The Llandudno Extravaganza and Transport Festival take place over the course of 3 days from the 4th of May to the 6th, and getting around will be easier because of the Shuttle Bus Service; free of charge!
The festival itself is one of the most popular in the whole of the UK and is one of the largest festivals in Wales; it attracts visitors from all over the country as it gives the tourists a taste of the past. Parades, entertainers, shopping stalls, music and modern to Victorian style rides are included in the Extravaganza.
The Road Run takes place on the Saturday and in the World Heritage town Conwy, it takes a route through Llanrhos and Deganwy, so locals can enjoy the spectacles from very near their own homes and Sunday includes the two main events, the Extravaganza Street parade and the ‘Crosville’ gathering of the Victorian buses and coaches. Those who take part in the festival parade are joined by an array of cyclists, marching bands, traction engines and many other people in costume; they circle the iconic town of Conwy also. This parade takes place at 1pm everyday but in different scenic and historical locations.
The second Road run begins on the next day -the Sunday- as it journeys around the Marine Drive due to the fantastic and scenic views along the coast, the parade then begins again on Monday at Noon. They also can include special events and in the past they have included an ‘An Evening of Burlesque and Cabaret’.
Along with the dazzling spectacle of a variety of steam and traction engines comes a theme/ celebration of that theme each year; there have been many over the past decade:
– In 2008 there was the celebration of ‘Local Heroes’
– In 2007 the theme was the ‘Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Tramway Centenary’
– And In 2004 the celebration and recollection of 75 years of ‘Llandudno UDC (Urban District Council) Transport’
– Plus many more
There are many shopping stalls on the field of the extravaganza through the bank holiday weekend; these take place very near to the rides and the campsites on Bodafon Farm, buyers and sellers come from all over Wales (and locally!) to sell their items:
- Aromatherapy products
- Models e.g. cars, trains, buses and steam engines
- Toys and gifts etc.
Seafront Hotels in Llandudno and B&B’s are not unfamiliar, they line the coastline including a wide range of accommodation choices for large families, couples; young and old and there is also the option to join the caravan and camping club, an application form and registration of vehicle is all you need, not even a fee of membership is required to stay for the bank holiday.