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Top five Bonfire Night events across Wales

October 30th, 2015

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Whatever the weather, Bonfire Night celebrations are guaranteed to brighten up even the dullest November. We have found some of the best events taking place across Wales this year along with a selection of fantastic hotels to stay in to enjoy the fun.

 

South Wales

 

Sparks in the Park – Coopers Field, Cardiff, Saturday 7 November 4pm,

 

Cardiff Round Table’s annual event regularly attracts up to 20,000 people. This year’s event is partnered by Heart Wales and will include an amazing firework display, a huge bonfire, food, drinks and rides for everyone to enjoy. The bonfire will be lit at 6:15pm followed by the main firework display at 7pm.

 

It is advised to purchase tickets in advance, as the event is likely to sell out. Get your tickets here: www.ticketlineuk.com

 

Planning to stay in Cardiff for the fireworks? The luxurious farmhouse accommodation, Llanerch Vineyard, is located only fifteen minutes from the city centre. The hotel even has its own nature trail and cookery school if you want a break from the big city rush after the event.

Visit: http://www.rarebits.co.uk/llanerch-vineyard

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Ponty Big Bang – Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, Sunday 1 November 5pm

 

Held in the heart of this South Wales valleys town, the event will have an extraordinary firework display beginning at 7pm. There will be food stalls and funfair rides for all the family. Pontypridd Round Table are producing the event, with all proceeds going towards local charities and causes.

 

For advance tickets, visit: http://www.pontybigbang.uk

 

For a change of scenery, why not stay in the beautiful Grade II listed hotel, The Great House, located just half an hour from Ponty Big Bang? With a renowned restaurant serving food Monday through to Saturday, this hotel offers a deserved break from typical Bonfire Night food.

Visit: http://www.rarebits.co.uk/great-house

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West Wales

 

Big Bang Weekend – Saundersfoot, Friday 30 October 2pm and Saturday 31 October 1pm

 

This free event caters to all ages and includes a combination of Halloween and Bonfire Night-themed activities. There will be a Halloween Trick or Treat Trail for up to 250 children (who each must be accompanied by an adult) and a Spooky Bat Trail for all to enjoy throughout the village. An excellent firework display will be held on the Saturday at 8pm, including a show from the Pembrokeshire Fire Spinners.

 

The event is free but the trails will be held on a first-come-first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Visit: http://www.visitsaundersfootbay.com/events/vrdao9/big-bang-2015

 

To make the most of your time on the beautiful west coast, you could stay in St Bride’s Spa and Hotel right in the heart of Saundersfoot. With a state-of-the-art spa and breathtaking views, this hotel is the perfect place to unwind after the Big Bang Weekend

Visit: http://www.rarebits.co.uk/st-brides-spa-hotel-saundersfoot

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North Wales

 

Ride the Rocket Firework Train – Llangollen Railway, Denbighshire, Sunday 1 November 6:00pm

 

This unique experience lets you enjoy Bonfire Night in a less traditional way. The return trip from Llangollen Station to Carrog will last around two and a half hours with a stop at Glyndyfrdwy Station where the firework display will be held. The train holds a licensed bar with soft drinks also available and hot food can be purchased at Glyndyfrdwy Station on the return journey. The train is set to depart at 6pm and return at around 8:30pm.

 

This event is likely to sell out so make sure to book tickets in advance to secure a place.

Visit: http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/event/ride-rocket-firework-train/

 

Fancy a long-weekend getaway in Llangollen? The boutique Manorhaus Hotel is located in the centre of the town hotel. This beautiful 19th century townhouse, a ‘restaurant with rooms’ is the perfect place to stay relaxed and pampered.

Visit: http://www.rarebits.co.uk/manorhaus-llangollen

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Llandudno Pier Fireworks Display – Llandudno Pier, North Shore, Saturday 7 November 7:30pm

 

This annual event, presented by Llandudno Town Council, will see a professional fireworks display taking place on the pier at 7:30pm, complete with stunning views over Llandudno Bay. There are alternate dates in case of adverse weather conditions. The event itself is free but donations are welcome.

For more information visit: http://www.llandudno.gov.uk/events-fireworks.html

 

If you cannot get enough of the beautiful sea views Llandudno has to offer, why not stay in St Tudno Hotel? Located right on the seafront, this award-winning hotel offers the chance to stay beside the sea in style, as well as serving the highest quality of food and wine in their award-winning restaurant

Visit: http://www.rarebits.co.uk/st-tudno

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Romantic Welsh Weddings: 7 Unforgettable Fairytale Venues

October 9th, 2015

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Take your pick from Wales’ treasure trove of unique and magical wedding venues

Wales is home to some of the most enchanting venues and dramatic scenery in the world. Luxury hotel experts Welsh Rarebits have put together a list of the most bewitching destinations in which to host your very own fairytale ceremony.

Anglesey

Chateau Rhianfa, Anglesey

If you’re looking for a magical experience on your big day, this breathtaking establishment really is the epitome of glamorous opulence. Built in 1849 and modelled on a French Renaissance castle, the Grade II listed building boasts dramatic views over the Menai Strait and the mountains of Snowdonia. It comes complete with its own conical towers and exotic gardens, and is home to 16 unique luxury bedroom chambers for wedding guests and family.

Crickhowell

Gliffaes Country House Hotel, Crickhowell

Escape from reality in this enchanting woodland retreat, hidden away in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. With its nineteenth century wood panelling, ornate mouldings, high ceilings and grand fireplaces, Gliffaes’ interior presents a unique collusion of classic features and modern art.

Lampeter

The Falcondale, Lampeter

This immaculately maintained mansion is nestled within the wild and rugged countryside of Ceredigion in Mid Wales. The Italianate-style architecture celebrates the coming together of old and new, and is complemented by beautifully manicured lawns fringed by sheltered woodland.

Llandrindod

Metropole Hotel and Spa, Llandrindod

A true contemporary fairytale manor, The Metropole celebrates the old and embraces the new with effortless elegance. Wedding guests will be treated to a combination of classic and modern interiors, and bride and groom can recuperate after the big day in the luxurious spa.

Portmeirion

Castell Deudraeth, Portmeirion

For something totally different, host your wedding at the stunning Castell Deudraeth, part of Portmeirion Hotel and village. The recently renovated Victorian castle is full of history and grandeur. Every part of the castle tells a story, and will leave you and your guests with memories to treasure forever.

Dolgellau

Penmaenuchaf Hall, Dolgellau

Located in the stunning mountainous region of southern Snowdonia, and with its very own immaculate gardens overlooking the beautiful Mawddach Estuary, this is so much more than just a country house. With stunning views and beautiful interiors, this venue is truly unforgettable.

Tenby

Penally Abbey, Tenby

Enjoy the best of both worlds at this remarkable venue, which combines dramatic coastal views with beautiful countryside grounds and classic features. Set in the heart of Tenby, your guests can enjoy the rich assortment of local attractions during their visit to the popular Pembrokeshire hotspot.