Colwyn Bay is very popular for family holidays or days out . It is extremely easy to get to , just off the a55 bypass which carries on all the way to Holyhead in anglesey .
It is a nice area , with a decent beach , situated on the North Wales coast . One of the best things about this part of coastline is the excellent bike track which is approximately twenty miles long , spanning from LLandudno to Rhyl therefore passing along Colwyn Bay's promenade .
Colwyn Bay also has a pier (the victoria pier) which has recently seen development by a local businessman who is desperately trying to gain funding from sources such as the national lottery .
Rhos on sea is a small village still in the Colwyn Bay area with a picturesque harbour , which is particularly beatiful at the time of sunset.
Another point I will add is that in the summer , there is good quality test cricket hosted at Colwyn Bay cricket club , county cricket teams such as Freddie Flintoffs Lancashire and Glamorgan have visited the town .
The are two golf clubs in the town Old Colwyn - which is a half decent nine hole course and Rhos on Sea golf club which is an 18 hole course with excellent golfing conditions .
I would reccomend Colwyn Bay for a weekend break .
Colwyn Bay is a pretty small town (however for North Wales it is pretty large!) in, as you'll have guessed! North Wales! From coast to country, Colwyn Bay and its surrounding areas, including Rhos-on-Sea (where I live!!) and Old Colwyn, offer an ideal location for short breaks or longer holidays, with a wide selection of accommodation for the visitor, whether hotel, guest house or self-catering, and a reasonable variety of places to visit or areas to tour. Colwyn Bay is a seaside resort with many advantages. The Promenade extends in a vast sweep from Old Colwyn to Penrhyn Bay, with loads of parking, easy access to really really nice beaches (with sand!!), the pier, a paddling pool, sheltered harbour at Rhos-on-Sea and a cycle track which runs right along the Coast from Rhos-on-Sea to Pensarn a distance of approx. 6 miles (which is a long way on a bike believe me!!) The Bay resort is also a popular venue for all kinds of water sports, which can be annoying when i'm sunbathing in the back garden and I can hear them water jet things buzzing around down at the end of the road!)and there are plenty of cafes and kiosks scatterd around the immediate vicinity in which one can enjoy some tasty refreshment. This corner of North Wales offers something for visitors of all generations. Eirias Park (which is joined onto Eirias High, one of the high schools in the area) boasts a leisure center with a wide range of facilities, lovely gardens, a bowling green, tennis courts, a swimming pool and an athletics stadium. Rhos-on-Sea is also home to the Colwyn Bay Cricket Club which has excellent spectator facilities and hosts a number of prestigious matches, and alongside is the very popular Bowling Green and there are other Bowling Greens in Old Colwyn and Llysfaen and Penrhyn Bay. Colwyn Bay also hosts a major bowling festival in July every year which is apparantly quite popular, personally I wouldnt know, but so i'm
told it is! There are shopping areas in Colwyn Bay and Rhos-on-Sea. Colwyn Bay has a street market twice a week and the Rhos-on-Sea has a variety of small shops, from antiques and jewellers to gift shops. One brilliant attraction of Colwyn Bay is the renowned "Welsh Mountain Zoo". Here you find all you're usual zoo animals, along with other, more unusual idea's - i.e. the breeding of red squirrels, which are now being released into the surrouding countryside. The reptile house at this zoo is surprisingly good too. (Its not particularly surprising as such, it's just that the zoo is quite small in comparison to others, yet all-in-all just as good). Other unusual programmes and animals at the zoo include the breeding of Prezwhalski's horses (don't quote me on that spelling!), which are now being brought back from the brink of extinction. The zoo also includes red panda's - which i've never seen until going here (i've been to countless zoo's!) There are plenty of places to walk and climb. For those visitors who wish to explore further afield, we have but a short drive to the splendour of Snowdonia, the varied delights of the Isle of Anglesey, the numerous castles and National Trust properties, the Conwy Valley, the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno (see my opinion on that too!!) and the nearby ancient walled town of Conwy - complete with harbour and castle. Of the many historic places to visit whilst staying in the area is the tiny chapel of St. Trillo built in the 6th century on the beach in Rhos-on-Sea. The Chapel which measures approx. 15 feet by 6 feet stands over a Holy Well and it is reputed that Madoc - Son of Owain Gwynedd began his voyage of discovery from here to the Americas in 1170, more than 3 centuries before Colombus. (We had to learn about that for GCSE Welsh, not sure why, but there we go, I knew it would come in handy at som
e point!) Welsh Water, now known as Hyder in this area, are well on the way to being awarded the European Union Blue Flag status for Clean Safe Beaches in the area - we already have an award winning beach with 3 miles of sand, great for sunbathing on and beach games, or alternatively take a leisurely stroll along our beautiful unspoilt promenade with its wide walkway, and enjoy some tasty refreshments at the variouse little kiosks conveniently situated along the way. There are also seperate slipways situated along the promenade for fishing, sailing, and jet skiing (noisy people!). The Victorian Pier in Colwyn Bay has celebrated its 100th birthday about a year ago, however the pier is in a bit of a state these days. As for shopping, then this isnt really the best place to come. There is an indoor centre, however there are not that many shops here. We do have a New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Woolworths, Safeways. Plus many other shops that are not chain stores as such. One great shop has to be "Pots and Pets" - they often have a few snakes, lizards, spiders, along with kittens, puppies, rats, budgies, etc! (However im a huge animal lover, so im bound to like this shop!) As for services, to local people I mean, we have a dentists, doctors, orthapedics (I think!), and a vets' all on one street!)...oh, plus the residential home over the road from this! [very handy!]. The vets' in Colwyn Bay are both great, we have two seperate practice's. I've done work experience at both, and can say they're both great. As for schools, then like I mentioned earlier we have Eirias High, which is supposed to be a good school. We also have Rydal Penrhos. This is a private school. The boys and girls are now in the same school (the girls boarding used to be in Rhos-on-Sea), however they are still taught in single sex education. Again, this is supposed to be a good school. I didnt go to either, so I wouldnt know!
Once a year the area holds its "Prom Day". This was a few weeks ago now, on Bank Holiday, from Saturday until Monday. This is great, there are fair ground rides, exhibitions, local radio broadcasts from here, helicoptor rides, bungee jumps, fair games, etc! This runs right along the prom, from Rhos-on-Sea to Colwyn Bay (it gets absolutely packed!). The coast and countryside is beautiful and the A55 Expressway offers easy access to this corner of Great Britain. Colwyn Bay also has a mainline railway station and is served by the National and local coach companies who offer half and full day tours to the area. (Oh and don't forget the free [yes thats *free*!] bus ride from the station to the zoo! Colwyn Bay and the surrounding area's is a great place to live, or at least visit!