Nostalgic memories of Fairbourne's local history

Share your own memories of Fairbourne and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

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I would ha e been about eight years old when we came to Fairbourne in about1955 there was my mum and dad my three sisters and four brothers we stayed in this lovely Railway camping coach i remember my eldest sister taking me down to see the beach it seemed to stretch for miles the camping coach was lovely i (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember the Guest House,holiday home for Sunday Schools etc, in Fairbourne, right opposite the beach, just a quite road,and a cafa up the road,we were allowed to go in,, I was 10 yrs old at the time, but went there with Havagal House, which was a sunday school, Brownies, girl guides, etc, a (...Read full memory)

In the early 1980's my husband decided that he would like to buy a caravan. I had to admit I did not relish the idea of towing a caravan, let alone spending holidays in one. However, we aquired our first caravan, and joined the 'Caravan Club'. When the first magazine arrived, I read it, mainly to find out what (...Read full memory)

I remember [I am not sure how old I was then, maybe no older than 11 (1971)] going to Fairbourne with my school as a school trip a couple of times, at the time this was with lots of children from schools in my area. I remember staying in a place with teachers and fellow pupils. My memories are very sketchy,but I (...Read full memory)

I first went to Fairbourne when I was probably only about 6 months old. My mother's parents lived in Friog. Hendoll Bungalow up Fford Hendoll was to be a holiday destination for many years after that, right up to 1995 which was the last time I was there. I had always promised my daughter that we would visit one day and (...Read full memory)

My first introduction to Fairbourne I think was in 1953 (the same week that we heard that Everest had been conquered and the Coronation). As a child resident of St Christopher's Railway Orphanage in Derby, we went camping for the first time ever. The site was in a field by Fford Yr Ysgol (Google map search). We camped in (...Read full memory)

My Mum and Dad first brought me to Fairbourne when I was born in 1966. My father and his father before him had been coming to the same bungalow (Min-y-Don on the Coast Road - Penrhyn Drive South) all their lives. Mum Dad and my sister visited Fairbourne every summer till I was 16. What happy memories. Each morning we (...Read full memory)

My mum and dad used to take me and my younger brother to this wonderful holiday destination once a year till 1980. We used to stay at a caravan site called Tally Bont . I have many happy memories of these times. We used to spend our time there visiting some wonderful narrow gauge railways. Harlech Castle was (...Read full memory)

Every year since the 1970s we went to Fairbourne for our holidays either with our mom and dad or our aunt and uncle. Our nan and grandad owned a bungalow in Llewellyn Drive. It was right next to the golf house across the road from the beach. Every year we would go on the little steam train up to the point then get (...Read full memory)

I now reside in New York but during the war I was evacuated from London to Fairbourne. It was the first 5 years of my life but I still remember much of it. I went to school there as well as Barmouth. The vicar was called Mr Hopkins and his daughter was Noeline. I would help ringing the bells on sunday. My best friend was (...Read full memory)