Gay North Wales

Author: , April 1st, 2017

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One of the world’s top adventure destinations, rugged and beautiful North Wales attracts discerning LGBT travelers from around the world. Add to this the British gay activity group OutdoorLads who will hold its annual Big Spring Camp here in 2017, plus a gay-owned country house hotel with royal connections for more comfortable adventures.

North Wales is a destination sure to satisfy those wanting a wilder and more hirsute vacation, one where tank-tops and flip-flops are forsaken in favor of flannel shirts and Merrell hiking boots.

A combination of dramatic landscapes plus purpose-built facilities has made North Wales a beacon for modern adventure tourism. Its jagged mountains, lakes, and wooded valleys are ideal natural terrain for sports such as climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking, while new man-made attractions, including an innovative surf lagoon and some record-breaking zip lines, provide adrenalin junkies with guaranteed thrills and screams.

It’s in part due to these adventure-based attractions that North Wales was named one of the world’s top regions for travelers in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017.

This dramatic landscape will next take center stage in Director Guy Richie’s epic new movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which was filmed at locations across North Wales, most notably in Snowdonia National Park around the village of Capel Curig and on the slopes of the craggy mountain Tryfan. Due for release in 2017, the film sees Sons of Anarchy and UK Queer As Folk–actor Charlie Hunnam portray King Arthur as a hunky action hero, with a cast including Jude Law, Eric Bana, David Beckham, and Hunnam’s Queer As Folk co-star Aiden Gillen.

By Stuart Haggas – Full Story at Passport

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Forty Eight Hours in Cardiff

Author: , May 29th, 2015

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Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).

But during my three-night stay in the Welsh capital, I discovered one of the most livable British cities I’ve ever visited.

With its beautiful gardens, historic sights, stunning bay and newer attractions, this 330,000 person-strong mini metropolis is definitely worth a city break.

By Daniele Guido Gessa – Full Story at Gay Star News | Wales Gay Travel Resources

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Foodie Heaven in the Brecon Beacons, Wales

Author: , May 6th, 2015

Daniele Guido Gessa in WalesStaring at a door at the Llanerch Vineyard, restaurant, I found myself confused. ‘What’s behind that door? Why do they sell tobacco in a restaurant?’ Finally, after a moment’s deliberation I had the opportunity to ask one of their waiters and discovered that ‘Ty Bach’ was the toilet.

This was my first taste of Wales, being confused and trying to make sense of the intriguing language which is spoken by the friendly locals. Luckily, my Welsh leek and cheese rarebit spoke to me in a way I immediately understood – and I began to see that Wales is a country of great food and incredibly fruity wine.

The charming Llanerch Vineyard in the Vale of Glamorgan [above], is just half an hour’s drive from the capital city of Cardiff. Originally a farmhouse dating back to the 18th century, the first vineyards were planted in 1986 and they now produce the award-winning Cariad Wine.

By Daniele Guido Gessa – Full Story at Gay Star News | Wales Gay Travel Resources

Upcoming UK Pride Events

Author: , April 7th, 2014

Brighton PierWhile England may be filled with glorious pomp and circumstance, it also has its fair share of glitz, glamour and gay. Same-sex marriage legislation was passed in England and Wales in 2013, with the first marriages scheduled for March 29, 2014. Whether you’re looking to visit the Crown Jewels or present one to your betrothed, there are plenty of LGBT celebrations scheduled throughout the year where you can express your love or find a romance “across the pond.”

Birmingham Pride, May 24-25, 2014
The largest Pride festival in the United Kingdom includes two days of revelry and its signature Carnival Parade.
www.birminghampride.com

Swansea Pride, Wales, June 28, 2014
Let’s not forget about Wales, which also legalized gay marriage in 2014! The coastal town of Swansea provides a picture-perfect backdrop for those looking for a smaller, more community-driven festivities.
www.swanseapride.com

Authored By Matthew Wexler – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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VisitBritain Launches “Love is Great” Campaign

Author: , March 30th, 2014

Love is GreatAs England and Wales welcome the new same-sex marriage law March 29 (Scotland will follow later this year), VisitBritain, the national tourism agency responsible for inspiring the world to explore Britain, highlights where to enjoy a GREAT summer of love.

