Roll up, roll up!
The Victorian Extravaganza is back again for the 32nd year running on:
5th May - 7th May
2018

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Steam

A list of those who came in 2017

Showmans Road Loco "Renown" CU978 - Built 1920 Owned and Exhibited by Howard Bros Ltd, Derbyshire
Showmans Road Loco “The Iron Maiden” FX6661 - Built 1920 Owned and Exhibited by G Atkinson, Scarborough
6” scale model McLaren Road Loco “Gantic” Owned and Exhibited by G Atkinson, Scarborough
Showmans Engine “Victoria” FE8055 - Built 1926 Owned and Exhibited by W Thompson, Nottinghamshire
6” Atkinson Colonial Wagon G136KWJ - Built 1989 Owned and Exhibited by A Atkinson, Preston
Foden Steam Bus “Irene” M5798 - Built 1914 Owned and Exhibited by A E Painter, Staffordshire
Steam Tractor “Dougal” D2608 - Built 190 Owned and Exhibited by R Swan, Shropshire
Marshal Road Loco “Challenger” Owned and Exhibited by S Phillips, Shropshire
Foden ‘D’ Type Steam Lorry “Angelina” DF4055 - Built 1927 Owned and Exhibited by D Gleave, Nantwich
Foden Steam Wagon “Cheshire Pride” BY7646 - Built 1918 Owned and Exhibited by D Gleave, Nantwich
Charabanc BF4729 built 1912 Owned and Exhibited by D Gleave, Nantwich
Fowler B6 Road Loco “Foremost” BF5992 - Built 1911 Owned and Exhibited by J & L Walker, Derbyshire
Aveling & Porter Steam, Tractor “Julie” D2800 - Built 1906 Owned and Exhibited by A & J Baily & Sons, Macclesfield
Showmans Engine “Delilah” SM5121 - Built 1925 Owned and Exhibited by G Thompson, Aberdeen
Showmans Road Loco “Evening Star” DW2235 - Built 1917 Owned and Exhibited by M Priestner, Cheshire
Foden Showmans “Prospector” WR6985 - Built 1910 Owned by M Wilkinson. Exhibited by E Atkinson, Preston
WWI War Dept Spec Tipping Wagon M8562 - Built 1916 Owned by M Wilkinson. Exhibited by E Atkinson, Preston
Tiger Steam Tractor “MTOTO” Owned and Exhibited by K Collins, Hensall
Foden Steam Wagon RY9259 - Built 1930 Owned and Exhibited by S Ritchie, Hetton-le-Hole
Charabanc SV8236 - Built 1926 Owned and Exhibited by S Ritchie, Hetton-le-Hole
4” McLearen DK65NHR - Built 2015 Owned and Exhibited by H Dakin, Staffordshire
Foden 6” Scale ‘C’ Type Wagon - Built 1976 Owned and Exhibited by J Dean & C Brydges, Staffordshire
Foden Steam Engine “Victoria” D31142 - Built 1899 Owned and Exhibited by J Bownes, Winsford
Showmans Road Loco “Lord Lascelles” Owned and Exhibited by A Williams, Wrexham
3” Scale Showmans “The Griffin” 960-SRH3 - Built 2005/6 Owned and Exhibited by S & D Harbach, Stourbridge
Foden Agricultural S E BF6303 - Built 1911 Owned and Exhibited by N Bowler, Stockport
Model ‘T’ Ford Landaulette Y9565 built 1917 Owned and Exhibited by J Huntbach, North Yorks
Rolls Royce 20HP JK600 - Built 1929 Owned and Exhibited by S Elnor, Nantwich
Organist & Compare Mr K Grunill
Foster Showmans “Obsession” PE1874 - Built 1915 Owned and Exhibited by M Dawson, Lincs
McLaren Light Road Loco “Chatham” BE8769 - Built 1917 Owned and Exhibited by Mr & Mrs W Woodward, Cheshire
Shand Mason C Fire Pump - Built 1876 Owned by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service. Exhibited by R Deas
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Event Map

This is the event map of the extravaganza. This is last year’s map and we hope to keep you posted on the next one!

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Fun Fair

A display of what is to come to the fun fair

Come one, come all! The extravaganza provides entertaining rides, no matterwho you are! Fun available for anyone at all ages!

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Entertainment

Come one, come all! The extravaganza provides entertaining rides, no matterwho you are! Fun available for anyone at all ages!

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Competitions

There are competitions going on this year, certain competitions such as:

  • Victorian Dress Competition
  • Window Dressing Competition

There may be more competitions coming in the future, so hold onto your hats!


Victorian Dress Competition. In Memory of DenisTew.

We would like to invite all visitors to the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza to join us in the true spirit of the event by donning your best Victorian attire and joining in the daily parade.
The categories are as follows:

  • Ladies
  • Gentlemen
  • Children

Judging commences at 1 P.M. daily at the main stage near Trinity Church.


Window Dressing Competition. In memort of Hazel Mann

Over the Extravaganza weekend local businesses are invited to join in the spirit of the occasion by dressing their windows in a Victorian theme. This always proves to be very popular and the organising committee would like to extend a very big thank you to all the shops, restaurants, hotels, B&B's and bussinesses who take the time to participate and at the same time have fun.
The categories are as follows:

  • Charity Shops
  • Small Window
  • Large Windows
  • Best Dressed Staff

We look forward to seeing your displays and costumes!


WHAT'S ON

HISTORY

The Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza was founded in 1986 by Mayor Cllr Margaret Lyons, a small group of local councillors, Stuart Rivers and Ian Turner, under the umbrella of Llandudno Town Council, when it came to their attention that something needed to be done to secure the long term future of the Town’s ailing tourist industry. General consensus of opinion felt that this could be best achieved by an effort to attract visitors to bridge the lull between the traditional peaks in trade of Easter & the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May.

Together with a local Heritage Enthusiast Group, the idea of free admission show to attract visitors & trade to local business was born. To maximise the benefit to local commerce, the Event was to be staged on the town centre streets, a format conceived a year earlier at Fleetwood. To take full advantage of the opportunity, the May Day Bank Holiday was chosen as the date & a lavish display of Traditional Entertainment to compliment Llandudno’s outstanding Victorian splendour was to be the method, it included street theatre, maypole dancing in the street, carriage rides, teddy bears picnic in Happy Valley, Sandcastle competition, visit of ‘Queen Victoria’, parade of Victorians, window dressing competition and a Grand Victorian Ball.

A hexagonal stage was put up in Mostyn Street outside the Leeds building society and this was the focal point of the parade, and the arrival of Queen Victoria played by actress Margaret Lacey.

Many, many people dressed in Victorian costume, and strolled the street helping the photographers to get shots for the photographic competition.

A vintage Car rally was held , the highlight of which was a procession around the Marine drive, with a prize for the best car and passengers.

A vintage Motor Bike rally was also held in the town, judged by the Mayor ,outside the committee headquarters at the Clarence Hotel.

Receiving substantial Council grants for the time, & working closely with the voluntary sector, The Extravaganza was so successful it was felt by Llandudno Town Councillors that this event should not be run by the officers of the Council, instead of which a grant would be given each year to help stage this prestigious event, to enable them to do the organisation in a voluntary capacity

Responsibility for staging of the event passed to the Volunteer Committee who formed Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza Ltd. which has continued to organise the Show to present day.

As Council backing diminished, the Committee sought other ways of raising the finance to stage the free admission show. This took the form of a sister event on Bodafon Fields for which a gate fee could be charged to support the free show in the Town. The scale of this overall event proved too much to organise by volunteers alone, & the field event was developed by local transport enthusiasts as the Llandudno Transport Festival.