal
moved to the island and couldn’t bear retirement so had taken
areas to be found on the south west side. It’s not that Llangefni
on several small jobs – one of which was delivering flyers and
is not signposted off the new road (it is), but modern motorists
newspapers to outlying farms on his bike. He was out doing
plan their journeys to correspond to the type of road they
this the day we met again and although he was by then 89, he
will be travelling on and the town is whizzed past as ferry
still seemed as spritely as ever.
deadlines are aimed for. And, to be fair, this doesn’t bother Llangefni one little bit.
They made them tough in those days! Anyway, enough reminiscing – let’s take a look at Llangefni and see what it has
It has always been ‘connoisseurs Anglesey’ and more popular
with the locals than the tourists who tend to stay around the islands edges anyway where the beaches are the big pull. In a previous existence I called into the town at least twice a month winter and summer alike to see The Anglesey Timber Company on the towns industrial estate. I travelled and sold fencing and timber material in those far off days and this was one of my bigger accounts. Then there were a few agricultural merchants I stopped at too so I got to know the place pretty well. Anglesey Timber has long ago been bought out by a large builder’s merchant group and I moved on from that line of work but I can honestly claim to have seen Llangefni in sun, rain, snow and storm. My abiding memory from the area took place a little away from the town at nearby Llyn Cefni where I met someone from my
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What to do
GO AND SEE THE RAYNER MEMORIAL CLOCK TOWER
VISIT ORIEL YNYS MON
designated a Grade II listed building. The tower was built in
Oriel Ynys Mon is an arts centre and museum and a really
1902 and designed by Chester architect John Douglas. It was
interesting starting point for your exploration of Llangefni
erected in memory of George Pritchard Rayner who died in
and Anglesey as a whole. The centre is made up of two parts
1900. The clock tower is built in a Gothic Revival style and is
with the History Gallery providing a fascinating insight into
polygonal in shape but with four clock faces. The structure is
Anglesey’s history and culture. The Art Gallery section has
made from limestone and has a weather vane at the top. The
a changing programme of exhibitions, art, crafts, drama,
Rayner Memorial Clock tower is a very impressive structure
sculpture and social history displays. The art galleries are
and highly photogenic so make sure you take along your
well stocked and there is a permanent display of the works of
camera – and better still its free to see and is close enough to
Sir Kyffin Williams who was born in the town in 1908.
Llangefni town centre for a café or pub to be included in the
EXPLORE NANT Y PANDY (THE DINGLE) NATURE RESERVE
TAKE A TRIP TO PLAS NEWYDD COUNTRY HOUSE
Nant Y Pandy or The Dingle local Nature Reserve is a 25-acre
Owned and run by The National Trust since 1976 Plas
site located by The Afon Cefni in Llangefni. It consists of a
Newydd Country House is about five miles from Llangefni
pretty wooded valley which is rich in history and wildlife. The
and an easy car ride away. Set in a spectacular location on
Dingle is a steep sided gorge through which The Afon Cefni
the north bank of The Menai Staits near Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
runs and the rivers name comes from the Welsh word ‘Cafn’
the building dates back to the 1470’s. Over the centuries Plas
meaning trough or hollow. The gorge was formed by glacier
Newydd was Anglesey’s principal residency and became
action and its Welsh name Nant y Dilyw means Valley of The
the country seat of the Marquises’ of Anglesey. Plas Newydd
Deluge. The Dingles alternative name of Nant y Pandy means
makes a great day out and an exploration of the house,
‘Brook of the Fulling Mill’ and refers to an old wool processing
attractions and the grounds is recommended. The views over
plant once found here. It has locally been called The Dingle
the Menai Straits to the Snowdonia mountains are superb and
since around 1830 and is home to lots of wildlife and plants.
although Plas Newydd is always busy, you will not want to
A walk through it is delightful and there are sculptures,
rush a visit here as it strolling around is very atmospheric and
benches and picnic tables.
pleasant and both adults and children will love it.
The Rayner Memorial Clock tower is located in front of Llangefni Town Hall in Bulkeley Square and has been
www.nationaltrust.org.uk TAKE A WALK BY LLYN CEFNI Llyn Cefni is the second largest manmade lake on the island of Anglesey and is very popular with day trippers, fishermen, dog walkers and general pleasure walkers. A currently disused railway line cuts the lake in two. Today the reservoir supplies Anglesey with its drinking water and a walk around it covers around 3.5 miles/5.63 km. Walking around the lake is fairly straightforward on good tracks and paths which often leave the waterside and work a way through trees. There are picnic benches and general benches for a rest along the way. From the dam a cycleway and path link with The Dingle Nature Reserve in Llangefni. There are car parking areas at the dam itself and also at the south west and north eastern tips of the lake.
In Anglesey terms Llangefni is an important place, being
Km North West of the town to create the reservoir of Llyn
both the principal administrative centre and the county town
Cefni (which is actually the original source of the Afon Cefni)
for the island. It is both a commercial and agricultural hub
which has a catchment area of about 9,400 acres. Llyn Cefni
(it once hosted the largest cattle market on Anglesey) and a
itself is small in reservoir terms and covers around 210 acres.
major shopping point for the residents of the surrounding area. Llangefni is a pleasant market town that is often busy
The reservoir was completed in 1951 and was designed
and bustling and its central location on the Anglesey map
to supply the water needs of most of Anglesey for the
make it an ideal base to stay at and explore the rest of the
foreseeable future. The reservoir is fed by two main streams,
island from. Llangefni was built on the Afon Cefni which is one
The Afon Frogwy from the west and the Afon Erddreiniog
of Anglesey’s main rivers. It has been damned about 1 mile/1.65
for the north east. It is the second largest manmade body of
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Where to stay
THE BULL HOTEL
TRE-YSGAWEN HALL COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL AND SPA
Bulkley Square and makes a good central location to
Set close to Llangefni Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House
explore the town from. The Bull Hotel offers 22 bedrooms
Hotel has a good selection of en suite bedrooms including
in total, and welcomes both families and dogs. Each room is
four-poster suite rooms, family rooms, twins, doubles, small
individually named and these were chosen by local school
doubles and singles. The hotel has a spa with swimming
children. Bedrooms are located in both the main hotel and a
pool, thermal suite and gym plus it offers the usual spa
courtyard area. The Bull Hotel offers good grilled food and
treatments. Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel has several dining
pub style fare in comfortable surroundings and has a well
The Bull Hotel is located in the heart of Llangefni in
options – The Grill,
and The Clock Tower Restaurant, all of which offer a good and varied menu. And, in case you want to arrive in style, there is a helicopter landing point! www.treysgawen-hall.co.uk MEILLION COTTAGE Meillion is a cosy cottage that is situated on a small holding on the outskirts of Llangefni. Sleeping two people, Meillion provides a wonderful retreat for a relaxing romantic break where you have complete freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like. www.walescottageholidays.co.uk
TREGARNEDD COTTAGE Tregarnedd Cottage is part of an 18th Century Manor House Estate set amidst 400 acres of farmland. This modern barn conversion, which is just a few miles from Llangefni, has two bedrooms and is bright and airy with lovely exposed beams. www.northwalesholidaycottages.co.uk
water on Anglesey after Llyn Alaw (which is also a reservoir).
