22nd April - Abersoch’s Thai Restaurant wins “Best Oriental Restaurant in Wales” for the second year running!
After scooping a win at the inaugural Food Awards Wales last year in The Coconut Kitchen Thai restaurant in Abersoch has won the accolade of “Best Oriental Establishment” yet again at Monday’s glitzy award dinner held at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff.
The awards aim to recognise the hard work and efforts of the Welsh food industry. Accolades include restaurants, takeaways, gastro pubs, hotel restaurants, cafes and bistros, as well as shine the spotlight on the wonderful local producers who supply their delicious ingredients.
The Coconut Kitchen had been shortlisted for their category and faced some stiff competition from top Japanese, Thai and Chinese restaurants in the Capital and throughout Wales.
Preechaya Phetprasert, head chef and co-owner of The Coconut Kitchen commented, “We are so thrilled to win this award yet again! We started the restaurant 9 years ago and this award recognises hard work put in by us and our amazing team both in the kitchen cooking fresh Thai food and the front of house staff that give our customers such great service.”
Paul Withington co-owner and general manger also commented “Its coming up to 10 years since we started the original Coconut Kitchen in a catering trailer in Tyn Y Mur caravan site in Abersoch where we focused on serving the freshest Thai food using local produce and ingredients where possible. Preechaya continued to innovate the menu when we moved into our restaurant the following year and we aimed to complement her food with a great atmosphere and great service. I think winning the award for a second time shows that we have been spurred on to do even better and it’s a great testament to the team we have that keep delivering a fantastic experience for our customers. A big thanks also to all our customers who voted for us too and we look forward to welcoming our regulars and new customers alike in the future.”
Well done to Precchaya, Paul and all their team!
21st April 2016 - 2016 Pirate Fest Cancelled
We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances the Pirate & Smuggler’s Festival is cancelled.
The Abersoch & District Trade and Tourism Association were thrilled with the success of last year’s event, which proved popular with locals and visitors, and had planned to make this a regular annual event. Unfortunately this year’s event cannot now go ahead, however we hope to be able to reinstate the event in 2017.
4th March - Time for a Walk!
Trained walk leader Jean Lancaster has put together a programme of walks for the coming months. All walks last approximately 2 hours and anyone is welcome to join in!
Abersoch Monthly Guided Walks Programme
Meeting place: Blades Cafe in Abersoch (next to chemist)
Ability: easy - moderate
March 8th - From Abersoch along golf course to Marchroes, Bwlchtocyn return along beach.
Generally flat terrain, one uneven incline
April 12th - Llanengan circular along quiet paths and lanes.
Includes a steep uneven grassy path.
May 10th - Walk to Llanbedrog along the beach and Winllan woods, return by bus.
Uneven path and steps through the woods
June 14th - Abersoch to Castell March past Bryn Cethin lakes and return via Warren beach
Uneven and quite overgrown path that needs care
July 12th - Abersoch Mynytho circular.
Short section on busy road
August 9th - Bus to Porth Ceiriad and return on the coastal path
Includes steep grass section of coastal path - bonus we may see dolphins!
September 13th - Llanengan and Llangian circular walk.
1st March 2016 - Farewell to Abersoch Jazz Festival
The organisers of Abersoch Jazz have, with great regret, decided to ‘bow out’ on a high. The 2015 weekend in September was musically excellent, great fun and enjoyed with lots of friends and good humour - and the sun shone yet again! We were concerned that we might not be able to guarantee good weather again, after 14 years of sunny weekends!!!!
Seriously, we have tried very hard to find younger people to take over from us but to no avail. But, apart from our ages, the biggest drawback to carrying on is the lack of accommodation and venues in Abersoch.
We are incredibly sad to lose Jazz in Abersoch, but nothing can take away the great memories of 14 Festivals/weekends, thanks to all the wonderful and extremely talented musicians who have played for us and given us great joy and happiness, also the supportive volunteers, funding providers, and especially our visiting Jazzy friends. Abersoch will miss you all but we console ourselves with the knowledge that we will all meet up regularly on the Jazz circuit and that our friendships will continue.
19th February - Abersoch’s New Welsh Spring Festival
Abersoch & District Trade and Tourism Association are getting ready to launch a new event next month. The Abersoch Welsh Spring Festival will take place just after St. David’s Day, over the weekend of 4th - 6th March and will celebrate the start of Spring and all things Welsh.
Planned events include a village fête with traditional stalls such as a tombola, hook-a-duck, cake stall, guess the number of sweets in the jar etc. There will be an evening of Welsh influenced music at Abersoch Golf Club on Saturday 5th with John ac Alun performing at the Clubhouse - tickets are £10 in advance direct from Abersoch Golf Club (01758 712622).
There will also be a mini food festival including a local artisan food and craft market, cookery demonstrations from local chefs such as Hugh Bracegirdle (formally of Plas Bodegroes, now head chef at Plas Heli), Nigel Skinner (from the highly regarded Tremfan Hall), Si Toft (from Abersoch’s AA Rossette restaurant The Dining Room) and Steve Williams (food development manager at Harlech). There will also be a fun cocktail masterclass from the team at Fresh Bar & Grill.
Throughout the weekend there will be activities for children including face painting, hair braiding and various village fête style games and activities. Fabio the parrot will return following his popularity at October’s Pirate Festival; Fabio and friends are very friendly and will be available for children (and parents) to meet and pet. There will be a Welsh themed Spring parade with a competition for the best Welsh bonnet or hat and if that wasn’t enough we’re also holding the inaugural North Wales Welly Wanging Competition!
