North Wales is steeped in myths and legends, which is one of its great attractions for visitors. Somehow the region’s past is infused with its present, whether that’s the distant past of ancient battles, the rituals of Celtic druids, dragons or pixies.
Wales’ past lives on through storytelling and history books, but it also lives on through its artefacts, antiques and art. This week we’re doing a roundup of the many antique and craft fairs you can visit in the region, so you can take home a little bit of Wales’ past with you to remember your stay by – or share with a friend.
When you think of Welsh antiques, probably the first thing that springs to mind is the classic Welsh dresser – and given the sheer size of these, it’s unlikely you’ll take one home as a memento.
Chances are you’ll have bicycle or a roof box on the roof of your car because all your travel luggage wouldn’t fit into the boot of your car… But it’s time to hit the antiques showrooms anyway – and if a Welsh dresser takes your fancy you’ll just have to get it shipped home. There will be plenty of other smaller, gorgeous gifts and tasteful trinkets that will readily fit in your pocket.
Every Wednesday you can visit Llandudno Vintage & Antique Fair, where you’ll find up to 32 tables crammed with vintage items and antiques from 15 high-quality stall holders. Although parking around the venue is restricted, there’s a pay and display facility behind the Town Hall with good disabled access. Toilets are in the building.
Open: 3.00pm – 3.30pm.
Admission: 50p, includes free tea or coffee.
The Vintage and Antiques Fair in the pretty walled Town of Conwy is held in the great hall next to St Johns Church. This is a lovely venue where you’ll find more than 40 tables packed with great antiques and collectables.
There is plenty of pay and display parking opposite the hall, although there is also free parking for those who don’t mind a bit of a walk. Good disabled access. Toilets are in the building.
Visit here on Friday September 7 and Friday September 28.
Open: 8.00am – 4.00pm.
Admission: 50p, which includes a free tea or coffee from the venue tea table.
You can head for an exciting Welsh Craft Fair at Llandundo Town Hall this September 6 and September 20, and also on October 14 and 18.
Here you’ll find loads of lovely locally made crafts to choose from, with a wide range of handcrafted jewellery created with fused glass, resin, gemstones and braid, cards in English and Welsh, a selection of gifts such as handcrafted soaps – tempting treats galore!
And you won’t go hungry when you spend time here as there is a café where you can enjoy some delicious cakes with a cup of tea, and good home cooking – corned beef hash and broccoli and stilton soup have both appeared on the menu in the past.
If for any reason you’re unable to make Llandundo Town Hall on the dates above, there are numerous craft-based gift shops in the area, with Cooper Crafts – just one of many – being based in Colwyn Bay, showcasing the work of local crafters.
Proprietor Kim Cooper makes scented candles and hand engraves beautiful slate works, so that she can make something specially for you which is completely personalised.
Cooper Crafts exhibits the work of around seven other crafters and you can choose from a beautiful range of items that include handcrafted love spoons, jewellery, woodwork, soft toys, greetings cards and soaps. There is definitely a gift for everyone here!
If you’re looking for gifts for friends to bring back from your holiday in North Wales, or for a memorable token for yourself to put on the mantlepiece, the many vintage antiques and craft fairs on offer will definitely be fit for purpose.
That said, you’re likely to fall so much in love with the region you’ll want to return – and that’s where you may want to consider Wales caravans for sale. One of these would give you access to extraordinary beauty spots and further antique fair browsing as and when you wanted, so please get in touch with us to find out more. We’ll be more than happy to talk you through your options at numerous different locations.
For more ideas about things to do during your holiday in North Wales, read one of our recent blogs about alternative attractions in the region here.