Llangefni hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1957 and 1983 and
The north east end and the surrounding area has been
gave its name to the Eisteddfod held at the nearby village of
designated a nature reserve and there are several car parks
Llanbedrgoch in 1999. It also hosted the Urdd Eisteddfod (the
including one by the dam which is on the south east edge of
youth Eisteddfod) in 2004.
the reservoir. Llyn Cefni is a popular fishing destination. The town has the highest percentage of Welsh speakers Geographically Llangefni is well serviced by a good road
on Anglesey and, according to the 2011 census, the sixth
network which includes the A5114, the B5111, the B5110, The
highest in Wales. It is the second largest town on the island,
B5420 and the B5109 while both the A55 and the A5 run
after Holyhead, and has a population of around 5,000. The
close by it. The town once had a railway station which was
town centre has a good selection of pubs and cafés as well
on The Anglesey Central line and opened in 1864. It closed
as plenty of shops, and there is a lively open-air market on
in 1964 although goods trains continued to pass through
both Thursdays and Saturdays. For local recreation there is a
the town until 1993. Today the nearest railway station is at
leisure centre and a nine-hole golf course and driving range.
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll about 5 miles/8 km away. However, a frequent bus service links the town to others around the
Visitors to Llangefni and Anglesey in general could do worse
island and to the likes of Bangor on the mainland.
than start their visit with a trip to the purpose built museum
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and art gallery of Oriel Ynys Mon. As well as a shop and café you will also find an absorbing introduction to the islands past
Eating and drinking
in the History Gallery where imagery, sound, reconstructions
who one of the 20th Century’s wildlife and countryside artists
Located in the centre of Llangefni town centre Foundry
and a truly unique collection of his paintings brings the
Vaults offers a good selection of traditional pub grub
islands abundant wildlife to life. The museum has a changing
and is a noted local music and entertainment centre in
collection of art exhibits and is home to the world’s largest
collection of works by local painter Sir Kyffin Williams who
was born in Llangefni in 1908.
and real artefacts bring to life Anglesey both past and present. Part of the History Gallery is dedicated to Charles F Tunnicliffe
The best-known Church in Llangefni is St. Cyngar’s and MONA HOUSE COFFEE SHOP
this is a Victorian parish Church set in a lovely wooded
Located in the centre of Llangefni, Mona House Coffee
riverside location called the Dingle which is also a nature
shop gives a warm welcome and offers traditional café
reserve. Llangefni was formerly known as Llangynagar which
fare from snacks to more substantial meals.
translates as ‘St Cyngar’s Church’.
01248 724070 As well as the painter Kyffin Williams, other notable people ORIEL DANIEL TEAROOM
who were born or lived some of their lives in Llangefni
Centrally located in Llangefni and dog friendly. Oriel
include Oscar winning actor Hugh Griffith, television and
Daniel Tearooms offer traditional café fare plus teas,
radio personality Hywel Gwynfryn, Oscar nominated actress
coffees, cakes and snacks in a welcoming and pleasant
Naomi Watts, author Gabriel Fielding and the goalkeeper
Wayne Hennessey of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal
Palace and Wales fame.
And as well as all this, the countryside around Llangefni is
A pleasant and welcoming café in the central area of
lovely rolling farmland with a good network of footpaths that
Llangefni. Avondale Café offers traditional café fare
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with snacks, teas and coffees and more substantial meals too. 07837 626738 NOELLE’S RESTAURANT Noelle’s Restaurant is located in the Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and is open to non-residents. Noelle’s offers a large and varied menu with a wide variety of meals available. www.treysgawen-hall.co.uk
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Steve Goodier is a freelance outdoor writer that specialises in North Wales. He is the author of ten outdoor books and his latest ‘Ten Best Pub Walks in Snowdonia’ will be published later this year, followed by ‘Ten Best Waterfall and Lake Walks in Snowdonia’ (www.northerneyebooks.co.uk). He is married to Paula and has two grown up children.
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FOOD & DRINK INSIDE Recipes Wine Chef profile
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The Bramble is a gin cocktail that was created in 1984 by London bartender Dick Bradsell. This refreshing tipple was inspired by Bradsell’s memories of going blackberrying as a child – and coming across the inevitable bramble in the process! Despite being relatively new to the cocktail scene the Bramble has become a modern classic, and its fruity flair makes it the perfect springtime drink.
Bramble Equipment: 9oz Rocks or Tumbler, Boston Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer Ingredients: 2 shots gin, 2 dashes gomme, 1 shot lemon purée and 1 shot crème de mûre Method: Pour the lemon purée, gin and gomme into the Boston Shaker, and add ice. Give it a shake, and then strain the mix from the shaker over crushed ice. Finally, pour the crème de mûre down the side of glass so that ‘bleeds’ into the drink To serve: Garnish with a lemon wedge and a blackberry
IN THE MIX
Of course, if you’d rather sit back and relax while somebody mixed your ideal cocktail for you, then why not visit Sheldon’s in Colwyn Bay? From a Margarita to a Mojito, it has quite the cocktail selection and is quickly becoming the place to go for cocktails in North Wales. 01492 339821 www.sheldonsbar.co.uk
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Food for thought
I have a particular fondness for Easter. It’s Christmas, but on Valium. All the different component parts are there, but with all the stress, heartache and potential family breakdown taken away. Gifts for everyone? Yes, but just a few chocolate eggs and perhaps a Kinder Surprise each for the kids. No reason to have secretly taken yourself to the edge of bankruptcy to buy your children the latest must-have games-console or super gadget. An ovate choccie and a Crunchie bar is all that’s required. Family lunch? Present and correct, only it’s completely informal and no one will cut you out of the will for forgetting to invite them, and you haven’t had to build an extension in your kitchen to get every member of your extended family around the table(s). Chances are there won’t be more than six of you, all getting along famously. Plus, the roast will most likely be delicious. A leg of Welsh lamb stuffed with rosemary and garlic maybe, as opposed to the unnecessarily vast turkey from Christmas, which tasted like an over-boiled telephone directory. Plus, at Easter there is little or no chance
Cai Ross is co-owner and
that anyone will try to make you drink Advocaat.
Maitre d’ of the awardwinning Paysanne Bistro
Instead of taking place at the darkest, coldest part of the year, when your chances of
in Deganwy, which has
being felled by a deeply unpleasant flu bug are about one in three, Easter arrives at the
been serving French
height of Spring when all about is as bright, green and yellow as the daffodils that have
country-style food to the
sprung up everywhere, and everything radiates with renewal and rebirth.
fine people of North Wales since 1988. He also writes
Perhaps this year we’ll have another ‘White Easter’ like a few years ago when an
for Calibre Magazine, BBC
embarrassingly delayed snowfall turned up in March by mistake. It almost felt like Easter
Good Food, HeyUGuys.
was showing Christmas how to do a religious public holiday properly.
com and The North Wales Weekly News
Here are a couple of recipes to try out around Easter, one an egg classic with a pleasingly 1970s feel to it, and the other an interesting way to use up your grown-up Easter Egg chocolate.
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Fine dining at a local community centre? We sent Carly Redgers to the Ty Llywelyn Centre in Llandudno to learn more...
