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2014 Members' Weekend

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014

Latest Update - 5th August 2014

We are now running out of space at the Members' Weekend.

We have no single hotel rooms available and we have no more space on the Welsh Highland / Ffestiniog Railway trips.

We can accept bookings for Double / Twin rooms for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights ONLY. We can seat another 21 people at the Saturday night dinner. We have spaces on the trip to Bodnant Gardens and at the Officers' Conference.

If you require a single room we recommend that you search hotel booking websites for availability before sending your booking form. There are some rooms available in other hotels, one of our members has been able to book a single room in the Osis Hotel. Irene has asked the Queens and Chatsworth House hotels if we could have additional rooms, but they were unable to help.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Andy Davies or telephone me, prior to sending your booking form.

  
    
  
    

The Queen's Hotel
The Promenade
Llandudno
LL30 2LE


Telephone 01492 877218

www.thequeenshotel-llandudno.co.uk

Welcome to Llandudno

The Management Committee are pleased to invite you to the annual Members’ Weekend and Officers’ Conference to be held at The Queens Hotel, Llandudno. The hotel is five minutes walk from Llandudno Station, a branch from the North Wales main line and served by direct trains from Chester and Manchester.

We will also be using The Chatsworth House Hotel (mainly for single rooms) which is across the road from The Queens Hotel.

This year we are again visiting two Heritage Railways, but with a difference.

On Saturday, we have a round trip starting on the Welsh Highland Railway, then on the Ffestiniog Railway. We return to Llandudno using Arriva Trains Wales Conwy Valley line.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the preservation of the Ffestiniog Railway and we are pleased to be able to visit in their Diamond Jubilee year.

As usual we have also arranged a number of other events during the weekend which we hope that you will enjoy.

We have not arranged transport to the hotel as it is within easy walking distance (500yards) from Llandudno Station. Taxis are available at the station for members with mobility difficulties.

Members arriving by car should be aware that there is very limited parking at the hotels. However, there is pay and display parking on the Promenade near the hotels. There is also free parking on the Promenade further away from the hotels.

The contact for bookings is Andy Davies - telephone 01932 855015.
E-mail Andy Davies

To book, please download and print off the booking form (.pdf file).

The Programme of Events is detailed on below:

Friday 24th October

Llandudno is regarded as the 'Queen of Welsh resorts' and there are plenty of shops, cafes and attractions in the town to explore. Stroll along the magnificent promenade and visit the the award-winning pier built in 1878 and at 2,295 feet the pier is the longest in Wales. (www.llandudno.com)

However, there are also numerous attractions in the local area which may be visited - for example:

  • Conwy Valley Railway Museum (www.conwyrailwaymuseum.co.uk)
  • Llechwedd Slate Caverns (www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk)
  • Conwy Castle (cadw.wales.gov.uk)
  • Vintage Coach trips around the Great Orme (www.alpine-travel.co.uk)
  • Various Rail Rover tickets covering North Wales are available. (www.railrover.org)
  • Following arrival at the hotel, where a pre-booked three course meal will be available at 18.00, there will be an evening presentation commencing at 19.30 entitled “North Wales – the Changing Years” by Larry Davies, Community Rail Officer, Conwy Valley Lines, Arriva Trains Wales.

    A donation of £3 (individual) or £4.50 (couple) would be appreciated for this meeting (donations will include entrance to the raffle).

    Saturday 25th October

    On Saturday, we take a coach to Caernarfon and then travel along the full length of the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. After a break in Porthmadog, we will travel on the Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. We will complete the trip travelling on Arriva Trains Wales from Blaenau Ffestiniog back to Llandudno.

    As an alternative to the railways, there will be a visit to Bodnant Garden. The garden, recommended by some of our members, has a world renowned botanical collection. Lunch may be taken in the garden's Tea Rooms. If you are a National Trust Member, please bring your NT membership card for free admission. We are only charging for the cost of transport, the actual vehicle used will be dependant on numbers travelling.

    www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden

    At the evening dinner (19:00 for 19:30), we are honoured to welcome Dave Kent, President of the Welsh Highland Railway Society and Editor of the WHR Society Magazine who will give an after dinner talk on “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow for the Welsh Highland Railway”.

    Dinner Menus - Saturday 25th October

    The following menu options are available for the Dinner. Please indicate your choices on the booking form:

    Starter 1Leek and Potato Soup
    Starter 2Fan of Melon with a Fruits of the Forest Coulis
    Starter 3Prawn Cocktail with Marie-rose Sauce
     
    Main Course 1Roast Leg of Welsh Lamb
    Main Course 2Poached Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce
    Main Course 3Breast of Chicken in a White Wine and Mushroom Sauce
    all served with Cauliflower Mornay ~ Garden Peas ~ Parsley and Roast Potatoes
     
    Dessert 1Profiteroles with a Warm Chocolate Sauce
    Dessert 2Lemon Meringue Roulade & Cream
    Dessert 3Selection of Welsh & Continental Cheeses

    If you have any special dietary requirements, please note them on the reverse of the booking form.

    Sunday 26th October

    The Officers’ Conference will take place in The Queens Hotel, meeting at 09:00 for the conference to commence at 09:15.

    On Sunday morning those not attending the Officers’ Conference are free to explore Llandudno.

    Following the conference, lunch may be taken in the hotel or in one of Llandudno's pubs and restaurants. An afternoon visit has been arranged to The Great Orme Tramway. Participants must make their own way to Llandudno Victoria Station which is at the foot of the Great Orme, close to the town centre.

    Our party will need to be split for capacity reasons so participants will be given tickets for a specific tram up the Great Orme. You may use any tram to return to Llandudno town, but please do not all wait for the last service as the tram will not be large enough to take everyone at once!

    last updated: 05/08/14