Each year Manx Blind Welfare Society takes a group of blind and visually impaired people on holiday to the UK, which for many is their only opportunity to get off-Island.
This year was no exception as the group of 16, comprising 12 MBWS members, two members of staff and two volunteers, travelled from the Isle of Man to Llandudno, North Wales, for four days of fun in the picturesque seaside town.
The group got off to a busy start, taking a trip over the Menai Bridge to Anglesey, stopping for some tea and cake in the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch before moving on to Llanberis for a wander around the fascinating Llanberis Slate Museum.
Day two saw them take a trip along the 19th Century Llandudno Pier and reach the summit of the Great Orme’s Head in the tram. The following day it was time for a guided tour of Clough Williams-Ellis’ coastal village in Portmeirion followed by a train journey around the gardens and a spot of shopping in Caernarfon.
By day four it was time to make the journey back to the Island, however not before an early morning walk around Happy Valley Gardens, the oldest public park in the Conwy region.
During the trip the group was also treated to some fabulous evening entertainment at The Esplanade Hotel, from singing performances and karaoke to a meet and greet with soap star Matthew Wolfenden who plays David Metcalfe in Emmerdale.
MBWS Holiday Organiser Dave Wilson said: ‘The holiday to Llandudno is something we look forward to each year. It is important that we make each trip enjoyable with lots of fun activities to look forward to, but also relaxing, so there is something for everyone to enjoy and time to sit back and relax each day.
‘Sadly, for many of our members, this is the only opportunity they get to go on holiday so it is lovely to share such a wonderful experience with them, join them in making memories and ensure they have an unforgettable time.
‘We’re now taking expressions of interest for next year’s holiday which will be 8th -12th April 2019 to Llandudno, staying at The Esplanade Hotel again.’
Manx Blind Welfare Society provides vital services to more than 550 blind and visually-impaired people in the Isle of Man through a network of staff and dedicated volunteers.
To find out more about the 2019 trip to North Wales and express your interest for next year, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 674727. Please be aware that spaces are very limited.