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Hello and welcome to the May issue of North Wales Magazine – officially our biggest issue yet. And, in this case, bigger really does mean better as our extra pages have resulted in plenty of new articles for you to enjoy over a cup of coffee or two… I am thrilled to be able to introduce our new
Zoo, who will now be bringing her aquatic
contributor Janet Hill who will be bringing
stories to print in North Wales Magazine.
rural living to you via her monthly feature.
There is a fascinating fact on page 103 – I
Janet knows all about the perfect rural
can’t believe that I didn’t know fish could do
lifestyle due to living in a picturesque spot
that, did you?
in Bodfari with her six cats and six dogs! Read her first feature on page 55 where she
Finally, turn to page 113 for our new Last
discovers the foodie delights of the Clwydian
Laugh column. Colwyn Bay resident Dave
Range Food Trail.
Rothnie might be a journalist by day but he’s a comedy compère by night – as anyone that
Also new this month is a walking column
has laughed their way through a Stand up at
to encourage you to get out and about and
the Seaside show will testify…
stretch your legs in areas perhaps not currently familiar to you. But, before you set off, it might be wise to check out our safety tips for hikers on page 47. We also have a new column article by Frankie Hobro, director of the Anglesey Sea
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In this issue...
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May is the perfect month to get your walking boots on
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Editor Kate Hamilton
16 The Big Picture
Publisher Grant Hamilton
19 Bank Holiday Entertainment
Art Director Simon Marriott
9 What’s On?
Your guide to all of the best events, shows, festivals and days out taking place in North Wales this May
Have a day out in historical Conwy
With no less than two bank holiday weekends to enjoy this month, it’s a good job that there is plenty of entertainment on offer
25 Town in Focus
Exploring beautiful Beaumaris
33 Top 10… Picnic spots
27 A good read Is a local read!
43 Lawrence of Arabia
Discover Tremadog, the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia
Make sure you take the necessary precautions when out and about
53 Food & Drink
The region’s wining, dining and culinary scene
71 Homes & Property 88 Community news
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Win a golf day out for four people
The first of our new walking routes
97 Crossword Get to grips with our brain-teasing puzzle
99 In my opinion… Our expert columnists share their thoughts
114 Horoscopes See what May has in store with Portmeirion resident
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Explore the cells of this Victorian Pentonville style prison and learn about the prisoners who stayed here! Activities available for all ages.
Nantclwyd y Dre Explore Wales’ oldest timbered town house with its beautifully restored historic gardens, a hidden gem in the heart of Ruthin.
Open 26th March–30th September every day except Tuesday 10am–5pm Visit www.ruthingaol.co.uk for prices and further visiting information
Visit this extraordinary Gothicised home of the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’ and enjoy its spectacular historic gardens.
Open 7th April–September Opening days and times vary please visit www.nantclwydydre.co.uk for opening information and prices
Open 30th March–30th September every day 10.30am–5pm Visit www.plasnewyddllangollen.co.uk for prices and further visiting information
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Visit our website www.denbighshire.gov.uk/heritage for more information including upcoming events! Follow us on Facebook @heritagedenbighshire
Hairspray 30th April - 5th May Hairspray is a smash hit musical comedy based on the 1988 film of the same name. Make sure you visit Venue Cymru to meet lead character Tracy Turnblad – and be prepared to dance the night away!
What’s on this...
Wildlife Explorers’ Club 5th Kids aged between eight and 12 are invited to join RSPB Conwy today at 1.30pm for all kinds
of nature related
3rd & 4th
Visit Afonwen today and find Sandra Roberts using eco recycled silver to create new beautiful pieces. Some are made from twisted silver wire, some hammered and some with gemstones and crystals
Climb Snowdon 5th
EXPED’s Climb Snowdon Challenge is for those who
3rd – 5th
want to climb Snowdon itself. This is an ‘Open Event’
Sceptical novelist Charles
and you will be joining other like-minded trekkers in
Condomine invites self-
groups of a maximum size of ten. Your guide will be a
proclaimed eccentric medium
fully qualified Mountain Leader
Madame Arcati to his home for a séance, hoping to gather material for a new book. Visit
Creative Arts Saturday
Theatr Colwyn this week to find
out what happens when the
hapless psychic accidentally
Market will be in
summons the spirit of
attendance at Rhos
Condomine’s late wife, Elvira
Cricket Club Pavillion 10am-3pm as part of the
Welsh language workshops
“Creative Arts Saturday” in Rhos-on-Sea today
4th & 5th The Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead is hosting two days of workshops. This is coming from a team composed
of a writer, director, and two actors all of whom have
5th, 6th & 7th
encountered and are interested to look more closely at
Lions of Llandudno
the question of language, culture, and belonging. It is a
will be holding their
tri-lingual venture in Welsh, Turkish and English
latest charity Antique and Collectors Fair at Llandudno Town Hall this bank holiday weekend
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The Gateway to Wales Spring Golf Festival 5th, 6th & 7th
Play three ‘hidden gem’ parkland courses in North Wales in this fantastic Spring Festival for just £37.50 or £15 per course
Llandudno Transport Festival
5th, 6th & 7th
7th – 12th
This bank holiday weekend sees
The Mold Virgin Art exhibition
hundreds of lorries, buses, tractors,
takes place this week. The work
motorbikes, cars and stationary engines heading to Bodafon
of artists whose exhibits have
Fields in Llandudno
been voted the most popular by
visitors to Mold Parish Church’s annual Virgin Art exhibition
5th, 6th & 7th
since its launch in 2009 will be a
Ana & Sonia will be working on their adorable
centrepiece at this year’s event
handmade teddy bear collection at Afonwen today, dressing them and creating little charters for each bear as well as their handmade day bags, quilting and traditional knitted toys
Athena a Trystan Llyr Griffiths 8th
5th, 6th & 7th
Athena are a classical trio made up of three of Wales’
With more genuine Victorian entertainment than ever, this
foremost sopranos, Gwawr Edwards, Sioned Terry
years Extravaganza promises to be the best yet
and Ellen Williams. They will be performing at Galeri Caernarfon tonight
Interiors demonstration 8th & 9th Corah Henry interiors is demonstrating at Afonwen today. Helen has a fabulous talent for stitch work making curtains, cushions, aprons and
Binocular and telescope weekend
blinds as well as bunting and accessories. She is
5th, 6th & 7th
joined by Elaine from
Come to RSPB Conwy this weekend and get some hands-
Cherry Bea working on
on advice about binoculars and telescopes from its
her lovely beaded jewellery
friendly, impartial team
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The Fureys 9th As part of their 40th anniversary tour, Irish Legends, the FUREYS will perform at Pontio Bangor this evening in a great night of music, songs and stories
The King Is Back 12th Internationally renowned as one of, if not the best Elvis tribute acts in the world today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style, charisma and ten-piece band to Venue Cymru tonight
Conwy Real Ale Trail 12th Bus based Real Ale festival taking you to 8 of the best Real Ale pubs and one special microbrewery in Conwy. Start and finish anywhere on the route, with
unlimited bus travel between 11am and 11pm
10th Come to Afonwen today and see a range of original watercolour pictures and greetings cards as well as hand painted frames by Sandra and crochet toys, baby blankets and accessories by Sue
FOCUS Wales 2018
Up close and personal with Martine McCutcheon 12th Martine McCutcheon, who
10th â€“ 12th
first found fame as Tiffany
FOCUS Wales 2018 will mark the festivalâ€™s 8th edition,
Mitchell in EastEnders in
and will welcome over 8,000 people to Wrexham. The
the 1990s, is bringing her
event will showcase over 200 bands, fill out a variety
new album to Rhyl Pavillion
of spaces and music venues, using 20 stages, and
hosting a full schedule of Interactive Industry Sessions, Stand-up Comedy, Arts events, and Film screenings throughout the festival
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May Photography workshop
Rowen Village Gardens Open Day 13th About 20 lovely private gardens open for one day only. Plenty of ideas to take home, plant stalls, refreshment stops. In aid of improvements to Rowen Memorial Hall
12th This three-hour session takes place at 9am at Galeri Caernarfon
Colwyn Canoe Club
today. It will allow participants
to get to know their camera and
Come along to Llyn Eirias Boating Lake in Eirias Park today
learn to use manual settings to bring photographs to life in a
and “Try A Boat, Get Afloat”! This free event is open to all, under
workshop run by professional photographer, Kristina Banholzer
the supervision and guidance of experienced paddlers and coaches. There is no age limit but smaller children must be
Lost Like Alice
accompanied in the boat by an adult
12th Ben Parker, a singer songwriter based on the Isle Of Anglesey, has a busy day today. He will be performing original songs, written about all aspects of his life, under the name Lost Like Alice at both Prom Xtra and Focus Wales
Encaustic art 12th & 13th Linda Morris is a wonderful teacher and is delighted for you to have a go at creating
Colwyn Bay Floral Art Club
your own hot wax
art at Afonwen
Come and enjoy an evening of flowers at the Methodist Church
today. She has an
on St Georges Road in Rhos-on-Sea tonight. You will also be able
amazing array of pictures she has created for sale and kits
to see arrangements created by guest demonstrator Arthur
to take home. All proceeds will go to brain tumour research
McDonald entitled “Serendipity”. This month there will also be a display of items (flowers and others) as members are invited
to bring along something depicting “A Royal Wedding”. Visitors are welcome and doors open at 7pm
13th Welcome our summer visitors back from Africa at RSPB
Conwy between 1.30 and
3.30pm today. We’ll be looking
James kicks off its week-long tour
and listening for warblers,
at Venue Cymru tonight. The show
swallows and martins. Suitable for adults, and families with
promises fans the chance to see them
children age 8 and over. RSPB members £4, non-members £6
in unique and intimate surroundings
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RSPB Conwy is hosting a
Master of the one-liner, Tim
gardener’s market between 10am
Vine is back on tour, telling
and 4pm today. With a wide
lots of silly new jokes, showing off new homemade props,
variety of plants for sale produced
singing some new daft ditties, and all with the appearance of
by local nurseries, plus free advice
confidence. He can be seen at Venue Cymru tonight
and information from the growers themselves, this great gardener’s market is not to be missed
Prosecco Festival 19th The North Wales Prosecco Festival takes place today!
All Types VW Show
With over 40 types of Prosecco, Spumante, Cava, Brut,
Champagne & Prosecco cocktails on offer, this truly is the
Held in the scenic grounds of Bodelwyddan Castle the All
ultimate festival for Prosecco lovers. Taking place at the
Types VW Show is the only VW Enthusiasts Show in North
beautiful Brynkinalt Estate in Wrexham
Wales and has become one of the largest shows in the North West region with thousands of visitors attending each year
RSPCA Dog Show The RSPCA dog show in Colwyn Bay promises to be a fun family day out. In addition to the main Dog Show, there will also be dog agility, games, lots of stalls, BBQ and refreshments. Hectors Greyhound Rescue will
be having a stall where we will have on sale a variety of dog
accessories, dog coats, crafts, jewellery, cards, plus our very
Comic Ed Byrne
popular tombola and games. Entry to the Show is £2.00 per car
brings his ‘spoiler alert’ tour to Venue
Race for life
Cymru this evening
Camp Penrhyn - The Plant Hunters
Cancer Research is hosting a 5k Race for Life in Caernarfon today. Come along and do your bit for cancer research
19th & 20th Free range fun for all ages at Penryhn Castle this weekend with the gang from
Wild Elements - nature
OK, so it’s going to come
as no surprise that Gary’s
toasting and archery
appearance at Venue Cymru
(£1.50) all on offer
this evening has sold out –
to keep all intrepid
but it might be worth lurking
around Llandudno in the hope of spotting him in any case
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Rhuddfest 2018 26th & 27th Rhuddfest is a family friendly music festival showcasing singer songwriters and gifted musicians. Relax and enjoy the music on a hay bale or a picnic blanket and soak up the atmosphere
Gŵyl Beaumaris Festival 22nd – 28th The Gŵyl Beaumaris Festival is a week long, arts based event offering orchestral concerts and recitals, opera, jazz, poetry, topical festival talks, an art exhibition and craft fairs
West Side Story 23rd – 25th Coleg Menai Performing Arts students present West Side Story at Galeri Caerbarfon tonight - one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time...
Stand-up at the Seaside
Bala Lake Model Railway Show
The best in stand-up comedy comes to The Station Pub in
The third Great Little Trains Model Railway exhibition takes
Colwyn Bay at 8pm tonight. Featuring Gavin Webster, Tony
place in the town of Bala today. Located in a local school with
Burgess and Lorna Corner, tickets cost just £12.50
easy access, free parking, full refreshments and a free vintage bus service linking the exhibition with the Bala Lake Railway it
Gwledd Abergele Food & Craft Festival
is an event not to be missed for the model railway enthusiast
26th This free entry Food & Craft festival has something for all the family including a petting farm, fun mini dog show and lots of
inflatable fun for the kids! It starts at 11am and takes place in
the lovely setting of Pentre Mawr Park
Drop in at RSPB Conwy at 2pm today and have a go at pond dipping
Peppa Pig’s Adventure 26th & 27th Join Peppa Pig at Venue Cymru this weekend as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends
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The big picture What better time of year to get out and about and enjoy the history of our region than in the beautiful month of May. Conwy Castle sums up North Wales in a nutshell – full of history and located in stunning surroundings. Edward I spent an estimated £15,000 building the castle between 1283 and 1289, which was the largest sum spent in such a short time on any of his Welsh castles. Edward’s trademark ‘walls within walls’ weren’t needed at Conwy, as the rock it sits on provided enough security itself, but you will find two barbicans, eight towers and a large bow-shaped hall all located within its unusual elongated shape. And, even if castles aren’t really your thing, it would be a shame to miss out on a visit to Conwy and the amazing views that are provided from its battlements.