The Welly Wanging, sponsored by Joules and Abersoch Boatyard will take place on Abersoch Main Beach at midday on Saturday and looks set to be a lot of fun. The aim of the competition is simply to ‘wang’ your welly as far as you can - the competition is open to adults and children, entry costs just £2 for adults, £1 for children or £5 for a family (two adults and up to 3 children). The winner of each category (ladies, gents, kids under 14 and kids under 8) will receive some very generous Joules gift vouchers.
With so much going on we’re looking forward to a lively weekend and hope plenty of families will join us to enjoy the fun and games! Keep up to date with news of the festival by following Abersoch Tourist Office on Facebook and checking out our event page www.facebook.com/events/539936446165720/.
15.12.15 Feeling Festive
We’re midway through December and just 10 sleeps away from Christmas Day! Over the last few weeks there have been lots of Christmassy events and activities going on in and around Abersoch, but if you’re looking for something to do in the coming days don’t worry, there’s still plenty of festive fun to be had!
If you’re still hunting down the perfect gifts for friends and family then check out some of the fantastic shops in and around Abersoch, here’s a taste of what’s on offer - Abersoch Boatyard are open every day and have lots of tempting offers in store, Present Thoughts is the ideal place to pick up some last minute stocking fillers and Lavender House are running 10% off right up until Christmas Eve.
Christmas Carols -
There’s nothing better than singing carols to really get into the spirit of the season and there’s something very special about Christmas Church Services. If you want to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, and enjoy a good singalong, there are a few local carols services in the coming week:
Sunday 20th December: 7pm St Engan’s Church Llanengan Carols
Christmas Eve: 11-30pm Midnight Mass St Pedrog’s Llanbedrog
Christmas Day: 10am Eucharist and Carols St Pedrog’s Llanbedrog, 10am Eucharist and Carols St Cian’s Llangian
Santa’s Grottos -
Children love meeting Father Christmas and if they haven’t been to see the big man yet this year there’s still time! Father Christmas will be at Tyddyn Sachau garden centre on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, or for something a little bit different you can hop aboard the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway’s Santa trains which are running on the 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd.
The fun continues after Christmas with The Ship’s annual Car Treasure Hunt, starting from The Ship in Llanbedrog at 10am on Boxing Day.
Merry Christmas/Nadolig Llawen!
01.12.15 Abersoch Christmas Festival Weekend
The Abersoch Christmas Festival took place at the weekend and despite torrential rain and strong winds a great time was had by all.
Sion Corn/Father Christmas arrived on the Abersoch fire engine on Friday and much to the children’s delight was accompanied by a large elephant! Despite the weather he stayed in the village, greeting children on his sleigh. The children’s carol singing, which was hastily moved into the chapel (it had been planned for The Vaynol patio) was a real treat – children from Ysgol Abersoch, Ysgol Sarn Bach and Ysgol Llanbedrog sang two carols and the chapel was absolutely packed with family, friends and visitors.
The bad weather continued on the Saturday but the attitude was very much ‘the show must go on’ and so it did! Activities included a children’s magic show, Santa’s Grotto, face painter, hair braider, Christmas Fair and the ever popular lantern parade. The parade was led by Father Christmas, who was joined by children and parents with lanterns and torches.
As ever John Wormald was on hand to capture the fun over the weekend, click here to view all his Christmas Festival photos
24.11.15 Plas Heli Christmas Fair
Hundreds of local people flocked to Plas Heli on Sunday 22nd November to the first ever Christmas Fair at the new events centre.
The Fair was a great opportunity for Plas Heli to build on their relationship with local businesses, as well as local schools and the local community.
A wide range of stalls were ready to greet visitors to the Fair with 29 different local companies, artisans, charities and producers selling everything from Christmas cards to mince pies, skin care products, books and decorations.
The whole of Plas Heli was a hive of activity with new chef Hugh Bracegirdle being kept busy in the kitchen cooking up a treat of festive delights, the event compound at the back of the building housed some trampolines, a fun house and a climbing frame and the Rotary’s Santa Claus was waiting to greet visitors at the front door.
Throughout the day the stage in the centre of Plas Heli’s main hall was taken over by parties from local schools that sang carols and festive songs. Visitors to the Fair enjoyed performances from the Pwllheli Band as well as the children of Ysgol Cymerau, Ysgol Hafod Lon, Ysgol Chwilog and Ysgol Pentreuchaf.
Marian Jones, the owner of Siop Eluned on the Pwllheli High Street, who had a stall at the Fair said: “Today has been a great day, a wonderful start to the festive season. It’s been lovely to listen to the children and to see so many local faces.”
The festive fun continues in Plas Heli on Sunday the 6th of December with another new event Winter Wonderland, a Christmas party for children. For more details on any of these upcoming events visit www.plasheli.org
23.11.15 Abersoch restaurant gains AA recognition
The Dining Room restaurant in Abersoch has recently been awarded a coveted AA Rosette.
According to the AA the ‘long-established AA Rosette scheme recognises successful cooking at various different levels across the UK.
About 10% of restaurants nationwide are of a standard that is worthy of One Rosette and above. This is indeed a huge achievement, and not to be underestimated.’
The Dining Room was opened in April 2010 by husband and wife Si and Jo Toft. Their aim was to create a contemporary British bistro which combined a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere with a high standard of food. The ever changing menu features Si’s often quirky takes on British classics and places an emphasis on fish due to the restaurant’s location.
