About the Llechfan Garden Railway Weekend and Beer and Cider Festival
The country of Wales has given the world many famous movie stars who have played non-Welsh roles. Who will ever forget the Welsh beauty, Catherine Zeta-Jones, playing the lovely Mexican Elena in the movie The Mask of Zorro? Ray Milland played mostly American roles in his brilliant acting career, and we all know that Timothy Dalton played James Bond, an Englishman in two films. But if you are looking for something totally Welsh, look no further than the Llechfan Garden Railway Weekend Beer and Cider Festival, held every year in the small village of Tywyn.
The Railway has seven stations, with The Wharf Station being the western terminus in Tywyn. The eastern terminus is the Nant Gwernol station near Abergynolwyn village, where visitors can stroll along scenic woodlands and mountain waterfalls. The Wharf Station is the venue for the Festival that is held over a weekend in early July.
This event is usually the first beer festival of the season and will feature 20 Real Ales and 8 Ciders from across Wales and elsewhere for £3 a pint. We fibbed a bit when we claimed a 'totally Welsh event' but ask forgiveness by making a wide range of Gins from England available. Enjoy Fish and Chips Friday evening in King’s Cafe from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., a Saturday evening train ride, and then live music by The Smokin’ Guns along with a BBQ that same night. For just £10.00 on Sunday, you can take the controls of a steam locomotive.
The Talyllyn Railway ran from 1866 until 1951 and was taken over by theTalyllyn Railway Preservation Society after owner Sir Haydn Jones passed away the previous year. The Railway is a registered charity, and all ticket income goes directly to the preservation and improvement of the Railway.
Entry To The Event
The £3.00 pints will begin to flow from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. The standard Adult Day Rover ticket is £18.15, and for accompanied children, it is £5.00. Children under three years of age ride for free. There are some options to consider for groups and some rewards available for those who donate a little extra to preserve the Railway.
Somewhere to Stay in Gwynedd
The Railway’s website contains a list of accommodations for overnight visitors that are close to all the stations. The list includes hotels, camping sites, and B&Bs and can be found under ‘visitor information’ and ‘places to stay’.
Getting To Wharf Station
The medieval proverb 'All roads lead to Rome' may apply to the ancient Italian city, but only two roads lead to the Welsh town of Tywyn from the A487 to the east. The southerly route takes the A493 heading west along the River Dyfi and then north to Tywyn. The easier Northern route is the B4405, which meets up with the A493 in Byrncrug.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive for a day trip, consider taking the A470 to Conway, about 70 miles north of Tywyn. While there, explore the recently (in archaeological terms) discovered Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines that were uncovered in 1987. While driving to the copper mines, you can also stop in Llanberis and see the National Slate Museum. There are also many beaches and places to go closer to Tywyn.
The advantage of higher education cannot be ignored because Guide/Assistance dogs travel free of charge and are welcome at all stations, buildings, and carriages. Your untrained but lovable pooch will have to pay £4.00 to ride in certain sections of the trains. Parking at The Wharf Station is £1.00 for four hours. Two notes for people with wheelchairs: First, the trains cannot accommodate mobility scooters, and second, the Nant Gwernol station at the eastern terminus is not suitable for people with mobility issues as there is no road access. Finally, remember that beer is now the national drink of Wales, so pay homage to that by attending the Llechfan Garden Railway Weekend Beer and Cider Festival.
When is the next Llechfan Garden Railway Weekend and Beer and Cider Festival?
The Llechfan Garden Railway Weekend and Beer and Cider Festival is planned to take place at Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9EY, Friday 3rd July, 2020. This is a Weekend Railway Event.
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