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Looking for great entertainment over the bank holiday weekends? Well you can rest assured that North Wales has got it covered…
If you want to get out and about during the May bank holidays, then you’ll be pleased to hear that there is plenty happening on the North Walian entertainment front. Kicking off the spring festivities is the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza which takes place over the 5th, 6th & 7th of May. The Extravaganza has been running annually in the town for a whopping 32 years – so it’s safe to say that they know a little bit about entertaining the masses over a bank holiday weekend. The event has steered a little bit off track over recent years, but the Extravaganza will see a return to its roots this May with a large vintage steam funfair and a daily parade of Victorian dress, vintage vehicles, marching bands and traction engines. Traditional performers, such as Andrew Van Buren, will baffle and delight the audience in colourful sideshows, while a host of fire breathers and stilt walkers will be on hand to entertain the crowds. But if thrill rides are more your thing then fear not, as the modern section of the Extravaganza will still be available this year, featuring a host of great rides such as the Mac1 Bomber, Freak Out and the Sea Storm. “We are also very excited to have a 35 metre high Observation Wheel at this year’s event,” commented organiser Chris Williams. “It’s
Top: Rhuddfest is a family friendly music festival held on 26th & 27th May Middle: The A4 Brass Quartet will be performing at Beaumaris Festival Above: A wide range of historical vehicles will be on show at the Llandudno Transport Festival
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Left: The Sirenian Singers will be performing at Beaumaris Festival Above: The Victorian Extravaganza is having a big push on authentic attractions this year
the first time on the streets of Llandudno – the views from the pods will be amazing!” Meanwhile, just down the road at Bodafon Fields, the Llandudno Transport Festival will be taking place over the same weekend. A wide range of historical vehicles including miniature steam engines, barn engines, pedal cycles, tractors, A cavalcade of vehicles taking a road run to Conwy via the Great Orme during the at the Llandudno Transport Festival
motorcycles, classic cars, caravans, lorries, buses and coaches will all be on display. During the weekend (weather permitting) a cavalcade of
Newton Faulkner is the headline act at this year’s Rhuddfest
vehicles will leave the field following a team of marshals taking a road run to Conwy and back via the Great Orme. This run has grown to such enormous proportions now that the last vehicle is still due to leave the field when the first one arrives back! And if you can’t decide between the two events then fear not, as a free vintage shuttle bus service will run between the Transport Festival and the Victorian Extravaganza all weekend. There is plenty to keep you occupied further down the coast too. Tir Prince in Towyn is hosting its opening meeting of 2018 on Saturday 5th May, and it is expecting a bumper crowd to get the season underway. Tir Prince Raceway was built in 1990 by the late Billy Williams – a showman who was also a harness racing enthusiast. Harness racing is a multi million pound industry in America and Billy had a dream to build a track up to
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Surf Snowdonia is hosting Minis in the Mountains on Sunday 20th May
American Standards. Tir Prince Raceway is now widely
Mini enthusiasts from all over North Wales and beyond
acknowledged as the premier harness racing facility in the
are invited to gather at Surf Snowdonia for a Minis in
UK and Ireland. For the uninitiated harness racing is a form
the Mountains meet in the heart of the Conwy Valley.
of horse racing in which the horses race using a specific
Owners are invited to ‘dress’ their wheels for a surf mini
gait namely Trot or Pace – you will see both types of races at
theme, with prizes for the best-looking motors. Every Mini
Tir Prince. The horses usually pull a two wheel sulky with
driver who visits on the day will be offered a 2-4-1
a driver on board, although it does occasionally have saddle
voucher for Surf Snowdonia’s Wipeout-style Crash &
races where the jockey is on the back of the horse.
Splash obstacle course.
“Harness racing is often confused with illegal road racing
Tickets are not required, but Mini owners should register
and this is a constant source of frustration to us at Tir Prince
for their free place in the Surf Snowdonia Mini Park. Surf
as we are a professional track whereby all of our races are
Snowdonia is a world-first surf lagoon where absolute
run under the governance and stewardship of The British
beginners can surf alongside experienced surfers. You can
Harness Racing Club (BHRC),” explains Eric Witherspoon,
surf with or without instruction, and slots are bookable by
business development manager at Tir Prince Leisure Group.
60 or 90 minutes. There’s comfortable glamping, hot tubs and
“All horses must be fully flu vaccinated and only people
food on site too. The Minis in the Mountains meet starts at 12
licensed by The BHRC can own, train or drive horses.
noon and runs until 4pm. Prizes will be awarded at 3.30pm,
Horses that compete are regularly dope tested and the rules
and advanced booking is advised.
surrounding the sport are stringently upheld.” Just a couple of days later and the Gŵyl Beaumaris Festival So go along this bank holiday Saturday and see for yourself
kicks off on Anglesey on 22nd May. The Festival is a week
what harness racing is all about. It promises to be a great
long, arts based event offering orchestral concerts and
evening out for all of the family, and it is also dog friendly
recitals, opera, jazz, poetry, topical festival talks, an art
provided that they are kept on a lead. There is a licensed bar
exhibition and craft fairs.
and bookmakers on site along with both indoor and outdoor catering facilities.
This year’s Festival programme is celebrating ‘Women in the Arts’ and many of the performances reflect this in both
And if you can’t wait for the next bank holiday weekend for
words and music - and whether you are into classical music,
the next exciting event then fear not, as Surf Snowdonia is
opera, songs from the musicals or want to hear about famous
bridging the entertainment gap with Minis in the Mountains
women in the world of music there is something in the
on Sunday 20th May.
programme for you.
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Tir Prince in Towyn is hosting its opening meeting of 2018 on Saturday 5th May
Spreading the local love This May Day bank holiday weekend GreenWood Forest Park is celebrating all things local with a massive 50% discount on admission prices for Anglesey and Gwynedd residents. So, on the 5th, 6th & 7th May
The Extravaganza will see a return to its roots this May with a daily parade of Victorian dress
anyone who visits GreenWood with proof of Anglesey or Gwynedd residency will be given half price entry into the park! So come along and 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 or aiming for gold at archery. As well as enjoying the fun of the rides and activities, prepare to be dazzled in the Forest Theatre by GreenWood’s fabulous entertainers – or even try out some traditional May Pole dancing! Make sure you bring some proof of address with you in order to get a little bit of local love… www.greenwoodforestpark.co.uk
The Festival has three performances
album, Hit The Ground Running, Newton
most days – morning, afternoon and
is promising a genre-hopping collection
evening and the art exhibition is open
of songs that will grip you from the very
throughout. The resident Festival
orchestra is the Welsh Chamber
Contacts Victorian Extravaganza www.victorian-extravaganza.com
Orchestra led by Anthony Hose and since
2018 brings you Rhuddfest’s first Chill
1999 it has championed commissioning
Out Sunday. A more relaxed shorter
and performing new works by living
day showcasing up and coming youth
Llandudno Transport Festival
composers – especially those from Wales.
musicians followed by professional
This year the composer Hilary Tann
bands. Go along and show your support
has composed a new piece that will be
for youth music. As usual, a selection of
premiered at the bank holiday concert.
food traders and licensed bars will be
providing refreshments, and activities The last major event of the month is
to keep adults and children entertained
Rhuddfest – family friendly music
alongside the music, including party
festival held on 26th & 27th May in
dancers, bouncy castles, kids crafts,
scenic fields of Morfa Lodge Farm in
coconut shy, tin can alley, circus skills
Rhuddlan. The festival starts at 11am
and chainsaw carving will all be on offer.
very talented local youth bands, before
So a packed itinerary this May. After all
Newton Faulkner headlines on Saturday
that, you’ll probably need another bank
evening. Performing songs from his sixth
holiday to recover! n
on the Saturday showcasing three
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Beaumaris Famed for its iconic castle, there is more to Beaumaris than meets the eye. Steve Goodier explores this historic town.
For some reason I can’t remember (probably because I am
them. In summer those mountains made me want to abandon
football mad) I happen to know that the Welsh footballer
my working day and go climb them and in winter, draped in
Wayne Hennessey, who keeps goal for Crystal Palace and
snow and ice, they simply looked stunning.
internationally for Wales, was brought up in Beaumaris even
I also liked the view towards Llandudno’s Great Orme down the
though he was born in Bangor. I sometimes surprise myself
end of The Menai Straits and being able to see Bangor Pier. It
with what I can dredge out from the corners of my mind!
has been many years since those days but I still make visits to Beaumaris for day trips when the mood takes my wife and I.
But that is not all I know about this charming Welsh seaside town that offers the visitor a pretty mixture of Georgian,
Another enduring memory I have of the town was taking my
Victorian and Edwardian architecture.
aging mother and father there and catching a boat trip from the pier to go around nearby Puffin Island. In itself it sounds a fairly
The thing is though, a lot of visitors to the Isle of Anglesey often
normal thing to do but my mother can’t swim and is terrified of
bypass Beaumaris altogether as they cross the Menai Straits
water and the sea was very choppy that day. To say she spent
over either Menai Bridge or Britannia Bridge and then head
the whole cruise terrified is understating things somewhat. It
Northerly up the island or aim for one of the coastal resorts on
must have been 25 or more years ago but I don’t believe she
the west or east.
has ever stepped foot on a boat since!
You see, Beaumaris is tucked away near the south east corner
Having established Beaumaris’s credentials as a worthwhile
of Anglesey and it isn’t as straightforward to get to as some of
destination let’s look at the geography of the area a little and
the other local holiday destinations. However, this should in no
then move on to showcase all that is good about the town.
way put you off coming for a visit. As regulars and locals will tell you, the town has a lot to offer and plenty to see and do as well.
It’s easy to see why Beaumaris can be missed when you look at a map of Anglesey, but there is no excuse to do so really as the
In a previous life I used to travel around North Wales selling
A545 runs north easterly directly from Menai Bridge and is an
fencing to farming and agricultural merchants and, if I was
excellent road that takes you straight to the town. The town is
anywhere near Beaumaris, I always came and parked on the
also serviced by The B5109 which approaches it from both a
front to eat my sandwiches at lunch time. I liked the view over
westerly and northerly direction.
The Menai Straits to Abergwyngregyn, Llanfairfechan and the area around Penmaenmawr and the sight of the towering
The town has a population of around 2,000 and is a lovely
Carneddau Mountains of Snowdonia National Park beyond
quiet location to come and stay in. There is a pretty walk along
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What to do
(Ynys Seirriol) is a bird sanctuary you will see the likes of Puffins, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Razor bills and many other varieties of sea bird. Cruises are suitable for all
VISIT BEAUMARIS CASTLE
You won’t miss it if you come to
Beaumaris and it is one of the town’s ’must see’ locations and worth a morning or afternoon of anyone’s time. Built to classic proportions and having perfect symmetry, Beaumaris Castle was
VISIT BEAUMARIS GAOL A bit of a dark attraction but surprisingly popular with families who really enjoy a visit to
Edward 1’s last massive building venture in
Beaumaris Gaol. A trip here provides
North Wales as he hoped to control the Welsh people with his
a fascinating insight into the world of
‘Iron Ring’ of castles around the region.
prison life and the conditions prisoners
experienced during the 1800’s. You can explore the dimly lit corridors and visit the Spartan cells and places of punishment
EXPLORE PENMON POINT
– the darkness of the punishment cell is an eerie experience.
Penmon Point is a stunning location in the south eastern
You can also see the condemned cell were prisoners where
area of Anglesey. It’s a nice drive from Beaumaris down quiet
held before they were hanged and their bodies thrown
lanes and well worth taking the time out to go and explore.
into a lime pit. In 1862 Richard Rowlands was executed for
You will get great walking and bird watching and superb sea
murdering his father in law. He protested his innocence and
views of Puffin Island, Llandudno’s Great Orme and even of
local tradition has it that he put a curse on the church tower
the mountains of Snowdonia. Puffins, seals, porpoises and
clock opposite the scaffold – to this day the clock has never
dolphins are all regular sightings so take along binoculars
kept the right time.
and, if you fancy seeing stunning sunsets on clear evenings, then this is a great place to come. You will also catch sight
of Trywn Du Lighthouse which is 95 feet tall and was built
As well as the gaol you can also visit Beaumaris Courthouse
between 1835 and 1838.
where you can see what it was like to be tried as an accused party. Beaumaris Courthouse is one of Anglesey’s most
TAKE A BOAT TRIP TO PUFFIN ISLAND
fascinating buildings and is also one of the oldest courthouses
From the pier on the seafront of Beaumaris you can catch
in existence in the UK. Some alterations were made in the
a superb boat trip which will last about an hour and a half.
19th Century but the original character of the building remains
The boats are 54-seater cruise vessels and will take you on
essentially the same as when it was first built. It is around
a tour of Puffin Island which is beyond Penmon Point and
400 years old and makes a great few hours for everyone
off the south east coast of Anglesey. For your money you get
with kids loving the experience as much as adults. Down the
an interesting and informative commentary with local points
centuries the courthouse has witnessed numerous cases from
of interest being pointed out. You will also get the chance to
the likes of cheese and beef theft to murder. You could easily
spot wildlife such as seals, porpoise and dolphins. The cruise
combine a visit to the courthouse and a trip to Beaumaris Gaol
is a lovely experience on a sunny day and as Puffin Island
and make a good day out of the two.
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Where to stay
1832. The hotel has a good restaurant (offering a ‘taste of
THE BULL BEAUMARIS
garden. The hotel ballroom is often used for weddings and
The Bull (Beaumaris) is located in the heart of the town
and makes a good choice if you want a central location to
Wales’), a coffee shop, a real ale bar and a lounge plus a
explore the area from. The hotel consists of two buildings which are around 400 years old. The main building is a
Yr Hen Fanc
five star location with decent rooms, excellent food and
This elegant self-catering house is brilliantly located in
a lively and vibrant bar. Just a short walk down the road
the centre of Beaumaris, near numerous restaurants,
from this you can opt to stay in the lovely Townhouse
bars, cafés and shops. If you’re looking for a spacious
where the bedrooms are all colour themed and named
place to rent (Yr Hen Fanc sleeps up to nine people), with
everything you need within walking distance, then this is
your perfect holiday destination. www.walescottageholidays.co.uk
Hen Ysgol Hen Ysgol is a Grade II listed former school house, built in 1816, and renovated to a superb standard by the present owners. This historic property sleeps four, and is located right in the heart of Beaumaris, just a stroll away from the shops and coast, moated castle and historic Gaol. There are breathtaking views from the town across the Menai Straits to the stunning mountains of
CASTLE COURT GUESTHOUSE
Snowdonia and some of the best beaches of Anglesey are
Formerly known as The White Lion Hotel, Castle Court
just a short drive away.
Guesthouse is an independent B&B and bar run by
Guy Williams and Katherine Barwood. Guy was born in Beaumaris and Katherine grew up in France and Spain
THE BULKELEY HOTEL
and they decided to open and run Castle Court after six
The Bulkeley Hotel is located close to the pier and
years working on luxury yachts. The guesthouse has
seafront in Beaumaris and has stunning views across the
ten bedrooms that are comfortable and offer bed and
Menai Straits from many of its comfortable 43 en suite
breakfast accommodation and there is also a bar and a
bedrooms. The Bulkeley Hotel is an impressive looking
beer garden where you can relax and enjoy the location.
building which was built as a Georgian show piece in
the seafront where you get the aforementioned views to the
amazing castle produced a fortification that formed perfectly
nearby mountains and the town has a small pier. The streets
symmetrical concentric lines. Sadly the castle was never
are charming and the houses and cottages are often painted
completely finished as money and supplies ran out before the
in soft pastel colours. Scattered around there are cafés, pubs
full height the building was planned for was achieved, but
and restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes – and there are
the castle does boast a moat and even a tidal dock so supply
shops to look around too.
ships had access to the castle.
