What’s on near the Royal Victoria Hotel in September

Summer may be coming to an end and the nights slowly drawing in but there’s still lots going on in North Wales this September. If you’re planning a trip, take a look at what’s on and make the most of your time here.

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

1. Beaumaris Food Festival, Anglesey – 2-3 September

Kicking off the food festival season in North Wales, local food and drink producers come together for this annual gathering, a firm fixture on Anglesey’s culinary calendar. Great food, in a spectacular setting – what more could you ask for?

2. Festival Number 6, near Porthmadog – 7-10 September

Without a doubt, North Wales’ biggest little festival and one that’s garnered industry-wide recognition over the last 6 years. Music, poetry, art, performance and celebration as one in the unique setting of the Italinate-village of Portmeirion. This year, the festival celebrates 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Festival Number 6 celebrates six years of success with a tribute to The Beatles and a star-studded lineup.

3. Railway Month at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor – all September

Penrhyn’s fascinating steam train museum enjoys the spotlight for a month of fun on the rails, suitable for all ages. Listen to train talks from the resident engine experts, explore the sheds or jump aboard the engines to learn what goes into caring for this priceless collection.

4. Slate or State at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor – all September

If you’ve stopped by for Railway Month, 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.

5. Welsh Highland Stars, Porthmadog – 15-17 September

A unique weekend of steam and stars with the Welsh Highland Railway. As well as all the usual steam fun – with passenger, vintage, freight and mixed trains running throughout the weekend – there will be a talk from well-known local photographer Kris Williams, tours of the night sky with Dark Sky Wales’ ‘Digital Planetarium’ and a guided walk from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert taking in local history and the night sky.

The stars come out for a weekend of steam at the Welsh Highland Railway

6. Birds of Wales, Anglesey – 16 September – 5 November

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.

7. King Lear live from Shakespeare’s Globe, Bangor – 21 September

Broadcast live from the historic Globe Theatre in London, this performance of Shakespeare’s tragic story of love, loss and madness will thrill culture-vultures and cinema-goers at Pontio alike.

8. Woodland Festival at Plas Newydd, Anglesey – 23-24 September

Bring the family and visit Anglesey’s favourite stately home for a weekend of all things woody! Join the team and celebrate the humble, but oh-so-important British tree, with crafts, woodland skills, woodworking demonstrations and much more.

The season may be coming to an end but there’s still loads to see and do. Whether you love stars or Shakespeare, food or forests, music or museums there’s something for everyone in North Wales this September.

Food to try in North Wales: Conwy

We’ve been taking you through the best food across North Wales as part of our food trail series, and next up is the majestic, castle-crowned town of Conwy. Just a short drive from the hotel – choose the scenic route through Snowdonia or the faster, coastal road – Conwy is a fascinating town with an impressive history.

Cobbled streets, dark alleyways and looming medieval buildings give way to quirky private shops, trendy eating places and busy pubs in a town that – with so much history – has a distinctly cosmopolitan vibe too.

There’s so much to see and do here, including the castle and its walls, Thomas Telford’s suspension bridge and Tudor mansion Plas Mawr, that you’ll work up an appetite trying to cram it all in! Factor in some stops to refuel as you explore to really get the most out of this fascinating place. We hope you’re hungry, here we go…!

Food trail Conwy

The many sights of Conwy are guaranteed to give you an appetite!

Events

Gwledd Conwy Feast

One of the most anticipated events of the culinary year is the Gwledd Conwy Feast. This popular food festival takes place on the third weekend of October and kicks off on Friday night with live music and fireworks. Over the weekend, the town is besieged by a horde of food stalls, local producers and celebrity chefs.

Peruse the festival tents for some goodies to take home or just wander the streets and salivate at the sheer array of delicious food and drink on offer – we suggest you arrive with an empty stomach!

Conwy Honey Fair

The Conwy Honey Fair takes place in Lancaster square and up the high street each year on the 13 September. This historic fair was created by Royal Charter over 700 years ago, allowing traders to sell honey from midnight to midnight free of charge.

