All this sunshine we’ve been having lately made me crave a day at the beach, so I recently planned a day trip with friends to the north Wales coast and we set our sights on the pretty town of Conwy. I had visions of us spending a glorious day at the seaside, with fish and chips, ice cream and plenty of sunshine. But the Great British climate had other ideas…
After two solid weeks of stunning blue skies, Manchester decided to revert back to its grey, drizzly self, but we set off for the beach anyway, confident that the weather would improve as we left the city behind. It didn’t. As the medieval Conwy Castle came into view, so too did a host of dark rainclouds that stayed with us for the day.
Luckily the atmosphere was much brighter, as it was the town’s annual Pirate Weekend. We were quick to join in with the fancy dress fun and picked up an inflatable parrot and some pirate hats to blend in with the locals.
Next stop was the fish and chip shop, where I ordered a hearty portion of cod and chips (sadly no Yorkshire-style ‘bits’ or ‘scraps’), with dandelion & burdock to drink – second only to champagne or prosecco as my favourite accompaniment for this greasy treat.
We headed towards the harbour to tuck into our food, where we were soon joined by a mob of hungry seagulls. Our anger and concern over potentially losing our delicious lunch to the winged brutes is clear on the picture below, but luckily we managed to fend them off (you’ll know by now that we greedy sisters take our mealtimes very seriously indeed).
After a walk to see Great Britain’s smallest house and a rainy stroll around the castle walls we headed home, pausing en route for a pot of tea at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre in the beautiful Conwy Valley.
With north Wales just a 90-minute drive from Manchester I’d definitely like to return soon, and hopefully I’ll take the sunshine with me next time!