The sun’s finally out and there’s an unusual chance of it staying, which can only mean one thing – the summer holidays are officially here! Now comes the tricky part: thinking of something to do, whether it’s a day out with the family or an impromptu trip somewhere with a couple of friends.
Luckily, we’ve compiled a list our five favourite spots to visit across Wales this summer. All of them have been awarded money through the Coastal Communities Fund, which has just launched its latest round of funding to the public. So let’s begin:
Cwrw Llŷn Brewery – Nefyn, Gwynedd
The Llŷn Peninsula commands some of the best views across the Irish Sea, and whilst you’re there, we’d highly recommend quenching your thirst with a locally-made pint!
Cwrw Llŷn’s recent journey from old cow shed to industrial warehouse now gives you the chance to see the brewing process up close and personal on one of their guided tours. You can even stock up on their tantalising range of ales onsite, including a seasonal selection for later on the year.
For more information about tours (or the ales available) then check out their website. If you’re looking for similar experiences in the south, the Bluestone Brewing Company are a Pembrokeshire-based brewery that also offers beer-making tours and tastings. You can read more about them in this blog.
Colwyn Bay Watersports – Colwyn Bay, Conwy
Fancy getting up to something active this summer? Colwyn Bay Watersports are a local community interest company that offer a huge selection of water-based taster sessions for all ages, including kite-flying, sea swimming, sailing, windsurfing and power-boating.
During the summer holidays, they even run a beach club for children aged 8-14, which is a perfect way to make new friends in a fun atmosphere. For anyone who’s thinking of doing something at your own pace, you can also hire canoes or kayaks to make your own afternoon voyage along the historic seafront.
Colwyn Bay Watersports is based at the new Porth Eirias centre, a part of the recent promenade developments, which offers it direct access to the town’s picturesque Blue Flag beach. Why not check out their website for any up-and-coming events before paying them a visit?
Vale of Rheidol Railway – Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
For all those train fans out there – or even for those of you who just enjoy taking the scenic route through life – there’s no better way to spend a summer day than travelling by heritage railway!
The Vale of Rheidol Railway was first opened in 1902 and its remarkable steam engines still run daily between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge, skirting along the Rheidol Valley itself. You can even stop off during your trip and explore more of this rugged and untamed expanse of the Welsh countryside, hunting ground to the protected red kites.
If you’re into nostalgia, then you’ll be impressed by the Railway’s collection of locomotives, some of which date back to as early as the 1920s and provide open carriages during the summer, as well as “first class” observation saloons. You definitely won’t get this experience with Arriva Trains! Check out their website for railway times and booking enquiries.
Chapel Bay Fort & Museum – Angle, Pembrokeshire
As an Ancient Scheduled Monument, the 19th century Chapel Bay Fort offers a snapshot of British and local history, all in the unforgettable surroundings of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The Fort functions as a museum, offering guided tours to get you up and close with some of Britain’s most exciting military history, including the World Wars and Waterloo. Once you’re done, we’d certainly suggest having a break in their café, before taking some memorable photos of the Cleddau Estuary!
If you’re staying in the south west, why not also check out Sustran’s new coastal path between Pembrey and Kidwelly? It’s a great opportunity to experience the stunning Carmarthen Bay by bike or on foot. For more details, visit Sustran’s website.
Penarth Pier Pavilion – Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
Maybe you’re looking for something more spur of the moment? If so, a visit to the Pavilion at Penarth Pier is bound to be worthwhile, even on that rarest of occasions – a rainy day in Wales!
As a Grade II-listed Art Deco building, recently restored to its former glory by Penarth Arts and Crafts, the Pavilion boasts spectacular views across the Bristol Channel. With a café, restaurant, art exhibitions and musical performances, as well as a cinema showing the latest releases, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – whether it be a short stay, or a lazy afternoon.
Interested in seeing what’s on offer there? Then check out their website. It’s worth mentioning that the Pavilion was also partially redeveloped through our Community Asset Transfer programme, which has also recently just relaunched.
For More Information
The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) aims to encourage the development of coastal areas by awarding Welsh Government funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. Whether you’re interested in other projects we’ve funded through the programme, or if you think your own organisation could benefit from similar funding, visit our website for more details.