(Bae Colwyn) is a town
and seaside resort
in Conwy county borough
on the north coast of Wales
. The A55 road
passes through the town, running parallel to the North Wales Coast Line
The town is served by Colwyn Bay railway station.
Prior to local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974 Colwyn Bay was a municipal borough with a population of c. 25,000, but in 1974 this designation disappeared leaving five separate parishes, known as communities in Wales. In the 2001 Census the community of Colwyn Bay contained just 9,742 people, with the others as follows: Mochdre (1,862), Rhos-on-Sea (7,110), Old Colwyn (7,626) and Llysfaen (2,652). This gives a total figure for the five communities of 28,992, generally referred to as the population of Colwyn Bay.
Attractions in Colwyn Bay include its Victoria Pier
and Welsh Mountain Zoo
. The town is situated between the sea and the Pwllycrochan Woods on the towering hillside. A business and commercial centre with rail links and close access to the activities
that are available in the surrounding countryside. Colwyn Bay hosted the National Eisteddfod
in 1910, 1947 and 1995.
The western side of Colwyn Bay, Rhos-on-Sea, includes a number of historic sites associated with St Trillo and Ednyfed Fychan, the 13th century general and councillor to Llywelyn the Great.
The Welsh Language
According to the census of 2001, 20% of the population can speak Welsh
fluently. The highest percentage of speakers is in the 10-14 years age group, where 38% can speak the language. There is a Welsh medium primary school in the town, called Ysgol Bod-Alaw
Colwyn Bay has three secondary schools - one private and two state. Eirias High School
is in Eirias Park
and Ysgol Bryn Elian
is in Old Colwyn
. Ysgol Bryn Elian mainly serves Old Colwyn and Eirias High School mainly serves Colwyn Bay, Rhos on Sea and Penrhyn Bay. Rydal Penrhos
is a private school, which is on multiple sites in the town.
Notable people from the town include:
- Carl Dale, footballer for Chester City and Cardiff City, as well as several non-league clubs.
- Two-time James Bond actor Timothy Dalton.
- Richard Ellis, the California-based astronomer, was born and went to school in Old Colwyn
- Welsh-language campaigner Ffred Ffransis.
- Monty Python star Terry Jones (from Old Colwyn).
- Cricketer Tony Lewis who captained Glamorgan.
- MP Alun Michael.
- Soap star William Roache, (Ken Barlow in Coronation Street), who attended Rydal Penrhos, a private school in the town.
- Rachel Taylor - Welsh womens rugby international player who at one time captained Colwyn Bay under 11's rugby team.
- Mickey Thomas who played for Manchester United, Wrexham and Chelsea lives in Mochdre.
- Helen Willetts, a BBC weather reporter.
- Big Breakfast presenter Paula Yates, who had relationships with Bob Geldof and Michael Hutchence of INXS.