The Eirias Park Heritage Trail has been developed as part of the Age Friendly Communities Project by Colwyn Bay Heritage Group and the local community, with support from the town’s library, to promote the heritage of Colwyn Bay and make it accessible to people of all generations. It is an easy to walk, two mile circular route around Eirias Park exploring the park’s history. Follow the trail using the QR (Quick Response) points to reveal the wonderful and unexpected aspects of our park’s heritage, including a zoo, a boating lake, dinosaurs, marionettes and a gorsedd stone circle. The QR points (as illustrated here) mark 20 locations around the park and its locality. With each step discover the hidden history and view photographs. Information at each trail point can be accessed by scanning the QR point using a Smartphone. If you need a QR reader visit your phone’s app page to download one. A map of the route around the park is available Eirias Park Heritage Trail Map.
Need technical help?
You will need to have a QR (Quick Response) barcode reader app on your smartphone. If you don’t already have one visit your phone’s app page to find the version suitable for your particular phone. To open the map, which is in PDF format, you will need to have the Adobe Reader app on your phone. Again, if you don’t already have it, visit your phones’s app page to find the version suitable for your particular phone.
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History of the Park
“The park by the sea”, as Eirias Park was once described was officially opened on September 27th, 1923 when the playing fields were opened. Extending over 50 acres, by 1933 the park boasted an 18-hole miniature golf course, tennis courts, bowling greens, a model yacht lake, a café, a bandstand and a children’s playground. In the 50s and 60s, the old bandstand was used as a Marionette Theatre run by Eric Bramall , the founder of the Harlequin Puppet Theatre and as an Aquarium and Mini-Zoo run by Robert Jackson, the founder of the Welsh Mountain Zoo. Over the years the park has been the venue for many events, carnivals, circuses and tournaments, and now includes the recently completed Eirias Events Centre. The Eirias Stadium features a rugby pitch and athletic track, and hosts sporting events and outdoor concerts for up to 15,000 spectators.
Find out more about the history of the Park here.
Colwyn Bay Heritage Group would like to thank everyone who has helped with the preparation of the Eirias Park Heritage Trail.
This trail is part of the Age Friendly Communities Project which is part funded by the European Regional Development fund through the Ireland and Wales Interregional Programme 2007 – 2013.