Duo of duck - pan fried breast, confit leg bon bon, duck fat potato with pak choi, carrots and five spice
Built in 2003, and named after Lance Bombardier
Not only does he create comfort favourite foods like
Llywelyn Evans, the Ty Llywelyn Centre was founded
fish and chips and ham and cheese toasties â€“ he has
to assist families in the community with their every
also introduced the art of gastronomy to the centre and
day needs. From free breakfasts, tutoring, exercise
the residents, challenging them to try new flavours
classes, free room rentals for special occasions, and
activities to help build social confidence, the Ty Llywelyn offers a safe and friendly space for people in
With an Italian heritage, training from Coleg Llandrillo,
the Llandudno community.
and working in various restaurants around North Wales and Cheshire, Shaun has shared his acquired
Welsh chef Shaun Lynch has been running the kitchen
skills with the centre by cooking modern British foods
at the centre since June 2017 and was delighted to
with a hint of Asian and Mediterranean flavours.
receive National lottery funding as well funding from
Today, as well as catering for hungry locals, Shaun
Gwynt Y Mor in order to pay for a new modern kitchen
trains both students looking to gain employment in a
so that he can continue to serve fresh food to Llandudno
kitchen and culinary enthusiasts wishing to further
locals at a very low price.
enhance their skills.
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Crispy cod fish tacos with avocado puree, chili jam, pickled shallots on a homemade taco
Carly followed Shaun around the kitchen during one of his
If you could cook for anyone, who would you like to cook
monthly taster sessions to learn more about the chef…
with? I would like to cook with Tom Kerridge, I think he is an
How did you get your start in cooking?
amazing chef and is a big inspiration of mine. But I love
I fell I love with cooking from a young age. My Nana is from
cooking with my wife. She is my harshest critic and tells me
Italia and was always cooking, so I remember just wanting to
straight, which I like. So I would always choose her!
be a chef and produce homemade food like she did. On a night off, where do you like to dine? What makes Welsh food so special?
I love Asian food. I think it takes skill to produce food with so
For me it’s the way it’s grown and produced. A lot of hard
much flavour and balance. But I like to try different types of
work goes in to making the products we use and you can tell
food. So I go to a lot of different restaurants on a night off. As
by the flavour we get from them.
long as it fresh and full of flavour, I’m happy to eat anywhere.
What are your favourite local ingredients to cook with?
What advice would you give a cooking enthusiast?
Conwy mussels. For me, they have the best flavour and you
Try new things. I think everyone gets in a pattern when
can’t get any fresher than right on your door step.
cooking or eating food. We have some of the best products locally so I would say to try all of these and then create
Tell us a little bit about these taster sessions
something that is new and tasty. n
We started doing them to give people a chance to taste something new and different, but at a lower cost than going to a restaurant. I get to create and produce dishes that I
Chef Shaun will be hosting the next taster menu on 2nd
have had in my head for a long time, but have never had the
April which will include savoury dishes like a gin cured
chance to put on a menu. All the profit we make on these
salmon served with cucumber jelly, soda bread croutons
sections goes back in to our centre that helps people from
with tonic gel and lime pearls. And, for the sweet tooth,
the local community. So running these sessions gives me a
enjoy a lemon and rose posset with rhubarb honey and
real sense of joy.
You work closely with culinary students from Coleg
For more information about Shaun and his taster sessions,
Llandrillo – tell me more…
visit the Ty Llywelyn Community Centre on Facebook.
It’s something we are working on. We have had a few people from the local community volunteer with us that have then
To volunteer, email email@example.com or phone
gone on to study at the college.
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Raise your glass WORLD MALBEC DAY â€“ APRIL 17TH 2019 Most of us will be celebrating Palm Sunday on 17th April â€“ but
distilled continuously four times,
the same day has also been de-clared by the Argentine wine
make an extraordinary and
industry as World Malbec Day. Celebrations for the varietal took
place for the first time on 17th April 2011, and celebrations for ANTONIO MAS SINGLE
this diverse varietal have been going strong ever since.
VINEYARD MALBEC â€“ UCO New World wine-producing countries have sought to create a
reputation for their wines around individual grape varieties. In
A step up from run-of-the-mill Malbec, this wine perfectly
South America, Chile is promoting the merits of the CarmenĂ¨re,
illustrates the new heights that Argentinian Malbec is hitting.
Uruguay the Tannat, and Argentina the Malbec.
Deeply concentrated and densely fruity, this is a dark-berried, generous red, with hints of dark chocolate, mocha and spice,
Interestingly, all these grape varieties were historically grown
illustrating the elegance that comes from the cooler climate of
in Bordeaux. Now they have been all but abandoned â€” in the
the Uco Valley.
case of the Malbec, because of its susceptibility to disease. Nevertheless, Malbec still flourishes in certain parts of France,
MAD BIRD MALBEC/ANCELLOTTA â€“
notably as the grape responsible for the Black Wine of Cahors,
where it is known as the Auxerrois; and in Touraine, Cot.
A delicious 50/50 blend of Argentinaâ€™s
Itâ€™s now notably widely planted in Argentina, where the climate
greatest grape, Malbec, and Ancellotta,
seems to be ideally suited, and the degree of extra ripeness
a grape you find more in Lambrusco
that the grapes attain means that the wines have lost the
but adds another dimension to the
austerity that they sometimes have.
wine. Huge scents of red berries, raspberries and spices. Delicate
Of course, Argentina is known for its prime meat, especially
hints of vanilla from its time spent in
steaks, and there is no better accompaniÂŹment than a glass or
American oak barrels. Elegant on the
two of Malbec.
palate with soft velvety tannins, and a stunningly long finish.
Malbec doesnâ€™t just produce a wine, itâ€™s a fruit that generates
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50% of the wine of the wine was aged
declaration of what sets Argentina apart. Each bottle speaks of
in French oak barrels for six months to
the hands, the dexterity and the soul of the people who tend to
give a robust style of Malbec that allows the fruit to shine through. On the nose,
black fruit, liquorice and violet aromas are present and on the palate this lovely
Oh, not to mention, we even have a MALBEC GIN! So, letâ€™s celebrate with some new arrivals, here at The Grape
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A VISIT TO ABER FALLS Aber falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in North Wales and is certainly the most famous and visited cascade in Snowdonia National Park. The setting is superb at the end of a deep-sided valley and it can only be reached by walking either along the wide tourist track from Bont Newydd or on a more adventurous path that follows an elevated line high above the valley floor. The second option is our route of choice for today’s walk and the tourist track is saved for the return journey but with an entertaining variant that climbs scree slopes to follow a path through woods and escape most of the crowds found lower down. Aber Falls (known as Rhaeadr Fawr or ‘big falls’) are formed when The Afon Goch leaves its mountain home to plunge over a sill of igneous volcanic rock near the foothills of the impressive Carneddau Mountain
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW J Distance: 5.0 miles/8.04 kilometres J Time: Allow a good three hours J Start: There is a free car park slightly north of Abergwyngregyn and south of the A55 coastal expressway
J Grid Ref: SH 656728 J Nearest postcode: LL33 0LF J Ordnance Survey Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL 17 –Snowdon and The Conwy Valley
J What to expect: A very strenuous
range. The resulting waterfall drops a dizzying 120 ft/37 metres and
walk using a mixture of lanes,
in harsh winters is often frozen from top to bottom. To the right of the
mountain footpaths and tracks and
main Aber Falls, and also visited on this walk, you will find an additional
valley tracks to make a circuit that is
waterfall known as Rhaeadr Bach or ‘small waterfalls’. It is nowhere near
best saved for a bright clear day and
as dramatic as the main Aber cascade but is nevertheless well worth
avoided in bad weather or mist. The
seeing. The area around both falls is a national nature reserve and the
outbound route has some very steep
scenery is very beautiful and Alpine in character. You may spot serious
ascents and rough going and follows
walkers heading along a narrow path that climbs to the top left of the
a very high course above the valley.
falls and passes them to continue to the high tops of the Carneddau. This
There is some rough going before
is not for the faint hearted and the rocks passing the upper part of the
the falls are reached. From the falls
falls are very slippery. Beyond these you will find wilderness country
the going gets easier although the
and some of the wildest summits in Snowdonia. It is the preserve of the
higher level path used to avoid the
hardened hill walker who can navigate competently in the mists that
valley crowds can be rough in places.
often plague this mountainous upland. For the rest of us a walk along the
Avoid this route after heavy rain as
edge of the valley rim and back down it (with a visit to the falls thrown
there are some stream crossings to be
in), will be more than enough for one day. The start point is the village of
Abergwyngregyn just off the A55 coastal expressway.