Chef/owner Si Toft said,
‘I’m thrilled. The inspector actually visited on my birthday and getting a Rosette was certainly the best present I had this year!’
‘I spend a lot of time planning menus as we change our dishes weekly to reflect what’s in season. We always aim to use the best local produce available and, obviously as we are by the sea, we serve a lot of fish. We get great feedback from our customers and we have a lot of local regulars which must be a sign that we’re doing something right! But it’s absolutely amazing to have this kind of recognition, particularly as we’re such a small restaurant.’
‘Myself, Jo and our brilliant floor staff Emma and Rhea would like to say a massive thank you to all our lovely customers and we hope you’ll continue to support us.’
16.11.15 Plas Heli for All This Christmas
This Sunday, 22nd November, Plas Heli, the new Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre in Pwllheli will open its doors, and every corner, to the public.
Everyone is welcomed at the Plas Heli Christmas Fair, between 10am and 4pm to shop and browse the stalls, to enjoy various activities, to meet Santa, to eat, to drink, to listen to live music or to have a little nose!
Plas Heli opened in July, welcoming sailors from over 40 countries. Since the departure of the sailors in September the builders have been back in to finish off the building, which was built with support from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council.
With Hugh Bracegirdle having started as the head chef at the beginning of the month this is a perfect occasion to invite the community and the people of Pwllheli and Llyn into Plas Heli. There will be an opportunity to taste Hugh’s culinary skills, to listen to the Pwllheli Band and local school children and to taste Shari Pollit’s Zumba class. There will be tours around the building throughout the day that will take you to all possible corners including the tower or pod, which is usually closed to the public.
Plas Heli’s chairman, Stephen Tudor, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the community to Plas Heli. It’s a lovely centre that always has its doors open to the local public. It’s a place that Pwllheli can be proud of and after a very busy summer of sailing we are looking forward to have the main hall filled with local festivities.”
Plas Heli’s diary is already full of sailing events for August 2016 and the calendar is filling up quickly for the rest of the year with the Pwllheli Triathlon in March, Llyn Land and Seafood Festival in May, Llyn Coastal Sportive and the All Wales Boat Show in June and the Gwyl Gerdd Dant in November as well as private parties, conferences, trade shows and weddings.
For more information please visit www.plasheli.org or phone (01758) 613 343.
27.10.15 Abersoch Pirate Festival
The first ever Abersoch Pirate Festival took place in the village over the weekend and it’s safe to say it was a big success. The weekend kicked off with an evening of sea shanties and a fish n chip supper at SCYC. Music came from the Port Sunlight Seadogs and Abersoch’s own singing pirate Fred Sutton with further entertainment provided by the very amusing (and convincing) Capt Jack Sparrow. Everyone embraced the pirate theme and there were pirates and wenches aplenty!
The fun continued on Saturday with children’s activities in the village, including a treasure hunt and the opportunity to meet some rather beautiful parrots. Despite mixed weather during the morning there was a great turnout for the pirate parade with lots of children, and many parents, in fancy dress. In typical Abersoch fashion the rain ceased and the sun shone just as the parade began. Capt Jack led the parade, along with local lads Tom Turtle and Llyr Wyn Williams who played the excellent He’s a Pirate (the theme from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean). The parade finished at the Village Hall where there were trampolines and a climbing mast to be enjoyed before the first of the children’s magic shows began at 2pm.
Sunday morning saw the tug of war on the main beach with five teams battling it out - Zinc, Manana, The Vaynol, the St Tudwals and excellently named ‘you wine some you booze some’ - to cheers and encouragement from spectators. All five teams really entered into the spirit of it and put up quite a fight, with many of them feeling seriously achy by the afternoon! Eventual winners were The Vaynol. Sunday also saw the mini boat race and another opportunity to meet parrots Fabio, Angel and Apple.
Many local businesses got in to the swing of it with pirate flags and bunting as well as pirate giveaways and offers. Organisers are already thinking about ways to build on the success of this first event and make next year bigger and better.
John Wormald was out and about throughout the weekend taking pictures of all the events, there are plenty to see on his Totally Abersoch Facebook page as well as an album of tug of war pictures in his online gallery. To view the tug of war photos - click here
19.10.15 Half term activities
Half term activities - here’s a taste of what’s going on in and around Abersoch this half term . . .
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th - Abersoch Pirate Festival Weekend! Join us here in Abersoch for a pirate themed, fun-filled family weekend.
Saturday 24th - Lavender House Annual Festive Launch - be the first to see Lavender House’s lovely festive goodies, enjoy 20% off on the night and a glass of fizz while you shop!
Thursday 29th - Oriel Plas Craft and Produce Fair. Annual event at the lovely Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw with a wide variety of food and craft stalls.
Friday 30th - Coastal Culture Half Term VIP shopping evening - Open all day - Join Kat between 6pm and 8pm for Prosecco and nibbles with exclusive offers and the opportunity to win prizes!
Saturday 31st - The Warren’s Halloween Spooktacular
05.10.15 RNLI volunteers at Abersoch enjoyed an exciting day in the station’s proud history today
Abersoch Lifeboat Operations Manager Gareth Hughes-Jones receives his inscribed binoculars and long service award certificate for 40 years of service from HRH the Duke of Kent.
Abersoch RNLI’s only female crew member Elissa Thursfield and newest crew member Lee Oliver meet the Duke of Kent.
Not only did the station accept delivery of their new £214,000 Atlantic 85 lifeboat, they also welcomed RNLI President HRH The Duke of Kent to North Wales. The visit kick started a two day tour of six Welsh RNLI lifeboat stations.