The fair is attended by local beekeepers and it’s a great opportunity to find out more about this fascinating pastime. Browse stalls laden with honey and honey-related wares including, candles, polish, soaps, plants, home produce and apian-inspired crafts. Even if you’re not a honey fan, the great festival atmosphere makes this a wonderful day out!

Restaurants

Signatures

Recently awarded the accolade of ‘Best Restaurant in Wales’ at the British Restaurant Awards, Signatures offer a sophisticated dining experience more in line with high-end city establishments. The lavishly decorated, luxury interior and dramatic theatre-style kitchen deliver a feast for all five senses, not just the tastebuds!

Watson’s Bistro

Family-run Watson’s can be found nestled up against the town walls on a secluded lane just off the main road. This charming, out-of-the-way eatery caters for all tastes, whether it’s a light lunch, a slap-up Sunday roast, or an evening meal from the a-la-carte menu. Watson’s use only the finest locally-sourced ingredients, to create mouthwatering, great-value dishes.

The Galleon

No trip to the seaside is complete without a portion of good, old fish and chips! Conwy has its fair share of chippys but our favourite is the Galleon, located at the bottom of the High Street near the entrance to the quay. You can eat in or takeaway but we suggest you grab your chippy-tea and head for the quay, where you can sit and watch the world go by while digging in.

Cafes

Amelie’s

Amelie’s is one of Conwy’s best-kept culinary secrets. Tucked away on the first floor of a former cinema, this lovely little cafe wouldn’t be out of place in a romantic corner of Paris. Simple decor is accented with fresh flowers and shabby-chic furnishings, giving it the feel of an authentic French bistro (in fact, it was named for the classic Audrey Tatou movie of the same name). Amelie’s cook up delicious light lunches and meals, plus a tempting array of home-made cakes and sweet treats – a perfect afternoon treat with a cuppa.

L’s Coffee & Bookshop

With bags of character and a warm welcome, L’s promise a relaxed environment in which to grab a coffee and browse its great selection of books. Locally-sourced produce from the likes of Edward’s of Conwy (see below) and Tan Lan Bakery sit alongside an imaginative vegetarian and gluten-free menu, offering something for everyone. L’s has built up a reputation for being a very dog-friendly establishment, so it’s one to head for if you’ve got the pooches in tow!

Pubs

Albion Ale House

The Albion is a must-visit for lovers of real ales and is popular with visitors and locals alike. This 1920s public house is considered one of the best pubs in Britain and has four vintage hand pulls which date back to the 1920’s that are still in use today! With a cosy snug as well as a main bar room, you’ll never be short of interesting conversation and a fantastic selection of quality beers and ciders.

The Liverpool Arms

This historic waterfront pub is the perfect place for a Summer’s drink. Located on Conwy’s famous quay, home to such sights as the Smallest House in Britain and the Conwy Mussels depot, drinkers can grab a beer and take in the sights in the longest beer garden in Wales! With panoramic views across the Conwy Estuary, and a packed schedule nightly events, including a quiz night and live music, it’s a great place to end a busy day of sightseeing.

Food stockists

Edwards of Conwy

Edwards of Conwy meat is so successful that you can now find it in supermarkets across Britain and gracing the TV screens of the nation with the memorable ‘Edwards of…’ adverts. Awarded ‘Britain’s Best Butcher’ several times over, this team of master butchers, sausage and pie makers pride themselves on using only the highest quality, extra-mature Welsh meat.

The Cheese Room Deli

This wonderful deli has a commitment to supply high quality cheese and other local food items, including crackers, bread and chutneys. You’ll find the best cheese products from the local area here, along with some experimental cheeses too (try the cheese infused with Great Orme Brewery beer, yum!). With up to 42 cheeses on sale, you’ll be spoiled for choice – why not choose some and create your own take on the traditional Welsh Rarebit?