J Suitable for: Experienced walkers who are used to hill country and steep ascents/descents. A good
level of fitness is required on the outbound journey and good boots should be worn and a rucksack
carried containing waterproofs, hat
START – Leave the car park area heading back towards Abergwyngregyn
and gloves as well as some food and
crossing a bridge to go left at a footpath sign. Follow the path through
drink. Care should be taken around
houses to reach a lane via a gate. Continue through the village going left
the falls as the rocks can be wet and
at a lane junction near a chapel. Pass Caffi Hen Felin continuing on the road to a point where the village thins out and the lane bends left. Here take a footpath right up steps. Pass through a gate taking the rising path beyond to go left at a junction. Rise through a gate and rise steeply beyond
J Dogs: OK on leads J Refreshments: Caffi Hen Felin in Abergwyngregyn
to a track junction. Go left following the good track to stay ahead at a path junction and pass through a gate.
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Points of interest on this section
J You are climbing the lower slopes of Moel Wnion (1,903 ft/580 metres) which is an outlier of The Carneddau Mountains. Its isolated summit gives stunning views of Anglesey, The
North Wales Coast and the mountains of Snowdonia
2) Continue ahead on a grassy track passing a plantation right. At the plantation end keep ahead rising under overhead cables.
5 Coed Bryn meddyg
As you progress along this section you get your first sight of
the two waterfalls at the valley head with Aber Falls being the
one left. Next descend to pass through two gate/openings. After
the second of these go half left descending to pass through a gate into Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve. Follow a
Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve
narrow path crossing over a stream to a marker post and path junction. Go left continuing towards the waterfalls. At the next path junction and marker post go left continuing to descend
more steeply and cross a large stream on stones. Follow the
undulating path beyond crossing several streams. Finally descend to reach a bridge under Rhaeadr Bach Waterfalls. Points of interest on this section
J Rhaeadr Bach Waterfalls means literallyA494 ‘small waterfalls’ (T) and is appropriately named as it is nowhere near as big as
Reserve sign. Follow the descending path by woods right.
nearby Aber Falls
Eventually curve left to go right on a good track that you reach. Follow this to pass through a kissing gate by a shelter and go
3) Cross the bridge cutting half left up steps to follow an
ahead immediately at a junction. Just before the next gate (by
undulating path beyond. The going is rough and requires care.
a big sign) go left at a junction. Pass through a gate, cross a
At a marker post pass through a gate to go right to view Aber
bridge and follow the dramatic path beyond cutting right to
Falls. Take care around the falls area as rocks can be very
descend down steps and continue to pass through a kissing
gate to a car park at Bont Newydd.
Points of interest on this section
Points of interest on this section
J Aber Falls is also known as Rhaeadr Fawr or ‘Big Falls’ for
J Keep a look out for great spotted woodpeckers as you walk
obvious reasons. It has a drop of 120 ft/37 metres and freezes
back from Aber Falls. Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve is
totally in harsh winters when experienced ice climbers can be
home to many of them as well as goshawks and a huge variety
seen ascending it.
of other birds
J The area you are now in is known as Coedydd Aber National
J The mountains that surround Coedydd Aber National Nature
Nature Reserve. Aber Falls are the main attraction here but
Reserve are The Carneddau range and contain seven summits
there are also historic and archaeological sites such as an Iron
over 3,000 ft/914 metres. The area is the largest continuous
Age hill fort and the remains of several round houses. The
region of high ground above 2,500 ft/762 metres in Wales and
Reserve is made up primarily of oak, hazel and alder woodland
and the humidity produced near the waterfall itself make ideal conditions for mosses, liverworts and ferns to prosper – over a
5) Go ahead up the lane following it back to Abergwyngregyn
hundred species have been recorded.
picking up your outbound route at a footpath sign left. Follow your outbound route to go right before the Chapel. Continue
4) Return to the gate but go right of it (not through it) taking
through houses, pass through a gate and follow the path
a footpath to Curve right and descend steps to cross a bridge
beyond going right to the car park. n
over The Afon Rhaeadr Fawr. Rise up steps beyond going left
has been cut down. Descend past an upright slate fence and
A WORD OF CAUTION Walking in the outdoors can be a strenuous activity and it is up to you to ensure that you are fit and healthy enough to undertake the route described and to approach the venture with caution and care. You should wear appropriate footwear and suitable clothing, take along food and drink plus carry the relevant map and a compass and be able to use it. The details given here are believed to be correct at the time of going to press. However, neither North Wales Magazine nor the author can accept responsibility for
pass through a kissing gate by another slate fence and Nature
at a path junction on a good path. Leave this good path shortly going half right up steps. Continue over a stile in a fence. Follow the rising path beyond through a boulder field. Pick up a fence and as the angle levels cross a boulder field. Continue to cross a stile by a gate. Take the path ahead through a forest that
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COMPETITIONS North Wales Magazine has not one, not two but FIVE absolutely amazing prizes to give away this month! Just remember though, you have to be in to win…
Four tickets to the Conwy Real Ale Trail
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A family ticket to the Welsh Mountain Zoo We have a family ticket (four tickets) available to visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo. Set high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery, the winners will be able to roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely lazy day learning about many rare and endangered species from all around the world… www.welshmountainzoo.org
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Bodnant supports Ty Gobaith For the eighth year running, Bodnant Garden Centre in Tal y Cafn, Conwy was transformed into a magical Grotto in December to raise funds for Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice. “We had a fantastic turnout this Christmas at Santa’s Grotto,” commented Angela Vaughan Thomas. “Almost 600 happy children visited our beautiful Winter Wonderland to spend some time with Santa and his Elves in his grotto, each child receiving their own special gift and a Santa certificate. A grand total of £685.26 was eventually raised for a very worthwhile cause and a charity which is very close to our hearts.” Ty Gobaith is a beautiful ‘home from home’ with stunning views across the Conwy estuary. The site was chosen for the peace and tranquillity it affords the children and families who visit. The hospice opened in 2004 and provides care and support to children and their families living in North Wales, many of whom speak Welsh as a first language. “I would sincerely like to thank all the team at Bodnant Garden Centre for all their support over the years in raising many thousands of
Beaumaris Festival set to return next month
pounds for our cause,” said Beverley Bradley of Ty Gobaith. “Fundraising is vital so that we can provide the care and support that our children, young people and families so desperately need. We must raise over £6.3 million
The 2019 Beaumaris Festival takes place between
every year to maintain our services.” Bodnant will be
21st and 27th May this year, and it kicks off in true
running more fundraising activities this year, as part of a
Welsh fashion with a hymn-raising Cymanfa Ganu
programme of Community events planned over the coming
at St Mary’s Parish Church. The London Chamber
months at the centre.
