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Posted on 17/01/2018 by David

Every year it seems that North Wales plays host to more and more great events. From Wrexham to Holyhead, there are all manner of things going on, everything from small village crafting events to award-winning festivals to international competitions. If ever there was a reason to visit North Wales, 2018 should be that reason.

Not only are we sailing proudly along with the Year of the Sea - a national celebration of our watery heritage and culture - but the region is gearing up to put on some truly spectacular events for you.

We know these events will have you reaching for your diary to save the date. Why not turn your visit into a stay? We've suggested some perfect properties close to the action so you can do just that!


National Armed Forces Day - 30 June, Llandudno

The ever-popular seaside resort of Llandudno has been given the great honour of hosting the 10th National Armed Forces Day, to be held at the end of June - just as the weather's improving!

Last year Liverpool welcomed over 200,000 people to the one-day event and organisers hope to see similar figures descend on the North Wales coast.

This showstopper event gives the public the opportunity to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

Nearly 10,000 veterans live in Conwy County alone, with many locals proudly in current service in the Royal Welsh. Also, the nearby RAF Valley airbase on Anglesey is home to a fast jet training school.

Armed Forces Day

There will be all sorts going on but highlights include a Reserves’ Day, a sporting event at Surf Snowdonia, a gala dinner at Venue Cymru, and a commemorative flag-raising ceremony in honour of our servicemen and women.

National Armed Forces Day opens with a dazzling military parade through Llandudno. It will feature more than 1,200 service personnel, veterans and cadets plus a cavalcade of military vehicles and other memorabilia.

Where to stay: Fernlea is a spacious and modern detached property sleeping up to 7. Located in a quiet and leafy suburb of Llandudno on the slopes of the Great Orme, you'll be close to the action on Armed Forces Day but can escape the crowds to this lovely, secluded property.

International Eisteddfod - 3-9 July, Llangollen

Since 1947, Llangollen has been staging one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each summer, over 4,000 participants perform for up to 50,000 visitors in the picturesque Welsh market town.

Music and dance is the vehicle by which the eisteddfod extends the hand of international peace and friendship to all involved.

For those of you unfamiliar with this wonderful festival, here's a potted history:

The climax of the International Eisteddfod's week of events culminates with the prestigious ‘Choir of the World’ competition, to determine the best overall choir of the festival.

More than 300,000 competitors from over 100 nationalities have performed enthusiastically on the Llangollen stage over the last 70 years. Big names include Margot Fonteyn, Kiri Te Kanawa, Luciano Pavarotti, Elaine Paige, Bryn Terfel and Michael Ball.

The trend for talent continues in the lineup for 2018.

On 3 July, English tenor Alfie Boe will perform hits from his back catalogue. On 4 July, the Voice of the Future Competition, sees 24 of the world's finest singers compete for a prestigious, internationally-recognised award. And on 6 July, music legend Van Morrison will host an intimate evening of music and memories for fans.

Where to stay: located just outside langollen with awesome views of the Horseshoe Pass, Hendy Bach is a ground-floor apartment sleeping up to 4 and is dog-friendly too. After a busy day at the Eisteddfod, relax in the extensive gardens and enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool.

World Shore Angling Championships - 20-27 October, Conwy County

This autumn, Conwy County and the Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers welcome the world’s top shore anglers for the 35th World Championship for Men and the 26th World Championship for Ladies.

Llandudno and the surrounding area will play host over 300 of the world's best anglers in a competition that will see the winners crowned Best in the World!

We're delighted to host this contest during the Year of the Sea and the competitors are in for a treat. They will fish from some of our finest beaches, including Llandudno's iconic North and West Shores, Colwyn Bay's beautiful sandy beach and the neighbouring beaches of Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan.

Llandudno Beach

Teams will fish from the shoreline over five competition days on a catch-and-release basis. They can expect a lively net with likes of dog fish, mackerel, plaice, gurnard, flounder, seabass and even conger eels making their homes in our waters.

Where to stay: right on the seafront, Balmoral is a maisonette in a cheerful Victorian villa sleeping up to 4 people in the village of LLanfairfechan. You're so close to the sea you can even watch the angling from the comfort of Balmoral's front room!

Gwledd Conwy Feast - 27-29 October, Conwy

A regular fixture on the North wales events calendar, Gwledd Conwy Feast’s sole aim is to be the tastiest festival in Wales.

Every year ten of thousands of visitors flock to the medieval town to sample the region's culinary delights - everything from mussels harvested within sight of the festival, to wines made from grapes grown in the Conwy Valley.

The events teams are currently preparing all the ingredients for the 2018 Feast but delicious quayside street food, wine tasting sessions, a craft beer tent and engaging activities for young feasties are already on the menu.

Caws Cenarth

The Feast also boasts a really vibrant musical element. Local talent perform across several stages dotted around the festival so if you overdo it on the food (or drink) you can dance it off in a great atmosphere!

Where to stay: just a short walk from Conwy Quay, White O Morn has been lovingly renovated and offers modern, comfortable accommodation for up to 3 people in the heart of the medieval town. 

Llandudno Christmas Fayre - 15-18 November, Llandudno

In 2017, organisers announced a brand-new location for the Christmas Fayre which saw Trinity Square in the heart of Llandudno's historic shopping district become an all-inclusive wonderland of festive fun.

Start your Christmas shopping off early and browse over a hundred stalls of locally made and produced arts, crafts, food and drink.

Christmas market

Kids will love the fairground rides and activities on offer and there's a packed schedule of entertainment - everything from local school choirs singing carols to Welsh bands rocking out.

There are lots of free samples to be had (try before you buy, hiccup!) and the fayre attracts a great mix of locals and visitors. It's guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.

Where to stay: with stunning views across Llandudno, Bwthyn Bechod is a quaint worker's cottage sleeping 4. Comfortably appointed with everything you need for a pleasant stay, it's the perfect property to cosy-up in after a chilly day spent Christmas shopping.

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