About the 1960s and 1970s Weekend
Llangollen is a small town situated about 45 miles south of Liverpool and alongside the River Dee in Denbighshire, North Wales. In the late 18th and early 19th century, two upper-class Irish ladies named Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby decided they were better off with each other than being forced into unwanted marriages. Their 50-year relationship was considered scandalous, but also fascinated folks of that era. They became known as the Ladies of Llangollen. Today, nobody would raise an eyebrow at the couple because everyone’s attention is focused on the 1960s and 1970s Weekend, a four-day event at the Llangollen Railway Station held in late July / early August.
The UK was the epicentre of pop culture in the 1960s and 1970s. The Beatles and the 'British Invasion' is given a lot of credit for lifting the USA out of the doldrums after the assassination of their President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. The music was a massive part of the counterculture movement that produced many advances in civil rights and ushered in the 'Age of Aquarius'.
The 1960s and 1970s Weekend is a chance to return to those days in a venue that dates to the 1360s and 1370s, surrounded by relics of rail travel from the 1860s and 1870s. So, get dressed up in your bell-bottom jeans and paisley shirts, don your granny glasses and celebrate. Llangollen Station will be hosting a Real Ale Festival and bar Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Listen to the 'groovy hits' with a 70’s band performing on Friday and the popular ’60’s Retro’ band playing on Saturday.
During the day, be sure to see the classic vehicle exhibition at Glyndyfrdwy. And there will also be a 1960s vintage rail replacement bus service in operation between Llangollen-Glyndyfrdwy-Carrog. The trains will be running all day but don’t start singing the 1966 Monkees’ hit 'Take the Last Train to Clarksville' until the evening open mic.
Entry To The Event
The fares will vary from £1.50 for your dog to £128.00 for a family of 2 adults and 2 Children on a Two-Day Rover package. Contact the organisers for this special event for the exact fares and timetables. The facility is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the trains usually begin around 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Somewhere to Stay in Denbighshire
Old hippies from the 1960s will want to spruce up their psychedelic VW vans and camp out at one of the nearby campsites. Dancing semi-naked around a campfire listening to Pink Floyd or Cream is optional. If you are more of the establishment type, then there are several three and four-star hotels in Llangollen for every budget.
Getting To The Station
Drivers on the A5 will approach Llangollen Railway Station from either direction by entering the town and making a turn to the north on Castle Street that terminates at the A542 / A539. Turn left on the A542 (Abbey Road) and the station will be on the left. Note that drivers using the A494 can exit on the A542 and those using the A483 can exit on the A539 to get to the station via alternate routes.
Other Things To Do Around Llangollen
The Llangollen Museum is a local attraction that will teach you everything you wanted to know about the history of the area dating to the stone age. It’s a good bet that Eleanor and Sarah may have a small corner devoted to their lives. The more adventurous may want to drive west about 25 miles to Snowdonia National Park.
There is no parking at the railway, but ample parking is available in nearby car parks. Dogs on a leash are welcome and the Llangollen Station has good access for people with disabilities. Ladies be sure to iron your mini-skirts and shine your go-go boots. Men don’t sprain an ankle in your 1970s platform disco shoes. Everyone can tune in, turn on but don’t drop out at the 1960s and 1970s Weekend event at the Llangollen Station.
When is the next 1960s and 1970s Weekend?
The 1960s and 1970s Weekend is planned to take place at The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8SN, Thursday 30th July, 2020. This is a Four Day Railway Event.
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