What can you do in Bangor this Autumn?
Here are the Top 10 things you can do! Bangor, a cathedral city, is the oldest city in Wales. And more history will be made this autumn as the city hosts the next march for independence on Saturday September 23rd. From marching, rallying and more, In a very particular order, here are the top 10 things to do in Bangor on the 4th weekend in September:
1. March for independence!
Saturday, 23rd September.
Join thousands of indy supporters as they march through the city, banging the drum for independence. There’s always a party atmosphere at these marches, and Bangor will be no different! Bring your instruments, bells, whistles, and most importantly, your voice! Make new friends and do your bit for Welsh independence.
2. Indulge at the indy market!
Saturday, 23rd September.
What treats will this market bring?! Swansea brought welsh cakes and knitting! All the usual YesCymru merchandise will be available from the stall as well as stalls from other organisations from the indy sphere. Children can enjoy some crafts while you relax and wait for the march to begin!
3. Go to the indy gig!
Saturday, 23rd September, Bethesda.
Start the weekend right with a bit of music! These days the independence marches are enhanced by an evening gig to really get the action going. Bangor will be no different, so book the weekend away in the city to enjoy a night of indy themed music, entertainment and camaraderie.
4. Go to YesCymru Question Time!
Friday 22nd September.
YesCymru Question Time brings together opposing views on the future of independence. The first QT event was held in Aberystwyth at the YesCymru conference and was a huge success. This is your chance to have your question answered in Bangor! So, head to Bangor on Friday and make a start your weekend with a lively, but friendly debate.
5. Visit Penrhyn castle!
Any day, 10am - 4pm.
Penrhyn Castle is a Grade I listed building, recognised as Thomas Hopper's finest work. Built in the Romanesque Revival style, it is considered one of the most important country houses in Wales and as among the best of the Revivalist castles in Britain.
6. See the Suspension Bridge!
The Menai Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey & the mainland of Wales, near Bangor. Completed in 1862, it was the world’s first suspension bridge. Like Penrhyn Castle, the Menai suspension bridge is also a grade I listed structure.
7. Unwind and recover at Cwm Idwal (nature Reserve)
Sunday, 23rd September.
If you still have the legs for it, don’t leave Bangor without visiting the beautiful Cwm Idwal Nature reserve. As the oldest nature reserve in the UK, these walks offer breathtaking views. “Explore Cwm Idwal – a bowl-shaped hollow filled with the crystal clear waters of Llyn Idwal, world famous forits rock formations and rare and fragile plant life.”
8. Visit Bangor University!
Bangor university is steeped in history and well worth a visit. Founded as the University of North Wales in 1884, ‘Bangor’ was one of the founding Institutions of the University of Wales. The university occupies a substantial proportion of Bangor and it’s students comprise a significant proportion of the population.
9. Visit Bangor Cathedral!
Marvel at this gothic style cathedral, on a site that has been used for Christian worship since the 6th century. The site was originally occupied by St Deiniol’s monastery which lends its name to “St Deiniol’s Cathedral in Bangor.”
10. Lon Las Ogwen
Sunday 23rd September.
A relatively easy stroll between Bangor and Bethesda, for those who still want to stretch their legs after the Indy march! This is the first section of route 82, the National Cycle Network The Trail is on the Guardian's list of "Five of the best scenic bike rides in Wales"