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Best Free Things to do in Colwyn Bay

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Best Free Things to do in Colwyn Bay

04 July 2024

If you are looking to enjoy a day out in North Wales on a budget, then you will find that there are plenty of free things to do in Colwyn Bay that will keep you entertained for hours at a time.


From seaside frolics to inspiring artistic prowess, this thriving seaside town has plenty to offer people of all ages. Irrespective of your interests, we are sure that you will be captivated by Colwyn Bay’s natural beauty and appreciate the many man-made accolades that are on show across the region.


So without further ado, here are what we consider to be the 5 best free things to do in Colwyn Bay for those who are looking for a thrifty day out.


1. Build a Sandcastle
You can’t go to Colwyn Bay without paying a visit to its beautiful beach which is the kind of quintessential beach everyone will think of when they are asked to picture the perfect setting for a family day out at the seaside.


Stretching out over 3 miles, there is a mix of sandy and shingle sections to explore. These soft, sandy sections are absolutely perfect for building sandcastles. So why not head to one of the stores along the promenade and pick up a bucket and spade so that you can relive some of those cherished childhood memories.


2. Take a Walk
Conwy council has recently invested millions into the regeneration of Colwyn Bay’s promenade. Now that all of the work has been completed, we can officially say that this has been money well spent.


Colwyn Bay Promenade has been transformed into one of the most modern seafronts in the country with all manner of quirky features designed to keep both kids and adults entertained. This includes plenty of seating which is perfect for those who struggle to walk long distances. Here you can sit and admire the stunning coastal vistas, or even plug your computer into one of the charging points afforded on some of the seats.


3. Visit an Art Gallery
Located in the BayView Shopping centre in the middle of the town is the Bay View Gallery - a community led arts and crafts gallery which aims to promote the work of local artists.


It is completely free to enter as the volunteers running the establishment are aiming to exhibit and sell the works of the area's most talented creative minds. On account of the fact it is run by volunteers, please be aware that the gallery is only open Wednesday - Friday each week.


Whilst you are in the BayView shopping centre, you may as well have a browse around the other local stores which include famous high street names such as Bon Marché and Holland & Barrett, in addition to local businesses such as Darius Menswear.


4. Visit the Park
First opened in 1921, Eirias Park was rather pioneering in its day with the aim of providing local residents with a plot of parkland where they could enjoy play, walk or simply enjoy the best that Mother Nature has to offer.


Now covering over 50 acres, Eirias Park is still a great place for a scenic stroll over 100 years after it first opened. It has subsequently changed quite dramatically when it comes to what is available in the park which now features a leisure centre complete with an indoor swimming pool and a gymnasium. This is in addition to the Eirias Arena which now plays host to major sporting competitions and music events. In recent years the arena has even hosted acts such as Elton John & Tom Jones.


However, there are still plenty of free things to do in Eirias Park. This includes scenic dog walks, with the park welcoming those who have brought their four legged friends along with them on their North Wales holiday. It is also a pleasant environment for a picnic with plenty of outdoor picnic benches available around the relaxing lake which sits at the parks centre.


5. Get on Your Bike
The aforementioned Colwyn Bay promenade is not only a great location for a walk, it also makes for a magnificent bike ride with specially allocated cycling lanes having been added across the seafront.


Irrespective of whether you are looking for a short and flat bike route to enjoy with your children, or a slightly longer route taking in countless miles of the North Wales coastal path, the Colwyn Bay promenade is a great place to start any cycling journey.


If you have arrived on holiday without your wheels, then there are plenty of bike rental stores in the Colwyn Bay area including Buster’s Cycle’s in nearby Kinmel Bay.