Ensemble will be performing previously unpublished
music by the Welsh Composer Grace Williams and an afternoon tea at The Bull includes entertainment by the Welsh folk singer Sera Owen (pictured). The National Poet of Wales (2008-16) Gillian Clarke will be reading from her work and the 17-year-old Welsh pianist, Ellis Thomas from Llandudno, will be making his third Festival appearance – as will the Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias who will be showcasing some of their most promising young pupils. Camau Cerdd will be providing fun and music for tiny tots, Pauline Kenyon will be running creative writing sessions at Beaumaris and Llangoed Infants schools. Welsh Baritone Jeremy Huw Williams will perform a Song Cycle that includes the work of Wm Mathias and the Welsh Chamber Orchestra conducted by Anthony Hose features a new work by the Welsh composer Nathan James Dearden. The Craft Fair returns to the Green over the Bank Holiday weekend and the Woodturners to the Town Hall. On Bank Holiday Monday a marquee on the Green will host a Festival Family Day Fringe Event with a raft of activities spread across the day, making this year’s festival an event not to be missed… www.beaumarisfestival.org
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Darwin Escapes reveals the new look Talacre Beach Resort Leading holiday park operator Darwin Escapes has unveiled the results of its transformation of Talacre Beach Resort. The company has just spent £1million
Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard attends St David’s day reception
upgrading the resort’s clubhouse and accommodation facilities. The investment has seen the introduction of a number of new caravans, a new entrance to the pool area and an extension to the clubhouse with a beach hut theme. There is also a new children’s play area, a modernised reception, a new menu
The owners of Gwinllan Conwy
in the restaurant and a silver Airstream offering light bites. Every year,
Vineyard, Colin and Charlotte Bennett,
over 25,000 guests stay at the 5-star family friendly holiday resort set
were thrilled to receive invites from
on the beautiful North Wales coast. The site comprises a mix of luxury
the Prime Minister to a St David’s day
lodges and caravans. The facilities for guests include an extensive gym,
reception at No10 Downing Street.
a tropically heated indoor swimming pool, a shop, free Wi-Fi and an
The PM accepted a gift box of their
activity programme for children. Pets are also welcome.
international award winning ‘Pefriog’
sparkling wine with chocolates from Baravelli’s of Conwy. They were in the company of Fashion Designer Julien Macdonald OBE, Rhodri Owen
North Wales pet industry ‘leading the world’
from Heno and weatherman Derek
A world-renowned animal psychologist who trained the Queen’s corgis
Brockway. “Walking through the door
has praised a North Wales pet store for opening a revolutionary play
at No 10 was surreal!” commented
park and cinema complex for dogs. Roger Mugford is known far and
Charlotte. “To walk up those famous
wide for his work in behavioural therapy, which has seen him give
stairs with signed portraits of past
talks internationally and win a coveted Blue Cross Welfare Award.
Prime Ministers and, of course,
In 1979 he founded the Animal Behaviour Centre in Surrey, a referral
meeting the Prime Minister was a
service which has treated more than 80,000 problem pets over the last
real privilege. We are very proud that
40 years. He has seen it all, or so he thought before visiting PetPlace
all our work developing the vineyard
in Abergele and its purpose-built cinema, health store, play park and
and the resulting award-winning
coffee shop for dogs. “The layout of the new PetPlace is fantastic, and
wines and vineyard tours have been
that’s before you arrive at the play park and coffee bar,” said Roger.
recognised at this level!”
“I have travelled all over the world and I’ve never seen another store
like this, with such a safe and open environment for dogs - it’s quite outstanding. The park is massively beneficial in helping dogs and their owners in improving social skills and as a training area. This is seriously a world-first in providing a socialisation and play environment, I’m hugely impressed.” The purpose-built centre cost £100,000 and forms part of an overall £1.3m revamp at PetPlace, which employs more than 90 workers at its five stores in Llangefni, Chirk, Mold, Ruthin and Abergele, and head office in Mochdre. Managing director Sion Pritchard has also revealed that there are plans to roll-out the rebrand and play park concept to the other sites in the future. www.farmandpetplace.co.uk/Abergele
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Learning by heart This is a critical time for Sixth Form pupils who are nearing
well-paid, average, or low-paid job? You may not know what
the end of their school lives. What they decide in the weeks
you’ll end up doing but at least you’ll be making a decision
and months ahead will have a huge bearing on their overall
with your eyes open.
employment options and quality of life.
J 5. Have you done your research? University is the more logical option for many, but there is
Look closely at course content. Just as there is a difference
plenty to consider before making such an important decision:
between subjects at GCSE and A-level, so the jump from A-level to degree can bring a different focus. Consider
J 1. What’s your end goal?
employment prospects for your chosen course – where have
Perhaps not the most obvious starting point, but if you go
recent graduates ended up?
to university what would you like to do when you finish? Understanding your end goal can help you explore other
J 6. Can you do things differently?
options and work out if university is your best route.
Going to university doesn’t have to mean you need to follow the standard route of moving to a new town and becoming a
J 2. What are the alternatives?
full time student – there are different and more flexible ways
If you don’t go to university, what else could you do? Some
to get a degree which may suit you better. You could:
- Study at your local university and live at home
- Higher Apprenticeships – these now provide pathways to
- Do a part-time degree that you can combine with work or
many careers traditionally followed by graduates - Getting a job – there are lots of opportunities and trainee positions for school leavers. Some people choose to work
other commitments - Study with the Open University (distance learning courses which mean you can study at time and place that suits you)
first and go to university a few years later when they have a
- Do a sponsored degree. Certain employers will pay for you to
better idea of what they really want; others find their feet at
do your degree but you may need to work for them first and/
work and never look back
or for a certain period after you graduate
- Taking a Gap Year – doing something different is a great way to try new things and find out what you like, and may help
J 7. What’s right for you?
you make more focused choices
It can be easy to fall into doing the same as your friends or what your parents or teachers expect so it’s important to
J 3. Do you need a degree?
consider if your next step is really right for you. It’s also worth
Sometimes, a degree is little more than a passport; employers
bearing in mind that people looking back at their university
simply want to know you have one but don’t have any real
days sometimes do so with rose-tinted glasses – they may
interest in what you’ve studied. For certain careers, a degree
have gone to university when fees were much lower or before
is not necessary and work experience is considered more
they were introduced, or graduated when a degree was sure-
important. Yet in other careers, such as medicine, a degree in
fire route to a good job. One thing is certain, advancements in
a set subject is essential.
technology and the changing nature of the job market means that many jobs of the future don’t yet exist. The ability to
J 4. How much will going to university cost?
