What’s on near the Royal Victoria in October

It’s safe to say that summer is over and autumn has us in her fiery grip. The trees fringing Llyn Padarn are changing colour and shedding their leaves and the mountain peaks are wreathed in mysterious mists until late into the day now.

Regardless of the changing seasons, the region is as busy as ever plus, with half term just around the corner, there’s lots on for all ages too. If you’re planning a trip, take a look at what’s on and make the most of your time here this October.

All the events listed below are within an hour’s drive of the Royal Victoria and many are completely free of charge too!

1. Earlybird castle tours at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor – all October

Beat the crowds and see the castle first-hand on a behind-the-scenes earlybird tour. This is an unmissable opportunity to get up close and personal with the art and artefacts of the house guided by one of the Trust’s passionate and knowledgeable guides.

2. Slate or State at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor – all October

If you’ve stopped by for the Rook Wood Mystery, make a day of it at Penrhyn Castle and visit the main house to ponder the thought-provoking art installation that’s residing in the Great Hall as part of the National Trust’s ‘Artists in Residency’ programme in association with the Arts Council of Wales.

3. MOSTYN Open 20, Llandudno – all October

Artists from around the world celebrate 20 years of Llandudno’s renowned contemporary art gallery. Of the 27 artists on display, one will be selected to win the prestigious MOSTYN Open Award of £10,000. But that’s not all, there’s an Audience Award too; why no go along and cast your vote?

Cast your vote at MOSTYN’s 20th birthday exhibition.

4. Birds of Wales, Anglesey – all October

Oriel Ynys Mon hosts a fascinating exhibition honouring Welsh birdlife in all its glory. Local artists, craftspeople and experts share their love of our feathered friends through art, talks, workshops and acitivity days.

5. The Rook Wood Mystery at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor – 21-31 October

Legend has it that when the rooks of the Penrhyn Estate leave their rookery it is a bad omen. The rooks have mysteriously taken up residence in the house, but why? Follow the trial and find out before it’s too late! There will be spooky tales, arts and crafts, and facepainting too – Halloween family fun for all ages.

6. Menai Bridge Fair, Anglesey – 24 October

A traditional street fair comprising fairground rides and lots of interesting stalls from local craftspeople and producers. This is a really popular event with locals and visitors alike.

The famous annual street fair comes to town this half term in Menai Bridge.

7. P.A.R.A.D.E, Bangor – 28-29 October

Part performance, part art installation – all drama – this spectacle from the National Dance Company of Wales commemorates the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Dance, drama, art and even a flying robot come together to explore the relationship between Russia and Wales at this historical turning point.

8. Red Squirrel Week at Plas Newydd, Anglesey – 30 Oct – 3 Nov

Join the Anglesey Red Squirrel Trust for a celebration of all things squirrel! With walks, talks, activities and workshops all in honour of Plas Newydd’s furry residents there’s lots to learn and enjoy about this rare British mammal.

Windswept walks: Anglesey beaches with pubs

We think autumn and winter are quite possibly the best seasons to visit a beach on Anglesey. If you love peace, quiet and sweeping vistas, we think you’ll agree. Bar the odd dog walker, the beaches are often deserted at this time of year so you can fully appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the rugged Anglesey coastline without the crowds.

There are plenty of scenic walks along the coastline – many on the Wales Coastal Path – or you can stay on the beach and explore the rockpools and caves found on many beaches.

Remember, after 30 September, dog restrictions are lifted on all North Wales beaches too – so your four legged friends can enjoy the freedom as much as you!

We think there’s no better end to a winter’s day at the beach than a visit to a cosy pub for a pint or a well-earned bite to eat. Here are four of our favourite Anglesey beaches – all with pubs on or near the shoreline.

Aberffraw Bay

Aberffraw is an unspoilt sandy beach that’s just far away from everything to ensure it never gets too busy! It’s backed by extensive sand dunes, which have been classified as a Special Area of Conservation.

Head through the dunes to the little village and you will find the Crown. Set in the village square and visible from the beach car park, it’s a welcoming little pub at the heart of the community.

The beer garden has some incredible views across Caernarfon Bay towards the Snowdonia mountain range. It’s a real gem with a cosy and friendly atmosphere but be sure to book a table if you’re planning to eat – it gets full pretty quick!

Trearddur Bay

Trearddur Bay is an award-winning sandy beach which attracts everyone from families to fishermen, and windsurfers to jet-skiers. It’s the perfect spot for a day out, especially if you combine it with a drink or a meal from the Seacroft.

Whatever you’ve been doing on the beach, you’re welcome at this five star pub and restaurant; they’ve been awarded a ‘walker friendly’ rating as well, so you don’t have to worry about muddy or sandy boots!

Rhoscolyn

Soft sand and an abundance of rock pools makes Rhoscolyn a brilliant beach for active families. If you fancy something a bit less sandy underfoot, go for a ramble along the coastal path.

Once you’ve had your fill of the beautiful Anglesey coastline, head over to the White Eagle. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spotted here more than once when they lived on Anglesey… well, if it’s good enough for royalty!

Enjoy a meal or a drinks on the terrace (weather permitting) or stay indoors and watch the squally Irish Sea through the panoramic floor-to-ceiling gable wall.

Cemaes Bay

This pretty village is home to not one, but two harbours and beaches. You can fish, try watersports or simply enjoy the golden sandy beaches before heading into the village for a drink or meal at the Harbour Hotel.

Take in uninterrupted views of the bay as you enjoy a meal cooked using locally-sourced ingredients or one of a large selection of cask ales, beers and spirits. They also served freshly brewed coffee – perfect if you need to warm-up after a windswept walk on the beach!