For 34 years, Llandudno in Wales has played host to the Llandudno Extravaganza, which celebrates the Victorian heritage of the town. Admission to the event itself is free – making it the largest free to attend family event in Wales – although some funfair attractions and stalls do charge modest fees.
Scheduled for every May Day Bank Holiday Weekend, Llandudno includes a Victorian street fair, old-time fair rides, fun stalls, steam engines, people dressed in Victorian costume, daily street parades and a range of street entertainment that’s fun for the whole family.
The 2019 Llandudno Extravaganza took place on May 4, 5 and 6. Events are staged all throughout the centre of Llandudno, with multiple arenas dotted around the town.
For 2019, there was a new format for the Extravaganza. Entertainment on the main stage was scheduled from 10:30am Saturday and 11am on Sunday and Monday. The lineup featured dance acts and dress competitions. The cultural arena hosted performances from the Llandudno Town Band and the Cambria Band each afternoon from 2pm each day, while the Northwestern Gardens were home to a sideshow and circus workshop.
The vintage section on Mostyn Street hosted a flea circus, an outdoor magic show, and a balloon show, while a roving street magician was out and about all over Llandudno.
The Mini Top is always a main attraction, where visitors can dress up and experience a little bit of life in Victorian times. It also hosts a free, early era family circus with three shows each day. The 2019 Extravaganza also featured a live wrestling show on Saturday evening.
For many, the highlight of Llandudno is the daily street parade, which starts at 12 midday each day at the Steam Arena located by Trinity Square, and travels down Madoc Street and then Chapel Street before turning right onto Gloddaeth Street. It then moves onto the Promenade, travelling along North Parade before ending at the Culture Arena on Clonmel Street. All traction engines, vintage vehicles, people in Victorian dress and entertainers usually take part in the parade.
Llandudno will be back in 2020 for its 35th anniversary – if you love the Victorian era and would like to step back in time for a long weekend, why not start making plans to attend?