continue learning – whatever route you take – is set to become
Fees and talk of future debt and earnings can soon start to
an essential skill in working life. n
seem like Monopoly money and without an idea about your future expenses and living costs, are not always particularly meaningful. That said, it does pay to find out exactly what going to university is likely to cost, what help you can get and what student loans mean. Explore different scenarios – what
Sally Ann Harding is Acting Head of Rydal Penrhos. She is about to embark on her 28th year at the school and her 40th in the teaching profession
would student loan repayments look like if you went on to a
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Tech expert shares skills
A technology expert whose studies at Wrexham Glyndwr
authority on the UK,
University led to him working for and advising the UK’s
and the kind of job you
information watchdog has said the role meant he could
know is going to be
test his skills ‘on the biggest stage possible.’ As Head
interesting!” The role
of Technology Policy at the Information Commissioner’s
put him at the heart of
Office, Nigel Houlden helped advise the Commissioner,
the UK’s information
Elizabeth Denham, about how emerging technologies
regulator as it dealt
would affect her work, the implications of new regulations
high-profile issues –
on individuals and businesses, and much more. He also
from the investigation
helped to design and implement a new research-based
into the Cambridge Analytica consultancy to First Tier
technology strategy for the ICO, aimed at making the UK a
Tribunal challenges to the Freedom of Information Act.
world leader on information privacy issues. “I was a lecturer
However, while he found his work at the ICO exciting and
here at Glyndwr, teaching networks, data protection and
interesting, Nigel began to realise that he missed his work
cybersecurity,” said Nigel, who is from Wrexham. “The
at Glyndwr – and is now back running a 12 week course on
opportunity came up to be the Head of Tech Policy for the
GDPR and what it means for them in the real world.
Information Commissioner’s Office – this was the highest
EDUCATION NEWS Executive Principle to continue at Rydal Penrhos continue in his role as Executive Principle until September
Coleg Cambria raises money for incredible causes
2020. The experienced figure has already made a massive
Coleg Cambria is gearing up for
impression at both Prep and
a year of events and challenges
Senior sites, and the school’s
after unveiling the British
Governing Body confirmed
Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru as its nominated charity
the news last month.
partner for 2019. Following an incredible 12 months
“This will bring a much
in which Cambria raised more than £115,000 for the
needed period of stability,”
NSPCC, staff and students have already started planning
commented Julian Barnes,
activities to support BHF Cymru. Chief Executive David
Chair of Governors at Rydal
Jones also revealed the college’s new approach to charity
Penrhos. “Sally Harding will
moving forward under the brand name Calon - Charity
continue as Senior School
in action, which will give them an even sharper focus
Head teacher and Alison
and structure in supporting organisations across the
Hind as Prep School Head teacher and, combined with the
country. “To have raised so much and worked so well in
other senior leaders of the school, we are fortunate to have
collaboration with the NSPCC was one of the highlights
such a very experienced team. This decision also gives
of our year,” David, who himself walked 48 miles across
us time to undertake a full recruitment process for a new
three counties in just 14 hours for the cause. “We will of
Principal, starting in September this year. This is the normal
course be aiming to carry out as many challenges and
time to go to market and for candidates to be looking for
events as we can alongside our partners and businesses,
new opportunities.” John Waszek is a highly experienced
because we know what amazing and vital work the
Principal, having led St Edward’s College, Liverpool for
British Heart Foundation does across the UK. We’ve given
24 years from 1992 to 2016 during which time the school
ourselves a huge task in trying to match the target we
secured several “outstanding” inspections and was
raised for the NSPCC, but we will do everything we can to
subsequently designated as “exempt” from inspection by
get as close as possible, or even beyond it.
the Department for Education. He was previously a Head of
That’s what we do at Cambria, we always try and be
Department and Boarding Housemaster at Rugby School.
better and this year will be no different.”
Rydal Penrhos School has announced that John Waszek will
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Immerse yourself in a marine egg hunt this Easter! The weird and wonderful world of marine reproduction comes
down one side from where it’s precious cargo hatched.
in the most intriguing and remarkable forms in our British seas – and Easter is the perfect time to search for them.
Common cuttlefish are elusive masters of disguise, able to
Hunting through rockpools or rocky shores in springtime
completely bury themselves and to change their skin colour
during low tides can prove very fruitful if you know what
and texture to blend into their surroundings. They are
you’re looking for.
wonderfully interactive in our tanks here but unsurprisingly are rarely encountered in the wild, other than their ‘bones’
One example is the egg mass of the common dogwhelk, a
which are actually an internal shell of the animal and light in
carnivorous sea snail, recognised by its large white, pointed
weight so often get washed up on the shore. Cuttlefish eggs
shell. These predatory sea snails are common around our
can occasionally be found at extremely low tides and they
rocky shores where they feast on mussels and barnacles.
prove an amazing find, appropriately called ‘Sea Grapes’ as
Once the young have hatched, their empty egg cases, which
they closely resemble a bunch of black grapes, with each egg
are known as ‘Sea Wash Balls’, are lightweight and float
having a tiny characteristic point on its surface.
inshore to wash up on our beaches where they are a familiar sight, but many people are unaware of their origin.
Possibly the most bizarre and beautiful are the eggs of nudibrachs (pictured) or sea slugs. These creatures
Similarly, a mermaids purse is easily recognised on the
themselves are pretty blooming incredible, they are what
tideline, with its typically rectangular shape and projections
tecchie scientists refer to as ‘soft-bodied marine gastropods’,
referred to as ‘horns’ in each corner. However, many people
basically meaning that they are sea snails without shells,
are unaware that these empty cases have been the protective
making the name sea slug rather apt, if not somewhat
capsule for a developing baby shark or skate. Many of our
belittling for such dazzling creatures. These amazing little
British sharks and skate species lay these eggs, which are
dudes are far from dull in appearance, possessing delicate
attached to seaweed or rocks underwater by long, rigid twists
and colourful fronds (which are in fact external gills). There
of collagen fibres, and they are occasionally exposed at low
are several common species in our local seas which can be
tides. The exact species can be determined with an expert
encountered at low tide and their eggs look like rosettes of
eye from the shape and size of the egg case.
translucent ribbon, delicately positioned in a decreasing spiral pattern and really must be seen to be believed.
Here at the Anglesey Sea Zoo our exhibits have natural seawater flowing through all year round directly from the
However none of these fascinating marine eggs are known
Menai Strait, so they experience natural temperature changes
to be edible, so for those egg hunting with an appetite, I
and seasonal cycles. Therefore many of our animals breed
recommend you stick to the usual chocolate variety! n
here and we frequently have eggs in our displays. We collect the egg cases from our sharks and rays when they have been laid and separate them out for display until they hatch and the babies can be released. Baby sharks take many months, sometimes over a year, to grow large enough to fill their egg capsule and they can be seen wriggling around inside it. To hatch, they pop the capsule open and sink to the bottom, leaving the egg case light enough to be carried away by the tide onto a nearby beach, where it will have a tell-tale split
Frankie Hobro is the owner and director of Anglesey Sea Zoo. She has always been a passionate advocate for conservation, and has a long history working on hands-on conservation projects with critically endangered species in difficult conditions abroad
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Whether your partner surprised you with the four magical words, “Will you marry me?” or it was a joint decision, one of the first things that should be discussed is your budget. Ask yourselves truthfully, “What can we afford?” You may have a secret Pinterest board with
this save you money, it also makes the day
all the ideas, colour schemes and themes but,
more personalised to you both, as they’ll be
in reality, you need to make sure the choices
songs you’ve chosen together.
you make meet your budget. Don’t forget the real reason why you’re getting married, it is to
make a lifelong commitment to the person you
If you don’t have the money to pay for a
love. It’s not about how big your table centres
wedding stationer to do your save the date,
are, how much your friend spent on her
invites, table plan, place names, table names,
wedding dress or what the latest celebrity did
why don’t you give it a go yourself. Make sure
at their wedding.
you leave plenty of time to make the items, but once you start you might find a hidden talent
For those of you reading this article thinking
you didn’t know you had. This makes it more
The Beaches Hotel
about getting married but you have a tight
personal too, as you’ve lovingly put in the time
budget, don’t worry you will still have one of
to hand make each one.