His Royal Highness arrived at Abersoch this morning and had the opportunity to view the newly arrived Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Peter and Ann Setten. The new lifeboat which will replace the station’s outgoing Atlantic 75 lifeboat, is able to carry a fourth crew member, whilst also having improved space for kit.
The Atlantic 85 which is powered by two 115hp engines and has a stronger hull and greater top speed, has been funded by a bequest from Mrs Ann Constance Setten from Shropshire, who was an RNLI supporter during her lifetime.
Following his meeting with RNLI representatives from Abersoch, the Duke move on to Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Station where he met local volunteers. He then visited Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station and met the operations team, fundraisers and staff members.
Lee Firman, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager for the RNLI in north Wales says: ‘We are delighted to be able to welcome HRH The Duke of Kent to North Wales and our volunteers thoroughly enjoyed meeting with him. The fact the visit coincides with the arrival of Abersoch’s new lifeboat really is the icing on the cake for the local volunteers. It was a memorable day accepting this modern new lifeboat and being able to share their pride with the RNLI’s President.
It was an especially proud day for Gareth Hughes-Jones, Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, who was presented with a pair of inscribed binoculars and a long service award certificate by the Duke of Kent for his 40 years' service to the RNLI charity.
To keep up to date with Abersoch Lifeboat news, follow their Facebook page www.facebook.com/AbersochRNLI
Thanks to RNLI/Danielle Rush for the images
02.10.15 Sunshine for the Jazz Weekend
We’ve had fantastic weather here over the last few weeks and last weekend was no exception - the sun shone throughout - ideal for the jazz parade which took place on Saturday morning.
Click here to see Totally Abersoch’s jazz weekend photos.
22.09.15 Abersoch Jazz Weekend 25th - 27th September
Abersoch’s Jazz Weekend returns with events added on Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday. All band sessions are in the one venue - South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club. It will be a fun and friendly weekend offering great opportunities to hear top class musicians and bands who are usually busy touring the UK and Europe.
Bands include the Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet, Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants, Jazz Rag and Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band.
AMY ROBERTS/RICHARD EXALL QUINTET
The quintet is fronted by two of the most exciting and versatile musicians who combine to perform high-octane music on a range of clarinets, saxophones and flute. Their repertoire has well-crafted arrangements that pay homage to Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Earl Bostic, Charlie Parker and many more. You will hear popular standards and vocals as well as more unusual tunes inspired from early jazz/swing and Latin music. It will be an entertaining session crossing musical styles and boundaries. The rhythm section for this session is the wonderful piano wizard Paul Sawtell, Bill Coleman on bass and nick Millward on drums.
KEVIN GRENFELL’S JAZZ GIANTS
Jazz Giants was the brainchild of internationally recognised trombonist and showman Kevin Grenfell and was formed in 2012 as a five-piece band. The band prides itself in performing high-energy swing, boogie-woogie and mainstream jazz to high standards. Paul Harrison from Denmark is a special guest providing variety and an even greater sound.
MARTIN BENNETT'S OLD GREEN RIVER BAND
The Old Green River Band is named after a Bourbon Whisky that went out of production after the First War. They play what can best be described as Dixieland Swing which covers all the jazz periods. Martin Bennett is an internationally renowned musician who has appeared many times in Canada and the USA from Miami and New Orleans to California. He has played in The Bahamas, The Canary Islands, France, Germany, Holland and Belgium as well as Switzerland, all four countries of Scandinavia and two tours in Australia. For many years he was a regular musician at the major festivals in Ireland as well as many of the jazz venues north and south as well as those throughout the UK from northern Scotland to Cornwall and many times in Abersoch.
Old Green River Band line up -
Chez Chesterman - trumpet, John Finch - trombone, Tony Denton - clarinet and baritone saxophone,
Ed Lloyd-Hughes - double bass, Bill Buck - drums, Martin Bennett - keyboard.
Bringing back that Dixieland era right to your doorstep! Jazz Rag are a large part of the parade band every year and play a session as well as busking outside The Vaynol to raise funds for Ysgol Abersoch. They will be having fun playing the music they love so come and join them - it’s gonna be great!
By popular request Jazz Rag’s line up will be as last year:
Front line: Morris Jones - Band leader and Trombone, David Wilkinson - Clarinet, Sax and vocals, Ron King - Trumpet. Ron is our very special guest, all the way from Devon specially to play at Abersoch with Jazz Rag. Rhythm section: Malcolm Hogarth - Piano, Fred Boggan - Percussion, Isabel Toner - Double Bass.
Jazz Weekend timetable
Friday 8pm-11pm - Amy Roberts and Richard Exall Quintet
Saturday 11am - Parade (starting from the Lime Kiln), include Lusitano horses and the Best Dressed Brolly and Hat competitions!
Saturday 2pm-3pm - The Pwllheli Band
Saturday 3.15pm-5.30pm - Jazz Rag
Saturday 8pm-11pm - Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants, with special guest Paul Harrison from Denmark.
Sunday 10.30am - Capel Aber Bilingual Gospel Service
Sunday 2pm-5pm - Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band
Sunday 5.30pm - Marcia Pendlebury’s famous dancing horses at Pen Llyn Riding School, Llaniestyn. (£10 donations to the Air Ambulance)
Buskers will also be playing over the weekend on The Vaynol patio.
Tickets: Full weekend ticket - £35, Session ticket - £10
Tickets available from SCYC and Abersoch Post Office.
