With pine trees, golden sands and crashing white waves you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a tropical part of the world on a hot day; but for those unaware, discovering the beauties of Colwyn Bay can be a real treat.
Where is the best spot in Colwyn Bay you might ask! For those holidaying at one of our parks dotted throughout North Wales, (there’s a few to choose from!) we’ve taken a hot, sunny Friday mid-July and gone on a treasure hunt in the ever-popular seaside resort to bring you the best that Bae Colwyn has to offer. There really is something for everyone so let us know what your favourite pastime down in the Bay is if we haven’t included it here!
1. Porth Eirias Beach
An obvious place to begin but a fantastic day at the beach is one of the most treasured yet attainable holiday memories there can be. Searching for seashells with the little ones and packing a picnic can be a real chill out session, especially on a hot Summer’s day. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied so whether you opt for the traditional bucket and spade or find yourself filling your time with some of the boating options on offer, there’s an activity for children of all ages. It’s a breezy haven with pine trees looking down and seagulls flying overhead so we recommend packing a picnic and setting up camp for the day! For cold drinks and ice creams, there’s plenty a cafe or kiosk to purchase from.
Tip: Be sure to pack your sun cream as it’s easy to catch a tan at this particular stretch with the wind drying out the little one’s skin!
Porth Eirias Beach
2. Walking / Cycling Along The Promenade
The Beach Caravan Park based at Llanddulas is in a prime position to set off on a walk or cycle with the Welsh Coastal Path that runs alongside the sea to Colwyn Bay and onwards. With cycling being a favourite holiday hobbie and great way to get about easily to see the sights it’s a perfect stretch to take in the sea air. If walking is more up your street then the walk from Colwyn Bay to Rhos on Sea is a great place to start with plenty of shops and eateries to stop off at along the way. The old Victoria Pier at Colwyn Bay may now be gone, having been dismantled back in May 2018 but at low tide, you can still spot the wreck of the steamer Rhosneigr which sank off Rhos Point in 1908. Mainly consumed by the tides now if you look carefully enough on your walk you can still see the paddles…
Tip: Take your camera, you’re bound to get some nice photographs along the seaside here and remember to always wear a helmet when cycling.
Rhos on Sea
3. Dine at Bryn Williams Porth Eirias Bistro
With a menu showcasing the best Welsh produce available and the current offering starting from two courses for £17 and three courses for £21, it’s a real steal sitting here to dine next to the sea. The restaurant was awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin in September 2018 for their “exceptionally good food at moderate prices,” so if you feel like treating your other half to an atmospheric seaside dining experience, this bistro space with an informal mood and open kitchen is sure to provide something to everyone’s taste. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, Bryn’s chefs turn out simple local food using seasonal ingredients with seafood taking centre stage. An excellent stop off for the last few days of your stay.
Tip: Try the Afternoon Tea by the Sea, a selection of sandwiches, traditional bara brith with scones, pastries and Prosecco. Booking advised.
Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias Bistro
4. The Crafty Fox
If you’re into real ales and microbreweries you’ll love The Crafty Fox, the latest addition for ale lovers to pop up in the Fairy Glen area of Old Colwyn. It’s a good stop off for craft beers, ciders and Welsh gin with a real friendly feel. As one regular put it, “It’s like walking into your own home without your slippers…” so you’re sure to get chatting to the locals and finding out what’s happening in the area. There are a number of pubs in Old Colwyn if you’re looking for a night out with your other half, many of them offer a fantastic selection of real ale and craft brews.
Tip: Try the Foxy Best Bitter or Aber Falls Gin!
The Crafty Fox
355 Abergele Road
5. Wynn Gardens
You may not have heard of Wynn Gardens but it’s a beautiful place to laze the day away. Located near Old Colwyn just off Wynnstay Road, this leafy slice of heaven is a real hideaway from the town and provides a beautiful spot for the kids to play hide and seek in, enjoy a game of frisbee and find out about the different flowers, plants and wildlife in the gardens. Aside from the interesting stone sculptures, there’s a rose garden, butterfly sanctuary and wildflower beds. It’s generally a well-kept secret from those holidaying in the area – find it on your way up from the coastal path, (a great one if you’re staying at The Beach) take a left if heading from this direction or from the Promenade head into Cliff Gardens and follow the road up, you’ll find Wynn Gardens Park on your right.
Tip: Bring a big mat and comfy cushions to sit on and a book for yourself, the park is small enough to let the children have fun whilst still being able to keep an eye on them.
There’s a wealth of things to do in Colwyn Bay and with more activities and businesses coming to fruition this area is set to continue its growth into a real hub for holidaymakers and holiday home owners alike. The traditional seaside setting is great for young and old with plenty of variety on offer and friendly faces aplenty. What’s your favourite part of Colwyn Bay?