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?
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.
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.