22.09.15 Plas yn Rhiw Great Welsh Walk on October 2nd
Join us at Plas yn Rhiw on Friday 2nd October for a special peek behind the scenes of our famous grounds with our gardener Llifon Jones. As part of The National Trusts’ Great Welsh Walk campaign we’re inviting you to get your walking boots on and join us for a guided tour around one of Llyns’ best gardens! Autumn is a really wonderful time to go out and explore our gardens; they are still bursting with colour and have plenty for you to discover–like our orchard made up of the largest diversity of native fruit trees in Wales with 32 different species of fruit trees –from the Bardsey apple to the Anglesey trwyn mochyn (pig’s nose) apple. The gardens are also full of colour with late flowering specimens such as, eucryphia, hydrangeas and all the exotic species such as the famous Magnolia at Plas yn Rhiw that are all producing seeds.
The walk will take place on Friday 2nd of October 1.00-3.00pm. There a cost of £7.50 per person for the walk, but this does include tea and cake at our new Café.
To book your space on this walk, please call 01758 780219
21.09.15 Chaparral Abersoch Half Marathon
The sun shone on Saturday as runners took to the lanes around Abersoch for the Chaparral Abersoch Half Marathon, the final race in the Abersoch Triple Crown Series. Congratulations to Ian Roberts and Rhian Roxburgh who took the men’s and women’s 2015 Abersoch Triple Crown titles and well done to all who took part in both the Half Marathon and the Abersoch Holiday Homes 2K Blast.
John Wormald from Totally Abersoch was on hand to capture the morning’s activities on camera, click here to see his photos of both the Half Marathon and the 2K.
16.09.15 Farewell to Natwest
Sad times as Abersoch’s Natwest branch bids farewell as it closes its doors for the last time today. It is not yet known what the future will be for the building, which stands in a prominent position in the centre of the village.
The decision to close the branch was announced in June, along with a number of branches nationwide and leaves Abersoch, (which just a few years ago had an HSBC as well) without a bank. There will be a mobile banking service visiting the village and some basic banking facilities will be available at the Post Office.
09.09.15 Tŷ Newydd Open Day on September 12th
Tŷ Newydd, the Grade II* listed 16th Century house which was David Lloyd George’s final home, has recently undergone an extensive renovation. The building was given a £30,000 Lottery Capital Grant from the Arts Council of Wales, and two separate £10,000 grants from the Welsh Academy and the Ashley Family Foundation.
Tŷ Newydd is the now the National Writing Centre of Wales and the renovation marks the 25th anniversary of the Centre. There will be an open day this Saturday, 12th September, to allow visitors to see inside Lloyd George’s home and the national writing centre of Wales. Tea and cake will be available.
Address: Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, Gwynedd, LL52 0LW
Located in Llanystumdwy, from Criccieth you will need to follow the road to the right before crossing the bridge in the village. Passing Lloyd George’s grave on your left, Tŷ Newydd will be on your right soon after.
For details click here
04.09.15 Abersoch RNLI Sportive will be held on October 4th
The Abersoch RNLI Sportive will be held on Sunday 4th October, and will be a non-competitive cycling event that starts and finishes at The Vaynol in the centre of Abersoch village. All money raised from the event will go towards Abersoch RNLI fundraising. The entry fee for single riders is £10 with a requirement to raise at least £15 in additional sponsorship, and for family groups the entry fee is £20 with a minimum sponsorship requirement of £20.
This will be the first time that Abersoch RNLI has run a sportive and we hope to make it an annual fundraising event.
We have decided to offer two routes: a 28 mile route for experienced cyclists, and a shorter route, which can be either 9½ or 16 miles, for families and those looking for an easier ride.
The 28 mile route will cross the peninsula and then go west to circle back round to Abersoch. Riders will leave Abersoch to go up to Mynytho, then go down through Rhydyclafdy and Dinas to a check point at The Lion in Tudweiliog. From there they will go south to Sarn Meyllteyrn, then through Bryncroes and Botwnnog to Hells Mouth and up to another check point at The Sun in Llanengan, then return to Abersoch. The route has 2,200 feet of climbing, with a long climb up from Abersoch to the top of the hill above Mynytho and several other challenging lengths of climbing further on.
The family route will be shorter and will use the lower land to the back of Hells Mouth to avoid the steep hills of the 28 mile route. Riders will leave Abersoch to go to Sarn Bach, then into Llanengan where they will start the circuit to Llangian and towards Botwnnog until they join the route of the 28 mile ride to come back to Hells Mouth. On entering Llanengan, where there will be a check point at The Sun, they can either do another circuit to give a total distance of 16 miles or return directly to Abersoch to give a distance of 9½ miles.
To enter on-line and obtain further information please go to the Eventbrite booking page:
Entries will also be taken on the day at The Vaynol, but this will be less convenient and may delay you starting the ride. Any queries can be addressed to either Phill Brown on 01758 712023 or Roy Taylor on 010758 740024.
01.09.15 Order your tickets for the Abersoch Pirate Festival events
The Abersoch Pirate Festival takes place over the weekend of 23rd- 25th October, there’ll be fun throughout the village with street entertainers, face painting, a fancy dress parade, tug of war, and numerous pirate themed events.
If you'd like tickets to the Children's Show and/or the Sea Shanty Evening we've made it simple for you - just fill in the relevant form and post it to us with a cheque and SAE or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are limited tickets for each event so make sure you book early!
Mini boats for the boat race are available locally from Helen at Present Thoughts
Click here for magic show ticket
Click here for Sea Shanty Evening ticket
28.08.15 It’s Bank Holiday and the sun is shining!
Two much loved Abersoch events take place this weekend, the Mackerel Race and the Duck Race. These events have been running for years and are a regular part of many people’s summer holiday.
