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17 December 2015

Photos from this afternoon’s ceremony in the park for unveiling new No Smoking signs that are going to be installed in play areas across the whole of Conwy County.  Well done to Sophie, whose design for the sign was selected from over 100 entries.  Also, to Jane who came a very creditable second.

LLandudno Mayor and Lady Mayoress, representatives from the Council and Friends of Queens Park; and family members attended.

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10 August 2015

Britain in Bloom judges have been in the park today.  They seemed very impressed with the work carried out by the volunteers from the friends of the park.

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Party in the Park 2015

Part of the Craig y Don fun day in conjunction with the Community Centre


10:15     Official opening of the rebuilt park entrance
12:00     Party in park starts
12:30     Rocking Ron
13:00     Kiani Gellard
13:30     Robbie
14:00     British International Rescue & Search Dogs
14:30     Fun dog show
15:30     Raffle draw and prizes
16:00     Party close

Activities happening throughout the afternoon

  • Face painting
  • Welly throwing
  • Croquet
  • Word-search
  • Chainsaw carving
  • Bouncy castle
  • Tea & coffee
  • Cakes
  • Hot dogs
  • Book sale
  • Tuck shop
  • Parisella’s Ice cream
  • Battys plant sale
  • Parabands
  • St David’s church
  • Guide dogs for the blind
  • St David’s hospice
  • Craig y Don Community Centre Open Day

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Park Entrance Grand Opening

Celbrating the rebuilding of the entrance to the park. The main funder was WREN. Built by Probuild with railings by JP Engineering. The project was organised by the Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don with support by Conwy County Borough Council.

Thanks to LLandudno Town Crier (Billy Baxter), LLandudno Mayor (Frank Bradfield), local MP (Guto Bebb), AM (Janet FInch-Saunders), Miss Alice and Queen of the May.

Additional funding for the project was provided by Crest Cooperative, Watkin Jones, Church Act Fund, Conwy County Borough Council, a local resident and events organised by the friends of the park.

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Easter Sunday

Craig y Don park was a hive of activity on Easter Sunday with nearly 100 children taking part in an Easter Egg hunt.  The event was organised by the Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don, who laid on tea and coffee for the grown ups, as well as face painting.  It was lovely to see so many local residents in the park, and to see the children using the playground and running around the park long after the chocolate had run out.


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Presentation to Jeff

The Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don presented Jeff Wright with a certificate of appreciation on Easter Sunday 5th April.  This was in recognition all the hard work he had put into preparing a Time Capsule with the staff and pupils of Ysgol Craig y Don.  Jeff has been a friend of the park for a number of years and had a successful spell as Grants officer during which finances were secured for the roundabout, trim trail and rebuilding of the main entrance.

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19 December 2014

The hardy souls of Craig y Don gathered together on Friday 19th December to celebrate Christmas.  The event was organised by the friends of the park, who have away mince pies and hot chocolate to park users during the afternoon. Santa arrived at 5pm and then everyone gathered around the fire to sing a few carols. A lovely event (despite the weather)

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7 December 2014

On Friday 28th November the friends of the park were joined by children and staff from Ysgol Gogarth, Graham Roberts from WREN and Sarah Jones from Cartrefi Conwy to officially open the roundabout and trim trail.  This was followed by a picnic lunch provided by the friends of the park.


The recent additions have been possible thanks to a lot of hard work put in by the volunteers of The Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don and a number of generous donors including WREN, Cartrefi Conwy, and the local Lions group.

Latest award

The Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don have won another award. This time it is the Community Champion of the Year from Scottish Power and Trinity Mirror. It was presented to Jeff Wright, our Grants Officer, for his “commitment and determination.”

It is great that the volunteers working hard to maintain and improve the park are being recognised for the time and effort they have put in for the benefit of the whole community.

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Wales in Bloom – Outstanding

The Friends of the Park have been awarded “Outstanding” by the Royal Horticultural Society and Wales in Bloom in the 2014 It’s Your Neighbourhood award. 

Awarding 88 out of a possible 100, the judge’s report said that “The improvements within this open space have been staggering and have impacted on not only the maintenance of the park but also the development of the infrastructure.”

“Actively sourcing funding, undertaking consultations with stake holders and park users whilst working with many organisations to promote the site, has delivered a new playground, additional landscaping, areas for wildlife and tree management improvements.”

Well done to all the Friends of the Park who give up their time voluntarily to maintain and develop the park for use of the whole community. This has been a real team effort.Gardners with certificate Bloom Outstanding Certificate

Craig y Don Business Partnerships

The third meeting of the Craig y Don Business Partnerships is:

  • Thursday 8th September
  • 5:30pm
  • At Coffee V

This group has been set up to allow local businesses to work together to promote Craig y Don.  Everyone with an interest in local business is welcome to attend.

More information is available on Facebook

Alternatively pop in to

  • Coffee V (Rhian) or
  • Scent with Flowers (Sarah)

Tour of Britain

31 August 2014

The Tour of Britain cycling in event is in Llandudno on Monday 8th September.  The riders will have set off from Knowsley and travelled via Mold and Llanrwst to get here. This is stage two of the tour and includes a trip around the Great Orme (the wrong way) and the finishing line for the day outside Venue Cymru.

It will be a great event to watch, and you have a number of choices of where to be as the rides go past.  Here are a few ideas, with the approximate earliest time:

14:35 – Deganwy

14:41 – West Shore

14:45 – Great Orme

14:50 – Llandudno Pier

14:52 – Venue Cymru finish line

Full details at –


Winner – North Wales Wildlife Trust

The park has been announced as the winner of the “Best community garden” in a recent competition organised by the North Wales Wildlife Trust. This is a fantastic achievement and all down to the hard work of a small group of dedicated volunteers.

Also, we are very pleased to announce that one of the Friends of the Park, Sonia Davies, was given an Gold award for her private garden in the same competition. 

Here are a few photos from the judging day.

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13 July 2014

This year’s party in the park was another great success. Organised by the Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don it was a great opportunity for the whole community to come together to enjoy the park in all its glory.

The Friends were overwhelmed with the generosity of local businesses and residents who donated so many items for the raffle, tombola and auction.  And to everyone who came along to support the event.

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