Family Day Out in Pwllheli
North Wales has always been one of my favourite places to take my family on holiday. Some people may wonder why I holiday in Wales when I live in Mid-Wales, but when you’ve got perfection on your doorstep, why go anywhere else?! When I was little, my Nain and Taid (that’s Nan and Grandad in Welsh) used to take me and my younger sister to North Wales to visit our family, and we would always stop off in Pwllheli for our dinner and a wander round. I have such fond memories of my time spent there when I was little, that I now take my children in the hope that they will create new and precious memories too.
A few weeks ago we went up to North Wales for our holiday and visited Pwllheli for the day, and what a day we chose! The sun was shining, there was a small breeze to keep you cool but not chilled, and my children were getting on well together!
We always like to visit Pwllheli on a Wednesday as this is their market day. Held in the car park in the centre of the small town, the market offers a wide range of stalls such as clothes, vegetables/fruit, soft furnishings, furniture, and many more. Oh, and the highlight of the market in my opinion …. the donut van! There are also many hand crafted souvenirs that you could bring home as a memento or as a gift for loved ones. After our wander around the market (and a stop off at the donut van) we decided to have some dinner in one of the many fish and chip shops. Being well-known for its marina, Pwllheli wouldn’t be the same without the chippys!
With a belly full of fish and chips (and the donuts from earlier), it was time to burn off those calories, and what better way than walking round the town centre and doing a spot of shopping! As well as your traditional seaside shops, you have a few high street shops, a sweet shop and a shop dedicated to rock. The Rock Shop has expanded on the traditional rock such as pink rock and rainbow rock, and moved on to ‘untraditional’ rock with flavours such as Treacle Toffee, Irn Bru, and even Chicken Tikka rock, although this is probably a ‘love it or hate it’ sweet!
I probably don’t need to mention that my 8yr old son hates shopping, and was getting pretty fed up with browsing the local shops (my nearly 3yr old daughter was loving it though!), and was moaning about wanting to go back to the car. Then he saw Cadwaladers! For those of you who might not know, Cadwaladers is an ice cream parlour that specialises in the creamiest Welsh ice cream you will ever taste. Now if that isn’t an invite into trying their ice cream, then I don’t know what is! I knew that when I returned to work from my holiday, that I would be writing a blog about Pwllheli, and thought that in order for me to conduct proper research for our customers, I was under an obligation to try it out. All for your benefit of course! However the minute I stepped in the shop and looked at the ice cream selections, I knew that I had been drawn in there for another reason. I will be the first to admit that I am a lover of Sticky Toffee Pudding, and will order it at any given opportunity. Right there in front of my eyes, was Sticky Toffee Pudding ice-cream. I was so excited at trying it as I have never seen this flavour of ice-cream before, and OH, it was the tastiest, creamiest, and most divine ice-cream I have ever eaten, and I don’t say that lightly. For once, I was able to sit back and enjoy my ice-cream without even so much as a mutter from my children. My son had bubblegum flavour, my daughter strawberry, and my partner a vanilla ice-cream which Cadwaladers have been famed for. It was even more enjoyable when I overheard the shop manager saying that their ice-cream is 93% fat free!
Pwllheli is such a beautiful town, and is one that I would recommend holidaymakers to visit if they are having a holiday on the Lleyn Peninsula. As I said earlier, I have been to Pwllheli many times, and I will keep going back year after year. After reading back through my blog, I realise that I should probably worry about my waistline as all I seem to do there is eat … but Ginnie has pointed out that the donuts were my ‘starter’, the chippy was my ‘main course’ and Cadwaladers was my ‘dessert’. Thanks Ginnie, now I’m not worrying and am looking forward to my next visit to Pwllheli!