Abersoch Mackerel Race on Saturday 29th August at 2pm.
The Abersoch Mackerel Race takes place off Abersoch beach and is an annual event, always held on August Bank Holiday Saturday, the time depending on the tides.
The Mackerel Race has been held for in excess of 100 years, for the majority of those it was part of Abersoch Regatta. About 10 years ago however the event was rebranded and is now run by Abersoch resident, and keen fisherman, Miles Pickering. The race starts with a sprint from outside Beach Hut No3 on the main beach (close to the golf end slipway). Originally the race winners were the boat that caught the most mackerel in 2 hours; frequently the winning catches were in excess of 100 fish. In the interests of conservation the winners are now the first boat to return to shore with 50 fish, all being measured to ensure they are above the minimum size.
Entry fees are £10 per boat + £1 per rod. After the race all the fish are sold on the beach with the proceeds being donated to a charity of the winner's choice. The winners will also receive the ‘Miles Pickering Mackerel Race Trophy’ and their names will be engraved on the trophy.
All are welcome to join in, have fun and help to raise money for charity - for more information call Miles on 01758 712294.
Ysgol Abersoch Duck race, Monday 31st August at 1pm.
This year’s race takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 1pm off the Harbour Bridge. Tickets are available throughout village - at Fat Face, the chemist, Terry’s butchers, Abersoch Boatyard, Abersoch Deli, Present Thoughts and both beach cafes. Ducks cost £2 with all proceeds going to the school. Cash prizes! 1st wins £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25.
26.08.15 *** Press Release *** - ABERSOCH OCEANSWIM - Sponsored by Abersoch Quality Homes
Swimmers from all over the UK are invited to take part in this brilliant open water sea swimming event at the buzzing Abersoch Beach, North Wales on Sunday 6th September, 2015
Wetsuited and non-wetsuited swimmers are welcome to join in this Summer swim sensation which has a variety of swim distances to challenge and excite any ability.
Perfect for swimmers new to the sport of open water sea swimming, the friendly, supportive atmosphere and brilliant location of our event guarantees satisfaction!
From the epic 5mile ST TUDWALS CHALLENGE to the one or two mile appetizers there’s a distance to suit all swimmers. There’s also an Under 14’s 400m swim.
Trophies will be awarded for the top three female and male swimmers in all distances with top quality goody bags for all.
The event is also raising funds for Hope House which provides "specialist nursing care and support to life-limited children, young people and young adults from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. Their support extends to the whole family - from diagnosis, throughout the lifetime of the child and beyond."
Uswim have been running outdoor swimming venues and events for over seven years during which time over 20,000 people have been given the opportunity to swim in the open water and participate in healthy lifestyles.
The closing date for online entry is Wed 2nd September.
• Wetsuits / Non-wetsuits welcome
• Swim distances from 5 to 1 mile, kids 400m
• 5mile starts at 9am, 800m U14’s (10.45am), 1, 2 mile (11.30am)
• Event registration opens from 8.00am
• Full safety support
• Swim caps will be provided at registration on the day
• Trophies for top 3 placed female, male in all distances. Goody bags / T-Shirts for all
Click here for more information / entry
Contact – Dave Quartermain, Uswim. email@example.com, 07871 268 289
19.08.15 Rare exotic Hoopoe bird spotted on Pen Llyn in Gwynedd
A Hoopoe has been spotted in Gwynedd.
A rare exotic bird has been spotted on the Llyn Peninsula.
The Hoopoe migrates to Europe from North Africa in Spring but is only usually seen in the south coast of England.
But Stephen Garner, a regular bird watcher from Pwllheli, spotted its distinctive black and white feathers with an orange mane on Saturday at Nant Gwrtheryn, Llithfaen.
Mr Garner said: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a Hoopoe.I’ve seen one before at Fuerteventura in the Canary lslands but I have never seen one in North Wales before.The bird was just hopping along the ground eating some ants and after about five minutes - it flew off.”
18.08.15 Abersoch Regatta photos are live on Totally Abersoch!
There was plenty of fun to be had at the Regatta events last week and as usual Totally Abersoch’s John Wormald was there in the think of it to capture some of the best moments!
Click here for photos from the Great Raft Race
Click here for photos from the Crab Catching Competition
16.08.15 Annual Photographic Display in the Village Hall 17-29 August - a must for anyone who loves history!
Take time this week 17th - 29th August to visit the Abersoch Memorial Hall where there is a fantastic exhibition of old photographs of Abersoch and the surrounding area compiled by the Abersoch Heritage Group. Characters, vocations and community events and industries, shop-keeping, tourism, mining, farming, fishing, etc., etc., it is well worth a browse, hundreds of photos on display and on record in albums. This is the group’s tenth year of exhibiting.
12.08.15 it’s Glass Butter Beach 2015!
Glass Butter Beach weekend is here and the weather couldn’t be better. The main stage tent is visible from the Llanbedrog-Pwllheli road and it’s a hive of activity on site as organisers get ready to open the gates at Carreg y Defaid tomorrow.
There’s lots of new events and great acts planned this year, starting with The Harbour Project which takes place on Thursday evening in Abersoch’s inner harbour - this is free to all and a great opportunity to watch some world class wakeboarders in action.
