This is a festival like no other, in the most stunning setting in the world: Portmeirion in North Wales.
The picturesque Italiante village of Portmeirion is the home to the festival from 7st to 10th September 2017.
In the TV series The Prisoner, No.6 was always trying to escape ’The Village’. We think once you see Portmeirion you will never want to leave.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
To open the 30th festival a special concert will be held on Saturday 17 June in Criccieth Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm with Sir Bryn Terfel Jones and Hannah Stone (harpist), Alma Deutscher (composer, pianist, violinist, and child prodigy), Côr Ieuenctid Môn (youth choir), Heulen Cynfal (soprano), Huw Ynyr (tenor). Accompanist Annette Bryn Parri. Compere Emma Walford.
More details about the 2017 events to follow....
When it comes to tourist attractions, this part of North Wales is so compact. One minute you are in Beddgelert surrounded with misty coloured mountains, rivers and forests and next you are on a soft sandy beach at Morfa Bychan. Take the steam train at Porthmadog to Caernarfon and sit back and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery. Caernarfon at night! Walking through the old street with the Castle lit as the backdrop: Beautiful. To my eyes, Snowdonia is as close to a perfect holiday destination as there can be. There is just one thing you need to know: Don’t go in August.
Today you can walk right down to the Lighthouse, but be aware there are more than 400 steps down to the aluminium footbridge and you will have to climb up the steps on your return. If you do make the effort you are in for a treat. There is an abundance of birds nesting on the cliffs. Choughs, Guillemots, Gannets, Puffins and even Peregrine Falcons can be seen and heard throughout the year.
Ifor Pritchard was an artist and art teacher at Ysgol Sir Huw Owen, in Caernarfon.
He grew up in the village of Carmel near the Nantlle Slate Quarries. Some of his early paintings have a very haunting feel. Always evocative, always beautiful. If you are interested, Google him to see more of his paintings.
You will be supporting the work of Prostate Cancer Research Centre (PCRC), a very worthy cause indeed.
Thinking of climbing Snowdon or going for a 10+ mile hike in the Beddgelert Forest, but don’t think your dogs are up to it? Just let us know in advance and we will look after them while you are out during the day. They will be safe and sound so you can relax and enjoy the day.
Oh that does bring back happy memories...