The town’s name is Norman in origin and was originally
For all that, Beaumaris Castle is believed to be architecturally
‘beau marais’ which meant ‘Fair Marsh’. This was a
the most technically perfect castle in The British Isles. The
description of the site that was chosen by Edward 1 for the
supervision of the building work was undertaken by The
building of his final castle in his ‘Iron Ring’ of such structures
Kings Military Architect, James St George, and it was the
from which he hoped to control The Welsh – it was actually
biggest and most ambitious venture he ever undertook.
built on a marsh. With Beaumaris Castle Edward hoped to
Today it is a United Nations World Heritage Site (it has been
keep control over the comings and goings along The Menai
since 1986) and a ‘must visit’ location if you come to the town
Straits as well.
and gives a fascinating morning or afternoon out.
Constructed between 1295 and 1330, the builders of this
Going back beyond the time of the castle, Beaumaris was
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Eating and drinking
originally a Viking Settlement known as Porth y Wygyr (Port of
THE MIDLAND TAPAS RESTAURANT
The Vikings) but the town only really started to develop with the
Great for authentic and modern tapas with
commissioning of the castle project in 1295.
seasonal specials based around local produce. Midland offers a good menu selection and decent
A mile to the north of Beaumaris lay the ancient village of Llanfaes
wine to compliment your meal.
which had been regained from the Anglo-Saxons by Merfyn
Frych, King of Gwynedd and which remained a vital and strategic settlement as it was located on the coast at the eastern entrance to
THE PIER HOUSE BISTRO
The Menai Straits and had a natural harbour. To prevent trouble from
The Pier House offers great views of The Menai
the residents of Llanfaes, Edward had them removed completely to
Strait and the mountains of Snowdonia. Friendly
the west of Anglesey where he created a new settlement he called
and relaxed with a varied menu that includes
‘Newborough’ – isn’t history fascinating?
local delicacies. www.pierhousebistro.com
Edward awarded the town a Royal Charter and, as he insisted that all trade in the surrounding areas had to be conducted at Beaumaris, the
BEAUS TEA ROOMS
town became the main commercial centre for The Isle of Anglesey.
Set on Castle Street, Beaus Tea Rooms is a traditional tearoom that offers 30 different types of
The town soon developed too as a major shipbuilding centre as it
tea as well as a good selection of cakes and light
had become the point of registration for all vessels in North Wales
bites to go with them.
and this included not just the island but the complete coast from
Conwy to Pwllheli.
BISHOPSGATE HOUSE HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
Apart from the castle other buildings of significance in Beaumaris
Bishopsgate House offers dining in an AA Rosette
include the courthouse (1614), the 14th Century St Mary’s and St
awarded restaurant. Popular with hotel residents
Nicholas’s Church, Beaumaris Gaol, The 14th Century Tudor Rose
and locals alike, the two menus offer a great choice
which is one of the oldest original timber framed buildings in the UK,
of quality food.
and The Bulls Head Inn which dates from 1472.
www.bisopsgatehotel.co.uk During The English Civil War ‘The siege of Beaumaris’ took place TREDICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT
in 1648 and as a result of this the hill leading north from the town is
Tredici offers fine Italian cooking in a friendly and
known as ‘Red Hill’ because of the blood spilt during that time.
warm atmosphere. The chef produces a wide range
Whether it is modern day Beaumaris that appeals to you or its
of homemade breads and pizza dough and the
thrilling history (or maybe a combination of both), there is no denying
menu is full of antipasti, pasta and pizza.
that the town is worth exploring and getting to know. And anyway,
it’s in such a lovely setting that it’s worth coming here just to sit on the front with some sandwiches and soak in the gorgeous sea and mountain panoramas… n
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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10 Picnic spots to come
While the sun is shining in the month of May it’s not usually warm enough to start sunbathing. What it is warm enough for, however, is a beautiful spring picnic. So dig out that hamper, dust off your blanket and get out and about in glorious North Wales…
The picture perfect town of Llanwrst is the ideal picnic Llyn Ogwen is one of the most popular lakes in Wales. It lies
spot. The three-arched bridge across the River Conwy,
alongside the A5 between two of Snowdonia’s mountain
thought to be the work of architect Inigo Jones, is the
ranges – the Carneddau and the Glyderau. Llyn Ogwen is fed
centerpiece of the town – and it’s the banks of the
by a number of streams from the slopes of the mountains
river that are begging for a relaxed spot of al fresco
which surround it. Somewhat unusually, the county
lunch. The beauty of Llanwrst is that you don’t need to
boundary at this point is drawn so that the lake itself lies
plan ahead either, as long as you have a picnic rug in
in the county of Gwynedd, but the surrounding land lies in
the boot then there are many cafés and shops where
Conwy County. There is a lovely circular walk around the
you can buy some sandwiches before you stretch out
lake too if you want to work up an appetite first – visit the
alongside the rolling river.
National Trust’s website for the route.
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Fairy Glen The Fairy Glen in Betws-y-coed is a gorgeous wooden
dingle that is considered to be one of the prettiest spots in the area. Called The Fairy Glen for the mythical sprites which are said to live there, it would be a shame to unpack your picnic hamper here without an imaginative child or two in tow. A stream weaves between two sides of a small rocky gorge, making it the perfect spot for a family photo to boot. Don’t be caught out by a lack of small change however, as there is an entrance fee of 50p per person and £1 for parking.
Lake Vyrnwy We could have written an article on the top ten picnic spots surrounding Lake Vyrnwy alone, such is the size and beauty of this impressive
reservoir. Situated on the edge of The Snowdonia National Park and south of Bala, Lake Vyrnwy is set amidst the remote and beautiful Berwyn Mountains. With spectacular waterfalls, and unspoilt open countryside, a visit to Lake Vyrnwy is a must for any picnic enthusiast. And if you are lucky enough to be staying in the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel then panic not, as the hotel can pack a picnic for you...
Pistyll Rhaeadr So beautiful is the Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall that it is one of the seven wonders of Wales (which are all in the North, in case you were wondering!) At 240 feet high it is Britain’s tallest single-drop waterfall and, while there isn’t a charge for access to the falls, donations for upkeep of the site are gratefully received. And if one picnic just isn’t enough, and you want to make a weekend of this amazing location, then there is a campsite situated a stone’s throw away from the majestic waterfall.
Capel Curig Capel Curig is a small mountain village in the heart of Snowdonia. It has a big reputation with outdoor enthusiasts, in fact it is actually home to the Plas-y-Brenin National Mountaineering Centre – an outdoor pursuits centre that boasts a wide range of courses that appeal to everyone from beginners and families to more experienced adventurers. Of course, adventurous mountain sports aren’t for everyone, in which case why not visit The Ugly House – a cottage full of history, legend and mystery.
Mount Snowdon OK, so lugging a hamper up to the summit of Mount Snowdon might be a tad excessive – but you could always take the train! The Summit Station is only 68 feet below the peak itself and it has two platforms with direct access to Hafod Eryri, the summit building and visitor centre. From here it is just a few short steps up to the summit
and a spectacular view across North Wales. Do be warned however that the peak itself can get rather busy, so don’t harbour any dreams of spreading your picnic blanket out on the very peak itself – but the area surrounding the station provides a fabulous backdrop to enjoy a spot of lunch.
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Swallow Falls is located on the Afon Llugwy near Betws-y-Coed. It is believed that its name arose from a mishearing of the Welsh word ewynnol (foaming) as the similar-sounding y wennol (swallow). But, whatever it is called, there is no denying that the waterfall is now is one of Wales’s most visited attractions, an area of outstanding natural beauty and designated a site of special scientific interest. There is an entrance fee of £1.50 per person (75p for kids), but it is a price well worth paying. And, just in case you are sick of picnics by this point, then fear not as Betws-y-Coed is home to a wide range of eateries to tickle your taste buds.
Beddgelert is one of Snowdonia’s loveliest villages. It is a beautiful place to visit, and an event better place to come for a picnic! According to legend, Beddgelert is the resting place of Gelert, the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great. Today, the picturesque stone-built village is the ideal base for exploring all of the local beauty spots – Aberglaslyn Pass to the south, Nant Gwynant to the east and Snowdon to the north. The village is also one of the stopoff points on the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.
You can’t have a list of picnic spots without including at least one beach and Llanddwyn Island fits the bill perfectly. Located just off the west coast of Anglesey, Llanddwyn isn’t technically an island as it remains connected to the mainland at all but the highest tides. Part of the Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve, Llanddwyn Island contains a selection of small, yet perfectly formed, little coves – no wonder it has been classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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If you don’t fancy getting out and about over the bank holiday weekends, why not bring a little bit of North Wales into your home? Whether it’s fact or fiction you prefer, there are plenty of options to keep you entertained this May…
Fact 1) The ever-popular North Wales seaside resort of Llandudno has a surprisingly long and intriguing history that predates the development of the present town, as Llandudno at Work demonstrates. Illustrated with a fascinating series of contemporary and rare historical photographs, local author Peter Johnson explores the life of the ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’, from its earliest days, through two world wars and into the twenty-first century as Llandudno continues to evolve and thrive as a popular holiday destination. It is available from www. amberley-books.com 2) Wrexham and its immediate vicinity has a rich heritage of industry including coal, iron and steel, brewing, tanning, brick and tile making and lead mining. John Idris jones takes the reader on a tour of the town’s past, illustrated by his own photographs. Secret Wrexham is a wide-ranging collection of lesser-known places and tales, telling stories from Wrexham’s varied past that the reader will find instructive and engrossing. Visit www.amberley-books.com for further information 3) A new town established in the 1800s, Colwyn Bay thrived with the coming of the railway, growing over the last century into one of the largest communities in North Wales. Well-known local author Graham Roberts takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the town’s history, relating many a tale of the most interesting people and places. Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, the A–Z of Colwyn Bay will prove to be a must-have for everyone’s bookshelf. It is available to order from www.amberley-books.com
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Fiction 4) Patricia Lennan’s debut novel, Owl at Midnight, refers to the story of Gwenllian – the lost Princess of Wales, daughter of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd. After her father’s death Gwenllian was imprisoned by King Edward 1st in a convent in Lincolnshire. History tells us that she remained here for the rest of her life until she died at the age of 54, however Owl at Midnight takes a different twist based on a ‘what if’ situation… Patricia, who lives in Beaumaris, is selling the book via www.littleknollbookshop.co.uk
5) Trisha Ashley is perhaps North Wales’ best-known novelist. The Conwy based author’s latest book, The House of Hopes and Dreams, is already a Sunday Times bestseller. When old friends Carey Revell and Angel Arrowsmith move into Mossby, Carey’s ancestral home, it’s rather a mixed blessing. Will all their dreams for happiness be shattered? Or can Carey and Angel find a way to make this house a home? The House of Hopes and Dreams is available from Amazon
6) Duncan Smith was born and brought up in Wrexham, but he has been living in Abersoch since 2003. It is coastal living that has inspired his latest novel, 24 Heures Du Abersoch. The novel moves between Abersoch on the Llŷn Peninsula and Le Mans in northern France, humorously charting the ups and downs of three young people trying to live their dream – and their passion for fast cars. The book is available for £7 (plus postage and packaging) by contacting Duncan Smith directly: smith_ email@example.com
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T.E. Lawrence was born in Tremadog in 1888
Lawrence of Arabia was born in Tremadog 130 years ago this summer. Stephen Gregory discovers the small town that was the birthplace of this great man…
In 1888 a baby was born in a modest house in Tremadog,
But the name which has stuck with him longest, and
North Wales. His father was Thomas Chapman and his mother
forever, is Lawrence of Arabia.
was Sarah Junner. Because they had run away from Ireland and weren’t married and they wanted to be incognito, they
My father took me to see the film. It was a marvellous thing,
changed their names to Mr and Mrs Lawrence.
in those days, to go to the cinema. It was 1962 and I was a little boy in boarding school in Colwyn Bay. One wonderful
So the baby was born Thomas Edward Lawrence. As a young
afternoon, when my Mum and Dad came to take my brother
man he preferred to be known by his initials, as simply T.E.
and I out of school for a Saturday treat, we went into the
Lawrence. Later he would change his name to John Ross. And
cinema in town and saw Lawrence of Arabia.
later still to T.E. Shaw. Well, I say it was wonderful… but it felt a bit too long for me, and I fell asleep. I remember Peter O’ Toole’s steely blue eyes and his oddly pantomime costume, and there were a lot of thundering hooves and clouds of dust, great stampedes of horses and camels – so many, and for so long, that I nodded off. It was the following day that the impact of the story really hit me. As a follow-up to the film, and something to do on a rainy Sunday, Dad drove us all to Tremadog, not far away from school, and he showed us the very house where Lawrence of Arabia (the real one, not Peter O’ Toole) had been born. Yes, TE Lawrence, a baby boy who grew up to be an archaeologist and diplomat and writer, and who became a Snowdon Lodge, birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia, now offers self-catering group accommodation
legend for his role in the Arab Revolt during World War 1 – a desert soldier forever and globally known as Lawrence of Arabia – was born in Tremadog, on the 16th August 1888.
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T.E. Lawrence’s birthplace in Tremadog is now known as Snowdon Lodge. 130 years ago the house was called Gorphwysfa, which is Welsh for ‘resting place’. Today Snowdon Lodge is a Grade II listed building that has been converted into self-catering group accommodation for up to 35 people. Owners Carl and Anja Borum welcome groups of holidaymakers interested in sleeping in the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia and who are keen to visit the mountains of Snowdonia, local tourist resorts and beaches of the Llŷn Peninsula. A plaque at Snowdon Lodge commemorating the life of Lawrence of Arabia
mountains. I remember one of my schoolteachers telling us in a history lesson – when we were ‘doing’ the bits about King Edward 1st and his ‘conquest’ of Wales – that the towns of Porthmadog and Tremadog were named after the great Welshman Madog ap Gruffyd, who had attacked and sacked Caernarfon Castle in 1294. Pretty impressive… but my teacher was wrong. In fact, Simon Weston OBE (left) and David Williams-Ellis (right) remember the life of Lawrence of Arabia. David, who is related to Portmeirion architect Clough Williams-Ellis, is an international sculptor who was commissioned to make a bronze of T.E. Lawrence. As a coincidence, his grandfather (who was also born in Tremadog) meet Lawrence during the Arab revolt period in 1918
Porthmadog and Tremadog are perfect examples of ‘planned settlement’ in the 18th and 19th Centuries, when an English engineer and so-called ‘agricultural improver’ called William Madocks bought the land known as Traeth Mawr in the estuary of the Afon Glaslyn, and had it drained and reclaimed
You can visit the house. It’s a modest house, but it’s truly
for building land and farming. The new towns, built between
inspirational to walk in its rooms and passageways and
1798 and 1811, were named after him.
simply breathe and think and be in the building where one of the greatest figures of modern history was born.
