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10 years of Llandudno

Ten years of changes in Llandudno

Welsh gift guide

Our Welsh gift guide is a collection of specially sourced ideas for anyone who lives in or loves Wales.

Recommended places to eat and drink in Llandudno

Where's the best place for a drink? Which chippy does the best chips? We've got the answers to all this and more in our guide to places to eat and drink in Llandudno. Just click on the blue text above to read on.

Free North Wales desktop wallpaper: Snowdon

Welcome to our free North Wales wallpaper, which can be downloaded to decorate your PC, tablet, smartphone or even your Facebook page! This particular wallpaper features a fantastic wintery scene of Snowdon and Crib Goch. Click on the blue text above to get your free download - no email address required!

Things to do in Conwy

Introducing our impartial guide to things to do in Conwy. We've also included some great options for eating and drinking. Just click on the blue text above to read on.

Free North Wales desktop wallpaper: Llandudno at Christmas

Use our free North Wales wallpaper to decorate your desktop with our photographer’s beautiful images.  This one's specially for Christmas and features Llandudno's Happy Valley in snow. See the original image here - it's completely Photoshop-free!

Llandudno desktop wallpaper

Choose the size that best fits your tablet or PC:

Scroll below for instructions, or email us if you get stuck.

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Instructions for downloading your free wallpaper:

    1. Find out what size wallpaper you need. Minimise all the windows on your PC and right-click on the empty desktop.  Choose Properties, then Settings.  The Screen Resolution box should show your monitor size (e.g. 1920×1080).  Don’t close the menu just yet!
    2. Download the right size wallpaper.  Click on the link above that corresponds to the size of your monitor (e.g. 1920×1080).  A new window will open, showing the wallpaper in its full size.  Right-click on the image of the wallpaper and choose Save Image As.  Choose a suitable location on your computer.
    3. Add the image as wallpaper. Go back to the menu you opened in Step 1 and choose the Desktop tab.  Use the browse button to navigate to the folder in which you’ve saved the image.  Then click Apply followed by OK.

    Prints of North Wales


    6 things not to miss at Llandudno Arts Weekend

    This weekend sees the return of LLAWN03, Llandudno Arts Weekend, when the town will be brimming with free performance, music, dance, film, sculpture and more. Here's a round-up of just some of the events we're looking forward to.

    1. The Wheel House

    The Wheel House, by performers Acrojou, is a circular rolling stage which will transverse the town. Within it, the performers will act a gentle dystopia, where survival is difficult and friendship precious. We can't wait to see this rolling along the prom!

    2. Divina & Dymphna’s Day-glo Tour

    All aboard! Join Divina and Dymphna's vintage Routemaster bus for an operatic tour of Llandudno's lost theatres. A great combination of performance and histry, tours set off from the coach park on Mostyn Broadway.

    3. Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion

    Join this renowned duo in the Tabernacle vestry for two performances: Body Not Fit For Purpose and Both Sitting Duet. The choreographer and composer's performances have been described by the Evening Standard in London as “absurdist self-indulgence you’ll be thinking, but what you see is revelation and joy” and by the New York Times as "one of the funniest and most ingenious dances seen in New York in a long time". Not to be missed!

    4. Kitsch n Sync Collective

    Festival favourites Kitsch n Sync Collective return with two new pieces, one of which is a special commission. Catch them on the prom for Bedgraggled (pictured) and Babs & Stella's Intergalatic Spectacular. They've just gone down a storm at Festival No.6 at Portmerion and are bound to cause a stir in Llandudno!

    5. Hints to Lady Travellers

    Passersby on Saturday afternoon will see two intrepid Victorian lady travellers perform a vertical dance down the front of Venue Cymru. One of the lady travellers, artist Kate Lawrence, performed a vertical dance last year at LLAWN02 and the result was breathtaking.

    6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Saturday nights at LLAWN always include an open-air film screening. This year, the Great Orme provides an eerie setting for the director's cut of the classic 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. Tickets are free but booking is essential, and be sure to wrap up very warmly.

    There's many more free events taking place over the weekend, so be sure to check out what's on at the LLAWN03 website.


    Artwork on Anglesey

    This week we took a walk to Penmon Point on Anglesey, where we came across one of the 'Four on Anglesey' canvases by artist Anthony Garratt.

    Full of drama and light, the canvas is completely exposed to the elements. Here's the picture our photographer, Geoff, took of the canvas, with Penmon lighthouse in the background:

    The 2.5 metre canvas is located at the precise spot where Anthony painted it, so you can see the exact view of the artist. In addition to the lighthouse, the work also shows Puffin Island to the right.

    You can see the other canvases at:

    • Lligwy beach, with a view of Ynys Dulas
    • Rhoscolyn, where you can see the view across the water to Snowdonia and the Llyn peninsula
    • The Menai Strait, looking towards Caernarfon Castle.

