Newsletter November 2009
The Conwy Food Festival

The end of October and through November sees some of the best food events on the calendar. The Conwy Food Festival achieved record numbers this year with people coming from all over to visit the quayside event. It gave visitors the opportunity to sample and buy the best locally sourced and produced foods across the 140 stalls and food halls. They were also able to see and help out top local and famous chefs with demonstrations in the demonstration kitchens, and enjoy the general buzz of the festival which also boasted live music, street performers and a general carnival atmosphere. Organisers are already looking to plan next year’s event and are sure the success will grow again for 2011.


 Celtic Winter Fayre

This year’s Celtic Winter Fayre looks set to be even bigger than ever. The event has attracted 52 new stalls in addition to most of last year’s 130 exhibitors. Delights ranging from traditional Welsh food and drink to Russian religious art and from stunning wildlife photos to intricate hand-blown glass all feature in this year's Celtic Winter Fayre to be staged in Llandudno from November 18th-22nd.
Once again the setting from this annual arts and crafts extravaganza, which has rapidly become a highlight of the North Wales events calendar, is the seaside town's Mostyn Champneys Retail Park, in easy reach of the transport network and the promenade.
Organisers promise this year's fayre will be bigger and better than ever, offering a glorious array of authentic foods and crafts from all parts of the UK and other countries - all undercover in marquees and wooden cabins.
Although the main aim is to celebrate all things Celtic, there will also be an international flavour to the five-day fayre with performers and exhibitors coming from Russia and throughout Europe.

  World’s Biggest Mona Lisa

IT’S the world’s most famous painting – but hundreds of times bigger.
Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th century masterpiece Mona Lisa has been made into a giant painting-by-numbers, created by a specialist company in the USA, which has taken pride of place in the Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham.
Community groups have helped to paint the 82 segments, each measuring one metre by three and a half metres,which is fixed to a flat podium outside Marks and Spencer and which can be viewed from the balcony above. The finished painting, measuring 17.5 metres across and covering a total of 240 square metres. The idea was put forward by the Eagles Meadow manager who wanted to find a way of involving community groups in an art project with the aim of raising money for the Hope House children’s hospice.


  Let's go rafting



It was an amazing team-building session! The staff of Conlan School went rafting in Bala, Snowdonia National Park. The staff from Abergele Youth Action and the headmaster from the local comprehensive school joined us and it was ... an unforgettable experience!
In a couple of hours, we got 4 exhilarating and adrenaline fuelled runs down the steep and rocky mountain river. So exciting!
North Wales is renowned for outdoor activities and a great escape to free the mind and relax. A superb range of quality adventure activities that can be enjoyed by everyone: why not come and visit us? The alternative location to study English