Wednesday 3rd April
the best days of your lives. Here are some
Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts
5pm – 8.30pm
areas to think about saving money…
You may have family members or friends who
The Wedding Dress!
be musically gifted or they may just have a
Wrexham Wedding Fair
To save money on your wedding dress and
trick or two up their sleeve (literally). Why don’t
Sunday 7th April
bridesmaid dresses, shop around to find out
you ask if they can use their talents towards
11am – 5pm
if any wedding dress shops in your area
part of your wedding in lieu of a gift. This will
are holding sample sales or if they have any
help not only keep your budget on track but
dresses which you can buy ‘off the rack’.
also your friends and family can play an even
are talented when it comes to baking, they may
Venue Cymru Wedding
bigger part of your day!
Fayre Sunday 7th April
To help provide a bit of ambience, why don’t
There are many other areas where you can
you create a playlist on your iPod, which you
save money and I hope this month’s article has
can set up with speakers, so your favourite
made you feel at ease, knowing you can reduce
songs play throughout the day. Not only can
your budget without compromising your day. n
27th & 28th April 11am - 4pm
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One of the spectacles of the North Wales moorlands is the springtime ‘lek’ of Black Grouse. Males gather at dawn in traditional areas, displaying with much jumping around,
There’s plenty of wildlife across the region in March, says Julian Hughes, if you know where to look.
Like a constellation of stars spreading across the woodland floor, Wood Anemones are a sign that you’re in an ancient woodland.
warbling call that carries on Credit: Julian Hughes
Stars of the woodland
fanning of tail feathers and a the morning air. RSPB Cymru organises early-morning walks to witness the spectacle, every Sunday to mid May
They spread by their roots, so progress is slow – just a metre in
50 years! Wood Anemones favour sunny glades and can have up
Cardigan Bay is one of the
to eight white petals. But they bring no perfume to the woodland,
best places in Britain to
with a musky smell similar to foxes, which signals an acrid taste
see dolphins and porpoises
that grazing animals avoid.
without getting on a boat, and the headland chosen by
Edward I to build Criccieth
April is when most of our summer migrant birds arrive from Africa,
Castle is a great vantage point.
including Cuckoos that return from the tropical forests where they
North Wales Wildlife Trust
spent the winter. Only the males utter the ‘coo-koo’ call; the gingeryplumaged females have a softer, bubbling call. Once mated, the male’s work is over, and he’ll head south by early June, with the females
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invites you to a Wednesday evening picnic on 17th April, where experts will be on hand
following once they have laid their single egg in the nest of an unwary host, most typically
to look for marine mammals
Meadow Pipits. Now largely restricted to the uplands of North Wales, Cuckoos are a bird in
and seabirds that will be
decline, so if you hear one this spring, savour the moment.
arriving at the coast to nest.
Credit: Andreas Eichler
Credit: Charles Sharp
Coed y Gopa, Abergele This woodland above the town hosts an ancient hilltop fort, a 19th Century folly, and lead and copper mines that now provide a home to several bat species, including the rare Lesser Horseshoe Bat. April is
Blue butterfly likes the Holly and the Ivy
Of the handful of blue butterflies in Britain, the Holly Blue is the first to fly, usually appearing in April. The females, with thicker black markings on their forewings, lay their eggs on holly bushes (though the second generation in August seek out ivy). Holly Blues often occur in gardens, usually around flowering bushes. They are one of the few butterflies doing well, partly because of their northward spread that is probably linked to a changing climate.
The 7-spot is the most abundant Ladybird, with three and a half black spots on each wing case. Having hibernated colonially in a sheltered gap in a fence, wall or even indoors (the hinge of the French windows is a favoured place in our house), they emerge in warm weather to feed, initially on nectar but then on aphids such as greenfly. The English name ladybird comes from their vivid red colour, referring to the Virgin Mary (‘Our Lady’), who was often painted in a red cloak.
a great time to hear birdsong, including Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, and to see colourful wild flowers, both in the woodland and on the limestone grassland.
Julian Hughes grew up in North Wales, which instilled a lifelong love of nature. He lives near Llandudno, manages the RSPB’s public affairs work in Wales, and writes about the region’s wildlife.
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The confessions of a modern day Magpie Tatty has something to celebrate Hoorah! This month marks the first year celebration of Tatty Divine Headquarters, Ivy St. Otherwise known as TDHQ. Can someone please tell me where the year has gone? It is absolutely right when they say time flies when you’re having fun. Taking on premises was both a strategic risk and a huge step forward for Team Tatty, and I’m relieved to say it was a definite step in the right direction and has paid off in dividends. I am super proud of our achievements and grateful for having a strong loyal team and network, not to mention the most amazing customers. Tatty is already thinking bigger – “mighty oaks from little acorns grow” after all…
Suntiang Sumatran ceremonial headdress
In other news: Tatty has been on a vintage buying frenzy. In March Tatty and her bag-carrying
wearing one to his Mr&Mr civil wedding – how utterly,
entourage hastily headed to The Chester Vintage Fair at
ostentatiously, fabulous! Now that’s one wedding album I
Chester Racecourse. The jewel in my vintage crown, and
won’t be bored looking at!
the highlight of my vintage calendar! Forearmed with my discerning clientele shopping list and a wad of cash, it
We go through buying phases, all depending on what
was full steam ahead. A brilliantly put together fair with
the market dictates. Sometimes It can be all about the
a real vintage community atmosphere, bringing together
decorative antiques and I’m out and about buying with
the best of vintage fashion and accessories from all over
Alex, then it can swiftly change and all my attentions are
the country. Sadly the fair is only on twice a year, the next
focused on vintage fashion. In my opinion, the diversity
being on 22nd September – I will remind you nearer the
of our stock is the winning formula to our success. A
look which is both masculine and feminine, and when displayed side by side in our showroom at TDHQ, it is an
It’s funny the people you meet: One of the most interesting
“eclection” (I made that word up) which really works and
contacts we have made this year is with a lady who
one look compliments the other.
has spent a large part of her life travelling and living in Indonesia. Throughout these years she has amassed
See you soon at TDHQ…
a large collection of Sumatran ceremonial headdresses and tribal wear. Highly decorative with a strong leaning
Love Tatty x
towards the interior design market, they were a “must purchase” for Tatty. They were also a “must purchase”
PS: Happy 70th Birthday to Trevs, The Best Dad in the
for one of our most treasured clients, who will be
Tatty is constantly searching for new stock and would love to hear from you if you have any of the
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With the clocks going forward this is the time of year when North Wales comes into its own. We turn our back on the dark mornings and the 60mph winds that turn Bin Day into an endurance version of It’s a Knockout. Before I lived in North Wales, I lived in the South of England
So I’ve become that person, the one who gets up 20 minutes
where long evenings just meant an extra hour in traffic,
earlier so I can get a wash on before the school run. My mates
slowing roasting on the M25 before arriving home having just
would call me boring, if they called me at all, which they
lost the dying embers of the day, like Michael Douglas in Falling
don’t anymore. That’s because rather than keep the ‘drying
Down. Now they mean the luxury of a walk along the beach, or
day’ thought to myself, I posted it straight onto the ‘Lad’s Golf
a glass or two in the garden.