Professor Green, Kosheen, Mallory Knox, Less Than Jake and Michael Calfan are just a few of the huge acts performing over the course of the weekend. Away from the music there’s a night-time flyboard show with some of the best flyboarders in the world performing tricks in L.E.D. suits, there’s the paint fight (a crazy, colourful spectacle not to be missed), skateboard and BMX showcases, cookery demos from the hilarious ‘Camp Cooks’, new rides for the fairground and loads more. You can have a go at all of the above sports as well as Stand Up Paddleboarding, wakeboarding and surfing.
There’s also food stalls and the ‘Butter Market’ with loads of quirky stalls including clothes, jewellery, hats, face painting and more. Organisers have even put on shuttle buses from Abersoch meaning you can also enjoy a few drinks at any of the five themed bars.
If the weather holds Glass Butter Beach 2015 looks set to be a fantastic weekend!
08.08.15 It’s Regatta Week!
It’s glorious weather here in Abersoch for the village’s famous Regatta Week. The very first Abersoch Regatta was held in 1881 so it really is a well-established event! There’s lots going on during the week, included the Sailing Regatta and Best Dressed Beach Huts today. If you missed those there’s still plenty of fun to be had over the coming days with the following events.
• Monday 10th August, 5pm - Radio Controlled Laser Competition, followed by 6.00pm - Crab catching competition.
Location: Abersoch Harbour.
• Tuesday 11th August 2015 - The Great Raft Race, juniors - 6.45pm, adults - 7pm.
Location: Abersoch main beach followed by prize giving at The Vaynol.
• Wednesday 12th August, 2.00pm - Best Sandcastle / Sand Art competition
Location: Abersoch Main Beach (near the golf slipway).
06.08.15 Yo, ho, ho, a pirate’s life for me!
Pirate Festival - Fri 23rd - Sun 25th October 2015
Following the success of the Abersoch Christmas Festival, we’ve been busy organising another fun filled family weekend and can now announce the dates! The brand new Abersoch Pirate Festival will take place over the weekend of the 24th and 25th October (start of the the October Half Term week) and looks set to be another great weekend for the diary.
Expect fun and games including street entertainers, singing pirates, a miniature boat race, sea shanty event, fancy dress pirate parade, face painting, walk the plank, pirate themed menus around the village, a treasure hunt, tug of war and much, much more. Agrhhh, you don’t want to be missing out on this weekend me hearties!!
Keep up to date with news of this new festival by following the Facebook event page.
click here for more information
01.08.15 Family fun this summer!
The school holidays are well and truly upon us and the Abersoch season is in full swing! Here’s a list of some of the best family activities to enjoy in and around Abersoch this August.
National Trust Porth Oer ‘50 things’: Monday 3rd August 12pm-4pm
Tick off more ‘things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ - make some wild art, build and fly a kite or use a map and compass to find treasure!
National Trust Guided Bike Rides: start Tuesday 4th August 11am-3pm
Every Tuesday throughout August join a National Trust ranger on a guided bike ride from Porth y Swnt, Aberdaron. On the way you’ll get the opportunity to learn more about the habitats, wildlife and history of the area whilst taking in some fantastic views along a family friendly route. Booking essential - call 01758 760469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Fun Day: Wednesday 5th August, Pwllheli Leisure Centre, 10am-12pm
Family fun day with lots of activities including soft play, a climbing tower, face painting and more - FREE entry!
Abersoch Regatta beach events: 8th-12th August
Saturday 8th Aug - Best Dressed Beach Hut Competition, Abersoch Main Beach - judged at 2pm.
Monday 10th Aug - RC laser demonstration, Outer Harbour, 5pm
Monday 10th Aug - Crab Catching Competition, (can become very competitive!) Abersoch Harbour, 6pm.
Tuesday 11th - Great Raft Race, Abersoch Main Beach, juniors 6.45pm, adults 7pm
Wednesday 12th - Sandcastle/Sand art Competition, Abersoch Main Beach, 2pm
National Trust Llanbedrog beach fun day: Wednesday 12th August 11am-4pm
Join the National Trust on Llanbedrog beach and enjoy kayaking taster sessions, football on the beach, a sandcastle competition, rock-pooling and much more.
National Trust Porthdinllaen ‘50 things’: Monday 17th August 12pm-4pm
Explore the marine environment at Porthdinllaen, and tick off some of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ in your scrapbooks at the same time. Go rock-pooling, swim in the sea or catch a fish during this activity led day.
Abersoch Mackerel Race: Sunday 23rd August
The annual mackerel race takes place off Abersoch beach, all are welcome to join in, have fun and help to raise money for charity - for more information call Miles on 01758 712294.
National Trust Porthdinllaen beach fun day: Thursday 27th August 11am-4pm
Join the National Trust on Porthdinllaen beach and enjoy kayaking taster sessions, football on the beach, a sandcastle competition, rock-pooling and much more.
Ysgol Abersoch Duck Race: Monday 31st August, 1pm
A classic event! The Abersoch Duck Race is great fun to watch and might even win you £100! Tickets are available throughout the village and will also be available at the Raft Race, Crab Catching and Sandcastle competitions - £2 a duck with all proceeds going to the school.
August Crab Catching Competitions
Crab catching comps take place in the village throughout the summer, great fun for children and parents alike - see the TIC (The Old Vestry - opposite Coastal Culture) for details!
Abersoch Lifeboat Practice Night
The crew practice every Thursday evening - head down to the Lifeboat Station at Min y Don to see the crew, watch the boat being launched and pop into the RNLI shop - perfect for the kids!
