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JULIA is a qualified Sleep Consultant experienced in supporting you to maximise your family and child’s sleep potential. She is calm, caring and empathetic to your individual needs. Julia is also a qualified NNEB Nursery Nurse and non medical Maternity Nurse with over 25 years experience in dealing with newborns & children up to the age of 12 years.

Whilst working with you, Julia will tailor a bespoke programme for your baby or child. This will be balanced with your family’s needs, taking into account your personal wishes. Coupled with her own experience and intuition she will endeavour to find a solution that supports your child in learning to enjoy sleep.

Julia has a wide range of packages available including; Telephone/Skype Consultations, Home Visits, Welcome Home Packages, Sleep Plans, Maternity Nursing and Night Nannying. 

As a sleep consultant Julia advises on the various methods of sleep training available. As every family is different she encourage parents/carers to go with a plan that is ultimately going to have the best outcome for them. After an initial phone call to gather all of the facts an explanation is given on the various services she offers.

Typical problems and situations Julia might assist with as a non medical maternity nurse include feeding issues, tongue tie, low milk supply, mastitis, routine and sleeping habits. 

Julia will encourage and support exhausted parents to get more rest through effective time management and prioritisation. She can advise parents on how to support their older children’s emotions once the new addition to the family has arrived ensuring a highly enjoyable experience for all.

Julia provides a high quality and confidential service and can provide extensive evidence of recommendations by previous clients who often invite her back to the family home for subsequent bookings for additional children.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed, in need of some sleep, support and advice please call Julia Maher on 07722071420 or email me at

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The best beaches in and around Aberystwyth – by CN Traveller




AT THE MERCY of the Irish Sea, cool, cultured Aberystwyth in Cardigan Bay has some terrific surf-smashed beaches, hidden coves and coastal trails right on its doorstep. Once you’ve wandered the Marine Terrace, fizzing with Victorian seaside fun, take a towel and picnic basket to one of the following beaches in Wales, which are gorgeous even if the weather doesn’t play ball.

The best beaches in Aberystwyth

North beach in Aberystwyth

Backed by a parade of Georgian houses in pretty pastels, Aber’s North Beach is the seaside of childhood bucket-and-spade fantasies, with its Victorian pier, bandstand, ice cream parlour and ribbon of dark sand and shingle. Come in winter for the fieriest sunsets and to see murmurations of starlings swoop like storm clouds above the pier.

Otherwise, shuffle over to quieter, wavier South Beach to swim, surf or bodyboard. In the warmer months, keep an eye out for porpoises splashing offshore. Aberoutdoors in the marina rents out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and offers intro sessions and guided sunset paddles.

Just across the river, you’ll find it quieter still at the pebbly arc of Penparcau, which peers up to the green knobble of Pen Dinas, an Iron Age hill fort. Climb to the top for uplifting views that reach for miles.

Scallop from SY23 restaurant

Where to eat in Aberystwyth

Few places in Wales rival Aberystwyth for food. Providing you’ve booked weeks ahead, dust off the sand and head to Michelin-starred SY23 for lunch. Chef Nathan Davies has devised a menu that is Welsh through and through, with locally farmed, fished and foraged produce cooked over a wood fire. Can’t get a table? Go for tapas and vermouth at Ultracomida deli and vinoteca.

Where to stay in Aberystwyth

Gwesty Cymru is a graceful Georgian townhouse right on Aber’s Marine Terrace. The rooms are poshed-up with oil paintings by local artist Bethan Clwyd and handmade oak-and-slate furniture. Top billing goes to the Blue Room, where you can gaze over the pier and out to sea from the bay window nook or bathtub.

The best beaches near Aberystwyth

Cardigan Bay

Hook onto the Wales Coast Path, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, to clamber over Constitution Hill to Clarach, a mile north of town. This cliff-backed scoop of sand and shingle has stirring views across Cardigan Bay to the mountains of Snowdonia, and with luck, you’ll spot dolphins playing in the surf.

Heading north, the coast ups its game. From Aber, it’s a gorgeous five-mile walk along gorse-cloaked cliff tops or a 20-minute drive to Borth, three miles of gently shelving butterscotch sand backed by pebbles and dunes. Stiff breezes whipping off the Irish Sea make it brilliant for windsurfing and kite-surfing, and at very low tide you can see the petrified stumps of a prehistoric forest submerged 4500 years ago.

If you’d rather see the coast from the sea, Aberadventures can take you kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and surfing, with lessons and equipment rental.

A hop north brings you to the great ripple of dunes at Ynyslas, part of Dyfi National Nature Reserve, where the expanse of sea and sky, exhilarating winds and waves, trill of seabirds and views across the Dyfi Estuary to Snowdonia’s moody peaks are life-affirming stuff on bright, cloudless days.


Where to eat near Aberystwyth

Grab fish and chips, a panini or a simple pub lunch in Borth. You’ll find gourmet fixings picnic fixings at Ultracomida and Agnelli’s in town for a lunch among the dunes at Ynyslas.

Where to stay near Aberystwyth

Tables at two-Michelin-starred Ynyshir, a 10-minute drive inland from Ynyslas, are a rare and precious thing (book months ahead). Here chef Gareth Ward walks the culinary high-wire, with punchy flavours that big up smoke, fire and foraged ingredients in a never-ending feast of exquisitely composed courses. Sleepover in a Scandi-stylish room or tipi with a private hot tub and fire pit.