By all accounts, William Madocks was a forceful and entrepreneurial businessman. He also became an MP, with
Tremadog itself is a pretty town well worth a visit on your
a constituency in Boston, Lincolnshire, and eventually died a
travels through Snowdonia and along our lovely coast. Rock-
comfortably wealthy man, in Paris in 1828.
climbers – generations of thrill-seekers almost as intrepid as the town’s native hero – have tackled the famous cliffs,
By the way, Madocks’ Tremadog house was briefly let to Percy
preparing for assaults on Alpine and even Himalayan
Bysshe Shelley, and you can see a memorial there to the great
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Tremadog as it would have looked around the time of Lawrence’s birth in 1888 Credit: Martin Pritchard
poet if you visit. It wasn’t a particularly inspirational sojourn for Shelley – he stayed only a few months (in 1813 and 1814) and disappeared without notice, leaving all his bills unpaid. As for T.E. Lawrence, born unremarkably and more or less anonymously in Tremadog some 70 years after the poet’s ignominious visit, he wouldn’t stay a lot longer himself. His father, on inheriting his baronetcy, decamped back to Ireland.
Lawrence of Arabia was a British scholar, writer and soldier who mobilised the Arab Revolt in World War One Credit: © National Portrait Gallery, London
Lawrence won a first-class degree at Oxford and took himself off to Syria on a solo expedition, to research a thesis on the
the adventures in Arabia. For a short while Lawrence was a
Crusader castles. On that trip, alone and vulnerable in remote
Middle-Eastern advisor to Winston Churchill, but he quit the
country, he quickly grew to love the local Arab people and
job, changed his name to John Ross to escape the spotlight of
learned to speak Arabic.
his celebrity, and joined the RAF. That didn’t last long either, because he was dismissed when someone blew his cover. He
During World War 1, while the great battles on the Western
tried once again to change his identity, and as TE Shaw he
front were resulting in unimaginable carnage, T.E. Lawrence
enrolled as a private soldier in the Tanks Corps.
took up the cause of the Arab Revolt against the oppression of the Ottoman Empire. He was an intelligence officer in
Yes, a troubled, unsettled life, repeatedly re-inventing himself
Cairo and a formidable guerrilla fighter – some people have
– perhaps never really finding himself.
surmised that, hearing that his two younger brothers had been killed in France, he was driven by a kind of guilt to serve
At the end, on the 19th May 1935, swerving in a leafy Dorset
and to fight for a desperate cause.
lane, he was thrown off his motorcycle and fatally injured.
Ultimately, as the Great War ended, T.E. Lawrence would
So died Thomas Edward Lawrence. What a life, what a legacy
be disappointed. The Arab revolt failed. He wrote about his
of extraordinary exploits!
exploits in his monumental book, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and returned to England to find himself a celebrity, dubbed
Born in Tremadog, the illegitimate son of a feckless Anglo-
Lawrence of Arabia.
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It was a fame he did not want. Summoned to Buckingham Palace by King George V, thinking he had been called to discuss a post-war deal for the Arabs, he was astonished to find he was about to be knighted… he left the palace, spurning his knighthood. A strange, complicated, oddly frustrating life, from its inauspicious beginnings in Tremadog, to Oxford, to Syria, to
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Steve Goodier takes a look at staying safe and well on the mountains and hills of Snowdonia and North Wales.
Over the recent Easter break I was having breakfast in a Snowdonian café early one morning before heading up into the mountains for the day. A nearby party were discussing their route when someone asked the question: “it looks complicated, what happens if we get lost?” Someone else replied instantly. “We’ll call mountain rescue. After all, that’s what they’re there for.” And, sadly, that is a view held by a lot of people who head onto the mountains and hills of Snowdonia and North Wales – often ill equipped and with little experience. The mobile phone has replaced the map and compass in many instances and it’s small wonder that so many people get into difficulty on the Welsh mountain tops. A few years ago a party approached my wife and I on a foggy freezing cold
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And yet with careful planning, sensible behaviour and good mountain skills you can move safely in our high places and return refreshed from your day out and not wishing you had never set off
March day while we were walking on The Carneddau
Mountain Rescue Team responds to about 120 call outs
Mountains above The Ogwen Valley. Their leader was
clutching a map and pointed an accusing finger at me as he asked “have you any idea where you are?” “Of course I do,”
Statistics from The Mountain Rescue England and Wales
I snapped back defensively. “Good,” he replied. “Would you
website (www.mountain.rescue.org) show that there were
mind showing us because we haven’t got a clue.”
304 incidents in North Wales alone in 2016, and in England and Wales combined there were 2074 call outs of which 1,812
I could re-count numerous other incidents such as this and
resulted in a team being deployed.
tell of accidents I have helped out at, but the point is simply this: if you intend heading onto the high ground of North
And yet with careful planning, sensible behaviour and good
Wales (and particularly the summits of Snowdonia) it’s
mountain skills you can move safely in our high places and
down to you and your group to go prepared and ready and
return refreshed from your day out and not wishing you had
not to expect others to come and bail you out if things go
never set off.
pear shaped. You can also help ease the burden on our mountain rescue Now don’t get me wrong, accidents happen and no member
of a mountain rescue team will complain about attending a genuine incident, but ask them what they feel about getting
BEING SAFETY MINDED IN THE HILLS AND MOUNTAINS
dragged from in front of their fire to bring down someone
There is an old saying amongst walkers that goes ‘remember,
with no map and compass who is simply ‘lost’ or ‘too tired’
the summit is only half way. Coming down can be more
to continue. Trust me, all these things happen and, as our
difficult’. So, with that in mind, let’s look at a few ideas for
mountain rescue teams are voluntary bodies, it makes
staying safe in our hills and mountains. Note, however, that
sense not to abuse the services they offer.
in full winter conditions the summits are best left to the experienced mountaineer and mountain walker who is well
They are often besieged with call outs at busy times and
equipped with ice axe and crampons.
Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team is the busiest in the UK with over 200 incidents to attend to each year. Most
1) Plan your route carefully and make sure it is well within the
of its time is spent helping walkers on Snowdon. Ogwen
capabilities of the weakest member of your party.
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2) Get an up to date weather forecast and don’t be afraid to change to an easier route or abandon your walk altogether if it seems unsuitable. Remember winds blow much stronger as you gain height, rain falls heavier and temperatures drop.
WEATHER FORECASTS J www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/ mountain-forecasts
3) Don’t be afraid of turning back if the weather deteriorates or a member of the party shows signs of fatigue or illness.
‘Better a postponement than a post-mortem’ as the late guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright said. 4) Have the appropriate map and a compass and know how to
7) Carry food and some form of instant energy bars (Mars bars
read the first and use the second. GPS units are very useful
and Snickers will do at a push). And even though water is
but batteries can run out (carry spares) and nothing beats
heavy always make sure you are carrying enough.
being able to navigate with a map and compass. Remember mist and rain can be very disorientating so extra careful route
8) If the sun is shining (and it sometimes does even in Wales)
finding is needed if caught in these conditions.
carry sun cream and wear a sun hat. Sun and heat stroke can be just as deadly as hypothermia.
5) Don’t rely on mobile phones – batteries run down and there may be no signal in the area where you are.
9) Carry a decent first aid kit and a plastic survival bag with the party and keep an eye on each other. Hypothermia can
6) Wear good boots and socks and appropriate warm clothing.
creep up on the unwary and is a killer. Simple things like
Carry hat and gloves and waterproof coat and trousers
blisters on toes can be agonising and debilitating so know
(preferably Gore-tex material). Use a layering system starting
how to deal with them and act sooner rather than later.
with a wick away base layer and ending with a wind and waterproof outer layer. You can take layers off and put them
10) Act sensibly and walk carefully being especially cautious
on as the day progresses and you get hotter and colder. Other
on rocky ground and scree. Treat steep slopes and drops with
items worth taking along are a head torch, paper and pen and
respect and avoid them if possible. The majority of mountain
some spare clothing.
rescue call outs are to slips, falls and tumbles.
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they are tired and hungry then there is no need to call out mountain rescue, is there?
MOUNTAIN RESCUE WEB SITES
4) Make the casualty as comfortable as you can by adding extra clothing or covering them with it. If you can get them in a survival bag do so and see if someone can get in with them to add extra body warmth. The most important thing is to
keep the casualty warm and calm. Depending on the nature of the injury it may or may not be possible to administer first
aid if you know how to. Remember, if injuries are to the neck or back it is best not to move the casualty until professional help arrives.
11) Always let someone know where you are going and your intended route as well as what time they should expect you
HOW TO CALL MOUNTAIN RESCUE
back. Leaving a route card or route outline is a good idea but
You can contact Mountain Rescue through the police by
always remember to let the person you have trusted with
calling 999. Mountain Rescue teams work extensively with
the details know you are back safely. Numerous mountain
Air Ambulance, HM Coastguard and their helicopters and
rescue call outs have been initiated because someone forgot
search and rescue dog associations so you will be in good
to do this. Route cards and outlines should include a good
outline of the route with grid references for the key points and timings too – and remember to stick to it and not change
Once you have decided to contact Mountain Rescue have as
it once you are out.
much detail as possible ready for when you get put through. Try and have as many of the following facts ready:
12) To summarise – be sensible, take care, do nothing rashly and remember your enemies’ names are Mr Cold, Mr Wet and Mr Hungry. Avoid these and things will go much more smoothly so stay warm, dry and keep well fed. WHAT TO DO IF THE WORST HAPPENS
J Location of the casualty with a grid reference if known J Condition of the casualty and assessment of injury J Number of others in the party and gear being carried J How the accident occurred J Mobile phone numbers you can be contacted on
So you’ve taken all the precautions and carried all the right gear but things have gone dreadfully wrong. What should
From then on you will be in very experienced hands and will
be told what to do and what to expect. n
1) Make a quick assessment of the situation and make sure that not only is the casualty in a safe position but all members of the party are too.
FURTHER INFORMATION J Plas Y Brenin at Capel Curig is The National
2) Keep everyone calm. There will often be other walkers
Mountain Centre and offer courses in mountain
around who will offer to help but even if there isn’t, nothing
safety and walking for all levels of experience.
is to be gained by panicking.
J www.pyb.co.uk 3) Be realistic. If someone has just sat down because
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The cakes at Afonwen Craft Centre have quite the reputation!
The members of the Clwydian Range Food and Drink group focus on local produce that is fresh, homemade and delicious. Janet Hill dug a little bit deeper to find out more… My abiding passion is simple; wholesome country living,
local food and drink, the Clwydian Range Food and Drink
hearty food, great conversations, idyllic dog walks, the
group is now home to around 30 of North Wales’ best food
very best staycations and fabulous artisan businesses
producers, retailers and eateries, meeting monthly and
full of wonderful produce and creations. Lucky to be
all working together to create new products and cross-
living in the hills in North Wales for the past 15 years,
promote their goods by attending festivals and organising
I am surrounded by places I truly adore, the food I love
excellent local events.
to eat and the people whose talents and skills I want to shout about!
Janet Monshin Dallolio, treasurer of the group and owner of Afonwen Craft Centre, and Edenshine Restaurant, near
It is a tough job isn’t it; meeting warm and welcoming
Caerwys in Flintshire, was the first group member I met.
people, sampling their expert culinary products… and
Janet’s passion for fresh, homemade and delicious cannot
all in the name of business! But hey, someone has to do
be in doubt. During our meeting the cakes (of far-reaching
it. It was through my ‘research’ to find communities and
reputation) were divine and the coffee she serves equally
groups in my local area who work together well (for the
delicious, sourced of course locally at group member
benefit not only of community members but all of us who
Owen & Edwards, suppliers of hand-crafted, high quality
are lucky enough to sample the delights they support
fairtrade and organic coffees.
each other to make and promote) that I was delighted to come across a group of passionate food lovers.