Whether celebrating your honeymoon or a sexy singles weekend, Britain has a dazzling array of choices for gay men and lesbians. From city stays to lovely countryside escapes, Pride parades galore, a big night out or a romantic hotel night in, here’s where to eat, stay, party and play in each Pride destination:

Manchester

This once industrial city in the north of England is now a glitter-dusted modern metropolis for gay men and lesbians. Focused around Canal Street, Manchester’s gay village is one of the best-known in Britain. Its cobbled streets play host to one of the biggest dates in the British LGBT calendar, the annual Manchester Pride. Over the years artists such as Kelis, Human League, MKS, Chicane, Alexandra Burke, The Gossip, The Feeling and many more have all strutted their stuff. This year’s pride theme is yet to be announced but judging by previous years it will be outrageously fabulous as ever, and the big weekend kicks off August 22nd for 72 hours of fun.

See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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Wales: Christian Mayor Wants to Ban Gay Couples From His B&B’s Double Rooms

Author: , March 22nd, 2014

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The Christian Party Mayor of Llandrindod Wells says European judges should allow him the right to refuse same-sex couples from sharing a double room at his B&B. Councillor Jeff Green, leader of the Christian Party in Wales, runs the Highland Moors guesthouse with his wife, Sue, in Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales.

“It all started with a letter from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) who said they had received a complaint about a line on our website which said we had double rooms for married couples,” said Councillor Green. “We agreed to remove this from our website and suddenly the complaint completely vanished.”

The EHRC dropped the complaint after the Greens changed their policy to no longer provide a double bed in any room but offer twin rooms with separate single beds. The couple are now taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

See the Full Story at Pink News

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Cardiff, Wales’ International Gay Film Festival Announces Line-Up

Author: , August 24th, 2013

Iris Prize Festival LogoAn international film festival has announced their full line up for 2013. Cardiff’s Iris Prize Festival is best known for presenting the world’s largest LGBT short film prize.

The festival includes nine feature films from all over the world shortlisted for the Iris Prize Best Feature Award.

Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands said: ‘I’ve had the most amazing time selecting these nine features and I’m hoping that our loyal audience will find something new and exciting in this year’s programme.

Authored By James Peckham – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Group Stonewall Publishes Fliers for LGBT Tourists in the UK

Author: , July 2nd, 2012

Stonewall Gay Travel Guide to the UKGay rights charity Stonewall has launched a series of multilingual leaflets designed to promote gay freedoms in Britain to foreign visitors.

The polyglot range will advise gay visitors of the legal protections available to them and what to do if they run into difficulties in the UK.

‘You’re Welcome!’ will be available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Polish.

Full Story from Pink News

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Cardiff, Wales is So, So Gay

Author: , June 6th, 2012

As the Welsh capital makes headway towards this year’s Mardi Gras, we thought we’d take some time to look at Cardiff as a UK travel destination beyond the Wales’ biggest LGBT event. A little over two hours from London and three hours from Manchester by train, it’s in easy reach for a short break and has plenty to offer.

History

The city was first settled by the Romans in approximately AD55 who established a fort on the site of where the castle now stands. A direct translation of the city’s Welsh name, Caerdydd literally means ‘fort on the river Taff’ (according to one theory). Later, a Norman settlement and castle established itself where the fort once stoof.

But it’s during the Victorian era that Cardiff came into its own. It was the centre of coal trade for the whole of Great Britain with the cast majority of the fossil fuel passing through its docks for trade. The trade was so successful that the first #1 million cheque in the world was signed there. The Third Marquees of Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, on the back of his family’s accumulated coal wealth, converted the ruined Norman Cardiff Castle into a lavish and opulent summer home. It is a must see attraction in itself. It is also well worth the extra cost to take a guided tour of the family rooms. We should also point out that if you’re planning an extra-special party or Civil Partnership, the lavish banqueting hall is available to hire for only #500 per hour.

The make-up of the rest of the city’s architecture is very much of the early 1900s – glass roofed arcades, and intricate stonemasonry. But with the recent regeneration of the city there are also flashes of modern inspiration throughout.

Full Story from So So Gay

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