    The four artworks will be in place until October 2015. There's a handy map of the locations on the website of the project's sponsor, Menai Holidays.

    Click here to see our own, more domestic but still dramatic, pictures of Anglesey and North Wales.

     


    Remembering Llandudno Air Show

    There could be only one contender for this week's Print of the Week...it had to be Geoff's fabulous picture of the Red Arrows performing at Saturday's Llandudno Air Show.

    Save 25% until Friday 29th May on this reminder of a brilliant afternoon. The picture, taken from the slopes of the Orme, shows the Red Arrows soaring over the bay, with the pier and the Little Orme in the background.

    Click here to take a closer look at the print.


    Competition time!

    To celebrate Chinese New Year on 19th Feb, we've teamed up with the bustling cookshop at Clares of Llandudno for an exclusive competition.

    We're giving away two signed copies of Ching’s yummy 'Chinese Food in Minutes' recipe book. All you have to do is like the Facebook page for Clare's, find the image of the chopsticks and give it a like too. You will then be entered into a prize draw for your chance to win. Winners will be announced on Monday 16th Feb.

    Good luck!


    10 interesting facts about Manchester United

    Welcome to these quick facts about Manchester United. Geoff, our photographer, has been a United fan since he was a little lad; here are some interesting facts he has compiled over the years.

     

    1. The oldest player in town

    Welsh winger Billy Meredith played for Manchester United until he left the club in 1921 at the age of 46, making him United's oldest ever player. And far from hanging up his football boots, he then transferred to Manchester City, for whom he played until he was 49 years old. Unsurprisingly, Billy was the oldest ever player to play for Manchester City and Wales. Other United players with longevity include Stan Pearson, who played against Crewe Alexandra in April 1959 aged 40 years and 101 days, Edwin van der Sar and Ryan Giggs. Read more about Billy Meredith on the BBC website.

    Billy Meredith

    Billy Meredith, above, is the player on the left.

    2. Let there be light

    The first ever floodlit match at Old Trafford was against Bolton Wanderers on March 23 1957. Bolton won the game 2-0. Each pylon stood 160 feet high.

    3. Double victory

    Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel are the only players in the history of English football to have won three sets of Double Winner's Medals, with Manchester United in 1994, 1996 and 1999.

    4. A very big upset

    In one of the club's biggest upsets, United goalkeeper Gary Bailey saved three penalties against Ipswich Town at Portman Road in 1980. But United still lost the game 6-0. Watch a video of the match highlights.

    5. A bad start for Fergie

    Sir Alex Ferguson's first game as manager of Manchester United was on November 8th 1986 at Oxford United. Oxford won 2-0! His last was at West Bromwich Albion on May 19th 2013; the game ended 5-5 and was his 1,500th game in charge of the club. Read more about Alex Ferguson's formula for success at the Harvard Business Review.

    6. When footballers earned their wages

    The record for the most appearances in one season at United is jointly held by Steve Bruce and Denis Irwin. They each totalled 62 appearances in the 1993/94 season. Watch Wayne Rooney's wages accumulate in real time here.

    7. A packed ground

    The highest ever English League attendance is held by United: 83,260 watched the game v Arsenal on January 17th, 1948. However, the game was played at Maine Road, the home of Manchester City. Due to the bomb damage suffered by Old Trafford during World War II, United played all their home games at Maine Road until the end of the 1948/49 season.

    8. United "at home" at Anfield!

    On August 20th, 1971 United played a 'home' game at Anfield, the ground of their greatest rivals, Liverpool. Due to hooliganism at Old Trafford at the end of the previous season, United were banned from playing their first two home matches in Manchester. At Anfield they beat Arsenal 3-1, watched by a 'home' crowd of 27,649. The other 'home' game was played three days later on August 23rd at the Victoria Ground, Stoke. United beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in front of 23,146 people.

    9. An unfortunate debut

    The first ever game at Old Trafford took place on February 19th 1910 against Liverpool. The visitors won 4-3 in front of 45,000 spectators. Find out more about Old Trafford on the Manchester United website.

    Contemporary print of Old Trafford by Geoff Steen. Click here to buy.

    10. Rule Britannia!

    Manchester United's record win was against Anderlecht in the European Cup on 26 September 1956. United won 10-0 in the Preliminary Round, second leg.

    If you liked these facts, you may be interested in some of our photographer's favourite books about Manchester United:

    • Manchester United: The Forgotten Fixtures; Iain McCartney; Breedon Books; 2009
    • Manchester United: Then and Now; Michael Heatley; Anova Books; 2011
    • Old Trafford: 100 Years at the Theatre of Dreams; Iain McCartney; Empire Publications; 2010

    Thanks for reading!


    Free Llandudno 2015 printable calendar

    See a beautiful picture of Llandudno each month with our free printable Llandudno 2015 calendar. Click on the blue text above to download and print your copy.

    7 things not to miss at Llandudno Arts Weekend

    If you're visiting Llandudno this weekend for LLAWN02, Llandudno Arts Weekend, you'll find the town full of free arts events. Here are our highlights of the festival.

