Machynlleth is a small market town 10 miles (15 -20 minute from Aberdovey by road or rail). It stands at the head of the beautiful Dyfi estuary in Powys, Mid Wales. You will find sellers of arts and crafts, demonstrations of renewable energy sources, mountain bike trails, beautiful scenery, and Welsh history. Machynlleth also has a leisure centre with swimming pool, fitness suite, sports hall, squash and badminton courts. Machynlleth holds its weekly market in Maengwyn Street every Wednesday throughout the year; it attracts a great variety of traders and craftsmen and is well worth a visit.
Corris Craft Centre, near Machynlleth in Mid Wales, has nine Craft workshops packed with unique hand crafted items for the home, garden and gifts for others. It is also the site of King Arthur’s Labyrinth an underground storytelling adventure, where visitors sail underground, through a waterfall to the past. Back in the darkest of the Dark Age’s tales of King Arthur and other ancient Welsh legends are told with dramatic scenes, light and sound.
Centre of Alternative Technology or CAT was built in an old slate quarry in the foothills of Snowdonia, Llwyngwern Quarry Panperthog near Machynlleth. The visitor centre has 7 acres of interactive displays, organic gardens, cafe, and shop and adventure playground. It’s an interesting day out with a difference. Sturdy footwear recommended as it can get muddy!
Tywyn is only 5 minutes by road or rail from Aberdovey. There are a variety of shops including 2 large supermarkets, a leisure centre with swimming pool, badminton courts, sports hall, squash courts, steam room, sauna and fitness suite. The beach and promenade have recently undergone a dramatic facelift and the Magic Lantern Cinema at Tywyn has new owners, (one of the oldest movie theatres operating in the UK). This historic cinema has a unique atmosphere and a wonderful sense of place, now screening hot-off-the-press movies. Tywyn is a popular place for visitors, with the annual market held in the streets at Easter, and a regular market from May to September held every Monday, on the outskirts of the town. No visit to Tywyn is complete without stopping off at Holgates Ice Cream Shop to see the honey bear, and to enjoy a honey ice cream, freshly made each day to a secret recipe containing real honey.
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