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Barry Skinner and Anne Henry have been Practical Motorhome reader team members for several years. In this guest blog, they champion North Wales’ own art trail.
For those of you who wish to travel through the wonderful scenery of North Wales and Snowdonia during September, there is an added attraction.
On every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September, ‘Helfa Gelf’ or ‘Art Trail’ happens, funded by the Welsh Assembly Govt. European Arts Fund and the participating counties.
Around 200 artists and craftsmen open their studios and workshops to the public. This is the hidden world that very few people see. All locations are signed and flagged and generally there is good parking for motorhomes, – especially at our cottage!
There are booklets, maps and information leaflets to be found (free) in many shops, information centres and libraries across North Wales. All artists have a specific number (ours is 24) which you can locate on the map which appears in the booklets and on the website.
As well as seeing artists finished work, many will be giving demonstrations and hints and tips. Also there is like to be a cuppa at a lot of them.
Try visiting the Café/Galeri at Croesor, where several artists are exhibiting. Do visit us at the cottage: we are motorhome friendly!
There are various galleries putting on exhibitions throughout the month, two of which are Oriel Pendeitch and Galeri, both in Caernarfon.
If staying local to Beddgelert, there are the Camping and Caravanning Club Sites at Beddgelert and at Llanystumwy, where you can also visit the Lloyd George Museum.
The Riverside Caravan Site at Betws-y-Coed is very centrally situated, and is a must for model railway fans. There is a huge number of CLs and CSs and larger sites, all listed in the various club books the area.
Snowdonia and North Wales has too many attractions to list here, but you can be assured of a warm welcome particularly at all the studios on the Helfa Gelf trail.
Don’t forget to visit the railways and castles during your trip: and the scenery is quite good as well!
If you’d like further information, visit our website, send us an email or give us a ring if you are in the area.
The only drawback to any of this is that we must man the fort and therefore can’t get away in our van in September. Have a happy trip.
Barry Skinner & Anne Henry