The names of 15 or so of Janet’s suppliers are displayed proudly on her website and in her restaurant; all of her
Established in 2012, with the simple aim of promoting
fish, meat, eggs, cheese, vegetables, ice cream, cheese
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Group member Owen & Edwards produces great tasting coffee
The Clwydian Hills are inspiration to many local food and drink producers
Fresh meat is always on the menu at Afonwen
and beer is produced locally. Her famous Tiramisu dessert uses local coffee, and is served with local Chilly Cow coffee ice cream, also made with Owen & Edwards coffee! In 2014, Chilly Cow, a Ruthin success story, started to sell exceptionally tasty artisan ice cream using fresh milk from the family farm. Anna and David farm a herd of Brown Swiss cows. Not the most common of breeds in Wales, one has to say, but they produce milk that is higher in butter fat content than most cows – delicious for top quality ice cream. There’s no shortage of volunteer tasters at Chilly Cow when developing new recipes and flavours! The Cow Shed, the obvious name for their new onsite parlour, offers visitors ice cream and drinks and sells, like so many other Clwydian Range Food and Drink group members, other locally produced products. A range of sumptuous Pop into Afonwen Craft Centre to sample one of its delicious cakes
homemade jams and chutneys from Mostyn Kitchen Garden and Celtic Honeysmith honey are just a couple of examples. Dedicated to supporting local communities and local trade, Anna Taylor told me: “It was one of the main aims when we started the business to become a member of the food group. We felt it would be a great avenue for promotion and support as a new business in the area. Being a member has brought us several benefits including extended promotion in national publications, the opportunity to meet other small producers and exchange tips and most importantly, it has opened doors to progress my business, mainly through events that we have run such as Meet the Producer. As members we also have an understanding of the difficulties met by small businesses and we offer support and guidance to each
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Top left: In 2014, Chilly Cow started to sell artisan ice cream using fresh milk from the family farm Top middle: Owen & Edwards coffee is roasted locally Top right: Brown Swiss cows produce milk that is higher in butter fat content than most cows – which is ideal for Chilly Cow’s ice cream Middle to Right: Cheese from The Little Welsh Cheese Company is maturing nicely Bottom: The Cow Shed, Chilly Cow’s new onsite parlour
other where we are able, and to us that is priceless!” I next spent several pleasurable hours chatting with Jo Smith, an active member of the group for several years, owner of the popular Hope Mountain B&B in Ffynnony-Garreg, Cymau, Flintshire and a soon to be nationally famous Cheesemaker, after her new business The Little Welsh Cheese Company was selected to participate in the new Artisan Food TV series Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge! Jo is currently working on exciting plans to build a brand new dairy at home. Meanwhile her cheeses are maturing nicely, some of her finest will be ready for sale in a couple of years. Jo is a gold mine of useful local food and drink knowledge and who she doesn’t know isn’t worth asking! She sees the Food and Drink Group as a ‘valuable, up and coming group of people, passionate about food and drink and the area in which we live and work’ and she too uses and sells other members’ products. I had a fabulous time meeting these members of the Clwydian Range Food and Drink group, so much so I am going to continue my meetings and hopefully sample the delights of all 30! Julie Andrews was right – the hills are alive, especially in the Clwydian Range Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty! They are alive with vibrant communities, creative and skilled food producers with brilliant businesses. Join us at The Hills for conversation with other countryside lovers, and a taste of simple living. n
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STAR QUALITY One of only two restaurants in North Wales boasting a Michelin star, Tyddyn Llan is a shining example of excellent local fare…
Only a few of life’s professions offer the beam of a star
stance and ended
to guide our every twist and turn as we labour up the
up joining a
career ladder, rung by rung. Certainly, those of a nautical
persuasion might expect to gaze upwards at ‘Orion’s Belt’
one day a week
or the ‘Southern Cross’ every once in a while during times
off site instead.
of satellite navigation failure. Nomadic herders too will
look to the skies seeking direction as they make their
paid off too, when
perilous passage over the shifting sands of the Sahara
he landed his
desert. And, if we look a little closer to home, residents
first kitchen job in 1981 at the Michelin starred Crown at
of North Wales might just spot the phosphoric glow
Whitebrook near Monmouth. In keeping with a good many
emanating from the brightest of them all – the Michelin
chefs, he started at the bottom, washing pans and dishes
star. For nestled in the heart of rural Denbighshire near
and working his way up the hard way – though I got the
Corwen lies the widely acclaimed Tyddyn Llan restaurant,
distinct impression he would have worked double the
where head chef Bryan Webb – and his wife – can be
hours for half the pay to avoid his most likely alternative
found working fiendishly hard to keep it twinkling.
career – a subterranean life mining Welsh coal.
Attracted to cookery from a young age as a result of
In search of pastures new, Bryan left Monmouth and,
helping his mother out with charity bake sales, Bryan
after a spell at “probably one of Wales’ best restaurants
tried unsuccessfully to enroll at school on a cookery
at the time,” headed to London where he took up his first
course but was told it was only an option for girls.
head chef role at the “young age of 24” before eventually
Unperturbed by what now seems a very outdated and
settling down at the Hilaire in South Kensington where
anachronistic mindset typical of the 1970s, he “took a
he took over from the outgoing Simon Hopkinson. The
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move proved so successful that by 1990, he’d managed to
puree, tagliatelle with broad beans, bacon and mustard,
purchase the restaurant himself, giving him the freedom
dressed langoustine with avocado salsa or, perhaps my
to enjoy a further 11 years success and in doing so,
favourite, local pork four ways. Of course, as you might
maintain a constant score of “7 out of 10 in the Good Food
expect, the miserly number of mouthwatering options I have
Guide.” Following a year off in 2001, he and his wife left
presented before you here barely scrapes the surface of this
London and set their sights on another challenge in the
expansive and exciting menu and to properly do it justice, I
shape of Tyddyn Llan. But enough about the man, what
can only suggest you get online and take a look yourselves
about the Llan?
before grabbing the phone and reserving a table.
There’s a great deal to talk about, that’s for sure. I could
How you choose to experience Tyddyn Llan is also a matter
start with the myriad accolades and awards hanging,
of personal choice, as both Bryan and Susan have worked
metaphorically at least, from the walls. Or its location,
hard to provide a wide selection of alternatives including
situated as it is in the Dee Valley and offering patrons a
dinner, lunch and breakfast menus, a six and nine course
romantic view of the spectacular North Welsh scenery.
taster menu and annual celebration evenings including an
But of course, there is really only one place to begin and
‘asparagus dinner’ every April to mark the arrival of this
that’s with the food. Having built his menus on a platform
seasonal delicacy, a ‘Champagne dinner’ in June, a ‘lobster
of the best ingredients, Bryan is unapologetic of his high
and grouse’ event in the early autumn and, in November, an
expectations, declaring that he only uses “local if it is good
‘anniversary dinner’ celebrating their arrival at the restaurant.
enough,” though unsurprisingly, plenty of the nearby
In addition, those keen to take their experience beyond the
produce is. Like Welsh Black beef from the Bala area, local
dining room can take advantage of different weekend break
lamb in spring, sausage and bacon from Edwards of Conwy
options including a two-night walking package complete with
and water cress and asparagus from the Wirral.
complimentary guides and maps. And if the lure of Bryan’s cooking isn’t enough to power you up and down Mount
These sumptuous ingredients, along with others from
Berwyn in record time – and it should be – then the promise of
further afield, are turned with a touch of Bryan’s genius
a hot shower and a cosy night’s rest in one of the guest rooms
into such delights as griddled scallops with cauliflower
will do it.
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The place is run first and foremost as a restaurant with rooms and not a hotel per se, but don’t let that put you off. Guests can still expect a great night’s sleep in one of the property’s dozen individually designed guest rooms or, if you are looking for something a little more luxurious, why not throw a crumpled shirt or two into the wardrobe of the ‘Garden Suite” and square away your wash bag before hurrying down to sample the food. Staying with the theme of crumpled shirts, though not in any way encouraging untidy and disheveled diners to flock to the restaurant, Bryan was keen to point out when we spoke that while his food is definitely of the ‘fine dining’ variety, the atmosphere that he and Susan have striven to create inside the dining room is neither stuffy nor pretentious. Instead, what diners will find is more of a relaxed feel and any guest waiting expectantly for a waiter or waitress to unfurl and neatly place their napkin will be disappointed. Lastly on this journey of culinary excellence, it would be totally
mountain range. Then again, for others, Tyddyn Llan’s
remiss of me not to delve a little deeper into those accolades
attraction could just as easily be its relaxed feel and unfussy
I mentioned earlier. Being consistently well rated in the Good
hotel vibe or, of course, the plain old promise of fabulous food.
Food Guide and climbing to 36th in the Sunday Times Top 100
But whatever your reason for visiting, promise me you’ll
Restaurants would be a lofty enough height for many in the
switch your car’s satellite navigation off as you make your
industry but not Bryan. These are just staging posts along the
way over to Corwen. For as long as the restaurant’s stoves are
way. Described by fellow multi-award winning chef Shaun
lit and burning, you’ll be just fine using that light Michelin star
Hill as being “at the top of his game as a chef and restaurateur
to guide you. Something Bryan knows, learnt well throughout
for so many decades that it is amazing he has managed to
his long and successful career. n
avoid becoming a celebrity cook and TV star,” Bryan clearly chose to focus on a Michelin sponsored star rather than one backed by the BBC, something that paid off in 2010 when Tyddyn Llan joined that most elite of restaurant clubs. What really stands out about this restaurant though is the depth of its appeal. Some may be drawn by the awards bulging out of the trophy cabinet or attracted by the location,
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Food for thought
I recently tried to trick my son into eating his
flip-flops on is ice cream. North Wales is
carrots with that old lie about them making
home to plenty of independent ice cream
you see in the dark, and it put me in mind of
makers who have been crafting their wares
many of the colourful untruths we often use,
here since the 1920s. Forte’s in Llandudno for
usually to keep our kids on the straight and
example, and Parisella’s in Conwy have both
narrow. I can remember being convinced at
been servicing our sweet-teeth for decades.
a young age that robins were spies working for Father Christmas, reporting back to the
There is something pretty special about
big man about whether you were being good
making your own ice cream though. For
anyone who has an ice cream maker, the thrill of seeing your home made mixture
Old favourites include the one about your
start to thicken as it cools still feels like
face freezing if the wind changed direction
witchcraft to me. It’s also a great way to
(false, it turns out) to the one about your legs
while away an afternoon with the kids
falling off if you unscrew your belly-button
(who can be hoodwinked into cleaning the
machine afterwards with the promise of fresh ice cream).
Cai Ross is co-owner and
One of the best ones I ever heard was from a penny-pinching dad who told his kids that
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, fret
Maitre d’ of the award-
ice cream vans only play their music when
not. I’ve discovered the easiest recipe since
winning Paysanne Bistro
they have sold out of all their ice creams.
beans on toast – all you need is an electric
in Deganwy, which has
whisk and a can of condensed milk (yes,
been serving French
After such a miserably damp and grey
they still make condensed milk!). I’ve paired
country-style food to the
winter/spring, I think we are entitled to a
it up with another classic summer recipe
fine people of North Wales
prolonged hot spell this year, and the first
that’s equally simple. All we need now is a
since 1988. He also writes
thing I think about when summer gets its
for Calibre Magazine, BBC Good Food, HeyUGuys. com and The North Wales Weekly News
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Raise your glass May is the perfect time to discover the great wines of southern Italy…
We here at ‘The Grape to Glass’ love the wines of Italy,
Now to mention a few, to tantalise the taste buds, and I have
especially the deep south. There is a serious charge of
just one page in this fine example of a local publication, so
popularity from all our regular customers, so much so, that we
you’ll have to pop in to discover the rest…
can’t help bringing in more varieties and styles.
J SQUINZANO, Apuglia (DOP) Cantine due Palme – Varieties: The wines of the south have been rising in popularity of late. Prosecco and Pinot Grigio have had their growth story in Italian wine over the past generation. Perhaps you’ve heard?
Negroamaro/Malvasia Nera Seductive, fruity aromas of dried fruits and exotic spices. Juicy, dark damson and black berry fruits on the palate with an intense and long spiced finish.
Unless you’ve been spending too much time filling your boots with Brunello, Barolo, and Reserva Chianti, maybe not, it feels like the story has just begun for the rise of this great part of
J AGLIANICO del Beneventano, Campania (IGT) Cantine Tombacco – Variety: Aglianico Often referred to as the Barolo of the south! This structured
Italy, and certainly for us too as a stockist and venue. Southern
wine is complex with enjoyable hints of cherry and red
Italy: I’m talking about the lower half of the Cavalier’s boot. From
berry notes, followed by a marked vanilla and spicy note.
below the knee that is Rome, all the way to Puglia’s steep heel and including the island of Sicily off the big toe. (No foot fetish here, just a love of wine and geography. But mostly wine.)
J IMPERIO ‘LXXIV’, Manduria, Apuglia (DOP) Feudo Croce – Varieties: Primitivo This wine presents a complex panorama of aromas with marked notes of ripe red fruit, spices, slight hints of cocoa
The deep south is an ancient land of historical vineyards, offering hundreds of grape varieties and vastly improved winemaking techniques.
and a balsamic vein. A harmonic balance of fruit and toasted French oak.
J SOGNO del SUD, Sicily (IGP) Baglio Gibellina – Varieties: Grillo This delightful wine is straw yellow in colour. An intense but
The old days where most production was used to be the
pleasant nose with notes of exotic fruit and spice. Fresh and
source of bulk wine destined for blending elsewhere, is now
soft on the palate, well balanced with a persistent aftertaste.
flourishing with new and older generations of winemakers proudly bottling their own cuvee styles.
Iechyd da! Tim
You’ve got to be open-minded to embrace most southern Italian wines given the unfamiliar grape varieties and flavours, the wines really ought to be judged on their own terms, or at least
Tim Watson runs The Grape to
with a view to how it might pair with food or just plain old
Glass Wine Shop and Tasting
Room in Rhos-on-Sea which, as well as offering wine from
If you prefer to play things safe with Prosecco and Pinot Grigio
far reaching lands, also stocks
all the time, stick to the north; it’s churning out plenty of those
locally produced beers, wines and spirits
wines to go around. Try something different! Not only do Mark and I adore the array of wine available to
The Grape to Glass Wine Shop and Tasting Room
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HOMES & INTERIORS INSIDE worktops property roundup interiors
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Kestrel Cottage is the perfect country retreat to get away from it all. Located in Capel Curig, the new owners will be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the area while savouring the extensive views of the surrounding Snowdonia landscape â€“ making it the perfect home or holiday retreat.
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Being tucked away at the end of a single track, accessed via the neighbouring farmland, this really is one of the most peaceful positions you could wish for. The detached cottage has a wonderful decked, raised balcony which runs the length of the property, overlooking the garden with stunning far reaching views, ideal for al fresco dining, entertaining or simply relaxing. The beautifully presented accommodation, which has the addition of a hot tub, comprises lounge with French doors out onto the balcony, fitted kitchen, utility room, rear aspect conservatory, three bedrooms and a family bathroom with separate WC. Externally there is extensive parking, a large timber car port and a former garage which is now being utilised as a separate annexe. The property is surrounded by rolling countryside with direct access to many country walks, with a lovely natural garden to side and rear with a large pond which also has its own decked seating area. n This three-bedroom country home is on the market for ÂŁ325,000 with Purple Bricks. Visit www.purplebricks.co.uk for further information
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WORKING ON IT When choosing a kitchen, everybody tends to focus on the units – but it’s worktops that can make, or break, a new kitchen design. Kate Hamilton reports.
Worktops are often over looked when it comes to
market. “Modern laminate worktops are pretty resilient
planning the kitchen – but it can be a costly mistake.
and have come on in leaps and bounds over the years,
Worktops need to do what they say on the tin – work –
with a wide variety of patterns and finishes to choose
and any surface that will scratch or stain might not be up
from,” continues Gilbert.
to the job. Howdens in Mochdre stocks a wide range of laminate “People often ask the question ‘will they mark?’ when
worktops in a choice of matt, gloss, smooth and textured
looking to purchase worktops,” says Gilbert E C Gillan
finishes – including a realistic stone-like appearance. You
from Hinton Interiors in Craig-y-Don. “The short answer
can choose from either a square or bullnose edged profile
is yes, most worktops will mark if not used sensibly.
and, while all of Howdens laminate worktops are moisture
We always recommend the use of chopping boards and
resistant, those marked P3 have an extra moisture
trivets for hot pans.”
