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Best Welsh Christmas Markets – Part 2

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Best Welsh Christmas Markets – Part 2

Best Welsh Christmas Markets – Part 2

Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Annual Winter Craft & Gift Fair

If you like crafts you will be in heaven here, if you like food (and who doesn’t) then you will also be filling your basket with treats all day at this creative mix of mini stores. Artisans from around the country flock here to sell their wares in all shapes and sizes, whether you want carefully made ceramics, fine woodwork and much more. But the crafts aren’t only for dedicated collectors and specialists; you can also find some great specialty pieces for your home or for your family. Photographers and artists will also be here providing large and small prints that will brighten up any room just as the multiple jewelers here will be showcasing a platter of wearables that anyone will find inviting. Food wise, get ready to whet your appetite, as the selection of edible items here is mouth watering. From jams and conserves to fancy cheeses and prime cuts of meat all the way to family made wines, you will be regret ordering your Christmas hamper in minutes at this fair. The 80+ stalls here are open for eight weeks over the Christmas period so don’t feel you need to rush if you are in the area.

Conwy’s Winterfest

For something quite drastically different from your standard Christmas celebration, the town of Conwy ion the North coast of Wales has its annual Winterfest which instead of parading a string of colourful elves down the streets instead has its patrons donned in suits of armour!

That’s right the walled town, and home of the largely intact Conwy Castle is fond of its medieval heritage and chooses the season of Advent to showcase a town wide treat for all of its inhabitants and the hundreds of visitors. The parade begins with a court jester (the closest thing you will see to an elf) dancing merrily through the narrow streets in his colourful garments before he is followed by a precession of knights on horseback carrying flaming torches that really help create the atmosphere of yesteryear. Here you can watch all their shiny armour plates and heavy chainmail glisten in the soft light of the fires as they work their way through town to where the real action happens. Follow the ye old merry songs sung by the bards and played on lutes as they direst you to Lancaster Square for sword fighting. Here skilled men with much mettle will square off against one another as crowds gather to hear the clashing of steel and to see the one true victor and master swordsman. And if all of this excitement has you amending your Christmas list then you will be delighted to find that the nearby Knight Shop sells armour, weaponry and all kinds of licensed fantasy memorabilia. There will also be stalls selling toys of the past, a fantastic butcher for your own family feast, galleries with medieval style art and much more. If you are planning on doing something different this Christmas – look no further than the high stonewalls of Conwy town.

Best Welsh Christmas Markets – Part 1

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Best Welsh Christmas Markets – Part 1

Best Welsh Christmas Markets – Part 1

Wales is not known for its warm winters. Instead the beaches become deserted and the crowds start to fill out the cities and towns instead, with warm yellow lights and trees covered in colour, Christmas time is still a wonderful time to visit. To get the best out of your shopping spree and to see the most unique things each individual town has to offer, you may want to find a Christmas market. With pop up stalls just here for December, you can enjoy food, cloths gifts and more from in and outside of the Welsh borders as sellers come from all over to join in the festive fun.

Swansea Christmas Market

Starting in November and lasting up until the 20th of December, Swansea’s Oxford Street gets converted into a delightful marketplace perfect for some winter shopping. From the stream of quaint wooden stalls all lined with tinsel, bells and all manner of Christmas regalia visitors will be able to peruse the hard work of many small businesses as they enjoy a fantastic selection of consumables and collectibles. From hand crafted and personalized gifts that will appeal to both adults and children, to temporary food stalls that will be serving bento boxes, burritos, burgers (and of course other foods that don’t begin with the letter B) to keep you warm inside and out. The real treat comes from the custom treats that vendors will have available such as indulgent handmade chocolates, smooth and sugary custom-made fudges and toffees and for those who intend to start early this Christmas several festively flavoured alcoholic beverages will be available. The little ones will also be pleased to see that there is also a Santa’s grotto, so they can get in their requests early and sit on the jolly fat man’s lap for a photo.

