Wednesday, 7 September 2016

A Day Out to Barry Island

With the second Swindon Open Studios weekend almost upon us, I am concentrating on spreading the word that if you missed the first weekend, then the second and final weekend is your last chance to see some wonderful work.
However we all need days out, and on one of the hottest days in August, three of us met in Cardiff and took the train to Barry Island, I was surprised that it took less than 2 hours from Swindon station to get there. It's an absolute gem of a place, we had a brilliant day out, it has beautiful walks around the coastline, and because so much of the land around there hasn't been used for agriculture, we saw wonderfully coloured butterflies there as well.
We started with a coffee, at a cafe almost on the beach:
 Above along the beach to the left, and below straight out to sea
 And below Jay and Kathy not really wanting their photographs taken:
 From there we walked along the beach, and round Friars Point where we came across the aptly named Friars Point House. It's a magnificent building and situated in a wild, otherwise uninhabited part of the island. Fascinatingly enough while we were there, someone appeared at one of the upstairs windows, I'm sure it happens all the time, that people stare, take photos and wonder what's going on there, especially since there are high fences all around
 We did eventually locate the front gates!!
 From there we went to have wonderful fish, chips, mushy peas and curry sauce at one of the many chips shops!
Then walked it off by walking in the direction of the docks:
And from there we went to the fun fair, despite my protests, and had a ride on the ghost train and the obligatory silly photo:
 Back again to the cafe by the beach before getting the train home
 Some very interesting details on the history of Barry Island can be found here:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/place-sacred-special-ever-days-2048128

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