The best beaches south of Aberystwyth

A view of the West Wales coast looking north from the coastal path about a half mile north of Cwmtydu

Aber makes a cracking base for striking south to explore the rugged, cove-necklaced Ceredigion coast. In less than an hour’s drive, you’ll hit seasidey New Quay, where Georgian houses in ice-cream pastels cluster above a harbour and sheltered sandy beach. Pods of bottlenose dolphins frolic offshore. SeaMor runs conservation-focused boat trips with marine biologists and in-the-know skippers. Go at sunset to glimpse the dolphins are at their most active. If you fancy more seclusion, you can charter a skippered boat to pin down a cove for a snorkel and picnic. If you prefer to go it alone, Cardigan Bay Watersports rents out kayaks and paddleboards.

Otherwise, hike over cliff and stile to Cwm Silio on a six-mile circular walk, looking out for seals, dolphins and seabirds like guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. A waterfall cascades over cliffs to this remote thumbprint of sand at the foot of a wooded valley. From here, the trail whips south to Castell Bach, a rocky cove topped off by an Iron Age hill fort, and pebble-and-shingle, rock pool-splashed Cwm Tydu, where smugglers once hid their booty in caves and where now seals pup in autumn.

langrannog beach from above Ceredigion in west Wales

Further south, cliff-clasped Llangrannog draws families with its generous golden sands and cave-honeycombed cliffs. At low tide, neighbouring Cilborth appears like a magic trick – a beautiful crescent of sand backed by caves and rock formations. Walk up to Ynys Lochtyn headland for a soul-stirring view across Cardigan Bay. Seals, and in September and October their fluffy pups, often haul out on rocks below.

More fabulous beaches unfurl further south. Loveliest of the lot is National Trust Penbryn, where ferny, waterfall-draped beech woods ripe for a fairy tale spill down to a mile-long sweep of sand hemmed by dunes and cliffs. But don’t stop here: follow the coast path north to cut-off Traeth Bach. A quick scrabble down the rocks reveals this castaway fantasy cove, with its crumbling cliffs and sea arch.

Where to eat south of Aberystwyth

Try the harbourfront Lime Crab in New Quay for fish and chips and seafood bites. Overlooking Llangrannog bay, The Beach Hut serves classic fish and chips and summery lunches like a heritage tomato salad with feta and pickled walnuts and Tuscan fish stew. Lodged in a converted cart house at Penbryn, The Plwmp Tart is a treasure, with organic and garden-grown ingredients pepping up cakes, quiches and tarts.

Where to stay south of Aberystwyth

Tag on an overnight stay for more beach time. Just north of New Quay in pretty Aberaeron, the Harbourmaster is a rustic-chic boutique find, with sea views and outstanding food. A 10-minute walk from Penbryn is a dairy farm turned luxe glamping escape Fforest Coast, with log cabins, geodesic domes and a Georgian farmhouse in wild surroundings.


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The Gallery Yr Oriel presents Lyndon Thomas ‘The Promised Land’



THE GALLERY YR ORIEL Newport Pembs is delighted to host a new exhibition for Lyndon Thomas to celebrate his 80th year. 

Lyndon’s artistic career has spanned five decades that include painting, pottery and wood turning.  

Work by Lyndon Thomas

Lyndon focused on painting from 2008, and evolved a method of working in acrylic on paper, using painting knives, with the bulk of his subject matter being the landscape of North Pembrokeshire and Lleyn Peninsula, the two western extremities of Wales. 

The exhibition is representative of work produced over the past year, and will also include some selected pieces of pottery from his collection, and the title, The Promised Land, sums up his feelings towards the beautiful land and seascapes that are found throughout Wales.

‘The Promised Land’ exhibition starts on June 24

The exhibition launch is on Friday 24 th June from 5 – 7pm, there are paper catalogues available, and an online e-catalogue is also available on our website

We look forward to seeing you all at the launch which is open to everybody, and we will be serving refreshments.

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The Gallery Yr Oriel presents new body of work by Clare Rose



THIS outstanding new body of work by Clare, is one of her hugely inspiring collections of some 30 years of intermittent painting and study-painting experiences.

Originally a self taught painter, Clare gained a first and distinction in BA and MA Fine Art degrees at Aberystwyth University, where she taught for many years.

Clare’s work is available between April 8 – 29

The rhythms of the Pembrokeshire seasons, its landscape and coastline, and in particular the arrival of Spring are the inspiration for many of the paintings, sketching ‘en plein air’ whenever possible, then developing the paintings in the studio.

Many of these paintings explore abstract approaches that reflect a deeper, and more ‘felt’ personal experience, and are an invitation to the viewer to share and creatively reinterpret these sensations.

This exhibition is a must see, no pre-booking required, we would love to see you at the launch on Friday 8th April from 5 – 7pm for refreshments, and the show will be running for three weeks.

No pre-booking required to view the outstanding new body of work

Paper catalogues are available, and the e-catalogue is available on the website www.thegallery-yroriel/whatson/

We are open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, we look forward to seeing you.

Contact 01239 821514

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