Laminate is a pretty practical solution, and the huge
Solid wood worktops meanwhile add warmth and
choice available means that there is bound to be a finish
character to any kitchen, but they might be a little more
that complements your design. It is also probably the
high maintenance than their laminate counterparts. When
most cost effective worktop material currently on the
they are installed they will need to be treated with Danish
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oil (around four coats as a rule of thumb according to Gilbert), and have an annual treatment from then on. Wood worktops will also need to be kept dry so, if your other half tends to get a bit messy when doing the washing up, then this probably isn’t the most practical worktop for you. But, if you wipe up spills as soon as they happen, then a wood finish adds a great depth of warmth to your most used room in the house. Howdens sells a wide range of wooden worktops too, and they can be profiled or grooved to create intricate detailing. They are available in two thicknesses, 27mm and 40mm and all of Howdens worktops come with a one-year manufacturing guarantee for peace of mind. However, if you really want to make a splash in the kitchen, then stone is the way to go. But, again, choosing isn’t as easy as it sounds. “When customers call into our showroom, they are often
worktop to suit their taste and requirements.”
overwhelmed by the huge choice of granite and quartz
The first consideration is whether you want granite or quartz.
available,” explains Julie Williams, managing director at
Granite is a natural stone that is quarried in blocks, sliced into
Stoneworkz in Denbigh. “At this stage many have already been
slabs and then either polished, or textured to show its colours
worn down by all their other kitchen choices such as colours
at its best.
and style of doors, shape of units, handles, sink types, taps and flooring. I consider it my job to be as helpful as possible and if
“All natural stone is porous and dependant on the grain and
required guide them through the process of selecting the right
colour, and the porosity varies considerably,” continues Julie. “However with some excellent sealants available you are able to protect your granite from staining. Lighter colours will need sealing more frequently although there are branded granite ranges such as Sensa by Cosentino and Naturamia by Levantina that are pre-sealed at the processing stage and come with guarantees against staining.” Quartz meanwhile is man made into slabs using natural quartz and granite particles mixed with resin and formed into slabs. “Quartz goes through the same fabrication process as natural stone, although we use higher grade consumables as the quartz can be more hard wearing on our tooling,” adds Julie. “Quartz has the advantage of being non porous so there is absolutely no concerns of the lighter colours staining. However, quartz doesn’t like heat so we advise the use of pan trivets as hot pans can distort the resin and cause areas of the
Laminate worktops, such as this one from Howdens, come in a choice of matt, gloss, smooth and textured finishes
worktop to singe or mark.” Julie recommends asking yourself four key questions before choosing the type of stone you want:
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Stoneworkz in Denbigh supplies and fits a wide range of granite and quartz worktops
Quartz worktops, such as this one from Stoneworkz, have the advantage of being non porous – meaning that they won’t stain
1) Who uses your kitchen? If it’s a busy household then practicality is vitally important. Either a textured granite that doesn’t show every crumb or a non porous quartz (so no worries about staining) would be a good choice
2) Are you considering light or dark worktops?
If dark, there are some lovely granite choices – if light, then
quartz is ideal or a pre-sealed branded granite Howdens 3) Are you looking for a contemporary look or do you want
something more traditional or rustic? Granite has more character and the textured ones even more
so. However, if a contemporary look is desired there is such a
large range of quartz available to suit all colour palettes 4) Do you want your worktops to compliment your units, or contrast against them
regret your choice after only a year.”
This immediately eliminates or introduces colours similar to carcass units and is a great starting point as to which
These days there is such a large choice, even within the
materials to look at first
materials themselves, that you can rest assured there is a worktop for everyone.
“If there is one piece of advice I’d offer it’s to take as many trips back and forth to see as many samples as required, and
Just remember Julie’s parting words before making your
borrow the samples to see the colour in the setting that they
final choice between stone, laminate and wood: “I remind my
will be installed,” continues Julie. “Put in the time required
customers that although theses days many of us are looking
to make a confident decision with your worktops, because
for a kitchen with a wow factor, it is still a working room
once production has started, there’s no going back – and
and practicality is essential. Make sure that you choose the
your worktops are made to last a lifetime so you don’t want to
worktop material that suits your way of life.” n
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EW The Sycamores, 35 Pwllycrochan Avenue, Colwyn Bay LL29 7BW
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Beach House, Rhos-on-Sea Beach House offers an exciting opportunity to purchase development land with planning permission for six individually designed one- and two-bedroom apartments. Located adjacent to the sea front between charming Rhos-onSea and bustling Colwyn Bay, the new apartments will boast stunning sea views. This development opportunity is available via Fletcher & Poole estate agents for ÂŁ350,000.. www.fletcherpoole.com
Old Coastguard House, Penmon
Groeslon Ty Mawr, LLanddeiniolen, near Caernarfon
This superbly situated semi-detached proeprty enjoys
Groeslon Ty Mawr is a family-run bed and breakfast business
one of the finest marine locations on Anglesey, and
with a licensed restaurant and tea rooms which is set within a
commands panoramic views of nearby Black Rock
lovely rural position between Bangor, Caernarfon and Llanberis
lighthouse and Puffin Island over Llandudno Bay and the
on the fringe of the Snowdonia National Park. The property
Menai Strait towards the Great Orme. It is unusual for
is set within pretty well maintained gardens and has five
a property to become available in this location, and the
comfortable en suite letting bedrooms, a charming 44-cover
cottage is currently used as a very successful holiday let.
restaurant/tea room, a well-equipped commercial kitchen and
Having been extended, the cottage provides a lounge,
a spacious owners apartment. Huge scope exists to increase
open plan kitchen/dining room, sun room/fourth bedroom
the food and beverage side of the business by extending
with adjoining bathroom while, on the first floor, there
the trading hours of the restaurant. Groeslon Ty Mawr is
are a three further bedrooms and a second bathroom.
surrounded by picturesque and open countryside and, on a
There are spacious and private gardens all around and a
clear day, provides fantastic scenic views of Mount Snowdon. It
garage/store room. It is on the market with Joan Hopkin
is located in the area of Llanddeiniolen, around six miles from
Estate Agents, and has an asking price of ÂŁ425,000.
Llanberis, and is available to view with Colliers International.
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Tyddyn Bach, Holyhead Tyddyn Bach is a new development of two-, three- and four-bedroom new homes that is ideal for first-time buyers and families alike. Positioned on the main road, between Llaingoch and Holyhead, it offers easy access to the A55, port and train station. Developer Anwyl Homes has opened a new show home at the development – a three-bedroom semi-detached mews-style house, with parking, named The Powys, which shows the high level of specification included in properties at Tyddyn Bach. Popular with those looking for a high quality newbuild family home in Holyhead, and also those looking to secure a second home in this highly desirable part of Wales, prices at Tyddyn Bach start from £144,950 or £115,960 with Help to Buy. www.anwylhomes.co.uk
Cadnant Park, Conwy This five-bedroom semi-detached Victorian home is situated in the highly desirable Cadnant Park area close to schools, and within walking distance to the historic walled town, harbour and beach of Conwy. Combining the original charm and character with modern living, the well planned accommodation comprises a lounge with open fire, dining room with wood burner, superb kitchen/family/ living area with multi-fuel burner, roof lantern and French doors onto the garden, utility/store room and shower room. On the first floor you will find a master bedroom with en suite, two further bedrooms, family bathroom and linen/store room, while on the top floor there are two further double bedrooms, one of which has en suite and study. Double glazing, gas central heating, gated driveway, secure rear garden with lawned area, outside entertainment area with pizza oven and store room complete the package. On the market for £439,500, viewings are available via Fletcher & Poole. www.fletcherpoole.com
Water Street, LlanfairTH This delightful detached character cottage which has an abundance of original features including inglenook fireplaces and exposed beams, is situated in the heart of the popular village of LlanfairTH, near Abergele. The three-bedroom home boasts stunning countryside views, a newly fitted en suite shower room, conservatory and a lounge with a log burner and exposed beams. The village, which sits alongside the River Elwy, offers everything needed for day to day living with a shop/post office, doctor’s surgery, primary school, church and two pubs. The cottage is on the market with Purple Bricks for offers over £150,000. www.purplebricks.co.uk
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Inside Out North Wales Magazine brings you the latest products from the world of interiors
Electric avenue With an advanced design that ensures maximum heat distribution, with no cold spots, an electric heating system from North West Heating is also compatible with solar panels – meaning that the cost to run is minimal. Available with a range of controls, including a unique and high tech ‘SmartApp’, this intuitive system is cleverly designed to automatically monitor room temperature; the radiators can switch themselves on and off so that you only pay for the heat when you need it. Ideal for those that need to remotely set heating for holiday homes from miles away. www.northwestheatingsolutions.co.uk
The sword and the stone Make a statement in your garden with this natural sandstone featuring a galvanised sword hand forged into it. Produced in Wales by traditional blacksmith Dyfed Wyn Jones, no two pieces are the same. The sword is cemented into rock, and is available with or without slate base which, in turn, can be etched with personalised words. Prices for this garden talking point start from £220.00 and they are available to purchase from Stoneworkz in Denbigh. www.stoneworkzltd.co.uk
Relax like a Royal The Buckingham is a rather irresistible recliner style chair. High resistant foam filled cushions and a deepbuttoned detail back provide the ultimate in comfort, and customers can choose their covering from a huge selection of leathers and fabrics – or supply their own. In addition to that there is also a choice of feet styles and studs to make the chair as unique as you are. www.sofasbysaxon.com
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Dressed for success Ensure that your furniture makes as much effort as you do, with the Stiletto chest of drawers from MY Furniture. Priced at £369.99, the Stiletto chest features a contemporary design with an elegant, tapered rose gold frame. Four spacious drawers with tapered rose gold handles, black felt lining and a soft close mechanism complete the design package while extremely strong and durable toughened white glass with deep bevelled edges promises that the chest will keep its looks too. www.my-furniture.co.uk
Nordic Ochre Inspired by distinctive Scandi style, the Nordic fabric from iLIV boasts rich colours in retro designs to create an impactful decor. Nordic is available in six colourways, including Ochre (pictured), Scarlet, Tangerine, Capri, Kiwi and Noir. Shown here in Ochre. Design potential with such beautiful print is endless, and prices start from £21.00 per metre.. www.i-liv.co.uk
In the square Garden Requisites’ range of square metal planters complement their popular circular steel planters. The zinc galvanized steel planters are designed to withstand the damaging effects of the weather, soil and water. Unlike wood, terracotta, faux lead or fibreclay planters, these British made steel planters (which start from £295) will not crack, rot or crumble, so are well worth the investment. The planters include a raised base with drainage holes, substantial corner legs for stability and an elegant top rim making lifting easy – the perfect planter for contemporary or traditional gardens. Bespoke planter designs and made to measure sizes are also available. www.garden-requisites.co.uk
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Q&A with Steph Jeavons Colwyn Bay Motorcycles is running a questions and answers evening with Round the World Adventurer Steph Jeavons aka ‘One Steph Beyond’. Steph (pictured left) has just finished riding round the world on her Honda CRF250L motorcycle and is the first woman to have visited all seven continents as a solo female rider. This will be Steph’s official welcome home party and the first presentation that she has done in the UK since her return. “Steph is from Old Colwyn and has even worked for us, so we are chuffed to be welcoming her back!” commented Natalie Pritchard of Colwyn Bay Motorcycles. “We are also allowing guests to submit a question for Steph on the night… they can do this and register via our website.” When Friday 11th May at 7pm Where Colwyn Bay Motorcycles, 4 Groes Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8PU Cost
Awards success for RSPB Conwy
A minimum donation of £5 is required to gain entry to the
Helen Jowett, visitor experience manager at
event. Food and drink will be included. All proceeds will go to
RSPB Conwy and some of the Wild About Nature
Blood Bikes Wales
volunteers (pictured) attended the High Sheriff of Clwyd community awards ceremony recently,
Further information: www.colwynbaymotorcycles.com
for which they had been shortlisted in the Conwy community volunteering section. They came away with the top award for the county “in recognition of their enthusiasm in connecting people with the natural world”. The credit came as the latest issue of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain cited RSPB Conwy as one of only three locations in the whole of North Wales that meet their accessibility criteria. The review features all of the things that the centre does in order to make a visit here good for everyone. “The staff here are enthusiastically trying to improve accessibility at all times and are helpful without being fussy,” stated The Rough Guide. www.rspb.org.uk/Conwy
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Wrexham Lager history appeal A finance firm has launched an appeal with help from the daughter of a former Wrexham brewery worker to find hidden treasures from the iconic building’s history. The owners of Wrexham-based Hadlow Edwards
New collaboration for tourism jobs sector
Wealth Management have signed a lease on the original Wrexham Lager brew house on the edge of Central
A brand-new collaboration has been formed between
Retail Park and have started a major transformation
North Wales Tourism and recruitment agency JVP Group,
project to turn it into modern finance offices. The team
to provide a digital jobs platform and recruitment service
are keen to help preserve as much of the building’s
as part of the recently launched Go North Wales Tourism &
history as possible and would like to showcase photos,
Hospitality Academy. The Academy was unveiled in 2017
artefacts, and other items from the brewery business
with the purpose of connecting students, tourism and
as part of a celebration of its contribution to the town.
hospitality employees, employers and education providers
Dominic Richmond, Hadlow Edwards Operations Director
in North Wales. Bodelwyddan based JVP Group will work
who is overseeing the move to the new site, said: “We
with the Academy to aid the development of a skilled
are all very excited to be moving in to the fantastic
workforce in the sector, and assist tourism and hospitality
Wrexham Brewery building which is such a treasured
businesses across the region in attracting talent. “The
landmark for the town. When you take over the lease for
sector is hugely important to the Welsh economy and
a historical building like this, you feel a certain sense
it is therefore essential that we focus on tackling the
of duty to look after its history and preserve it in some
skills shortage, and building a sustainable workforce for
way for generations to come. While we are carrying out
the future,” commented Cath Harrison, MD of JVP Group.
an extensive and modern refurbishment of the entire
“Tourism is our biggest sector in North Wales and we need
building, we do not want to lose sight of its heritage
to shout about the many and varied career opportunities
and hence we are on a bit of a mission to find anyone
that are available to people,” added The Academy’s project
who has old photos, artefacts and memories from the
manager, Pam Everley. “We also need to ensure they have
brewery in its hey-day and ask them to get in touch.
access to the right skills training to make the most of
We are exploring ideas of how best to incorporate the
these opportunities.” Anyone who is interested in signing
history of the brewery in our own extensive redecoration
up to the Academy, whether a student or employee, should
of the building.” Do you have memories, photos or
visit www.gonorthwales.academy for more information.
artefacts which relate to the Wrexham Lager Brewery?
