Tywyn is a small seaside town on the Cardigan Bay Coast of Wales. No large supermarkets are to be found here, just a Co-Op, a Spar and various small shops situated along the High Street.
The winter population is approximately 3,400 - although, during the holiday season, can be added to this figure, in excess of 20,000 holidaymakers at any one time. There are numerous privately owned holiday homes, along with the usual caravan and chalet sites.
Entertainment is available and varied. The Magic Lantern Cinema has a programme of popular, up to date films and also hosts live events and has a bar and coffee shop.
The Tywyn Wurlitzer, which was once in the Woolwich cinema in South East London is now installed in Neuadd Pendre Community Hall in Tywyn, where well know organists come from home and abroad, in order to play such a mighty organ. Concerts take place on a regular basis, throughout the year and are popular with both locals and holidaymakers.
No visit to Tywyn would be complete without a ride on the Talyllyn Railway. This was the first preserved narrow gauge railway in the world. The seven mile journey, which starts at Tywyn Wharf Station, passes through Dolgoch Falls on its way to Abergynolwyn, where a stop can be made for refreshments in the Station Cafe, before finally terminating at Nant Gwernol.Passengers are free to return on the same train, or spend several hours at any of the halts along the way. This really is a wonderful day out for all the family, including the pet dog! The King's Licensed Cafe & Bistro is to be found on the Wharf Station, where snacks and meals can be ordered at reasonable prices.
August sees 'Race the Train' day. This event is exactly what it says - race the train, when runners of all ages and abilities, come to try to race the train on its journey from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn, taking a route along the road and through fields.
Finally, whatever Tywyn might lack, it surely more than makes up for, by having hills on three sides and the sea on the fourth. The views are spectacular, and no visitors should leave Tywyn without experiencing the glorious sunsets over the sea.
I have lived here for almost ten years, having moved from Lancashire, and although I will always be a Lancashire Lass at heart, part of that heart now belongs to Tywyn.
Dorothy and Ken Roberts
To find out more go to visit-tywyn.co.uk/