Weekend 2018’ WhatsApp group. They blocked me. And I didn’t care.
where long evenings just meant an extra hour in traffic, slowing roasting on the M25 before arriving home having just
Not caring is another big sign that you’re middle aged. Not
lost the dying embers of the day, like Michael Douglas in Falling
caring is a sign that you’re contented. Is there any way back
Down. Now they mean the luxury of a walk along the beach, or
from this? Perhaps. Shortly after my drying day epiphany I
a glass or two in the garden.
found myself watching Gardener’s World. This was a first. I watched and was lured in by Monty Don and his blissed
But there’s a catch. Longer days bring home to me the fact that
out drawl. As a younger man I would have felt jealous of his
I’m middle-aged. This is a label that means different things
massive sprawling garden or made a snarky remark about his
depending on where you live (in Stockport, for example, where
jumpers. And when he said ‘hoes’ I immediately thought Garden
I grew up in the 1970s, ‘middle-aged’ meant 17 and a half), or the
Centre, rather than Jay-Z.
circumstances you find yourself in – following the recent Brexit votes, for example, I felt like I was 102 and considered booking a
Then something happened. At the end of the show he was just
mini-break to Switzerland.
about to head off to his potting shed (we all need a safe place), when up flashed a section called ‘Jobs for the weekend.’ He
In fact, I’m 49. Just one year off the dreaded half century. But
then reeled off five or six things that I should be doing. I leapt
that doesn’t make me middle aged. Rolling Stones guitarist
to my feet and started shouting at the TV. “I’ve got three kids,
Keith Richard is 75, but is he middle-aged?
do you think I’ve got any time to do anything? The only spare time I get at the weekend is the bit before I put toothpaste on
On the inside we all stay the same age. Middle age is a state
my brush. And you’re setting me jobs?! I don’t even know you.”
of mind and it hit me on 15th April last year, on the first fine
I clicked off the TV and stormed out of the room. As the door
morning after the clocks had gone forward. I looked out of the
slammed I heard my son say: “Ooh, who’s the teenager now?”
window at the cloudless sky, the blossom wafting in a stiff
And do you know what? I didn’t care. It felt good. n
breeze and thought: “It looks like a good drying day.” I knew this was a turning point because the year before I’d witnessed exactly the same conditions and thought: “This is
Dave Rothnie is resident
beer garden weather.” Another sign that you’re middle aged is
compere of Stand-up at the
if you wake up at the weekend and without even opening your
Seaside, an acclaimed comedy
eyes announce: “I think I’m going to have a bonfire.” Of course,
night that takes place on the
you don’t need me to insult your intelligence by reminding you
final Saturday of every month
not to have a bonfire on a good drying day. I’m middle-aged, but
at The Station in Colwyn Bay.
I’m not a monster.
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While everyone remembers Russell Grant from his Breakfast TV appearances in the 1980’s, most people don’t realise that Russell was the first astrologer in over 300 years to present a horoscope forecast to a member of the Royal Family (HRH Queen Mother). Now dubbed the “Royal Astrologer” Russell has appeared on numerous television shows, including Strictly Come Dancing. He divides his time between London and his North Wales home near Portmeirion. www.russellgrant.com
April’s horoscopes brought to you by Russell Grant ARIES (March 21st-April 20th) You want to take on a different role at the beginning of April, but there are people around you hoping to block your path. The New Moon on the 5th makes you fully aware of the conservative attitudes and stuffy restraints that are holding you captive. On the 19th, someone close to you and trusted will come to your rescue. Accept their offer to expand your horizons. .
LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd) The New Moon on the 5th creates tension in your personal life. If you’re in a relationship, your other half will embarrass you with their wild and rebellious ways. You resent having to apologise for their boorish behaviour. The Full Moon on the 19th further emphasises the importance of satisfying your own needs. Use this opportunity to take a college course for pleasure.
TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st) The New Moon on the 5th finds you butting heads with an expert who wants to take all the credit for your hard work. Staying in this situation will make it impossible to advance. It’s time to start looking for a better situation. On the 19th, the Full Moon will help you wrap up a work project that attracts lots of favourable publicity. Use this achievement to move into a better job. .
SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd) Things will be especially tense near the 5th, when a stressful New Moon causes a clash of egos. Some people will ask you to do perform tasks a certain way and others will denigrate your methods. You have no intention of getting drawn into a power struggle. On the 19th, the Full Moon urges you to take a break. Sneaking off to a private hideaway will allow you to reflect.
GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st) A stressful New Moon on the 5th warns against lending or borrowing money. Coming to a troubled person’s rescue won’t resolve their problems. This troubled person has to answer for their behaviour. Don’t feel pressured to pay a fine or cover a bill. On the 19th, the Full Moon will showcase your creative talent. CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd) On the 5th, the New Moon will attract a problematic career opportunity. Although you’re eager to advance, you don’t want to work with a famously toxic executive. Instead of subjecting yourself to their abuse, hold out for a better offer. Your path will become clearer after the 19th, when the Full Moon will help you sew up a real estate matter. LEO (July 24th-August 23rd) Legal problems could block your path at the beginning of the month. The New Moon on the 5th warns against breaking the rules. You’ll fare much better colouring inside the lines than defying authority. On the 19th, the Full Moon will prompt you to put some newly acquired skills to use. Your knowledge will attract a creative opportunity. VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd) On the 5th, the New Moon will put strain on relationships bound by money. If you’re embroiled in a custody battle, you’ll have to fight to get funds for a child’s wellbeing. To protect your interests, it may be best to get a job that can sustain you through this difficult period. The Full Moon on the 19th will improve your economic situation.
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SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st) On the 5th, the New Moon creates drama in your love life. Financial difficulties could be taking a toll on your union. Instead of sniping at each other about money matters, go to a counsellor. The Full Moon on the 19th is ideal for attending a party or gathering. There’s a good chance you’ll meet someone who finds you utterly charming. CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th) The New Moon on the 5th creates tension on the home front. Everyone is resisting your authority. You won’t be able to rein in someone who is intent on going their own way. Instead of trying to shield this relative from trouble, let them go. On the 19th, the Full Moon marks an important career milestone. You could be given a rise, promotion or both. AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th) On the 5th, the New Moon will create some tension in your personal life. Angry words will be exchanged on social media, making you defensive and angry. Don’t let feelings of bitterness and betrayal consume you. The Full Moon on the 19th might find you returning from a trip, collecting a diploma or publishing some written work. PISCES (February 20th-March 20th) A moneymaking opportunity on the 5th has strings attached, due to the challenged New Moon. You might have to prove yourself to an unfriendly group that doesn’t want you to succeed. Instead of trying to live up to their expectations, it may be better to look for another job. Money from an investment, insurance refund or legal settlement will arrive on or around the 19th. That’s when the Full Moon strengthens your financial situation. Use this windfall to advance your career.
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