Now that the schools have gone back there is an air of serenity that’s settled across North Wales, making it the perfect time for visiting the attractions, taking in a show or enjoying a walk along a sandy beach or in the countryside.
Here are out top five things to do this Autumn:
4 ways to Storm the Orme
There is no disputing that the Great Orme in Llandudno is worth a visit but how you get to the summit depends on how adventurous you feel:
- If you’ve a head for heights then you’ll enjoy a ride in the Cable Car, the longest passenger cable car system in the Britain which takes you 679 feet up in the sky! The brightly coloured cars carry up to four passengers and in just under ten minutes take you from Happy Valley to the Summit giving you breathtaking views over Llandudno Bay to Little Orme.
- If you’ve lots of energy then you could take to the road and hire a bike – either non-electric or electric for a bit of extra pedal power to help you on your way. Even with an electric bike this is a good work out but very rewarding especially when you can freel wheel most of the trip back down!
- Another leisurely mode of transport is the Great Orme Tramway. This is Britain’s only cable-hauled street tram and takes you on a picturesque journey to the summit, or maybe your return journey down having travelled up by Cable Car.
- Put your fitness to the test by taking a scenic walk up the Great Orme and then enjoy one of the many trails around the summit including the Summit Trail, an Historical Trail that takes you around many of the 400 known sites of archaeological and historical interest or the Nature Trail to discover the native and rare flora that has made the Orme so unique.
The Land of Song
Wales has had a reputation for being the land of Song since the 19th century and the finest music in the country is to be heard in the Male Voice Choirs, and this autumn there are a number of concerts in Llandudno that we recommend. Men Who Sing is a series of concerts at Holy Trinity Church with Cor Meibion Dinas Bangor on Sunday 17 September and Cor Meibion Dyffryn Nantlle on Sunday 24 September. Gloddaeth United Church has the ever popular and internationally famous Llanddulas Male Voice Choir performing with piano and harp accompaniment every Tuesday until 26 September, and St John’s Methodist Church has Welsh Male Voice Choirs visiting from all over North Wales for concerts every Tuesday and Thursday until 19 October, and a special concert with Cor Alaw and harpist Dylan Cernyw on Saturday 23 September.
Take in a Show
Venue Cymru is the focalpoint for local, regional, national and international shows of award winning repute and it’s right on our doorstep. The Autumn programme offers plenty of choice from a Miss Marple whodunit and the Welsh National Opera to concerts by Texas and Elaine Page and the Russian State Ballet performing Swan Lake.
Whether you’re a budding artist or not, there’s a host of attractions where you can appreciate fine art. The Quiet Landscape is an exhibition at Mostyn Gallery, the contemporary art gallery in Llandudno until 1 October. The exhibition is of Argyll based printmaker Sarah Ross-Thompson which combines the vibrant colours of oil-based etching inks with the highly textural nature of collage printing blocks.
LLAWN05, Llandudno Arts Weekend is on 15 to 17 September. LLAWN is a free, full-on weekend arts festival along the Promenade and across venues and spaces in town with performances, live music, comedy, visual art, films, dance and much more.
Open Doors is Wales’ largest annual celebration of architecture and heritage with several buildings opening their doors for free until the end of September.
Penrhyn Castle, outside Bangor is showing its final year of Artists in Residence which is in collaboration with the Arts Council of Wales and runs until 8 October. The exhibition ‘Slate or State’ is by Walker & Bromwich and pays tribute to the Great Strike Penrhyn; giving it a determined presence within the castle and highlighting the importance and international significance of the longest strike in labour history and what it means today.
Plas Newydd on Anglesey is home to the famous Whistler Painting that measures 58 feet long and is a fantasy landscape with a few twists which are easy to miss, so we recommend joining one of the guides to learn more. And if you fancy creating your own fabulous work of art, why not take part in Plas Newydd’s workshop with a local artist which runs from 29 October to 1 November. Plas Newydd will supply the materials so all you need is your creative side while letting the autumn colours and views of Snowdonia inspire you.
Great Country and Beach Walks
The region’s diversity makes it a popular walking destination with acres and acres of picturesque countryside and miles and miles of breathtaking sandy beaches.
Snowdonia National Park has to be top of the list for great walks – it offers scenic forests, mountains, streams and rivers and has a very good network of footpaths with graded walks to suit everybody, while Conwy Valley with the River Conwy flowing through it is noted for its variety from farmland and forests to heather moors and woods. Conwy Valley is also home to the National Trust’s world famous Bodnant Garden with expansive lawns, grand ponds and impressive terraces, a steep wooded valley and stream as well as awe-inspiring plant collections, and at this time of the year it’s a continually changing display of glorious colours.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches and coastlines for a revitalising walk in the bracing sea air, but we recommend walking part of the Wales Coastal Path up to the Little Orme, a stroll along West Shore’s large sandy beach or a trip to Newborough on Anglesey for a beach walk with stunning views across to Snowdonia.
Whatever you decide to do in North Wales this Autumn, make the most of the season with one of our Special Breaks.