With the recent weather driving us all indoors to look wistfully out of windows all over Wales, we at the National Lottery Community Fund decided to get together a list of rainy day activities for all you washed out Welsh people out there, funded through our Coastal Communities Fund programme.
So here are our suggestions for a grey afternoon…
Bluestone Brewing Co – Newport, Pembrokeshire
Bluestone Brewing is a family run brewery tucked away in the Preseli Hills in rural North Pembrokeshire. They brew ales from ingredients in the foothills of the Bluestone Mountains to create their unique beer
Bluestone Brewing have opened their doors to their visitor centre to offer a free Micro Brewery Experience. They will show you around the brewery, walking you through each brewing process and once you’ve learnt about the process you get to pick your favourite in a beer tasting session. It’s a very relaxed, informative experience and a great way to spend a rainy (or sunny) afternoon!
For more information visit their website.
Becws Islyn Bakery- Pwllheli, Llyn Peninsula
If you happen to find yourself caught in a down pour on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula, why not visit Islyn Bakery, the only bakery to the west of Pwllheli on the Llŷn Peninsula. They bake an array of fresh bread daily including white, wheatmeal, hovis, granary, currant and baps- something for everyone! Also why not treat yourself to one of the many home baked cakes they have on offer or try their sausage rolls, savoury pies or freshly made sandwiches. Alternatively try their sandwich service – pre-order in the morning and pick up at lunchtime.
On the second floor, their Coffee House offers a warm shelter from the rain. Pop along for a cup of tea or coffee with one of their homemade cakes or even a Special Afternoon Tea! There is also a selection of sandwiches and pies available. While enjoying your cup of tea/coffee, you can learn a little about the history of Aberdaron when looking at the murals attached around the room, a pleasant way to while away the wet hours
To find out more about Islyn Bakery and other things to do in the area, follow them on Facebook.
Cardigan Guildhall Market- Ceredigion
Feeling like venturing out to discover the beauty of cardigan but the weather has put a dampener on your plans? Then we have a solution…
In January 2015, an exciting 2 year project began, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. The aim of the project was to regenerate the Market to its former glory as the bustling hub of community life.
The results are evident as soon as you walk into the building. The Market itself supports many local independent traders who are able to showcase their unique products and services in a beautiful environment. The longest standing trader has been there for over 40 years!
There’s some thing for everyone with stalls ranging from local food produce, antiques, craft shops, clothes stalls, café and of course, Teifi Traction- a Welsh bus history exhibition including model vehicles, photographs and memorabilia, perfect for motor enthusiasts and children.
There is a real bustle at the market and stall holders welcome you with a smile and are always happy to chat, so why not amble your way through a treasure trove of Welsh wonders and spend a few rainy hours in the shelter of this fantastic market?
For additional information please visit their website.
Halen Môn Salt-Cote & Visitor Centre
The Halen Môn Salt-Cote & Visitor Centre serves as a permanent home and sustainable centre for sea salt production and visits. Behind-the-scenes tours are available to all interested in history, culture and food. The hourly tours include a tutored salt-tasting. Advance booking is recommended. Whether you choose to take a tour or not, the gift shop is over 10:00 – 17:00 and you’ll find goodies to buy. Can’t make it to the centre? Be sure to check out the treats and hampers in the online shop.
The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) aims to encourage the economic development of coastal communities by awarding Welsh Government funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. For information on other projects funded through CCF please visit our website.