Cardiff Christmas Market

Running all the way up to Christmas Eve Eve (or the 23rd of December for those of you who don’t count backwards), this expansive Market conversion of Cardiff City Centre turns the regular streets into an inviting Festive festival. With a huge array of vendors that make up over 200 exhibitors, the market itself can’t even handle the number of different items here, so many will switch out as the days roll on. This means that for those spending their Christmas in Cardiff, this massive market begs a return visit or two. Expect your senses to overload as you work your way round the labyrinth of desirables on display here, with scented candles and bath bombs filling the air, flashing lights and colourful knitwear overloading your eyes, and roasted chestnuts and lovingly baked goods tantalising your tongue. There is unquestionably something for everyone here whether you want something new for your kitchen; your bedroom or even the garden there will be a stall with your name on it. All of this happens while Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is happening too, which adds ice skating, a French Alps themed bar and an entire funfair to the list of activities in the city.

A Hub of Diversity Part 2

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on A Hub of Diversity Part 2

A Hub of Diversity Part 2

The Last Five Years

From Tony Award winning composer and playwright comes a show that has recently been adapted into a film starring musically associated Anna Kendrick, well known for her work in the Pitch Perfect accapella series. The stage show however comes to the Wales Millennium Center bringing with it the pop-rock stylings and unconventional relationship matter that has won the play several Drama Desk Awards. In this emotional tale about a pair of twenty something trying to make it in the arts as they tackle big city life in New York. (more…)

A Hub of Diversity Part 1

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A Hub of Diversity Part 1

The Wales Millenium Centre is a great place commence your day when visiting the country. Night after night it is host to huge stage shows that cover a diverse range of topics, themes and cultures that is hard to find at any other show venue around. With everything from live music to ballet, opera and everything in between the WMC does not dissapoint those who are wise enough to attend. (more…)

Welsh Tales of Tragedy – Part 2

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Welsh Tales of Tragedy – Part 2

Ynyslas Shores

Unlike many tales of the past that revolve around a single person or building this tale covers that of an entire kingdom. Though it goes by many names The Lowland Hundred or the Plain of Gwyddno is today renowned as a story that centers on the Welsh equivalent of Atlantis. (more…)

Welsh Tales of Tragedy – Part 1

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Welsh Tales of Tragedy – Part 1

The Great Famine Memorial

Standing solemnly in Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff, is a Celtic Cross made from Irish limestone. This unsuspecting statue may look completely normal amongst the other headstones and marble markers of the deceased but this one has a much larger bank of people it is remembering – the Irish immigrants of the 1800’s. during the Potato famine that caused millions to starve, those keen to survive by any means jumped aboard ships in an attempt to flee their inevitable doom. (more…)

Relax and Recollect – Part 2

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Relax and Recollect – Part 2

Lake Country House

If fresh air is more your cup of tea the Lake Country House Hotel and Spa may be the one for you. In Powys, Mid Wales this Manor House sits at the top of lush green grounds that span in all directions. (more…)

Relax and Recollect – Part 1

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Relax and Recollect – Part 1

The scenery in Wales is in itself pretty blissful. Rolling hills, deep valleys, snowcapped mountains and the scope of the sea. For those choosing Wales as a place to unwind there are even more dedicated spots to venture to when you are done with the great outdoors. (more…)

The National Museum Cardiff

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The National Museum Cardiff

The big hitter when it comes to Museums, Wales’ National Museum is home to many an exhibit you would expect. With a broad variety of things to see here for the passive and more active browser, one of the big things that draw folk into the bigger museums is their older collections. (more…)

Zip World – Sky High Fun in North Wales – Part 3

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Zip World – Sky High Fun in North Wales – Part 3

As if the numerous and captivating spectacles and activities of Zip World haven’t already satisfied you appetite for a day out bursting with fun, it has one final location with its own personal perks. Close to Bangor is the Penrhyn Quarry adventure which offers quite a polarized pair of things to do. Visitors who may have shied away from the fast paced, wind in the face, high above ground pseudo workouts that Zip World has offered may well be partial to one of its most laid back attractions. (more…)