    1. The bathing machines

    Replica Victorian bathing machines will hug the promenade, each housing an artist or installation. We're particularly looking forward to seeing leading urban artist Pure Evil, who will be creating one of his signature teardrop portraits and DJ-ing a silent disco. We also hope to call in on Alana Tyson, who will be creating traditional cut-out silhouette portraits of visitors to her bathing machine. The machines are open 11am to 5pm, Friday through to Sunday.

    One of the bathing machines at last year's festival:

    2. Kitsch'n'Sync

    We loved the Kitsch'n'Sync dance collective last year, and can't wait for their return with a piece specially commissioned for LLAWN02. 'Gulls' will be a funny and dynamic take on Llandudno's infamous seagulls. They will be performing on the prom on Saturday and Sunday, at 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm.

    3. The English Channel

    Dancer Liz Aggiss will be performing excerpts of her celebrated work, 'The English Channel', as part of opening night on Friday. The formidable Dame Aggiss has a whole bunch of attitude and explores her sixty years on the planet via dance, music and film. The performance takes place at 8.30pm at Langtry's Bar in the Grand Hotel on Friday night. It is preceded by performances of poetry and song at MOSTYN gallery at 6.30pm.

    4. The Tudno Castle Hotel

    It's the last chance to see inside the grand but crumbling Tudno Castle Hotel before its transformation into a Premier Inn. The beautiful, haunting and decayed interior is host to an exhibition by the Royal Cambrian Academy and an experimental short film on dust, decay and shimmering sequins. We've photographed the interior and it's not to be missed. The hotel will be open 11am to 5pm, Friday through to Sunday.

    The Tudno Castle Hotel during rehearsals last week:

    5. Gwymon

    Keep your eyes peeled at 3pm on Saturday, when two dancers will perform a vertical duet down the side of Venue Cymru. We're told that the dance will take place on the car park side of the building.

    6. The Tabernacle

    The interior of the Tabernacle on Upper Mostyn Street is another disused space that we've photographed, and it's not to be missed. The chapel will be opening to the public on Saturday and Sunday, when dancer Cai Tomos will be performing the world premiere of 'Gymanfa'. He will be filling the chapel with a virtual choir, in a performance that is sure to be haunting and unique. The public can wander in and out of the building between 2pm and 4pm each day.

    Cai Tomos in rehearsal at the disused Tabernacle:

    7. Granny Turismo

    The world's only motorised shopping trolley dance troupe, Granny Turismo are performing on the prom on Sunday at 12,30, 2.20 and 4.30pm. Videos of their past performances indicate that they're going to be an absolute scream!

    You'll also find a drive-in movie theatre showing 'Grease', complete with sing-along, a beautiful performance in the Colonnades, story-telling for kids and much more. And as we mentioned, all these events are completely free-of-charge. Find out more on the LLAWN02 website.


    A walking route up Black Fell (Black Crag)

    A short walk up Black Fell in the Lake District, with pictures to illustrate the trickier parts of the route.

    10 special things to do in North Wales

    Want to explore North Wales? Click the blue headline above to read our top ten things to do.

    Foraging in North Wales: Easy elderflower cordial

    Elderflower cordial is extremely easy to make, costs hardly anything and tastes much better than anything available in the supermarket. So here's our tried-and-tested recipe, plus where to pick your elderflowers in North Wales.

    Free North Wales desktop wallpaper: Bodnant Garden

    Welcome to our free North Wales wallpaper, which can be downloaded to decorate your PC, tablet, smartphone or even your Facebook page! This particular wallpaper features a beautiful scene of Bodnant Garden in winter. Click on the blue text above to get your free download - no email address required!

    Things to do in Chester

    Thinking of visiting Chester? Here's our impartial, tried-and-tested guide to things to do, places to eat and recommended hotels.

    Free guide to Llandudno facts, legends and myths

    There's lots to discover about Llandudno, so download our free guide to Llandudno facts, legends and myths. We've also included plenty of beautiful images of the town by our photographer. Click on the blue text above to get your copy.

    Recommended places to eat in Manchester

    Our impartial guide to the best places to eat and drink in Manchester, from breakfast to lunch to cocktails and beyond. Enjoy!

    Free North Wales desktop wallpaper: Llandudno Promenade

    Click the blue text above to download our beautiful picture of Llandudno Promenade at dawn. It's free and there's no email address or registration required!

    Things to do in Ambleside

    Welcome to our impartial guide to the Lake District town of Ambleside.  Located within the Lake District National Park, Ambleside is compact enough for most of these recommendations to be reached on foot. Click the blue text above to find out more, including cafe and restaurant recommendations.

    Things to do in Altrincham

    Introducing our impartial, hand-picked guide to the best things to do in Altrincham, Cheshire. We've included our favourite shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, so click on the blue text above to read on.