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We’re giving you the chance to win a luxury Winter Weekend break for two in Conwy County, with a two-night, bed and breakfast stay in a 4 Star Hotel, with dinner on the first night, tickets to Bodnant Garden and a hamper of local produce from Llandudno Tourist Information Centre.
You may think North Wales is winding down for winter. Not at all. They’re gearing up for a busy winter season. Their hotels, restaurants and attractions are very much open for business. There are castles, gardens and nature reserves to explore, Christmas shopping to get done … all at a time when their coastline and countryside are at their peaceful best, revealing their true colours. What’s more, there are shows to go to, museums and galleries to visit, restaurants to sample, all adding up to plenty of entertainment whatever the weather.
If you know Llandudno, you’ll know that they have no shortage of great places to stay – the largest choice in Wales, in fact. That’s especially true during the quieter months. Indulge in the glamour of one of the luxurious hotels, relax in a cosy guest house or do your own thing in a self-catering apartment. It’s the same story inland, at country house hotels, inns and cottages.
There’s a packed winter programme at Venue Cymru, Llandudno’s seafront entertainment hub. Get in the holiday spirit with the festive panto production of Peter Pan. There’s musical theatre to suit every taste (ranging from Abba musical Mamma Mia! to Verdi’s romantic opera La Traviata), plus rib-tickling performances from TV stand-up comedy stars like Sarah Millican and Bill Bailey.
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Just like Llandudno pier, the perfect promenade is never out of season. Bookended by the rocky Great and Little Orme headlands, this wide, mile-long sweep of pastel-coloured hotels is ideal for a little winter walking. With the summer crowds gone, you’ll have more room to breathe and soak up the widescreen sea views. It’s an exhilarating experience – just remember to wrap up warm.
It certainly does at Mostyn, Llandudno’s cutting-edge gallery. Mostyn enjoys an international reputation for its adventurous contemporary art. What’s more, this futuristic, thought-provoking gallery is a piece of architectural art in itself.
Conwy’s RSPB Reserve, a wetland site on the edge of the estuary, is a tranquil oasis of calm just a stone’s throw from the A55. In winter, look out for flocks of birds gathering to feed, or forming large roosts at dusk to keep warm.
Go downhill fast at Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre. When better to work on your winter sports skills than during the colder months? If you prefer to take things sitting down, ride the 2,500ft/750m Cresta Run, the longest toboggan run in Wales.
If anything, Conwy Castle looks even more dramatic when silhouetted against a dark, brooding winter sky. Walk the ramparts to sense its power, undiminished 800 years after it was constructed as part of King Edward I’s campaign against Wales.
The Welsh Mountain Zoo at Colwyn Bay doesn’t just contain a Noah’s Ark of creatures – everything from sea lions to snow leopards. It’s also playing its part in the fight to save endangered species from around the world
Christmas shopping is no chore in this part of world. Browse through a range of independent retailers selling vintage clothes and antiques in compact, quirky Rhos-on-Sea. Wander Conwy’s medieval streets in search of the perfect gift, browse the shop-lined main street at Betws-y-Coed or head to the super-stylish shop in Llandudno’s Mostyn gallery for one-of-a-kind jewellery, ceramics and art.
There’s never a bad time to dip into our section of the legendary Wales Coast Path. It stretches 34½ miles between Kinmel Bay and Llanfairfechan, so you’ll have plenty of waterfront and upland walking to choose from.
Bodnant Garden is beautiful whenever you visit. Bodnant’s Winter Garden, created in the last 10 years, is the seasonal jewel in its crown. This former rockery has matured into a richly colourful display of foliage and flower that makes the most of winter light – and it’s just the start of a walk through 80 acres of winter wonderland.