27.07.15 Quba Sails choose Abersoch for their AW15 photoshoot location
We all know what a gorgeously scenic place Abersoch is and it looks as though we’re not the only ones! Last week nautically inspired British brand Quba Sails shot their Autumn/Winter collection right here in the village.
This is the first time Salcombe based Quba have ventured to Abersoch for a shoot, after Nigel from Abersoch Boatyard (Quba’s Abersoch stockist) suggested the village as an ideal location. The shoot took place over two days at some of the village’s most picturesque spots including the main beach, Warren beach, harbour beach, the headland and inner harbour.
25.08.15 Welsh Male Voice Choir sing at 7.00 p.m
The Amazing sound of a Welsh Male Voice Choir with Soloists singing songs from the West End Shows.
Tickets £10 each, available at Post Office Abersoch and Sun Inn Llanengan.
For more information call 01758713893/07796797062
21.07.15 Abersoch RNLI have a busy start to the summer
Abersoch RNLI have a busy start to the summer
The Abersoch Lifeboat crew have certainly been kept busy recently with a number of shouts this month. Saturday 11th July was a particularly busy day as the boat was launched on service multiple times within just a few hours.
Yesterday the crew started two weeks of intense RNLI Casualty Care training. Over the course of this training they will learn to deal with casualties suffering from injury, illness or immersion, along with learning to use some of the specialised equipment held on the lifeboat.
And that’s not all . . .
Last week Lifeboat Launch Operations Manager, Gareth Hughes Jones, was pleased to award the RNLI long service medal to two of Abersoch’s most experienced crew members. David "Fritz" Williams and Gareth "Tan Bryn" Jones have each been members of Abersoch Lifeboat crew for more than 20 years, spending a large part of that time as helms.
Well done to Fritz, Tan Bryn and to all the crew - you’ve got another busy few weeks ahead of you!
To stay up to date with Abersoch RNLI check out their Facebook page or the RNLI website
18.07.15 St Pedrog’s Fete, Llanbedrog on Saturday 25th July
This year’s fete will take place on Saturday 25th July, from 1pm onwards.
As usual the annual fete will be held on the green opposite St. Pedrog’s; there’ll be all the usual stalls including bric a brac, used books, cakes, plants and ice creams. There’ll be a children’s fancy dress competition, judged by St. Pedrog’s very own Andrew Jones. There will also be delicious cream teas available in the church - all funds raised will go to the church.
It’s always a lovely afternoon so please do pop along, have fun, eat cake and support Llanbedrog’s beautiful church!
15.07.15 Glass Butter Beach on in August
Glass Butter Beach
Llanbedrog, Abersoch, North Wales
Surf, Wake, Music and Creativity
12.07.15 Bardsey Island hitting the headlines!
The majestic island of Bardsey, or Ynys Enlli, which lies just off the tip of the Llŷn, has been making national headlines in the last week or so. The island, which is owned and managed by the Bardsey Island Trust, is looking for a new island manager. The manager will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the island’s 10 holiday cottages and duties of the post include managing the let cottages, welcoming visitors and representing the Trust on the island.
Caroline Williams, from the Bardsey Island Trust, explains the warden’s role: 'This is a unique opportunity to work on a remote and beautiful island.
'There are really two parts to the job. For six months of the year over the spring and summer the role is about looking after the visitors who come to the island and the cottages.
'Then for the other six months the role changes and it is more isolated, and the job is about keeping up the maintenance on the island over the winter and they will just be on the island with the two families who live there.'
The job comes with a salary of £16,000 and a two bedroom cottage - applicants are required to speak both English and Welsh and must apply by 31st July.
07.07.15 Abersoch Village DefibrillatorA new public access defibrillator is now in place in Zinc Bar & Grill in the centre of Abersoch. The defibrillator was purchased with money raised by Abersoch Regatta, in conjunction with a grant from the British Heart Foundation.
There are already defibrillators at the Golf Club and SCYC, but it was felt it would be a good idea to place one right in the centre of the village. Zinc staff are on the premises daily from around 8am until midnight meaning the defibrillator will be easily accessible much of the time.
A training session took place last week at Zinc to ensure that members of staff understand how to use this life-saving equipment.
o1.07.15 Abersoch Jazz Weekend in September
Abersoch Jazz Weekend
25th - 27th Sept 2015
Full Weekend Ticket £35 Session Tickets £10
Contact Avril: 01758 712929 / 01758 712000
10.06.15 Dolphins at Abersoch
One of the many current sightings of the magnificent dolphins in Abersoch bay!
01.05.15 Abersoch Walking Group Every Tuesday At Blades Cafe 10.00am
The New Group is registered with Let's Walk Cymru health walk scheme and led by a fully trained leader. The walks will be 1 - 2 hours
duration aiming to complete 10,000 steps roughly 3 - 4 miles
Everyone welcome even if you haven't walked very far for years, we will cater for the slowest member of the group.
Wear sturdy comfortable shoes and waterproof jacket.
Please contact Jean Lancaster 01758 740021 for information
May 5th: Abersoch- Porth Tocyn circular on the coastal path.
12th: Abersoch- Llanengan circular ( includes short steep grassy track that can be slippery)
19th: Abersoch - Llanbedrog- Coastal path along beach, headland and Plas Glyn y Weddw return by bus if required.
26th: Abersoch -Mynytho circular
June 2nd: Abersoch to Porth Ceriad return ( longer walk includes a short steep grassy decent/ascent)
9th: No Walk
16th: Abersoch Llanengan village circular
23rd: Abersoch Warren Castell March circular
30th: Abersoch Llangian circular