Alternatively, if you’re an employer, visit www.JVPGroup.
Contact Claire Garner on 01244 680385 or claire@
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THE BRIDGES OF BETWS-Y-COED Betws-y-Coed is one of the most popular destinations in Snowdonia National Park and an exploration of its four historic bridges makes for a great walk. The town is located at a point where The Afon Conwy, The Afon Llugwy and The Afon Lledr converge and was founded around a monastery in The 6th Century.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW J Distance: 4.24 miles/6.82 kilometres J Time: Allow 2.5 â€“ 3 hours J Start: The long stay car park near
This pleasant route gives a straightforward riverside and forest
Betws-y-Coed Tourist Information
walk taking in The Sappers Suspension Bridge, Waterloo Bridge,
Centre and Railway Station. The walk
Pont-y-Pair Bridge and the famous Miners Bridge. Both The Afon
starts in the first left hand long stay
Llugwy and The Afon Conwy are followed to give fairly easy walking
car park after the station and cafes
with some small ascents and descents, a bit of a climb on a forest track and some quiet lane walking to return you back to the village.
J Grid Ref: SH 794566 J Nearest postcode: LL24 0AH J Ordnance Survey Map: Ordnance Survey OL Explorer OL 17 â€“ Snowdon and Conwy Valley
J What to expect: Easy going on tracks and paths by rivers and in forests. A circuit of a golf course plus some road (pavement) and quiet lane walking (no pavement). A few rough areas where care is required
J Dogs: OK but must be put on a lead J Suitable for: Most age groups but take care with children on the road and lane sections
J Refreshments: Betws-y-Coed has shops, cafes and pubs
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Pentre Du Farm
Hendre Rhys Gethin
Miniture Railway Hotel
START Exit the car park towards the stone barn with
‘Information’ on it. Go right of it to go right through a white gate marked ‘Private Road’ and ‘Royal Oak Farm’.
Continue on a track past Royal Oak Cottages and Royal Oak Farmhouse. Follow The Afon Llugwy (left) as the track
to go left taking a surfaced path by The Afon Llugwy. Cross
gets rougher. Pass under a railway bridge to continue by a
boardwalk continuing through the forest beyond. At a fork by
golf course (right) and the river (left) following the designated
picnic benches stay ahead and continue by the river passing
path (keep dogs on leads). At the end of the golf course, pass
through a kissing gate. Cross an open meadow (keeping dogs
through a kissing gate and descend steps to reach a junction
on leads) crossing a bridge and an old wall. Pass through a
of The Afon Llugwy and The Afon Conwy.
kissing gate taking the surfaced path beyond. Follow the river left and continue to rise and eventually climb steps to The
2) Curve right past a bench and continue curving right
through a kissing gate. Now follow the opposite side of the golf course using the designated path (keep dogs on leads).
Points of interest on this section
Follow The Afon Conwy to drop down steps. Continue by the
J Waterloo Bridge was built by Thomas Telford in 1815 to
golf course to pass through a kissing gate. Continue past the end of the golf course and stay ahead to join and follow a surfaced track. When this bends right stay ahead over a low
commemorate The Battle of Waterloo. It is decorated with leeks, roses, shamrocks and thistles
J Pont-y-Pair Bridge (Bridge of The Cauldron) is the oldest
stile to walk left of St Michael’s Church.
existing bridge in Betws-y-Coed. It was built prior to 1475
Exit the churchyard over a stile to reach The Sappers
and salmon can be seen leaping in this area in the autumn
Suspension Bridge (which can be visited to your left if you want). Go right and then left to follow a lane to The A5.
J The Miners Bridge was the point it is believed The Romans used to cross The Afon Llugwy. The Miners Bridge was also used by local quarrymen to reach the mines of The
Points of interest on this section:
J St Michael’s Church is the oldest building in Betws-y-Coed and dates from the 14th Century
J The Sappers Suspension Bridge crosses The River Conwy
4) With your back to The Miners Bridge take a rising path signed for ‘Diversion if River is Flooded’. Rise steadily through
and was built in 1930. It replaced an earlier bridge from
woodland following the Blue footprint markers. Continue to
1917 which was built as an alternative to the stepping
pass a barrier and reach a lane near a junction.
stones that were the original way over the water 5) Go right descending the lane and staying ahead at all times 3) Go left along The A5 to reach a car park with a good view of
to re-join your outbound route by the car park and toilets. Go
ahead to go right over Pont-y-Pair Bridge and then go left to walk through Betws-y-Coed to The Royal Oak Hotel. Go left
Re-trace your steps back to where you joined The A5 and
facing the hotel entrance to go left of The Information Centre
continue ahead into Betws-y-Coed. After crossing the road to
and then right back to the car park. n
the railway station (right) cut right into a park and continue
Once over the bridge go left on a lane as the road bends right.
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
As the lane begins to rise (after a carpark and toilets) leave it
responsibility for inaccuracies encountered.
along the top left edge of it (keeping dogs on leads). Exit the park near The Royal Oak Hotel to go ahead along The A5 into the village. At a junction right (just before a café/chip shop) go right to cross Pont-y-Pair Bridge.
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Enchanted castle or modern venue overlooking the sea? You’ve decided on the type of ceremony you’re going to have
changing weather climate. For
but now you need to find a venue!
example, you may want your drinks reception outside, but if it
When looking for your ideal venue there are a couple of
does happen to rain during this
questions to start you off on your venue search…
part of your day does the venue have space inside to hold the
How many people are you looking to invite to your ceremony,
wedding breakfast and evening reception? Once you’ve narrowed down a couple of options based on the
You may think this is jumping ahead slightly as you’ve just got engaged, but the answer to this question will help you narrow down your venue search. If you’re looking at a church ceremony what is the maximum capacity the church can hold and does this fit with your guest list? This will then give you an idea of numbers for the venue you’re hosting the wedding
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breakfast. If you’re having a civil ceremony what is the maximum number, you can have?
These are just a couple of questions to start you off on your
Does the venue have separate rooms for the ceremony and
venue finding journey. Once you have a favourite venue you
wedding breakfast or if everything is taking place in the same
can then go into more detail and specifics before confirming
room, what will be the turnaround time and where can you and
your date and paying a deposit. Next month will explore
your guests go while the room is transformed?
some of the areas you need to consider before confirming your chosen venue – until then make the most of your
Location, location, location…
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How to keep kids (and parents!) happy at your wedding Children are often tolerated at weddings, but rarely
5. Provide a fancy dress box. Even if you just put out a box of
welcomed. It’s almost as if you have to invite the kids
silly hats, over-size glasses, feather boas and scarves you’re
because you want their parents to come – right? But it
providing them with hours of entertainment
doesn’t have to be that way. Happy, engaged kids are an absolute joy at weddings, and parents love it when you
6. Set aside a corner of the garden just for kids. A brightly
demonstrate you care about their little ones. With a little
coloured kid-size gazebo is a great idea for sunny days. Fill
forward planning it’s easy to ensure all your guests enjoy
it with picnic blankets, cushions, comics and books. Outside
your big day.
the gazebo you can lay out Giant Jenga bricks, ready for building. It’s always a crowd-pleaser!
1. Start as you mean to go on. Kids love to get stuff in the post, so why not send them an invite, addressed just to them – not
7. Get a bouncy castle – you won’t regret it. Just keep away
to their parents. Ask them to bring a favourite teddy as their
the groom and bridesmaids if they’ve been on the fizz!
‘Plus 1’ 8. Dig deep. It’s easy to create an instant sand pit that won’t 2. Organise a ‘Get to Know You’ goodie bag game on arrival.
damage the lawn. An inflatable paddling pool will set you
Fill named goodie bags chock full of games, bubbles, toys and
back less than a tenner. Add several bags of play sand,
sweet treats, then hide them around the venue. The children
buckets, spades and a few plastic shapes and bingo – happy
will quickly form friendships as they seek out the bag with
kids for hours and hours!
their name on and investigate what’s inside 9. Don’t forget the kids at dinnertime. It might be worth 3. Get creative. Provide an assortment of pens, crayons and
talking to your venue about seating the children together,
paper on a low table and ask the children to do their best
at their own special table. If your menu is particularly
drawings of the wedding, the venue and the guests. You can
grown-up then an alternative kids menu would not only be
also dedicate a corner of the table to creating confetti to use
appreciated, but could save you money…
later in the day! 10. Call in the professionals. If you really have a lot of kids 4. Disposable cameras are great fun but if you wanted to take
coming, it might be worth the outlay to hire a professional
the idea to the next level, get your hands on a couple of mini
entertainer. A magician or face-painter will appeal across the
Polaroid cameras. Most of the kids won’t even know what a
ages. Get the magic show to start as the speeches commence
Polaroid camera is – just wait until they see how much fun
to guarantee two hours of peace and quiet…
they can be! Add a blank photo album, some kid-friendly glue, and let the kids get creative as they compile your
And finally, enjoy your young guests. It’s your wedding, but
amazing ‘alternative’ wedding album
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Spring is in the sea as well as in the air during May!
May is a magical time in the seas around our local
But many members of the wrasse family hold another
coasts, as the sea temperature gradually starts to rise
much less apparent – and far more remarkable trick –
and our native marine life becomes more active after
under their fins. These species live in small groups or
the winter months. Many people are not aware that our
‘harems’ with one male presiding over his territory and
sea temperatures lag considerably behind the seasonal
a group of smaller, less colourful, females. When the
temperatures on land. March is the month when sea
male dies, the largest of the females in the group goes
temperatures are at their very coldest, when many
through a complete sexual transformation to become a
marine animals are in a state of slower activity and
male; she grows larger, develops the bright colours of
semi-torpor – or have migrated to deeper waters to
the male and, upon breeding, will produce sperm rather
avoid the low temperatures for the winter months. Here
than eggs, becoming in a matter of weeks the dominant
in North Wales the average sea temperature drops to
male to the harem.
6-7 °C in winter – but it may get considerably lower than this in shallow coastal areas.
Lumpsuckers or lumpfish are another enigmatic native species which many people know little about. These
In May, as the sea temperatures are gradually
weird and spectacular fish resemble some kind of
increasing, our coastal waters start to buzz with
bizarre alien from a sci-fi movie, with their almost
activity again as many species return from deeper
spherical bony body covered in warts and bumps,
waters and all marine life starts to get more active
huge rubbery lips and modified pelvic fins on their
again in preparation for the upcoming breeding
underside which allow them to stick firmly to rocks
season. Here at the Anglesey Sea Zoo, all of our water
and substrate even in very rough seas. These quirky
is pumped directly from the Menai Strait, so the
characters spend the winter months offshore in deeper
animals in our exhibits experience the same natural
waters but migrate to coastal areas in spring to breed
increase in temperature during May as those in the
and can often be seen close to shore right through to
sea and, as a result, we see the same natural changes
the Autumn months. The brightly coloured males range
in their behaviour.
in hue from orange to pink or purple while the drab grey females are twice as big as the males, around the
We have many very colourful species of fish in British
same size as a rugby ball. The eggs of lumpsuckers are
waters, and of these the wrasse family, particularly the
eaten as an imitation form of caviar in Scandinavia, but
male wrasse of several species, are probably the most
these peculiar characters have recently started to meet
impressive. Male wrasse become their most flamboyant
a much more vital role, as a ‘cleaner fish’ to naturally
and colourful in May. Male Cuckoo wrasse (pictured)
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turn their beautiful bluish hue into a vibrant electric blue to impress the less brightly coloured females, male
Frankie Hobro is the owner and
Ballan wrasse become a sparkling bright orangey red
director of Anglesey Sea Zoo. She has
and the striking colours of the Corkwing wrasse are
always been a passionate advocate for
more attractive than ever in the males of the species.
conservation, and has a long history working on hands-on conservation projects with critically endangered species in difficult conditions abroad
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On the road Luke Edwards unveils the magic of Maserati
Maserati Trident logo. The Silver Trident also features at the heart of the perfectly shaped steering wheel and displays on the Touch Control 8.4” media screen. The driving position, in the Levante, feels like you are in a Maserati sports car and not a Sports Utility Vehicle. The 3.0 litre V6 Turbo Diesel power plant (with 275bhp) started with a press of the stop / start button and the automatic box can be driven normally or when you are after a more sporty experience you can use the shift paddles. Maserati is a magical name in Italian car culture. Founded by
There is a sport button on the Levante that once pressed
the Maserati Brothers on the 1st December 1914, at N° 1 Via de’
prepares the SUV for those curvy Welsh B-roads and when
Pepoli in Bologna, the Italian marque has always produced cars
pressed again adapts the dampers for spirited driving. The
that have style, class and a sporting pedigree.
handling of the Maserati was sublime due to a low centre of gravity and perfect 50-50 weight distribution.
The Levante, named after the Mediterranean wind, has a mix that is new for Maserati; luxurious, but also adventurous. All
The Levante also has advanced safety features which is
versions of the Levante have an eight-speed gearbox and
reassuring for the family driver, including six dual-stage
intelligent Q4 All Wheel Driver with a torque vectoring system
airbags, active headrests and a tyre pressure monitoring
to move power around the wheels where it is needed. There
system; as well as optional ‘active’ safety technology designed to
are dynamic five ride heights to choose from via advanced
help prevent collisions which includes Adaptive Cruise Control,
active air suspension. This is a Maserati that is equally happy
Blind Spot Alert, Rear Cross Path detection, and Lane Departure
both on and off the road.
and Forward Collision warning systems.
