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January
Wrexham Antiques & Collectors Fair

February
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March
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April
Porthmadog Antiques & Collectors Fair
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May
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June
Llandudno Antiques & Collectors Fair
Snowdon Mountain Challenge
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July
Cancer Research UK Relay For Life
Criccieth Antiques & Collectors Fair
International Musical Eisteddfod
Llandudno Festival
Wakestock
Wrexham Antiques & Collectors Fair

August
Aberdyfi Fun Fest
Barmouth Harbour Fun Day
Beaumaris Folk Day
Bodelwyddan Medieval Festival
Bridging Time
Conquests & Crossings
Conwy River Festival
Criccieth Antiques & Collectors Fair
Denbigh & Flint Show
Denbigh Show
Duck Derby Fun Day
Eglwysbach Agricultural and Horticultural Show
Hauntings & Hangings
Jazz Trains
Llanrwst Agricultural Show
Medieval Entertainment
Medieval Festival
Meirionydd County Show
North Wales Cricket Festival
North Wales Town & Country Fair
Party in The Park @ Colwyn Carnival
Plant Hunters Fair
Sioe Abergynolwyn Show
Where Wales Welcomes the World
Wrexham Antiques & Collectors Fair

September
Barmouth Arts Festival
Barmouth Festival of Walking
Conwy Honey Fair
Llangollen Balloon Festival
Mold Food and Drink Festival
North Wales International Music Festival
Wa!Bala Music Festival
Wrexham Antiques & Collectors Fair

October
Bala Autumn Fair
Gwledd Conwy Feast
Halloween Specials
Wrexham Antiques & Collectors Fair

November
Anglesey Winter Show
Llandudno Christmas Fayre
Wrexham Collectors Fair & Free Valuation Day

December
Aberdyfi New Year Fireworks Display
Late Knight Shopping & Torchlit Parade
Llandudno Antiques & Collectors Fair
Portmeirion Christmas Festival
Wrexham Antiques & Collectors Fair

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The coastline stretches from the banks of the River Dee facing out to the Irish Sea all the way to the Lleyn Peninsula , around to Barmouth and consists of mainly sandy beaches broken by the occasional headland. Meanwhile should you stray inland you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The Celts were amongst the original inhabitants of the area and today there are still hill forts remaining, Caer Drewyn near Corwen, Moel Arthur near Nannerch and a further four more at the last count.

North Wales today is altogether more civilised and is divided into these two distinct areas, the coastal strip providing holidaymakers from all over the world with miles of sandy beaches whilst those that prefer the more dramatic scenery travel inland towards Snowdonia and all it has to offer by way of stunning mountainsides, lakes and outstanding views, where some of the mountains still today bear the scars of the slate quarrying on which local economies were established.

Until reasonably recently travelling to North Wales was an arduous task however the opening of the A55 Expressway, which links directly to the M56, has meant that North Wales is easily accessible. Improved rail travel between the major towns and cities of the North West and the Midlands to North Wales have also helped maintain North Wales as a popular destination.

Travelling along the coast past Prestatyn , Rhyl and onwards to Colwyn Bay and the Victorian splendour of Llandudno either by train or car every now and again you get a tantalising glimpse of the sea. From here the A55 used to wind its way through the walled town of Conwy over the bridge and past its castle, originally over the suspension bridge designed and built by Thomas Telford and latterly the new bridge (although this was built in the 1950’s) – today there is a tunnel under the River Conwy and once again you find yourself hugging the coastline with views out towards Puffin Island, a bird sanctuary, and Anglesey , by which time you have passed the University Town of Bangor .

Anglesey is linked to the North Wales coastline by two bridges, the Menai Bridge named after the straits over which it spans and designed by Thomas Telford whilst the Brittania Bridge was built by Robert Stephenson . Anglesey has the distinction of having the longest place name in Britain Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
The A5 ends at Holyhead and from here there are daily ferries to Ireland and today Holyhead is still an important port, in 2005 Holyhead handled 4.1 million tonnes of goods.

Travelling back along the A5 towards the mainland you are treated to spectacular views of the Snowdonia Mountain range which lies just beyond the North Wales coast. Once back on the mainland you can continue along the A5 into Snowdonia or take the A487 on towards Caernarfon located on the banks of the River Seiont and with views across the Menai Straits. The road twists inland again and at Glan Rhyd the road splits the A499 continues along the coast towards the Lleyn Peninsula passing or visiting the villages along the way until at the very tip of the peninsula in the distance can be seen Bardsey Island – sometimes known as the Island of 20,000 Saints where there are reputed to be thousands of monks buried, today the island is owned and managed by the Bardsey Island Trust and visitors can reach the island from Pwhelli or Port Meudwy.

If however you had chosen at Glan Rhyd to continue along the A487 you find yourself turning away from the coast heading towards Portmadog situated on the banks of the Glaslyn Estuary, renowned as a haven for migrating birds. Portmeirion is close by and a visit their to see the Italianate village as designed by Sir Clough Williams Ellis, but probably better known as the setting for the 1960’s television series called “The Prisoner” – for those old enough to remember.

Around the estuary is Harlech steeped in history and with its castle built in the 13th century by Edward 1 as part of his iron ring of fortresses to subdue the newly conquered lands of North Wales. Inland from here takes you into Snowdonia towards places famed for their hill walks and mountains, Betws y Coed, Capel Curig and of course Snowdon itself where the first man to climb Mount Everest did training, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing felt that Snowdon replicated the sudden changes of weather that they were likely to encounter on their historic mountain climb in 1953.

Despite a determined effort to anglicise Wales the culture today is still growing in strength and in no small way this is attributable to the village of Llangollen nestling in the Dee Valley and famed throughout the world for its annual Musical Eisteddfod. Inland North Wales is where you will find ramblers, hill and mountain climbers and mountain bikers all either enjoying the scenery and beauty or pushing their bodies to the limits as they traverse some of the most rugged countryside that North Wales can offer.
Government Districts: Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Wrexham

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