North Wales’ best hidden facts you didn’t know!

Have you been looking into our Wales holiday homes for sale and thinking about all the wonderful things that go hand in hand with this popular part of the country? Well, if you’re looking because you love North Wales and all it offers its visitors then you’ll love what we have here for you.  A bottle of Jack Daniels, poolside, at Lyons Holiday Parks Obviously, one of the best things to talk about when discussing the amazing region of North Wales is our fantastic holiday parks, but you’ll have plenty of time to take full advantage of them once you’re here for your well-earned holiday. So, let’s turn our attention to some of the more unusual things, shall we? We have searched the archives and put together a selection of some of the most-quirky and largely unknown facts that are associated with people, places, and things from our part of Wales for you to indulge in: The gin connection Who loves a wee sip on some Bombay Sapphire and a nice tonic water on a warm summer’s day? Well, did you know that this particular brand of London dry gin, uses purified water taken from Lake Vyrnwy, Powys, in order to reach and contain the ABV level below the 40% mark? Proud history The first ever Britain’s Women’s Institute to be founded was in Llanfairpwll, a century ago, way back in 1915, in the local toll house. From this point onwards, the toll house became the recognised home for the Women’s Institute. Yew won’t believe it! Quite remarkably, the infamous yew tree found in Conwy is believed to be either the second or third oldest living organism on planet Earth! Specialists estimate that the tree is somewhere between four and five thousand years old! Special thanks to Joseph? Are you familiar with the name; Joseph “job” Daniels? This particular individual could well be the man responsible for the renowned Tennessee sour mash, Jack Daniels, that is so readily consumed around the world. Mr Daniels emigrated to the United States in the 18th century in order to start a family, following his departure from Aberystwyth. Many years later, his grandson Jack created the whiskey we all recognise and consume today. Radio recognition In 1879, the very first radio waves to be transmitted and received were recorded, right here in Wales. Popular conception is that this took place in America, but this is, in fact, not the case at all, with the first account being in the land of the dragon! Local man, David Edward Hughes, is the gentleman who can take the plaudits for this revolutionary advancement. World renowned entertainment If you visit Llandudno then make sure you go and see their Punch and Judy show because it is the longest running show of its kind in the world! This particular Punch and Judy performance has been entertaining visitors for in excess of 150 years now, and has remained a family business since it was founded all the way back in 1860. Image: Michael Stern under Creative Commons.