Abergele, Conwy and Llandudno

Coming into November, I thought we were done with any more UK trips this year but lucky for us, we were invited along on a glamping trip to Wales. Obviously, we said yes and I was counting down the days for fresh country air!

The drive from Manchester to Abergele is about 90 minutes — you forget how close Wales is. The accommodation was a real highlight. We stayed in a couple of glamping pods which were set on a family farm with stunning panoramic views overlooking the North Wales coast. I’ll add here that although I love regular camping, I’ve never been glamping before until now. Well, I have been well and truly converted — you get all of the perks without any of the fuss. 

Abergele Glamping Pods

That evening we headed into Abergele for drinks at the George & Dragon before moving onto The Hoptimist. The latter was a lovely local craft beer and gin bar with friendly bar staff and comfy seating.  Afterwards, we headed for dinner at Departure Lounge Wine & Grill Bar which was completely dead being a Wednesday night but the food was great! I chose a few tapas dishes but the star of the show was the Twix cheesecake of the day 😋

The George & Dragon

The Hoptimist

Departure Lounge Wine & Grill Bar

The following day we spent time exploring the local towns, starting with Conwy. With a 13th-century castle and a quaint harbour, this is one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval towns. We explored charity shops, ate Cornish pasties (and bought Welsh cakes!) and visited The Smallest House in Great Britain.

Conwy

Conwy Castle Walls

The Smallest House in Great Britain

The Smallest House in Great Britain

Conwy Harbour

Next, we headed to Llandudno — a Victorian seaside town. It’s a lovely walk along Llandudno’s main beach where you’ll find the elegant pier. The promenade behind is filled with the classic penny arcades, Welsh gift stores and cosy pubs so there is plenty to keep you occupied on a little day trip.

Llandudno

Llandudno

Llandudno

Llandudno

Rex

We left it there but if you’re staying in Llandudno longer, check out the famous Llandudno Cable Cars or Snowdonia National Park.

That evening, back at the glamping pods, my friend had a Christmas surprise for us from her mum who I’ve known since I was a kid. We were presented with a ginormous box with a letter attached.

The letter said…

Dear all,

Enclosed is some of what you need to celebrate Christmas 2019 together!!

1st — Don your hats

2nd — Pull a cracker

3rd — Switch lights on

4th — Have a drink and nibbles

5th — Piece of cake or mince pie and another drink

6th — Play a party game

I did think about all those happy Girl Guiding times and have equipped you with a BBQ, bananas & chocolate just for memory lane!

Have a great time!

Sue x x  

Ps. I want my hats and lights back!!

Inside the box was everything we needed including Christmas hats, fairy lights, ciders, crisps, cake, mince pies and even dog treats for Rex!

Christmas came early

That night was absolutely freezing  — we were layered up and had a fire going and we were still having to bob and dance to the Christmas music to keep warm. Lucky for us, Sue had thought of everything and there were hand warmers in the box. A great night and trip to Wales that I will treasure. 

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