Nothing beats a little day trip out on a Bank Holiday. Actually, I lied, nothing beats a little day trip out TO THE BEACH on a Bank Holiday and that’s just what myself and my partner Samantha did this Bank Holiday gone. Llandudno is roughly an hour and a half away from where I am in the heart of Cheshire so it’s the perfect destination for a day trip out. We had it planned for a couple of weeks before and the weather in the run-up was looking perfect, nothing but sun and cloudless skies HOWEVER this was not to be the case…
We packed the car up with our little picnic basket packed to the brim with homemade sandwiches, strawberries, fondant fancies (my favourite), crisps and a couple of cans of coke to quench our thirst and we were on our way by 10:30. The sun was shining brightly as we set off but the sky turned a darker shade of grey the closer we got to Llandudno. We found a car park just off the beachfront and at only £1 for the time we were there, it was a real bargain. As soon as we stepped out of the cover of the carpark the heavens open, and I mean they opened.
The weather didn’t deter us though as we marched onwards towards the pier and our first stop: the amusements. You can’t go to the seaside and not waste a couple of quid on the 2p machines. The amusements were at the far end of the pier and by the time we got under cover, we were like a couple of drowned rats. I found myself a 2p machine and set my heart on winning a shrimp made from loom bands (definitely would be worth the £3 budget I set out for 2p machines.) Well, fast forward to £5 down the drain, 3 other keyrings to fall off the edge, and the shrimp was mine. There was no way I was leaving without the damn shrimp.
After the arcades, we headed back towards the mainland. A quick stop off to buy some doughnuts from a little stall on the pier was in order. £3 for 4 of the nicest, freshest, hottest doughnuts you could ever get. Doughnuts are a staple of the beach and neither Sam or me had the willpower to walk right on by. The rain had stopped by now so we decided to just sit on a bench and just people watch on the beach. There is something about just chilling out, taking a moment and enjoying the views, and what other people are doing. We really enjoyed the fact that the buildings on the front weren’t your standard seaside, run-down buildings, but were actually stunning, period buildings that were now hotels. It really made you feel like you had gone back in time, and were on your holidays at the seaside.
Next on the agenda was the classic seaside activity: FISH AND CHIPS! As you can guess most of the agenda was food based. We found that there was a lack of fish and chip shops on the front which we actually found quite surprising, so we ventured one street back and found them in abundance. We chose one, ordered and sat down to eat. I had gone for Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas whereas Sam chose a fishcake (rissole) and shared my chips and peas. The total came to £8.70 which again, represented great value for money. Now, the food wasn’t the best, but it was probably the average for the seaside and the money we paid for it.
It was another food activity next as well, this time: ICE CREAM! We found a really nice looking ice cream parlour called Fortes just off the seaside front. It was like an old classic ice cream parlour but had been modernized to go with the current times. It had a lovely feel to it as well as an amazing selection of ice cream to go with it. Sam went for ‘Ferrero Rocher’ and ‘Coconut’ and I went for ‘Apple Pie’ and ‘Mango and Pineapple’ Both of mine were simply delicious and I wish we had gone back to try some more of the many different flavours and Sam agreed. We sat on the steps down to the beach, eating our ice cream and watching the world go by and to be honest, couldn’t have been happier. The sea air just makes you happy, doesn’t it?
We decided to call it a day as the weather was fast approaching again, the only thing we decided we would do next time was to go up the ‘Great Orm’ which can only be described as a big hill with some amazing views from the top. It was back to the car, and we were on our way back when we saw a sign for the ‘Welsh Mountain Zoo’. Within 5 minutes, we were climbing quickly upwards and had paid our £15 entry fee for the zoo. It wasn’t on our original itinerary but life never sticks to what you plan, and you just go with what makes you happy.
The zoo was amazing, and had; Sealions, Amur Leopards, Penguins, Wallabies, Alligators, Flamingos, Tigers, Eagles, Grizzly Bears, Camels, Chimpanzees and many more. My favourite was definitely the Amur Leopards as they are so rare. The zoo is actually trying to raise money for a brand new enclosure so they can help breed them and raise their numbers for the wild. You can donate to this cause here! We were caught in another massive thunderstorm whilst we were there but passed the time undercover watching the tigers shelter from the rain as well. It felt like we were the only ones in the zoo at this time, and I’m so glad we made the diversion to visit. It’s only small, but it’s a nice little zoo for a fantastic price.
Around 4 pm we decided to call it a day because of the weather and headed off back home to Cheshire. Overall we had a fantastic day out during Bank Holiday weekend. We have decided to visit again when the weather is nicer though to enjoy the seaside when it’s at it’s best!
Total Cost for the day: £53.70 (between 2)
Arcade Machines – £5
Donuts – £3
Fish and Chips – £8.70
Ice Creams – £8
Zoo – £30
Have you ever been to Llandudno? Let me know if I missed anything and what you enjoyed as I’d love to know.