For those who enjoy watching archive footage there is an extensive clip on the British Pathe website of a piece called 'Rhyl Holiday Story' made in 1947. The reporter is shown mingling with the crowds strolling along the Promenade attempting to collar members of the public without much success. The film has all the traditional trappings of the British seaside holiday: Punch and Judy, a fortune teller, people boarding a pleasure steamer. By the time of the making of this film, Rhyl had been a popular resort for over 100 years. Already in the 1830s it was a fashionable watering place frequented by the titled classes. The arrival of the railway a few years later provided a further boost. Sadly, the resort had gone into a decline by the 1990s, but there is a regeneration project which is attempting to reverse this.
Nowadays Rhyl is marketed as the more vibrant half of the Rhyl and Prestatyn duo of resorts. The attractions on offer are very much with the family in mind, including the SeaQuarium with its sharks, rays and conger eels, the Sun Centre indoor tropical water park and the Drift Park with a variety of activities. The Rhyl Miniature Railway, with vintage steam engines hauling passengers around the Marine Lake, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2011. The Pavilion Theatre hosts shows with some big names such as Nigel Kennedy and Chris Packham. The resort used to have a funfair called the Ocean Beach Funfair, but his has now gone and is being replaced by the Ocean Plaza development with shopping, restaurants and accommodation.
For a list of events in Rhyl and Prestatyn, see here.
Map of the area.
|Photo by Eirian Evans, via Wikimedia Commons|