The model Maserati loaned me was sporting a very striking
For someone who wants Italian elegance, a unique bespoke feel
Blu Emozione paint colour, which highlighted the lines of the
and a capable vehicle for many situations, the Maserati Levante
Levante perfectly. Inside it had the luxury leather you expect
is a perfect choice. The 3.0 litre V6 Turbo Diesel Levante starts
from an Italian sports car, in the colour of Cuoio; it’s the sort of
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traditional tobacco colour that suits Italian car interiors. The trim was finished with High Gloss Ebano Wood that boasted a beautiful grain; just think of the
Freelance motoring journalist Luke Edwards is a member
wood finish you might see on a vintage Riva Boat
of the British Guild of Motoring Writers and is a motoring
and you are in that territory. It felt so luxurious and
specialist for BBC local radio. He can be found as a
fitted with the Italian bespoke feel.
competitor in the occasional Hill Climb competition too – but in his car rather than on his feet. You can follow Luke
It was reassuring to see the traditional Maserati
Edwards’ Motoring on Twitter @exhaustnotesuk
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Learning by heart “April is the cruellest month” claimed T S Eliot in The Wasteland.
making connections, thinking about exam technique and
However, for the thousands of pupils sitting GCSE, GCE and IB
focussing on teachers’ feedback. However, there are some
Diploma exams this summer, May is probably far worse. May is
simple measures which can make revision more effective.
the time when revision really should start in earnest, if it hasn’t already, and exams become a reality rather than something
which seemed like a long time away before the Easter break.
papers and tests. That way the actual exam paper is “just
Spend more time on practice questions, exemplar exam
another practice paper”. Spend less time re-reading or reAs a teacher, a headmaster and, last year, a parent of a 16 year
writing (and highlighting) notes; it’s now about applying
old I can sympathise and empathise with teenagers and their
knowledge rather than cramming it in.
parents all across the country now fretting about the next six
weeks or so. The stakes are certainly high. A Level grades
ensure that the bedroom remains a place where you can return
and IB Diploma points will determine which university one
to relax and sleep well without a pile of folders to constantly
enters and GCSE results are becoming increasingly important
raise anxiety levels. Keep the phone out of sight too.
too especially with the new 1-9 grading system. Many will be
sitting new style exam courses for the first time with greater
to support each side of this argument but ultimately you will be
emphasis on subject knowledge and less, if any, contribution
working in an exam hall in silence; you need to train yourself to
from coursework marks and earlier modules. How might one
work in that silence.
approach revision and exam preparation?
Avoid working in the bedroom! Work in a separate room to
Don’t revise with music on. I know there is much evidence
Vary your approaches to keep the revision fresh. Use
technology, revise with friends, get parents to quiz you, play the For parents it’s a difficult balance of encouragement and
“just a minute” game - anything to stop you feeling bored and
pressure. Ultimately it will depend upon your child of course,
frustrated, though remember the most effective form of revision
but there are some approaches that will help.
is number one above. 5.
Keeping them calm, fit and healthy is crucial. Maintain
Have a life! No prizes for originality here but sleeping well,
exercising, eating properly and even socialising (in person
normal routines, encourage exercise, regular eating etc. but find
rather than virtually) will all keep a sense of perspective. Avoid
alternative topics of discussion over the dinner table.
the late nights, so-called energy drinks and unproductive time
spent at your desk. Earn the break but don’t be frightened to
Have non-negotiables. You want to be supportive but
keeping phones out of sight, sticking to agreed working
times, appropriate bed and waking times etc. may need some enforcement. They’ll thank you for it in time!
There’s no shortage of advice on how to prepare for exams and
these thoughts only scratch the surface of what might work for
Help with testing e.g. language vocabulary, history dates or
literature quotations or ask them to explain a topic to you.
someone but the most important advice I can offer is what I told
my son last year in preparation for his GCSEs. Just follow your
If you are at home while they are revising supervise with
a light touch. They won’t appreciate being interrupted but the
teachers’ advice, be honest with yourself and, most importantly,
occasional nudge, prompt or offer of a drink may just interrupt a
have no regrets. If you can do that then August will hopefully be
bout of daydreaming
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Finally, resist the temptation to ask how an exam went that
day. It’s time to move on to preparing for the next one.
Simon Smith is the headmaster of Rydal For pupils it’s probably more straightforward; they are, after
Penrhos in Colwyn Bay. He is married
all, in charge of their own destiny. It is encouraging to consider
with two teenage children and has a
that much of the groundwork has already been done. Revision
passion for rugby
should not be about learning the material but reviewing it,
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There’s plenty of wildlife across the region in May, says Julian Hughes, if you know where to look during Year of the Sea.
Credit: Steve Stansfield
Three places to visit in May Gronant, near Prestatyn Little Terns nest on the beach between Gronant and Talacre, their only breeding site in Wales. The colony is fenced, to prevent disturbing these birds that arrived from Africa in April. Natterjack Toads have been reintroduced
to pools created in dunes
May is the month to visit a seabird colony, and there
behind the beach, and
are plenty around our coast, from the Little Orme in
Grasshopper Warblers breed
the east, to the Afon Dysynni in southern Snowdonia.
in waterside vegetation.
Kittiwakes and auks, such as Guillemots and Razorbills, line up on sheer rock faces; other Gulls and Cormorants
Morfa Harlech dunes
nest colonially at the base or top of a cliff; the charismatic Puffin nests down a burrow, so
The shifting sands of Morfa
you’ll only see them on the water below the cliffs. If you climb or kayak, please follow local
Harlech are one of the
directions to avoid disturbing seabirds, many of which are declining across Europe.
best places to enjoy wild flowers in North Wales.
Credit: Thomas Kuvaaja
Specialists include orchids
Year of the Sea celebrates our lakes and rivers too. Look
such as Marsh Helleborine,
along shorelines for Common Sandpipers, with their
Heath-spotted Orchid and
jerky, bobbing walk. They visit from Africa, lay their eggs
Early Marsh Orchids while
in shingle and hunt for insects along the water’s edge.
butterflies such as Small
Upland lakes may also hold Goosanders or Red-breasted
Copper, Marsh Fritillary and
Mergansers, ducks with shaggy crests that hunt for fish,
Silver-studded Blue can be
and you may be really lucky to spot an Osprey, which are
summering in North Wales in increasing numbers.
Credit: Julian Hughes
The coast is a riot of colour in May, especially the clifftops, where a special community of plants can survive the salt spray. All are low growing, so look for Spring Squill, a sky-blue flower that is actually a member of the Asparagus family; and Thrift, with globular heads of pink flowers each on the end of a stalk. Into June, the Spotted Rockrose blooms only in northwest Wales; it’s the county flower of Anglesey, and the RSPB nature reserve at South Stack is one of the best places to look, but visit in the morning because the petals fall off by mid-day!
All at sea
If you’re on a boat, or watching from the shore with binoculars, you may spot a grey shape breaking the surface of the sea. It’s most likely to be a harbour porpoise, which have a low-profile dorsal fin and never come out of the water, unlike dolphins which have longer fins and may ride the bow wave of a boat. If you do spot a cetacean (the collective name for whales, dolphins and porpoises), send your sightings to the Seawatch Foundation, which collects records from around the Welsh coast.
Penmon Point, Anglesey If you don’t fancy a boat trip (from Beaumaris Pier) around Puffin Island, you can drive to the easternmost point on Anglesey and see seabirds flying onto the cliffs. Take binoculars – or, even better, a telescope – and you should spot Guillemots, Puffins and Kittiwakes, plus Eider ducks and Black Guillemots that nest on the rocky shore. Look for seals in the channel, and maybe a Harbour Porpoise if you’re lucky.
Julian Hughes grew up in North Wales, which instilled a lifelong love of nature. He lives near Llandudno, manages the RSPB’s Conwy nature reserve, and writes about the region’s wildlife.
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The confessions of a modern day Magpie Hurray, hurray the first of May! What is it about Spring? That time of year
a well put together home is something that
that people suddenly decide to up sticks
emerges over time. My house is a fusion of
and move house. For sale signs appear to be
decorative antiques and vintage furniture
popping up all over the place. Is it that people
accumulated over years and years of buying. It
get itchy feet or is it a seasonal nesting
creates an individual and stylish look personal
instinct like the birds? The one question I
to me and my family, everything in it evokes a
frequently get asked by clients and friends
memory and memories make a home.
when they purchase a new/old house is “Where do I start with furnishing it?” And
Looking back over my year of writing for
my reply is quite logical, especially when
North Wales Magazine, who would have
purchasing a period property. You must work
thought it would prove so fruitful in my
with what you have and let the house dictate
endless quest to unearth hidden treasures?
to you, of course adding your own style or
Tatty has been super busy responding to
modern twist as you work on through.
endless phone enquiries and attending house calls the length and breadth of North
There is nothing that Tatty enjoys more
Wales. I am always interested to hear from
than working with a client to strip back a
my readers should you be looking to sell
house and unearth its long forgotten hidden
any antiques, paintings/mirrors, Welsh
features. It could be as simple as ripping
blankets, hand stitched quilts or furniture.
up a carpet to unveil a fabulous parquet
Never knowing what the next call may
floor, or my very favourite hidden surprise...
bring is what makes my job so exciting and
when you peel off old wallpaper to reveal the
Tatty is constantly searching for new stock and would love to hear
original hand painted version underneath – how’s that for inspiration!
Readers, I barely sleep!
When you are finally ready to start
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inappropriate, because I can hardly ask them to hunker down in
them as they embark on outdoor endurance activities, I
a shiny plastic chair with a Fruit Shoot and a copy of the Brief
barely batted an eyelid when I read reports that we might
History of Time when my own volume is sitting pristine on the
be charged to climb Mount Snowdon. Put me down for 10p a
shelf, a faded bookmark wedged into page two of the preface,
mile I thought. If it means preserving the countryside, then it
serving as a way-marker of my own ignorance.
sounds like a good idea. But, as I struggled to think of ways to entertain my children over the Easter holidays, I figured that
So I did what any parent of three children would do, and
an even better idea would be to install a giant iPad, hewn from
asked the eldest to explain it to the other two. It always works.
Welsh slate, at the summit of the great mountain.
“Is that right Daddy?” asked my youngest after a couple of minutes of exposition. “Um, yes I think that pretty much covers
Technology has become a crutch for the modern parent. How
it,” I said. “Now who wants an ice-cream?”
our forebears used to cope with endless questions without recourse to a search engine is so genuinely incomprehensible
A little later, once the cheering had died down and I’d jet-
to me that I resorted to Google for an explanation. And this
washed the sprinkles from their faces, I found the fascination
Easter the questions went into overdrive. It was like the
of Ken Dodd easier to explain. The last great music hall
Spanish Inquisition, so I can only imagine what it’s like for
entertainer, his gigs would last longer than the average
parents in Barcelona or Bilbao – let alone Bala.
Eisteddfod, and the constant stream of daft witticisms and one-liners would beat even the humourless into submission
But what made Easter even more worthy of childish
and laughter. Except on one famous occasion at the Glasgow
interrogation than usual was because it
Empire, when Dodd was heckled with the line: “It’s all right if
coincided with the passing of
you like laughing.” It’s not a bad template to follow. Snowdon’s
two greats from very different walks of life – scientist Stephen
all right if you like walking, and Hawking’s all right if you like to solve the eternal mysteries of the universe.
Hawking and comedian Ken Dodd. The result was a
And, if you do like laughing, there’s a truckload of it coming to
fraught 20-minute barrage of
Venue Cymru in June. The Craft of Comedy is a brilliant event
questioning as I struggled to explain Black Holes and the
that brings together the finest comedy writers and performers from the world of TV, film and radio to share their knowledge and experience with anyone who wants to listen. And, to cap it
all, it’s happening at the same time as the town’s first comedy But, even after harnessing the
fringe festival. It’s the brainchild of former BBC producer
power of the internet and passing
Steve Doherty who moved to Llandudno a decade ago and
it off as my own, I still couldn’t help
is now re-inventing it as an Epicentre of Hilarity. Which is
feeling that my children were still
a planet inhabited by Ken Dodd and discovered by Stephen
short-changed by my own lack of
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knowledge. On Stephen Hawking, even the usual attempt to promote a wholesome
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promoter and compere of Stand-
go to the
up at the Seaside, a monthly
comedy club that takes place at
find a book
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about it’) was
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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
May’s horoscopes brought to you by Russell Grant ARIES (March 21st-April 20th) Accepting a new job is a strong possibility at the middle of May. The New Moon on the 15th will give you a chance to gain hands on experience. Accept a temporary assignment. You will make such a success of this venture that you will be offered a full-time position. There will be plenty of growth opportunity at this company.
LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd) Moving in with your significant other, getting engaged or exchanging wedding vows are among the possibilities this month. On the 15th, the New Moon will urge you to merge with someone who has earned your trust. If you’re not interested in romance, you might form a business partnership or collective. The Full Moon on the 29th could find you commanding the spotlight.
TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st) Take this opportunity to show off your creative work. The New Moon on the 15th will attract an appreciative audience. If you’ve been longing for a career in the arts, this is the time to make your move. On the 29th, the Full Moon will prompt you to make a merger official or break things off with an oppressive partner.
SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd) It’s time to turn a fresh page in a relationship. The New Moon on the 15th will cause you to see your business or romantic partner in an entirely different light. Maybe you weren’t aware of the full extent of their abilities. Perhaps you took their help for granted. Whatever the reason for this oversight, it will be corrected towards the middle of the month.
GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st) After a frenzied period of partying, you’ll be able to rest and relax in the middle of May. The days surrounding the 15th urge you to take time off work and recharge your batteries. Obey the call of the New Moon and stay away from social media. Solitary activities like reading, writing and even a little contemplative meditation will be therapeutic.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st) Hiring an assistant or additional staff is strongly advised on or around the 15th. That’s when a New Moon will put helpful people in your path. Getting upbeat, enthusiastic people to join the team will take a lot of work from your shoulders. On the 29th, the Full Moon will prompt you to put the finishing touches on a personal project.
CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd) Joining a political organisation or professional club will be lots more fun than expected. On the 15th, you’ll be inspired to work with a group that shares your beliefs or ambitions. After feeling like an oddball, it will be a real relief to find your tribe. A big job will come to a successful conclusion on the 29th, filling you with pride.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th) If you’ve been yearning for romance, you’ll find it near the 15th. That’s when the New Moon puts an interesting person or opportunity in your path. A gifted artist will seek your company. You’ll admire their impeccable taste while they’ll praise your impressive accomplishments. This will be a match made in heaven.
LEO (July 24th-August 23rd) You’ll be able to make fresh inroads in your career, thanks to the New Moon on the 15th. It’s a good time to take a job involving art, luxury goods or cosmetics. Your warmth and humour will attract loyal clients who trust your judgement. If you’re not looking for work, you might be invited to take the helm of a cultural organisation.
AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th) Spending time with your nearest and dearest is important at mid-May. You’re not especially sentimental, but you do need the support of family. The New Moon on the 15th gives you a chance to connect with people who love you unconditionally. If you’re estranged from your relatives, focus on creating a support network consisting of friends, neighbours and colleagues.
VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd) May invites you to go after a cherished dream. Earning an advanced degree, living abroad and publishing a book are among the possibilities. You’ll get a green light near the 15th, when the New Moon beckons you into unfamiliar territory. Don’t be afraid to leave familiar surroundings for an intimidating environment.
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PISCES (February 20th-March 20th) The New Moon on the 15th is ideal for planting seeds for renewed health. Starting a fitness regime will pay off handsomely. Investing in a gym membership, joining an exercise class or hiring a trainer will keep you focused on your goals. Being able to socialise while getting physical activity will make this routine a labour of love.
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