promday colwyn bayOver 50,000 fun seekers made it over to the Colwyn Bay’s Prom Xtra weekend, which saw a fresh ‘facelift’ with its entertainment,  location, infrastructure and name.

The day time funfair, stalls and activities dominated the crowds as all attendees were overjoyed as the annual festival in Colwyn Bay hit the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend in May. The funfair welcomed thrill seekers of all ages onto their dazzling rides, while those accustomed to a more chilled day out enjoyed the stalls along the promenade, along with the coastal views, and new beach and Porth Eirias combo.

Saturday evening saw the likes of Radio 1 DJ Aled Haydn Jones host a set, with local acts such as Gavner P, Baby Blue, Ed Drewett and Welsh due Lilygreen and Maguire.  Hywel Jones; the Colwyn Bay Waterfront project manager said that the weekend at Porth Eirias and Colwyn Bay Prom has been a phenomenal success. “There were 3,700 people clicking though the barriers for Saturday’s concert alone. Over the whole weekend it’s been about 50,000.”

He added: “Today we’ve had a ‘soft launch’ and allowed people to familiarize themselves with what’s here”.

“The changing rooms will be open over the next few weeks.”

Visitors explored the new £4m Porth Eirias water-sports centre with a jet ski “garage”, nautical themed playground with a fishing boat climbing frame and soon to be launched bistro. There will be a range of different tuition offerings, from jet ski, windsurfing, power-boating, kayaking and canoeing tuition and facilities.

The weekends fun seekers enjoyed a Top Gear driving simulator, ferris wheel rides, learned juggling skills and rode in transparent balls on water.

Cllr Mike Priestley, Conwy Cabinet member for highways, the environment and sustainability, was delighted with Prom Xtra and said: “The whole Porth Eirias project has been delivered on time and on budget.”

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