Our Tours Manager, Lesley, and I drove independently to Caernarfon, so we could check-in to the Celtic Royal Hotel to ensure everything was ready for the afternoon arrival of our 2 coaches.
First to arrive was Brent, followed shortly afterwards by Darren. Whilst the porters dealt with the luggage, our passengers were treated to a welcome glass of Bucks Fizz in the bar before collecting keys and settling into their rooms. Our delicious 3-course dinner was followed by the evening’s entertainment with singer, Phil Martine.
Saturday morning, after a full Welsh breakfast, we enjoyed a little free time in the lovely Welsh town of Caernarfon, whilst others made use of the hotel’s leisure facilities. Mighty Caernarfon Castle commands the lion’s share of attention, but the town’s narrow streets and stylish waterfront also merit a visit. The weather was not kind to us this morning, so we ducked into a lovely café for a warming drink. In the afternoon, we enjoyed a warming cup of tea or coffee and the lovely Helen McGreary came along to teach us how to ‘Charleston’. There were lots of laughs, and everyone really tried hard and most got there in the end. Driver Darren will forever hear in his ear ‘right leg forward, left leg kick’!
In the evening, everyone enjoyed the highlight of the weekend – our Gala Dinner with a 1920’s Theme. Everyone that dressed up really went to town and they all looked fantastic. We awarded the Best Dressed Male & Female, and spot prizes were given to the best dancers – and it was interesting to see how many remembered the Charleston moves from the afternoon’s lesson! Entertainment came with the brilliant LeAnne James, a fantastic singer who interacted well with the audience and even judged our competition. Our Gin Ricky Cocktails went down a treat and the tables looked fabulous.
Sunday took us on a day excursion to Llandudno, Betws y Coed and over the Llanberis Pass. The sun shone brightly and if the wind wasn’t as gusty, it would have been like a Summer’s day on Llandudno’s promenade! Back to the hotel for a little rest before our farewell dinner and last night of entertainment with Kelly Wilmore.
Breakfast on Monday morning was a sad affair as we said goodbye to old friends and new and Lesley & I waved the coaches off at around 10:00am. Feedback was excellent, with the majority of the passengers rating the Celtic Royal Hotel’s rooms, staff and food a 5 on our comment forms and many asked ‘when’s the next one?’
So, if you weren’t with us, you missed a cracker of a weekend. For those who were, watch this space …….
By Pam Wharton, Groups Manager